A Guide to This Summer’s Billionaire Escapes
This summer’s superyacht showdown started early with several high-profile billionaires—including Jeff Bezos and David Geffen—in Ibiza before heading off to explore the rest of the Mediterranean, with most traffic anchored around the Greek and Italian islands. Gone this year are the traditional Russian oligarch yachts, and in their place are boatloads of celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio and Beyoncé. From Capri to St. Tropez, here are the most popular billionaire escapes this summer.
What the Future of Business Class Looks Like
The aviation industry recently provided a glimpse of the future of plane travel at the Aircraft Interior Expo in Hamburg, Germany and the Paris Airshow. Based on new products unveiled this year, it’s clear that first class is being phased out and business class is getting an upgrade. In addition to an emphasis on sustainability, among the new innovations are a convertible seat that can accommodate a passenger with an electric wheelchair and a new seating solution that allows airlines to transform a cabin from premium economy/regional business class to long-haul flatbed suites.
Inside Bali’s Tourism Boom: What To Know Before You Go
Bali is enjoying a post-pandemic tourism boom. New hotels are opening, visitors are arriving in near-record numbers—and prices are rising fast. So what do you need to know about visiting Bali now? And how do you plan a perfect Bali getaway? Veteran travel journalist Christopher Elliott has all the highs of Bali.
Since February, U.S. passport processing times have increased by several weeks. It now takes 10 to 13 weeks to get a routine passport processed and seven to nine weeks for expedited service, according to the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs. And that doesn’t include the “mailing time” on each end, a euphemism meaning that your application is probably sitting on someone’s desk. Fortunately, Forbes travel writer Suzanne Rowan Kelleher has a smart guide to getting a passport faster—if you’re willing to pay.
Own a Lighthouse For As Little As $10,000
You don’t have to be Virginia Woolf to dream of owning a lighthouse—and now you can actually do it. The U.S. government is selling lighthouses across the country for as little as $10,000 and also giving them away to nonprofit organizations for free. It’s part of a program run by the General Services Administration (GSA), an arm of the government that manages and sells all federal property, from real estate to cars. “It’s exciting this year to have so many opportunities for the American public and local communities to take ownership of these iconic landmarks,” John Kelly, director of the GSA office of real property disposition, told Forbes contributor Laura Begley Bloom. “We want to find good homes for these ten lighthouses.”
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