America’s Best Airports, Best Retirement Spots, Surfing Experience in Oahu, and More


For anyone who has ever dreamed of packing up and starting a new life in Italy, now is the time to consider Sardinia. The beautiful island in the Mediterranean recently started a new initiative that will pay people $15,000 to move there. And to show how serious they are, the government has set up a $45 million fund to subsidize 3,000 grants. If that amount isn’t enough, other regions in Italy are making similar offers: Calabria gives a handful of new residents about $33,000 each, and the village of Santo Stefano di Sessanio offered up to $52,500 in grants to move and work there. That should make everything la dolce vita even sweeter.

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Airlines take most of the heat when it comes to travel complaints, but choosing the right (or wrong) airport can seriously affect a getaway. JD Power recently released its 17th Annual Report on the Best and Worst Airports in North America. The Airport Satisfaction Study looked at three categories: mega, large and medium airports, based on six key elements: terminal facilities, check-in/baggage control, arrival/departure, baggage claim, security check and food/shopping. In the Mega category, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) was ranked #1 (with Newark’s EWR last). Tampa International Airport (TPA) topped the list of major airports while Indianapolis International Airport (IND) was named the best medium-sized airport in America.

If Hawaii is the birthplace of modern surfing, Oahu has long been its capital. Beginning February 2023, the Wai Kai Lagoon at Hoakalei Resort will provide the ultimate surfing experience where guests can ride the largest standing wave in deep water. The 30m wide wave can accommodate up to three surfers at a time, and another 30 can hang ten in the ‘barefoot zone’.

Want to know what benefits celebrities and other elite customers get at hotels? The concierge has the key – and maybe an impossible-to-get dinner reservation. TBEN contributor Jordi Lippe-McGraw spoke with Jessica Waddy at the Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown about what it’s like to be a VIP concierge.

Anyone who’s ever been on a vacation has probably thought, wouldn’t it be great to live here? To help with that decision, TBEN has identified the 25 best places to enjoy your retirement based on seven leisure interests: art/culture, fine dining, lifelong learning, volunteering, outdoor activities on water, outdoor activities on land and a special subset, wave . This year’s picks include all four continental time zones and 16 states. Most are good for multiple passions, and one — Austin, Texas — fits all seven categories.

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