TRAVEL BLOG

This Cross-Country Hike Took 5 Days. That’s Going the Long Way.

I stood on the edge of the border town in the shadow of a 12th-century castle high on a hill. I was sandwiched between the craggy peaks of 7,600-foot mountains in front of me, and 7,200-foot peaks behind me. The only sounds I heard were birds chirping. The rural village road I was standing on […]

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The audiobooks that will inspire you to travel the world

Audiobooks are made for multitaskers. Armed with only a smartphone and a set of earphones, your thoughts could be wandering, say, the piazzas of Naples (captured in Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels) while you tackle the daily commute. This accessible escapism has helped audiobooks to become a publishing success story – estimated UK downloads rose from […]

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These are the most affordable cities in the world for a weekend getaway, Deutsche Bank says

The Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey. Education Images | Universal Images Group | Getty Images It’s common knowledge that taking a vacation can improve our health and make us perform better at work, with scientists even linking them to longer life expectancies. Back in 2010, psychologists found that people who used their vacation allowance in […]

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A Room Without Books Is Just Very Sad

LONDON — “This is really the money shot for this hotel,” said Philip Blackwell, gesturing at a marble fireplace, soft-lit lamps with printed shades, and books, books, books. He was showing off the library at the Ham Yard Hotel in Soho, for which Mr. Blackwell’s company Ultimate Library selected about 5,000 books for the shelves, […]

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