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Strange sex laws around the world

Sex is becoming less of a taboo topic here in the US. But while many of us are enjoying the liberation that comes with being able to express their sexuality, there are still many regulations around the world where something as innocent as sharing a kiss with your other half could land you in hot water. From illegal erotic music to jail time for doing the deed on a motorbike, the laws around the world are as varied as sex itself. Some rules are recent and in full force, whereas others are rel...
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I Put Travel On My Resume And It Got Me a Job

I returned from a year-long sabbatical in Asia (read: adult gap year) to a house that had been trashed by tenants, friends who had all simultaneously procreated, and without any sort of career waiting for me. Standing in my living room, which was now lined with dog hair, I could see piles of rubbish, a broken boiler, a defunct dishwasher and washing machine both full of stagnant water, as well as a stinking hole in my kitchen roof. One thing was clear: I needed to get a job. The £1,000 I’d mad...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Asia, Featured, Indonesia, Nepal, Brexit, Coming Home, Career Breaks

The world’s newest countries

Much like human beings , the lives of countries take dramatically different shapes. Some lifespans are fraught with bloodshed, revolution, and unrest while others are lucky enough to enjoy peace and long periods of stability. Also like humans, new countries are born amid great fanfare, die when they can no longer sustain themselves, and sometimes even merge with each other to form a union. Whether formed through violent revolution, triumphant political autonomy, or the dissolution of a larger ...
Tags: Travel, England, Indonesia, Australia, US, Eu, Czech Republic, Egypt, Philippines, Italy, United Nations, Serbia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, South Sudan, Un

How to Organize a Low-Cost Holiday: A Step-By-Step Guide

In this guide, I will guide you through all the steps helping to organize a low-cost holiday — everything you need to know from when to book the flight and what type of travel insurance to take out. And, each step will be accompanied by a paragraph with a close look at the issue. Ready to travel more? FLIGHTS Let’s start this guide with one of the most important things or at least the one that will determine the beginning and end of your holiday. Are you sure you know the tricks to save some ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Sponsored, Greece, Bali, Indonesia, Mexico, Southeast Asia, Spain, Philippines, Mexico City, Portugal, Peru, Croatia, South America, Cuba

STR: Asia Pacific hotel construction up 14.1% in January

STR's hotel pipeline data for the Asia Pacific region showed 2,021 projects accounting for 441,819 rooms in construction as of the end of January 2020. This represented a 14.1% year-over-year increase in the number of rooms in the final phase of the development pipeline. A majority of the region's rooms in construction are in three segments. Of those three, upper midscale projects represented the largest percentage increase (+24.2%) in activity year over year. 1. Upscale: 110,855 rooms 2....
Tags: Travel, Japan, Indonesia, China, India, Asia Pacific, Malaysia, Vietnam

Only us and 9 whale sharks but hordes of people and 1 vulcano Probolinggo and Mount Bromo

We left Yogyakarta at 9am by train. Getting train tickets in Indonesia is pretty straightforward once you know how the system works. Kereta Api the indonesia railway has a website where you can easily book the train you want. However many international
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Beautiful images from Madagascar

In December , my family and I took a trip across northern Madagascar, the world’s second-largest island country after Indonesia and home to diverse animal species found nowhere else on the planet. The country is made up of the main island of Madagascar, the world’s fourth-largest island, and several smaller islands. We started on the island of Nosy Be, off the coast of the main island, and ended at the main island’s northern port city of Antsiranana, visiting three national parks along the w...
Tags: Travel, Indonesia, Washington, France, Africa, US, Norway, Madagascar, Ecuador, Indian Ocean, All, Palm Beach, Jane Goodall, Candice Walsh, Diego Suarez, Antsiranana

GameSnacks, from Google’s Area 120, brings fast, casual online games to developing markets

A new project called GameSnacks is launching today from Google’s in-house incubator, Area 120, with the goal of bringing fast-loading, casual online games to users in developing markets. Billions of people are coming online through mobile devices. But they’re often on low memory devices with expensive data plans and struggle with unreliable network connections. That makes web gaming inaccessible to millions, as the games aren’t optimized for these sorts of constraints. Today, over half of mobile...
Tags: Travel, Google, Mobile, Gaming, Apps, Games, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, Mobile Games, Area 120, Southeast Asia Gojek, Ani Mohan, Neel Rao GameSnacks

