The Ease Of Social Networking When Retired Abroad

By Edd Staton, InternationalLiving.com I was catching up with a high school friend over Skype recently. During our conversation, he shared his amazement that my wife Cynthia and I enjoy what he called our “crazy social life.” He said, “It seems like you two are always busy having fun with friends.” Cathedral Rooftop in Cuenca, Ecuador I replied that, since I’d “walked in his moccasins,” I understood his feelings. “Let me ask you,” I said. “I know you recently moved, so how many of your new neighbors have you met?” “None,” he answered. “Okay, you lived in your previous house for several years. How many friends did you have there?” “Only one — our next door neighbor.” “Would I…

Levy might be fair but Auckland expensive enough as it is, say tourists Tourists in Auckland say they wouldn't mind paying a visitor levy, but Auckland is expensive enough to visit without one.  Mayor Phil Goff on Monday announced plans to implement a visitor levy on accommodation, creating "significant new revenue" and supporting "underpaid and vulnerable Aucklanders."  The levy could raise up to $30 million a year - taking the burden off ratepayers funding marketing to attract Auckland visitors and supporting major events, Goff claims. Tapping into our most profitable industry - tourism contributed $12.9 billion to our economy, as of March 2016 - might seem like a great idea to Goff, but what do tourists, in Auckland on Tuesday, really think about the tax? Abdullah Al Dawish, visiting from Saudi Arabia. Al Dawish arrived in Auckland from Saudi Arabia four days ago...

Antarctica: A Modern Day Expedition One hundred years ago, the men from Ernest Shackleton's failed Endurance expedition, sailed to Elephant Island and were eventually rescued by aid from South Georgia. Part of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration, the journey was made in large wooden ships that had no radio communication. The promise of discovery that drove the explorers of old remains today and fortunately, modern travel to Antarctica is much more comfortable.In November, along with 100 other passengers, I walked aboard the Plancius to sail over 2,800 miles from Ushuaia, Argentina to Antarctica, the world's seventh and last continent. Booked through Oceanwide Expeditions, our itinerary was packed full with sailing the Drake Passage, mountaineering and camping on snow covered land and kayaking between icebergs.Initially, the prospect of camping on the continent...

A mammoth journey to buy a plane Tim Rayward of Air Safaris travelled to Wichita to personally collect and fly their new $ 3.7 million aircraft home to New Zealand. Purchasing a new mode of transport can be an expensive exercise at the best of times. So spare a thought for Tim Rayward, who flew to the United States to collect his. Rayward, director of Lake Tekapo's Air Safaris, travelled to Wichita to personally collect and fly its new $3.7 million aircraft home to New Zealand. The 14-seat single-engine Cessna Caravan was fresh off the production line, boasting the latest in avionics technology and aviation systems. "Tourist flows are picking up and that's part of the reason we've invested so much capital in this aircraft. It gives us a lot more capacity and flexibility...

American Museum of Natural History to host Cuba exhibit NEW YORK (AP) - The American Museum of Natural History is presenting a bilingual exhibit that explores Cuba’s biodiversity and culture. The exhibition is called “¡Cuba!” and opens Nov. 21. It was developed in collaboration with Cuba’s National Museum of Natural History under an agreement signed in the summer in Havana. The wide-ranging exhibition includes photographs and quotes from Cubans, a display on the cultivation of tobacco, a film about Cuba’s history and lifelike models representing the island’s wildlife. “What we wanted with this exhibit is to take people beyond the headlines to what they may not know or expect about Cuba,” said curator Ana Luz Porzecanski, director of the museum’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation. “Cuba is much more than its wonderful music or Cuban...

How South Africans can get to Cuba Credit: flickr.com/Benson Kua     With America having more normalised relations with Cuba, the island country has been increasingly viewed as a potential tourism gem. Those who have enjoyed the delights of Cuba will vouch for the country's unique culture and setting - especially considering it has not been affected by globalism as much as most other destinations. More and more airlines are now flying to Havana, the country's capital, with Turkish Airlines being the latest to announce their route. The airline also announced that South Africans will be able to fly from Cape Town, Johannesburg or Durban to the Cuban city. We decided to take a look at the current routes available from South Africa to Cuba. Unfortunately, there is no direct route from any SA airport...

Discover the joys of exploring Zion National Park in the offseason Ah, the offseason at Zion National Park: Fall temperatures are crisp, the air pure and the silence welcome.It’s a great time of year to visit the Southern Utah attraction, which draws an increasing number of visitors every year and is on track in 2016 to top 4 million for the first time.Although Zion offers year-round recreational options, most visitors make the trip during the summer months, many from Las Vegas, a mere 165 miles — or about three hours — away. (Follow Interstate 15 north into Utah and exit onto state Route 9, the park access road north of St. George.)Offseason visitors quickly discover the joys of exploring Zion when roads, trails, campgrounds and other facilities are not crowded. From December to March, Zion’s soaring landscape is transformed ...

O'Hare workers delay strike until after Thanksgiving weekend CHICAGO (AP) - About 500 workers at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago say they’ll strike Nov. 29, after the Thanksgiving holiday. Service Employees International Union Local 1 officials made the announcement Monday morning outside the airport, which is one of the nation’s busiest. The workers say they want the public’s support and wouldn’t want to mess up anyone’s holiday plans. The union is helping the workers, who are seeking union rights and a $15 per hour wage. They work mainly for private contractors at the airport and include baggage handlers, cabin cleaners, janitors, and wheelchair attendants. It isn’t clear how such a strike would affect operations at O’Hare. The Chicago Department of Aviation has said it doesn’t anticipate any disruption in service. Copyright © 2016 The Washington Times, LLC. Please enable JavaScript...