Ordos, China, was created on one-sixth of China's coal reserves, and was meant to attract almost 1 million people (which was later scaled back to 300,000) after having been built from scratch. But high property taxes and poor construction made it so that there is only around 100,000 people living there, leaving the greater part of the city completely empty.
Chris Burch, known for creating famous retail brands C. Wonder and Tory Burch, has bought a beach hostel on the Indonesian island of Sumba in 2012. It cost $30 million to renovate the hostel and reopen it as a five-star resort called Nihiwatu in 2015. What originally meant to be a place for his children turned into the best hotel in the world by Travel + Leisure in 2016, and for a good reason, too.
Cinematic legend fell in love with the 12-isle atoll in the French Polynesia while filming Mutiny On The Bounty in 1962 and bought it in 1967 for $200,000. He then proceeded to convert it into a small village and later a hotel. He used this place to escape from the mess of Hollywood under the pseudonym of Jim Ferguson. He nurtured both the biodiversity and culture of the island, using only renewable energy and living in a beach hut. Following the actor’s passing in 2004 the private island resort was transformed into a luxury eco hotel and spa - The Brando - in 2014. It is absolutely adored by honeymooners and keen travelers now.
TripAdvisor has released its 2017 Travelers' Choice Awards, naming 25 best beaches in the world, based on millions of user reviews between 2015 and 2016. The list also provides the cheapest month of the year to travel to each destination, and the average rate for a hotel room there during that month.
Kohanaiki is an exclusive club near Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. The club’s entrance fee is $100000 with the following annual fees of $25000. Members can either purchase pre-constructed, fully furnished homes or build out custom homes themselves. This is the place which entrepreneurs, hedge funders, athletes, and entertainment industry pros choose to enjoy their holidays together, and it’s a really incredible sight.
Navigation company TomTom has published a list of the most congested cities in the world, which was made over nine years. Each city's congestion level was given a percentage score out of 100, with levels ranging from 66% in the most congested cities to 9% in the least. TomTom defined the congestion level as the "increase in overall traffic times when compared to a free flow situation (an uncongested situation)."
The world's most expensive countries to live in were calculated by MoveHub, a company dedicated to helping people move abroad, in a new survey. They based their assessment on a range of costs, such as the price of groceries, transport, bills, restaurants and how much renting somewhere to live is. These figures are then compiled into an index, comparing each country to New York, which has an index of 100.