Every year, people from around the world flock to Sanibel Island, a small isle off the west coast of Florida, to handpick one of nature’s most precious treasures—seashells washed upon the sandy shore. These shells aren’t your average find; they are the most stunning shells in the world. Why do they wash up here?

Featherdale Wildlife Park is home to a variety of adorable inhabitants like the tammar wallaby pictured here.

On the other side of the world is a place full of spectacular views, mesmerizing wildlife, cities with stories to tell, and genuinely kind people who embrace a “no worries” attitude. Australia is bursting with life in every way; you’ll be in awe from arrival to departure. In this article, we’ll explore three parts of eastern Australia—Sydney, Melbourne, and Cairns. Let’s go! 

June 17, 2018: "Tourists Go Home" inscription over the litter bin in Venice, Italy.

Industries in virtually every sector have embraced sustainability. From utility companies to clothing manufacturers to agriculture—businesses are changing the way they operate with an eye toward preserving the environment, protecting communities, and replenishing resources. 

Cogwheel trains that climb the steep slopes of Mount Pilatus offer breathtaking views of the surrounding hillsides against the backdrop of beautiful Lake Lucerne.

Books are not the only places for fairytales. Pack your bags and escape to the medieval city of Lucerne, Switzerland. Set among the Alps and just over a two-hour drive from the Black Forest, the Old Town of Lucerne has preserved much of its earliest architecture, which makes it feel like it’s right out of a storybook!

Full of history

States like North Carolina are making an effort to inform citizens like the Jimenezes about REAL ID.

Since the U.S. doesn’t have a national identity card, a driver’s license has become the nation’s de facto form of official identification. 

However, a driver’s license is authorized by an individual state, and each state has its own unique system and requirements for obtaining one. For example, some states require a birth certificate before they issue a license. Others do not.

Transportation is usually luxurious in Monte Carlo. Here, a driver rolls up to Hôtel de Paris in Casino Square in a luxury vehicle.

A tiny pocket of glamour and opulence, Monaco is home to the famous Monaco Grand Prix road race and the world’s highest density of mega-millionaires. An independent city-state stretching just over three miles along the French Riviera, Monaco offers human-made elegance and excess, coupled with the natural beauty of the Mediterranean.

A beautiful scene of down town Charleston

Walking the streets of Charleston in late May, I couldn’t help but think, “Now this is a place where I could retire.”

Tree-canopied streets lined with romantic secret gardens behind ivy-covered walls. Plantation shutters. Hanging baskets overflowing with colorful blooms. Side porches with sky-blue painted ceilings. Southern charm at its finest.

Two men point to law enforcement documents on a wall.

The nation’s capital has its fair share of museums, and this past fall, Washington, D.C., has unveiled one more. In October 2018, the National Law Enforcement Museum opened its doors, introducing the public to the heroic and dangerous world of policing in the United States.

Colorful rowhomes over the river at sunset

Venice, Italy, is pure magic. From the romance of a gondola ride to the splendor of ancient piazzas, everywhere you look, there is something to marvel at.

In recent years, however, Venice has been overrun by tourists—as many as 60,000 a day by some estimates.