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Ricardo Bofill: the outsider architect who gave 60s Spain a sci-fi makeover

A dazzling pink castle perches atop the coastal cliffs of Calpe, near Alicante in southern Spain, its pastel turrets standing like a coral outcrop above the shore. The high fortified walls hide a vertical maze of staircases and terraces within, painted in shades of baby blue, lilac and red, opening out on to the sparkling waters of hidden rooftop pools. This candy-coloured citadel of holiday apartments is the work of Ricardo Bofill, the maverick...


‘Her lust for adventure was honey for me’: readers’ favourite travel books

Winning tip: Spain and Portugal before tourism Fabled Shore is Rose Macaulay’s account of her journey in 1949, alone and by car, round the coast of Iberia from Catalonia to the Algarve. She found dire poverty and the Spain she describes, still reeling from civil war, is unrecognisable to us now. Today’s tourist hotspots were then empty, pristine beaches with ramshackle houses, sometimes only with a barn to sleep in, and curious children who...


These are the most fabulous historic hotels in Europe

Not only do these stunning hotels have an impressive history behind them, their reservation lists read like a who’s-who of the biggest celebrities throughout the last century. From the glamorous Monaco hotel where Cary Grant came to lay his head, to the Parisian hotel where Coco Chanel lived for years, these top-notch establishments have certainly earned bragging rights. (If you're planning a trip, be sure to check any travel restrictions due to COVID-19 before you go.)


A TikToker who tested positive for COVID-19 on a cruise reveals what it was like to isolate on the ship

From cold meals to being escorted by a hazmat-clad crew, TikToker Travis Shields details his experience isolating for three days onboard.


Disney World fans are waiting over 6 hours in line to buy a $25 popcorn bucket, with some begging those in front to buy them one for $100

The limited-edition popcorn bucket, shaped like the character Figment, was created for Epcot's 2022 International Festival of the Arts.


10 major airlines have signed a letter warning of massive flight disruptions and supply-chain chaos as AT&T and Verizon plan to roll out 5G services

The carrier said the 5G services could disrupt multiple systems in widebody aircraft. The nations's commerce "will grind to a halt," they added.


Wonderful wildernesses: the world's last unspoiled places

While much of the planet has been built upon, with a new study suggesting just 3% of the world's land remains ecologically intact, there are areas where the world’s wildness is still preserved in all its diverse glory. There are even places that are so remote and resistant to development, they simply can’t be tamed. From national parks and designated wilderness areas that protect fauna and flora to deserted, inhospitable places where few have trodden, these are the most beautiful wild spots around the world. Remember to check travel restrictions and national park opening times and closures if planning a trip.


Elon Musk says social media accounts that track his travel movements are becoming a 'security issue'

Tesla CEO Elon Musk responded to a Twitter post Monday discussing the risk posed to him and his family in publishing details about his travel plans.


US airlines are combating the pilot shortage by raising pay, lowering requirements, and hiring from Australia

Delta Air Lines is no longer requiring college degrees for its pilots while a regional airline is offering bonuses of up to $40,000.


These shocking images show how vulnerable Earth is

It’s a cliché as old as time, but sometimes an image really is worth a thousand words. And that’s certainly true of these powerful environmental photographs, depicting everything from the plight of climate refugees to the technologies helping the transition to net zero emissions. Presented at the UN’s COP26 conference in Glasgow this year, these are the winning and shortlisted images from the Environmental Photographer of the Year (EPOTY) 2021, run by CIWEM and Waterbear Network in partnership with Nikon.


Shauna Coxsey's top 7 bouldering spots in Britain

Following the release of the new film 'The Wall: Climb for Gold', Olympic athlete Shauna Coxsey reveals her top locations for bouldering around England and Wales' most scenic national parks and coastlines


Verizon and AT&T agree to delay launch of 5G service near airports after airlines warned of massive flight disruptions

Verizon and AT&T will delay rolling out 5G near airports after major airlines said deploying the service would hurt travelers and the supply chain.


Frontier is adding 13 new routes out of Chicago and Houston with fares starting at $29 one-way — see the full list

The new routes will fly out of Chicago Midway and Houston Hobby airport, increasing competition for Southwest Airlines which has major hubs at both.


Peru's ceramic Mochica man attacked by vandals

The 10ft fertility symbol, located near to the Peruvian town of Trujillo, was proving a hit with tourists before it was severely damaged by vandals


Three major cruise lines just postponed sailings on 18 ships — here are all the cruises that have been canceled amid the Omicron surge

Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, and Celebrity have postponed a total of 18 cruise ships amid a spike in COVID-19 cases.


