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Hidden Spain: where to stay and what to do off the beaten track

A lot of us have been rather surprised to discover how much we like being in nature and all that outdoorsy stuff over the past couple of years. Of course, we all still love our city breaks – nothing like an exhilarating weekend in Madrid, Barcelona or Valencia to pep us up – but Spain is also really good for getting away from it all, whether in the mountains, an unspoiled stretch of coast or in a village you just happen to come across on a road...


What it's really like in a $642-a-night inside stateroom on the smallest Disney Cruise

My family of four stayed in a windowless stateroom on the Disney Magic, and for all the money we saved, it was totally worth not having a balcony.


A US tourist in Malta has been refused a life-saving abortion, and is struggling to get permission to fly

Maltese doctors told Andrea Prudente that, due to the country's strict abortion ban, they won't intervene until her condition escalates even further.


Every aspect of travelling is chaos right now – is this the new normal?

It was midnight on Tuesday when I got a text from the bus company saying my overnight bus service “will be delayed approximately 1.5-2.5 hours, due to an operational issue. Please continue to wait at the pick up location.” The pick-up location was a dark and empty car park attached to a closed service station smack bang in central Queensland. It was cold. It was the middle of the night. Waiting there felt unsafe. So I made the decision to cut my...


Ocala Is the Gorgeous, Adventure-Filled Florida Town You've Never Heard Of

Crystal-clear natural springs, the rolling hills of horse country, and a charming historic downtown help this central Florida city shine.


Heathrow airport expects to handle more than 54 million passengers this year despite ongoing travel chaos

Britain's busiest airport raised its 2022 passenger forecast by 1.6 million, despite airlines being unable to say when flight cancelations will end.


Inside the lair of the She-Wolf of France: why you should visit Castle Rising

Castle Rising castle. Once you say it, there’s no obvious place to stop: “Castle-Rising-castle-rising … castle … rising … castle.” This chant would come, without fail, from the back of the car as we headed past fields of lavender, between high hedgerows, down narrow lanes leading to nowhere except, yes, Castle Rising: the tiny village with almshouses, ancient cottages and abundant gardens; the handsome church, its ornate west front heavily...


Why Southern Lake Lovers Will Always Choose the Lake Over the Beach

Trip to the lake, anyone?


Karnival Jom Heboh kicks off today

PUTRAJAYA: Karnival Jom Heboh (KJH) returned with a bang after a three-year hiatus.


The summer of air travel chaos continued with almost 900 flights cancelled and 6,500 delayed on Sunday

Airlines are battling pilot shortages and delays as travel demand returns to levels seen pre-pandemic.


‘Solitude and awful wildness’: why you should visit Castlerigg stone circle

It was by accident, more or less, that we visited Castlerigg stone circle on 21 December 2016 – the day of the winter solstice. My partner and I were holed up in the Lake District for a few days after an exhausting year, beset by work stress and political upheavals. The weather was mostly foul and our hotel, the wonderful old Kirkstile Inn near Loweswater, was warm and well stocked with board games and beer. On the penultimate day, we decided...


The old-fashioned way: Exploring the Norfolk Broads by wherry boat

The wherry boats of Norfolk had their day and almost passed into history; now they’re bringing old-fashioned pleasure cruising back to the Broads...


Airbnb is giving away $100,000 to 100 different people so they can build the eccentric home they've been dreaming of

Airbnb listed properties – including those designed like a UFO and a potato — as examples of unusual listings already available on the platform.


Tripping the light fantastic: a year-round calendar of Australia’s light-based festivals

When Vivid launched in 2009, the concept of an Australian festival exclusively focused on large-scale light installations was a novel one. A decade and a half later, they’re everywhere. This year’s Vivid festival attracted well over a million visitors and there is now a year-round calendar of similar festivals, exhibitions and installations in every state. Illuminate festival in Adelaide launched last year, but its co-artistic director, Lee...


7 Things to Do in Kiawah Island, South Carolina

It’s high time you added this Lowcountry destination to your beach bucket list.


Plan a Museum-Packed Lone Star Weekend in Lubbock, Texas

Rock ‘n roll singer Buddy Holly's hometown is a West Texas treasure.


South Korea's Air Busan returns to Kota Kinabalu

KOTA KINABALU: South Koreans are back to visiting Sabah following the resumption of Air Busan's direct flights from its capital, Seoul.


‘It’s not the waiting, it’s the humiliation’: disabled passengers on their travel torments

Passengers with a disability or reduced mobility are legally entitled to special assistance when travelling by air, with airports and airlines required to provide help and assistance free of charge. Recent experiences of disabled passengers, however, suggests this support is not always available and cannot be relied on. ‘Traumatised and humiliated’ Suzanne Croft, a wheelchair user with muscular dystrophy, has said she was left “traumatised and...


