Newsweek International

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Articles from April 19

A Home Away from Home; Serviced Apartments: With Their Focus on Decor and Serious Service, Long-Stay Accommodations Are Earning New Respect
Byline: Michelle Jana Chan Louis Vincent-Gave, a director at the financial research house GaveKal Research, used to travel between the company's London and Hong Kong offices several times a year. What he wanted was a home away from home, so instead...
America on the Couch
Byline: Eric Pape Do Americans have anything to learn about themselves from a French guy? It may seem a dubious proposition. But then again, cultural anthropologist and marketing guru Clotaire Rapaille is hardly your average Frenchman. As a child...
Asians Get Going; Newly Rich and Mobile, Travelers Are Pouring out of China and India. They're Sticking Close to Home for Now, but It's Only a Matter of Time before They Fan out across the Globe, Reshaping the Tourist Landscape
Byline: George Wehrfritz, With Alexandra A. Seno in Hong Kong, Sudip Mazumdar in New Delhi, Mark Russell in Seoul and Hideko Takayama in Tokyo Zhe Lijuan has grown fat on Chinese dumplings--so much so that she recently opted to spend a bit of the...
Cruising for Customers; Contrary to Popular Belief, the Internet Hasn't Killed off Travel Agents. It's Turned Them into Savvy Specialists
Byline: Sandy Lawrence Edry and Sarah Sennott When Willie Stewart opened the Stewart Travel Centre in the quiet Scottish town of Prestwick 32 years ago, he created a small, all-service agency. "If it moved, I booked it," says Stewart, 58. But...
Entente Not-So-Cordiale
Byline: William Underhill It's early morning in Patisserie Valerie, a Soho cafe that feeds the habits of London's hard-core francophiles. Walls are hung with Toulouse-Lautrec; the windows are stacked with aorta-clogging pastries. Like the rest of...
Farmhouse Fun: The Chinese Hit the Road; Urban Professionals, in Love with Their Cars, Are Looking for Somewhere to Go. That's Great News for Farmers
Byline: Craig Simons Xu Jing parks his Honda Odyssey beside a burbling stream and takes out the fishing rods. The 33-year-old banker, his wife, Yang Lei, and a friend are trying to catch their lunch in a 10-square-meter concrete pool in the countryside...
Learning to Relax; Education Vacations: Holidaymakers Are Trading Sunscreen for Spiral Notebooks and Hoping to Gain Something More Than a Mere Tan
Byline: Sana Butler Unlike most visitors to Jamaica, Kofi Agorsah couldn't care less if it rains. After all, the black-studies professor from Oregon comes not for the sun and surf but to trek into the rain forest and study the Maroons, descendants...
Living like Locals; Many Holidaymakers Are Already Accustomed to Arranging Their Trips Online. Now They're Using the Web to Connect with Residents at Their Final Destinations Who Provide Everything from Restaurant Recommendations to a Bed for the Night
Byline: Malcolm Beith Last fall 57-year-old Geoff Wright and his wife traveled from Britain to rural Pennsylvania to stay with an online buddy they'd met on VirtualTourist.com (VT). Their host drove them around for two days, showing them the Grand...
Opinion: The Elusive Costs of War
Byline: Jeffrey E. Garten, Garten is dean of the Yale School of Management. As America's occupation of Iraq takes a turn for the worse, there is a risk of widening collateral damage. A growing quagmire could roil politics throughout the Persian...
Periscope
Byline: Rana Foroohar, Richard Wolffe, Joe Cochrane, Eric Pape, Sarah Schafer and Alexandra A. Seno, Jonathan Adams, Marc Peyser, Sean Smith, Liat Radcliffe, Nicki Gostin THE ECONOMY Searching for Jobs The mystery of the jobless recovery has...
Perspectives
Byline: Quotation sources from top to bottom: Associated Press, New York Times, BBC, Reuters (3) "The lid of the pressure cooker has come off." British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, as Coalition soldiers engaged in fierce battles with Sunni...
Play like Pros; Always Dreamed of Riding the Tour De France or Driving a Formula One Race Car? Now You Can. Amateur Athletes Step Up to the Plate
Byline: Adam Piore, With Alison Brooks in Paris, Emily Flynn in London and John David Sparks in New York Rene le Cam's patients know him as their friendly family dentist. But every July, the diminutive 51-year-old from Provence, France, puts down...
