Travel + Leisure Announces Nominees For Readers’ Choice World Destination 2017

The editors at Travel + Leisure are excited to announce their nominees for the 2017 Readers’ Choice Destination of the Year. Now readers from around the world can cast their vote for the destination they believe deserves this year’s top prize.

In total, Travel + Leisure narrowed down their list to 23 countries and cities. The list includes a great mix of obvious tourist hotspots and “off the beaten path” locales that are just starting to get more attention.

First on the list is the island nation of Bermuda. Editors note that Bermuda has been working hard this year to attract new tourists by hosting dozens of major events such as the America’s Cup. The country has also put a ton of money into travel infrastructure, especially revitalizing the famous Hamilton Princess hotel.

Next on the list is the great state of California. Although much of this western state was devastated by wildfires this summer, Travel + Leisure editors say that California’s famous Napa and Sonoma wineries are intact and booming with business. Nature lovers are also extremely happy that California opened up Highway 1 into Big Sur this year.

Third on Travel + Leisure’s list is the Asian nation of Cambodia. Amazingly, Cambodia’s tourism traffic rose by 12 percent in just the first quarter of this year. The most popular tourist attractions, of course, are the ancient temples such as Angkor Wat. However, more people are also taking advantage of Cambodia’s great beaches and luxury hotels in the capital of Phnom Penh.

The rest of the destinations on this list in alphabetical order include Canada, Cape Town, the Caribbean, Chile, the country of Georgia, Greece, Iceland, South Korea, Mexico City, Minneapolis, Montana, Namibia, New Orleans, Norway, Peru, Portugal, Santa Fe, Sicily, Slovenia, and Vietnam. Travel + Leisure will announce the destination with the most votes on November 15th.

The UAE Wins Big at Annual Travel Awards

Emirati hotels and resorts took home the top awards in the 24th annual Middle East World Travel Awards in Dubai. The awards are given out yearly to the best companies and attractions in the tourism and travel industry.

Emirates airline scored big in the transportation category, snagging awards for Best Airline, Best Airline Brand and Best Airline Website. Dubai International Airport, currently the third busiest airport in the world, won the Best Airport Award. Abu Dhabi-based hotel chain Rotana Hotels carried home 19 separate awards, including one for the Middle East’s Leading Hotel Brand. Meanwhile, London-based Millennium Hotels won a total of 11 awards for its hotels in Dubai, Jordan, Abu Dhabi and Kuwait. The company also won an award for the Middle East’s Leading Business Hotel Brand. Additionally, the ceremony recognized Dubai’s status as a tourist hub by naming it the Best Middle East Destination, and the Burf Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, was named the Middle East’s Leading Tourist Attraction. Properties on Dubai’s man-made Palm Jumeirah island also received accolades. Anantara picked up an award for the Middle East’s Leading Villa Resort, and the enormous Aquaventure Water Park received its seventh award for the Middle East’s Leading Water Park.

The 2017 World Travel awards were held at the Armani Hotel in Dubai; incidentally, the hotel also won an award for the Middle East’s Leading Lifestyle Hotel and was dubbed Dubai’s Leading Hotel for 2017. Award winners will get the chance to compete against other regional champions in the Grand Final Gala Ceremony scheduled for December.

The Career Life of James Dondero

James Dondero has more than three decades of experience in the equity and credit markets. He currently serves as the co-founder and president of Highland Capital Management. Before founding Highland Capital Management, James Dondero was working at Protective Life’s GIC subsidiary as the chief investment officer. Here, he led to the growth of the company by helping it to grow from its inception to more than $2 billion from 1989 to 1993. Highland Capital is an alternative asset manager that primarily focuses on fixed income investments that are of high-yield.

The management of James Dondero at Highland Capital Management has seen it provide several award-winning solutions and products for retail investors and institutional investors. The firm has assets of about $13.5 billion under administration, which include affiliates such as NexPoint Capital, Acis Capital Management, NexPoint Residential Trust, and NexPoint Advisors. Highland Capital Management has won several awards under the leadership of James Dondero such as Morningstar’s top-ranked Healthcare Long/Short Equity Fund, Morningstar’s 5-star designation for Global Allocation, and the Lipper Award for Floating Rate Opportunities. Learn more about James Dondero at Affiliate Dork.

James Dondero started his career as an analyst in 1984 after receiving an acceptance into the Morgan Guaranty training program. James graduated from the University of Virginia’s Mclntire School of Commerce in the same year. He earned dual majors in finance and accounting, graduating with the highest honors. James is a holder of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Certified Management Accounting (CMA). In 1985, James Dondero started working as a corporate bond analysis at American Express. In 1989, before leaving America Express, James became a portfolio manager. He was managing about $1 billion in fixed income funds. He was Protective Life’s GIV subsidiary’s chief investment officer before establishing Highland Capital. The branch was established in 1989, and the leadership of James saw it grow to $ 2 billion. Read more about James Dondero at Daily Forex Report.

