Aussies among first to return to Japan

                                        Shibuya Shopping District, Tokyo, Japan

                                        Japan is looking to reopen its borders to a very small number of tourists from overseas – and Australians have made the cut.

                                        Bali announces plan to open to tourists

                                        Young woman standing on the edge of an infinity pool, Ubud, Bali People travel vacations concept.

                                        After a crippling few months amid the coronavirus shutdown, Bali may be open for business – and travel – much sooner than first thought.

                                        Surprise find in Philippines supermarket

                                        Lazing away the days in the Philippines. Picture: Rebecca Andrews.

                                        She made an unexpected discovery out the back of an unassuming supermarket in the Philippines. It lead to a truly memorable New Year’s Eve.

                                        Stunning Thai spot only open for a week

                                        July 2016 : Climbing Khao Lommuak to see bay on 360 eye view

                                        An incredible hike lets tourists enjoy some of the best views in all of Thailand. But it’s only available for a short time each year.

                                        Unique feature about this boarding pass

                                        Japan Airlines is gifting 27 lucky passengers a one-of-a-kind snowboard with select Business Class airfares.

                                        While most plane tickets are quickly lost among travel documents, this one is harder to misplace - and only 27 Aussies will be able to get one.

                                        Twist to woman’s idyllic ‘honeymoon’

                                        Hana R Alberts escaped New York City for the perfect honeymoon in the Maldives - alone.

                                        This journalist took a trip to one of the world’s most romantic holiday destinations. Except there was a pretty crucial thing missing.

                                        Food and cocktail capital on our doorstep

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                                        You don’t need to fly to New York or London to lap up the world’s best food and cocktails. We’ve got a city that never sleeps on our doorstep.

                                        Proof nothing will stop us going to Bali

                                        Last year Bali gave us plenty of excuses to go somewhere else for a holiday. But hardly any of us listened.

                                        Guest stunned by hotel intruder

                                        The elephant was filmed walking through the hotel.

                                        Guests staying at a Sri Lankan hotel had to contend with an unexpected guest when a wild elephant took a stroll through the lobby.

                                        Best spots to stay in Bali

                                        Kuta, Indonesia - July 30, 2017: A large crowd of tourists enjoy the sunset on Kuta beach in Bali. The island is famous for its nightlife.

                                        Whether it’s a serene getaway you’re after or you want to be in the thick of the action, these are the spots in Bali you need to consider.

                                        Grisly find under new Olympic stadium

                                        The huge complex can accommodate nearly 70,000 spectators and will host the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2020 Olympics.The huge complex can accommodate nearly 70,000 spectators and will host the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2020 Olympics.

                                        All eyes will turn to Tokyo for next year’s Olympics. But in the lead-up to the event, a grim discovery has been made in the bowels of the city.

                                        How not to offend people in Bali

                                        A young woman hand take out rupiah money from her wallet to pay some goods to old woman in Bali local market. Small transaction. Happy shopping.

                                        Bali is an island steeped in tradition and unique customs. So if you want to be a thoughtful tourist, these are the rules you need to follow.

                                        Surprising things banned in Bali

                                        Sunset Surfing

                                        There are strict rules in Bali that we don’t have in Australia, which can catch us out when visiting our favourite home away from home.

                                        Backlash over cute dogs at cafe in China

                                        Painting dogs to look like panda cubs has caused a cafe in China to cop some serious flak for treating the animals as a “money-grabbing gimmick”.

                                        How to barter prices in Bali

                                        Young woman, solo tourist, walking and shopping on the street markets in Ubud, on the island of Bali, Indonesia.

                                        Bartering, haggling, price negotiating. Whatever you call it, it’s an essential part of the shopping experience in Bali. Here’s how to do it right.

                                        New $1000 fee for visiting this island

                                        Visitors will now pay a heft membership fee to visit the famous Komodo Island in Indonesia.

                                        It’s one of Indonesia’s most famous islands, bringing in 176,000 tourists last year alone. But now it will cost you a whole lot more to visit.

                                        Never, ever do this in Japan

                                        Following Tradition and my Cultures

                                        One of Japan’s most visited cities is schooling rude tourists on how to behave, including telling them to quit with this common faux pas in particular.

