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Beautiful and bizarre: the best of Australia's Big Things

Australia isn't short of big things. It's a big country with a big desert in its center, some big coral reefs off its coastline and a few big, cosmopolitan cities. But beyond this, Australia is also home to Big Things – a cult phenomenon in which Australians have built and sculpted enormous objects. Think giant lobsters, enormous mangoes and huge cows... Read on for a selection of our favorites around the country that are both brilliant and bizarre. Due to COVID-19, check any state restrictions and individual attractions before you travel.


Branch out with these amazing photos of beautiful trees

From technicolor trunks and branches beloved by goats to giant, draping wisteria forests, there are some spectacular trees around the world. Here we reveal the most awe-inspiring and majestic plants on the planet.


How intention turns a walk into a pilgrimage – plus 5 British pilgrim trails

When we are set free from our confinement, what are the safe options for venturing out? Last year was the year of walking outdoors, so perhaps – and I may be biased – 2021 will be the year for pilgrimages, given that throughout history people have made pilgrimages at times of crisis? To lay the ground for rediscovery, in summer 2020 the British Pilgrimage Trust (BPT) launched Britain’s Pilgrim Places, a compendium of 600 sites and 100 routes,...


The 20 safest airlines to fly in 2021, according to experts

This year will likely see the masses return to the skies, and these are the airlines best suited to fly them, according to AirlineRatings.


Images that show the true impact of plastic on our oceans

Many of us are doing our bit to reduce plastic pollution by recycling and reducing single-use items such as bags and straws, but is it enough? With hundreds of thousands of tonnes of plastic leaking into our seas annually and plastics having been found in all corners of the ocean, these hard-hitting images show the devastating consequences plastics are having on waterways and marine ecosystems around the world.


Abandoned islands that lie in ruins

Dreaming of an island far, far away? Many of these isles may look idyllic but each one has been all but deserted by humanity. Some harbor dark secrets while others have been rendered inhospitable by Mother Nature. Here we reveal the stories behind the planet's most curious abandoned islands.


Before and after: famous attractions that look dramatically different now

The world’s most famous landmarks are instantly recognizable but some of them are also changing rapidly. Whether it’s due to climate change, overtourism, erosion or simply wear and tear, the wonders of our world are under threat every day. Here are some of the most famous places around the world that are dramatically changing.


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

No major cruise line - including Carnival and Royal Caribbean - will be setting sail around the US until March the soonest.


Norwegian Air abandons long-haul flights, ending its $100 travel between the US and Europe

Thousands in the US, the UK, and other European countries are set to lose their jobs as Norwegian plans to reduce its fleet to 50 aircraft from 140.


Disneyland Resort, closed since March, is being turned into a mass vaccination site for Californians

Disneyland California will become a "Super" point of dispensing. Essential workers and those over 70 years-old will get their shots first.


9 Latin American bucketlist trips for 2021

We can't travel right now, but we can still dream of the incredible landscapes, wildlife and people of Latin America. Here's our pick of nine bucketlist adventures for when we can travel once again


Adorable villages and small towns in Canada

From dinky coastal villages featuring charming lighthouses to historic towns tucked into the mountains, Canada's provinces and territories offer some delightful communities that welcome visitors with open arms. We've selected the top spots worth a detour when it's time to travel again.


This is every state's most impressive bridge

There are more than 600,000 bridges in America – and many of them are incredible feats of modern engineering, while others are steeped in history. With many now emptier than ever, we take you on a virtual tour of the most impressive bridge in every US state and DC so you can admire them from your armchair.


Exhibit Planned for Couple’s Collection of Coins Found on Outer Banks Beaches Over the Course of 70 Years

The collection includes 55 coins, the oldest of which date to 221-203 B.C.


Recall of the wild: South America's new era of nature-led tourism

In 1947, Christopher Isherwood undertook a six-month tour of South America, concentrating on cultural sites, large cities and hobnobbing with local grandees. The title of the travelogue he wrote about the trip, The Condor and the Cows, sums up how most Europeans felt about South America. While the condor has since been pushed to near-extinction, the cows have persisted: Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Venezuela are still seen by outsiders as...


Disney World will no longer offer its Magical Express bus service to airport travelers starting in 2022

Starting in 2022, travelers heading to Disney World in Orlando will have to use rented vehicles or ride-share services to get to their resorts.


