Taking pictures could be ruining your vacation, here’s why

Posted by - April 26, 2018

BEFORE the internet reared its all-knowing, all-seeing head, the quality of a holiday was mostly based on the colorful memories a traveler could recall.
At dinner parties, in the office, heck, even on busses, travelers would recount their many tales of white sands, turquoise oceans, hiking harsh mountain trails or “finding oneself” on a remote Sri Lankan beach.
Nowadays, vacation stories are relegated to the same old pictures.
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Such as showing people image after image of your legs at the beach, your sunburned face in front of historical landmarks, the “authentic’ cuisine and the compulsory pre-departure tipple.
But now, experts are warning this mindless picture-taking and uploading could be leading to a state of “digital amnesia”.
Oxford University sensory expert Professor Charles Spence researched 2,000 vacationing adults and discovered most them relied on smartphones to remember their trip.
Professor Spence concluded that instead of snapping away every detail of your trip, you should instead draw it.
Genius, right?
What are the benefits? According to experts, taking pictures only stimulates one sense – sight. Perhaps sight and sound if you’re filming, but nothing more.
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However, simply sketching, painting or even sculpting can trigger three senses – sight, touch, and sound.
Engaging in a craft to capture your trip also activates your sense of position, meaning memories can be made more prominent.
Opposed to relying on the downgraded pixels in your phone, use the 120 million pixels in your eyes.
Rely on the mix of wonderful smells, the warmth of the sun on your skin, the taste of your new favorite cocktail.
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Doing so will lead to remembering moods, emotions, and feelings experienced at the time.
“When we watch something from behind a lens, we’re not truly living and sensing the experience,” Professor Spence told the Mirror.
“Smartphones can prevent us from creating fully-fledged memories.”
Where should you begin? Capturing memories through art doesn’t always have to be exactly what you see either.
Like Picasso, Pollock, and Matisse, you can interpret what you see.
Think about the colors of fragrances, the look of food opposed to just the taste, the feel of the sand on your skin.
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This is a way to ensure certain smells, taste and sound transport you back to your vacation.
So, put your phone back in your beach bag, grab a pencil and paper, and create your memories.
Trust us, your friends will be more interested in seeing these than 200 shots of your feet in the sand.
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What’s in a: traditional Thai massage?

Posted by - April 23, 2018

THE TRADITIONAL Thai massage we have come to know and love today was first practiced over 2,500 years ago by Shivago Komarpaj, a North Indian physician said to be a close friend of Buddha.
It has roots in Chinese and Indian medicine, however, the records that detail the blossoming of techniques were destroyed in the 1767 Burmese battle in Ayutthaya, Thailand.
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Say ‘I Do’ to these beautiful wedding destinations in Asia But the lost records didn’t deter the practice, and after World War II ended, Thailand became a popular tourist destination, and so globalized the ancient massage practice.
Concentrating on healing the mind and body, the traditional methods involve combining deep tissue massages and assisted yoga poses while following the body’s energy map, known as Sen lines in Chinese acupuncture.
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Traditionally, the massage involves no essential oils and the receiver remains fully clothed sprawled out on a floor mat.
If this reminds you of a chiropractor session, that’s because it pretty much is.
Thai massages and some chiropractic techniques are one of the same. The dynamic techniques, and alleviating muscle manipulation will leave you feeling limber and light.
These are the five core benefits of indulging in a Thai massage and trust us, your body will thank you.
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The daily grind can leave us feeling exhausted, both mentally and physically.
Enter the Thai massage, which pays special focus to your Sen (or energy) lines mapped throughout the entire body.
Each line has its own unique energy points, which can be heightened through the application of pressure.
These points can be found all over, from your earlobes right down to your baby toes. Once they’re stimulated, you’ll feel the energy flowing from within.
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Our blood flow keeps us alive, oxygenating our brains and preventing us from losing our extremities.
So, it’s bizarre then that we don’t do more to help pump the crimson sticky stuff around our bodies.
But even just a short 20-minute Thai massage can help.
Through pressured touches, stretching muscles and maneuvering joints, the Thai massage stimulates blood flow which then helps to improve hair growth, and naturally warms your extremities.
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Do you excuse your inability to touch your toes because of age, disproportionate leg-to-body ratio, or because it’s child’s play?
Who are you kidding – you just simply can’t touch them.
Let a Thai massage take care of that. Therapists have hundreds of stretches they can apply to your specific needs, whether it is to limber up your shoulders, release tension between every vertebra, get you looking over both shoulders again or to create a new bendy party trick.
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Serotonin controls the feeling of happiness, and boy does it feel good when your brain releases it.
However, when the stress hormone known as cortisol is released, happiness retreats back into the shadows and a smile can become a furrowed brow.
But a Thai massage can increase the amount of serotonin produced, which is why you can’t help but feel relaxed and content when the therapist is working their magic.
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If your own snoring has ever woken you up in a massage, you’ve experienced first-hand how incredible the trained touch can feel to the body.
Being pampered into a sleep in a warm room, smelling how you would imagine Mother Nature to smell, is a fine way to drift off.
You can replicate some of these sleep-inducing techniques in your own bedroom too.
Try massaging your forehead in a circular motion, stroke your limbs gently or work your thumbs around the soles of your feet to treat nerve endings with the respect they deserve.
Sometimes the solutions to your aches and pains don’t lie in the bathroom cabinet, but rather in the hands of a trained masseuse.
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Here’s what you should know if you’re LGBTQ+ and traveling to Asia

