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Samurai dreams along an ancient trail

In the land of bullet trains and endless neon vistas, a few days on Japan’s ancient Samurai Trail will give a very different perspective.<p>At the trailhead, under the shadows of towering pine trees, a large sign warned of bears. At Yellowstone or Yosemite in the US, this would have been unremarkable. …

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Hong Kong hustle: exploring Kowloon with kids

Kowloon might be loud, crazy and disarmingly brash – but the pulsing heart of Hong Kong is full of delights for younger travellers. Just a leisurely stroll through the bright lights of Nathan Road will have them gawking like star struck Canto-pop fans.<p>But beyond Hong Kong's glitz and high-rises are …

Halving of malaria deaths 'tremendous achievement'

<b>Global efforts have halved the number of people dying from malaria - a tremendous achievement, the World Health Organization says.</b><p>It says between 2001 and 2013, 4.3 million deaths were averted, 3.9 million of which were children under the age of five in sub-Saharan Africa.<p>Each year, more people are …

Malaria deaths halved since 2000 in quest for total eradication

Despite successes, WHO warns against complacency<p>The international health community is celebrating what may prove to be a turning point in the global fight against malaria. Deaths from the mosquito-borne disease have been almost halved since the turn of the millennium, according to a new report from …

Drug-resistant malaria: the world's next big health crisis?

MIN SAW, Myanmar (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Ka Lar Nar caught malaria for the sixth time when he was working away from home on his small farm in the jungle of south-eastern Myanmar but this time it was a lot harder to get rid of it.<p>This 2010 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) …

Interesting Facts and Statistics about Malaria

What is Malaria?<p>Unlike most infections that are caused by bacteria and viruses, there is no malaria virus or bacteria that causes the infection. The …

This week's #lpfanphoto comes from @DavidSangboi, who caught the vibrance of #SoHo, #HongKong on camera. Navigating the city's teeming, tightly packed sidewalks can be a challenge, as you’re met at every turn with neon signage, steam-filled canteens, molasses

Japan Adds More Tax-Free Products to Keep Tourism Growth Going

Come October, Japan is giving foreign tourists a new — and tax-free — incentive to visit.<p>Those buying confectionery, cosmetics and health goods will …

Top 10 Things to Do in Japan

Travel<p>In a nation as culturally rich as Japan, it can be hard to know how to spend your time there. Here are ten of our favorite things to do.<p><b>Visit Kyoto’s Ancient Sites</b><br>Japan’s capital from 794 to 1868, Kyoto is bathed in history. The most iconic remnant of the city’s imperial past is the …

The 2-Minute Workout That Works Your Abs From Every Angle

How strong is your core? Find out with this ultimate ab challenge<p>Ripped abs are reason enough to add some core moves to your routine. But a strong torso can also give you the foundation you need to lift more weight with less risk of injury. "Crunches alone won't get the job done, though," says Todd …

What to Do in Hong Kong

Travelers keep two kinds of lists: the bucket list and the “wanted” list. <b>Hong Kong</b> should be on both, particularly when traveling with children.<p>The striking contrast of the city’s modern skyline against the lush greenery of Victoria Peak certainly qualifies as a see-before-you-die spectacle, while …

16 Differences Between Successful and Unsuccessful People

A few weeks ago, Dave Kerpen of Likeable Local received a postcard about successful vs unsuccessful people from a fellow entrepreneur Andy Bailey, …

Snapshots from Hong Kong: A Tour of Mongkok Wet Market

GallerySnapshots from Hong Kong: A Tour of Mongkok Wet Market<p>From February 9 to 17, I visited Hong Kong on a trip sponsored by the Hong Kong Tourism Board. Here's a look at something I ate during my trip. Make sure to check out my other Snapshots from Hong Kong.<p>If you're looking for piles of fresh …

The Dragon's Back and beyond: the best hikes in Hong Kong

You’d be forgiven for thinking that hiking isn’t among the must-try activities in Hong Kong – that the only place you’ll cop an eyeful of green is in Yau Ma Tei’s Jade Market. But a quick look at a map tells a different story: the territory is mostly painted in swathes of emerald and azure, fringed …

Snapshots from Hong Kong: Vegetarian Lunch at Po Lin Monastery

From February 9 to 17, I visited Hong Kong on a trip sponsored by the Hong Kong Tourism Board. Here's something I ate during my trip. Make sure to check out my other Snapshots from Hong Kong.<p>If you're visiting Hong Kong for the first time and want to see all the major attractions, you might take …

Snapshots from Hong Kong: Dim Sum at Tim Ho Wan, aka the World's Cheapest Michelin-starred Restaurant

GallerySnapshots from Hong Kong: Dim Sum at Tim Ho Wan, aka the World's Cheapest Michelin-starred Restaurant<p>From February 9 to 17, I visited Hong Kong on a trip sponsored by the Hong Kong Tourism Board. Here's something I ate during my trip. Make sure to check out my other Snapshots from Hong …

A broke-ass guide to drinking in Tokyo

The nighttime lights in Tokyo are overwhelming. Billions of bright bulbs and bulletins begging for your attention, yearning for your yen. You think: ‘With all this brilliance, the rumors must be true: this must be the most expensive city on Earth. How else could they afford their electricity …

Mapped: The crazy relationships among European languages

THE IDIOM, “It’s all Greek to me,” finally makes sense. It has a comparatively large lexical distance from other European languages!<p>This map is a …

Two Weeks in Kenya and Tanzania: Life and Style Lessons From Safari

Here I am on safari with one of my best friends. It's our second day in Kenya, we're in the Maasai Mara National Reserve, we've been staying in a tented camp, we're holding crystal glasses of whiskey in our hands, and I haven't slept for two nights because water buffalo and baboons have been …

Beth’s Hong Kong

TravelWhere the Locals Go<p>Native Chicagoan <b>Beth Williams</b> caught the travel bug after spending half a year in Japan during college. After graduation, she missed Asia so much she just had to go back. A gig teaching English brought her to <b>Hong Kong</b>, where she’s lived for the past two years. Armed with …

HugeDomains.com - FindingFukuoka.com is for sale (Finding Fukuoka)

Hurry - once it's sold this opportunity will be gone!<p>Besides being memorable, .com domains are unique: This is the one and only .com name of it's …

Why flourishing Fukuoka has something for every traveller

From zen gardens and temples, to youth music, bars and shops, the Liverpool of Japan has delights at every turn<p>Nearly 15 years on from my first visit, Fukuoka, on the north coast of Japan's Kyushu island, feels like a city fulfilling its potential. When I stepped off the plane in 1999, the …

TripAdvisor Apps Now Provide Wi-Fi Information For Cities and Airports

TripAdvisor’s updated hotels and flights apps now provide information about Wi-Fi and roaming charges for downtown areas and airports in 21 cities …

3 Perfect Tokyo and Kyoto Itineraries

While there are countless worthwhile tourist destinations spread throughout Japan, like Osaka, Hiroshima, and Mount Fuji, most travelers only have …

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7 Steps To Living Your Dream Life

By Laura Shin In 2008, Betsy and Warren Talbot were happily employed, living in Seattle with a townhouse and car. When health scares among their loved ones made them face their mortality at age 37, they decided to pursue their dream of living out of their backpacks for the rest of their lives.<p>Since …

Relax in fast-paced Hong Kong with great food, stunning hikes

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Gleaming skyscrapers, Michelin-starred noodle stalls, secluded beaches and a buzzing party scene all make Hong Kong the perfect place to experience the best of East meets West.<p>A man rides a bicycle next to a tram passing by a Chinese pawn shop that has been restored and …