Coronavirus

Saga requires all cruise passengers to have coronavirus vaccine

Saga has become the first UK tour operator to tell cruise and holiday customers that they must be vaccinated to travel with them this summer. The over-50s travel firm, which has reported a surge in bookings since the vaccination programme was announced, is taking reservations on condition that customers are fully inoculated, with two shots where necessary, at least 14 days before departure. Passengers will also need to take a Covid test at the...


11 things you should never put down the drain

From paint and pasta to pills and oil, here are some things you should never put down your drain if you want to avoid health risks and clogged pipes.


Tell us about your lockdown discoveries for the chance to win a £200 holiday prize

Lockdown restrictions have made us see the world in a different way – the fact that we can only go out once a day and explore a limited radius means we are rediscovering our local areas and noticing things that we’d previously overlooked in our pre-lockdown busyness. That can be anything from a historical building, deserted factory or faded adverts painted on the sides of buildings, to animal footprints in the snow or mud, birds in leafless...


New Picasso Exhibition Set to Make Only U.S. Stop in Nashville

The Frist Art Museum will display 75 of Picasso’s works this spring.


Cold War relics that time nearly forgot

The Cold War – four decades of tension between the Soviet Union Eastern Bloc and the US-led NATO Allies after the Second World War – has forever left its mark on the globe. The fascinating book, Abandoned Cold War Places by Robert Grenville, explores the mighty machines and remarkable sites that remain from this hostile period. We've selected some of the most interesting images and look at the fascinating history behind them.


10 songs that bring back memories of my travels: Garth Cartwright's playlist

Song For My Father by Horace Silver I’m a Kiwi who’s lived in London since 1991 and the pandemic made me both yearn for and fear for my family, so far away. To calm my huge angst, especially when my father’s health collapsed in March, I listened to music constantly, obsessively, jazz serving as a balm to my worried mind. Dad died in late June, not of the virus – a fall led to him departing this world. I mourned and celebrated his life with...


Norwegian Cruise Line will require crew members to get the COVID-19 vaccine before boarding as sailings continue to be pushed back

Norwegian and its Regent Seven Seas lines both have the same vaccine requirement for its crew members, according to statements sent to Insider.


10 Amazing Style Subcultures From Around the World


Earth's most beautiful natural wonders will astound you

From a multicolored canyon to a colossal glacier floating on tranquil teal waters, these are the world's most picturesque natural wonders.


Airlines have banned more than 2,500 passengers for not wearing masks - here are the carriers that have booted the most

President Biden has signed a mask mandate for US flights and airports but airlines took matters into their own hands long before.


China is spreading conspiracy theories that the coronavirus was created in an American lab and that a US-created vaccine is killing the elderly

The disinformation push comes as a team of WHO scientists begin a study into the origins of the virus in Wuhan.


Tourist hotspot Seychelles is welcoming back US travelers - but only those with the COVID-19 vaccine

Seychelles aims to vaccinate the majority of its local adults by mid-March, which will again change its international travel guidelines.


Spectacular photos of America’s national parks

With the addition of White Sands and Indiana Dunes in 2019, there are now 62 national parks in the United States, each beautiful in its own right. And while it would be great to visit all of them, chances are you don’t have the time or resources. Lucky for you, we’ve got the next best thing.


Noodle soup ties me to Japanese New Year, and my roots – plus the recipe

Every year my mother would make a bowl of Japanese New Year’s Eve noodles for my American father and me. “Just this one tradition,” she would entreat; she didn’t like American New Year, and longed for Japanese-style festivities. One year, I found one of my noodles tied in a knot, which she assured me was a sign of good fortune. I wasn’t so sure. I didn’t even really like noodles. It was not until I was in my 20s that I experienced a full winter...


Europe's eerie abandoned towns where nobody lives

Silent streets, vacant houses and dilapidated buildings, Europe is riddled with eerie ghost towns. From depopulated military and mining towns and drowned villages to age-old enclaves destroyed by war and disasters or desolate modern developments abandoned due to economic decline.


Dive into the world's amazing underwater hotel rooms

From futuristic chambers attached to the seabed to serene suites with vast windows looking out onto fish-filled aquariums, there are some out-of-this-world underwater hotel rooms that are well worth diving into.


