Reach for the stars!

Big projects come with big risks, and sometimes those risks end up outweighing the project’s benefits. That leads to truly impressive objects and buildings being abandoned, and in some cases, they’re abandoned before they’re even finished! There are many reasons why an ambitious engineering or construction project might be given up and left behind, and we’re about to take a…

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This town will not see the sun for 155 days

Isolated on the polar archipelago of Svalbard at 78 degrees north, Longyearbyen is the world’s northernmost permanent settlement. Halfway between mainland Norway and the North Pole, the 2,300 residents here are used to extremes. When the sun sets on 5 October each year, the town will not see it again for 155 days until 8 March the next year. For…

Stay afloat

  Some facts… Scientists predict that the Arctic Ocean will be ice-free in summer by 2030, or even sooner. Scientists worry that climate change could cause the collapse of the West Antarctic ice sheet, which could raise sea levels by as much as 19 feet. Read more courtesy of FactRetriever.com    

Home is where you lay your laptop

Keep your job and work remotely while living in different cities around the world. Remote Year creates work and travel programs for inspired groups of professionals who want to travel, live, and work remotely in different cities around the world. Find out if a work and travel program is right for you. Read more courtesy of RemoteYear.com  

Redistribution is the way

In his presidential address to the Royal Economic Society in 1996, the late Professor Anthony Atkinson famously called for discussion of inequality and income distribution to be brought “in from the cold”. Since then there have been many examples of inequality worldwide: the pan-banging cacerolazos demonstrators of Argentina’s financial crisis in 2001-2002, the Arab Spring, the Occupy Wall Street movement, Spain’s “los indignados”, the “gilets jaunes” protests…

“Dear, ocean. I think about you all the time.”

The website Wavecation has existed in one form or another since the early 2000s. Originally a passion project of Matt Thomson, it long functioned as a lo-fi repository of beachfront rental properties near good surf breaks. In 2018, longtime users Juan Dulanto and Ren Fuller-Wasserman reached out to Thompson to inquire about his future plans for the site. With a…

SpaceX Odyssey

SpaceX is planning to send three tourists to the International Space Station (ISS) next year. The trip is part of a partnership with the Houston-based start-up Axiom Space. Private citizens have flown to the ISS before, but they have all launched in the Russian Soyuz spacecraft. This trip, which will use a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon capsule,…

Almaty is the big apple

Ask someone to picture a city in Kazakhstan and you’ll likely be met with a blank stare. Despite its many draws, the Central Asian country, which stretches from China to the Caspian Sea, is not exactly a hotbed of international tourism, and remains an enigma to most tourists outside its neighbouring countries. But when grappling with planning a trip to…

Work the system, baby

How I Turned My Job Into an Opportunity to Travel to Every Continent So, when I heard a comic say recently that he’d played “all six continents that have people,” I had to wonder: Had anyone done seven? Nope. I’d already had the good fortune of touring 11 states in India. I’d done a show in Bangkok. I proposed to…

Give us, this day, our fish ‘n chips

Should you feel a divine call, a baptismal awakening, while you bite into the crisp breading of a fried barramundi at Barnacle Bill, giving in to the pleasure of buttery, tender white flesh dipped in a zingy tartar sauce, don’t be alarmed. It could be that your Barnacle Bill “sea chest,” a box of fried seafood and french fries, is…

Here comes the sun: but it’s solstice

Our ancestors revered the Sun as a creator and destroyer of life. Their senses told them that when the Sun is absent, everyone and everything suffers. They tracked its movements, noticing how it rises a little further along the horizon each day, until the solstices, when it pauses (the word solstice comes from ‘sun standstill’), then tracks back in the opposite direction.…

Adventurer’s dozen: the 12 best places to visit in 2020

Here is an article targeted at those living in Canada. However, you can easily access the links and the companies discussed here from anywhere in the world. …… You don’t have to be an adrenaline junkie to experience adventure travel! To help refine your bucket list, we asked Toronto-based travel company G Adventures to share their picks for the best…

Two-for-one trips: destinations that offer double the fun

Don’t let the subject of this article throw you off. This isn’t necessarily two-for-one deals. What it does do is to discuss how to plan well and maximize your trip. That is, if you think ahead and think creatively you could potentially be in two countries almost at once. Or, you can see  two completely different cultures in the same…

The longest walkable distance on Earth

Just in case you have seen and done everything in the world, perhaps here is something that you might want to try. Maybe you might wish to use it for a charity event. If, perchance, you do, let us know how it goes.   Joseph Pisenti of RealLifeLore (previously) offers a “brief overview” of the longest pedestrian distance between two points on the…

Where is Transnistria, you might ask?

Most people haven’t even heard of Transnistria, the breakaway state of Moldova that hugs its border with Ukraine. And that’s partly what makes it so fascinating to visit. The tiny Eastern European nation, formally called the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (PMR), doesn’t officially exist. Read more courtesy of BBC  

The world’s top wellness tourism destinations

Let’s be honest. Who nowadays isn’t stressed? Sometimes it feels like even in the simplest matters, things get complicated and sometimes spiral out of control. Nine times out of 10 of course, we managed to rein them in and bring them back on track. But it kind of takes a toll doesn’t it?  This article discusses Wellness options that not…

Happiness that’s as old as the ages

Traditional healers have been entrusted with the well-being of indigenous Australian communities for as long as their culture has been alive ( around 60,000 years) – yet surprisingly little is known of them. Kwoorabup has been a place of ceremony for thousands of years. The river, located near the small town of Denmark, 360km south-east of Western Australia’s capital, Perth,…

Channel your inner Marco Polo

A great explorer named Roald Amundsen once said: “adventure is just bad planning.”    If you are one of those travelers who has seen everything and done everything, this article is for you. It features 27 locations in some of the most remote and beautiful spots, and likely you have not heard of many of them. This is not easy…

The 10 most comfortable and cheapest places to visit

As we get older, and hopefully wiser, are eyes and ears open what it comes to discovering what makes us happy. And as the world gets smaller, some of those options which might have appeared completely insane just a few years ago, now are readily available. This video shows ten places that are inexpensive to live, have a good standard…

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