Posted by - March 30, 2018

PLANNING a vacation is almost as exciting as actually being on vacation.
Deciding where to go, planning your outfits, asking others for recommendations – just so you can humbly brag about your upcoming trip – and spending hours looking at glorious Instagram pictures from people who are already there.
For most people, booking a vacation is as simple as researching, deciding, and booking. But for many others, spending time researching other nation’s laws and legislation forms the first part of their decision process.
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LGBT escape: Asia pushes pink tourism Why? Because those who identify within the LGBTQ+ community still face discrimination and persecution in 72 countries around the world.
The below shows where in the world it is still illegal to be gay, where gay marriage is legalized and identifies the grey areas in between.
Such as where there are no laws against homosexuality, but the nation is openly intolerant.
New legislation is constantly being introduced and revoked. For example, Indonesia is considering reinstating a law that would re-criminalize homosexuality, whereas Australia has recently legalized gay marriage.
But being openly gay in 72 countries around the world can land you a stint in prison, from month-long sentences to life imprisonment.
In Iran, Saudi Arabi, Qatar, UAE, Yemen, and Sudan the severe punishment of death is enforced for being gay. What do all these countries have in common? They are conservative.
The updated map of LGBTQ+ laws around the world. Source: Travel Wire Asia
Within Asia, it is illegal to be openly gay in Malaysia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Myanmar, and India. On the map, these nations are marked in red.
Those marked in teal signify the nations that not only allow people to be openly gay but also let them get married.
Because everybody, no matter their sexual orientation, should have the right to get married.
Orange countries signify nations where homosexuality is legal, and there are laws in place to protect those in the LGBTQ+ community from discrimination.
Nations coded in purple, such as Thailand, Mongolia, Japan, South Korea and Nepal, mean homosexuality is legal, but there are only a few protections for those in the LGBTQ+ community.
Now for the uglier side of things Blue nations such as Indonesia and China state that homosexuality is not illegal, but there are now laws to protect those in the gay community – meaning people who identify as LGBTQ+ can be discriminated against.
In nations marked in green such as Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam, homosexuality is legal by default.
This means those states have never enacted legislation specifically outlawing it. So, it is not “officially illegal” to be gay but there are no laws to protect you from discrimination, prejudice and harsh treatments by officials.
Orange countries are essentially red. But because there is no official law, they just sit ominously while not protecting their citizens.
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The loudest, proudest LGBT festivals in Asia Where should you travel if you belong to the LGBTQ+ community Do not limit yourself to traveling to countries where homosexuality is legal.
Travel the world but be mindful of how you are perceived and how you act. In countries like Malaysia, it is not only those in the LGBTQ+ community who can be prosecuted.
Anyone who displays indecent signs of public affection, straight or gay, can be called up by the authorities. This is because under Malaysian law if you “offend” some through “obscene acts”, you can be punished.
However, this is unlikely to happen, but just be mindful of your surroundings and don’t parade the fact you’re as gay as James Banham, founder of The-F, tells Six-Two after visiting Indonesia.
“You wouldn’t want to wave the fact you’re a homosexual in the face of anyone. Don’t do that and you’ll stay in everyone’s good books.”
#AIRLINES
This Australian airline just banned its staff from using ‘guys’, ‘love’, ‘honey’ While we agree that you shouldn’t have to hide your sexual orientations, it’s wise to remember that you’re not vacationing with the purpose of promoting awareness around LGBTQ+ communities.
The best way to choose your next vacation destination is by informing yourself, as James explains, “Don’t be arrogant. Know where you’re going and brush up on the laws.”
In a world where so much hate and discrimination, it is important to stand up for what you believe in. But there is also a time and a place for this, which is most probably not while you’re on your vacation.
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Quick thinking pilot saves the day

