This country tops the best expat destinations for 2017. Last year it barely made it to the top 20

It may not be top of mind, but this small country in the Persian Gulf managed to leapfrog its way from 19th place in 2016 to the top spot this year, due mostly to the ease of settling in and high career satisfaction, as reported by its expat citizens. For the survey, conducted by networking site InterNations, 13,000 expats representing 166 nationalities, living in 188 countries or territories, were asked to rate 43 different aspects of life in their host country, which were then pooled into six categories: quality of…

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Travelling on a budget? These Indian destinations can give you an international experience

International tours make for great memories, but they also come with a heavy expense. Here are some places to visit within India that will give you an international vacation experience without burning a hole in your pocket: * Shillong—The Scotland of the East: With its surging meadows, rivers and lush widespread grasslands, Shillong and its surroundings can be compared to Scotland. Waterways are the means of transportation in Alleppey. (Shutterstock) * Pondicherry—The French Town: Pondicherry retains its Dutch and French architecture from colonial times. It is interesting to note the smooth transition of…

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A Westerosi vacation: Head to these real-life Game of Thrones destinations

The world eagerly anticipated Game of Thrones season 7 but fans aren’t waiting for winter to come to enjoy Seven Kingdoms-inspired vacations, as Hotels.com reports a dramatic hike in searches to the stunning destinations featured in the series. Among the world’s most popular shows, it has inspired the imaginations of millions of ‘Thronies’ across the globe since it first aired in 2011. Last season, over 23 million viewers worldwide tuned in to each episode. The destinations that feature most heavily throughout the seasons, and those anticipated to appear in season…

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It’s raining: Avoid these trekking destinations in Uttarakhand and Maharashtra

While making trips during the monsoon season, you need to be careful where you are heading and take the necessary precautions for certain areas. On the other hand there are certain places which need to be completely avoided, as it may end up being a bad idea heading out if ultimately due to some weather conditions you end up getting stuck, ruining your holiday. 1) Don’t plan a trip to any of these 5 destinations in Uttarakhand this monsoon   Exits from Nainital in Uttarakhand are often blocked in the…

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Don’t plan a trip to any of these 5 destinations in Uttarakhand this monsoon

Pre-monsoon showers in Uttarakhand have resulted in overflowing rivers, waterfalls and landslides. While the state has not issued any advisory for visitors, nevertheless, the first-hand experience of some travellers is enough to highlight the problems one might face. “It took us more than three hours on Thursday to exit from Nainital as two major routes, Nainital–Kaladhungi and Nainital bypass were blocked. There was an overflowing waterfall and boulders blocking the way,” said Udit Ghildiyal, an avid traveller. The state government spokesperson, Madan Kaushik said Uttarakhand is a major tourist destination and…

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Italy, UK and France among the most popular summer destinations for wealthy jetsetters

When money is no obstacle, and the world is your pearl-studded oyster, wealthy travellers are more apt to jet off to Italy than any other destination. That’s according to the luxury travel agency network Virtuoso, which looked at the most popular destinations sought by their wealthiest clients in the US at member agencies around the world. For the list, experts looked at bookings made for this summer through their network which, so far, total more than $39.7 billion in transactions. South Africa is also a favourite among travellers, notably for…

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Shocking divorce rates at world’s most popular wedding destinations

WEDDINGS in Australia cost upwards of $65,482, so it’s no surprise many couples are casting their eyes overseas for cheaper alternatives. In places like Fiji, Bali and Phuket, you can have an extravagant ceremony on a picturesque beach for less than half the price. The Cook Islands and Vanuatu are also rising favourites, as well as European destinations like Paris, Italy, and the Greek island of Santorini. Let’s face it: you’re better off shelling out a few grand for airfares and taking off with your close family and friends than…

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Sarajevo city guide: 10 of the best art and design-inspired destinations

A vibrant, walkable city, Sarajevo is thriving thanks, in part, to its contemporary culture and art, which is on display at galleries … and also its restaurants, bars and hotels Grand design … Festina Lente bridge over the Miljacka river. Sarajevo. Photograph: Alamy On a warm summer day, I strolled down Wilson Alley, a promenade lined with shady linden trees in the centre of Sarajevo, the calm Miljacka river on one side and stylish cafes with alfresco dining on the other. I joined a cluster of people staring down at…

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10 of the best Russia holiday destinations – beyond Moscow and St Petersburg

Majestic lakes, mountains, history and even ecotourism resorts, opt for Russia’s lesser-known cities and nature parks and there’s enough to keep you exploring for weeks. Share your Russia tips in the comments below Marvel at … Marble canyon, Ruskeala, Karelia. Photograph: Shamukov Ruslan/Corbis Ruskeala, Karelia Why go? Karelia, a republic in north-west Russia, is known as one the country’s most beautiful places. The nature here is breathtaking and more Finnish than Russian, with lakes, waterfalls and trees growing on giant rocks. Ruskeala is a village close to Sortavala, one of…

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0 of the best Russia holiday destinations – beyond Moscow and St Petersburg

Majestic lakes, mountains, history and even ecotourism resorts, opt for Russia’s lesser-known cities and nature parks and there’s enough to keep you exploring for weeks. Share your Russia tips in the comments below Marvel at … Marble canyon, Ruskeala, Karelia. Photograph: Shamukov Ruslan/Corbis Ruskeala, Karelia Why go? Karelia, a republic in north-west Russia, is known as one the country’s most beautiful places. The nature here is breathtaking and more Finnish than Russian, with lakes, waterfalls and trees growing on giant rocks. Ruskeala is a village close to Sortavala, one of…

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