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More and more, people who love to travel are looking for ways to continue to see the world while giving back to the communities they’re traveling to. They’re looking for something more inspiring and rewarding than you’re run-of-the-mill vacation on a beach or sightseeing. One way travelers with the urge to give back during their travels can do so is…

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You almost certainly have a smartphone. You might be dreaming of having a smart home, and you’ve possibly read about the concept of smart cities. But are you ready to wrap your head around the idea of a smart hotel? A smart hotel is a hotel that plugs into the burgeoning Internet of Things to create a better temporary living…

Selfies

When you’re in an incredible destination with a view or a historical site you just have to capture in a photo, your first instinct may be to turn on your phone’s front-facing camera and snap a selfie. But according to media reports, that may actually be dangerous. So far in 2015, at least 12 people have been killed in selfie-related…

Destination wedding

If you’ve been invited to a destination wedding, chances are you’re pretty pumped for the mini-vacation/celebration. Whether you’ll be celebrating love on a Caribbean beach or in a villa in the Tuscan countryside, there’s plenty to look forward to when planning your trip. Aside from actually booking your flight and accommodations and selecting the perfect outfit, you should also prepare…

Bowing in China

To avoid any unwanted ‘surprises’ during a trip, it’s best to make sure everything is taken care of before you leave. But in addition to booking a place to stay and making sure you have a current passport, there’s one more thing you should add to your checklist: An understanding of the local culture. Now I’m not just talking about…

For many tourists, flights are booked with one thing in mind: cost. If the price is right, travelers are quick to schedule flights with one or multiple layovers, rather than paying for the more expensive direct flight. The following 5 European airports are proclaimed to be the worst places for flight connections in the continent due to lengthy transfer processes,…

Earlier this month, we posted about Russia’s heavy alcohol consumption levels as a follow up to our Healthy Planet Index.  It turns out that Russians may be what Alex De Jonge has called “geoalcoholics” in his book “Stalin and the Shaping of the Soviet Union.” This discovery all stemmed (no pun intended) from a link that Tyler Cowan posted on…

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