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Here's why it costs $100,000 to paint an airplane

Wed, 22 Jul 2020 11:01:10 GMT

Most airplanes start out beige or green before they go through a two-week process involving decals, paint and stenciling in dedicated facilities.


What it's like sailing to the top of the Earth

Thu, 16 Jul 2020 13:10:23 GMT

Travel writer Terry Ward spent four months sailing from mainland Norway to the Svalbard archipelago in the Arctic. In a crew of five, she was the sole American and only woman.


Puerto Rico will require Covid-19 test results from visitors

Fri, 03 Jul 2020 08:21:05 GMT

Puerto Rico will have some stringent new rules for people traveling to the island amid the coronavirus pandemic.


Watch posing tourist snap toes off 19th-century statue

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 20:30:30 GMT

Surveillance footage from a museum in Italy shows a tourist sitting on a 200-year old statue and breaking three of its toes off.


With Europe off limits, US travelers look to the Caribbean

Wed, 01 Jul 2020 16:16:09 GMT

North American travelers may not be able to head to the Mediterranean, Greek Isles or other iconic European destinations this summer for that idyllic beach vacation, but a dreamy seaside escape isn't out of reach.


One pilot brings the world to Iceland

Wed, 05 Aug 2020 12:14:56 GMT

Jon Kjartan Bjornsson has been a helicopter pilot for 35 years taking camera crews, directors and actors to some of the most stunning spots in Iceland.


The world's best vineyard revealed

Tue, 14 Jul 2020 04:17:15 GMT

The first-ever World's Best Vineyard Awards has named 2019's leading wine destinations. Vineyards from France, Germany and Spain were among the best, but the top prize went to a New World producer.


Fiji markets itself as retreat for billionaires during pandemic

Sun, 28 Jun 2020 11:44:56 GMT

With the tourism industry gradually reopening around the world, Fiji has made an unusual appeal to billionaires looking for a retreat during the pandemic.


Hotels are selling out in popular US vacation spots this summer

Tue, 14 Jul 2020 14:10:10 GMT

If there was any doubt whether travel-starved vacationers would stay in hotels after months of lockdown due to Covid-19, it should be gone now.


Disneyland Paris reopens with new Covid-19 measures

Wed, 15 Jul 2020 14:50:30 GMT

Europe's only Disney theme park has been closed for four months, but it's now cautiously reopening to the public, with new measures to try to keep Covid-19 in check.


Japan debuts new bullet train that can run during an earthquake

Fri, 03 Jul 2020 08:16:43 GMT

Japan's latest record-breaking bullet train doesn't only run faster and smoother -- it's also able to transport passengers to safety in the event of an earthquake.


Face shields AND face masks now mandatory on Qatar Airways

Thu, 02 Jul 2020 19:31:30 GMT

Face masks on flights have quickly become the norm as travelers tentatively return to the skies, but Qatar Airways has taken this a step further, announcing that its passengers will be required to wear a face shield -- in addition to a face mask or face covering.


Coronavirus pandemic strikes a blow to Paris tourism

Sun, 02 Aug 2020 11:31:50 GMT

Hotel occupancy rates in Paris are down 86% compared to last year. CNN's Melissa Bell explains the severe impact Covid-19 has had on tourism in the city.


Can travel incentives lure visitors back?

Fri, 17 Jul 2020 03:50:35 GMT

Ever since the world went into lockdown back in March, many of us have been furiously making a mental list of all the places we'll go once we're finally able to travel again.


How Toblerone chocolate became connected with air travel

Wed, 29 Jul 2020 14:07:15 GMT

Toblerone may not be the most famous chocolate brand in the world, but it's arguably the most iconic -- especially when it comes to travel.


Serial runaway bear nicknamed 'Papillon' is on the loose again in Italy

Tue, 28 Jul 2020 17:10:07 GMT

A brown bear nicknamed "Papillon" after displaying an impressive talent for escaping is being sought by rangers in Italy after fleeing from his electrified pen.


Taiwan's first 'pretend to go abroad' tour takes off with fake flight

Fri, 03 Jul 2020 08:56:03 GMT

Sixty eager "travelers" showed up to Taipei Songshan Airport on Thursday, boarding passes in hand, to take a rather unusual trip.


The world's best places for swimming

Mon, 20 Jul 2020 12:31:35 GMT

From isolated English beaches to plunge pools in the Costa Rican cloud forest. When the time's right to get traveling again, these are some of the planet's best places to take a dip.


Microsoft Flight Simulator's 2020 reboot may be the safest way to fly this year

Thu, 06 Aug 2020 12:26:02 GMT

Avgeek desktop gamers and wannabe airline captains can finally get the high-altitude fix they've been craving.


You can now explore a 2,500 year old shipwreck

Mon, 03 Aug 2020 20:52:08 GMT

Greece has opened its first underwater museum off the coast of Alonissos. Attendees can explore the remains of an Athenian merchant ship by sea or by virtual reality.


The handful of countries still welcoming US tourists

Mon, 27 Jul 2020 23:05:32 GMT

Most of the world has been shut off to American tourists as US coronavirus cases continue to spike. These are the destinations where a US passport still opens doors, albeit usually with some Covid-19 testing requirements.


Epic 14-year road trip stalled in South America

Thu, 30 Jul 2020 16:09:03 GMT

Road warriors Karen Catchpole and Eric Mohl had rattled in their trusty Silverado for 14 years from the top of the Western Hemisphere in Alaska to the bottom of South America. They were in Patagonia in western Argentina when the microscopic kibosh came down: Covid-19.


When movies need an alien planet, they shoot here

Wed, 05 Aug 2020 12:18:01 GMT

Ancient tales of trolls and magic live on in Iceland, an island nation of volcanoes, lava fields, glaciers and ice caves.


What it's like flying across the US right now

Mon, 29 Jun 2020 19:06:07 GMT


The Maldives is now open to all global tourists. Here's how they're doing it

Thu, 16 Jul 2020 00:45:31 GMT

Though border restrictions and quarantine measures are keeping people from visiting many of the world's most popular travel destinations at the moment, one country famed for its natural beauty is now welcoming all guests -- the Maldives.


'It's the fear factor.' English pub owner installs electric fence to keep customers at a safe distance

Mon, 13 Jul 2020 20:53:54 GMT

Businesses have had to embrace social distancing during the pandemic, and perhaps none more so than an English pub which installed an electric fence to keep thirsty customers at bay.


The humble Hong Kong snack that's popping up around the world

Fri, 31 Jul 2020 03:34:50 GMT

When I decided to write a story about the origins of Hong Kong bubble waffles -- also known as "egg waffles" -- I thought it would be easy.


Australian island once won in a poker game is up for sale

Fri, 17 Jul 2020 01:31:26 GMT

A fully serviced private island in Australia's Southern Great Barrier Reef is now on the market -- just in time for those who want a place to ride out the Covid-19 pandemic.


One woman, four men and weeks in Norway's Arctic ice

Fri, 17 Jul 2020 15:58:29 GMT

The summer before I turned 40 -- with my fertility ebbing, as everyone with a vested interest in such things felt the need to remind me -- I decided to set sail on the biggest adventure of my life.


Archaeologists find ancient Aboriginal sites underwater, off the coast of Australia

Thu, 02 Jul 2020 00:54:00 GMT

Researchers have found the first confirmed underwater Aboriginal archaeological sites off the coast of Australia, and predict that there are many more to be discovered.




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