SKS Airways urged to resume flights from Subang Airport to Pulau Pangkor

IPOH: The Perak government has urged SKS Airways to consider resuming flights from the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport to Pulau Pangkor, especially during peak season.


Open your eyes to Britain’s hidden history. Here’s our pick of places to explore

Hidden histories. In 2022, this phrase may bring to mind heated arguments at the National Trust, disputes over controversial statues, and the righteous efforts of campaigners and academics to write various groups of people back into the shared story of these islands. But perhaps it has a double meaning. I’ve always thought of Britain as in some way hidden: a nooks and crannies kind of place, its best and most stirring bits often tricky to find,...


Flying has become a nightmare as cancelations and delays skyrocket. Experts say it could get even worse.

Due to weather and staffing shortages, airlines have canceled flights four times more often on key weekends and travel experts say it could get worse


United just slashed 12% of summer flights at one of its hubs to improve on-time performance during the chaotic travel season

The cuts were not made because United doesn't have enough pilots, but rather to improve on-time performance for everyone flying through Newark.


Welcome to the fun house! Sharks, skaters and smelters liven up Documenta 15

On the parched grass outside the Fridericianum Museum in Kassel, one of the oldest public museums in the world, sits a wan little black tent. Painted on one side is a statement: “The emergency has replaced the contemporary.” I’m not even certain that this tent is officially part of Documenta 15, or a response to it, but it is as succinct as any other definition of the current edition of the exhibition. Held every five years in the city,...


The Tower of London is hiring for a $40,000 Beefeater to help defend the Crown Jewels – but you'll need 22 years of military experience to apply

The Tower, which houses the Crown Jewels, has 32 Beefeaters who act as tour guides. But you need an esteemed military past to get hired.


Minister urges villagers to be more aware of surrounding attractions

JAKARTA: Indonesian villagers need to have better awareness of their surrounding attractions so they are able to promote and support tourism development in regions they come from.


Are abortions legal in Canada? Yes, but access can be challenging depending on where you live: 'It's not all perfect here'

Abortion is legal in Canada, but access to care remains an issue for Canadians who live in a small town or rural part of the country.


Sabah, Melaka to complement each other in tourism promotion

KOTA KINABALU: Melaka is fascinated by the community-based tourism concept in Sabah and is eager to learn more about it.


Illegal Semporna tour operators told to go legal

SEMPORNA: There are at least 41 tour operators in this Sabah east coast town operating illegally.


#JOM! GO: Revitalising vacation

As Thai borders reopen to the world, Veena Babulal rediscovers the joy of an all-inclusive holiday at Club Med Phuket


An Amtrak passenger train derailed in Missouri after hitting a dump truck. Passenger photos show train cars knocked off the tracks and flipped onto their side.

Amtrak confirmed a passenger train carrying over 240 people on board collided with a dump truck on Monday. The company said some people are injured.


Did you solve it? Are you smart enough to work for Elon Musk?

Earlier today I set you the following problem, which was Elon Musk’s favourite interview question for engineers applying to work at SpaceX (according to his biographer Ashlee Vance). You’re standing on the surface of the Earth. You walk one mile south, one mile west and one mile north. You end up exactly where you started. Where are you? A correct answer is the North Pole. Musk would then ask: “Where else could it be?” Today’s first puzzle was...


‘Get lost, be nice, find the nooks and crannies!’ Insider tips on how to really enjoy a festival

Bill Klemperer, steward Best memory: I saw two guys a few years ago completely covered in mud. And they were running up to people trying to hug them and everyone was going “nooooo”. And I was thinking, “you’re enjoying that now mate but in the morning you’re gonna need a shower!” Festival advice: Stay chilled and keep walking. And when you’re tired, stop, have a drink. It’s confusing. It’s great to get lost. Get lost, be nice to people, find the...


Spirit Airlines was the most complained-about US carrier in April, followed by American Airlines, amid flight cancellations and delays

More than 5,000 passenger complaints were lodged against US airlines in April, according to the Department of Transportation.


Grounded! What to do in an airport if your flight is delayed by one, three, six or 12 hours

This was supposed to be a glorious summer. With Covid largely diminished, it was going to be the first year since 2019 where we would all get to pack our suitcases and jet off to warmer climes. Clearly, that hasn’t happened. There are several factors at play here. The cost of living crisis in the UK has put foreign travel out of the reach of many; the rail strikes have made getting to the airport more difficult; a new wave of Covid has stopped...


Why Gary Lineker was right to speak out about receiving racist abuse

Most people who look at Match of the Day host Gary Lineker would have no difficulty recognising that the man is white – and so it’s little surprise that he was mocked after revealing in a podcast interview that he suffered “racist abuse” due to his “darkish skin” throughout childhood and at moments in his professional footballing career. While he immediately qualified his comments with the assertion that he was “as English as they come” (by...