Posted by - March 29, 2018

WHEN you’re cruising at 30,000 feet, the last thing you want is to fall ill. But it does happen more often than you think.
On a recent flight from Shanghai to New York, a passenger started complaining of breathing problems and when the situation didn’t improve, the China Eastern Airlines pilot knew this was more serious than travel sickness.
The 60-year-old unidentified female passenger who was sat in economy class began having trouble breathing as the plane flew over the Bering Sea, Asia One reported.
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Destinations in Asia you might want to avoid in 2018 Cabin crew acted immediately by transferring her to first class where she could lay down flat.
But when the passenger started complaining of an all over tingling sensation and started to slip in and out of consciousness, the cabin crew put out an announcement for medical assistance from any doctors on board.
Three hours later, the passenger’s condition further deteriorated and the pilot, captain Gu Jian, decided to make an emergency landing at Ted Stevens Anchorage Airport in Alaska.
But there was one problem, the plane was way over the weight limit needed for a safe landing due to onboard fuel.
After dumping 30 tons of the fuel mid-air, the plane was able to land safely where the passenger in question was whisked off to a hospital.
“The airplane’s weight was 282 tons, far more than the maximum landing weight,” Jian explained to CGTN. “When the sick passenger needed medical attention for safety reasons, the plane had to descend and dump gasoline at the same time.”
The plane then refueled and carried on its journey to New York, arriving six hours late.
It has since been reported that the sickly passenger was later discharged from hospital and carried on with her trip to the Big Apple the following day.
What’s the protocol for an in-flight medical emergency While medical emergencies on plane journeys aren’t common, they are inevitable. With over one billion passengers flying through the skies each year, the probability of someone getting sick or even injured while on board is likely.
Medical emergencies are categorized into health and injury. The latter is usually caused by falling luggage or spilling hot drinks.
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Are these pampered pooches having a better vacation than you? A health emergency may be spotted by a flight attendant or reported by a fellow passenger. In any case, a flight attendant will carry out an assessment and report the situation to the pilot.
Like in the case above, the lead flight attendant will usually make an announcement for help from any medical professionals on board.
If there is a positive response, the medical professional will be asked to assess the patient and advise the crew on what steps to take.
If it’s negative a response, the flight crew will contact emergency services via satellite phone to ask for assistance.
In either instance, the crew can then make an informed decision about whether to carry on the journey or to make an emergency landing.
If you should ever find yourself feeling very unwell on an aircraft, immediately notify the cabin crew. The sooner they know, the faster they can help you.
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Say hello to the new private island Hyatt Beach Resort in Japan

Posted by - March 21, 2018

HYATT, one of the world’s top hospitality companies, is getting ready to open its first ever beach resort in Japan and it looks to be stunning.
Up until a few years ago, the location of the newest Hyatt Regency Resort was just another bit of the East China Sea that swelled around the Japanese prefecture island of Okinawa.
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Nobody likes a soggy beach: The best times to go to Asia’s top 11 beaches But fortunately, Hyatt had the foresight to see the potential of this little bit of coast and the adjoining island as it is now getting ready to open the 344-room luxury hotel on Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island in Onna-son, Okinawa.
Onna-son is known as one of the best beach locations on Okinawa island and guests at the new resort will be able to enjoy private beaches all to themselves.
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The hotel is surrounded by azure blue warm waters that can be seen from the guest rooms.
Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island Okinawa hopes to energize its guests through experiences and connect them with what and who matters to them most.
This can be done through a myriad of health-focused activities on offer, from beach yoga to invigorating spa treatments.
Of the 344 rooms on offer at the resort, 320 of them will be housed in a seven-story building on the private island, while the remaining 24 rooms can be found in the three-story beach house on the Okinawa Island side.
#SINGAPORE
Save money in Singapore with these free activities Each room has a balcony and complimentary WiFi, so you can upload your stunning sea view pictures straight onto Instagram.
The food on offer here is a reason in itself to book a stay. Satisfy all your Japanese food cravings in one of the six restaurants at the resort which all offer fresh produce, including the catch of the day.
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You may even decide that this is the place you want to say your vows and enter into holy matrimony, and if it is, we don’t blame you. It is truly stunning here.
The onsite Seragaki Island Chapel can seat up to 40 guests and will hold a 10-meter aisle so all your adorning guests and lucky partner can watch you as you glide, or groove toward married life.
The hotel is now taking reservations for September 1 onwards. We’ll see you there for a spot of paradise living.
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Is Google leading the way in wheelchair accessibility?