Leaked Video Of The Full Yoshi’s Adventure Ride At Universal Studios Japan

Here's the closest look we've had of Super Nintendo World so far. The post Leaked Video Of The Full Yoshi’s Adventure Ride At Universal Studios Japan appeared first on Geek Culture.


At least 3 critically endangered gorillas tested positive for the coronavirus at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

According to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, the gorillas are believed to have caught the coronavirus from an asymptomatic staff member.


How airlines are responding to Wednesday's siege at the US Capitol as they're faced with the prospect of flying rioters home

Airlines have not committed to banning rioters who will be flying home after the "Stop the Steal" protest turned violent and breached the Capitol.


10 of the best virtual travel experiences: readers' tips

Winning tip: A bird’s eye view of Norway One of my joys of travelling is listening to music on a train while watching a new country spool by outside the window. During lockdown I discovered how to replicate this experience while confined to the house: by watching drone footage of faraway places on YouTube. My favourite was Flying Over Norway, an hour-long feature flying above fjords, bays and fishing villages. The footage offers a bird’s-eye...


The world’s remote towns where people still live

Have you ever thought about escaping the rat race and riding it out in one of the most remote places in the world? From the highest settlement in the world to the coldest, some people spend their entire lives detached from the mainland. Let's take a look at the measures they take to survive in the most remote of locations.


Many have called for Capitol Hill rioters to be added to the no-fly list, but watchdog groups say the notoriously secretive process is 'unconstitutional'

Little is known about the highly secretive no-fly list, which is maintained by the FBI and has been heavily criticized in the past.


The Devil's bridge and the world's other mysterious places

Join us as we take a look at the science, stories, theories and tales surrounding some of the world’s strangest sites.


Incredible stories of history’s most tragic ships

Maritime disasters are sadly not unusual and the UN estimates there are around 3 million shipwrecks littering the ocean floor. Here we have selected some of the most tragic and poignant images of these ghostly ships…


I stayed in a Bali tree house for under $35 per night, and it felt like a fairy-tale

I stayed at Lift treetop hotel in Bali for $27, though the typical price is $75 a night. The room had a king-size bed and was far off the ground.


From 1900 to today: the worst weather events in history

No matter where we live, we are ultimately all affected by the weather. Over the last 100 years, the world has witnessed some extraordinary elements, from bone-chilling blizzards and hurricane-force winds, to devastating droughts and biblical-style floods. Here, we take a look back at some of the most dramatic, deadly, rare and wonderful weather events that hit the world, and the news, between 1900 and now.


American Airlines is launching the first health passport for international travelers headed to the US

International travelers can use the Verifly app to upload negative COVID-19 tests and other necessary paperwork needed to fly into the US.


7 beaches in the Philippines perfect for social distancing

With 7,107 islands to choose from, it’s not hard to find a beach in the Philippines. Knowing where to start is the problem. Here's our pick of the best...


15 wellbeing retreats and detox breaks – for better days ahead

The Clover Mill, Worcestershire Reopening in the spring, this ayurveda retreat in a converted 17th-century water mill in the rolling hills near Malvern offers two-, three- and five-night retreats throughout the year that combine ayurveda treatments, meals, nutritional advice and cooking demos with yoga. Its Rest and Digest retreats in particular are aimed at helping guests to shift their sympathetic nervous system from flight/fight/freeze mode...


A Singapore luxury hotel group is offering guests almost $200,000 in free medical coverage if they test positive for COVID-19 during their stay

The offer currently only applies to travelers from 11 countries, including Australia, mainland China, Germany, New Zealand, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam.


JOM! GO: Malaysia's very own sunflower beds

THE year 2020 was a year no one expected it to be, and it has derailed us from our new year’s resolutions and not to mention the use of our planners!


A virtual tour of Peru through films, food, books and music

There’s something fitting about a virtual guide to Peru. For would-be conquistadores, it was a land of fantasy and imagination. The very name of the country would have conjured up illusions of untold treasures, Inca emperors, wild beasts and heathen practices. Lima was the seat of Spain’s South American imperial territories for 300 years; it was where you had to be if you wanted to acquire booty, land, or influence. But it was traversed by...


Regina King's powerful 'One Night in Miami' is so good it's destined for Oscar glory

Regina King's feature directing debut is based on a stage play about a fictional night out between Malcolm X, Cassius Clay, Jim Brown, and Sam Cooke.


