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Hawaii on a budget: penny pinching in paradise

Pink-hued sunsets over aquamarine waters, fascinating geological features and a vibrant mix of cultural and historical links to the rest of the world, Hawaii reigns supreme among tropical destinations. But paradise doesn’t come without a price.<p>As one of the world’s most isolated archipelagos, just …

Personal Finance

The 25 best Caribbean islands, ranked

Though each island has its own unique appeal, some have advantages over the others.<p>We've ranked the best islands in the Caribbean, based on the costs of hotel bookings, their accessibility, and the range of activities they offer.<p>To rank the islands, we factored in each one's average hotel-room …

Caribbean
Asia Travel

8 Beautiful Hawaii Inns (for Every Budget)

<i>By Dara Continenza for Bedandbreakfast.com</i><p>A trip to Hawaii tops many a bucket list, but can seem prohibitively expensive, with nightly rates for many resorts reaching $500 or more. Take comfort: Dreamy accommodations in Hawaii don't have to break the bank. Discover our list of the best bed and …

Hawaii Volcanoes

The dish worth a 15-hour flight

Born out of frugality, Hainanese chicken rice – one of Singapore’s national dishes – may seem simple. But it’s the kind of dish you’d cross continents to eat.<p>Hainanese chicken rice is the chickeniest chicken dish one can find in the chicken-eating world. Don’t believe me? Picture this: sitting in …

Food & Dining

16 things Hawaii locals always have to explain to out-of-towners

1. Spam is our jam, but that’s not all.<p>Even our McDonald’s serves Spam, but there’s more to our cuisine than the beloved canned meat. Just don’t ever …

A perfect day in Singapore: the ultimate one-day itinerary

For a country just two-thirds the size of New York City, Singapore packs a big punch, with entertainment, shopping and dining options matching the world’s best. And with a super-efficient (not to mention economical) transport system, it’s possible to visit most of Singapore’s top sights and …

Asia Travel

Hawaiian day trips: Moloka‘i

With its variety of microclimates, multifaceted history and diverse flora and fauna, Hawaii is made for day trips. In just one afternoon, a visitor can hike a rocky pine forest, learn the stories of an isolated colony of Hansen's Disease patients and then take in a breezy ocean vista.<p>In this …

Hiking

Hawaiian day trips: Lana‘i

With its variety of microclimates, multifaceted history and diverse flora and fauna, Hawaii is made for day trips. In just one afternoon, a visitor can hike a rocky pine forest, learn the stories of an isolated colony of Hansen's Disease patients and take in a breezy ocean vista.<p>In this two-part …

Archaeology

Hawaii for first-timers: how to choose an island

Planning a trip to the Hawaiian Islands but not sure where to start? Torn between picking a single island or doing some island-hopping?<p>Wherever you travel around the Hawaiian Islands, fantastic beaches, friendly faces and <i>ono grinds</i> (good eats) are practically guaranteed, but every island has a …

National Parks

Top 10 day trips in Singapore

For a great day out, explore the islands by yacht or ferry, walk the ‘green corridor’ or learn more about the city’s heritage and traditional crafts. Writer and photographer Marcus Ng suggests his favourite adventures<p>Southern Islands<p>Singapore is an island nation – but it is also a nation of …

Asia Travel

Hawaii Light

Living in Honolulu, nothing feels better than to leave the City for a few days; even if it means heading to the North Shore of Oahu or another island …

Hawaii's 'Deadliest' Beaches Might Surprise You

Everyone has an opinion about Hawaii's most beautiful beach. But deadliest? Most treacherous? The aloha state's Department of Health has those two superlatives on lockdown. And the answers might surprise you.<p>The Hawaiian beach where the most people have died (11, between 2009 and 2013) is tranquil …