A peculiar beauty: strolling on a new trail around Kent’s Hoo peninsula

At the water’s edge stands a second world war pillbox, a magnet for hundreds of roosting birds. A flock takes to the wing and, through my binoculars, I make out curlew and brent geese; in the distance a pink container ship slinks slowly along the horizon. There’s no one around, the clarity of the cold morning light on the Thames adding to the sense of remoteness. I’m on the Isle of Grain, at the tip of the Hoo peninsula in north Kent, being...


America's intriguing underground attractions

America’s cities and scenery may be spectacular, but have you ever thought about what lies beneath? From labyrinthine caves and hidden towns to subterranean hot springs, we bring you some of the most awe-inspiring underground experiences in the USA. Note that some attractions may be closed due to COVID-19 – always check for updates on individual spots and see state advisories before traveling.


Discover West Africa's most spectacular city

Perched at Africa’s westernmost point, cosmopolitan Dakar is a friendly, frenetic, and unforgettable introduction to West Africa, with some of the region’s best food and most hard-hitting history


Amazing new cruise ships you need to know about in 2022

From sipping Champagne as you sail by soaring glaciers to riding the tallest slide at sea, we've rounded up eight new megaships to consider for the year ahead...


Wonderful water displays around the globe

From ornate sculptures and funky fountains to downright epic displays in their own right, water has never looked so cool.


Only one US airline ranked in the top 5 for having the youngest fleet of aircraft in North America, with Canada and Mexico dominating — here's the full list

Canadian and Mexican ultra-low-cost airlines ranked higher than most US airlines. But one US airline did make the top spot.


4 tips for living in a small space, according to cruise-ship workers

Cruise-ship employees have to make the most out of their small living quarters. Here's how they make it work.


CEO Brian Chesky says he's now 'living on Airbnb,' and that half of bookings on the platform are for a week or longer

"I'll be coming back to San Francisco often, but for now my home will be an Airbnb somewhere," Chesky tweeted.


Puerto Rico's generous tax breaks and stunning beaches are attracting an influx of crypto entrepreneurs: report

Crypto enthusiasts are increasingly moving to Puerto Rico. Under Act 60, residents do not have to pay taxes on capital gains.


Disney World Recycles Their Massive Gingerbread Displays By… Feeding Them to Wild Bees

Watch the incredible process unfold.


UK tourism industry in peril as overseas visitors stay away

Last year’s boom in British summer holidays was not enough to save thousands of tourism businesses, despite increased domestic bookings to popular places such as Cornwall and the Yorkshire Dales. A survey by the Tourism Alliance of 1,927 tour operators, hotels, attractions, language schools and other travel and hospitality businesses serving foreign tourists found that 11% believe they are “very likely to fail” in 2022, and a total of 41% think...


International airlines including Emirates and Air India have canceled some US flights despite pause to 5G rollout

International flights to Newark, Orlando, and San Francisco are among those being canceled by airlines.


Disney World revealed in a video that its famous, giant gingerbread houses are fed to Florida bees every year

Each holiday season, Disney World displays giant, handmade gingerbread houses at two of its most luxurious hotels.


Your essential travel guide to East Iceland

Spend a few days exploring the remote fjords, mountains and volcanic interior of Iceland’s spectacular Austurland region – William Gray gives his tips on hikes, tours and hidden gems


New perspective: America viewed from above

America has little shortage of incredible vistas but its cities and natural landmarks are often even more impressive when seen from the sky. From bird's-eye views of big cities to aerial shots of lesser-known wonders, these photographs show America from a whole new perspective.


A guide to Colombia’s six charming regions… and what to expect from them

With landscapes as diverse as the travel experiences found within them, Colombia offers all kinds of adventures for all kinds of travellers. Find the perfect part of Colombia for you with our full guide…


Share your favourite running route in the UK and Europe – you could win a holiday voucher

The best things about running or jogging are that it costs very little (for basic kit), doesn’t eat into the day, lifts your mood, and can take you to parts other sports cannot reach. No surprise, then, that an estimated 7 million people across the country (almost one in 10 of us) have taken up running since Covid started. So we’d like to know where your favourite runs take you in the UK (and Europe now that things are opening up a little) –...


