The Good Life

Back when kids were kids, summer camp meant toasting marshmallows and singing around the campfire. Now sleep-away camp--originally an American invention--provides ambitious youngsters all over the world another opportunity to stand out in the sea of college applicants. "The days of bows and arrows are gone," says Missy Cook of Broadreach, which runs high-end adventure trips for teens. "Summer camps have got a lot more exotic."

Teens can dive off Australia's Great Barrier Reef with marine researchers, gaining scuba certification as well as fulfilling the community-service requirement of many U.S. high schools ($5,380; ). Academic Treks takes kids on college-accredited sojourns, exploring submerged shipwrecks off Bermuda or trekking Ecuador's Inca trail while polishing their Spanish ($4,180 to $5,180; ).

Other teens prefer to get a head start on their careers. The New York Film Academy runs recherché summer camps for youngsters who want to learn how to direct, edit and act in their own short films ($6,900 for six weeks; ). Youngsters are flocking to Putney Student Travel's Excel China summer program, where they spend four weeks exploring Chinese culture, learn-ing Mandarin and traveling ($5,590; ).

Swiss-based Village Camps runs sports and leadership-training programs in various countries, teaching everything from rock climbing to communications skills (up to $4,100; ). And at the end of Switzerland's ultra-swish Le Rosey school summer program, campers receive a booklet with the addresses of their pals so they can get networking ($3,500 to $7,000; ). With friends like those, who needs "Kumbaya"?

On the way to Monte Carlo or St-Tropez? Here's how to spend your layover in the gateway to the Côte d'Azur.

EAT signature niçoise salad on the terrace of Le Safari, overlooking the bustling market square (1 Cours Saleya).

SEE the Matisse Museum on Cimiez hill, set within an olive grove (entrance €4; 164 Avenue des Arènes).

STROLL the palm-fringed Promenade des Anglais, crowded with street performers, portrait artists and palm readers.

BUY olive oil from Moulin à Huile d'Olive Alziari, where the family has been harvesting niçoise olives for generations (14 Rue St-François-de-Paule).

SHOP the daily market in Le Cours Saleya square, with vendors selling fresh fruit, flowers and on Mondays, antiques.

Michelle Jana Chan

Nowadays, you can spend more time at the airport than you do in the air. So why not wait in style? Singapore's Changi Airport is set to open the world's first luxury terminal in August. Regardless of which airline you're booked on or which class you're flying, if you buy a membership in JetQuay (the joint venture behind the terminal), you can glide up to the private entrance and coast through check-in, Customs and Immigration, completely bypassing the main terminal building. Inside, you can enjoy a five-star lounge, private rooms and rest area, a gym, high-end retail outlets and even conference rooms. JetQuay director Barry Nassberg expects the new terminal to serve an average of 50 "commercially important persons" each day. And while the fee has not yet been set, Nassberg says it won't cost more than an upgrade from economy to business class on a regional flight (about $1,100).

Sonia Kolesnikov-Jessop

All a chocoholic once needed to know was the difference between milk and dark. Not anymore. The latest trend in fancy food is "single origin" chocolate. Instead of being made from a blend of cacao beans, it contains a single type of bean from one country. Is there really a difference?

To find out, we tried the new Single Origin Chocolate Tasting Kit from the Guittard Chocolate Co. ($15.95; ). It includes 16 miniature bars--four each from four countries. All contain exactly the same ingredients in the same proportions. Yet even our unrefined taste buds could detect a difference between the selections: from Colombia ("pleasant hints of peppery spice," according to the enclosed booklet), Venezuela, Madagascar and Ecuador ("floral flavors with hints of green forest"). Skeptics say the roast and processing of the beans affect taste more than their origin. But we say, vive la différence .

Anne Underwood

The good life takes a tour of some of the best surf camps in the world:

Costa Rica: Playa Tamarindo is ideal for rookies looking for a relaxed setting. Witch's Rock Surf Camp offers seven-day packages with daily instruction ($895 per person, double occupancy; witchsrocksurf ). Florida: A school holds five-day family camps in the 80-degree waters of Cocoa Beach ($399 per person, June 19 to 23; florida ). Brazil: Stay beachside in the fishing community of Barra da Lagoa for seven nights with five days of lessons ($625; ). San Diego: Looking for a girls' weekend away? Surf Divas offers women-only two-day getaways ($148.50; ).

Paul Tolme

Nobody likes a workaholic, but if you just can't stop yourself, why not do it in style with these new accessories for BlackBerrys and other PDAs? You can hit the slopes, hop on a bike or take a drive and still get every single call. You may have to head to the office to relax.