Canada is 4th best place to live

The UN released its annual HDI report today; Canada is the 4th best place to live this year, after Norway, Australia and Iceland (down from #3 last year). However, the data used for the rankings were from 2007, well before the collapse of the financial system in Iceland. Iceland would probably not rank that high with current data.


Contiki is promoting yet another travel trend: nearvacations. These are nearby or local outings, for people who want to venture a little further from home than a staycation. Makes sense in a recession.