Posted by - March 20, 2018

UP until just a few decades ago the need for wheelchair access was overridden by the desire of urban planners and architects looking to create something beautiful or perhaps to cut costs.
Maybe the needs of wheelchair users have simply been forgotten altogether.
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Save money in Singapore with these free activities Now, urban landscapers, planners, and designers are making every effort to ensure wheelchair users aren’t excluded.
Hong Kong, Malaysia, United Arab Emirates and South Korea have already established brilliant systems for wheelchair users.
Other nations such as Cambodia, Vietnam, Nepal, and Thailand are trying to improve their nation’s accessibility for wheelchair users too and they’re doing a good job.
However, this is only half the accessibility battle for those who rely on wheelchairs. Finding which transport systems are suitable, avoiding flights of stairs or steep hills is the other battle.
But Google is trying to end this struggle by releasing a Google Maps update which will allow wheelchair users to see where ramps and lifts are located and where to avoid stairs and escalators.
This new filter is currently available in Tokyo, Mexico City, New York, Boston, London and Sydney with the view of adding new cities soon.
Google was able to collate most of the information from its existing Google Maps users, while other information was generated from over 200 meetups of Google’s “Local Guides”.
In total, over 12 million locations were assessed and input into the new filter. That means 12 million places wheelchair users are easily able to find out if they can access.
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Accessible Airbnb: Home-sharing platform rolls out filters for disabled travelers Although it may be a while until every village, town, and city in every nation is built to be fully inclusive, this new step from Google is heading in the right direction.
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7 gadgets sure to bring a smile to any traveler’s face