                                        Former war zone taking our holiday money

                                        For a while, this city was the most devastating place on the planet — and it’s known for little else. But all of a sudden, Aussie tourists can’t stop visiting.

                                        When you should book a trip to Bali

                                        When is the best time to visit Bali?

                                        From wet season to dry, the low period or a week during the shoulder — this is when you should be booking your next trip to Bali.

                                        The $900m industry taking over travel

                                        W Hotel in Koh Samui. Picture: W Hotels

                                        If you’re sick of coming back from holidays unhealthy, there’s a place promising to help you avoid it — and push you to party harder than you planned to anyway.

                                        Best beaches in Bali you must visit

                                        Woman enjoying Kelingking beach on Nusa Penida island

                                        Whether you’re after calming beachside bliss or raucous fun in the sun, here are some of the best beaches you’ll find in Bali — those you know, plus some you don’t.

                                        Ugly reality behind famous selfie spot

                                        The ugly truth behind this fabous beach spot.

                                        It’s one of the most famous spots in the world to grab a quick photo in front of crystal-clear waters. But now this cove faces a devastating future.

                                        Grim discovery at ‘Plain of Jars’

                                        During earlier excavations, scientists found 2,500-year-old skeletons among the so-called "Jars of the Dead". Picture: ANU

                                        The mysterious ‘Plain of Jars’ in Laos has long been a source of fascination for tourists to visit. But now a grim history has been revealed.

                                        ‘A disaster for Hong Kong’: Utter chaos

                                        Wild scenes have broken out at Hong Kong’s airport, with protesters detaining several people — including a journalist — and all flights cancelled.

                                        ‘No mercy’: China’s ominous warning

                                        China has promised a crackdown with “no mercy” after a large crowd of rowdy demonstrators shut down Hong Kong’s airport.

                                        ‘Painful price’: China threatens airline


                                        The Chinese Government has threatened a renowned international airline, forcing it to sack staffers amid rising tensions in Hong Kong.

                                        Luggage exposes family’s sneaky secret

                                        The video was posted to Twitter on Saturday, and has been viewed thousands of times

                                        A family on holiday in Bali have been shamed online after they were caught red-handed stealing various items from their hotel room.

                                        China’s bizarre ad wins over the internet

                                        The ad shows off some of the regrettable parts that follow up home from travelling abroad.

                                        China Airlines have thrown the book at traditional in-flight advertising and released a video that has won over the internet.

                                        Explicit way model funds lavish Bali life

                                        A male model on the run from police has turned to selling explicit pictures and videos online to fund his lavish holiday lifestyle.

                                        Secret of youth hiding in this island

                                        The secret of youth is hiding in this island.

                                        Surrounded by trees, fields and everything in-between, a community has discovered how to be the longest-living population on earth.

                                        Photo lie angers Bali tourists

                                        Stunning Instagram photos of the temple has made it a popular attraction to visit.

                                        Tourists flock to this stunning temple throughout the year hoping to get the perfect photo. But they’ve been left confused and angry.

                                        Inside Kim’s creepy abandoned palace

                                        It is North Korea’s embarrassing eyesore, the creepy “hotel of doom” that may have caused Aussie Alek Sigley to be detained.

                                        This sign could now get you in big trouble

                                        There's been a rise in begpackers around the world.There's been a rise in begpackers around the world.

                                        For years “begpackers” have been asking for money off strangers to help fund their travels. Now they could face trouble in this tourist mecca.

                                        Bali bag scam targeting Aussie tourists

                                        Young woman with a backpack traveling in Bali, Indonesia. She is looking at the street markets that sell clothes and other souvenirs.

                                        We all know bringing your own shopping bag better for the planet. But in Bali, there’s another reason to do it too: it could save you getting scammed.

                                        Why tourists are swarming ‘hidden’ Bali spot

                                        Girl raising her hands on Cliff at Manta Bay or Kelingking Beach, Nusa Penida Island, Bali, Indonesia

                                        This beach is considered one of the world’s best because of its unusual formation. But if you want to check it out, be prepared to wait your turn.

                                        China’s ‘secret app’ to spy on foreigners

                                        The app tracks messages, emails and even phone logs.