Prehistoric Cat Lovers; Our Love Affair with Felines May Date to the First Farmers
Byline: Temma Ehrenfeld Among the many accomplishments of ancient Egypt, the domestication of cats surely ranks as one of the most important--at least to cat lovers. These slinky little predators came in handy for controlling the mice and rats that...
Royal Treatment; Corporate Travelers Are Taking to the Skies Again and Getting a Lot More for Their Money. Today's Business Class Looks like Yesterday's First Class. That's Great for Executives, but What Does It Mean for the Airline Industry?
Byline: Rana Foroohar Business-class travel used to mean some nice extras--a bigger chair, more entertainment choices and maybe a better meal. But these days, corporate travelers can increasingly expect five-star service in the skies. In Virgin...
The Coalition: Holding Allies Hostage; If the United States Can't Provide Better Security, Its Friends Can Hardly Be Blamed for Not Wanting to Stick It out as Targets
Byline: Melinda Liu and William Dobson, With Michal Karnowski in New York, George Wehrfritz and B. J. Lee in Seoul, Kay Itoi and Hideko Takayama in Tokyo and Joanna Kowalska in Warsaw If the violence sweeping across Iraq continues, America's few...
The New Golden Age; Tourism, Once the Privilege of the Wealthy, Is Becoming Available to More People Than Ever before. Led by Asia's Burgeoning Middle Class, the Industry Is Poised to Prosper-All the While Helping Travelers Gain a New, Deeper Understanding of Their World
Byline: William Underhill Imagine you're young, Chinese and in search of once-forbidden thrills. Your country's supercharged economy means easier access to money. And its more relaxed politics means a passport is on offer for the first time. But...
The Rich Don't Travel like the Rest of Us
Byline: Rob Long Let's be honest with each other, just for a moment. The real thrill of a first- or business-class seat on the airplane doesn't come with the hot towel or the freshly baked cookie. It comes before takeoff, as you nestle into your...
The Spectator Spirit: If You'd Rather Just Watch; Start Planning Now for This Summer's Two Great Sporting Events. You're Up against Some Hard-Core Fans
Byline: Tara Pepper, With Toula Vlahou in Athens A passion for sports has taken Australian fan Woz Livingstone, 30, to 150 countries around the world. He's followed cricket to the West Indies, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, Dubai, India and England--to name...
The Viagra Wars; Could a Little Blue Pill Be the Savior of Endangered Animals? Conservationists Are Having None of It
Byline: Craig Simons, With Melinda Liu in Beijing Before getting his big idea, William von Hippel sat through an otherwise unexceptional lecture on traditional Chinese medicine in 1997. As China adopts Western habits--sedentary jobs, stressful urban...
Tilting at Windmills; Economic Woes Have Germans Rethinking Their Attachment to Environmentalism
Byline: Stefan Theil For decades, environmentalism has been close to a national obsession in Germany. The Green Party was invented here as a counterculture movement in the 1980s; today Green ministers help run the country. All across the land, households...
Time Travelers; No Job? Don't Sweat It. Burned-Out, Fed-Up Workers Are Taking Time off to Regroup. the 'Gap Year' Isn't Just for Kids Anymore
Byline: Anna Kuchment, With Sana Butler in New York and Sudip Mazumdar in New Delhi Two years ago Bill Wohler and his wife, Lynn Brinton, left their jobs for a dream vacation. Brinton, who was working long hours as a public-relations executive,...
Tip Sheet; Smart Stragegies for Your Money, Health, Family, Technology, Design, Real Estate and Travel
Byline: Adam Piore With Sarah Sennott in London, Barbie Nadeau in Rome, Kay Itoi in Tokyo, Andrew Ehrenkranz in Paris, Sarah Schafer in Beijing, Ginanne Brownell HEALTH SUMMER SLIM BY ADAM PIORE In the dead of winter, who can be blamed...
Tycoon Takeover; A New Report Measures the Oligarchs' Influence
Byline: Christian Caryl It's no secret that a handful of "oligarchs" dominate the Russian economy, but until now the details have been murky. No one knew all the names in the oligarchy, exactly what they own, how many industries they dominate or...
Why Cheaters Don't Win: A Proof
Byline: Karin Bennett Charles Darwin was no slouch. He came up with the idea that a human trait will persist from one generation to the next only if it confers an evolutionary advantage--now a basic tenet of science. But Darwin could never explain,...