Our top sailing adventures for 2020

For a luxury holiday with a difference, not much beats setting sail around remote islands, hidden coves, pristine beaches and scenic waterways. As Mark Twain said, ‘Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away […] The post Our top sailing adventures for 2020 appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
Tags: Travel, Asia, Europe, Greece, Indonesia, Africa, Egypt, Peru, Myanmar, South America, Mark Twain, Polar regions, Regions, Speciality Travel, Western Europe, Cruises & Boat Travel

Passengers Being Sprayed Before 14 Day Quarantine After Leaving Wuhan

Batik Air flew passengers stranded in Wuhan, China to Batam, Indonesia on Sunday. All 243 people on board had been screened for coronavirus prior to boarding. Then once they made it to Indonesia they were flown on board military aircraft to Natuna Island for quarantine. Disembarking in Batam everyone was sprayed with an unknown substance, though individuals in hazmat suits had backpacks that read 'ALHOKOL'. Continue reading Passengers Being Sprayed Before 14 Day Quarantine After Leaving Wuhan....
Tags: Travel, Indonesia, Airlines, Wuhan, Wuhan China, Batam, Natuna Island, Coronavirus, Batam Indonesia

How to say ‘I love you’ in 68 countries

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and if there is one thing you need to be prepared for on February 14, it is to say “I love you.” Whether your special someone does not speak the same language as you do, and you want to make sure you get your point across, or you simply want to impress your beloved on this romantic day by giving them a world tour of this beautiful sentiment, here is how to say “I love you” in 70 languages. Africa Ethiopia: In Ethiopia, you would say, ewedihale lehu (...
Tags: Travel, South Korea, Japan, Sweden, Greece, Wales, Indonesia, Montana, Mexico, France, Scotland, Germany, Russia, Israel, Spain, Catalonia

New Chapter in Swiss-belhotel International’s Indonesian Success Story

Hong Kong - Swiss-Belhotel International's enduring and hugely successful relationship with Indonesia is set to reach new heights, with the news 12 properties will be launched there by 2022. The latest additions to the global hospitality chain's multi-faceted, multi-awarding-winning Indonesian portfolio will give it an incredible 84-property presence in the country - adding another chapter to a deep-rooted, mutually beneficial relationship that began more than 25 years ago. The new proper...
Tags: Travel, Hong Kong, Indonesia, International, Jakarta, Gavin, Belexpress, Belinn, Cilegon Bali Surabaya, Faull Swiss Belhotel, Belexpress Cilegon, Belhotel Arjuna Legian Bali, Belhotel Cendrawasih Biak, Belhotel Darmo Surabaya, Belhotel Kelapa Gading Jakarta, Belinn Cikarang

Solo female travel beyond safety

In 1980 , after graduating from New England College, which, at the time, had a sister campus in Arundel, England, my mom traveled across Europe, Morocco, and Israel alone. Born in Germany and raised primarily in Pennsylvania, she was no stranger to international travel. Transatlantic family reunions were common. She’d chosen to pursue her studies abroad, and two years prior to her months-long solo excursion, she’d been questioned at the Muscat airport for traveling independently to visit a col...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Japan, Indonesia, China, Germany, India, Israel, Uganda, Thailand, Beijing, Pennsylvania, United States, Pakistan, Morocco, Paris

UPDATED: Airlines canceling China flights over Wuhan coronavirus outbreak

As we've been blogging here at Boing Boing, the Wuhan coronavirus continues to spread, and airlines have begun suspending flights to and from China, where most confirmed cases are located. • As of Friday, 11AM Eastern time, the Novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV outbreak has killed more than 200 people and infected an estimated 10,000. • On Friday, the U.S. issued a travel warning telling Americans to stay out of China. • The Chinese government replied by calling the U.S. 'mean' for the travel adviso...
Tags: Travel, Hong Kong, Post, Business, Japan, News, Indonesia, China, Singapore, Israel, US, Los Angeles, Turkey, Public Health, Beijing, United States

Skymind Global Ventures launches $800M fund and London office to back AI startups

Skymind Global Ventures (SGV) appeared last year in Asia/US as a vehicle for the previous founders of a YC-backed open-source AI platform to invest in companies that used the platform. Today it announces the launch of an $800 million fund to back promising new AI companies and academic research. It will consequently be opening a London office as an extension to its original Hong Kong base. SGV Founder and CEO Shawn Tan said in a statement: “Having our operations in the UK capital is a strategic ...
Tags: Travel, TC, Asia, Hong Kong, Europe, UK, London, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, Ceo, Artificial Intelligence, Malaysia, United Kingdom, Hadoop, Computing, Vice President

