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A unique old clothes shop on a shuttered Japanese high street

Away from Japan’s big cities, the combination of a shrinking population and urban migration are having a visibly devastating effect. Once thriving towns are now all too often little more than sad reminders of the past, with shops shuttered up and former essentials such as train services slowly disappearing. A phenomenon I documented just recently in this photo essay: Looking for the lost. Of course not everything closes, and life does go on for the generally older residents who remain, meaning a...
Tags: Travel, Photography, Fashion, Japan


Sleepless.

The unthinkable happened yesterday.I got a call from my landlord asking me to pay my rent that was overdue. No, the rent was not overdue because I could not pay. I have the money. But because there is a cash component in the rent that requires me to withdraw cash and send someone over to his office and deposit the same. Haha, cashless economy. And of course, I could not find someone to do that! Thus the snafu.So the landlord called me and was curt when he spoke to me about it. I don't blame him....
Tags: Travel, Money, Life, Time, Rant, God, Mumbai, MDI, Crib, Saurabh Garg, Ghatkopar


Getting a Facial at the Heyday Skincare Spa – Tips for a First Timer

Before I had my first facial, I honestly had no clue what to expect. I’ve seen facials listed on every spa men I’ve ever been to, and while I do care about my skincare regimen, I honestly never wanted to choose the facial when at the spa. What would they say about my skincare routine? Would it hurt? Would it even help? Well, I let those worries and lack of information keep me from ever even trying a facial. That is until recently, when I was invited by Harrys to try their newest mens grooming p...
Tags: Travel, Fashion, New York City, Lifestyle, Adam Groffman, LA Always


Travel Wise | Fur flies over travel industry’s pet-cleanup charges

Traveling with a pet? You might get charged extra after your stay. Here's why — and how to cope.
Tags: Travel, News, Life


Travel Wise | An Iberia delayed-luggage problem — where’s their compensation?

Benedict Valenti's wife's luggage is lost — and then found — by Iberia Airlines. In the interim, she buys $495 worth of clothing and toiletries. Why is the airline balking at reimbursing her?
Tags: Travel, News, Life, Iberia, Iberia Airlines, Benedict Valenti


Mountain maestros: the Alpine retreat that stages world-class concerts

At Schloss Elmau in southern Germany top classical musicians ‘play to stay’, so guests can enjoy performances between spa sessions, yoga and amazing views We were halfway to the spa when something stopped us. We’d been padding along in slippers and pastel-coloured towelling robes, staring idly at the snowy mountains outside. And then we heard it. The sound of a violin: a few snatched phrases, soaring, uplifting, broken up by short periods of silence. Somebody with considerable skill was practisi...
Tags: Travel, Music, Germany, Life and style, Culture, Classical Music, Istanbul, Spa Breaks, Europe Holidays, Alps Holidays, Germany Holidays, Schubert, Schloss Elmau, Brahms Schumann


Oahu on the cheap? Put these travel hacks to use for a surprisingly affordable island getaway

Need a sunny escape but don't want to break the bank? If you're willing to get creative, Oahu can be a wallet-friendly destination with plenty of beach-walking, good eating and handy public transit.
Tags: Travel, News, Life, Oahu


Sevilla’s April Fair: Spain’s sparkling spring spectacle

No one puts on a spring fair like Sevilla, the capital of Spain’s Andalucia region, with one of the country’s most exuberant festivals.
Tags: Travel, News, Life, Spain, Sevilla, Andalucia


Top 10 craft beer pubs in Sheffield

One of Britain’s great beer cities is celebrating the fifth annual Sheffield Beer Week – but in these pubs there’s an exhaustive range of craft brews on tap year roundThis studenty pub has the conflicting, mismatched interior decor of a venue that has seen many incarnations down the years. But packed these days, even in midweek, the Beer Engine has clearly found its groove, thanks to its emphasis on good beer and its surprisingly accomplished food. The 17 taps cover all beer bases from the house...
Tags: Travel, Food, Bars, Pubs, Life and style, Beer, Britain, Sheffield, Food And Drink, City Breaks, Top 10s, England Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays, Sheffield Holidays, Yorkshire Holidays, Pubs And Clubs


10 of Europe’s best beach restaurants

There’s nothing like eating freshly-caught fish with the scent of the sea as an accompaniment. Travel writers pick their top beachside restaurantsThe menu, like the decor at this family-run oyster cabin, is stripped back: six grades of oysters, red shrimps with mayonnaise, whelks and country paté, accompanied by baskets of bread, and the choice of either rosé or white wine. That’s it. But the views from the garden and the little wooden jetty are cinematic, stretching over the Bay of Arcachon to ...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Restaurants, Life and style, Food And Drink, Family Holidays, Bars and clubs, Top 10s, Beach Holidays, Europe Holidays, Bay of Arcachon, Dune du Pilat, Chez Boulan