James is the chairperson of various boards such as NexBank, CCS Medical, Cornerstone Healthcare, and NexPoint. He is also a board member of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Directors of American Banknote Corporation. Dondero supports several charitable activities such as Education is Freedom, SMU’s Tower Scholars Program, George W. Bush, Uplift Education, Perot Museum of Natural Science, and Snowball Express.


Want to Travel the World? Here Are Some Helpful Resources

Do you have a dream of traveling the world? If you do, these resources will help you out, according to the Huffington Post. First of all, you might need a way to bring in income. The American International English Teachers Association will help you get a job teaching students English as a second language. If you have a college degree and you are a native English speaker, you may very well be able to find a job that will also offer you housing. The association will also take care of getting you a visa.

You can also join the Peace Corps. The Peace Corps does not charge you, and they will make sure that you will actually benefit other communities. There are other benefits, such as student loan benefits. You will also get access to housing and dental help.

If you want, you can join The Federation of World Wide Opportunities On Organic Farms. They will help you connect with farms around the world so you can get an idea of what the earth is like and work on a farm.

Another thing that you may want to check out is called Escape the City. Escape the City will help you find jobs in remote locations. If you want to have a good job and a good career, but you want to find it in a place that is away from the hustle and bustle and noise of the city, you can find it on Escape the City.

Instagram Reveals Top 10 “Instagramed” Cities For 2017

A team of researchers at social media giant Instagram compiled a list of the top Instagramed cities of 2017. Analysts used geotag data between January 1st and November 17th to come up with this year’s list of the most popular places on earth for travelers to post Instagram selfies.

Unsurprisingly, New York City took the top spot yet again in this year’s survey. The Big Apple is home to three of the world’s most frequently Instagramed locations: Central Park, Times Square, and the Brooklyn Bridge.

The number two spot went to Moscow this year. Study authors say that the Russian capital is becoming a great center for creative talents. Of course, the number one Instagrammed spot in Moscow is the colorful St. Basil’s Cathedral.

London moved down from second to third place in this year’s study. While many people still take Instagram selfies by historic sites like Big Ben and the Tower Bridge, modern buildings like the Shard are also appearing on Instagram more often.

The number four most Instagramed city goes to São Paulo, Brazil. An extremely popular place to take an Instagram photo in this sprawling metropolis is at the graffiti-filled Batman Alley.

La belle Paris comes in at number five on the 2017 Instagram list. Obviously, the most iconic spot to snap a pic in this romantic city is by the Eiffel Tower, but the Louvre Museum is quite popular too.

Counting down from number six to number ten, here are the rest of the cities that made Instagram’s 2017 list: Los Angeles, St. Petersburg (Russia), Jakarta, Istanbul, and Barcelona.

Dublin Travel Pros Share A Few Tips For First-Time Visitors

Everyone who visits Dublin, Ireland, usually heads straight for the Guinness Storehouse. While the Guinness Storehouse is a definite “must-see” attraction, there are so many other wonderful things to do in the Irish capital. Seasoned Irish travelers have just put together a list of great places to visit in “dear dirty Dublin” that often don’t get as much attention in travel brochures.

First off, travel experts advise visitors to wake up early and tour the historic campus of Trinity College before it gets too crowded. It’s a great idea to book a tour so you can skip the line to see the incredible Book of Kells in the college’s library.

After you’re done walking around Trinity College, take a stroll to the nearby Temple Bar area. Although most tourists visit this area to have a drink in one of the many Irish pubs, expert Dublin travelers say there are many underrated shops in this district shop-a-holics must check out.

Classical music lovers should make a quick stop down Fishamble Street near Temple Bar. It in a theatre on this street that George Frideric Handel first performed his celebrated Messiah way back in 1742.

Looking for an excellent distillery (besides Guinness) to tour while in Dublin? Why not try the Teeling Distillery in Newmarket for an authentic taste of Irish whiskey? One great thing for tourists about Teeling Distillery is that it’s only a short walk away from another major Dublin draw: St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

Expert Dublin travelers highly recommend visiting Toner’s and Shelbourne Hotel’s Horseshoe Bar for some of the best pints of Guinness in the city. For hotels, travel experts recommend trying out Number 31 and The Dean.

New Study Reveals Top 30 Cities Millennials Want To Live In

The apartment aggregator website Nestpick recently released a list of the top 30 cities for people under the age of 30.

The major factors Nestpick analysts looked at when choosing these youth-friendly cities included the quality of public transport, unemployment rates, and the overall cost of living. Researchers also looked into things that might be important for young people, including Internet connection, the number of tech stores, and LGBTQ equality.

Although there are a few exceptions, mostly all of the cities on Nestpick’s list are in Europe.