Here's a list of airlines halting China flights over Wuhan coronavirus

Airlines around the world have already begun suspending flights to and from mainland China, where most cases of the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak are located. As of Thursday, 170 people have died, and almost 8,000 are believed to be infected. The World Health Organization just declared a global emergency as Novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV continues to spread. And also today, as our Carla Sinclair wrote, the first person-to-person transmission of coronavirus was confirmed in the US. Here, via Reuter...
Tags: Travel, Hong Kong, Post, Business, News, Indonesia, China, US, Los Angeles, World news, Turkey, US news, Beijing, United States, Egypt, Shanghai

Banana dishes from Uganda

Uganda might be famed as the last frontier of mountain gorillas, along with neighboring Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo, but what you might not know about this country is that it is also home to a complex cuisine. When it comes to breakfast, lunch, and dinner, bananas reign supreme. Whether you’re hankering for a roadside snack on the bustling streets of Kampala or enjoying dinner at a high-end restaurant overlooking the skyline, or even sharing a meal at a local household, you’re sur...
Tags: Travel, Indonesia, India, Uganda, Kenya, Bananas, Rwanda, Democratic Republic Of Congo, All, Kampala, Central Uganda, Banana Dishes, Ugandan Banana Dishes, Ugandan Cuisine, Ugandan Food, Dedan Miricho Shutterstock Matooke

Over 4 Million Malaysians Visit Thailand in 2019

Over 4 Million Malaysians Visit Thailand in 2019 This could be another new record for the number of Malaysians visiting Thailand in 2019. According to Ministry of Tourism and Sports Thailand, they projected 4.16 million Malaysian tourists visiting Thailand in 2019. This is up 3.65% from 4 million Malaysian tourists recorded in 2018 and 3.35 million Malaysian tourists in 2017. For other ASEAN countries, the projected tourist arrival from Singapore is 1.05 million (-1.22%), Vietnam is 1.04 mill...
Tags: Travel, Indonesia, China, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Laos, Headline, Bangkok, Asean, Chiang Rai

5 of the world’s most overlooked animals

One of the most enticing things about travelling abroad is the chance to see the fascinating and unusual creatures of the world. There are many iconic wildlife experiences, whether it be looking at lions laze in the grasses of South Africa, meeting mountain gorillas in the dense jungles of Rwanda and Uganda or watching wildebeest […] The post 5 of the world’s most overlooked animals appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
Tags: Travel, Asia, Indonesia, Mexico, Africa, Uganda, Colombia, South Africa, Malaysia, Paraguay, Brazil, Zimbabwe, Argentina, Peru, Kenya, Venezuela

Grand Wailea's stained glass windows

The year 1965 proved tumultuous for the people of Indonesia. Massive power shifts were taking place in the country, and Indonesia’s leader, known as Sukarno, found himself the subject of a military coup. Anti-communist sentiment lead to a genocide of around 800,000 people, including some ethincally Chinese people as well as communists. Sukarno landed in house arrest (where he would die in 1970). It’s perhaps no wonder that Yvonne Cheng, an artist who would eventually become known for painting...
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Best places to scuba dive this year

If you’re an avid scuba diver, you may be looking ahead to this new year and planning your next big adventure. But 2020 is a new decade, and you may feel like the significance of that fact calls for a different type of underwater experience. Maybe it’s diving that puts environmental concerns upfront. Perhaps you want to explore unexpected dive sites, or maybe you just want to put your skills to the test in really challenging types of dives. To help you decide, here are the best new trends and...
Tags: Travel, Indonesia, Mexico, US, Egypt, Sudan, Iceland, Maldives, Fiji, Belize, Scuba Diving, All, Scuba, Antarctic, Red Sea, Silfra

La Chambre Bed Linen Collection

An American friend of mine living in Paris, who regularly reads Eye Prefer Paris, suggested that I meet an American couple she knew who just started an online bed linen company for a possible blog post. Alison Ross and Ian Benton, she an American ex-pat, and he a British ex-pat, moved to Paris in 2011 from London. In quick succession, they had three children in a period of five years. Alison quit her job as a lawyer to take care of the children, while Ian worked as an executive at Coca-Cola, ...
Tags: Travel, London, Shopping, Indonesia, Boston, Paris, Coca Cola, Alison, Vincent, PAUL, Ian, Richard Nahem, Montmartre St Germain, Eye Prefer Paris, Alison Ross, Ian Benton

