Naeem Mauthoor

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23 free or ridiculously cheap things to do on your trip to Los Angeles

1. Go fly a kite (festival).<p><b>Cost:</b> Free…or the cost of a kite<p>I love the sight of a colorful kite soaring high in a strong ocean breeze. How awesome …

California

Top 20 Universities by Reputation

The most reputable universities according to Maclean’s 2016 University Rankings<p>1 of 21<p>Previous<p>Next<p>Tweet<p>Share<p>Reddit<p>Email<p>Photograph by Andrew …

The hidden side of the Silk Road

Behind the preserved mosques and madrassas of the Silk Road lies another Uzbekistan – one that’s brash, messy and filled with gleeful anarchy.<p>The pools beneath the pristine madrassa in Bukhara’s blue-tiled Lyab-i Hauz square were still. Men in long tunics hawked tea from silver pots in the cafes …

The United Nations of mosques

Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque was built to welcome the world – and has an open-door policy that harkens back to the golden age of Islam.

Abu Dhabi

By 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans, study says

There is a lot of plastic in the world’s oceans.<p>It coagulates into great floating “garbage patches” that cover large swaths of the Pacific. It washes …

Scarborough subway would shrink under plan to extend Eglinton Crosstown

One of the most controversial transit debates in Toronto is heating up again with a new plan to radically revamp the $3.5-billion Scarborough subway heading to city council.<p>The plan by city staff, which is expected to be released Thursday morning, involves cutting short the subway and using the …

Why you should travel solo

Forget navigating the needs and wants of a group. Travelling solo means savouring unique experiences entirely on your own.<p>From family holidays to romantic getaways, memorable travel moments are often spent with others. But sometimes, travelling alone can unearth unique experiences that are …

Destinations that are so magical, they hardly seem real

These seven dreamy destinations make you feel like you’ve stepped straight into a magical fairy tale world.<p>Where to go to escape the stresses of life, the bustle of the workweek and the noise of traffic? To find out, we turned to question-and-answer site Quora, where users have been sharing their …

The lake at the end of the world

Barely one hour from Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana, Lake Bohinj is in the middle of nowhere – out of season and time – and it’s wonderful.<p>“We have a saying here in Slovenia,” said Grega Silc, a Hike & Bike Slovenia tour guide, as we cycled around the riotous green of the ridge. “In Bohinj, we're a …