Allegiant Air is adding 21 low-cost leisure routes to this year with service to 3 new cities - here's the full list

Allegiant is luring in flyers with low fares to popular vacation destinations as the COVID-19 vaccine rollout shows promising signs for summer travel.


Florida is becoming a vaccine tourism destination as foreigners and out-of-staters head there to get a COVID-19 shot

Some out-of-stater recipients are part-time Florida residents, while others are using their connections to get the COVID-19 early.


Don't trust those viral videos that claim to prove Capitol rioters are being added to 'no-fly lists'

Videos of people being arrested or deplaned are going viral on social media. Some users falsely claim the passengers in question are Capitol rioters.


The Capitol riots caused chaos in the skies as airlines flew protesters home from a violent day in Washington, DC

Alaska Airlines banned 14 passengers while an American Airlines plane was almost forced to land following an impromptu airborne rally.


Opening For Super Nintendo World In Osaka Japan Delayed Due To COVID-19 State Of Emergency

Nintendo fans in Japan will have to wait a little longer before they can visit the new themed zone. The post Opening For Super Nintendo World In Osaka Japan Delayed Due To COVID-19 State Of Emergency appeared first on Geek Culture.


Want to Move Abroad? These 10 Things Will Make It Less Intimidating


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

Taking up a niche hobby has become a lifeline for many during lockdown. Whether it’s bookbinding or tree-spotting, paddleboarding or quilt-making, new interests have helped people deal with Covid anxiety and the groundhog days of confinement. If you have taken up a new hobby, especially one that has helped you get outside, even if it’s only to the local park or woods, then we’d love to hear about it. Tell us how you got started and why, and how...


The world's eeriest abandoned castles

From the Château de la Mothe-Chandeniers in France to Ha Ha Tonka in Missouri, USA, their haunting beauty remains a testament to the glories of the past.


American Airlines just ramped up its Boeing 737 Max operations after a week of successful trial flights

Tuesday saw eight flights on the Boeing 737 Max with the number slated to increase to 91 by the end of February.


What the COVID-19 vaccine could mean for the future of travel

While airlines and governments could require travelers to have proof of a coronavirus vaccination, a blanket requirement raises a few issues.


TikTok Star Noah Beck defended traveling to the Bahamas for a 'reset' with Charli and Dixie D'Amelio during the pandemic - but some fans are still angry

Noah Beck defended a group of TikTok influencers for taking a trip to the Bahamas to "disconnect for a little" during the pandemic.


Allowing fans at Sydney Test for ‘mental health’ labelled ‘laughable’ as Berala cluster perturbs authorities

A Sydney epidemiologist has said it is “laughable” for the New South Wales health minister to suggest fans should be able to attend the SCG cricket Test to help their mental health while authorities are working to contain a Covid cluster in the city’s west. Public health experts have warned the coronavirus outbreak linked to Sydney’s western suburbs will be challenging to contain because a lack of state-wide public health restrictions over the...


Make a splash! 7 reasons why the Philippines is Asia’s diving capital

Sharks, mantas, turtles, thousands-strong shoals of colourful fish, coral gardens and are sunken canyon are common sights in the Philippines. Just some of the reasons we'd recommend diving here...


How the Mayflower shaped America

It’s been 400 years since the Pilgrims sailed the high seas on the iconic Mayflower and set up the first permanent European colony in what would become Plymouth, Massachusetts. But how much do you know about their story, the mighty ship they traveled on, and the Native Peoples who helped them establish their settlement? Here we chronicle the history of the voyage that would shape the course of American history.


Disney World Will No Longer Offer Free Airport Shuttles to and From Park Hotels as of 2022

Walt Disney World will no longer offer its hotel and resort guests free shuttle services to and from Orlando International Airport as of Jan.


Boeing just announced the definitive end of the legendary 747 as cargo giant Atlas Air places an order for the final 4 planes

Cargo airlines have carried the Boeing 747 program this far but the iconic aircraft's days are now number with the last delivery slated for 2022.


Europe’s most beautiful attractions

Europe has no shortage of breathtaking attractions, whether that’s unspoiled natural wonders, historic gems or modern architectural feats. While it may not be possible to visit many of these stunning sights right now, there’s certainly scope for a spot of armchair travel – click or scroll through to check out the most jaw-droppingly beautiful landmarks in Europe.