Aaron Laskey

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What To Do on a Budget in San José

Costa Rica’s capital city San José is full of things to do if you don’t have much money to spend. If you are traveling to San José on a budget, but …

The subtle ways colleges discriminate against poor students, explained in a cartoon - Vox

We stunt upward mobility and make college a finishing school for the affluent.<p>A few years ago, hundreds of college administrators received a survey in the mail. It was designed to figure out what they believed it takes to succeed in college.<p>The survey listed 12 skills that colleges generally expect …

Revealed: Best Walking Tours in Paris

The next time you’re visiting the fabulous Paris, to really get the feel of the place, why not take a walking tour? This allows you to see bits of …

European Travel

I Never Pay Full Price for Flights—This Is Where I Book

The first time I ventured overseas I was 18 and worked two jobs to buy a return ticket to Phuket, Thailand. Determined to pay my own way, I spent …

9 travel hacks you'll wish you knew all along

Already taking a trip or just planning your next one? These tips will help you save time, money and sanity.<p>Travel can be tricky. Did you pay too much for that flight? Forget to pack some important items? What happens if your flight is delayed or canceled?<p>As always, knowledge is power. The more you …

Travel Deals

Here's why East Asian students consistently outpace their Western peers

Over recent years, other countries' positions have gone up and down in the tables but East Asian education - which includes China, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan - continues to dominate.<p>And the gap between these countries and the rest of the world is getting wider.<p>The reasons why East …

Asia

The real reason Donald Trump got elected? We have a white extremism problem

The election of Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency on a platform devoted largely to themes of ethnic nationalism and racial and religious intolerance was a wake-up call to those of us who believed our ethnic group was largely benign, but for small pockets of zealotry at the margins.<p>As white …

What a liberal sociologist learned from spending five years in Trump's America

Five years ago, right as the Tea Party was becoming a major force in American politics, Arlie Russell Hochschild realized she didn’t really know any conservative Republicans. Ensconced in her liberal outpost at the University of California Berkeley, the famed sociologist understood little about the …

Documentary: How To Be A Chinese Tourist

I randomly stumbled on a documentary yesterday on YouTube from Al Jazeera, called “How to be a Chinese Tourist,” which was published just a few weeks …

Scientists Have Just Seen Birds Sleep During Flight For The First Time Ever

So incredible.<p>Scientists have been able to observe birds falling asleep mid-flight for the first time - an ability that's long been suspected but …

The US risks losing the globalization long game to China

Considering what's at stake, it shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone. U.S. trade accounts for $1.2 trillion of the $5.3 trillion of trade that passes through the South China Sea each year. As the Council on Foreign Relations recently noted, a crisis in the South China Sea would seriously impact …

China

A day in the digital life of Africa

Africa is in the throes of a technological revolution, leapfrogging computers in favour of internet connections through mobile phones. A fifth of the continent now have access to a broadband connection, a figure predicted to triple in the next five years.<p>But how are phones and the internet changing …

Africa

The Magic of "Untranslatable" Words

<i>Frisson</i>. What a strange word. It evokes that peculiar intermingling of excitement and fear that can attend momentous events. The spark of electricity …

A controversial theory may explain the real reason humans have allergies

For me, it was hornets.<p>One summer afternoon when I was 12, I ran into an overgrown field near a friend’s house and kicked a hornet nest the size of a football. An angry squadron of insects clamped onto my leg; their stings felt like scorching needles. I swatted the hornets away and ran for help, …

Immunotherapy

10 Ethical Travel Destinations Worth Exploring

Give back while kicking back.<p><i>Original article by Liz Shemaria for AFAR.</i><p><b><br>For more travel content from AFAR, check out:</b><p>* Get Lost: The World's Best Natural Escapes<p>* Digital Detox Around the World<p>* The Planet's Best Hot Springs<p>* 7 Wonders of the Natural World

Human Rights

The 10 Most Deserted National Parks in America

There's more attention than ever to national parks, and travelers everywhere are reserving campsites and plotting adventurous itineraries to these …

National Parks

Brain pattern predicts how fast an adult learns a new language

A five-minute measurement of resting-state brain activity predicted how quickly adults learned a second language, report scientists.

University of Washington

This New York Project Fuses Energy Microgrids With Blockchain Technology

A microgrid using TransActive Grid’s model could let you directly sell energy generated from your rooftop solar panels to your neighbor.<p>If in the future you find yourself selling your excess solar panel energy to your neighbor via secure blockchain, you’ll have one startup’s actions on President …

How The Language You Speak Changes Your View Of The World

Bilinguals get all the perks. Better job prospects, a cognitive boost and even protection against dementia. Now new research shows that they can also …

What $100 Will Buy You Around the World

From a gallon of milk in the Bahamas to a pair of Levis in Dubai.<p>When you think about things that cost $100, it’s easy to forget that a seemingly …

Deltec launches line of super efficient, net-zero energy homes - starting under 100K

A company in Asheville, North Carolina is taking prefabricated home design to a new level with their Renew Collection of affordable net-zero energy …

Solar Power

A couple who has traveled to 100 countries just got back from a crazy trip to Africa — here's what it was like

But there's one continent they always look forward to returning to: Africa.<p>The duo recently got back from their fifth trip to Africa, this time traveling through Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Botswana.<p>"From the stunning landscapes and teeming wildlife to the agreeable climate and friendly people, it always …

Travel dreams: how to make a new life abroad

<b>From NHS to global adventure</b><p><b>Emma Robson, 35, from London is an adventure tour leader</b> <br>I was a cardiac physiologist working at St Thomas’s hospital in London and had spent seven years working, studying and watching the NHS struggle. It was a rewarding job and I had great colleagues, but I was always …

Business Development

How to choose an island in the Bahamas

Travel anywhere in the Bahamas and you'll find pristine beaches with crystal-clear water lapping at their shores. While gorgeous strips of sand ring every island of this 700-island archipelago, the destination is a multifaceted one that offers a variety of distinctly Bahamian experiences for every …

Uruguay makes dramatic shift to nearly 95% electricity from clean energy

As the world gathers in Paris for the daunting task of switching from fossil fuels to renewable energy, one small country on the other side of the Atlantic is making that transition look childishly simple and affordable.<p>In less than 10 years, Uruguay has slashed its carbon footprint without …

Renewable Energy

The Purpose-Driven Life? No Thanks!

A lot of people these last few thousand years seem to be obsessed with something called "purpose" --especially with people having a purpose, actions having a purpose, life having a purpose.<p>Why does everyone care so much about having purpose?<p>Because the idea of purpose is part of the definition of …

Why Not Speak Their Language When You Travel?

When you go to Europe, don't be shy: Try speak the language of your destination. It can be fun!<p>Preparing for my first German book tour, I took an on-line grammar test from a language school. Big mistake. I was never good at test-taking and I bombed, despite having studied some basic German for more …

19 types of tapas you should eat in Spain

There's a huge variety of savory, sweet, and spicy tapas to taste across Spain.<p>From succulent prawns cooked in garlic and chili peppers to a refreshing serving of gazpacho, here are 19 mouthwatering tapas to try on your next trip to Spain.