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China accounted for nearly half of app downloads in 2018, 40% of consumer spend

Global app downloads topped 194 billion in 2018, up 35 percent from 2016, according to App Annie’s annual “State of Mobile 2019” report released today. Consumer spending across app stores was up 75 percent to reach $101 billion. The report, which analyzes trends across iOS, Android and the third-party Android stores in China combined, follows the company’s , which looked at downloads and spending across just iOS and Google Play. It also shows how significant China’s role has become in terms of ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Google Play, TC, Apps, Indonesia, Australia, China, Tencent, Tencent Video, App Annie, Youku, South Korea Japan, Japan South Korea, India Brazil, State of Mobile


My 2019 Goals in Life and Travel

This post is probably a couple of weeks overdue, but I wasn’t mentally ready yet to tackle it. Posts like this one require a great deal of emotional energy and, frankly, I haven’t been up to it lately. But it’s something I need to do for myself, if no one else as it really does help me organize my thoughts and get ready for a new year. It’s far too easy to fall into familiar and comfortable routines, at least it is for me, but by starting out the year with a clear roadmap – or at least a solid ...
Tags: Travel, Instagram, Australia, Africa, Uganda, South Africa, Portugal, Arctic, Antarctica, Switzerland, Tasmania, Rwanda, Galapagos, Western Europe, Top Travel Tips


Bluesfest Adds Four More Artists to the 30th Anniversary Celebration

With just over 90 days to go until the gates of Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm swing open for Bluesfest 2019, we are proud to announce the following artists will be joining the 30th Anniversary Celebration: TASH SULTANA SIX60 OCEAN ALLEY AMARU TRIBE With more artists yet to be announced… With tickets selling faster than any other Bluesfest in history, we are heading for a spectacular celebration and sell-out festival this April. Festival Director Peter Noble is getting excited about the 30th Anniversary...
Tags: Travel, London, Featured, News, Australia, California, US, Norah Jones, Kurt Vile, Culture, David Bowie, Sydney, New Zealand, Argentina, Bob Marley, Jack White


Trading Divorce for Travel

Reflecting on it now, it seems appropriate that my husband and I took a weekend trip to sign our divorce papers.  At the time, I was living in New York City and he in San Diego.  In an attempt to be amicable, we decided to meet in Palm Springs for the “official” signing.  It was a typical Palm Springs weekend that we’d experienced dozens of times before: the air hot and dry, with oily and glistening leathery women sprawled out on chaise lounges around the pool.  The difference this time was that...
Tags: Travel, England, New York, London, Featured, Australia, California, Relationships, China, India, New York City, Africa, Taiwan, Harvard, Hawaii, Italy


Countries you can't visit with a DUI

Getting a DUI will make your life harder in multiple ways, but we rarely consider the impact it can have on your ability to travel abroad. Sure, the potential for injury to you and others, astronomical fines, marks on your record, and possible jail time should be big enough to deter you from drinking and driving, but to top it off, some countries may bar you from entering their borders for as many as 10 years. The last thing you want is to book your dream vacation, arrive at the country’s bor...
Tags: Travel, Australia, Mexico, US, Iran, Canada, South Africa, Malaysia, Dui, Uae, All, China Japan, Emirati, Mexico Mexico, Canada Canada, Travel Restrictions


3 Reasons to Rent a Private Function Room in Brisbane

The tourism industry generates billions in annual revenue for Brisbane, Australia. Local residents, as well as visitors from around the country may want to consider this popular destination for personal and professional events alike. Whether you’re planning a business function or a family gathering, you have many reasons to consider renting a private function room in the area to accommodate your group. The perfect setting There are many different types of private functions, and renting riverfro...
Tags: Travel, Australia, Queensland, Brisbane, Travel Blog, Brisbane Australia Local


A 10-minute Australian TV show that gives you a fine understanding of how good Indian domestic cricket is

Nothing succeeds like success in cricket, and India’s series 2-1 win in Australia has led to the kind of soul-searching down under that once used to be the norm for breast-beating back home. On the Australian TV channel 7 Sport, two of that country’s finest cricket writers Gideon Haigh and Peter Lalor of The Australian newspaper, discuss what has given Indian cricket the big push. Notwithstanding the fact that India’s population is over a 1,000 million compared to Australia’s 20 milli...
Tags: Travel, Australia, India, Cricket, Etcetera, Churumuri, Sans Serif, Gideon Haigh, Peter Lalor, The Australian


Travel: Largest cruise ship ever to be based year-round in Southern California coming to Long Beach