                                        A joint investigation has revealed that tourists entering China are being forced to install an app that secretly steals texts, emails and other files.

                                        Site of horror that shocked the world

                                        Thai cave. Picture: Ronan O'Connell

                                        This was the scene of tragedy and scandal, and an underwater rescue thought impossible. A year later, this is why people can’t stay away.

                                        Model quits Instagram over bikini photo

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                                        An Instagram model on holiday in Bali has been forced to quit the social media website after receiving backlash over a single bikini post.

                                        Rude monkey photobombs family snap

                                        cheeky monkey photobombs photo with rude finger

                                        After looking back at their holiday snaps, this Queensland family burst out laughing when they realised what one cheeky monkey did.

                                        Inside the world’s most famous naked spa

                                        Going inside one of the most exclusive relaxation spots means checking your inhibitions (and your clothes) at the door.

                                        When 80,000 people died in seconds

                                        Atomic Dome. Picture: Mitchell Jordan

                                        Down on the ground they had no idea the nightmare that was about to happen. Then it dropped and the world was changed forever.

                                        Strange North Korean town no one visits

                                        Rason, North Korea. Picture: Tommy Walker

                                        Most people won’t go to North Korea, and even fewer would venture into this little known town that’s one of the country’s oddest spots.

                                        Thai bodyguard’s shock rise to queen

                                        In this photo released by Bureau of the Royal Household ,Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, right, presents a gift to Queen Suthida Vajiralongkorn Na Ayudhya at Ampornsan Throne Hall in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, May 1, 2019.Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn, who will have his official coronation on Saturday, has appointed his consort as the country's queen. An announcement Wednesday in the Royal Gazette said Suthida Vajiralongkorn Na Ayudhya is legally married to the 66-year-old king, and is now Queen Suthida. (Bureau of the Royal Household via AP)

                                        Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn married his bodyguard, in an unexpected ceremony. Now the former air hostess is a queen.

                                        This photo could land you death penalty

                                        This photo could now result in the death penalty for tourists.

                                        Snapping a photo with a landing aircraft in Phuket has become a bucket list item for many. But doing so could now see you face the death penalty.

                                        China’s creepy blacklist of unruly tourists

                                        Tourism authorities are hoping to crackdown on badly behaved visitors by using facial recognition technology and hidden cameras.

                                        Asian passports dominate in world power

                                        The latest rankings are a further display of Asian passport power, with Japan, Singapore and South Korea now sharing first place.

                                        Forget Germany, France and the UK having the most powerful passports. These three countries have now taken the top spot.

                                        China’s ‘deadbeats’ barred from flying

                                        Life has become pretty slow and sticky for the 13 million Chinese citizens deemed “deadbeats” by their Communist ruling party.

                                        For this class of people in China, dubbed “discredited individuals” or “deadbeats”, daily life is a series of inflicted indignities.

                                        $169 flights will make this the next Bali

                                        Balicasag Island, Philippines-air view

                                        It’s known for its great beaches and welcoming people — and now rock-bottom flight prices are seeing this cheap holiday spot take off.

                                        Creepy discovery on island holiday

                                        The giant bee found in the North Moluccas islands.

                                        Many people on a tropical island getaway might take a jungle hike, or learn about the local wildlife — not find a creature like this.

                                        Inside Singapore’s $980m party island

                                        Revellers enjoy the pool at Tanjong Beach Club.

                                        This luxury island is a party destination and playground for the rich and famous. And carefree as it is, it holds some fascinating secrets.

                                        Secret tribe where women cut off fingers

                                        Dani tribe woman in West Papua. At the loss of a younger family member, to demonstrate their pain, older ladies cut off their finger.

                                        Inside a tribe deep in the Indonesian jungle, a group of women continue to go through horrific physical pain. WARNING: Graphic content

                                        Never do this in a taxi in Singapore

                                        SINGAPORE - FEB 17, 2017: Cars on a road in Chinatown in Singapore. Chinatown is an ethnic enclave located within the Outram district in the Central Area of Singapore.

                                        It’s the first thing most travellers do when they touch down in Singapore — but before you jump on board, make sure you know the rules.

