Best country for expats in terms of Happiness and Satisfaction

1. Switzerland

2. Singapore

3. China *

The primary reason: expats in China are finding themselves with more disposable income than most other places. China is home to the largest proportion of high-earning expats in the world – almost a quarter of expats living there earn more than $300,000 per annum compared with the global average of 5 percent

4. Germany, seen as safe and stable destination for foreigners, placed fourth.

5.  Bahrain, the archipelago of islands in the Arabian Gulf, rounded out the top five. The country’s proving attractive as a destination for expats heading to the Middle East particularly for the good work/life balance, the bank said.

6. New Zealand came sixth in the overall rankings, but was voted the bestdestination for raising a family abroad.

The majority of expat parents living in New Zealand commented on the improved health and well-being and safety of their children, as well as saying they are bringing up more confident and well-rounded individuals.

7. Thailand, where expats said they enjoyed a lavish lifestyle at a far lower cost than in their home country, was ranked seventh.

“However much you think you need to bring with you – don’t. Or bring half. What you can get here is either better or cheaper, so not worth the hassle bringing it from home,” an expat in Thailand said

8. Taiwan*

9. India*

10. Hong Kong

*White expats

Nicest beaches in the World

1. Maldives –

Continent – Asia

Ocean – Indian Ocean

Cost – Honeymoon trip to Maldives for a week in a 3 star resort would cost you between US$1500 to US$1800 in peak season (November to April) to US$2000 to US$2500 in low seasons (May /June/July)

The “Gucci” of resort travel. The Maldives is home to perhaps the best beaches in the world; they’re on almost every one of the country’s nearly 1200 islands and are so consistently perfect that it’s hard not to become blasé about them. While some beaches may boast softer granules than others, the basic fact remains: you’ll find consistently whiter-than-white powder sand and luminous cyan-blue water like this almost nowhere else on earth. This fact alone is enough to bring over a million people a year to this tiny, remote and otherwise little-known Indian Ocean paradise.

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2. Tahiti, French Polynesia

Continent – Oceania

Ocean – Pacific Ocean

The “Island of Love”, the “New Cyther” for Bougainville, the myth of paradise, of Rousseau’s “good savage”, all those names to describe the same beauty of this island, symbol just by itself of the entire French Polynesia.

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3. Borocay and Palawan, Phillipines

Continent – Asia

Ocean – Pacific Ocean

Palawan is 1,768 islands of pristine white beaches, dramatic rock formations, secret coves and underground mysteries. An untamed land, a nature lover’s paradise and an adventurer’s dream: Palawan certainly lives up to its image as the last frontier.

The island province has been declared a nature sanctuary of the world and for good reason. It is wrapped in a mantel of rainforests, outstanding dive sites, majestic mountains, primeval caves and shimmering beaches. It bursts with exotic flora and fauna and is surrounded by a coral shelf that abounds with varied and colourful marine life.

4. Phuket, Thailand

Continent – Asia

Ocean – Indian Ocean

Thailand’s largest island is an international magnet for beach lovers and serious divers, who enthusiastically submerge themselves in the Andaman Sea

5. Hawaii

Continent – North America ( Nicest Beaches in North America)

Ocean – Pacific Ocean

Hawaii is a destination dreamt by most of the people. If you like good weather, perfect setting, magnificent views, beautiful blue waters, traditional hula-dancing and exquisite cuisine, Hawaii is the place for you

6. Fernando do Noronha, Brazil

Continent – South America (Niceast beach in South America)

Ocean – Atlantic Ocean

The archipelago of Fernando de Noronha is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a delicate ecosystem. Visitors are restricted, but the lucky few are rewarded with unrivaled beaches and soothing warm waters filled with dolphins and sea turtles, making Noronha one of the world’s top diving destinations.

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7. Capri, Italy

Continent Europe ( Nicest beach in Europe)

Ocean – Mediterranean Sea

The archipelago of Fernando de Noronha is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a delicate ecosystem. Visitors are restricted, but the lucky few are rewarded with unrivaled beaches and soothing warm waters filled with dolphins and sea turtles, making Noronha one of the world’s top diving destinations.

8. Seychelles

Continent – Africa

Ocean – Indian Ocean

Life in the Seychelles islands is characterised by majestic seascapes, unparalleled beauty and temperate weather. These are just some of the many factors that make this nation such a sought-after paradise for holidaymakers and investors alike. In addition to immaculate white sands and welcoming waters, this spectacular country is also home to a vibrant diversity of cultures. With its breath-taking combination of sights and sounds, this cosmopolitan destination is a feast for the senses and provides the perfect setting for an exotic island retreat. For those who dream about relaxing in comfort and luxury, the Seychelles islands provide countless opportunities for rest and tranquillity. Additionally, this idyllic nation caters for discerning thrill-seekers who travel the globe in search of incomparable diving and sailing opportunities.

