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BEST HIGH-SPEED TRAINS × USA RANKS

The Best Countries for High-Speed Train

Infrastructure: the USA Ranks 16th in

Analysis by Omio

A comprehensive analysis by Omio reveals the countries with the world’s most advanced high-speed train infrastructure

  • The USA’s high-speed line, the Acela Express, runs 281 miles between Washington D.C. and Boston.
  • Spain ranks top for Europe, with 562 miles of tracks currently under construction.
  • China ranks first, with over 19,000 miles of high-speed tracks in operation.

Omio, Europe’s leading booking platform for travel by train, bus and flight, has released a ranking of the countries with the world’s best high-speed train infrastructure. The findings show the prevalence of high-speed trains around the world; highlighting the economies which have started to invest in a future fuelled by high-speed technology.

From a long list of countries with advanced high-speed infrastructure, the top 20 were ranked according to the operational and record speed of the trains, the length of track in operation, and the length of track under construction.

High-speed trains are environmentally-friendly and efficient. They reduce CO2 emissions by offering an alternative to road and air travel. In the USA, the California bullet train is under ongoing construction and scheduled to open by 2022. The line will connect Los Angeles and San Francisco in 2 hours 40 minutes. The 119-mileproject, owned and managed by the California High-Speed Rail Authority, is projected to cost around $77 billion.

USA High-Speed Train Ranking

Worldwide High-Speed Train Ranking

The research for this study was completed on the 20th of June 2019.

Complete results for 2019 High-Speed Train ranking are available on: https://www.omio.com/trains/

Further findings worldwide

China has more miles of high-speed tracks than the rest of the world combined.

Japan ranks second, with almost 1,900 miles of high-speed tracks currently in operation.

Saudi Arabia ranks tenth. Opened in October 2018, 281 miles of Haramain High-Speed Railway connect the holy cities of Mecca and Medina. The line is expected to transport over 50 million passengers a year.

Further findings for Europe

Spain has the most miles of high-speed tracks currently under construction in Europe, followed by Austria and the United Kingdom. The AVE networkalready connects Malaga in the south, Barcelona in the north, and Valencia in the east.

In France, the TGV intercity line has a record speed of 357 mph (575km/h): the fastest worldwide.

Germany outperforms the United Kingdom, with 14 times the length of high-speed tracks currently in operation.

About Omio, formerly GoEuro

Omio is a travel app and platform that allows customers to find and book trains, buses and flights across Europe. Partnering with over 800 European transport operators, Omio is revolutionising the travel planning experience, providing customers with more choice, transparent pricing and easier booking.

Omio lets travellers search for any location, including cities, towns and villages, showing the best possible transport combinations while eliminating the need to visit multiple websites to plan an entire trip. With Omio, travel planning is simple, flexible and personal.

The travel startup, founded in 2013, changed its name from GoEuro to Omio in early 2019. Omio is headquartered in Berlin with over 300 employees from 45 different countries. The latest funding round totalling $150 million, led by Kinnevik AB, Temasek and Hillhouse, was announced in October 2018.

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World’s Best Room Honor

Capping this year’s Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Award for Bernardus Lodge & Spa and chef Cal Stamenov’s signature dining venue – Lucia Restaurant & Bar- Carmel Valley’s esteemed hideaway for epicures on escape has again raised the hospitality bar with the Forbes 2019 World’s Best Rooms Award, one of 41 hotel properties in 17 countries and just six on the West Coast. Nearly 1700 worldwide hotels were included in the review process.
 
Achieving perfect scores on guestroom and bathroom standards related to luxury, guest comfort and convenience, this award underscores Bernardus’ mantra on superseding guest expectations with meticulous attention to design, ergonomics, and elegance. “This is an incredible honor, one that speaks to our philosophy and passion as well as recognizing our hardworking staff,” according to Sean Damery, vice president and general manager of Bernardus Lodge & Spa. 
 
Opened in 1999 and celebrating its platinum anniversary, the 73-room vine-swept lodge has long set the standard for luxury lodging on California’s Central Coast. Tucked on  28 acres of sweeping lavender, grapevines and olive orchards in Carmel Valley, Bernardus Lodge & Spa speaks to today’s experiential traveler with a showcase of guest accoutrements including spacious 525 sq., ft., to 2100 sq., ft., lifestyle accommodations, many featuring vaulted ceilings, double-sided fireplaces, private patios and terraces featuring vineyard or Santa Lucia Mountain views as well as a complimentary wine bar and butler’s pantry. Standout elements include Suite and Villa accommodations featuring alfresco showers and fire pits, hammered copper free-standing soaking tubs and rain showers. Two pools, an adult-only infinity Jacuzzi, tennis, apiary program, croquet, and bocce courts and the sleek 5,300 sq. ft., Spa at Bernardus round out the property.
 