                                        This Michelin starred meal is just $4

                                        Hawker Chan, Singapore socialisers famil

                                        It’s received the food industry’s top honour and is a cult favourite among foodies — and it costs as little as a small coffee. Here’s where to find it.

                                        Strange mystery of horror ‘ghost ship’

                                        Much of the world's pirate activity is around

                                        It’s a billion-dollar ship superhighway of huge global importance. But this notorious and popular stretch of water is also home to some shocking secrets.

                                        Horror as headless bodies wash ashore

                                        Two headless bodies and a head washed up on beaches in Thailand. Picture: Bright TV

                                        A popular Thai tourist beach has been rocked after two naked and headless bodies, and a woman’s head washed ashore.

                                        Bizarre crackdown on Thailand’s streets

                                        Locals and tourists buying traditional snacks from street food stalls and pavement cafes in the night market along Yaorawat Road Chinatown in the heart of Bangkok, Thailand’s vibrant capital city.

                                        Your next trip to Bangkok is going to look very different. The city’s iconic street food scene has been devastated by a brutal military crackdown — and this is what survived.

                                        Inside the weird world of human ‘hot pots’

                                        Fancy chowing down on some delicious Chinese hot pot while you get near nude and take a bath? Maybe not.

                                        Bali wants to charge us a tourist tax

                                        A major change is coming to the way Aussies travel to our favourite holiday island — and we’ll probably notice it in the cost of our airfares.

                                        Japan’s bizarre idea to cure commuter chaos

                                        Commuters at the Nishi-ojima station wait for a crowded Toei Shinjuku Line subway car to leave the station.

                                        It’s the headache most of us have endured at one time or another. But Japan has launched a new way to try to fix the country’s dire commuter problem.

                                        Rare weather event caught on camera

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                                        Stunning footage of a rare weather phenomenon has been captured on camera by tourists on a remote Thai holiday island.

                                        Harry Potter has taken over this airport

                                        harry potter x changi airport collab

                                        Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts have taken over all this airport’s terminals, so your stopover just got a whole lot more interesting.

                                        Dangers of scary travel obsession

                                        Urban exploration. Picture: Ian Ryan

                                        This building is creepy, dangerous and illegal to enter. Tourists are so desperate to get inside, they’re bribing guards to look the other way.

                                        Ridiculous airfares to luxury island

                                        aerial view of wide turquoise lagoon in the indian ocean and island with long sandy beach

                                        IT’S the destination known for its sky-high prices, until now. A mega-sale with rock-bottom fares to this island paradise is about to launch.

                                        Weird demands on world’s best island

                                        THIS stunning island has reopened to visitors after a six-month shutdown. But there’s an unusual condition of entry they now have to agree to.

                                        ‘Alien invasion’ baffles internet

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 Invasion. Picture: Paul Tsui

                                        AN IMAGE which seems to show an alien space craft has people baffled. The photographer insists it’s not a Photoshop creation.

                                        Carvings to unlock lost civilisation

                                        SECRETS from 10,000 years ago are expected to be revealed in esoteric rock etchings after a shock discovery by archaeologists.

                                        Bali’s tough crackdown on bikinis

                                        Tourists have come under fire for wearing bikinis around sacred sites in Bali.

                                        AUTHORITIES in Australia’s favourite holiday spot reckon the quality of tourists has declined. And a new ban might fix the problem.

                                        Airline’s embarrassing blunder

                                        HONG KONG-based airline Cathay Pacific made a gigantic, and hilarious, typo on the side of one of its new planes.

                                        Idyllic island where foreigners aren’t welcome

                                        Sunrise at Seongsan Ilchulbong, Jeju, South Korea

                                        THIS tiny, picturesque island has long been a romantic getaway spot. But now, foreign arrivals have seen it marred in bitter protests.

                                        Huge change to world’s best island

                                        AN ISLAND voted the world’s best two years ago will finally reopen to tourists after a long shutdown — but expect major changes.

                                        ‘Very odd’: Secrets inside North Korea

                                        Life In North Korea

                                        A PHOTOGRAPHER explains why you won’t see any pictures of Kim Jong-un on display in Nth Korea and how he was treated by locals.

