Finland is the world’s happiest country. Now it’s giving away free trips to show travelers why

Finland has been named the happiest country in the world — again. The Nordic country topped the “World Happiness Report 2023,” published this week by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network, which measures factors such as income, mental and physical health and societal generosity. According to the report: “Finland continues to occupy the top … Read more

Traveling to Asia for work? This city is its most expensive business destination

Hong Kong has been named the most expensive location in Asia for business travelers — for the second year in a row, according to a new report.  ECA International’s latest Daily Rates research ranked countries based on costs for short trip expenses: four-star hotel rooms, meals, laundry, alcoholic and soft drinks, journeys by taxi and … Read more

To escape the rat race, this pair cycled 15,000 km along the route from Finland to Singapore

Valtteri Heinila was working in a startup when he realized he needed a break. “I started noticing time really accelerating,” said Valtteri, 26. The days started to blur, and then so did the months, he said. He didn’t settle for a regular holiday. Instead, he traveled 15,400 kilometers (9,600 miles) along a route from Finland … Read more

Child psychologist: The 6 most ‘extraordinary’ types of kids—and how parents can raise them to be successful

Every parent is capable of raising happy, healthy and emotionally grounded kids. But many struggle along the way. In my two decades of experience as a child psychologist, I’ve found that when parents aren’t attuned to their child’s temperament and unique traits, they fail to honor and celebrate their kid’s authentic self. There are six … Read more

I tried 2 spa treatments that this luxury NYC hotel says will improve sleep—here’s how it went

You’re probably most familiar with Equinox for its luxury gyms — some people pay as much as $300 a month for access — but the fitness brand is looking for new ways to improve upon the health and wellness of its members and guests. This month, Equinox launched a program called The Art + Science … Read more

Here are the world’s best airports for 2023

Singapore’s Changi Airport has been named the “world’s best airport” for a record 12th time. The city-state’s airport reclaimed the title in the “World Airport Awards 2023” announced yesterday by the air transport research firm Skytrax. Changi Airport had previously won first place in Skytrax’s annual ranking for eight consecutive years from 2013 to 2020, but … Read more

Guinness World Record holder and author of ‘Brainhacker’: This is the key to boosting your memory

If there’s anyone who can give you advice for strengthening your memory, it’s Dave Farrow, two-time Guinness Record holder for memorizing the most decks of playing cards by a single sighting. In one sitting, Farrow recalled the order of 52 shuffled decks, or 2,704 cards, when he was just 21 years old. He even reclaimed … Read more

They moved abroad hoping to save money — here’s what they found out

Sipping a cold pint of beer in Budapest can cost $2. Dinner for two in a pub in Prague? About $22. And a month’s rental for a sleek studio apartment in the center of the Portuguese city of Porto can set you back $650. With these sorts of living costs, it’s no surprise that many are … Read more

On the job: What it takes to earn $86,000 a year as a subway conductor in New York City

Most people don’t know her by name, but thousands of New Yorkers rely on Natasha Dinnall every single day. Dinnall, 51, is a train conductor for the New York City subway system — the heartbeat that keeps the city running. The NYC subway is one of the biggest rapid transit systems in the world, with … Read more

Travel demand fuels a boom in Asia Pacific — in hotel rates

Finding a great hotel deal may be harder than ever before. Hotel rates are at an “all-time high,” Alan Watts, Hilton’s Asia-Pacific president, told “Squawk Box Asia” on Thursday. Rates are being fueled by travel demand that is like “a feast … to offset the famine,” he said, referencing the pandemic. According to earnings reports, … Read more