Posted by - March 20, 2018

TODAY marks the United Nations’ International Day of Happiness and people are making the extra effort to smile.
The theme this year is “Share Happiness”, focusing on the importance of relationships, kindness and helping each other.
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7 of the most bizarre, mind-boggling airline rules out there A smile, a compliment or a funny joke can go a long way to making someone feel happier, but we can’t deny that buying shiny new things also gives us a sense of self-indulgent glee.
We know money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy you some super-cool travel gadgets to make your trip easier, more exciting and memorable.
Here are our top picks.
Leica Q “Snow” camera: The new limited edition Leica Q “Snow” is nearly as beautiful as the picture it takes. Source: bhphotovideo.com
Firstly, it is beautiful. And that is before you’ve even looked at the pictures this limited edition camera produces.
The Leica Q “Snow” has been designed in collaboration with Russia-born, Swiss Olympic snowboarding champion Iouri Podladtchikov.
With an off-white cowhide leather, exterior and classic silver encased lens, it has the sharpness of winter and the beauty of powered snow just in its aesthetics.
Of course, the camera has all the usual high-tech features of every other Leica camera, including a dot touchscreen LCD monitor, built-in WiFi connectivity and 24.2-megapixel full-frame sensor, fast prime Summilux lens.
Each of the limited edition cameras has a unique serial code to ensure unsuspecting buyers aren’t duped into purchasing a fake.
There are only 300 of these cameras being made, so be sure to grab yours quickly, along with the snazzy white case.
Anti-sand beach mat:
A sure-fire way to turn a smile into a frown is by getting sand on your beach picnic or in your socks. And nobody wants that.
To make sure your beach day stays frown-free, invest in the revolutionary Sandless Beach Mat, which provides an entirely sand-free experience.
It was originally intended for military use, but since sandy sandwiches are a universal problem, the domestic sphere has started buying them up for beach days.
Pocket-sized washing machine: This is the perfect solution to all your stinky problems. Source: Scrubba.com
The dread of stinky clothes while away is something every traveler experiences. Nobody wants to be that weird smell on the sleeper train or have to decline a dinner invite because they have run out of clothes.
But with the Scrubba Portable washing machine, any smelly woes will be a thing of the past.
This compact little bag comes equipped with a flexible washboard and hundreds of internal nodules to efficiently clean clothes in minutes – just like Momma used to.
The lightweight pouch also doubles up as a dry bag, to keep all your important items safe and dry.
Weighing in at just five ounces, it is the lightest model on the market, making it perfect for any type of trip.
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Will Thailand’s rabies outbreak ruin your Songkran plans? No more crumpled clothes: This tiny iron is the smallest of its kind in the world – but it does a mighty job. Source: Amazon.com
Unless you’re up for carrying a suit bag around with you on your journey or investing in an iron wherever you go, the chances are that you’ll probably have a few creases in your clothes – annoying right?
Cue tiny travel iron. The answer to every business travelers prayers.
The Steamfast is a tiny 420-watt steam iron and the smallest of its kind in the world. It has three fabric heating levels, so even delicate items can be ironed into a wrinkle-free world.
Scoot away: Steve Aoki riding the scooter he designed. Source: Microscooters.co.uk
Picking the perfect carry-on luggage case can be tricky. Thinking of factors such as weight, style, ease of wheeling, and size can make choosing the right bag more of a headache than a fun purchase.
But the Micro 3in1 Luggage Scooter could be the answer to your problems.
Designed with DJ Steve Aoki, the little suitcase is fixed onto a scooter meaning you’ll never be late to your departure gate and you can get there in ultimate style.
The scooter kickboard also doubles up as a Bluetooth Sound2Go speaker and can be folded up to meet most airlines carry-on size rules.
Keep your tootsies warm: No more having to run to the nearest heated shop to warm up your feet. Source: Amazon.com
If you’re heading to northern Asia where temperatures plummet way into the minus or perhaps you’re taking a ski trip somewhere in Europe to catch the best powder, it’s inevitable that your extremities are going to feel the cold the most.
Conquer near-frostbite with these ThermaCELL Heated Insoles to keep your feet warm.
Simply place the insoles into your shoes or ski boots and using the remote control set it to the temperature you want.
Don’t be alarmed, get armed: Carry this personal door alarm for a better night sleep. Source: Amazon.com
If you’re not convinced your hostel has the best security or you’re just not good at sleeping in distant lands, then get one of these lightweight door alarms.
The Travel Door Guard can be easily fitted to the door and hung on the handle. When triggered it lets off a loud high-pitched sound, so anyone who is trying to enter will immediately be deterred and you’ll instantly be alerted to an intruder.
Chances are you’ll be safe and sound as the world is full of more nice people than bad. But for peace of mind, there is no harm in arming yourself with this alarm.
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Buying a private island is more affordable than you think

