caption Ubud is a place that could, on paper, be easy to make fun of. source Shutterstock I left New York a year ago to travel around the world as Business Insider’s international correspondent. While it would be impossible to pinpoint my favorite place, the place I want to return to soonest is the city of Ubud, on the Indonesian island of Bali. Ubud has a bustling community of local Balinese, digital nomads, and vacationers exploring rice terraces, temples, spiritual retreats, yoga and meditation classes, and villas set into the countryside. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. A year ago, I left New York to travel the world. In that time, I’ve visited over 20 countries and dozens of cities – everywhere from China and Russia to Spain, Portugal, and Bulgaria. Each place had its joys and its frustrations. In Tanzania, I experienced some of the most beautiful nature in the world, but it … [Read more...] about I traveled the world for a year and a tiny city in Bali was the one place I can see myself returning to dozens of times
How to travel the world in a year
Harrison Jacobs, provided by Published 9:38 am PST, Wednesday, February 13, 2019 Harrison Jacobs/Business Insider In March I left New York to travel around the world as Business Insider's international correspondent. Over the course of more than six months, I have so far visited 18 countries. While I've had some epic adventures, not everything lived up to the hype. Some bucket-list attractions were overpriced, uninspiring, overcrowded, or just plain boring. Among the offending attractions: the "most dangerous hike in the world" in China, the Marina Bay Sands mega-hotel featured in "Crazy Rich Asians," and the Greek isle of Mykonos. I thought it might be helpful to share which of my recent adventures weren't worth the trouble. If you're looking for the things you should do, I have a list of those too. Let's be honest, some things simply don't live up to the hype. There's a temptation when going on a big trip abroad to come back singing the praises of everything you did … [Read more...] about Traveling the world for a year showed me real life doesn’t always live up to the hype. These are the most disappointing places I’ve been.
Harrison Jacobs, provided by Published 8:30 am PST, Saturday, February 2, 2019 Harrison Jacobs/Business Insider Over the last year, we have traveled the world for Business Insider, visiting nearly 20 countries and climates ranging from Beijing's frosty spring to summer in the Middle East. Since we each brought only a carry-on suitcase and a backpack, we had packed it strategically with only the most essential items. We found that packing for a long trip was easy so long as you pack the right items that serve multiple purposes, like hiking boots that look good on a dance floor or a short-sleeve turtleneck that looks as good in the board room as out on the town. Last March, we left behind New York to travel around the world for Business Insider, each carrying only a carry-on suitcase and a backpack. Packing was daunting. We had plans to travel through Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Greece, Israel, and Russia, among other places. Our trip had a wide variety of climates to … [Read more...] about We’ve been traveling around the world for a year. Here are the 5 essential clothing items we always pack.
PUBLISHED: 11:32 17 January 2019 | UPDATED: 11:42 17 January 2019 Daniel Hickey Malcolm Metcalf, from Gorleston, taking a break while driving through Iran in 1970, on the way to Australia. Archant A Norfolk man who lay ill in bed for a year when he was a teenager was inspired by a gift from his twin brother to travel the world. Horse riding in Korumburra Victoria Australia in1968. Malcolm Metcalf, 85, from Gorleston, has written a book about his epic travels around the world.Malcolm Metcalf, now 83-years-old, has been nicknamed the “Michael Palin of Gorleston”.When he was 19, a serious illness kept him confined to bed for more than a year, but his twin brother, Trevor, bought him a book on travel. Unable to leave the bed, Mr Metcalf read the book everyday and made up his mind that when he recovered he would go and see the world. And now, sixty-six years later, after having realised his dreams, Mr Metcalf has written a book on those travels, … [Read more...] about How a gift from his twin inspired Gorleston man to travel the world
International air travel has become remarkably safe in recent years, with deadly accidents like last month's Lion Air crash in Indonesia becoming more rare. But statistics aside, the accident is making travelers wary of flying in some countries or on certain foreign airlines. The safety of Indonesia's airlines had been questioned long before the Lion Air accident. "There has been a lot more trepidation about flying smaller airlines that Americans have never heard of" since the Oct. 29 Lion Air crash, said Blake Fleetwood, president of Cook Travel in New York. "It is pushing people to the bigger airlines. People are scared." Before plunking down big money to book international flights, nervous flyers can tap into resources that can provide red-flag warnings if there are doubts about a carrier's safety. The Federal Aviation Administration determines whether countries meet international safety standards set by the United Nations' aviation agency. Five currently do not: Thailand, … [Read more...] about How to weigh safety of foreign airlines? These tools can help travelers