Sri Lanka opens doors to luxury tourism a decade after Civil War

In 2004 businessman Malik Fernando bought Castlereagh, a decrepit bungalow in the terraced, emerald hills of Sri Lanka’s sprawling tea country. The structure had no roof. “It was in absolute shambles,” he recalls. “There were cattle roaming through the whole house.” But it had one irresistible asset: “It was what was available,” he says, shrugging and welcoming me to the neat, gingerbread-style mansion on a clear, 80F winter day. That was enough to make it the perfect place for the area’s first luxury hotel. When Fernando closed 13 years ago…

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Travel Like a Minimalist and Save Big

At NerdWallet, we adhere to strict standards of editorial integrity to help you make decisions with confidence. Some of the products we feature are from our partners. Here’s how we make money. If you’re looking to save money on a vacation, you could spend hours researching and budgeting every minute of it — or you could simply try traveling like a minimalist instead. Minimalists generally live with fewer possessions, freeing up time, money and other resources to focus on things and experiences they value more. The lifestyle also saves them money on consumption when they travel….

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This ‘death cafe’ in Bangkok lets you lie in a coffin to get discounts on drinks

Dying for a cup of coffee? You will feel at home at Bangkok’s new “death awareness” cafe, a macabre, Buddhist spin on the themed-cafe craze where customers are urged to confront their own mortality — and live better lives as a result. With drinks called “death” and “painful” on the menu, and a skeleton splayed out on a couch in the corner, the meet-your-maker theme is alive and well at this open-air lunch spot in the Thai capital. But the centrepiece of the Kid Mai (Think New) Death Cafe experience…

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This is how a Lamborghini supercar gets home delivered in India

Driving a brand-new car from the authorized dealership to your home is a really special, one-of-its-kind experience, innit? But what if your spanking new ride is wrapped up, loaded on a flatbed truck and delivered to your doorstep? You can see something similar in the video we have below – a new Lamborghini Huracan Performante is delivered to the doorsteps of its rich (and enviable) owner in Hyderabad. It’s not uncommon to see these brand new exotic cars being transported to their owners on a flatbed. The cars have a couple…

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How to Make a Travel Break Sound Like Work Experience

Send your workplace conundrums to [email protected], including your name and contact information (even if you want it withheld). The Workologist is a guy with well-intentioned opinions, not a professional career adviser. Letters may be edited. I’m a mid-50s guy who was recently laid off from an executive job at a struggling company. It was a job I had planned to leave — in fact, I got my notice about two weeks before I was going to quit! My plan was to travel around the world for several months before looking…

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The Cube in Australia is a trippy food and wine destination. Here are 5 reasons to visit

In a world exploding with culinary trails and extraordinary food experiences, it is hard to imagine what can captivate discerning travellers and foodies. And yet, as the calendar flipped over to 2018, d’Arenberg vineyard in Mclaren Vale, South Australia unveiled the Cube. An idea, which was born in the mind of the eccentric chief winemaker Chester Osborn 14 years ago, finally found form in the shape and is touted to be the ultimate food and wine destination. The Cube is for travellers who have a thing for exquisite food and…

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Ford EcoSport (Maruti Vitara Brezza rival) gets a new variant in India

Ford launched the new EcoSport late last year. The second best-selling sub 4-meter compact SUV now gets a new variant that will attract a wider audience. Ford has launched a new manual transmission option with the Titanium+ trim with the petrol engine, which was only available with an automatic transmission till now. The diesel engine was available with the top of the line trim already. The new Titanium+ petrol manual is priced at Rs. 10.47 lakh, ex-showroom, India. The EcoSport facelift received a new three-cylinder Dragon petrol engine in India….

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Toyota Yaris sedan’s first-in-segment features highlighted in a brand new video

Toyota is preparing the Yaris C-Segment sedan for a launch in India. The car is a Honda City- and Maruti Ciaz-rival and will be Toyota’s first offering in the full-size C-Segment sedan market here. Toyota dealers are already taking pre-bookings for the car, while official bookings will open only by the end of April. Meanwhile, Toyota has released a video that shows the various class-leading features that the Yaris will come with. As the video shows, the Yaris will have a range of best-in-segment features. Some of them include the…

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Women’s Clothing That Conceals a Gun

Especially if you are a woman who must professionally carry a gun such as one who works for the FBI, Secret Service, TSA, DEA, a police department, or a government or law enforcement agency, it is crucial that the womens gun apparel conceal the firearm. Also, concealed carry licensed owners, travelers, and small business owners who want to protect themselves have a need for that type of clothing. Quality high-end versatile concealment gear needs to fit a woman’s body properly but, at the same time, be comfortable and make the…

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You have at least 2 years to revive a lapsed policy

Let us say you miss paying the premium on your life insurance policy, and as a result, your policy has lapsed. For people who may find themselves in situations like this, life insurance companies offer a small window of opportunity to revive the policy during the revival period. The rules state that insurers need to offer a revival period of at least 2 years within which you can reinstate your policy. Here is how you can revive a lapsed life insurance policy. When do insurance policies lapse? A policy lapses…

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