ABOUT FORBES TRAVEL GUIDE 2019 WORLD’S BEST ROOMS
 
Forbes Travel Guide’s Verified Lists provide guests with an objective, data-driven source for making informed choices. These Illustrious properties have been thoroughly tested and verified to ensure that the rooms are of the highest quality – not just beautiful, but impeccably functional, luxuriously comfortable and elegantly appointed. Elements of luxury standards reflect detailed attention to the level of sumptuous comfort, as well as luxurious choices and conveniences provided to guests including linens of exceptional quality and style, high-quality amenities and/or technology appropriate to the destination, exception attention to interior design, notable pieces of artwork, high-quality soft goods and bathroom amenities that are exceptionally luxurious. Comfort and convenience standards encompass guestrooms that are well-sound-proofed, extremely fresh upon arrival, generously spacious grooming areas, advanced lighting, and technology that is easy to navigate.
 
 
Forbes Travel Guide is the only global rating system for luxury hotels, restaurants, and spas. The anonymous professional inspectors evaluate based on up to 900 objective standards with an emphasis on exceptional service. The only way to receive a Five-Star, Four-Star or Recommended rating is by earning it through Forbes’ independent inspection process. A full list of awards is listed at www.forbestravelguide.com.

Explore the Beauty Secrets with Hot Rollers

While fashion is changing each new day, curls are always on-trend. The perfect mix of sexy cuteness and wildness. Who does not want to have curls except curly people, of course?

There are multiple tools to make waves. The most obvious choices are curling iron and the best hot rollers. And since there are tons of information on curling iron, let’s find out what do we actually know about rollers?

The secret guide to Hot Rollers

Hot rollers don’t need a real guide. We`ve all known the basics since early childhood. Our moms used them, our grannies used them. While we receive a better quality of rollers and better hair care, the manual is still the same.

Let’s refresh memory:

Step 1. Prepare your hair. Brush it. Make sure it is dry. Meanwhile, start heating up rollers. You may also use spray or mousse for extra fixation. In this case, do it right away.

Step 2. Part hair into sections and brush it again. When the roller is heated, take a section of hair and roll it up to the skull. Use clips to fasten the roller. Now, when it is holding on its place, take another roller and repeat the procedure.

Step 3. Wait for up to 15 minutes before removing hot rollers. Now, remove rollers one by one, unfastening clips. Use the hair spray if you did not do it before, brush your hair, or just point curls into the direction you need with fingers.

Picking up Hot Rollers that suits you

There is nothing easy in picking up the best Hot Rollers from the variety offered on the market. The task is getting harder by the fact that each pack of hot rollers is different and has its benefits.

Let’s take a closer look at some of them:

● BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Roller Hairsetter was made for those who love to experiment with their hair. It goes in a set with twenty rollers of different sizes which solves the problem of the monotonous hairdo, but if you have long hair and want to see only big or small curls, you’ll need to buy another set.

● Clipless Curlers: InfinitiPro Secret Curl by Conair contains 12 silicone rollers in a set. There are no clips or pins in the pack, which makes the whole procedure easy. Toller is easy to close on each strand.

● Conair Instant Heat Travel Hot Rollers are compact and can easily fit in your carry-on bag. There are 5 rollers which heat up in 2 minutes. It comes with a long cord and super clips to hold rollers.

Things that matter

Material. Hot Rollers are made of different materials, from ceramic to wax. Depending on the material, you may receive quicker heating and long-lasting effect.

Size. It is the most important thing when it comes to picking the perfect rollers. You may be a fan of big curls, so you don’t need to buy a set of different sizes. Pick rollers you’ll use every day.

Time of heating. Modern hot rollers heat up in 2-5 minutes, depending on the model. It can be crucial for you, when you are late for work, missed your breakfast and still in pajamas.

Dry heat or Steam. Rollers with dry heat are warm to touch, as the metal inside them is heating up. Steam rollers evaporate water and moisturize hair, so the effect lasts longer. Dry rollers are faster in use.

Modern Hot Rollers don’t damage your hair. They are quick in use and safe as well. Depending on the waves you want to have, you may choose different hot rollers. The best thing is you still can combine them with a curling iron or a curling wand.

NON-SURGICAL BALLOON WEIGHT LOSS METHOD

Americans spend almost 60 billion dollars annually in pursuit of weight loss with gastric bypass surgery being the most common type of weight-loss surgery; an option that isn’t for everyone. Like any major procedure, gastric bypass has significant health risks and side effects. In addition, to be a candidate for the procedure, one must have a BMI (body mass index) of 40 or higher. The fact is, a huge percentage of the population are only between 15 to 50 pounds overweight without any other options besides diet and exercise.  Dr. Stanley Poulos, a San Francisco board certified plastic surgeon is an early adaptor of the non -surgical balloon weight loss method approved by the FDA in 2016. Following the two-part program, patients lost an average 3.1x the weight compared with diet & exercise alone.

Dr. Poulos stresses that, “there is a direct correlation between those patients who stay connected to their program and their weight loss success.” Dr. Poulos is highly experienced in body contour plastic surgery which is sometimes required after major weight loss. Sometimes, due to skin laxity after weight loss, procedures such as thigh lift, breast lift, liposuction or “tummy tuck” are desired by patients.

Who is an ideal candidate for the balloon weight loss method?