Turning back time with the Amish of Ohio

At home with the family-loving American Anabaptists who seek a rural life free from the tyranny of modern technologyWhen he cuts open the peach, juice flows to the ground. He sits on a wooden crate surrounded by his six sons, who are also slicing fruit, huge piles of them, before placing them in jars. The youngest, who’s only five, joins in, as they all sit together inside a rust-red barn in the early evening light. They’re dressed identically, in blue shirts and dungarees with battered straw bo...
Tags: Travel, America, Life and style, Pennsylvania, Ohio, United States Holidays, North And Central America Holidays, COLUMBUS Ohio, Holmes County, German Village, Franklin Park Columbus, Zoombezi Bay Water Park


10 of the best beach bars and cafes in Europe: readers’ tips

Our tipsters pick beach bars for lazy days, fantastic seafood and one last cold beer near the airport before flying homeA short boat ride from the town of Olhão, on the quiet side of the Algarve, is the island of Armona. After a walk along the beach path to the far side of the island, you are greeted by a sign for Camaleão Beach Bar that says “Welcome to Paradise” – but it’s better than that. Shaded seating areas perch in the white sand, along with a chilled jazz/reggae/house soundtrack and stun...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Restaurants, Life and style, Food And Drink, Family Holidays, Bars and clubs, Top 10s, Beach Holidays, Summer Holidays, Europe Holidays, Olhão, Camaleão Beach Bar, FacebookJack Sears Continue


Glasgow surprises with art, design and culture

From fun dining and nightlife to incredible museums and a refreshingly un-fussy attitude, Glasgow is Scotland’s most underrated destination.
Tags: Travel, News, Scotland, Life, Glasgow


Winter rains bring perfect spring hiking to post-wildfire Southern California

If you're an urban hiker planning a trip to Los Angeles, your timing is just right — above-average winter precipitation has set the region up for what could be an especially memorable wildflower season.
Tags: Travel, Outdoors, News, Life, Los Angeles, Southern California


"Going to another country is giving up control. And women are more comfortable than men at not being in control."

My son John quotes the orientation leader of his study-abroad program. He's reading that Atlantic article — "Why Are So Few Male Students Studying Abroad?" — that we were talking about a few days ago here. The quote in the post title pushes me to think of what Instapundit wrote when he linked to my post: "My hypothesis... People do study abroad in hopes of meeting new sexual partners. Men, heavily outnumbered on campus by women, don’t have to go abroad for that. Women, with a shortage of men on ...
Tags: Travel, Education, Law, Sex, Relationships, Atlantic, John, Instapundit, Jaltcoh, Ann Althouse, Gender Difference


This Seattle woman trekked 8,000 miles in 8 months to hit a major hiking milestone: The Triple Crown

Heather Anderson was the first woman to complete the Triple Crown of Hiking — the Pacific Crest Trail, the Appalachian Trail and the Continental Divide Trail — in a calendar year. We caught up with her in one of her rare off-trail moments.
Tags: Travel, Outdoors, News, Life, Seattle, Continental, Heather Anderson, Pacific Crest Trail, Appalachian Trail


The Benefits of Florida Prepaid AKA Why You Should Start Saving for Your Child’s Future Education TODAY!

Learn the Benefits of Florida Prepaid + Save $30 off the application fee with Florida Prepaid Promo Code MUSE19! This post is sponsored by Florida Prepaid College Plans. All thoughts are my own. If there is one thing I regret as a parent, it’s not saving for my daughter’s college education from birth. I know […] The post The Benefits of Florida Prepaid AKA Why You Should Start Saving for Your Child’s Future Education TODAY! appeared first on Mommy Musings®.
Tags: Travel, Florida, Lifestyle, Florida Prepaid College Plans All, Florida Prepaid Save


Bon Voyage! Virgin Atlantic's Female Cabin Crew Members Are No Longer Required to Wear Makeup

Virgin Atlantic is updating its policy so that makeup is simply an option - no longer a requirement - for its female cabin crew members and ground employees. In a statement shared with HuffPost UK, a spokesperson for the airline said, "We want our uniform to truly reflect who we are as individuals while maintaining that famous Virgin Atlantic style. We have been listening to the views of our people and as a result have announced some changes to our styling and grooming policy that support this....
Tags: Travel, UK, Makeup, Air Travel, Beauty, Lipstick, Virgin Atlantic, Beauty News, Bon Voyage Virgin Atlantic


Bali highs in the terraced valleys of Ubud

Bali’s vivid green hills offer a sensory overload of culture, temples and rainforest – not to mention sublime restaurants and hotelsJust outside Ubud, in the uplands of Bali, a new tented camp has opened. You dip down into a valley to find a world of cistern-shaped pools, spas with trees growing through them and tents that unzip to reveal copper baths and batik-covered walls. For no discernible reason, one of the restaurants is designed to look like a laundry. Staying at the Capella Ubud tented ...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Bali, Life and style, Ubud, Indonesia Holidays, Bali Holidays, Capella Ubud, Api Jiwa


From watching the Iditarod to chasing the aurora borealis, Anchorage offers wintertime charm for travelers