These couples sold their homes to live in luxury RVs and travel around the US all year long

After retiring and selling their homes, these couples now live in luxury RVs that come equipped with multiple TVs, a king-sized bed and dishwasher


UK gave airlines 4.4m free pollution permits in 2021, study finds

The UK government gave airlines nearly a quarter of a billion pounds in free pollution permits in a single year, enough for the entire industry to dodge a carbon emissions cap and trade scheme entirely, according to new research. In 2021, the UK Emissions Trading Scheme (UK ETS), which charges polluters per tonne of carbon emitted, handed airlines 4.4m free allowances, but the industry only surrendered 3.4m back. In effect, UK taxpayers covered...


Disabled passengers bearing brunt of travel disruption, say charities

Disabled people are experiencing stress and degradation because of “truly appalling” service failures caused by the ongoing travel disruption, charities have said. The train strikes and airline cancellations have been difficult for everyone, but campaigners say that because the transport industry treats disabled people as the lowest priority, they are bearing the brunt of the turmoil. “Far too many disabled people have endured stressful and...


Behind the magic: Tour Walt Disney World's Holiday Services warehouse

The holiday season may only last a few months, but it takes all year to prepare at Walt Disney World. USA TODAY got a peek behind the scenes.


Go wild in the country: 10 of the best UK wildlife holidays

Rewilding retreat, Cairngorms Discover the richness of Scotland’s wildlife on a week-long tour, focusing on the rewilding programmes that are opening up across the Highlands. The trip offers the chance to see red kites – recently reintroduced to the region – bottlenose dolphins and ospreys, as well as watching pine martens from a private hide. Visits to remote crofts include talks on rewilding and time with a ranger at the Beinn Eighe National...


A pilgrim’s (rather slow) progress on Sicily’s most recent long-distance trail

“ Sol a?” “Si, sol a.” Wherever I went, I was asked the same question: are you alone? When I replied in the affirmative, people were shocked and disapproving. Lone female travellers are still rare in Sicily’s hinterland, and those on foot are rarer still. I was walking the Magna Via Francigena – the Great Road of the Frankish Knights – a nine-day, 116-mile coast-to-coast pilgrimage from Palermo, the Sicilian capital in the north, to Agrigento in...


Local tourists help "mother sea turtle" back to sea after laying eggs

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya (Philippines): Local tourists successfully rescued a mother sea turtle and returned it to the Pacific Ocean in Barangay Ditawini, in Dinalungan in Aurora province.


There will be 'many unhappy passengers' this summer, aviation analysts say. Airline CEOs should rethink operations and be transparent with customers.

Heading into the busy July 4 holiday, airline analysts suggest factors like staff shortages will disrupt passengers' plans and say CEOs need to act.


10 of Europe’s best destinations for LGBTQ+ travellers this Pride season

It’s 2003 and my boyfriend and I are hovering nervously at a hotel reception in Woodbridge, Suffolk. We can sense the frosty contempt of the fiftysomething male at the desk when we ask for a double, not a twin room. After we check in, we’re both tetchy: I’m annoyed at how we’ve been treated, while my partner believes we should just “accept” it, that “it’s just the way it is.” Back then, there was little you could do about such blatant prejudice...


Cruise holidays may be as 'cheap as we've seen' this summer as operators try to fill cabins, analyst says

Cruise lines are cutting cabin prices and offering deals to attract passengers in the hope they will spend while onboard, said Patrick Scholes.


My husband and I spent two weeks exploring Alaska in a van. Here are 8 things that surprised us the most.

My husband and I are longtime Alaska locals who drove a retrofitted van through Anchorage, Palmer, Valdez, Fairbanks, and Denali National Park.


Malaysia Airlines, JAL expands codeshare deal to expand KL-Haneda route

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Airlines and Japan Airlines have expanded their codeshare routes following Malaysia Airlines' recent announcement to launch new direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Tokyo, Haneda, beginning on August 14, 2022.


White House announces that full public tours will resume for the first time since the pandemic

Interested Americans can contact their local congressional offices for help scheduling tours. Foreigners can reach out to their embassies in DC.


Sabah tourism receives boost from AirAsia expansion plans

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah's tourism has received a boost following AirAsia's plans to expand its domestic and international network by opening new direct flights to the state. Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Jafry Ariffin expressed optimism that the additional new network would spur the state's tourism industry. To date, the intern...


I live in Notting Hill, London. Here are 5 things I wish tourists knew before visiting.

Notting Hill, a neighborhood in west London, is a popular tourist destination because it's a filming location in classic movies like "Love Actually."