It is appropriate for patients with a BMI of 30 to 40 that have not had previous weight loss surgery. Patients diagnosed with bulimia, binge eating, compulsive overeating, high liquid calorie intake habits or similar eating related psychological disorders are not good candidates.

How does the balloon method work?

This non-surgical outpatient procedure begins with a diagnostic endoscopy to ensure that there are no contraindications and that it is safe to perform. Once the patient is mildly sedated and comfortable, the procedure can begin. The deflated gastric balloon is inserted through the esophagus and into the stomach. A syringe is then used to fill the balloon with a sterile saline solution. Once the weight loss balloon has been filled with saline, it expands to approximately the size of a grapefruit. The entire procedure takes about 20 minutes. Patients can usually return home after the placement or removal procedures within 30 minutes. Over the last 20 years this procedure has helped over 277,000 people. The gastric balloon encourages portion control while patients make healthy changes to diet and lifestyle.

How long does the balloon stay in place?

The balloon remains in the stomach for the first six months after the procedure. With the stomach balloon and Dr. Poulos’ support team, patients usually see the most drastic results in the first six months. It is very important to use this time to develop healthy habits that will continue for not only the 12-month weight loss program, but for the rest of one’s life.

What to expect after the balloon placement.

Over the first 14 days after placement, patients may experience nausea or vomiting. Dr. Poulos recommends a liquid diet for his patients during the first week to help manage these symptoms.  Also prescribed are effective anti-nausea drugs to help the patient through the initial stage.

How is the balloon removed?

Once the stomach balloon has been in place for six months the balloon is removed. The simple and non-surgical procedure is very similar to the placement process. Once the gastric balloon has been removed, it is very important to continue working closely with Dr. Poulos’ team and coaches to follow the personal diet and exercise plan provided. This will help to keep you in a positive and healthy mindset while achieving your weight loss goals.

Additional benefits of the balloon weight loss method.

-It’s been shown that the average person loses 3x more weight with this procedure than with diet and exercise alone. Here are some of the reasons why:

-Diets can leave you feeling hungry or dissatisfied. This procedure helps by taking up room in the stomach and encouraging portion control.

-When you’re overweight, exercise can be challenging and uncomfortable. With The Balloon Weight Loss Method aiding your weight loss, physical activity can be more comfortable.

-There are no incisions, stitches, or scars.

-Unlike gastric bypass surgery, this procedure is not solely for the morbidly obese.

-The procedure takes 20 minutes and most patients return home the same day.

-The balloon is only placed temporarily.

-The procedure is intended to work with a fitness and nutrition regimen for optimal results.

Cost: The general cost for the procedure is $8,000 to $10,000 nationwide and can be used with patients 22 and older who fit all of the medical criteria. If this app is too costly, check out Weight Tracker App.

About Dr. Stanley Poulos

Dr. Poulos specializes in cosmetic breast surgery and body contouring procedures. He helped pioneer the quick lift facial rejuvenation surgery in California and is recognized as one of the leading plastic surgeons in Marin County and the entire San Francisco Bay area.  Dr. Poulos and Plastic Surgery Specialists have extensive experience in body contour procedures. A graduate of the University of Texas Medical School, Dr. Poulos completed his internship and residency at UC San Francisco. He completed a plastic surgery fellowship at St. Francis Hospital in San Francisco and is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. www.psspecialists.com

Halloween Candy Map

In case you haven’t noticed all of the pumpkin-lined porch steps or the multitude of horror movie marathons on TV, it’s spooky season! Halloween is less than two weeks away, which means hayrides, haunted houses, and, most importantly, FREE CANDY!!! Well, free for cute kids dressed up like Spiderman or Moana. For adults, Halloween means stocking up on the good stuff to avoid a yard full of toilet paper or having your car decorated with egg yolks. Halloween is a candy manufacturer’s Christmas. According to The National Retail Federation, it’s expected that 2.7 billion dollars will be spent on trick-or-treat candy this year. It may seem like a good idea to buy the cheapest bag of candy you can find, however, when November 1st rolls around and you’re left with three pounds of store-brand lollipops none of the trick-or-treaters wanted to take, bargain shopping might be a decision you’ll regret.

If you want to avoid the horror that is too much leftover candy, you’ll have to fork over a a few extra bucks for the good stuff. You may stroll down the candy aisle at the supermarket amidst the plethora of different chocolates, gummies, sours, and sweets, and think to yourself, how do I know which candy to buy? Well, CandyStore.com, is here to help. Over the past 10 years, CandyStore.com has been shipping tons of bulk candy all across the United States and Canada. They compiled 10 years (2007-2016) of sales data for the months leading up to Halloween and put together an interactive map that details the top three most popular Halloween candies for each state, indicated by pounds distributed. Check out the interactive map HERE to become the go-to house for all of the witches, ghosts, and Chewbaccas in town. Or, if you’d rather not have hoards of little vampires and Pokemon running through your yard but still want to please the kiddos, CandyStore.com also has a list of the WORST candies, so you know exactly what not to buy.

CandyStore.com also offers the option of skipping the trip to supermarket all together. Order online in bulk so you can avoid facing the delicious temptation of sugary goodness in candy aisle.