The Philippines' secret sanctuary

12th August 2011 (

The Philippines has a secret. Hidden on the west coast of Luzon, Nagsasa Cove is a respite from the chaos of Manila and an enclave of calm amid the rough waters of the South China Sea.

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New horizons in Kazakhstan

22nd March 2011 (

For the first six months after moving to Astana – Kazakhstan's spanking new capital built by presidential decree in the middle of the country’s vast empty steppe – Akmaral Aidarbekova complained bitterly about the place on a daily basis.

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Park Inn Hotel Prague

Beautifully situated in the area known as Prague 2, the new Park Inn Prague hotel is just a stone's throw away from the Vltava embankment and Charles Bridge as well as Vysehrad Castle.

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Rail to the Trails

15th January 2010 (

New York City skiers and snowboarders can rarely claim advantages over their brethren out West. Our nearby mountains are small compared with the Rockies and the Tetons. Instead of powder we have ice. And despite the bitter cold, our season is frustratingly short.

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The Grace Hotel

Located in the business, entertainment, and cultural centre, the hotel is bordered by York, King, and...

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The hotel that used to be a Boeing 727

10 June 2009 (

Nestled deep in the Costa Verde National Park in Costa Rica is a rather unusual hotel suite. The Fuselage room is a two-bedroom suite that has been built inside a retired Boeing 727. The team salvaged the aircraft from San Jose airport, where it had been left in state of disrepair after years of service for South Africa Air and a Colombian airline called Avianca Airlines. It was then transported piece-by-piece on five trucks to the jungles of Manuel Antonio where it has been re-assembled and refitted to become a luxury room amid the treetops. Guests enjoy ocean and forest views, which they will share with slouths, toucans and many a monkey.

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A Passage Into the Primeval on a Bayou Lake in East Texas

28 May 2009 (

EVERY visitor to Caddo Lake on the Texas-Louisiana border seems to come away with a profoundly personal impression. Anglers prize Caddo, the only naturally formed lake in Texas, for its trophy bass; canoeists rate its twisting, interlocking bayous among the most challenging to navigate. Environmentalists cherish its 26,000 acres as a rare, if not singular, wetlands environment. Caddo is more of a large bayou, composed of many smaller waterways. It is home to over 200 species of birds; hundreds of kinds of mammals, reptiles and fish; and countless plants, most prominently the towering baldcypress — some as old as 400 years — that erupt from its surface like limbs of drowned giants.

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Can Videoconferencing Replace Travel?

1 May 2009 (

When President Obama wants to talk with his military commanders in Iraq, he doesn't just pick up the phone. There is dedicated videoconferencing technology in the White House that enables him to speak with experts around the globe. And although the technology the administration uses is classified—the White House declined to identify the system—it is clear that it is a lot more environmentally friendly than firing up Air Force One.

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Lobster rolls and history in Boston

1 May 2009 (

Boston is the capital and largest city of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and is one of the oldest cities in the United States. The largest city in New England, Boston is considered the economic and cultural center of the region, and is sometimes regarded as the unofficial "Capital of New England"

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Removing Roads and Traffic Lights Speeds Urban Travel

1 May 2009 (

Conventional traffic engineering assumes that given no increase in vehicles, more roads mean less congestion. So when planners in Seoul tore down a six-lane highway a few years ago and replaced it with a five-mile-long park, many transportation professionals were surprised to learn that the city’s traffic flow had actually improved, instead of worsening. “People were freaking out,” recalls Anna Nagurney, a researcher at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, who studies computer and transportation networks. “It was like an inverse of Braess’s paradox.”

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Recalculating the Grand Tour

22 April 2009 (

Around this time last year, I was preparing for a daunting trip: the Frugal Grand Tour, a three-month jaunt around Europe in which I would follow in the footsteps of the great travelers of the 18th and 19th centuries. From classic destinations (Paris, Rome) to off-the-beaten-track locales (northern Cyprus, Malta) to up-and-coming hot spots (Bucharest, Gdansk), I planned to seek out the roots of Western civilization, have a few good meals and, somehow, not spend a fortune.

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Living with the Zambezi’s delta force

25 march 2009 (

People living in the vast delta of the Zambezi, Africa's fourth-longest river, know the rich landscape can come at a cost. When the water is high, it irrigates the fields, delivers nutrients and feeds villages with ample fish supplies. But if the waters continue to rise, the delta becomes a vast killing field for anyone trapped on the low-lying lands.

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Removing Roads and Traffic Lights Speeds Urban Travel

Think about this article as you view the video 'This is imposible' on Youtube. Tear down the signs!
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By Priya, 29 May 09

Removing Roads and Traffic Lights Speeds Urban Travel

As an American whose gone Dutch, I wonder how these type of theories would apply to taxation. I can't help but conclude (counter intuitively) these past 10 years that I am more wealthy as an individual now by paying double percentage points in taxes.

Example (in keeping with the subject of the article): Partially due to my extra input in the nation's budget we have in the Netherlands a greatly superior transit infrastructure. The roads are better kept, public transport is relatively excellent and everything can be reached by walkways and bicycle paths. This gives me many choices beyond my expensive car. Therefore while I remain greatly mobile my net travel expenses are less because I can choose the most cost effective form of transportation for any given trip.

Don't even get me started on health care...

In no way do I mean this comment as a political statement. I am truly curious from a scientific standpoint. Too often the discussion of taxation is clouded in a semi-religious ideolo
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By Tanya S, 29 May 09

Removing Roads and Traffic Lights Speeds Urban Travel

When I first moved to Tucson, AZ from the SF Bay area, I thought to myself that this place could really use an east-west freeway. Tucson has basically 1 freeway going north south on the western edge of town. As part of the project to widen the freeway they shut down all of the on-off ramps in town. Since then any north south commutes have gotten noticeably faster. And after reading this article I wonder if it would be better for them to build a Tucson bypass and shut down the freeway all together in town.
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By britney, 29 May 09

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