Alaska in winter may not be first on your travel itinerary, but with a legendary dog-sledding race, a raucous local festival, and local history on offer, Anchorage offers visitors snowy adventures and surprises.
Tags: Travel, Outdoors, News, Life, Alaska, Anchorage


3 Reasons Australia Is the Place Young Millennials Want to Work in 2019

Choosing a country to live in as an American isn’t easy in the least. There are countless things to consider, such as language barriers, currency values, cultural differences, diplomatic issues,… Read more » The post 3 Reasons Australia Is the Place Young Millennials Want to Work in 2019 appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.
Tags: Travel, Business, Australia, Careers


Early spring flowers around the UK: readers’ travel tips

With vibrant displays up and down the country, our readers recommend places to immerse yourself in the bloomsThis fascinating four acre-garden was created in the early 20th century by noted artist and botanist Edward Bowles, whose nickname, the Crocus King, gives an indication of his passion for spring flowers. The Alpine Meadow, a scrubby slope for most of the year, is carpeted with snowdrops, fritillaries, daffodils and crocuses from February to April. There are beds of gorgeous cyclamen and h...
Tags: Travel, UK, Environment, Life and style, Top 10s, Gardens, United Kingdom Holidays, Wild Flowers, Parks and Green Spaces, Edward Bowles


Weekend getaways: Escape the Seattle grays with this sun-drenched Santa Barbara itinerary

With its Mediterranean architecture, a botany professor-approved beach, hikes to ocean views, and a much-needed dose of vitamin D, Santa Barbara is an ideal 48-hour respite from Seattle's winter drizzle.
Tags: Travel, News, Life, Seattle, Santa Barbara


Lighten up your souvenir shopping in Europe

I used to wait until the end of my trip to shop, then go hog wild in the last country I visited (and flew home heavy). Now I know better and shop light on the go. Here’s how to get the most out of shopping for souvenirs, no matter where your European itinerary takes you.
Tags: Travel, Europe, News, Life


Up, down, up, down: Exploring urban Seattle one long stairway at a time

Seattle has more than 650 public stairways and local stairway gurus Cathy and Jake Jaramillo have written a book about them. Want to learn more? Join the Jaramillos on a tour of Magnolia's stairways on March 2.
Tags: Travel, Outdoors, News, Life, Lifestyle, Seattle, Cathy, Jake Jaramillo


Cask masters: A craft-beer enthusiast’s guide to Manchester

A new craft-brew fest underlines Manchester’s ascendant beer scene, where innovative brewers and great venues meet• Top 10 Manchester pubsBeer fans will head to Manchester for Cloudwater’s first Friends & Family festival, from 1-2 March, where the spotlight will be on a city where craft-beer tourism is booming. And aside from the festival, each weekend visitors can tour a walkable collection of brew-taps and brewery-owned city-centre bars – and drink some of Britain’s best beer. Here is your ess...
Tags: Travel, Pubs, Life and style, Beer, Britain, Manchester, Food And Drink, Bars and clubs, Top 10s, England Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays, Manchester holidays, Manchester for Cloudwater


An Honest Review of Gay Dating Apps

Everyone has an opinion on the gay apps. They’ve become so ubiquitous and ingrained in our popular culture, they’re impossible to resist. I remember the first time I downloaded Grindr—shortly after it was released. Once The New York Times writers discovered it, the app world seemed to explode with location-based dating apps. Gay dating wasn’t easy for a long time. I was lucky enough to grow up & come out during the iPhone generation when thousands of new types of apps seemed to be released every...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Twitter, Europe, UK, Instagram, Germany, Berlin, New York City, Israel, Lifestyle, Tel Aviv, Social Media, New York Times, South America, Grindr


Girlfriend Trip: Niagara-on-the-Lake & Shaw Festival

Every Girlfriend Trip needs a little bit of special – doing something that you can’t do anywhere else! A Girlfriend Getaway to Niagara-on-the-Lake is extra special because of The Shaw Festival! We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.  George Bernard Shaw I love that George Bernard Shaw quote – don’t you?! It reminds me that we need to keep having fun, doing things that are special, spending time with the people who are so important to us! Actually, ther...
Tags: Travel, Life, George Bernard Shaw, Lake, Niagara, Shaw, Bernard Shaw, David Cooper, Girlfriend INSPIRATION, Save Money on Travel, Traveling in Canada Traveling, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Girlfriend Trip, Shaw Festival, Nicole Underhay, Belinda Treherne Diana Donnelly


Travel Wise | From security to delays, flying is stressful. Here’s how to de-stress at the airport

Airports are helping travelers cope with the frustrations of flying through yoga, art galleries and spas. Taken together, these could define the airport of the future — not to mention help travelers navigate increasingly stressful environments.
Tags: Travel, News, Life


A Japanese man in his Sunday best miniskirt

Or considering his rather bedraggled state, it could well have been a Saturday night outfit that dragged on into Sunday.
Tags: Travel, Photography, Fashion



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