Europe's New Deal: Low on Crowds and Cost
Everything you would expect, plus a whole lot more for a whole lot less: a Mediterranean port, a Spanish cultural powerhouse, an English water-sports mecca, and a gem of a Portuguese city.
Top Rahman: Slumdog Millionaire Composer Scores Big
What a thrill the other night to see the low-budget Slumdog Millionaire surprise the world and trash its muscular competition at the Golden Globes. But when composer A.R. Rahman picked up the Best Score award for his film sound track, it came as no shock to Bollywood aficionados. The baby-faced, former jingle writer is (to borrow a Sanskrit word) a juggernaut, having scored over one hundred movies and sold over 100 million records in his career.
Home Exchange Tips
Home Exchanges can be a terrific way to travel affordably and with the conveniences, kitchen, laundry, and multiple bedrooms of home. If lodgings are free, then suddenly dream...
Who Wants a Pleistocene-Era Backyard?
While casting about for feel-good stories, we remembered the lost and starving Magellanic penguins that were airlifted to safety by the Brazilian army last fall. The young penguins, whose home is in the southern Atlantic, had wandered too far north, washing up on the warm beaches of Brazil by the hundreds, and the situation looked grim when "animal-welfare activists loaded the birds onto a Brazilian air force cargo plane and flew them 1,550 miles to the country's southern coast, where a crowd of onlookers celebrated as the penguins marched back into the sea." Definite feel-good material.
Bring Donations For Kids
Heading to a resort in a tropical country? Often, such countries are home to many needy kids. Why not pack some school supplies, baby clothes, toys, or other gifts...