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Bintan and Batam Ferry Prices—Which is the Cheapest Ferry? (2024)

Just short (and cheap) ferry rides away, both Bintan and Batam are top resort destinations among Singaporeans. Depending on your destination and ferry operator, it'll take about 1 to 2 hours and cost about $50 or so for a return trip. Yup, it's so easy to get to that you don't need a long weekend. Heck, with as many as 5 trips per day for some operators, you can even go there and back within a day if you really wanted to. Itching to escape?...


Which states have the highest concentration of immigrants?

As the Mother of Exiles, America is known for being the land of opportunities that attracts so many people from the four corners of the world. Out of America’s over 331 million residents, over 45.2 million are foreign-born, more than the entire population of California. The concentration of foreign-born residents has increased in all states since 1990, according to the Migration Policy Institute, but some states attract more immigrants than others. Click through the gallery to see which states, including the District of Columbia, have the highest percentage of foreign-born residents, ranked from least to most.


Beautiful Cities in Greece That Deserve More Love

Don't overlook these hidden gems!


I converted a British Gas VW into a home-on-wheels and travel the UK with my dogs and partner - here are the most surprising things about van life and the top three places to visit

Owen Price, 32, from Arbroath, in Scotland, uses his van most weekends to travel alongside partner Megan Mcleod, 28, and their dogs Riley, 13, and Skye, nine.


Trains and railroads that time forgot

Trains are an essential means of transportation in many countries, but are also neglected in some parts of the world, particularly in extremely poor nations and countries affected by conflict. Take a look at these abandoned railroads!


The Most Popular Book the Year You Were Born

We had forgotten about so many of these.


The most unpopular countries in the world — can you guess America's position?

Internet trolls show no mercy when it comes to sharing their opinions online. Voters on The Top Tens have shared their thoughts on their favorite and least favorite countries, and the reasons range from serious human rights violations to the locals' alleged rude behavior towards tourists. Is your favorite travel destination actually one of the most unpopular countries in the world? Click through the gallery to see if you agree with these rankings or not.


Heading to Milan? These Are the 21 Travel Essentials to Pack

Don’t leave the house without these jet-setter must-haves.


UNC students who shielded the American flag get a warm welcome at RNC

Fraternity brothers from UNC who defied pro-Gaza protestors by banding together to keep the U.S. flag from touching the ground received a loud and warm welcome from RNC attendees.


America's 10 most affordable retirement-friendly beach towns

New research has revealed the top ten most affordable beach towns for retirees - and six of them are in the Sunshine State.


Archaeologists closer to exact room where Jesus ate Last Supper

Archaeologists are working to uncover whether the Upper Room in Jerusalem is the official site of Jesus's Last Supper. It is also believed to be where Jesus reappeared after he died.


Miraculous stories of plane crash survivors

Plane crashes have been some of the deadliest accidents in history, yet, somehow, there are people that are fortunate enough to walk away alive from such incidents. Click through this gallery to learn more about the amazing stories of airline accident survivors.


40 Things That Didn't Exist 40 Years Ago

The world really was a different place back then.


Boy with autism found dead in the water at resort near Disney World

Rakim Akbari, 3, wandered away from a resort just outside of Walt Disney World at some point on Thursday morning, prompting a missing child alert.


The 15 Best Mother-Daughter Trips to Take Together

Celebrate mom more than once a year with these curated trips!


Brit tourist missing in Italy found alive and reunited with his family

Kei Hixor, 21, vanished on July 13 in his mother's hometown Cava de Tirreni, near Salerno, while on holiday with his parents and brother but was found today in the countryside of Pontecagnano and Bellizzi


The welcome signs of every US state (and their meaning)

Welcome signs serve as indicators of having crossed state lines. They are also important tools in marketing a state to visitors. Some US states have really interesting signage; many feature nicknames and slogans, and also make reference to the region's unique landmarks and visitor attractions. So, how do you want to be greeted? In this gallery you'll find the welcome signs for all 50 US states, and the meaning behind them. Click on.


The 28 Best Westerns of All Time

Saddle up for a trip to Hollywood's version of the Wild West.


