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Verizon Gooses Its International Data Benefits to Be More Competitive

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/22/2022, 2:30 PM

Earlier in 2022, smartphone service giant T-Mobile, which gobbled up competitor Sprint in 2020, flexed the power of its post-merger muscle by increasing the speed and data available to its customers who travel abroad.Starting in June, customers who have some T-Mobile plans automatically got 5G of monthly free data in many international destinations, often at crisp 5G speeds, and with no roaming cha...

Washington Metro Finally Connects D.C. with Dulles Airport and Virginia Wine Country

By Kaeli Conforti

Posted on 11/17/2022, 11:30 AM

After four long years of delays, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s long-awaited Silver Line extension finally opened to the public on Tuesday, November 15, officially connecting the District of Columbia with Dulles International Airport and Virginia’s wine country by Metrorail for the first time. The $3 billion project adds six stations along 11.4 miles of new track stretching w...

New BattleBots Live Show to Bring Metal Mayhem to Las Vegas

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/11/2022, 10:30 AM

Among the performers you can see in Las Vegas next year: Keith Urban, Katy Perry, Maroon 5, and a murderous fleet of robots fighting to the death. Discovery's BattleBots TV show is getting a live theatrical version. In case you're unfamiliar, the reality competition features teams pitting weaponized, remote-controlled creations against each other in displays of explosive mayhem that's still not an...

Airbnb Is Making It Easier to See Hated Cleaning Fees Earlier in Search

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/08/2022, 6:00 AM

Airbnb is at last bringing more—though not complete—transparency to how rental prices are displayed. In December, the company will begin rolling out a feature that lets users of the platform see a rental's total price, including cleaning fees and all other pre-tax charges, in search results, on maps, in filtered searches based on price range, and elsewhere, Airbnb announced yesterday. Up to now...

“No TikTok”: Nepal Bans Video Platform at Top Tourist Spots

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/03/2022, 12:45 PM

TikTok creators in Nepal have made such pests of themselves at certain scenic and sacred places that officials have banned use of the platform at tourist attractions throughout the South Asian country. "No TikTok" signs have reportedly gone up at the Buddhist pilgrimage site of Lumbini (traditionally known as Buddha's birthplace), Kathmandu's Boudhanath Stupa (pictured above), and the temples of J...

The Lavish Italian Hotel Where the Second Season of “The White Lotus” Was Filmed

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/28/2022, 5:15 PM

The White Lotus, writer-director Mike White's Emmy-winning social satire about privileged, problematic Americans on disenchanting luxury vacations, returns for a second installment starting Sunday, October 30, on HBO Max. After a hit first season set in Hawaii, the latest go-round unfolds at a different outpost in the fictional White Lotus resort chain, this time on the Italian island of Sicily, ...

Mexico City’s Island of the Dolls Is the Creepiest Place on Earth

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/27/2022, 12:30 PM

We've covered our share of scary places over the years: haunted hotels, overgrown cemeteries, the house that inspired The Conjuring, Nevada's Clown Motel, literally any airplane lavatory. But if there's one place on earth that deserves to be the capital of spooky season, we hereby nominate Mexico City's Isla de las Muñecas (Island of the Dolls). Imagine, if you will, the world's creepiest old-ti...

Forget Dracula’s Castle. You Can Stay at King Charles’s Transylvania Retreat

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/25/2022, 9:15 AM

Turns out Britain's King Charles III is a distant descendant of the guy often cited as an inspiration for Bram Stoker's Count Dracula. According to the people who keep track of these things, the 15th-century Transylvanian ruler Vlad Tepes, aka Vlad the Impaler, aka Vlad Dracula, is Charles's great-grandfather 16 times removed. Maybe that's one reason why the newly promoted former Prince of Wale...

The Filming Locations for “Ticket to Paradise” with George Clooney and Julia Roberts

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/21/2022, 7:00 AM

Academy Award winners George Clooney and Julia Roberts return to movie screens this week in Ticket to Paradise. In the romantic comedy, Clooney and Roberts play a divorced couple who team up to stop their daughter (Kaitlyn Dever) from marrying a guy (Maxime Bouttier) in Bali. The young woman has just met the groom-to-be, you see, and the parents don't want their daughter to make the same mistake ...

Already a Fave with Expats, Portugal Is Launching a Digital Nomad Visa

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/11/2022, 7:00 AM

One of Europe's most popular destinations for expats is making it easier for digital nomads to stick around for up to a year. Starting October 30, citizens of the United States and other countries not in the European Union or the European Economic Area may apply for Portugal's new residence visa for remote workers, the Portuguese government has announced. To qualify, each applicant must earn a m...

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