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You Should Really Go to a Sex Resort

"You know in Jamaica there's only sex, sea and sun and I can give you all three," my driver asserted with a wink as I, already soggy from the Jamaican humidity, boarded his bus en route to Hedonism II, one of the world's leading sex resorts. I had arrived.<p><i>Mona Lisa</i> with her breasts exposed is a …

Leonardo Da Vinci

Tiny Microlino EV now street legal in Europe, moving into production

Initially revealed back in early 2016, the Microlino promised a new electric interpretation of the classic 1950s bubble car, the BMW Isetta. After …

Electric Vehicles

Haruki Murakami's new novel declared 'indecent' by Hong Kong censors

The latest novel from Haruki Murakami, Japan’s most celebrated literary export, has fallen foul of censors in Hong Kong, where it was ruled to be indecent by a tribunal and removed from display at a book fair.<p>Hong Kong’s Obscene Articles Tribunal announced last week that the Chinese-language …

Hong Kong

Discover the Striking Earthen City of Timbuktu

Travel<p>Perched on the edge of the Sahara, this West African city was a center of religion and scholarship for centuries.<p>Travel<p>This West African city—long synonymous with the uttermost end of the Earth—was added to the World Heritage List in 1988, many centuries after its apex.<p>Timbuktu was a center …

National Parks

Slow food in Ticino: where to eat and what to try

Ticino – Switzerland’s southernmost, Italian-speaking canton – is a slow food mecca where travellers can enjoy <i>la dolce vita</i> with a side order of Swiss efficiency. The region encourages visitors to take their time in exploring historic lakeside cities like Lugano and Ascona, and delving into …

24 things to do in Hong Kong in 24 hours

Whether you want to go squid fishing after midnight or join in-the-know locals for a morning bowl of congee, Hong Kong has plenty to keep you going …

Best Places in Hong Kong to Take Photos

Hong Kong's Best Spots for a Photo<p>Hong Kong’s cityscape is, without ​a doubt, the best in the world. The thousands of skyscrapers crammed around …

Hong Kong

Why I fell in love with Slovenia

Back in 2000, as an American student studying in London, I embarked on a Eurorail trip – a sort of smorgasbord of travel in European cities. You buy an open ticket that allows you to travel indefinitely by train throughout Europe. But prior to my own Eurorailing adventure, I’d lent my Lonely …

European Travel

21 world wonders that you're not supposed to visit

Middle East

How to get a job and move to Japan

If you’ve ever dreamed of living in Japan but have that pesky little issue of not being a citizen, all hope is not lost. As someone who went through …

Ginzan Onsen: Japan's most charming winter village?

<b>(CNN) —</b> "This place is beautiful," says retired Japanese football star Hidetoshi Nakata. "This is like a hidden beauty of Japan ."<p>The 41-year-old is talking about the town of Ginzan Onsen, a popular winter destination in Japan's Yamagata Prefecture.<p>For Nakata, the importance of the region goes …

Japan

I tried The North Face's new jacket that's supposed to regulate your body temperature through tiny, laser-cut vents

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>The North Face<p>You get bundled up in layers to brave the cold outdoors, and you're thankful for every last one while standing still waiting …

Camping

40 beautiful places to visit in China

<b>(CNN) —</b> Almost all of us are familiar with the great man-made attractions in China : The Forbidden City in Beijing. The Terracotta Warriors of Xi'an. Shanghai's skyscraper forest in Pudong.<p>For a country of its massive size and varied geography, however, it's surprising how relatively few people …

29 of The Most Surreal Landscapes on The Planet You Must See

Alien visions right here on Earth.<p>Earth is full of bizarre landscapes. Some are land formations moulded over thousands of years, while others are …

100 Trips Everyone Should Take In Their Lifetime, According to the World's Top Travel Experts

These unique vacation excursions are stunning. 😍<p>No matter how many countries you’ve been to, there’s always somewhere new to discover.<p>But with so …

Singapore: no more cars allowed on the road, government says

The number of buses and goods vehicles will be allowed to continue growing but the growth cap for private cars will be cut to zero in 2018<p>Singapore, one of the most expensive places in the world to buy a vehicle, has announced it will freeze the number of private cars on its roads from next year …

Roads

Railway to heaven: a trip on the Qinghai-Tibet train

The lofty snowcapped Kunlun Mountains are veiled in a wispy mist as the train climbs up a steep mountain pass, trudging toward Lhasa. Through the window, great expanses of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau roll into view: grasslands dotted with black yaks and prayer flags fluttering from gold-topped …

10 Smart Luggage Options That Will Transform Your Travel Experience

10 Smart Luggage Options That Will Transform Your Travel Experience<p>The best smart suitcases and backpacks to take your travel game to the next …

10 stunning locations that inspired Studio Ghibli masterpieces

With a filmography that includes such beloved animated classics as <i>Princess Mononoke</i>, <i>Spirited Away</i> and <i>My Neighbor Totoro</i>, the imagination and artistry …

The best things in Schweiz are free: Switzerland on a budget

The mere idea of travelling around Switzerland on the cheap might make you roll your eyes in disbelief—after all, the nation regularly tops polls of the world’s most expensive countries.<p>But with a little canny planning, some clever timing and a shrewd knack for cost cutting, Switzerland’s …

The 25 places in Eastern Europe you must see in your lifetime

Myanmar and Cambodia team up to promote their spectacular ancient temples

Two of south-east Asia’s most beautiful countries are coming together for a joint tourism plan to entice more visitors to their countries.<p>Cambodia and Myanmar announced a new Angkor-Bagan Tourism Cooperation last week after a meeting between the countries’ two tourism ministers, with a formal deal …

11 secret gardens in Porto

Don’t let Porto’s architecture fool you. At face value its slender buildings appear to house little more than pokey apartments or hole-in-the-wall cafés, but many doors are rabbit holes leading to spacious living quarters (perhaps with a veggie patch and chickens out back) or modern dining spots …

An ancient underground city in central Turkey has been discovered by shepherds

An ancient underground city has been discovered by shepherds in central Turkey – and soon you could go and visit it. Researchers have been working in Turkey’s Kayseri province since 2014 to catalogue the underground settlements in the area, and locals told them about the existence of a cave in the …

Kenya's 10 unmissable experiences

Despite having a coastline of beautiful beaches perfect for lazing, Kenya rarely inspires visitors to sit still – there are simply too many exciting things to experience. Stirring landscapes, ranging from equatorial glaciers and jagged peaks to wildlife-laden plains and tropical reefs, provide an …

Top things to do in Miami

Top things to do in Miami Miami is such a fascinating city of old and new, funky and creative, traditional lifestyles, Latin inspired neighborhoods …

Miami Beach

Skip the Isles and Athens: 3 New Ways to Do Greece This Spring

Northern Greece<p>A far cry from the traffic of Athens and the high season island tourism, Northern Greece is noteworthy year-round for its diverse landscapes, ancient history, and innumerable activities both hedonistic and adventurous. The continuous flux of immigrants from Eastern Europe and the …

How to Succeed (and Fail) at a Job Interview in Japan

Ever thought about how many times to knock on the door when you are heading into a job interview? In Japan, it matters.<p>A shortage of young people …

Switzerland for nature lovers

Nature had one of her finest moments in Switzerland. Where else can you find such varied and intense beauty – colossal glaciers, raging falls, hidden valleys and 4000m mountains – in such a small country?<p>On foot or skis, by bike or raft, with karabiner or paraglider, the Swiss have harnessed these …