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Retire To Nicaragua? This Former War Zone Is Emerging As A Top Retirement Haven

"Forget about the Sandinistas. They're obsolete."<p>That was Violeta Chamorro's advice in September 1989, when asked about her chances for defeating the Sandinistas in Nicaragua's first presidential election after the Contra War. To the surprise of sitting El Presidente Daniel Ortega and all …

Exploring the best of Croatia's islands

Croatia’s coast is speckled with dozens of magnificent islands that range from tiny, verdant and unpopulated to massive, arid and sporting ancient towns and villages. One of the chief delights on any visit to Croatia is hopping between the islands on the numerous ferries, catamarans and taxi boats, …

European Travel

Spoilt for choice: Vietnam's best beaches

Vietnam might have been late to Southeast Asia’s beach party, but it was well worth the wait. The country boasts more than 3400km of coastline, with infinite stretches of powdery sand, coves, lagoons, impossible boulder formations and tropical islands ringed with yet more beaches. We can help you …

Island hopping off Cambodia's coast

Sandy bliss awaits travellers off Cambodia’s south coast. Whether you favour being glued to a hammock upon an isolated shore, or fancy slothful days recovering from all-night raves, Cambodia has an island for you.<p>Lapped by the lapis-hued waters of the Gulf of Thailand, the scattering of islands in …

The best beaches in Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s miles of Pacific and Caribbean coastlines are a beach lover’s dream. Whether you body surf, soak up the rays or dance in the sand, there is a space for you.<p>The 1,016km of Pacific coastline in Costa Rica is infinitely varied as it twists and turns around gulfs, peninsulas and many small …

Costa Rica

A Starter Kit To Vietnam

Vietnam is one of Southeast Asia's fastest-growing countries. Its vibrant cities are booming, UNESCO World Heritage Site Halong Bay is expanding its tourism infrastructure, and top hotels (like Aman'oi in Vinh Hy Bay and Intercontinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort) have recently debuted. Visitors …

Highlights of Mauritius: from Islands to Mountains

We’ve just left Mauritius after spending a week island-hopping and exploring the beaches and jungles of the island. From the west highlands of …

7 Reasons to Visit Hong Kong Now

Hong Kong has flourished for more than 150 years as a gateway between East and West. As one of the world’s most expensive, fast-paced, and elegant …

How to Take your U.S. Cell Phone to Europe and Not Go Broke

Whether you've picked Spain, Portugal or Italy for your self guided cycling tour , chances are you'd like to stay connected with friends or family using email or social media. You may also want to use GPS or other navigation apps on your smartphone. However, how much you pay for wireless or 3G …

Park Hyatt Siem Reap Opens in Cambodia

Putting a luxe spin on Cambodia travel, the Park Hyatt Siem Reap debuted late this summer, bringing a swanky and stylish option to the increasingly …

Top 25 experiences in Bali and Lombok

The mere mention of 'Bali' evokes thoughts of a paradise. It’s more than a place: it’s a mood, an aspiration, a tropical state of mind.Yes, Bali has beaches, surfing, diving, and resorts great and small, but it’s the essence of Bali – and the Balinese – that makes it so much more than just a …

Asia Travel

Low-Key Beaches Will Let You Escape The Bustle On Your Next Vacation

We <i>knooow</i> every celeb is kicking back in St. Barts, and we know Waikiki is, like, the best beach in the world.<p>But often, the “world’s coolest beaches” morph rapidly into mere sand strips crawling with tourists, price tags and inner tube peddlers. There’s nothing worse than visiting a famous beach …

The world's best secret islands

Looking for a romantic spot that's (almost) all yours? Here’s a list from our brand new <i>Best in Travel 2011</i> guide to reignite your love affair with desert islands, with picks from across the globe.<p>1. Torres Strait Islands, Australia<p><i>Image by Killer White Fluff</i><p>As far as you can go in Oz without …

The other side of St-Tropez

It’s easily one of the most recognisable names on the French Riviera. St-Tropez: the name alone conjures up images of champagne-fuelled yacht parties and star-studded beaches. And who can forget the sultry TV commercials from Bain de Soleil in the 1980s promising a 'St-Tropez Tan'?<p>Sun-worshippers …

France

Battleship Island, Creepy Abandoned Society In Japan, Offers Public Tours

In 1959, over 5,000 people lived and worked on Hashima, also called Battleship Island or Ghost Island, off the coast of Nagasaki, Japan.<p>The bustling coal-mining city -- more dense than Manhattan -- offered a school, restaurants, hospital and movie theater to its busy residents. The island had a …

Top Tips for Thailand and Signs the Country Is Rejecting You... and by You I Mean Me

As the cool days of fall are now upon us, I naturally escape to thoughts of a warmer place and ponder where I'll go for my next vacation. Last year's travels were pretty epic; they took me to a place that I've yearned to go since I first caught the travel bug - Thailand. An exotic destination …

Sleeping in a Nicaraguan Canyon

<i>Image by Jack Fiallos</i><p>"Which way?"<p>I asked, and the Nicaraguan man on his bicycle replied by pointing his lips trumpet style towards the path. Once this habit had been pointed out to me, I kept having to suppress a giggles.<p>Following his lips down the path and through the green, we reached the opening …

Top 20 International Small Hotels: Andrew Harper's Picks (Photos)

From Australia to Botswana and Italy to India, see the top luxury boutique hotels around the world.

Budget Travel Tips for Japan

Shares 1K<p>Budget Travel Tips for Japan: Japan Travel Guide<p>Surviving Japan. Is it possible to make it out of Japan with your wallet?<p>As I mentioned in …

Japan

Why Is There a Tattoo Stigma in Japan?

China lays claim to Okinawa as territory dispute with Japan escalates

China questions Japan's sovereignty over Ryukyu islands, heightening tension over existing Senkakus islands dispute<p>China is attempting to open a new front in its territorial dispute with Japan by questioning Tokyo's sovereignty over the island of Okinawa, home to 25,000 US troops.<p>The two countries …