Travel

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...


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.


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.


Spectacular train stations around the world

A charming train journey is on almost every traveler's list. Whether through lush countryside or rugged mountains, the world's best train journeys inevitably have to come to a stop somewhere. From classical masterpieces to modern marvels, we take a look at some of the world's most beautiful train stations and their intriguing history.


Airlines are enacting security measures even stricter than post-9/11 on flights to Washington, DC as violent extremism threatens Biden's inauguration

One airline will not allow passengers to leave their seats for an hour after departure from Washington, DC, and limit ticket sales to the capital.


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.


Perfect peaks: the world's most beautiful mountains

There are few things on Earth as intimidating and fascinating at the same time as mountains. From small, but perfectly formed peaks to grand monoliths rising tall into the sky, the Earth's mountains come in all shapes and sizes. Here, we travel across the globe and discover some of the fascinating stories behind the world's most stunning mountains – click on the Expand View option to see these photos at their best.


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.


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?


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.


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.


Ranked: California’s most beautiful small towns and cities

California is home to some of the country’s most famous cities, but it's the in-between places that are often the most beguiling. There's incredible beauty at almost every turn, with gorgeous towns and cities tucked in valleys, perched atop mountains and overlooking sweeps of golden sand. From colorful beach towns that seem to have hopped straight from a postcard to enclaves nestled by the lakeshore, we’ve narrowed down our top 30 most beautiful towns and cities across California. As always, check local restrictions and only travel when it’s safe to do so.


Mind-blowing weather facts you probably haven't read before

The world is a curious place and so is the weather. A hot topic of conversation wherever you are, our climate never ceases to surprise, delight and upset us. From unbelievable records to animals that can tell the temperature, these are the mind-blowing facts about the world's weather you probably didn't know.


Every state's most secluded hotel

Where to go when you're longing for some much needed peace and quiet? From wilderness lodges surrounded by forests to private islands and luxury farms – we've scoured every corner of America to find the most remote, secluded and private escapes where you can put the world on hold.


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.


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.


7 things to do in Nara, Japan

Home to some of Japan’s oldest historical sites and crammed with natural beauty, there are plenty of things to do in Nara. Here are just a few ideas to get you started...


Places you won't believe are in Germany

This European beauty boasts plenty of hidden gems.


How many of these former airports do you remember?

From the airports that made aviation history to white elephants that had to be abandoned, here are some of the most intriguing former airports around the world.


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,...


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...


Endangered American landmarks that should be protected

Some are surprising, others you might never have heard of – but all are places that could be lost forever.


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.


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.


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...


Fascinating and eerie Gold Rush ghost towns in the USA

When gold was discovered in California in the 1850s, a frenzy of adventurers headed west seeking their fortunes. Soon thousands of mining towns had popped up all over the West as precious metals were discovered. But the bounty soon ran out and the towns surrounding the mines were fast abandoned. Today, some of these little pockets of history survive largely unscathed, preserving a long-forgotten way of life.


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...


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."


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.


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...


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.


You won't believe these amazing places are in the USA

From sand dunes to glaciers, here are 60 places you won't believe exist in America.


Beautiful ancient ruins in the US you might not know about

Where to find ancient ruins, pre-Columbian archaeological sites, Ancestral Puebloan dwellings and Native wall art around the US.


These are the world’s coolest hotels

Forget four walls and a bed. The world’s coolest hotels come in all shapes, sizes and strange locations, from guitar-shaped buildings and suites clinging to cliffs, to underwater rooms and floating resorts. Here are some of the hotels around the world that offer unique experiences way beyond just somewhere to sleep. Due to COVID-19, check individual hotel websites, plus country and region-specific travel restrictions before visiting.


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.


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.


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.


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,...


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.


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...


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...


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.


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.


The most extraordinary tunnels in the world

Since the dawn of time humankind has had the urge to tunnel and burrow, whether for safety, storage, irrigation or to extract natural resources. Recently our most extraordinary tunnels were dug for transportation. From modern engineering marvels and regenerated historic passages to naturally occurring tunnels, we dig deep to find some of the world’s most beautiful tunnels.


Earth's magical places will leave you spellbound

The world is filled with places of magic and mystery, from natural wonders supposedly built by giants to caves and castles bound up with stories of sorcery.


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.


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...


The most beautiful bridges in the world

Bridges link the shores of lakes and rivers or simply reduce travel time. In addition to being efficient, these large structures sometimes take on stupefying forms. All over the world, engineers and architects have combined utility and beauty to build the planet's most magnificent bridges.


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.


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.