When it comes to accommodation, Seychelles boasts some of the finest island getaways on the market. Eden Island homes in particular provide residents and visitors with outstanding furnishings, amenities and marina access.

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9. Turks and Caicos

Continent – Atlantic Ocean

Ocean – Atlantic Ocean

Home to some of the best beaches in the World, breathtaking hues from inviting waters, and legendary diving, snorkeling and fishing, the Turks & Caicos Islands beckon you to an undiscovered Caribbean. Travel to the Turks and Caicos is easy and efficient. Just a short flight from the east coast of the US, our islands are a tropical classic, a throwback in time where relaxation is unavoidable and rejuvenation ensured

 

10. Vieques, Puerto Rico

Vieques is a laid back island so much of the activity revolves around sun and sea activities. Snorkeling is great at Blue Beach; other very nice nearly deserted beaches include Orchid Beach, Sun Bay Beach, Punta Arenas as well as Esperanza Beach. Not indicated on the map below is Black Sand Beach a spit of jet black powdered sand that glistens in the sun.

The Power of Dressing Nice

Science Reveals How to Make People Think You Are Successful Within Five Seconds of Meeting Them
Max Chang – Feb 26, 2015
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“You shouldn’t judge a BOOK by it’s cover” — we’ve all heard it, we all do it. We shouldn’t, but it’s practically instinctual.

Of course, life and business are simpler when you boil it down to statistics — most people will make a ton of assumptions about you within the first five seconds of meeting you in regard to your attractiveness, potential for success, personality, etc. When you bring business into the mix, first impressions of new colleagues and connections can be crucial. So within those first five seconds of meeting someone, how do you give off an aura of success?

The answer is simple — look the part. Of course, that all stops as soon as you open your mouth to speak, so you’ll at least have to sound smart as well.

It might sound obvious, but a 2011 Canadian study involving 87 university students found that professionally dressed men came off as more successful and were expected to MAKE MORE MONEY. The sloppily dressed men were expected to be made fun of at work.

A more recent 2013 Turkish study closed in on what exactly a man should wear to come off as more successful, and the answer is not surprising.

“The man was rated more positively on all attributes APARTfrom trustworthiness when pictured in the bespoke suit … On the evidence of this study it appears men may be advised to purchase clothing that is well‐tailored, as it can positively enhance the image they communicate to others.”
So in a manner of speaking, success, or at least the look of success, can be bought at your local tailor. Additionally, a 1990 study found that women who dress more masculine, even though some might consider it sexist, and wear outfits and suits with straight silhouettes, angular lines and darker colors, are more hireable.

So the lesson here is if you want to come off as successful in those first five seconds of meeting someone, whether you are a man or woman, wear a suit. Look nice. Comb your hair, trim your nails and shave if you have to. That Zuckerberg jeans-and-hoodie look only works after you are a billionaire. Don’t try to look hot or sexy either, as that actually lowers other people’s perception of your power and success.

Holding a glass of Scotch while wearing a suit will either give you a ton more swagger and/or make you look like an alcoholic — the gamble is yours to make.

h/t: Business Insider

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Best Beaches of the Carribean

 

 

1. Turks and Caicos

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2. Bahamas

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3.Dominican Republic

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4. Jamaica

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5. Puerto Rico

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6. Virgin Islands

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6. Varadero Beach, Cuba

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7. Antigua

8. Barbados

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9. Anguilla

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10. Netherlands Antilles

Carribean Tourism Boost Caribbean Tourism Booming as Earnings and Arrivals Statistics See Record Highs

Caribbean Tourism Booming as Earnings and Arrivals Statistics See Record Highs

jamaica-beach-hotels (1)The Caribbean welcomed a record 26.3 million tourists in 2014, a 5.3 percent rise over the previous year. These visitors spent US$29.2 billion, which is a record for Caribbean tourism.

The chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), Richard Sealy, and the secretary general, Hugh Riley, along with the CTO’s director of research, Winfield Griffith, announced the record performance at a news conference streamed live to a global audience from the CTO headquarters on Tuesday.

“Last year, we received more visitors than ever before – recording our fifth straight year of growth as a region – and visitors spent more money in the Caribbean than they ever did before,” said Sealy, also Barbados’s minister of tourism and international transport.

“There was strong demand throughout 2014 and I am particularly pleased with our performance during the summer period when our growth rate was almost twice that of the summer of 2013,” he added.

The 26.3 million visitors represent 1.3 million more than in 2013, itself a record year for the Caribbean. These visitors contributed a record US$29.2 billion to Caribbean economies, a 3.9 percent rise over the US$28 billion that visitors spent in 2013.

“With a strong year for air travel, a positive performance by the accommodation sector, solid growth in cruise visits and faster-than-expected rise in stay-over arrivals, the Caribbean Tourism Organization is pleased to report that the state of Caribbean tourism is sound,” Riley stated.