10 inspiring hobbies taken up by readers during lockdown

Winning tip: ‘I could be the person I am meant to be’ This is about my autistic daughter’s hobby. She’s nine, and since last March has become an avid birdspotter and photographer. It’s been great to be outside finding nature in the city, and to see her thrive and grow, walking to and exploring local parks. She’s now got an amazing mentor – wildlife artist and photographer Alfie Bowen – and has been winning competitions and had her photos...


United Airlines says Mexican beach destinations saw the biggest drop in demand after the US announced new testing requirements for travelers

Mexico has been a popular spot for American getaways during the pandemic as the country doesn't require a negative COVID-19 test for entry.


America's historic attractions photographed through the decades

Take a trip back in time to see historic images of some of the USA’s most popular tourist attractions from the 1900s until the 1990s. Some are long gone while others are still popular today.


American Airlines will now deliver wine to your door, and you can get air miles for every dollar spent. A 3-bottle monthly subscription costs $100.

You can choose a pre-selected box of mixed wines, build your own box, or buy a monthly subscription as part of American's "Flagship Cellars" program.


5 authentic and unusual places to stay in Japan

You may have stayed in a ryokan, futuristic capsule hotel or even a love hotel. But a miso factory? Explore rural Japan and you will be one of few travellers to do so


The most beautiful waterfalls in the USA

From those tucked in unlikely spots by the roadside to world-famous waterfalls like Niagara Falls, here are some of the most spectacular in the US.


TikTok video dare showing a car parked on railway crossing branded 'staggeringly stupid and dangerous' by police

The police are investigating the 14-second clip showing a car parked on a railway line in Greater Manchester in the UK.


10 things to do in Surrey during lockdown

The historic county of Surrey is blessed with a multitude of things to do outdoors. History, wildlife, gorgeous villages and amazing views can still be enjoyed during lockdown…


These are the coldest places on the planet

Cloaked in snow and dripping with gleaming icicles, these wintry scenes can be as beautiful as they are brutal. Are you wrapped up warm? Then we’ll begin.


Biden will be the first president to use the new Air Force One - here's what we know about the $5.3 billion aircraft

President Trump pushed for a cheaper replacement program, resulting in the purchase of jets intended for a Russian airline instead of factory-fresh models.


Biden just signed an executive order that mandates mask-wearing while flying and utilizing most forms of mass transit

All major US airlines and Amtrak require passengers to wear masks, but the executive order gives federal backing to enforce the rule.


TSA rules to know if you need to fly right now

While international travel is largely off the cards, internal flights in the USA are very much taking off so we've rounded up all the TSA (Transportation Security Administration) rules you need to know in case you need to fly. From new boarding pass guidelines to what you can and can't have in your carry-on, here's what to keep in mind if you're heading to the airport in the coming months.


Several cruise trips have already been cancelled this year. See when major cruise lines plan on operating again.

Most cruises in the US won't be sailing until May at the soonest, but cruise lines are continuing to push back sailing dates.


Everything coming to - and leaving - Netflix in February

Get ready to stream new seasons of shows like Tiffany Haddish's "They Ready" as well as films like "Malcolm & Marie" and "Inception."


Vaccine passports essential for resumption of international travel

Vaccine passports must become essential travel documents in order to restart international tourism. The recommendation comes from the Global Tourism Crisis Committee, which met in Madrid this week to discuss measures to ensure the safe resumption of international travel. It called for international health and travel bodies to step up the coordination of a standardised digital certification system, as well as harmonised testing protocols. The...


Disney is removing racially insensitive scenes from its classic Jungle Cruise ride, and fans say it's 'about time'

At the time of writing, it's unclear when the Jungle Cruise rides will be updated at Disney World and Disneyland.


Every single passenger on board 2 international flights to Canada informed that they were potentially exposed to COVID-19

The passengers who traveled on two Air Transat flights from Haiti to Montreal told that they are at risk of catching COVID-19.


2 airlines are adding non-stop flights between Kansas City and Tampa for the Super Bowl with fares climbing over $700 one-way

The Super Bowl never fails to draw a crowd as fans clamor to see their teams win big and are willing to pay absurd amounts to be there in person.


The most important National Landmarks in the USA

America may be a relatively young nation but it has a diverse and complex history – one which is retold through monuments across the country.