Come December, Southern California cruisers will say “ahoy” to the new 4,000-passenger Carnival Panorama, currently being built at the same Italian shipyard where the ship it’s replacing, the 3,100-passenger Carnival Splendor, was constructed a decade ago. Just months away from a sea test at the Fincantieri shipyard near Venice, Italy, the Panorama is the third vessel in Carnival’s Vista Class, following the 2-year-old Carnival Vista and 9-month-old Carnival Horizon. It will not only be Carnival...
Tags: Travel, Australia, California, Mexico, La, Singapore, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Hawaii, Italy, San Diego, Long Beach, Trevor


Norwegian liquor travels the world

People have different definitions of what it means to be well-traveled. For some, it means a big portion of your time is spent exploring new places. To others, it simply means racking up passport stamps. Every drop of Linie Aquavit, a spirit from Norway, is well-traveled regardless of how you define it. In fact, all of the Linie sold since 1821 has seen more of the world than the vast majority of humans. Before being bottled, Linie is aged in 500-liter barrels that previously held Oloroso she...
Tags: Travel, Japan, New York, Instagram, Australia, Kentucky, Scotland, Singapore, US, New Hampshire, Norway, Scandinavia, Baltimore, Panama, Caribbean, Tacoma


The healthiest countries to move to

Being healthier is one of the most popular of New Year’s resolutions. For some, this may include making big life changes — like moving — that make it easier to get and stay healthy. And healthy places aren’t just those with lots of gyms and juice bars. Places to make lifestyle changes are those that share a worldview of health — where physical health is important but so are access to outdoor activities, mental health, low-stress levels, fresh food, quality healthcare, and strong, supportive ...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Japan, Sweden, Australia, California, US, San Francisco, Spain, Healthy Living, United States, Italy, Ikea, Switzerland, Starbucks, Moving


Travel: No ship of fools for these cruise performers

Garry Carson has heard it thousands of times from cruise passengers before showtime: “I don’t like magic, but let’s see if the guy is any good.” Some entertainers would have bruised egos overhearing such comments, especially on a crowded elevator ride to the deck of the theater. But after 500-plus cruises over 22 years, the seafaring magician knows the life of taking an act on the road where there are no roads. “These people aren’t there because they love or even like magic,” said Carson, pointi...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Florida, New York, Texas, Australia, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Brooklyn, Brian Wilson, Long Beach, New Orleans, Miami


Retirement Travel – 7 Trips You Need to Take as Soon as You Retire

You’ve worked hard all your life and now it’s time to retire. You might be thinking what next. You are so used to working that retirement scares you. Luckily, you don’t have to worry anymore because we have a suggestion that you’ll love. Take a trip around the world and discover what different cultures have to offer. Since you are now free, you can do some exploration. You definitely deserve it because you have always been helping others. You worked hard to make sure that your family got a nice ...
Tags: Travel, Sponsored, Australia, China, Israel, US, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, Rome, Islam, Las Vegas, Costa Rica, Sicily, Scottsdale, Mardi Gras, Scottsdale Arizona


My Top 10 Hostels in Sydney in 2019

Updated: 1/9/2019 | January 9th, 2019 Hostels in Sydney are expensive. Since I started visiting the city, I’ve seen hostel prices skyrocket as just the cost of living in Australia has gone up. Even when you factor in the favorable exchange rate right now, it’s just expensive to get a bed here, especially at some of the larger, more upscale hostels. However, with a little planning, you can make sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck. The cheapest hostels in Sydney are found in the K...
Tags: Travel, Australia, Sydney, Broadway, Chinatown, Kings Cross, Opera House, Bondi Beach, Don, Sasha, Effie, Central Station, Luna Park, Darling Harbour, Potts Point, NomadicMatt


Rock and Rocks back in Australia .

