The term ‘financial independence’ simply means that you have sufficient savings to live your life as you please. To some, it simply means retirement from work at the age of 58 and spending time with their families. For a few others, it is about pursuing their passions, without having to worry about the money. So, it can be time spent with NGOs or chasing a hobby, or even converting a hobby to a profession. Still others may want to continue working, but on their own terms. … [Read more...] about How much money do you really need to be financially independent?
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Behind the recent campaigns against over-tourism lies a growing appreciation that public goods that were assumed to be endlessly exploitable are, in fact, both finite and have a value that the price of visiting them should reflect. “Polluter pays” is an economic principle that is gradually being introduced to farming, manufacturing and energy. The idea is that if your business produces harmful side effects, then you should be the one who picks up the tab for the cleanup operation. Something similar, incorporating not only environmental harm but also wider cultural degradation or damage to way of life, might become the guiding principle of a properly sustainable tourism industry. At present the focus is centred narrowly on tourism taxes, which aim to reduce the number of tourists while also bringing in more revenue. Modest though they remain – Amsterdam adds 7% to your room bill in addition to a flat €3 per person per night – they are the tentative … [Read more...] about The end of tourism?
> South Dakota: The 80th annual 10-day rally for motorcycle enthusiasts in Sturgis, which began on Friday and ends on Aug. 16, is welcoming tens of thousands of visitors, many of whom tell reporters they are skeptical about COVID-19 or at peace with the risks, should the virus find them (The New York Times). Sixty percent of the 7,000 Sturgis residents, when surveyed, did not want to hold the event this year, but the city council voted for it anyway. The rally represents about $800 million in revenue for the state. In the past, the event attracted 500,000 people, but some organizers expect fewer attendees this year. Some health experts worry the mass gathering, where few wear masks and revelers eat, drink, socialize and work on their bikes in close proximity, could become a “superspreader” for transmission of the coronavirus (CNN). … [Read more...] about The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Trump to Democratic negotiators: ‘They know my phone number’
If you're looking for a Lenovo laptop, the Lenovo Yoga Book, and the Windows 10 version of it in particular, is the sort of futuristic fodder you would find in an episode of Black Mirror. It has a keyboard that doubles as a Wacom touch panel and, best of all, it’s cheap as hell. Now, of course, that comes with the caveat of a weak Intel Atom processor, but the rest of the Lenovo Yoga Book should go down in the history books. Lenovo's budget laptop deals are often worth a look, even if you're just browsing, as they offer a decent range of prices and specs. … [Read more...] about The best cheap laptop deals in August 2020
Black Friday is one of the most important times of the year for TechRadar to help our readers - we spend weeks ahead of the big day (or weekend) making sure the whole site is ready for people looking for the information they need to help them make the right buying choice. Whether that's knowing which is the best laptop, TV or iPad, or just seeing great deals for them through our Hawk price comparison widget, we've got everything you need to know. … [Read more...] about Black Friday 2020: the best deals we’re expecting