Why you should visit Uruguay

Switch off your cell phone, leave civilization behind you, and spend an unforgettable vacation in Uruguay. Its 170,000 sq km holds wonders of nature and surprising hidden gems that will leave you breathless. Discover more about these heavenly corners of tranquility!


Chinese Peranakans in Southeast Asia are proof there can be gains amid cultural loss

Ethnic Chinese in Singapore and Malaysia fret about their heritage. Centuries of migration from and to China show assimilation has benefits When someone says they are going to Phuket, a reel in your head starts playing images of beautiful beaches, seawater so clear you can see your toes, that gorgeous bay with the limestone karsts whose name you ca...


Be careful! These customs are offensive in some countries

Yes, it's true that the Swedish don't actually serve food to their guests, and there's no need to take offense. But refusing the food offered to you in Lebanon is far worse. In today's world of travel and tourism, it's crucial to remember that what we consider ordinary actions, words, and gestures may not be viewed the same way in other countries. In fact, there are a surprising amount of common customs that are offensive in other countries. Whether you're planning a trip in the near future or just curious about your level of international rudeness, take a look at this gallery to discover what is considered impolite around the globe.


The 24 Best Snacks You Can Find at Costco

Run, don't walk, to your nearest warehouse.


15 Dishes That Prove The Best American Food Is From The Midwest

You might want to book a flight to Omaha ASAP.


The Azores: Europe's hidden paradise

Scattered like emeralds in the mid-Atlantic, the nine islands that make up the Azores archipelago—São Miguel, Santa Maria, Terceira, Graciosa, São Jorge, Pico, Faial, Flores, and Corvo—are rewarding destinations in and of themselves. Celebrated for their stunning natural beauty, these Portuguese islands offer a wealth of outdoor adventure and nature tourism options. The only problem is choosing which island to explore first. Browse the gallery for some visitor highlights and ideas of where to go and what to do.


These are the most dangerous roads in the US

With 4.19 million miles (6.74 million km) of roads, the US is a country built for driving. However, with that many routes to ride on, you can be sure that some roads are going to be less safe than others. In fact, roughly 36,000 people die on American roads each year. And while you can't blame the roads alone, there are certainly some that host more than their fair share of fatal accidents. With this in mind, click on to discover the most dangerous roads in the US.


Antiques Roadshow guest is left stunned by valuation of family heirloom oil painting

The guest showcased the 30x36in painting made by artist Fern Coppedge, which had been gifted to her surgeon grandfather in Philadelphia by the artist herself.


Airlines are scrambling to fix the unsustainable crisis caused by too many cheap flights

A flood of low-priced, money-losing, economy-class seats has airlines across the industry scrambling to fix this crisis for their bottom lines.


The five ancient cities that once ruled North America

Well before the Europeans arrived, the indigenous people of North America raised cities that rivaled those an ocean away. From Teotihuacan to Cahokia, these ancient metropolises featured striking pyramids, palaces, temples, and tombs. Some even had ties throughout Central America, while others were believed to have had the equal power and advancements of the Inca and Aztec. Today, archaeologists are slowly discovering more about the splendid past of North America's first megacities. Intrigued? Let's find out more about these ancient metropolises.


Journey to the center of the Earth: life on the equator

The equator is the imaginary line that divides the Northern and Southern Hemispheres of the Earth. It is the point at which the distance from the North and South Poles is the same. In some ways, the countries on the equator are the most perfectly balanced places on Earth. They have a latitude of 0 degrees and don't experience seasons, weather, or sunsets quite like the rest of of the world. Click through this gallery to learn a bit more about these magnificent countries.


Bamburgh judged UK’s best seaside destination by Which? readers for fourth year

Bamburgh, the Northumbrian village known for its sprawling sand dunes and imposing castle, has retained its title as the UK’s best seaside destination for the fourth consecutive year. A survey of 4,700 people by the consumer group Which? placed the Northumberland coastal village as the nation’s favourite, ahead of Portmeirion in Gwynedd and St Andrews in Fife. The north-east coastal village’s 1,400-year-old castle, which was once a Norman...