9 December to 18 December 2018.In the last few weeks I have been zooming along the East Coast of Australia starting in Queensland the Sunshine Coast Gold Coast then NSW and Port Macquarie and Forster and finally Sydney to finish.When flying i
Tags: Travel, Australia, Queensland, Sydney, East Coast, NSW, Port Macquarie, Forster, Sunshine Coast Gold Coast


6 Tips To Stay Safe While Touring The World On A Motorcycle

Is the world calling you to travel far distances on a motorcycle? If so, you’re one of many people who can’t imagine seeing the sights any other way. Nothing beats traveling to historical sites with the wind at your back. Plus, it’s cheap. This guy did it for $1.17 a mile. It’s a beautiful adventure to journey across the world on a motorcycle. Whether you ride across America, Africa, Europe, or Asia, you’re going to have a grand time. First, let’s talk safety. 1. Put aside some cash in a travel...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Europe, Australia, US, New Zealand, American Express, Medicare, Mastercard, Travel Blog, Motorcycle, Motel, Mark, America Africa Europe, U S citizens U S Medicare


Chiang Mai trip report – the provincial powerhouse of Southeast Asia

Every time I return to Chiang Mai (which has been often) I marvel at how hard this inland provincial city punches above its weight. After thinking about this I looked at a map of Asia, and I can’t think of a non-capital city (and not a port/coastal city) that has as much to offer as Chiang Mai. Sure there are bigger inland cities in China, but not with the international appeal as Chiang Mai. In the future I think Da Nang will be the city to watch, but it has some way to go to catch up with the...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Japan, New York, Bali, Indonesia, Australia, China, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Thailand, Beijing, Shanghai, WeChat, Alipay, Vietnam


NDTV’s Prannoy Roy ‘Sir’ is the kind of generous teacher those who couldn’t join Morgan Stanley should have got

Every new year, Ruchir Sharma, the precocious Morgan Stanley banker sits down with NDTV’s Prannoy Roy for one hour of ad-free programming, in which he makes predictions for the year ahead. It is first-class television: calm, clean, chummy, insightful—and fun. The “Limousine Liberals”—Sharma gives a bunch of journalists and pollsters a 7-star ride before every major state and general election, Roy being one of them—engage in a bit of droll leg-pulling. All very harmlessly Lutyens Delh...
Tags: Travel, Media, Australia, India, United States, South Africa, Roy, Morgan Stanley, Fmcg, NDTV, Sharma, Prannoy Roy, Churumuri, Sans Serif, Issues and Ideas, Lutyens Delhi


Australia 2019

We return to Australia for the 2019 winter getaway and to the same house in Noosa Heads that we rented in 2017. Noosa Heads is on the Sunshine Coast about 1 12 hours drive north of Brisbane. Our last stay at the Noosa Springs Golf Community was very
Tags: Travel, Australia, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Noosa Heads, Noosa Springs Golf Community


New Caledonia Unplugged

Expedia’s South Pacific expert Jonathan shares his top tips for New Caledonia. Whether you want to snorkel in turquoise pristine lagoons amongst tropical fish and turtles, horse ride with stockmen in vast cattle stations, meet local tribes who keep their culture alive, or enjoy fine dining before hitting the dance floor on an overwater nightclub, one country has it all, and much more. It’s time to discover New Caledonia! We forgot to mention hiking in lush rainforests, taking a deep dive into w...
Tags: Travel, Australia, France, Sydney, New Zealand, South Pacific, East Coast, Expedia, Napoleon, Jonathan, New Caledonia, Kone, Nouméa, Hortense, ISLE OF PINES, Ouvéa


From a Year on the Road | By Larry Mogelonsky

As 2018 draws to a close, I'm taking stock: a month in Japan, a wedding in Australia, three work trips to Europe, eight sojourns to the USA and half a dozen domestic journeys (within Canada). I don't think of myself as a road warrior but rather an enthusiastic traveler, with the former classification reserved for those who 'have to' and the latter for those that 'want to' travel.
Tags: Travel, Europe, Japan, Usa, Australia, Canada, Larry Mogelonsky


Jellyfish invasion in Australia

You might want to wait a couple of weeks before hitting the beach in Australia’s Gold and Sunshine coasts. More than 5,000 people were stung by bluebottle jellyfish this past weekend, as reported by The Guardian. And there’s no need to be in the water to be stung — just walking on one of the creatures on the beach will hurt. Jeremy Sturges, Surf Life Saving duty officer, told News.com, “I have never seen anything like this — ever. Not everyone reacts the same way, but there have been very ser...
Tags: Travel, News, Australia, Queensland, All, Jellyfish, Queensland Ambulance, Jeremy Sturges Surf Life Saving


Love Letter on an Airsickness Bag: Woman Takes a Last Shot Declaring a Crush

A 21 year old woman named Andrea flew from Miami to DC. Inflight internet wasn’t working but her mind was on overdrive. She had a huge crush on her best friend. She showed up at the airport to meet him during his connection… before heading off to study in Australia for a semester. And she shared the teen romance drama on an airsickness bag, discovered by an aircraft cleaner. Continue reading Love Letter on an Airsickness Bag: Woman Takes a Last Shot Declaring a Crush...
Tags: Travel, Australia, Advice, Miami, Andrea


