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Berlin stops Airbnb renting apartments to tourists to protect affordable housing

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Berlin has banned tourists from renting entire apartments through Airbnb and its competitors in an attempt to protect affordable housing.With the help of large fines, the German city’s authorities are hoping to protect the property supply and keep rents as low as possible.After the success of the various online rental portals, the number of properties available for long-term rental periods had fallen markedlyBut …

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Infographic: Here’s why living abroad makes you smarter

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Living abroad is usually pretty damn awesome so it’s not surprising then that so many people across the world choose to do so. Research shows that travel and more specifically living abroad make you smarter, the reasons for which are explained in the following infographic by Work the World. By the end of it, you’ll be convinced to make that big move.  Infographic: Here’s …

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Study Abroad’s Seven Deadly Sins

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New York Times: We’ve all heard about the purported benefits of study-abroad programs, the most fundamental of which is the opportunity for personal growth. Proponents are often vague about precisely what they mean in this regard, but growth is generally said to be signified by a broadening of perspective, greater adaptability and confidence, and enhanced empathy. Along with having the …

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Even Broke, Mark Twain Traveled in Style

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In 1895, a bankrupt Mark Twain embarked on a round-the-world speaking tour to pay his debts. It worked, but what we remember are his funny, acerbic travel notes.  Celebrity perks usually amount to a few comped bottles of champagne or courtside tickets.  A British railway once set aside 35 miles of mountain track in the Himalayas for Mark Twain to …

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Where beauty knows no bounds

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For photographer Mihaela Noroc, connecting with people (and more specifically, women) is the most important part of travelling.  With her blog The Atlas of Beauty, Noroc photographs women around the world, capturing beauty in all its different forms. “Often, The Atlas of Beauty will take me back to a country I had visited before the project began,”  Noroc said. “But …

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How Can Tourism Promote Peace In The Middle East?

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Social entrepreneur and educator Aziz Abu Sarah describes how he came to lead tours in which Jews, Muslims, and Christians cross contested borders to spend time in each others cultures. Aziz Abu Sarah is a National Geographic Explorer and a 2014 TED fellow. In 2009, he co-founded MEJDI Tours, a social enterprise that aims to foster peace in the Middle …

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Recruiting Students Overseas to Fill Seats, Not to Meet Standards

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“Hurry Up!!!” the online posting said. “Spot Admissions” to Western Kentucky University. Scholarships of up to $17,000 were available, it added. “Letter in one day.”  The offer, by a college recruiter based in India, was part of a campaign so enticing that more than 300 students swiftly applied to a college that many had probably never heard of.  More than …

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Biking off the Cobblestone Path

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I sat on my newly rented bike overlooking the Vltava River, blowing on my hands for warmth. It was mid February.On my right side, trams and cars whisked back and forth under the rising morning sun. The winds clawed my apple red hands and jacket in brief gusts. On my left side, the river wound through light and then shadow, …

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On ‘Paris Vagabond’ by Luc Sante

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Paris Vagabond, first published in 1952, is one of the most extraordinary books ever written about that city.   It follows in the lineage of great narratives by champion walkers—Louis-Sébastien Mercier’s Le Tableau de Paris (1781–1788), Nicolas-Edme Restif de la Bretonne’s Les Nuits de Paris (1788–1794), Alexandre Privat d’Anglemont’s Paris anecdote (1854), Léon-Paul Fargue’s Le Piéton de Paris (1939), among others—although its focus is more pointed and specific. Had …

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Once Upon a Greek Island, Migrants and Tourists

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It’s hard to imagine enjoying a holiday getaway in an area rife with suffering. But it happens all the time, and not just in the developing world where verdant, gated resorts exist not far from impoverished shantytowns. Consider the Greek island of Lesbos, where sunbathers laze by azure waters while not too far away boats arrive daily full of families …

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Gallatin Professor Anastasiya Osipova’s travel piece about the Ukraine

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SUSPENDED IN A RECLINING CHAIR, swaddled in a plaid blanket, dark glasses on my nose — my shell of a body is under an apricot tree in the Ukrainian countryside, my soul still lost somewhere in the purgatory of flight. “The cradle rocks above an abyss,” yes — between two continents and several languages. Only I am not a child, and there is something …

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Americans are moving to Europe for free college degrees

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Chelsea Workman went to Ohio State University because it was her cheapest option. But she still had to take out student loans and work to make ends meet.By the middle of her sophomore year, she’d had enough. She dropped out and moved to Germany to finish her degree where college is free.Hunter Newsome, from California, decided to go to college …

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NJ Congressman “Blasts” NYU Shanghai Over Human Rights Violations

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Chris Smith, a Republican congressman from New Jersey, spent a day last week at NYU’s newest degree-granting campus in Shanghai. Smith, who has been an outspoken critic of NYU’s expansion into the East Asian nation, reportedly used the opportunity as a podium to “blast China for human rights limitations, including “muzzled” students and professors.” These accusations, as reported by the …