Posted by - March 12, 2018

EVERYONE loves a good island getaway but have you ever thought of owning your very own private paradise? Before you say we’re off our rocker, here’s the thing: buying an island is actually less the pipe dream you think it is!
Of course, you’ll need to be somewhat flush with cash or a bit of a miser with your finances. After all, the private-island-owners list currently includes celebrity A-listers like Johnny Depp with his Little Halls Pond Cay in the Bahamas, Celine Dion and her Ili Gagnon in Quebec and Leonardo DiCaprio’s 2.2-mile (3.5km) long island of Blackadore Cay in Belize.
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Found: 5 marvelous messages-in-a-bottle All of these people have fame, wealth and crazy amounts of talent in common and while we’re sure you’re just as talented – you may not yet have sold 220 million albums worldwide or racked up nearly US$500,000,000 at the box office.
But who needs to be an international superstar to buy an island when you can purchase one for as little as US$22,000 – that’s right, a whole island for less than a cost of an average apartment in Tokyo, which is around US$3 million, or a Manhattan property, which is a cool US$2 million. And let’s not even get started on West London properties.
So if you’ve got some cash to splash and want your own little slice of heaven in Asia, here’s what your savings could get you:
Nici Island, Philippines – US$400,000 A sea view of Nicci Island. Source: Private Island Inc.
Nici Island is in Palawan in the Philippines, just above Culion Island. The sizeable 5.4-acre island is surrounded by sapphire waters and has already been developed, so you can just move straight in.
Listed on Private Island Inc, a realtors website dedicated to those looking to purchase a private island, it is described as an income potential with a tennis court, boat pier, two water tanks, generator and a soon-to-be-ready swimming pool.
The house which is perched on top of the small hill has 360-degree views of the surrounding ocean and other islands that share the waters.
Potential buyers don’t have to worry about getting supplies or educating their children either as the main island of Culion is only a 30-minute boat ride away, and has shops and even a college offering literature and tourism bachelor degrees.
Dumunpalit Island – US$3,400,000 Dumunpalit Island is mostly covered in lush forest and tropical wildlife. Source: Private Islands Inc.
This partially developed island is also located in Palawan, Philippines. The island looks like something created by CGI technology for an action movie, or perhaps the lair of an evil villain.
The 75-acre island includes golden beaches, emerald forest and the pleasure of the warm South China Sea and the Sulu Sea lapping at the shores.
Dumunpalit is just a short flight from Manila, but you will feel like you’re the only person in the world on this island.
This is the perfect place for nature lovers as the island is full of exotic fruits such as papaya, mangoes, and coconuts as well as beautiful animals such as bumblebees, dragonflies, butterflies and the rare Palawan eagle.
Tipaemaua, French Polynesia – US$4,634,936 The long thin Tipaumaua Island is surrounded by crystal waters and covered with palm trees. Source: Valdi Private Island
This may be as close to heaven as you can get without dying. This island ticks all the boxes for a proverbial paradise island, cue white sandy beaches, coconut trees, swells of crystal clear ocean blue and sublime tranquillity.
It is located off the east coast of the equally beautiful island of Raiatea. Tipaemaua Island is an impressive 29.65 acres and is simply stunning, relaxing and awe-inspiring.
Roy’s Peninsula Wanaka, New Zealand – US$4,400,000 Roy’s Peninsula in New Zealand is an adventurers dream. Source: Vldai Private Islands
If you’re thinking, “yeah glistening waters and sand finer than air is great, but rolling hills and rugged landscapes would be better,” then take a look at Roy’s Peninsula in New Zealand.
While there is no property to move straight into on this peninsula, there is building permission for an elevated residential home, under the conditions that it meets the Outstanding Natural Feature regulations as to not be an eyesore on the beautiful natural landscape.
One lucky peninsular owner could wake up every day to views of the enchanting lake, which lays under the snow-topped peaks. So, grab your boat, your walking boots, and your cheque book and have the adventure of your life.
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Demons and divine tranquility: Bali’s Nyepi celebrations Aino Island, Japan – US$3,000,000 This island hasn’t been lived on for 40, but it’s ready for a new owner. Source: Vladi Private Island
It’s common knowledge that property in Japan is expensive, however, it is also commonly known that Japan is made up of over 6,000 islands.
While plenty of them are uninhabited and entirely undeveloped, many others have been built upon and offer private island luxury for sometimes cheaper than buying an apartment in one of the major cities.
Aino Island is located in Hiroshima Prefecture of Japan. The island was inhabited around 40 years ago and remnants of the residency remain, including a well and some of the property.
However, the island is certainly in need of some repair, including to the private pier. But it would be worth it to escape the bright lights of Tokyo and the flock of tourists at other coastal resorts.
So then, with a small glimpse of the kind-of-affordable private islands on offer, do you think you’ll be reaching into your pocket to purchase your own little slice of private luxury?
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International Women’s Day: How India is making female travel easier

Posted by - March 9, 2018

LOCATED along the Southwest coast of India, Kerala is a known for its natural beauty, stunning palm-lined beaches, meandering backwaters and tropical climate.
Along with its good transport links to the rest of India, the region is popular among travelers and tourists.
However, India’s railway network isn’t entirely safe, secure, or efficient, and this is an issue the government and local authorities are trying to tackle.
As part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Make in India initiative, a new high-speed railway from Mumbai to Ahmedabad is being built, among other plans to further strengthen India’s economy and make the rail networks more efficient.
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Where to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Asia In terms of safety and security, individual train stations are working to ensure all their passengers feel at ease while making a journey.
Kollam train station in Kerala is certainly taking steps to achieve this goal as it has just installed breastfeeding cabins on the platforms, in order for mothers to feed their children – a basic human right.
The cabins are located on platforms one and two and have been painted a vibrant pink as not to go unnoticed.
While this is a model currently being tested at Kollam station, the Ministry of Railways has announced that it will join forces with the Rotary Club and help with the installation of such cabins across all Kerala railway stations.
Breast feeding cabins set up at Kollam railway station.https://t.co/dRCvhGVVTI
— Ministry of Railways (@RailMinIndia) March 4, 2018
The announcement came just days after the monthly magazine Grihalakshmi received huge backlash for releasing a cover of model Gilu Joseph breastfeeding a baby.
A case is even being bought against it for the alleged lascivious image.

