Tag: Travel

  • Where to travel in 2024? Here are five spots to avoid crowds

    Where to travel in 2024? Here are five spots to avoid crowds

    Tired of the usual sights or craving a break from the travel herd? These five travel spots may be the getaway you’re looking for. Adventure travel company Intrepid Travel’s new “Not Hot” list is out — spotlighting overlooked travel spots around the world. The company’s annual list attempts to combat overtourism by helping travelers “beat…

  • Cities are fighting back against overtourism: Venice, Amsterdam, Bali

    Cities are fighting back against overtourism: Venice, Amsterdam, Bali

    From overtourism to no tourism — and back again. Many cities have come full circle to worrying about too many tourists rather than too few.    The rise of budget airlines, short-term home rentals and cruise ships are part of the problem, said Lionel Saul, a research assistant and visiting lecturer at EHL Hospitality Business…

  • Indonesia launches China-backed ‘Whoosh’ high-speed railway

    Indonesia launches China-backed ‘Whoosh’ high-speed railway

    The Jakarta-Bandung high-speed train named ‘Whoosh’ is seen after the inauguration at Padalarang station in Padalarang, West Java on October 2, 2023. Bay Ismoyo | Afp | Getty Images Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Monday inaugurated a $7.3 billion high-speed railway connecting the country’s capital with the city of Bandung, a China-backed project that has…

  • ASEAN moves closer to economic unity with new regional payments system

    ASEAN moves closer to economic unity with new regional payments system

    Indonesian President Joko Widodo makes a speech during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Foreign Minister’s Meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia on July 14, 2023. Murat Gok | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images A new regional cross-border payment system recently implemented by Southeast Asian nations could deepen financial integration among participants, bringing the ASEAN bloc…

  • A ban ends dog and cat meat trade in Sulawesi

    A ban ends dog and cat meat trade in Sulawesi

    The Tomohon Extreme Market was once a top tourist attraction in the Indonesian province of North Sulawesi — a live animal market filled with everything from fileted pythons to skewered bats and rats. But the market drew international condemnation in 2018 after animal activists shot videos of dogs and cats being brutally beaten and blowtorched…

  • A new private island opened near Singapore and Batam

    A new private island opened near Singapore and Batam

    Travelers from Singapore will soon have a new vacation option — one that doesn’t require a flight. A new Indonesian private island, named ONE°15 Marina Nirup Island, opened in July nine miles south of Singapore. The launch — the first of two phases — included the opening of a restaurant and bar, ferry terminal and…

  • Multi-millionaire entrepreneur to Indonesia minister

    Multi-millionaire entrepreneur to Indonesia minister

    Jakarta governor-elect Anis Baswedan (R) and his deputy governor-elect Sandiaga Uno (L) hold hands during a press conference in Jakarta on April 19, 2017. Adek Berry | AFP | Getty Images When Sandiaga Uno was appointed Indonesia’s minister of tourism and creative economy, it could not have come at a worse time. It was December…

  • Hong Kong retains spot as most expensive business destination in Asia

    Hong Kong retains spot as most expensive business destination in Asia

    Hong Kong has been named the most expensive location in Asia for business travelers — for the second year in a row, according to a new report.  ECA International’s latest Daily Rates research ranked countries based on costs for short trip expenses: four-star hotel rooms, meals, laundry, alcoholic and soft drinks, journeys by taxi and…

  • Does being a digital nomad save money? It depends on where you go

    Does being a digital nomad save money? It depends on where you go

    Sipping a cold pint of beer in Budapest can cost $2. Dinner for two in a pub in Prague? About $22. And a month’s rental for a sleek studio apartment in the center of the Portuguese city of Porto can set you back $650. With these sorts of living costs, it’s no surprise that many are…

  • How to earn money and pay to travel full time: one couple explains

    How to earn money and pay to travel full time: one couple explains

    Most people have a travel bucket list, perhaps with 10 to 15 countries. For this couple, it’s all 195 — and they’re more than halfway there. Hudson and Emily Crider have visited 112 countries, but their journey together began long before that. Both are from the “same small town” of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. They met in…