tourism

Crackdown on Bitcoin Hits Businesses in Bali

3 months ago admin2 Comments Off on Crackdown on Bitcoin Hits Businesses in Bali
Regulation Having issued a stark warning to “all parties” against any use of “virtual currency”, Bank Indonesia has now joined forces with local police to prevent bitcoin transactions where they are most likely to take place – in Bali. The island, a popular holiday destination with tourists spending both fiat and crypto, has been targeted Read More

Using Airbnb isn’t fun anymore

5 months ago admin2 Comments Off on Using Airbnb isn’t fun anymore
I remember the first time I ever used Airbnb. It was a studio in the 18th arrondissement of Paris, with a slice of the Sacre Coeur visible from the window. I’d rented it for a month from a woman roughly my age, and it was her first time being a host. As she handed over Read More

This photo collection visualizes everyday Egypt in outer space

5 months ago admin2 Comments Off on This photo collection visualizes everyday Egypt in outer space
In a popular 1988 song, the Egyptian actor and singer Medhat Salah sang about the desire to live in Kawkab Tani—or another planet. In the track, Salah spoke of wanting to put (in Arabic) an “impervious, tall, and abominable barrier between him and his self, between his body and soul, between day and night.” Almost Read More

US military veterans are fighting a new battle in Africa—against poachers

5 months ago admin2 Comments Off on US military veterans are fighting a new battle in Africa—against poachers
A battle is underway in Africa’s game parks between poachers hunting down wildlife and the rangers protecting them. And the rangers have called in the troops. Illegal poaching has become such a major crisis that game parks across Africa are increasingly turning to active soldiers, veterans, and military technologies to protect wildlife. In Malawi, British Read More

Turning a huge military plane into an underwater reef

5 months ago admin2 Comments Off on Turning a huge military plane into an underwater reef
The Lockheed C-130 Hercules airplane is known for its wide-ranging ability to ferry large amounts of cargo and passengers over long distances. In fact, it’s one of the most popular tactical airlifters for military forces worldwide. But in Aqaba, Jordan, one of these aircraft just assumed a new, somewhat unusual role: an artificial reef. The Read More

Scientists used drones to spy on whales’ beauty routine

5 months ago admin2 Comments Off on Scientists used drones to spy on whales’ beauty routine
When your home is billions of gallons of saltwater, you’ve got to get a little creative with your skin care regimes. Bowhead whales, for example, have incorporated giant, underwater boulders into their annual grooming. All animals lose their skin cells to make room for new ones, and animals with hair or fur (including us) shed. Read More

The cultural reason terrorism hurts some tourist hotspots more than others

5 months ago admin2 Comments Off on The cultural reason terrorism hurts some tourist hotspots more than others
Terrorist attacks over the last few years have rocked some of world’s most popular destinations. But while there are figures to show that these incidences have had a short-term impact on those local economies, it is something a lot more cultural and deep-rooted that keeps tourists traveling to their favorite destinations. As France marks the Read More

My trip to China shattered my biases about developing nations

5 months ago admin2 Comments Off on My trip to China shattered my biases about developing nations
When I went to China for two weeks on a recent reporting trip, I had certain expectations. Officially, China is still a developing country. I thought I had a pretty clear picture of life in developing and developed nations, having grown up in India and spent most of my adult life in the United Kingdom Read More

Venice’s cruise ship ban is hiding its tourism problem, not fixing it

5 months ago admin2 Comments Off on Venice’s cruise ship ban is hiding its tourism problem, not fixing it
The Italian government announced a ban on cruise ships in the historic center of Venice after a long-fought campaign to prevent them from entering the famous Grand Canal. Big ships pose a threat to the city’s precarious ecosystem, and have continually upset locals, who feel their presence spoils Venice’s scenery. Ships arriving on the Grand Read More

The problem with volunteer tourism for NGOs is it doesn’t do much good

5 months ago admin2 Comments Off on The problem with volunteer tourism for NGOs is it doesn’t do much good
Volunteer tourism, or voluntourism, is an emerging trend of travel linked to “doing good”. Yet these efforts to help people and the environment have come under heavy criticism – I believe for good reason. Voluntourists’ ability to change systems, alleviate poverty or provide support for vulnerable children is limited. They simply don’t have the skills. Read More