The Thinking Man’s Rogue

History is reluctant to give 17th century explorer William Dampier his just due. Just because he hobnobbed with pirates, spent 13 years plundering ships in the West Indies, Central America, whatever ocean he was in, and doing a little arson on the side. But then history has been known to make mistakes. Dampier, you see, had a sensitive, more intellectual side. While he never completely reformed (nobody’s perfect), the British government eventually commissioned him to take look at the world and r...
Tags: Travel, England, Cook, Australia, Uncategorized, America, Nicaragua, New Holland, Darwin, Magellan, Francis Drake, Asia Africa, New Guinea, Alexander von Humboldt, Royal Society of London, Dampier


2018: 6 Countries, 32k Miles, And Some BIG Changes

This post 2018: 6 Countries, 32k Miles, And Some BIG Changes appeared first on The Professional Hobo. While spending December 2018 at a friend’s place in Florida, I was trying to remember when I did “that crazy detox retreat” in Thailand. Looking back, it felt like it was at least a year prior. When I realized it was actually only earlier the same year, I was floored. For some reason I thought 2018 had been more sedentary than it was; I couldn’t possibly have visited six countries – including si...
Tags: Travel, Google, Florida, Usa, England, New York, Hollywood, London, Australia, La, India, Toronto, Thailand, Canada, San Diego, South America


Treasured UNESCO sites at risk from climate change

From the sinking city of Venice to the mass bleaching of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, climate change is drastically impacting some of the world's most treasured heritage sites.
Tags: News, Australia, Unesco, Stories, Venice


Before they disappear: Treasured UNESCO sites at risk from climate change

Climate change imperils some of the most beloved UNESCO World Heritage Sites -- from the sinking city of Venice to the mass bleaching of Australia's Great Barrier Reef.
Tags: Australia, Cnn, Unesco, Venice


7 Ways To Improve Your Travel Experience in 2019

It’s the start of a new year and many of us are busy checking out our calendars, planning our adventures for the year. Whether it’s a brief trip or two close to home or an epic jaunt around the world, many of us will travel in 2019, but along the way we will also make plenty of mistakes. That’s ok; travel is about making mistakes and learning from them. It’s what makes us better people. However, there are a few simple ways you can improve your next trip, and I don’t mean just by avoiding common...
Tags: Travel, Google, Australia, Southeast Asia, Rome, Alaska, Paris, Queensland, Eiffel Tower, Madrid, Yellowstone, Rick Steves, Anthony Bourdain, Top Travel Tips, London Westminster Abbey


Zorba – Gypsy Fest 2019, 12 Jan at Durrumbul Hall

Join us for the 8th ZORBA party with a huge lineup of International acclaimed artists. Zorba Productions have worked hard since 2012 to bring a unique mix of world and Gypsy music and dance to one big party. The vision and delivery of world travel through sound and dance has attracted thousands of people over a few years to experience, express, share and enjoy one space with so much diversity. The Byron Shire have been a meeting place for thousands of years and is still a meeting place today. ...
Tags: Travel, News, Australia, Israel, Culture, Egypt, Melbourne, Festivals & Events, Byron Bay, Shai, Byron Shire, Shai Shriki, Durrumbul Hall, Glastonbury UK Boomtown UK, Luminate NZ Dreamy, Wild Marmalade Cirque du Soleil


Australia 2019

We return to Australia for the 2019 winter getaway and to the same house in Noosa Heads that we rented in 2017. Noosa Heads is on the Sunshine Coast about 1 12 hours drive north of Brisbane. Our last stay at the Noosa Springs Golf Community was very
Tags: Travel, Australia, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Noosa Heads, Noosa Springs Golf Community


Week 5: New Years in Gruene and Big Bend, Texas

We stayed longer in Texas Hill Country then we planned. A few challenges sprung up during week 5 of our USA road trip which had us problem solving for the optimal solution. One really never knows if it will turn out to be optimal or not, but you can only make decisions based upon the information you have at hand. Our Challenges: 1. Busy Holiday Season I didn’t think Texas would be so busy in the winter time, but I’ve since learned it is because the summer months are too hot! It makes sense r...
Tags: Travel, Usa, Texas, Australia, California, Ryan Seacrest, Disney, US, Netflix, National Parks, Bob Dylan, Dallas, Lenny Kravitz, Sam, San Antonio, Family Travel



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