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How many districts are there in India? Nobody is really sure

India is a vast country. In increasing order of granularity, it is broken into states, districts, sub-districts and villages/wards. There’s agreement among the country’s official data gatherers on the first geographical level: the number of states India has. But drill down to the second …

India

How and where India’s government will spend its money during the coming year

India’s finance minister Arun Jaitley had a daunting task ahead of him in the newly elected UPA government’s first budget announcement. As expenditure outpace revenues, the government faces a severe cash crunch making any sort of tinkering in the country’s books extremely difficult.<p>“We should leave …

The real picture of India’s finances is terrifying

For all its promise of hitting the reset button on the Indian economy, the new government has very limited room to manoeuvre. It’s the common budgetary bane, be it for a household, a corporation or a government—living beyond its means.<p>India has been living beyond its means to such an extent that …

10 Iconic Things You Can Only Do in America

(Photo: m01229 via flickr/CC Attribution)<p>Rediscover your patriotic streak this summer with an iconic American experience. Eat a Fenway Frank at a Boston Red Sox baseball game. Ride the historic 1927 wooden Cyclone roller coaster on Coney Island. Stand speechless at the edge of the Grand Canyon. …

New Orleans

Reader Recs: World’s Best Beach Towns

Summer is officially underway in the Northern Hemisphere, and if you’re anything like me, that means one thing—beach season. Whether it be a long weekend at Wrightsville Beach in North Carolina or an extended stay in sandy Punta Cana, I’m always ready for an ocean breeze and the sweet tang of …

8 Summer Road Trips That Will Get You Out of the City Without Breaking the Bank

Maybe it's nostalgia for our (long-gone) school days, but nothing says summer like getting out of town.<p>And thanks to a more optimistic financial outlook for 2014, travel seems to be on the to-do list for some 133 million of us this year, according to the latest American Express Spending & Saving …

The 10 Best American Beach Resorts

<i>by David Jefferys, CNTraveler.com</i><p>Where will you spend your summer weekends this year? How about one of these great beach resorts, all highly ranked by our readers in the annual Readers' Choice Survey. Don't see your favorite? Share your own suggestions in this year's survey--take it now.<p>PHOTO …

Road Trip Bliss: Long Island

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>The east end of <b>Long Island</b>, New York, looks like the gaping jaws of a crocodile. I’m at the back of the animal’s throat, driving northeast on County Road 105, when I see the mouth opening wide in front of me. Here the reptile’s smile spreads around the Great Peconic …

Photography & Travel Product Reviews

Digital Tools to Help Whip Your Body Into Shape

Technology has crept into almost every single aspect of our lives these days and fitness is no exception. With summer season coming up in a couple of weeks, here are some digital tools to help whip your body into shape.<p>Online classes (live and on demand)<p>Online classes are basically live or …

Reinvented Riga: a traveller’s guide to Latvia’s capital city

With over two decades of freedom (and a renewed status as Latvia’s capital) under its belt, Rīga is reclaiming its rightful title as the cosmopolitan cornerstone of the Baltic.<p>Sitting at the crossroads of the great empires that wrote the pages of Europe’s elaborate history, Rīga was – for centuries …

8 Things Even New Yorkers Don't Know About New York City

New York was the Big Orange before it was the "Big Apple."<p>Most New Yorkers know their city used to be called New Amsterdam and was once super seedy and brothel-filled, but did you know that once upon a time, hammy beasts roamed the city's streets, stoners had their own grassy jungles and dead …

Top 10 Eastern European getaways

For years Eastern Europe was the undiscovered half of the continent - but things have changed. The diverse highlights of Eastern Europe are now drawing travellers by the trainload. Here are our top 10 Eastern European getaways.<p>1. Julian Alps, Slovenia<p>The Julian Alps form Slovenia's dramatic …

Beyond Boston: A Road Trip to Concord and Lexington

<i>By Leigh Harrington, Boston editor for Where®</i><p>Unlike Paul Revere, you don't need to look to Boston's Old North Church for two lanterns to see that you should hit the road for Concord and Lexington, Mass. This time around there's no pressure of Redcoats with musket rifles in hot pursuit, and you'll …

10 of the world's longest bridges of various types | CNN Travel

Road-Tripping the Florida Keys

I set off from Miami without an agenda. I was headed south to Key West on the famous Overseas Highway and wanted to let serendipity lead the way. With only a short amount of time on my hands, I didn’t want to be saddled with an endless list of to-dos.<p><b>Here’s what I found on my road trip through this</b> …

Silicon Valley Can’t Keep Up With Korea’s Financial Revolution

<i>Jon Norris is a writer for TransferWise who splits his time between the U.S. and the U.K. This post originally appeared on the TransferWise blog and has been republished with permission.</i><p>Until a few years ago, South Korea was promoted by its Tourism Board as “Land of the Morning Calm”. While the …

Love Road Trips? 8 Stunning USA Self-Drive Tours and Adventures

Road trips are a wonderful way to enjoy the United States. So much so, that many Americans and up taking their own road trips each year in the …

National Parks

How to travel in Europe

Fifty sovereign states. 10,180,000 sq km. 738,200,000 people. The word ‘Europe’ does little to convey the diversity found within, which can make it a bewildering place to travel. So here’s a handy guide to your transport options:<p>Car<p><b>Budget:</b> medium-high (London-Prague petrol from EUR360 return, plus …

Garmin Vivofit review: a truly fitness-focused activity tracker

Keep moving. That's the message you'll get from anyone offering up fitness advice these days. It's snappy, simple and probably quite valid. The problem is that it can be hard to quantify how much activity is merely part of our basic existential requirements before we get to the part that counts as …

12 killer apps that will crash GDP below 1% by 2100

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (MarketWatch) — Yes, the rise and fall of capitalism can be seen in these 12 “killer apps.” The first six of these …

Escapes From London

Hop a train from London and in less than two hours you can be hiking country trails, soaking in mineral spa waters or shucking oysters by the sea. Jetsetter.com rounds up the best escapes from the capital.<p><b>BATH</b><p>Just 40 minutes by train from Paddington Station via a route that cuts through lush …

England

Road Trip: California's Pacific Coast Highway

Travel<p>Strap in and get ready for an exhilarating driving experience along this twisting, cliff-hugging route.<p>An exhilarating driving experience, this twisting, cliff-hugging, 123-mile (198-kilometer) route along the central California coast takes about five hours to complete at a leisurely pace. …

California

Photography & Travel Product Reviews

Photography & Travel Product Reviews

Stay fit: Jawbone Up24 and Nike+ FuelBand SE review

There was a time in my life when I recorded every piece of food I ate and every step I took. I kept a meal and exercise journal — an actual journal — before I had one on my computer. Once online tools like LoseIt! and MyFitnessPal became popular, I tried a slew of those. I’ve had too many …

The 10 Best Chinatowns In The Entire World

There are Little Italys and Koreatowns and Dutch villages galore, but no breed of cultural enclave has made itself more of a cultural "thing" than the classic Chinatown.<p>In fact, there is no such thing as a "classic Chinatown:" each one's got a different quirky flavor, infused by the city around it. …

The Ultimate Guide to Travel Apps and Websites

The paramount of practical, problem-solving mobile apps and websites to simplify your travel queries.<p><b>Before Your Trip:</b><p>The fun is in planning your vacation -- said no one ever. Regardless, a little organization always pays off.<p><b>Travelboxe.com:</b><p>Launched in 2012, this website allows you to personalize …

Apps

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, …