Ocean-going condominiums allow wealthy owners to keep traveling without ever leaving home.

The World is a 12-deck residential mega yacht where 150 families own 165 condominiums worth $2 million to $15 million each depending on their size. Owners enjoy an idyllic lifestyle of Michelin-level dining, cocktail lounging, fitness/spa menus and guest lecturers who include Nobel laureates. The World will sail to more than 90-plus ports on six continents in 2024. Residents vote to set the itinerary. A new fleet of ocean-going condos is being built to compete. Could be a great investment…for a millionaire. Read More

Oklahoma’s Indian Nations Grow Prosperous Businesses

Oklahoma is Indian Country. The US Census Bureau says 523,360 Oklahomans – about 13% of the state’s population – are Native Americans. This mainly results from the forced relocation in 1830 of 30 tribes from neighboring states. Their journey on foot commonly is referred to as the Trail of Tears. Today, the areas considered barren lands 194 years ago are oil-rich counties studded with entrepreneurial boomtowns.

Cairns: Where Ocean and Forest Meet

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the most biodiverse ecosystems on the planet. It incorporates more than 400 types of coral and is home to thousands of sea creatures. A Matisse paint box gone mad, among the profusion of yellow sponges and swaying green sea grass are splashes of pink, red and purple. Small schools of blue tang and pink-hued parrot fish dart about. But large stretches of this coral are white, the bleached skeletal remains of a once vital organism.

Teetotal Travel: Hospitality Industry Responds to Growing Sober Movement

Who are all these people who turn down wine in Italy, sake in Japan, cerveza in Mexico and ouzo in Greece? According to Expedia’s research, one out of every four travelers hopes to decrease alcohol use while on vacation. This increased emphasis on nondrinking is starting to influence the sorts of cocktails bartenders are pouring, the nature of hotel wellness activities and the growth of the entire travel industry. Indeed, in one recent study half of respondents said they wanted to stay in hotels that offered easily accessible alcohol-free options like mocktails and nonalcoholic beer. Read More

To Lhasa and Beyond On the Road to Shangri-La

In Lhasa’s Barkhor Square, the weathered Tibetan woman softly intoning a Buddhist mantra fell to her knees, looked fervently skyward and then lunged face down on the pavement, oblivious to the commercial life surrounding her. After a few seconds of prayer, she rose stiffly, moved two steps forward and repeated the process. Shoppers flowed around her with scarcely a sideways glance because Lhasa residents are used to prostrate pilgrims

The author at the edge of Victoria Falls

Mortality and the Devil’s Pool

Eight nervous travelers linked hands to form a human chain, then waded across the Zambezi River to the edge of 350-foot-high Victoria Falls. With the roaring mist from the thunderous cascade in our faces, we clambered onto an outcrop and edged our way to a hot-tub-size eddy at the lip of the falls called the Devil’s Pool. A swim in the Devil’s Pool means standing within 12 inches of certain doom while staring into the abyss. As I hopped into the water, I thought it might be the last conscious moment of my life.