9 of the best luxury sailing cruise adventures

The days of sail were thought to be over but they’re coming back with a vengeance. More and more people want to be environmentally friendly when they take a cruise these days and you can’t get much greener than a luxury sailing ship especially one that has been converted into a 5 star cruise liner. […] The post 9 of the best luxury sailing cruise adventures appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
Tags: Travel, Asia, Europe, Greece, Indonesia, Africa, Egypt, United Kingdom, South America, Ecuador, Regions, Speciality Travel, Western Europe, Cruises & Boat Travel, Worldwide

Stans Search for the Elusive Coconut in Koh Phangan

This morning we woke up with a desperate need to drink fresh young coconut milk and a new mission was born.I once watched locals in Indonesia shimmering up coconut trees and my 16 year old monkey brain kept telling me I can do that.So Bev a
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New Year, More Wander Lust: 7 of the Best Countries to Visit in Southeast Asia

Are you looking for a vacation destination that’s full of beautiful sites that look like they came out of National Geographic? Are you trying to find one that is full of delicious food and won’t break your piggy bank? Look no further than Southeast Asia. Each place has its own appeal and bustling culture.  It will be hard to pinpoint the best countries to visit in Southeast Asia on your own. That’s why we’re here to help you out. To assist you in planning the best vacation for your entire family...
Tags: Travel, Sponsored, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Ubud, Luang Prabang, Singapore Singapore, Phillippines, Kampong Ayer, Southeast Asia Indonesia, Southeast Asia Each

Photograph of the week: Tegallalang, Bali

Located on the island of Bali, Tegallalang is without question one of the most unique landscapes you can witness in all of Indonesia. For centuries, the Balinese have cultivated rice in these beautiful terraces using the Subak System to irrigate the paddies. Although you have several options to witness this ingenious system, which is so […] The post Photograph of the week: Tegallalang, Bali appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
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Indonesia, #UAE sign business deal worth about $23 billion: Widodo - Reuters

Indonesia, UAE sign business deal worth about $23 billion: Widodo - Reuters:Indonesia signed 11 business deals with the United Arab Emirates worth a combined 314.9 trillion rupiah ($23 billion) covering investment in energy and other sectors, Indonesian President Joko Widodo said via his Twitter account on Monday.Widodo witnessed the signing of the deals with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed over the weekend during an official visit to Abu Dhabi, his tweet said. President Widodo,...
Tags: Travel, Indonesia, Wam, Southeast Asia, United Arab Emirates, Joko Widodo, Abu Dhabi, Widodo, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, PT Pertamina, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company Adnoc, Indonesia UAE, Widodo Reuters, PT Chandra Asri Petrochemicals TPIA JK UAE

Types of soy sauce from Asia

Soy sauce — the salty, brown, fermented condiment made from soybeans — made its debut in China and Korea more than 2,000 years ago. Since then, it has become one of the most popular and recognizable condiments on the planet. In restaurants around the country, from the most basic sushi joints to takeout Chinese restaurants, you’ll find different varieties of soy sauce in all sorts of vessels, from plastic packets to imported ceramic dishes. Soy sauce is far from a monolith. Its color can rang...
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Noodle soups around the world

Nothing wards off the winter chill like a bowl of hearty, piping hot soup. After the rich and filling dishes of the holiday season, and many months of pumpkin-spiced everything, however, it can be hard to get excited about seasonal staples like butternut squash bisque or beef stew. Enter noodle soup, the perfect combination of delicate, savory broth and long, slurpy noodles, plus any number of toppings under the sun. It’s not news that the world loves noodle soup, but ramen and pho seem to be...
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Indonesia to sign billions of dollars of energy and trade deals in #AbuDhabi - Reuters

Indonesia to sign billions of dollars of energy and trade deals in Abu Dhabi - Reuters:Indonesian President Joko Widodo will oversee the signing of $18.8 billion worth of energy and trade deals on a visit to Abu Dhabi, including Pertamina’s deal with Abu Dhabi National Oil Co to upgrade a West Java refinery, ministers said on Tuesday.Some of the deals have been under discussions for some time, while others, such as Pertamina’s purchase of LPG from ADNOC, are new.Widodo will witness the signings ...
Tags: Travel, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, Joko Widodo, Abu Dhabi, West Java, Widodo, Pertamina, ABU DHABI Reuters, ADNOC, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Abu Dhabi National Oil Co, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan, AbuDhabi Reuters

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