Amazing ceilings of famous attractions that are works of art

From Roman domes and Renaissance frescoes to medieval tilework and modern art installations, there are some awesome ceilings out there if you put your eyes up.


Woman describes 'cruise from hell' after operator cancels sailings for 'COVID-19 related circumstances' and holds passengers at sea for days

Aimee Focaraccio relayed to USA Today the "extremely unsettling" feeling that set in after being told she would be stuck at sea for days.


Incredible places you won't believe are real

From pink lakes and green beaches to rockscapes that might be better placed on Mars, the Earth is full of surprises. Here, we've scoured the globe to find the natural wonders that could be from another planet.


Fresh powder: the best French ski resorts you’ve never heard of

The recent change in travel advice allowing UK citizens to travel to France again has put the country back on the agenda for the ski season. While skiers scramble to secure packages to the famous mega-resorts, there are dozens of smaller, lesser-known ski villages that offer excellent value for money while combining thrilling skiing with old-time charm and glorious natural surroundings. Here are a few that offer a change of scene and pace....


The US government just allowed an Icelandic airline to offer flights between the US and Cuba. But buying tickets comes with restrictions.

Three US airlines objected to Icelandair operating flights between the US and Cuba but the US government nonetheless authorized the flights.


I've worked on cruise ships for 6 years. Here are 10 unique things I always pack.

After working on cruises for six years, here's what I pack for my time on board, from formal dresses and hats to a portable charger and earplugs.


Where to book fairy-tale stays around the world

There are hotels and resorts where guests are treated like kings and queens. Then there are those that have actually hosted kings and queens – and princes, princesses, emperors and empresses, for that matter. These royal residences, including jaw-dropping quarters in the Palace of Versailles and Gritti Palace in Venice, have been turned into luxury hotels while still paying homage to their illustrious history. Here’s our pick of the most beautiful palatial places to stay around the world.


Foraged feasts and BFG footprints: my car-free break in the Chilterns

Sunlight slants through the woodsmoke. Inside a big, fairy-lit tipi, tables are decked with candles and fresh maple branches. I’m just starting a five-day car-free break in the Chilterns, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) with easy access by train, Metropolitan Line tube, and two new bus routes that started in August 2021. My favourite car-free walk in the area is a circuit from Tring station up the Ridgeway to Ivinghoe Beacon and...


See Bald Eagles at Missouri's Dogwood Canyon

Plan a trip to the Ozarks to see migrating eagles in January.


Canada's most charming coastal towns

These seaside towns on Canada's coastlines are some of the country's most charming.


Royal Caribbean is quarantining crew members who test positive for COVID-19 on 2 of its cruise ships

The CDC is now monitoring the two ships, the Vision of the Seas and Rhapsody of the Seas. The quarantined crew members are all fully vaccinated.


Billion-dollar projects that today lie abandoned and rotting

Huge projects that carried a hefty price tag that didn’t end up being worth it.


Hidden mountain huts for a truly remote retreat

From a hiking refuge steps beneath Mont Blanc's summit to a spectacular chalet deep inside Alaska's Denali National Park, could these be the world’s most beautiful and remote mountain huts?


A local’s guide to Bologna: from belt-busting pasta to craft cocktails

Kevin Raub is an American travel journalist based in Bologna. He is co-author of more than 100 Lonely Planet guidebooks. Food Bologna is the capital of arguably Italy’s most important food region, Emilia-Romagna, a storied territory whose kitchens have given birth to a long list of specialities famous the world over. Lasagne, ragù, tortellini, mortadella, parmesan cheese and balsamic vinegar all hail from here. At Pasta Fresca Naldi, a tiny...


I lead scuba dives at a luxury island resort, where a private charter costs $19,000 a day. Here's what my job is like.

Ibrahim Nazeer says some guests have extremely particular requests, like one who would only dive in crystal clear water with 30-meter visibility.


These are the best city parks in America

City parks are a much-needed break from bustling metropolises, providing space for walking, jogging, playing sports, socializing, or simply spending time outdoors – whatever the weather. You might be surprised to learn, then, that these green oases only really began to be a major feature of American cities starting in the mid-19th century, with early examples including the iconic Central Park laying the groundwork. But which are the prettiest of them all?


The haunted castle and other mysterious houses around the world

Enigmatic homes that will mess with your mind


I'm a mom of 2 on an island in Alaska. Here's how I keep my kids entertained during the dark days of winter.

With the sun setting at 2 p.m., the author shares all the things she does to keep her two young children entertained on short, cold days.