The US continues to be the region’s primary market, with nearly 13 million Americans – or just under half of the total arrivals – to the region. Canada rallied from a flat performance in 2013 to post a 5.7 percent increase, while Europe topped five million visitors for the first time since 2008, registering a 4.6 percent increase over 2013.

“There’s no doubt that political and economic conditions, increased airline seat capacity, improved airport facilities, increased room stock—as recognized hotel chains established themselves in our destinations—and new initiatives in the marketplace, all contributed to this success,” Riley added.

The 5.3 percent rise which the region recorded was above the global growth rate of 4.7 percent announced by the UN body, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), and nearly twice the predicted two percent to three percent growth.

According to Griffith, leisure travel is showing steady demand again as the economies in the main markets continue signs of resurgence. This heightened demand significantly benefitted the Caribbean and is evident in the record number of visitors.

Source: Caribbean News Now

 

Most visited Destinations

  1. Dominican Republic 5 million people
  2. Cuba 3 million people
  3. Jamaica 2.1 million people
  4. Puerto Rico 1.6 million people
  5. Bahamas 1.4 million people

 

Countries with the nicest beaches in Africa

1. Seychelles beaches

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2. Mauritius’s beaches

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3. Zanzibar, Tanzania

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4. Nosy Be, Madagascar

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Nosy Be Resort

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and Ile Saint Marie

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5. Bazaruto, Mozambique

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6. Cape Town beaches

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7. Malindi, Kenya

8. Cape Verde’s beaches

9. Angola – Benguela

10. Equatorial Guinea – Corisco Island beach

Honorable Mention Sao Tome

12. Comoros

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13. Moucha Island Djibouti

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14. Mayotte

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Breathtaking South African Floral Safari

Breathtaking South African Floral Safari

Photo Credit: Malcolm Manners via Flickr

Along the west coast of South Africa, a seemingly lifeless landscape is ready to burst into bloom. As the winter rains begin to fall, millions of flowers appear as if by magic from the once-dry soil, carpeting the countryside in a blaze of color.

By following a route south from Springbok to the southern tip of the Western Cape, you can watch antelopes and other African wildlife in the parks and reserves amidst the most spectacular spring floral displays.

Here’s a brief guide to the best wildflower-viewing spots along the way:

For just a short time each year, the dusty plains of Namaqua National Park turn into a daisy-strewn wonderland, with perennial herbs, aloes, lilies, and countless other species adding their own special flourish to the mosaic.

Head south to the Skilpad Wildflower Reserve to continue your tour. Since most of the desert flowers follow the sun, it’s best to visit the reserve during the hottest part of the day.

Further down the coast (about 90 miles north of Cape Town), you’ll find the Postberg Flower Reserve, a small section of the West Coast National Park, which is only open during flower season in August and September.

Nearby, masses of orange, pink, purple, yellow and white flowers blanket the colorful strip of land between the churning Atlantic and the calm waters of Langebaan Lagoon.

In addition to the spectacular flora, park visitors are likely to see a variety of native fauna, including eland, red hartebeest, and Cape grysbok grazing on the fields of flowers as they make their way along the well-marked trails.

Follow the cape as it zigs east to make a final stop at De Hoop Nature Reserve, where lowland fynbos erupts in a riot of color as sunbirds and Cape honeybees dart between the flowers feeding on nectar and pollinating plants.

Read More: Intelligenttravel.nationalgeographic.com

Worlds most visited Cities for 2014

No. 1 Hong Kong: 25.5 million international visitors

 

No. 2 Singapore: 22.4 million international visitors

No. 2 Singapore: 22.4 million international visitors

No. 3 Bangkok: 17.4 million international visitors

No. 3 Bangkok: 17.4 million international visitors

No. 4 London: 16.7 million international visitors

No. 5 Paris: 15.2 million international visitors

No. 6 Macau, Macau: 14.2 million international visitors

No. 6 Macau, Macau: 14.2 million international visitors

No. 7 New York City: 11.8 million international visitors

No. 7 New York City: 11.8 million international visitors

No. 8 Shenzhen, China: 11.7 million international visitors

No. 9 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: 11.2 million international visitors

No. 9 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: 11.2 million international visitors
No. 10 Antalya, Turkey: 11.1 million international visitors

No. 10 Antalya, Turkey: 11.1 million international visitors

No. 11 Istanbul: 10.5 million international visitors

No. 11 Istanbul: 10.5 million international visitors

No. 12 Dubai, United Arab Emirates: 10.5 million international visitors

No. 13 Seoul, South Korea: 8.6 million international visitors


No. 14 Rome: 8.6 million international visitors

No. 15 Phuket, Thailand: 8 million international visitors

No. 15 Phuket, Thailand: 8 million international visitors