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The 25 best countries to buy rental property and make money on the side

Buying a rental property is a wise way to earn passive income.<p>As a landlord, you're getting paid to own something, rather than paying to own it. The mortgage is often covered by rental income from tenants, and if you play your cards right you'll profit after covering insurance, taxes, and …

Real Estate

Chickadee / Surround Architecture

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> Located in West Boulder, tucked into the base of the foothills, the site was among a handful of …

Architecture

Explore These Architecturally Innovative Bookcases

At first, books were kept in chests but as they became published in bulk they moved into the cupboard. The doors came off and the bookcase began to …

Architecture

Explore This 1:250 Model of Ancient Rome Which Took 38 Years to Construct

The city of Rome attracts millions of visitors each year to explore its ancient ruins and to learn about how the culture and architecture has …

Italy

The Piccolomini Estate is a Breathtaking Property from Siena, Italy

Have you ever dreamed about living in a charming Italian village, in the heart of Tuscany? Or better yet, did you ever think you could even own an …

Italy

7 Italian Towns (That Aren’t Rome Or Florence) You Have To Visit

When there’s nary a single nook or cranny of the entire country that’s not absolutely stunning, we figured it would be worth it to venture beyond our familiar Italian horizons (yep, even beyond Cinque Terre and Positano).<p>Look, we would never complain about a trip to <i>Roma</i> or Firenze. But when there’s …

Why I fell in love with Slovenia

Back in 2000, as an American student studying in London, I embarked on a Eurorail trip – a sort of smorgasbord of travel in European cities. You buy an open ticket that allows you to travel indefinitely by train throughout Europe. But prior to my own Eurorailing adventure, I’d lent my Lonely …

European Travel

Mesmerizing Laser-Cut Wood Sculptures Feature Layers of Intricate Patterns

Oakland-based artist Gabriel Schama creates mesmerizing, laser-cut wood relief sculptures that feature layers of intricate swirls and abstract patterns. A myriad of geometric lines and ancient symbols take the shape of human silhouettes and mandala-like designs. Some pieces look like the pulsing …

26 hiking trails around the world that should be on your bucket list

Below is a list of breathtaking trails that span all difficulty levels.<p>From Japan's Yoshida Trail to Argentina's Fitz Roy Trek, here are 26 hikes worth traveling for.

16 Adventures in Texas’ Hidden Hill Country

Roads usually serve a utilitarian purpose: to get people from point A to point B. But in the Hill Country, you might suspect that a road was paved …

This ultimate Lake Austin estate is truly an entertainer's dream

The term "entertainer's paradise" is sometimes an exaggeration, but the descriptor couldn't be more appropriate in the case of 2803 Pearce Rd. Not …

Culture without the crowds: 10 of the world's best tours with VIP after-hours access

Longing to see the Vatican but not up to battling the crowds? How about heading to Egypt and peering at Tutankhamun’s treasures at the Cairo Museum after-hours? Read on for Telegraph Travel's 10 hand-picked trips with exclusive VIP access for 2018...<p>1. Italian Intermezzo<p>A private celebration dinner …

Switzerland has a stunningly high rate of gun ownership — here's why it doesn't have mass shootings

Switzerland hasn't had a mass shooting since 2001, when a man stormed the local parliament in Zug, killing 14 people and then himself.<p>The country has about 2 million privately owned guns in a nation of 8.3 million people. In 2016, the country had 47 attempted homicides with firearms. The country's …

Best Wineries to Visit in Tuscany

Few wine regions have the instant name recognition of Tuscany’s Chianti, first legally defined in 1716 (but recognized as a wine region as early as …

Could these £17k smart pods be the eco-homes of the future?

Modern smart domes are taking the ideas of pre-fab, self-build and mobile homes to new levels.<p>The central idea behind these eco-friendly pods is that …

The Most Popular Airbnb in Every European Country, Mapped

Traveling Europe on a budget can be tough — particularly with the amount of luxury high-end hotels lining the streets. If you’re looking for …

25 Must-see Spots in North America According to a Man Who Took a 22,000-mile Road Trip

From remote surf towns to fern-covered canyons and massive glaciers, here are some of the most incredible sights the U.S. and Canada have to …

North America

The beautiful Italian island you've probably never heard of

The local paper was breathless with excitement: “Rihanna, sirena sexy, a Ponza!” it shrieked. And me too! I was in Ponza as well! Though 24 hours ago I hadn’t even known the place existed. (Mind you, I am pretty shaky on the exact status of Rihanna.)<p>The Pontine islands are a dragon-backed …

Barrington House

Sunken into a Brentwood hillside, the Barrington House is a geometric marvel. The structure is comprised of multiple polygons buried in the sloped …

Architecture

10 reasons to visit Abruzzo, Italy's new hot destination

<b>(CNN) —</b> Central Italy 's Abruzzo has always attracted visitors thanks to its enviable snow season, but up until recently the majority were European.<p>Now the region, a world away from modern Italy, could be on the verge of an international tourism boom.<p>With incoming travel numbers on the rise in the …

Italy

Slovenia Real Estate | real estate in Slovenia

<i>Slovenia Real Estate & Luxury Holiday Rentals</i><p>Slovenia's leading licensed agency for 12 years<p>Welcome to Slovenia Estates or Novi List d.o.o (New Leaf) …

Real Estate

9 best European retirement destinations

Algarve region, Portugal<p>Jacek Sopotnicki | Getty Images<p>Valletta, Malta<p>Peter Thompson | Heritage Images | Getty Images<p>Saint-Chinian, France<p>Paul …

Retirement

This Vacation Rentals Site Is Like Airbnb for People Who Love Architecture

Vacation planning offers a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Services like Airbnb help to foster these getaways by letting you live like a local in an area home. And sometimes, these accommodations are the best part of the trip. Building on this idea is PlansMatter, a …

10 Massive Mansions of the Rich and Texan

Everything is bigger in Texas, as they say. The lifestyles of the rich and famous in the Lone Star State are no exception. If you’ve ever wondered …

Real Estate

The Pope’s New Message: Quit Your Whining

"Stop complaining and take steps to improve your life."<p>Thou shalt not whine.<p>Pope Francis has posted a sign on the door of his residence at Casa Santa Marta in the Vatican warning complainers to cut it out and get busy making things better:<p>The sign, written in Italian, warns that people who violate …

Christianity

This résumé for Elon Musk proves you never, ever need to use more than one page

Let's say you are Elon Musk, one of the most influential entrepreneurs in tech history whose career spans two decades of successful startups.<p>Let's …

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This amazing underground house in Greece frames views of an olive grove

This underground holiday home in Greece is topped with a green roof that offers panoramic views of the Peloponnese peninsula. The owners commissioned …

Swimming Pools