Life & Travel

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Why Cruise Lovers Are Ditching the High Seas for Rivers

Good news, boat lovers: there’s a new way to explore the world by ship. Riverboats have solidified their position in the global cruise industry by offering as many amenities and destinations as the standard ocean liner. In 1992, the opening of the Main-Danube Canal connected over 2,200 miles of Europe’s waterways and the river cruising industry was born. Over the last two decades, its made its way to the global stage as one of the hottest new travel trends of 2017 (...

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10 Great Cities for Your Golden Years

Favorable exchange rates, lower healthcare costs, and government incentives can make retiring abroad a bargain. We’ve rounded up 10 of the best cities around the world for retirement, based on cost of living (for a household of two*), local attractions and activities, and other quality of life indicators. You might just find you’re ready for retirement sooner than you thought.   1. George Town, Malaysia   Monthly Cost of Living Estimate: $1,035 A former British trading post on the island of Penang, ...

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Mexi-Go: An Instagrammer’s Guide to Mexico City

Last year, the New York Times rated Mexico City the top destination to visit in 2016. With an abundance of street art, over 150 museums, and exciting new restaurants, there’s something for everyone! We’ve analyzed hashtag data to find the perfect spots for your Insta-feed. 1. Teotihuacan  Number of Hashtags: 297,948   #uncropped for #WHPmyoasis @instagram #mexico #teotihuacan A post shared by Eduardo Gómez (@eddga) on Aug 29, 2015 at 11:10am PDT   Home to the third largest pyramid in the world, Teotihuacan ...

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Beyond the Cubicle: The Digital Nomad Trend

The freelance phenomenon is taking the U.S by storm. In fact, 35% of the American workforce classified themselves as freelancers last year. And as technology advances, more of these freelancers are ditching their desk chair and working wherever they want – even as they travel. The trend has created a workforce of “digital nomads,” working from coffee shops and beach chairs all over the world. Sipping a Mai Tai during a conference call and meeting a deadline the same day you ...

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Toky-Woah: An Instagrammer’s Guide to Japan’s Capital

Tokyo was one of the world’s most visited cities in 2016, attracting nearly 12 million visitors – Lady GaGa, David Beckham, and Justin Bieber included. The city’s eclectic locals, ancient shrines, and ridiculously tasty ramen have helped Tokyo land a spot on Google’s Fastest Rising Cities list. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to get in on the action and step your social game up with shots from the city’s Instagram hotspots.   1. Harajuku Number of ...

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How (and Why) to Get an International Driver’s Permit

You turn a corner and an idyllic country village appears out of nowhere. There are new people to meet, new foods to try, and new streets to explore. Best of all? There isn’t another tourist in sight – and you’re the first of your friends to Instagram it. Exploring new places by car can lead to unforgettable detours and undiscovered destinations. Unfortunately, your state-issued I.D. doesn’t always mean much overseas. An International Driver’s Permit can help. &...

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10 Gap Year Ideas to Get You Packing

Whether you’re transitioning from high school to college, college to the real world, or changing careers, a gap year can be the perfect way to figure out what you want out of life. While more common in Europe, taking a gap year is a growing trend in the U.S., with some prestigious universities even encouraging them. Make the most of your time off with one of these rewarding gap year ideas.   Teach English Teaching English as a ...

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5 ways to celebrate the Civic Holiday

One of the best things about August in Canada, other than the warm summer weather, is the fact that we have a statutory holiday on the first Monday of the month in most provinces, which means you get to extend your weekend by an extra day and have a shorter work week afterward. Why not take advantage of the Civic Holiday this year, during Canada’s 150? Explore a new part of your city, trek to a neighbouring province or even ...

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How to Pack for a Budget Airline

€40 from Prague to Milan, £50 from London to Rome, $99 from Boston to Iceland: Budget airline prices seem too good to be true. But if you’ve ever flown with one, you know that what the they offer in savings, they lack in luxury. For many airlines, your ticket price only covers your seat. Anything “extra,” including an oversized bag, will cost you. There have been instances where the additional fee for one checked bag was more than the flight itself. When ...

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Tipping Around the World: A Global Gratuity Guide

So you finally get the chance to eat fresh sashimi in Japan or try boerewors in South Africa, and you love it – so much that you want to show appreciation to your server for an unforgettable meal. But is tipping customary where you are? And if so, how much should you tip? Check our global gratuity guide to brush up on your tipping etiquette before you go abroad.   Tipping in the Americas In a nutshell: Throughout North, Central, and South ...

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