DC hotels won't close during inauguration week after Airbnb canceled all area reservations amid worries of renewed violence

All five hotels that responded to Insider said they would be staying open during inauguration week, albeit some will be tightening security protocols.


From dolphins to rewilding: 11 environment-friendly holidays for 2021

Rewilding centres The idea of rewilding – moving away from current forestry and agricultural techniques and allowing nature to thrive – is gaining ground. One exciting new project is Wild Ken Hill in north Norfolk, where alongside pioneering regenerative farming and traditional conservation practices, a 400-hectare (1,000-acre) area is being returned to the wild, with the reintroduction of beavers, Exmoor ponies and old farm breeds like red poll...


Southwest Airlines just announced 5 new routes to new destinations on the West Coast from across the US - here's the full list

Southwest is adding its 12th and 13th cities in California as it competes with Alaska Airlines to be the airline of the West Coast.


The Northern Lights captured on camera

Thought the Northern Lights are only visible from Iceland? Think again! These 12 far-flung places across the Northern Hemisphere are perfect for observing this spectacular natural phenomenon, offering a diversity of spectacle, with colors ranging from vibrant green to intense violet to acidic orange!


These 50 wonders of the world will astound you

Only one of the original seven wonders of the world remains, but there are many more awe-inspiring places that astound and delight us. From captivating ancient cities, ornate palaces and modern architectural gems, to biodiverse volcanic craters, thundering waterfalls and the world’s oldest landforms, loveEXPLORING picks 50 of the world’s amazing wonders.


My voyage through a world of language in just one word: snow

A few years ago I spent a winter on Upernavik, a rocky island of 1,000 inhabitants off the north-west coast of Greenland. I’d been invited to Baffin Bay as part of a programme for international writers and artists to create new work about climate at one of the most northerly museums in the world. The museum director emailed a warning in advance: the winter was better for introspection than exploration. Sure enough, I found I couldn’t leave the...


9 reasons we’re crazy about Cornwall

In the UK you can’t turn on a television these days without a programme on Cornwall, and now its going to be in the global spotlight when the G7 summit is held there. Why do we love it so much?


Boneyards where planes, cruise ships, autos and trains go to die

Ever wondered what happens to vehicles and vessels when they reach the end of their useful life? Take a look...


The Caribbean to New Zealand: Top emerging destinations around the world, per Tripadvisor

Tripadvisor identified top emerging locations around the world for its Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best Awards for Destinations.


A regional airport is using CARES Act funds to create a COVID-19 checkpoint for passengers

Eastern Iowa Airport will soon ask passengers health questions and take their temperature before they can go through the security checkpoint.


Sustainable tourism key to Cumbria’s new carbon neutral plan

Across Cumbria local communities, businesses and grassroots organisations are being mobilised to map out ways that they hope will help it become the UK’s first carbon-neutral county. The county has targeted 2037 to decarbonise, an ambition initially supported by £2.5m of national lottery funding, which was awarded last August and will be drip-fed over the next five years from this month.. Tourism will be an area of focus, alongside housing,...


A man who lived at a Chicago airport for 3 months before being discovered said he was too scared to fly because of COVID-19, prosecutors say

He was discovered Saturday when two airline employees asked him for identification and he displayed a badge that had been reported missing in October.


Luxury resorts in the Maldives hire 'Barefoot Booksellers' to run their quaint island bookshops. Meet 2 women who got the gig.

Aislinn Shivakumar and Alice Spencer are living the dream, having left lockdown in London behind to become "Barefoot Booksellers" in the Maldives.


Tell us about a tranquil place you’ve found for the chance to win a £200 holiday prize

With everything going on in the world right now, it’s essential to try to carve out moments of calm. Where do you go to tap into tranquillity? Perhaps it’s a spot on a local river, a particular park bench, a hidden coastal cove, or even a serene city cemetery. It could also be somewhere you revisit in your mind that induces a sense of peace. If you have a relevant photo, do send it in – but it’s your words that will be judged for the...


Alaska Airlines just took delivery of its first Boeing 737 Max, becoming the 4th in the US to fly the controversial jet

Alaska has only five weeks of proving runs and safety checks with the aircraft before the first passengers step aboard on March 1.