                                        Where to find real-life crazy rich Asians

                                        SINGAPORE is full of fancy places where you could spy some real-life crazy rich Asians. We went on the hunt.

                                        The creepy island hidden near a megacity

                                        OFF the coast of an incredibly popular tourist city lies an intriguing island that’s frozen in time. And it has a very disturbing past.

                                        Great Wall sleepover competition pulled

                                        IT WAS promoted as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity but Airbnb have been forced to dump its overnight stay on the historic landmark.

                                        Idyllic spot now unrecognisable

                                        The Chinese Mafia are taking over a small Cambodian port city

                                        A FEW years ago this town was filled with Aussie backpackers probably having a few too many beers. Now it’s unrecognisable.

                                        Big plans for Thai cave complex

                                        BIG plans are in store for the Thai cave where 12 boys and their coach were trapped. But some say it might be an insensitive move.

                                        Deadly secrets of Trump’s meeting spot

                                        THE secluded island that will play host the leaders has a dark history of piracy, disease and executions, earning it the former name, Island of Death.

                                        Inside a lost ghost town

                                        WHAT was once a thriving village in China is now an abandoned spot that nature has taken back — with eerie results.

                                        Qantas caves to China’s demands

                                        Airbus A380 VH-OQE operated by Qantas airways

                                        QANTAS has confirmed it will be making changes to its website based on China’s demands, in a move the White House has slammed.

                                        ‘My haunting time in North Korea’

                                        Travis Jeppesen during his time in North Korea.

                                        HE WAS regularly spied on and wasn’t allowed to contact his loved ones. An American student says studying in North Korea’s not for the faint-hearted.

                                        This’d never happen on a Sydney train

                                        Futurist Dr Chris Luebkeman in Perth. Single storey house pic caption: Communal areas could be a feature of "co-housing". Train pic caption: Japan's high-speed bullet trains stretch the reach of the 45-minute commute. People walking pic caption: Young people are more interested in walkable, liveable places, a futurist says. Two-storey house pic caption: Baby boomers want smaller houses but bigger lifestyles, Dr Luebkeman says.

                                        A RAILWAY company has solemnly apologised to passengers for an “inexcusable” act that would probably have many Australians cheering.

                                        Photos reveal what North Korea’s up to

                                        North Korean new holiday resort.

                                        KIM Jong-un appears to be building a huge structure at breakneck speed on a 5km stretch of coast. So what will it be used for?

                                        What’s going on with the Taj Mahal?

                                        (FILES) In this file photo taken on March 11, 2018 The Taj Mahal mausoleum is pictured in the Indian city of Agra. Cultural activists on April 29 accused the Indian government of privatising historic relics such as the Taj Mahal after it launched a controversial scheme allowing companies to "adopt" dozens of monuments.     / AFP PHOTO / Ludovic MARIN

                                        ONE of the world’s most beautiful buildings is in trouble — so much trouble, India’s Supreme Court has stepped in. And it’s not happy.

                                        Secret paradise set to be the next hotspot

                                        Cambodian coastal village of Kep. Picture: Tamara Hinson

                                        THIS is the South East Asian destination everyone will be rushing to soon — so you might want to get in quick.

                                        How did woman sneak out of country?

                                        Jessica Doody is autistic but still managed to travel to India and change her name.

                                        AN AUTISTIC Christchurch woman got a passport, changed her name and ran away to India, now her father wants answers.

                                        Man’s epic adventure to find lost passport

                                        Vincent Maggio went to extreme lengths to return this woman's lost passport to her. Picture: oneforkshortVincent Maggio went to extreme lengths to return this woman's lost passport to her. Picture: oneforkshort

                                        A TRAVELLER who lost her passport thought all hope was lost with it until a stranger went to extreme lengths to save the day.

                                        Tourists devastated as idyllic island closes

                                        Tourists visit the beach on Boracay Island, Aklan province, on April 6, 2018.   The Philippine tourism industry scrambled on April 6 to manage the fallout from the temporary shutdown of its world-famous Boracay island, which threw into chaos trips planned by hundreds of thousands of tourists. / AFP PHOTO / Ernesto CRUZ

                                        THOUSANDS of holiday plans are in tatters as the Philippines announced it would mobilise police to keep tourists off the “world’s best island”.