This, however, is not stopping authorities from demonstrating practice to make it easier for women to travel by train around India as other train stations have shown.
Last month, Bhopal Junction train station in Madhya Pradesh installed a sanitary napkin dispenser and incinerator for women to access clean and cheap products and dispose of them properly.
#INDIA
India’s Bhopal train station now has a sanitary pad vending machine Railway Minister Piyush Goyal visited a sanitary napkin production unit started by Railway Women’s Welfare Central Organization last week and announced that the dispensers will be installed in 200 major railway stations across the country.
In addition to these female safety campaigns, India has just gained its first all-female interstate railways station team.
Gandhinagar junction in Jaipur employees only women, and according to The Economics Times, men make excuses to gawk at the female employees in the ticket booths and around the station.
You won't see any male staff at this railway station in India. pic.twitter.com/LYJWqYzHVY
— Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) March 9, 2018
“Even though all the information is displayed on boards, they keep coming again and again with silly queries,” Mahima Dutt Sharma, a station employee told AFP.
Indian railways seem to be the starting point for female empowerment, and what better way to start a metaphorical journey of growth, than while on a literal journey?
Happy International Women’s Day!
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This travel influencer will change the way you view Instagram

Posted by - March 9, 2018

“I WAS LIVING ABOVE MY MEANS. I was living a lie and debt was looming over my head,” 26-year-old Lissette Calveiro told New York Post.
Insta-famous influencers, especially food, beauty, and travel content creators, often seem like they’re living perfect lives.
They get to dine in expensive places for free, sample street food you’ve only ever heard of, get first dibs on the latest beauty products, don designer clothing from top to toe and fly off to the farthest corners of the world.
And more often than not, they’re paid to do what they do.
We see and we envy, but we also forget that almost all (if not all) of it is filtered.
A post shared by Lissette Calveiro (@lissettecalv) on Nov 7, 2017 at 9:40am PST
In her quest for stardom, Miami-based Calveiro gained 23,000 followers but also landed herself a whopping total of US$10,000 in debt.
“I was shopping . . . for clothes to take ‘the perfect ’gram’,” New York Post quoted Calveiro as saying.
She was struggling financially while juggling an internship and a part-time retail job to fund her life as an Instagram star. A stark contrast from all the glitz and glamor she showcased on the social media platform.
A post shared by Lissette Calveiro (@lissettecalv) on Feb 18, 2018 at 5:00pm PST
And despite her debt, she still gave herself US$200 per month to ensure her followers never saw the same outfit twice.
She would also fork out US$1,000 for a vintage Louis Vuitton bag or an accessory from Kate Spade and make month-long trips to Las Vegas, the Bahamas, and Los Angeles to get “new material” for her Instagram posts.
She may have landed a full-time publicist gig, but most of her salary went to dining out, shopping, and traveling. All for the socials.
#TRAVEL BLOGGING
Quit your job, travel the world? The harsh realities of life as a travel blogger “Snapchat had these (geo-)filters (like digital passport stamps) and I wanted to collect at least 12,” Calveiro said. “If you break it down, a lot of the travel I was doing in 2016 was strictly for Instagram.”
Does she regret it? She said yes.
“I had a lot of opportunities to save. I could’ve invested that money in something.”
A post shared by Lissette Calveiro (@lissettecalv) on Feb 1, 2018 at 7:58am PST
What do her followers say?
“I want your life!”, “Loving your dress!”, “You look so happy!” and other words of admiration and support are often repeated in the comments. But perhaps they’re just blissfully unaware.
Not Calveiro though. She has pulled a 180. “I find more meaning in what I’m doing. It goes back to me being more authentic.”
And she’s not the first to have fallen apart.
A post shared by MURAD OSMANN (@muradosmann) on Feb 19, 2018 at 3:45am PST
Insta-famous Russian travelers Murad and Nataly Osmann, otherwise known as the #FollowMeTo couple, may have millions of followers on their respective Instagram accounts.
But unlike their iconic photos, they’ve unglamorously run on empty many times.
“You have to be ready to put all your energy into what you are doing. And you should be ready to live in airports, trains, buses, and cars because it is all about moving from one place to another,” news.com.au quoted Murad as saying.
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