Elon Musk is loopy

Well, that Elon Musk is always doing something.  Whether it’s the reading the entire Encyclopaedia Britannica at nine years old, selling his first company for $307 million, founding PayPal and creating Tesla automobiles and starting SpaceX to send humanity to infinity and beyond. One of his passions is transportation, and his Hyperloop system is well underway.  This ambitious program looks…

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European self-sufficiency

Europe is often looked upon as a model of efficiency.  With nearly 750 million people living in a relatively tight space, they need to be.  But, Europe has also been the mother of invention there.  Spain created the spacesuit.  Iceland created the power transformer.  Ireland created the submarine . . .  and more. One modern and practical thing that Europe…

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Go go Mongolia

With extreme temperatures and landscapes, extreme living, and some extremely wrong perceptions from outsiders, Mongolia is one of the most complex places—and Mongols one of the most misunderstood people—in the world. Conversations about the weather, the great expanse of the country, and the traditional nomadic lifestyle dominate talk of Mongolia, and it’s understandable. Temperature variations of +100°F are not uncommon…

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Can you Caño?

If you really want to get away, then we have the place for you. Those in the know realise that Colombia is now shining in the sun, again.  Most of its troubles are in the past and it is fast becoming a top destination.  Lovely, friendly people, an endless array of activities throughout the country, and world-class food, wine and,…

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Blast resort

As of this writing, the dark Covid clouds are starting to disappear and people are dreaming about traveling again.  And, many are looking forward to all-inclusive resorts. While some travelers look at all-inclusive resorts as an exciting opportunity to let all their normal rules and restrictions go hang, others may find the bounty overwhelming, even stressful. They worry about putting…

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“Be” adventures

At the time of this writing, the world is starting to look forward to a Covid-free future.  Governments are – mostly –  doing their jobs and protecting their citizens. It will come as no surprise that many of those citizens want to travel, once more.  The pent-up demand will help to save not only cash-strapped airlines and hotels, but entire…

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Go back, in time

When you think about it – especially if you travel often – it feels like the process of boarding an airplane is rarely seamless and rarely enjoyable.  To be fair, it is a complex process when you consider the logistics that the airlines need to factor in.  And, of course, there is always the “performance variability” of we humans as…

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Clean blue jeans

We like to feature our affiliate friends when we can, as we choose them for their broad range of offerings, as well as their often innovative approaches.  Some are small, and some are large, but we value them equally and are happy and proud to be associated with them. But, here we’d like to tell you more about our affiliate…

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Quick, come SE

Now, this is something! A new concept widebody aircraft has been unveiled by an Alabama startup. SE Aeronautics (the SE standing for Super Efficient) have reworked the entire concept of an airliner, and revealed an innovative tri-wing aircraft that they say will have an 80% lower carbon footprint than similar traditional planes.  This Super-Efficient subsonic jet can carry 264+ passengers…

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The chain in Spain

It is no surprise that one of the most enjoyable and diverse ways of getting regular exercise is bicycling.  In addition to the benefits of stretching those muscles and filling those lungs, you also have the benefit of discovering new locales – maybe with a pub at the end of the journey. Europe has always been at the forefront of…

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Road scholar

Traveling by car and staying in hotels and bed & breakfasts is a great way to go, but when you really want to get to know a place, renting a motorhome in Europe is tough to beat. These days, lots of travelers are foregoing staying in hotels for vacationing by motorhome, and there are plenty of great reasons that RV…

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Clean-us de Milo

If ever there was a need to use tender, loving care, it’s when you work in place with some of the most precious and irreplaceable paintings, sculptures and artifacts.  Of course, in this case, we’re talking about The Louvre in Paris.  The Musée du Louvre had a record 10.2 million visitors in 2018—an increase of 25% in comparison with 2017.…

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Go go go Vrbo!

If you have spent any time on our site, you’ll know that we love to give our readers options – lots of them.  You have dozens of choices for flights, car rental, holidays, experiences . . . and more. But now, in addition to a variety of hotel and motel accommodations, we thrilled to be able to offer private home…

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Be a part of the subscribe tribe

Two new global subscriptions for digital nomads, remote workers and companies with distributed workforce are available now. Remote workers and digital nomads can work and have fun in a way that perfectly fits their lifestyle – thanks to two new subscription services by our affiliate friends,  citizenM. Known for its adaptability to the changing demands of global business travellers –…

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The little Pelican book on philosophy

There is an urgent need today for the citizens of a democracy to think well.’ These words, which could have been written yesterday, come from Thinking to Some Purpose, a popular book by the British philosopher Susan Stebbing, first published in 1939 in the Penguin ‘Pelican’ books series, with that familiar blue-and-white cover. This little book, which could easily be…

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Pavlopetri

This a little-known, but fascinating place in Greece. The city of Pavlopetri (Greek: Παυλοπέτρι), underwater off the coast of southern Laconia in Peloponnese, Greece, is about 5,000 years old, making it one of the oldest submerged lost cities, as well as the oldest in the Mediterranean sea. Pavlopetri is unique in having an almost complete town plan, including streets, buildings,…

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Eight days in the Kimberley

Australia – there is no place like it on earth.  The food…the wine. Everyone tends to think – naturally – of places like Sydney or Melbourne.  But look beyond and see what other joys await you.  Broome, for example. Broome’s exotic pearling town past has left a rich history and a unique multicultural mix of people. Kooljaman at Cape Leveque…

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What UV is what you get

In South Korea, the solar panels in the middle of the highway have a bicycle path underneath..cyclists are protected from the sun, isolated from traffic, and the country can produce clean energy. It is being trialed along a specific section of highway between Sejong and Daejeon/Gongju, but could act as the template for the future Read more courtesy of Reddit.com…

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A powerhouse of ingenuity

Architecture studio Powerhouse Company has created a reception building topped with a circular walking trail as part of a development in Chengdu, China. The structures beneath the walking trail will act as a sales pavilion and reception block for the new Unis Chip City development in Chengdu’s Tianfu New District, which is under construction in the southern part of the…

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