Bugsy Siegel Couldn't Escape His Sins

The roots of Las Vegas have their stories—and some of those stories trace back to the rowdy streets of New York City, and the legend himself, Bugsy Siegel.


20 of America's Best Historic Homes You Definitely Have to Visit

Yes, it's time to plan a trip!


These Dog-Friendly Hotels Will Pamper Your Pup in Luxury

Save this for your next road trip.


How to enjoy 24 hours in dynamic Dubai

Dubai is one of the most exciting destinations in the world—and one of the most expensive! The largest and most populous city in the United Arab Emirates, Dubai deserves to be explored at leisure. But what if you have a limited amount of time to discover this opulent desert gem of a destination? If you're heading to Dubai via a layover, what can you do in 24 hours, and where should you go? Browse the gallery for some ideas of how to spend, spend, spend some time in this compelling and record-breaking city.


After a Night at These Luxurious New International Hotels, You’ll Never Want to Come Home.

Wanderlust is not a deadly sin.


Inside the genius architectural tricks medieval castles used as defense

Medieval castles today seem largely ornamental and charming, but they were actually very complex weapons in and of themselves, designed to defend against and debilitate all enemies. Builders in the Middle Ages fitted the impressive structures with cunning innovations that greatly distinguished them from passive buildings. Check out this gallery, based on information from Scribol, to see castle features you know, and many you don't, for their clever true purpose.


The 21 Best Travel Pants That Aren’t Leggings

Heading off on a trip and don’t know what to wear? Before you rummage for bottoms in the back of your closet, take a look at these elevated travel pants. We understand whether you’re traveling by plane, train, or car, comfort is key. And while we love our trusty leggings and cozy sweats, some folks prefer looking a little more pulled together with stylish bottoms during their trips. When it came to curating our best travel pants, we put in place...


15 Countries Worth Visiting for an Epic Drive

Whether it's the awesome roads, incredible terrain, or lax driving laws, plan your next road trip with this guide to our international favorite driving spots.


Countries that will pay you to move there

Moving to a new country can be an exciting experience. However, it can also be a costly and daunting process. Fortunately, some states, cities, and even entire countries pay you to move there and offer incentives to attract new residents, including financial compensation and tax breaks. Whatever the reason, these incentives can be a great opportunity for those looking to start a new chapter in their lives. If you're looking for a change of scenery, check out this gallery for countries that will pay you to move there.


Truly Fascinating Places You Won't Believe Are in the United States

From lunar-like landscapes to European-style castles.


Hate crowds? Try these alternatives to famous destinations


13 Ways Experts Find the Most Valuable Items at Thrift Stores

Never miss a hidden gem again.


These Garden Arches Can Transform Your Backyard Into a Beautiful Oasis

Adding visual interest to your outdoor space has never been easier.


The World’s 20 Most Beautiful Cities to Visit in Your Lifetime

Some standards and some surprises–all dazzling destinations to tempt you on your next trip.


13 Nostalgic Photos of Vintage Amusement Parks

What a thrill.


34 Rare Vintage Photos of The Plaza Hotel

It’s always been the place to be.


Whatever happened to Britain's great train robbers?

The Great Train Robbery remains one of the most infamous heists in British criminal history. In the early 1960s, a masked gang held up a Glasgow to London mail train and stole money worth millions. Some of the robbers evaded capture for years, with one or two later becoming celebrities by cashing in on their notoriety. The majority were eventually jailed. But one escaped justice, a mysterious figure whose identity is still subject to speculation 60 years later. Click through, get on track, and find out what happened to Britain's great train robbers.


30 Rare Photographs Taken at Chateau Marmont

The iconic Hollywood hotel has been a favorite among celebrities for nearly 100 years.


Kim Jong Un plans for his new tourist resort before strolling on beach

The Wonsan-Kalma zone is one of Kim's most talked-about tourism projects since 2015 and North Korea has been building luxury hotels and recreational facilities there.


21 Creative Ways to Use Rocks in Your Landscaping

Carve out naturally beautiful borders, stairs, and sitting areas.