                                        What you don’t see in this wedding photo

                                        It was a white wedding.

                                        THE bid to have the most unforgettable and unique wedding is a real competition these days, and this Aussie couple has taken it to the extreme.

                                        New strict bans for Thai beaches

                                        Sunny beach on AngThong National Park in Koh Samui, Thailand

                                        BAD news, Aussies: drastic laws are going to change the way you enjoy some of the most popular stretches of sand in Thailand.

                                        Incredible spot you’re missing out on

                                        River near the town of Phong Nha in the National Park of Phong Nha Ke Bang, Vietnam

                                        THIS amazing place in Vietnam is rarely mentioned in guidebooks and this Aussie had only heard rumours of it from fellow travellers.

                                        What you’re doing wrong in Bali

                                        Revealing clothes on tourists on Facebook.

                                        BALINESE people will never tell you to your face, but one Aussie expat says we need to end this bad habit on the holiday island.

                                        Mystery of the abandoned 737

                                        ONE TIME WEB USE ONLY - FEE APPLIES FOR REUSE - BALI, INDONESIA - DECEMBER 27, 2017: Abandoned Aircraft in South Kuta. Picture: Shutterstock

                                        IN A field just out of sight of a highway lies an abandoned Boeing 737. The thing is, nobody knows how it got there or why.

                                        Top chef: Michelin star ruined my life

                                        The owner of one of Bangkok's hottest restaurants said her Michelin Star has cursed her. Picture: Ronan O'Connell

                                        IT IS the food industry’s top honour. But the head chef at this much-talked about restaurant says winning a coveted Michelin star has been a curse.

                                        Amazing Thai beach ‘will not close’

                                        Woman on Maya Bay  in Thailand

                                        THIS slice of paradise made famous by Leonardo DiCaprio will not be closed to the public, Thai authorities have confirmed.

                                        Earthquake strikes South Korea

                                        The earthquake struck the east of South Korea.

                                        A MAGNITUDE 4.6 magnitude earthquake struck the Pohang region of South Korea this morning with tremors felt across the country.

                                        There’s a real-life Jurassic Park

                                        There's a real-life Jurassic Park and it's not hard to get to

                                        IF YOU love the idea of walking with the dinosaurs, you don’t have to star in a Hollywood blockbuster. Because the real-life Jurassic Park exists, and it’s beautiful.

                                        Secrets of mysterious underground city

                                        Cave Dwelling Complex In Sanmenxia

                                        FOR hundreds of years few people knew what lurked beneath the surface here. But we’re finding out.

                                        The city being ruined by sex

                                        BANGKOK, THAILAND - JANUARY 21: Thai women working at a bar wait for business at the red light district called Soi Cowboy in Bangkok January 21, 2014. The popular sex tourism area filled with bars is next to an anti-government protest which has decreased their clients. Starting tomorrow the Thai government will impose the 60-day state of emergency in Bangkok and the surrounding provinces in an attempt to  to cope with the on-going political turmoil. 
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                                        IT’S well-known for its debauchery, but this city is experiencing an undesirable side effect of all the raunchiness.

                                        Inside Japan’s ‘suicide forest’

                                        FILE - in this Thursday, Oct. 22, 1998, file photo a group of schoolchildren read signs posted in the dense woods of the Aokigahara Forest at the base of Mount Fuji, Japan. American blogger Logan Paul is apologizing after getting slammed for a video he shared on YouTube that appeared to show a dead body in the Aokigahara Forest in Japan, which is famous as a suicide spot. The sign at right reads: "Your life is a precious gift from your parents. Once again, try to remember your parents, brothers and sisters and think about your children." (AP Photo/Atsushi Tsukada, File)

                                        YOUTUBER Logan Paul might’ve brought the sad reality of Aokigahara into the public eye, but the dense forest was infamous long before that.

                                        ‘It’s easier to get drugs than groceries’

                                        Hong Kong, Hong Kong - March 17, 2014: Wanchai nightlife district, a nightclub's neon sign along Lockhart Road.

                                        ONCE a tiny trading post, Hong Kong is now a neon metropolis where young expats are flocking for business — and pleasure.


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