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This Is How Much Money You Need to Be Happy, According to Science

But not too much!<p>They say money can't buy happiness, but let's be honest, <i>they say</i> a lot of things – and they're not always right.<p>When it comes to …

Happiness

Is Albania Eastern Europe's answer to the Amalfi Coast?

“Albania!” my barrister friend exclaimed when Mrs Harding divulged our holiday destination. “What have you done wrong?”<p>The answer, in short, was that we were taking a punt on the word of a politician. In a political interview I did for this newspaper with Edi Rama, the country’s prime minister, …

European Travel

What Tech Tools Frequent Travelers Should Always Pack

<i>How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Lucas Peterson, who writes the Frugal Traveler column, discussed the tech he’s using.</i><p><b>As the Frugal Traveler, you visit countries all over the world on a tight budget. What are your favorite tech tools for</b> …

Nintendo Switch

Using Airbnb isn’t fun anymore

I remember the first time I ever used Airbnb. It was a studio in the 18th arrondissement of Paris, with a slice of the Sacre Coeur visible from the window. I’d rented it for a month from a woman roughly my age, and it was her first time being a host. As she handed over the keys, I could sense we …

Hospitality

How to Get Your Suitcase to Arrive First at Baggage Claim

Unless I absolutely have to (read: I’m flying with booze), I always do whatever I can to not have to check a bag when I travel. Besides the fees …

A Smart Coffee Cup? It’s More Useful Than It Sounds

The Ammunition-designed mug lets you choose the exact temperature you’d like your coffee to remain for hours.<p>It’s a chilly Sunday morning. You pour yourself a cup of tea, curl up in a cozy blanket, grab a book, read a few pages, and take a sip only to find that it’s gone cold. This letdown is …

Why choosing this seat on a plane means you are more selfish

There are two camps when it comes to choosing seats on planes: the window seat people and the aisle people. There are no middle seat people. They do not exist.<p>But does the type of seat that you prefer to sit in have any meaning other than personal preference?<p>Well, according to psychologists and …

Universal Studios

13 of the Scariest Places on Earth

You'll want to leave a light on when you read this.<p>Halloween may be in October, but for anyone with a passport and a strong constitution, the thrill …

Explore the ancient ruins of Peru’s Choquequirao with virtual reality

The amazing ruins of Choquequirao in Peru are often compared to the country’s main attraction of Machu Picchu, but without the massive crowds of visitors that flock to the Incan site each year.<p>Lonely Planet named it the top region in the world to visit in 2017, and now the local government is …

6 Smart Ways to Recognize and Avoid Tourist Traps

What is a tourist trap exactly? It's a heavily advertised attraction that lures unsuspecting tourists away from their time and money without …

Hospitality

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

The centerpiece of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is the volcano Kilauea, the world’s longest continuously erupting volcano. The lava has been …

This once-serene island is absolutely overrun by tourists

With its whitewashed walls and blue domed roofs, Santorini, Greece has become the dream holiday destination for millions.<p>But the beautiful Greek …

Need A Happiness Boost? Spend Your Money To Buy Time, Not More Stuff

Money can't buy happiness, right? Well, some researchers beg to differ. They say it depends on how you spend it.<p>A recent study published in the <i>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</i> suggests that when people spend money on time-saving services such as a house cleaner, lawn care or grocery …

Happiness

Six weeks in Thailand or six days in Switzerland? How long £500 will last in 32 different countries

British holidaymakers could enjoy nearly six weeks in Thailand, and four weeks in Mexico or Jamaica, with a budget of just £500 per person, a new survey has suggested.<p>The same amount of spending money (when used to purchase three meals, four soft drinks, two beers, a coffee, and two journeys on …

Czech Republic

Five travel tips from Bear Grylls’ former cameraman

Paul ‘Mungo’ Mungeam packs light and always brings string.<p>This adventurer goes into the wild with strings attached.<p>Paul “Mungo” Mungeam has captured …

At $75,560, housing a prisoner in California now costs more than a year at Harvard

The cost of imprisoning each of California’s 130,000 inmates is expected to reach a record $75,560 in the next year<p>HOW MUCH?<p>More than tuition atHarvard University<p>That’s enough to cover the annual cost of attending Harvard University and still have plenty left over for pizza and beer<p>Gov.<p>Jerry …

Criminal Justice

More people than ever are looking to stay in treehouses, you can see why...

If you’re looking to take your travels to new heights, consider spending the night in a treetop as interest in treehouse accommodation continues to grow.<p>There was a nearly 30% increase in demand for treehouse hotels in 2016 over 2015, according to newly-released information from travel booking site …

The Black Tie Table Manner Basics Every Wedding Guest Needs to Know

<i>Every wedding guest should be aware of the setting of the affair they are attending, as each party has a unique set of etiquette rules—most importantly: the more formal the celebration, the more particular the manners. When you sit down for dinner at a black tie wedding, make sure your table</i> …

Visiting Giraffe Manor in Kenya

Africa is such a dynamic and fascinating continent. It’s an incredible place to soak in history and learn about the past. One especially fascinating …

Wildlife

The race to build the world’s first sex robot

The $30bn sex tech industry is about to unveil its biggest blockbuster: a $15,000 robot companion that talks, learns, and never says no<p>In the brightly lit robotics workshop at Abyss Creations’ factory inSan Marcos, California, a life-size humanoid was dangling from a stand, hooked between her …

Robotics

The New Results Are In: How Does Your Passport Rank?

Courtesy: Passport Index<p>This week, the Passport Index released its 2017 passport rankings, which ranks passports from around the world based on the …

The 20 best travel books of 2016

From Australia to America, and Bulgaria to Burma, Michael Kerr draws on the year’s travel books to find the ideal Christmas gifts.<p>The Outrun by Amy Liptrot<p><b>Canongate, £8.99</b><p>I was delighted to see this win the 2016 Wainwright Prize. It’s a wonderful book though hardly conventional, whether you …

Books

The Other Machu Picchu You Should Know About

The first bus to Machu Picchu leaves Peru’s party-all-night tourist town, Aguas Calientes, at six in the morning. The line to be on it forms sometime …

South America

One80 headlamp spreads light from a half-halo

One of the shortcomings of many traditional headlamps is that, while they're effective at lighting up everything directly in front of you, their …

Camping

Ingenious Shirt Uses Recognizable Icons to Help Break Language Barriers When Traveling

Traveling is a fantastic way to learn about the world, but it's made significantly harder when there's a language barrier. ICONSPEAK wants to ease your frustrations with their ingenious solution: a shirt that displays common (and therefore recognizable) icons across the world. Simply point to a …

Communicate

The lesser-known way to Machu Picchu

With Peru’s more famous Inca Trail becoming increasingly overrun, the lesser-known Salkantay Trek is quickly gaining a reputation as both a less-crowded and more strenuous alternative.

Hiking

What's up with the colour of your passport?

Mist3rMaul/YouTube<p>Finland's passport has a moose at the bottom of its pages.<p>They're a fact of life for travellers, and only considered at the airport …

The 5 Least-Visited Countries In The World

Globe trotters who prefer the road less traveled will want to add these to their travel list.<p>The appeal of some travel destinations is that <i>everyone</i> wants to visit them. For the rest of us, nothing beats a country that's <i>not</i> overrun with tourists, where experiences feel authentic, and the majority of …

Lesser Antilles

Plan Your Honeymoon in Hawaii - Couples' Popular Choice

01 of 06<p>Honeymoon in Hawaii<p>There are so many reasons why Hawaii turns up as No. 1 on the list of top destinations for honeymooners year after year. …