In travel news this week, the Americans who’ve had enough of the United States and have started new lives overseas, plus everything you need to know about Europe’s new visa waiver scheme. And while this Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of the summer travel season, you might want to think about booking next summer’s trip now. Here’s why.
New life in the Old World
The turmoil of the past few years has made a lot of people rethink their priorities and decide to start their lives afresh.
The Tibb family from North Carolina chose the Italian region of Umbria for their new life, buying an apartment unseen and opening a thriving new restaurant serving Umbrian and Tuscan cuisine.
Finally, Pennsylvanian Alan Andrew and his Belgian husband, Vincent Proost, bought a rundown farmhouse in the Alentejo region of Portugal. It had been abandoned some 50 years, but they started over and built a dream home.
Young hearts run free
There comes a day in all our lives when we’ve taken our final vacation, whether we realize it at the time or not. That’s why it’s so important to make the most of our health, and our youth, while we have it.
Florida mother Terry Ward took her son out of school for the first week of first grade for a trip to Canada to spot polar bears and beluga whales. Here’s why she doesn’t regret her decision.
If you’re still in your teens or 20s, there are a lot of amazing discounts, experiences and adventures available only to those younger than 30. We’ve rounded up some of the best, from cut-price air fares to working vacation visas.
Money makes the world go round
Price-gouging has long been one of the hazards of traveling, but 2023 has seen some egregious examples of rip-offs in Italy, from a two-euro charge for slicing a sandwich to tourists to being billed 60 euros for two coffees and two waters.
From next year, it won’t even be free to travel to Europe. The new ETIAS visa waiver program will allow entry into EU countries for fees starting at $7.70. Here’s all you need to know about it and Europe’s city taxes.
Over in Asia, the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan is to halve the $200 daily fee it charges tourists in an effort to lure more visitors a year after lifting Covid restrictions.
Isolated for generations, Bhutan has always been wary of the impact of mass tourism but its economy is needing that recovery boost.
Eating out in Asia
At the Oriental Pearl restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, pho is slow-cooked and simmered for up to 48 hours and served with gold leaf, wagyu beef and foie gras. It costs $170 a bowl, but fans say it’s spectacular.
Over in Tokyo, Take-Noko cafe serves up insect cuisine, from cricket curry and silkworm sashimi to water bug cider. It’s famously a great source of protein, but ingesting scuttlers isn’t to all tastes.
Finally, one of Hong Kong’s top local specialties is “silk stocking” milk tea. This video shows the unique process that goes into making it.
Love is in the air(port)
Riiya Shukla heard her boyfriend’s voice on the PA system at Auckland Airport. Then she – and everyone else in the terminal – heard the marriage proposal.
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