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Increase your retirement nest egg by spending more time south of the border

February is RRSP season, and that means thinking about retirement. In the 21st century, Canadians are living longer, private pensions are less common and inflation continues to erode purchasing power.<p>Canadians are crunching the numbers and fearing that they may not have enough to retire and live …

Strange Beaches: Vaadhoo Island, Raa Atoll, Maldives

Sometimes, the sea literally glows on the shoreline of Vaadhoo, Raa Atoll in the Maldives. But this is not an alien invasion or even dangerous. This …

This Is the World's Most Powerful Passport

New rankings by a London-based firm reveal which country has the best global access.<p>After five years at the top, Germany has been knocked off its most-powerful-passport-in-the-world perch: a new "live index" shows that Japan and Singapore are tied for first place with visa-free access to 180 …

Europe

Puerto Rico beats Venezuela 11-0 in World Baseball Classic

GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AP) Carlos Correa, Yadier Molina and T.J. Rivera homered, and Puerto Rico beat Venezuela 11-0 in seven innings Friday night in …

Puerto Rico

11 incredible world cities best explored by water

AS HUMANS, we’re too often confined to the ground. Our endless fascination with rivers and lakes, Ferris wheels and roller coasters, seas and oceans, …

Bothy-bagging: Scotland's best-kept secrets revealed

<b>Bothies - remote shelters in the wilderness where walkers can spend the night free of charge - have long been one of Scotland's best-kept secrets. A new book has revealed the location of 80 of the mountain huts.</b><p>For more than 50 years the Mountain Bothies Association (MBA) has maintained an eclectic …

Scotland

New research changes our understanding of who built ancient Silk Roads

Previous studies used the wrong algorithm and missed an obvious hypothesis.<p>The Silk Road was a series of ancient trading routes that spanned Asia, …

Silk Road

Did ISIS inadvertently uncover the secret to the “lost” Hanging Gardens of Babylon?

<b>(Wikicommons)</b><p>ISIS destroyed an ancient shrine — and archeologists may have discovered a wonder of the ancient world underneath<p>Noah Charney<p>March 12, 2017 6:00pm (UTC)<p>Last week, a group of concerned archaeologists, mapping out the extent of the damage wrought by ISIS when it occupied the Iraqi city …

Ancient History

Airbnb Could Finally Be Legal in Japan, But With Some Restrictions

Airbnb Inc. is finally getting the green light do business in Japan after years of operating in grey areas of the law.<p>Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s …

Tourism

Tourism boards admit large effort needed for relevancy in digital world

The role and operations of tourism boards have changed massively in recent years as they continue to figure out what their position is in the travel …

Tourism

Best Beaches In The World: The Togean Islands, Indonesia

Among the thousands of Indonesian islands sprawled across the Indian Ocean, perhaps some of the finest are the Togean islands. Situated some 40km …

Beaches

GuesttoGuest raises $35 million and buys competitor HomeExchange

Corporate consolidation in the home-swapping market this week as GuesttoGuest acquires rival brand HomeExchange.<p>Terms of the buy-out have not been …

Tourism

Artist Papo Colo Is Spending 400 Days of Solitude in the Puerto Rican Jungle

The celebrated artist'ss latest performance brings attention to the largest mass-migration from the island since the 60s.<p>Sustaining himself off the Puerto Rican rainforest for 400 days, Papo Colo is enacting what is perhaps his most ambitious and personal performance to date. To bring attention to …

20 Incredible Facts About The Philippines

1. The entire landmass of the Philippines is made up islands, making it the second-largest archipelago in the world.<p>In fact, the Philippines has approximately 7,500 islands with only 2,000 of them inhabited and nearly 5,000 still unnamed on global maps. (Source)<p>2. There are about 175 languages …

Living in… the world’s most welcoming countries

In these five spots, expats will likely be greeted with a warm welcome, a helping hand and a friendly smile.<p>For many expats, finding new friends can ease the often overwhelming task of adjusting to a new life abroad. But with huge variances in local culture and language capabilities, some places …

Central America

Visitor numbers on the up at former US military base on Puerto Rican island

The Puerto Rican island of Vieques was once one of the last places any traveller would like to visit – a no man’s land littered with unexploded bombs and dumped munitions.<p>But today, the island is slowly being transformed back into a tropical paradise, more than fifteen years after its former …

10 Tips for Planning your First Solo Trip

These days, there’s a growing interest in solo travel. Traveling solo can empower you, gain you more confidence and open a new world of travel …

Travel Gear

Airbnb Goes Luxe With New High-End Rentals

The rental site has purchased Luxury Retreats, a startup specializing in mansions across the globe.<p>Airbnb, the home-sharing platform where you can book a stay at a cube house in Rotterdam, a geodesic dome in Spain, or a treehouse in Oregon, is now expanding into another line of accommodation: …

Hospitality

The Biggest, Unruliest, and Classiest Carnival Parties Around the World

From Rio to Sydney—and so many places in between—it’s officially party time. Here's where to do it right.

Santa Cruz

Your Browser’s Incognito Mode Can Help You Book a Cheaper Vacation

Money

30 things travelers do in their 30s

When Jeff and I arrived via train to Chiang Mai, we had someone from our guesthouse waiting for us with a very large, very white sign saying “Ms. A.” …

The 17 Things You Must Do In St. Bart's

Where the locals shop, eat and sun on the famously posh — yet entirely unpretentious — French Caribbean island.<p>The Caribbean island of St. Barthelemy — St. Bart's, as it's known — is beautiful, sexy, chic and fun. The food is some of the best island fare in the world, and the French influence is …

Puerto Rico to pay $1.4 million in general obligation debt | Reuters

(Reuters) - Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello said on Thursday that the U.S. territory would make a $1.4 million interest payment on constitutionally-backed bonds by drawing on so-called “clawback” money deposited at Banco Popular.<p>The payment to general obligation bondholders, which was due on …

Caribbean

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Pension crisis forces Puerto Rico retirees to rethink future

Juan Camacho thought he would visit Spain, take a university literature course and get to sleep in more when he retired after nearly four decades as a teacher.<p>Instead, the 70-year-old is working as a second-grade teacher's assistant to supplement his pension as the U.S. territory's government warns …

Caribbean

Meet the Mayans: a tour of the real Yucatán, Mexico

After dinner, Juanito and I sit drinking beer. Outside is all the clamour of the jungle night. We talk about the big hotels on the Yucatán coast, an hour away by bus. Had he ever been inside one of them? Juanito is 64 and has twice been president of the village tourism co-operative, but he shakes …

Travel

21 Best Beaches in the World

Find perfection in these places where land meets water.<p>Ask true beach lovers to name a favorite swath of surf and sand, and the answer changes with the tides. Luckily our planet is covered in oceans, seas, and lakes, which means there’s a beach to indulge any whim. From pearly crescents covered in …

West Sussex