Nestpick’s number one city for people under 30 is Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Amsterdam has had a reputation as one of the most liberal and student-friendly cities in the entire world. The cost of living in Amsterdam is also far cheaper than other major cities in Western Europe.

The German capital of Berlin came in at number two on Nestpick’s list. Thanks in large part to the strength of the German economy, Berlin is one of the trendiest and most youthful capitals in Western Europe. Surprisingly, Berlin is also one of the cheaper major European cities to live in and is one of the favorite cities of today’s starving artists.

Yet another German city gets the bronze place prize on Nestpick’s list: Münich. This capital of Bavaria is home to over 1.5 million people and is probably most famous with youngsters for its Oktoberfest beer festival. One thing Nestpick analysts liked about Münich was the employment opportunities in the city’s prominent financial, educational, and engineering centers.

Rounding out the top five on this list include the Portugal’s capital city Lisbon and the Belgian city Antwerp.

From number six to number thirty, the rest of the cities are as follows: Barcelona, Lyon, Cologne, Paris, Vancouver, Lille, Zürich, Valencia, The Hague, Montréal, London, Rotterdam, Nantes, Prague, Helsinki, Manchester, Bordeaux, Auckland, Toronto, Bristol, Oslo, Marseille, Madrid, Vienna, and Glasgow.

Bali Volcano Causing Havoc for Travelers

There’s nothing quite like an erupting volcano to get in the way of your travel plans, which is what many travelers are noticing now that Mount Aguing has reared its ugly head. This is no ordinary eruption, either. With volcanic ash reaching heights of over 13,000 feet, airlines have good reason to become concerned about the safety of flights going in and out of the region. Because volcanic ash can be catastrophic to planes if it is sucked into the engine, airlines must remain vigilant whenever there is an eruption of this magnitude.

Luckily, some of Bali’s busiest airports are far from the site of the volcano. With Mount Aguing erupting for the second time this week, though, visitors to Bali should definitely be on guard. With experts underlining the severity of the volcano, as well as the likelihood that it may continue to disrupt normal life on the island, those who are thinking about traveling in or out of Bali should definitely double check their travel plans.

Of course, the tourism industry is never pleased when Mother Nature decides to show off her power during these episodes. With losses of up to $100 million, it’s easy to see why most prefer when the volcano stays quiet. However, the unfortunate fact is that Bali does exist within a zone known as the ring of fire, which is known for these types of occurrences.

If You Travel the World On Business, Make Sure to Take Your Health Into Account

Do you travel the world frequently for business? According to the New York Times, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention said that those who travel for business all around the world need to watch out for things like insomnia and weight gain.

The truth is that traveling the world on business is no longer limited to millionaires. Many people who travel for business are in the middle class and use economy tickets. Travel and jet lag can lead to problems such as insomnia and lack of sleep. Not having access to healthy fresh food can lead to weight gain. Airline food is also usually not very healthy. If you travel a lot, make sure to get enough exercise, healthy food, and sleep. This can help you avoid health problems in the long run such as aging and heart stress.

However, studies also found that people who did not travel at all also had health problems. This may be because people with serious health problems can not board planes in the first place.

Corporations should be urged to take into consideration the health of their employees. They can try to reduce the amount of traveling they need to do in order to succeed at their company. Travelers should make sure to get healthy food and try to get as much sleep as possible. Also, try to exercise as much as you can.

EF Education First Ranks Top 20 Countries For English-Only Travelers

One issue English-speaking travelers face from time to time is the language barrier. Luckily for English monoglots, the company EF Education First has just put together its 2017 list for the top 20 nations on earth with the highest English Proficiency Indices. All 20 of the nations listed below have very high levels of English proficiency…but it’s still a nice gesture to learn key phrases from your travel destination’s mother tongue.

For the second year in a row, EF ranks the Netherlands as the best nation in terms of English education. Study authors note that the Dutch Ministry of Education requires all schoolchildren to learn English in primary and secondary education. Plus, tons of Dutch kids spend hours watching American and British TV shows with English captions on the TV.

Number two on EF’s list is Sweden. Amazingly, at least one quarter of Swedes study and/or work abroad (most often in an English-speaking country) at some point in their lives. Plus, all foreign shows are shown in their original language without captions on Swedish TV.

The third best place for an English-only speaker to travel to is Denmark. If you know your geography, then you probably already know that Denmark is located nearby Sweden and the Netherlands. All three of these nations (plus Norway, which comes in number four) have similar Germanic roots to English. It also helps that most Danes love to travel internationally and watch British shows on TV without subtitles.

From number five to number 20, here are the remaining countries on EF’s list: Singapore, Finland, Luxembourg, South Africa, Germany, Austria, Poland, Belgium, Malaysia, Switzerland, the Philippines, Serbia, Portugal, Hungary, and the Czech Republic.