Beaches

Hana: not just the end of Maui's most famous road

Road trippers consider the 52 miles, 59 bridges and 620 curves of the Hana Highway to be one of the finest driving roads on earth, and the ultimate option to chill out, ditch Maui’s tourist-heavy areas, and enjoy the emerald and azure scenery of east Maui’s coastline. But what if you’re looking to …

Outdoors

How to leave Maui (if you really have to)

You’ve double-checked your flight time, mapped out the gas station closest to the airport, shaken the sand out of your touristy beach towels, and had that conversation about packing the sunscreen or leaving it behind. It’s the end of your Maui vacation, and you’re off to return the rental car …

Maui

O'ahu's Top Scenic Drives

The island of Oʻahu offers much more for adventurous travellers than just the historic streets of Honolulu and Waikiki's beach resorts. Hitting the island’s roads allows you full licence to check out some of Hawai‘i's most spectacular scenic drives. Along the way, you’ll see everything from …

Jurassic Park

Top 10 experiences on Hawaii's Big Island

Island fever may happen elsewhere, but it's almost unheard of on Hawai'i. The aptly named Big Island is fantastically diverse, with miles of highways and - better yet - byways to explore. From age-old fishing villages to modern mega resorts, from snow-capped peaks to sandy beaches, you'll …

Top 10

Bora Bora beyond the beach

Bora Bora is world-famous for its glinting turquoise lagoon, dazzlingly white sandy stretches of beach and luxurious resorts. With such a dreamlike setting, this magical island is, unsurprisingly, a great spot to decompress. But there’s much more to do than simply sipping a cocktail on your chaise. …

Scuba Diving

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Hidden Honolulu: step away from the crowds in Hawaii's capital

Heading for Honolulu? Then you’re probably going to spend time in Waikiki. For many people, the popular beachfront district is all they see of the Hawaiian capital. However, there’s more to the city than tourist-thronged streets and beaches. When you feel like a break from the crowds, take time to …

Murals

A thrillseeker’s guide to Vietnam

Dense jungles, brooding mountains, endless waterways, towering cliffs, hairpin bends: the potential for adrenalin-fuelled adventure is limitless in Vietnam. Whether you prefer to scale the heights of jagged peaks or plumb the depths of coral reefs, Vietnam will deliver something special. Heck, just …

Vietnam

O'ahu's top surf spots

Haleiwa<p>An unruly, wild, wintertime break that picks up pretty much any north or west swell. A split-peak with a better right, it breaks from two feet to 12 and can either be a lot of fun or one of the scariest places you'll ever surf. The current out of the Haleiwa Harbor's relentless, so make sure …

Honolulu

Maui's Top 5 Best Drives

When many travelers think of Maui, visions of beaches, suntan lotion, and oceanfront cabanas create images of the perfect vacation. While every Maui vacation should involve some degree of relaxing, Maui is still a very large island that is worthy of spirited exploration. Besides -- there is much …

Coastlines

Hawaiian Island-hopping at Its Finest

Mapping out my first Hawaiian vacation was both a thrilling and challenging experience. With just about 10 days to explore our 50th state, I wanted to ensure I made the most of my time on the islands after the arduous trek from New York City (nearly 11 hours). After polling good friends and fellow …

Sea Level

Cheap and Chic: 10 Affordable Hawaii Hotels

While the mainland is still shaking off the last grips of winter, summertime fun is in full swing in Hawaii, where Mai Tais are being shaken and …

Mauna Kea

Glimpsing the future in Singapore

The future has arrived early in Singapore with more ultra-modern infrastructure - skyscrapers, parks, metro lines - being built every day. Many of the projects showcase technologies that we may soon see in other countries - and that could someday help all of us deal with global challenges such as …

Loneliness

Secret O’ahu: sights only the locals know about

Most people think of O’ahu strictly as a beach vacation interspersed with hiking and awash with cocktails. But what they don't realise is that there is a lot going on that has nothing to do with the island’s sandy beaches, flip-flopped feet, or the big, sugary, impossibly coloured drinks of …

Live Music