Little globetrotters: Here’s why luxury destinations are wooing the kids

During a six-month backpacking tour of Southeast Asia, Maximo and Sebastian Tuscano pit-stopped for four nights at the Andaman, a 178-room Luxury Collection resort on a lush bay in Langkawi, Malaysia. They marvelled at the fauna in the surrounding rainforest—the flying lemurs, dusky leaf monkeys, more than 300 species of butterflies—and swam in the lagoon-style swimming pool. They hunted hermit crabs, helped a marine biologist feed specimens at an on-site coral nursery, and participated in pirate-themed games and crafts. In all, it was the perfect way for Maximo and Sebastian,…

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Mahindra Bolero back in India’s top 10 selling cars: Why it’s still so popular

The Mahindra Bolero has made it to India’s top 10 selling cars yet again, with 9,104 copies sold. Over 15 years old, the Bolero continues to be a very strong seller. In fact, it’s India’s best selling multi utility vehicle (MUV), and has retained this status for many years. What makes the Bolero so popular in India? Well, the lack of a solid alternative. Major sales of the Bolero come from the rural and semi-urban markets of India, where the MUV has no match really. The Tata Sumo is the…

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Why now is the time for travel brands to go mobile-first

It’s popular to talk about the impact that smartphones have had and with good reason. In recent years, since smartphone introduction, there has been a dramatic shift in the way people engage with brands online. Today, the majority of people interact with brands on a mobile device, not on a computer. But many travel companies haven’t caught up yet with this trend. In the US, Sojern data shows that 26% of travel searches in the fourth quarter of last year occurred on a mobile device. In other parts of the world,…

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From mums to millennials, 10 female writers on why travel is best done alone

Travel has taught me that most people are kind and trustworthy’ CREDIT: GETTY Ten female writers reflect on how their many and varied journeys around the planet have enriched them. ‘Becoming a mother of three hasn’t changed my rhythm’ Michelle Jana Chan My first ever memory is standing on the forecourt of Kai Tak, Hong Kong’s legendary old airport where the approach was between towering apartment blocks and passengers could watch locals hanging their laundry as the plane turned on to finals. I was probably three years old. I remember looking up…

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For love or for god: Why Indians travel

Indians’ favourite travel destinations vary according to what they are seeking: religion or romance. Up to 97% of Indian respondents in a recent survey said they’d travel within the country for their spiritual needs. Yet four in 10 were most likely to choose foreign destinations for their honeymoons. The survey was conducted by online travel agent MakeMyTrip between Nov. 15 and Dec. 15 and covered 3,000 respondents, all of whom had travelled within the previous six months. Overseas destinations closer to home are especially a hit among Indian newly-weds. Four…

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Why Angel Investors Should Have an Investment Thesis

Few angel investors have investment theses, short summaries of the person’s strategy for what kinds of startups he or she will fund. Fewer still have these theses written down in a form that can be shared with others. That’s a mistake. Angels should have clear, written investment theses. Having them imposes discipline on their investment selection and facilitates communication with entrepreneurs and other investors. Venture capitalists all have investment theses, which they need to raise money from their limited partners. Because venture capitalists have a fiduciary duty to invest the LPs’ money…

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Don’t ignore Alternative Investment Funds while building your long term portfolio; here’s why

Indian economy is already looking up after crucial and series of difficult reforms have been implemented over the last three years while some are still in the process of getting implemented. In this scenario, Indian investors are betting big on equities, especially when gold and properties are not on the preferred list of assets. In a tectonic shift most investors – Ultra HNI, HNI, and retail – are focusing largely on long-term investments rather than being swayed by short-term scenarios both external and internal. Alternative Investment Funds (AIFs) and Mutual…

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Why We Need to Discuss the Downsides of New Technology

Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller’s new book OTHERWORLD is on sale now where books are sold. In 2003, a guy at Harvard built a website so his fellow students could ogle each other. By 2012, one billion people were using that site to stay in touch with their friends. In 2016, the Russian government turned to Facebook to influence the United States presidential election. No one, not even Mark Zuckerberg, saw that one coming. Eighty years ago, beetles were consuming Australia’s crops, so the government imported cane toads from South America, hoping they would get rid…

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There’s more to Canada than Toronto. Here’s why you need to explore Ontario soon

Canada’s most populous province, Ontario is home to nearly 40% of all Canadians. It is diverse and vibrant from the multicultural metropolis of Toronto, Canada’s biggest city, to the First Nations villages on the Hudson Bay shores to the north. There are charming towns, historic settlements, a beautiful chance for cruising amid Saint Lawrence River’s Thousand Islands, as well as vast wilderness in national and provincial parks like the much-loved Algonquin. Ontario celebrates its diversity year-round, from the Stratford Shakespeare Festival to the Toronto International Film Festival and RBC Ottawa…

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Here’s why California is the perfect destination for a digital detox

With miles of pristine coastline and endless Instagram-worthy views, California is the perfect place for shareable memories. However, the Golden State is also an ideal destination for those looking to unplug and disconnect from the digital world. From remote areas with no cell service, to spas requiring you to leave your phone at the door, here are a few ideas to help you “disconnect” in California: * Shasta Cascade: It is no doubt that when you are exploring the Shasta Cascade region of California, you are guaranteed beautiful mountain scenery. One…

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