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South America's 'Lost World' rediscovered

Tue, 11 Feb 2020 15:39:45 GMT

Arthur Conan Doyle's 1912 saga "The Lost World" was inspired by reports from three little-known European colonies at the top of South America. Today the independent nations of Guyana and Suriname and the French territory of Guyane are finally stepping out from the shadows.


The story behind the squabbling subway mice

Wed, 12 Feb 2020 12:38:00 GMT

An image of two mice slugging it out over scraps of food on the London Underground has won a prestigious wildlife photography award from the UK capital's Natural History Museum.


Is Venice at war with itself?

Tue, 04 Feb 2020 11:12:59 GMT

Historic levels of flooding. Flood barriers that don't work. A failed bid for independence. And cruise ships sailing past St Mark's Square. Venice's problems are legion -- but are Venetians warring with the outside world or with each other?


What the airport of 2030 will look like

Wed, 05 Feb 2020 22:44:06 GMT

From biometrics to parallel realities, find out about the innovations that will change our airport experiences in the decade to come.


When tourist photos go bad

Wed, 29 Jan 2020 04:07:41 GMT

Looking at vacation photo albums used to be a chore.


What Brexit will mean for travelers

Fri, 31 Jan 2020 12:20:57 GMT

Britain's departure from the European Union is finally upon us, but after all the warnings of chaos for inbound tourists and problems for UK travelers heading to the continent, what will situations will travelers actually face after January 31?


What the reinvention of Europe's favorite city means for travelers

Sun, 02 Feb 2020 12:57:26 GMT

In the near future, visitors to Paris will be able to take a dip in the Seine and dine in an abandoned, underground subway station.


Koh Libong: A haven for Thailand's threatened dugong population

Tue, 04 Feb 2020 00:25:11 GMT

For much of 2019, Thailand's biggest internet celebrity was an aquatic mammal with a nose resembling a vacuum cleaner nozzle.


A company with rights to remove artifacts from the Titanic asks court to allow it to recover famous radio

RMS Titanic Inc., a salvage company granted exclusive rights in 1996 to remove artifacts from the titanic, wants to remove the radio used to call for distress the day the ship sank, according to documents filed in a Virginia federal court.


20 of the world's best new restaurants for 2020

Mon, 03 Feb 2020 13:00:30 GMT

From Mexican dishes with a stellar view across the rooftops of London to Ethiopian cuisine in upstate New York, Mediterranean creativity in Bangkok to a Texas-inspired grill in Hong Kong, many of the most exciting new restaurants opening this year take their cue from global cuisines.


Visiting Haida Gwaii, Canada's most mysterious islands

Thu, 06 Feb 2020 13:07:26 GMT

Pristine wilderness dotted by ancient village sites so protected that only 12 people at a time are allowed to step ashore -- this is Canada's final frontier, a remote archipelago off British Columbia's northernmost coast.


Inside Japan's annual 'Naked Festival'

Mon, 17 Feb 2020 14:14:03 GMT

Thousands of men stripped off to take part in "Hadaka Matsuri", an annual "Naked Festival" on Japan's Honshu Island.


Luxury floating hotel opens in Sweden

Tue, 04 Feb 2020 13:46:13 GMT

Arctic Bath is a floating hotel in the Scandinavian north, designed to resemble a cluster of logs caught adrift on a Swedish river.


Florida surfer uses drone to capture awe-inspiring views of sharks

A Florida surfer didn't realize just how many sharks were swimming around him until he recorded drone video over the beach.


The aviation museum for people who don't care about aviation

Thu, 06 Feb 2020 13:16:16 GMT

The silent and oppressive hunk of metal in the corner comes alive as Erin Gregory tells its story. The nervousness of the soldiers who climbed aboard the aircraft almost 80 years ago is practically palpable.


9 ways to make airlines and airports better

Thu, 13 Feb 2020 14:40:20 GMT

Airlines and airports could do more to improve our flying experience. Aviation buffs weigh in on nine needed improvements that would better aviation for everyone.


Why 'heaven on Earth' needs more tourists

Thu, 06 Feb 2020 09:52:50 GMT

The tiny two-island nation of Sao Tome and Principe, known as the "African Galapagos" because of its remarkable biodiversity, attracts just 30,000 tourists a year -- making it one of the world's least visited countries


British Airways smashes record for quickest subsonic NYC to London flight

Mon, 10 Feb 2020 19:22:36 GMT

A British Airways (BA) flight has broken the record for the fastest-ever subsonic flight between New York and London, reaching a top speed of more than 800mph (1,287km/h).


Why Britain's hated Pacer trains just won't go away

Wed, 12 Feb 2020 11:35:56 GMT

Bus-on-rail Pacer trains were introduced to Britain in the 1980s. Forty years later, what was supposed to be a temporary measure is still in service, much to the anger of commuters tired of discomfort aboard what has for some become a symbol of the UK's north-south economic divide.


Message in a hangar: New York City fashion show walks the walk at JFK

Fri, 07 Feb 2020 19:36:19 GMT

New York City is no stranger to head turning, over-the-top fashion — but its biannual Fashion Week brings boldness in spades.


Delta reunited this little girl with her doll

Mon, 10 Feb 2020 02:40:09 GMT

Kenley Britton was devastated when her special "Daddy Doll" went missing on a Delta flight from Connecticut to Atlanta last week, her mother Arielle told CNN.


Americans can travel to Cuba. Here's how

Wed, 12 Feb 2020 02:23:20 GMT

In the foothills of the Sierra de los Órganos Mountains, more than two hours west of Havana, a trickle of riders on horseback descends a reddish-brown mountain in a serpentine line. They smile as they pass a group of hikers and continue on their ride.


New York's oldest bars, still standing

Tue, 18 Feb 2020 16:11:37 GMT

The site of the first gay 'sit in'; a rich man's apartment turned police station turned cocktail room; a spot with a working dumbwaiter - these are a few of New York City's oldest bars that continue to thrive.


"The World" showcases Earth's diverse beauty through the lens of photographer Michael Poliza.


Why it's still OK to take a cruise amid the coronavirus outbreak

Thu, 13 Feb 2020 13:56:21 GMT

As the novel coronavirus continues to spread, the cruise industry is under scrutiny following an outbreak that has left one ship quarantined in Asia and passengers worldwide worrying about whether they need to change their cruise plans.


A passenger said she's hurt after her reclined seat was repeatedly 'punched.' She asked for help, but said a flight attendant threatened her

A woman who's become an icon in the debate over whether it's OK to recline your airplane seat said she was "scared to death" by how a flight attendant handled her painful ordeal.


The world through the eyes of one photographer

From child actor to entrepreneur to renowned nature photographer, Michael Poliza is a man of reinvention. He uncovers the planet's least documented places in his latest book 'The World.'


The best travel photos of 2020 so far

Fri, 31 Jan 2020 16:53:03 GMT

At its best, travel photography inspires, intrigues and informs. It sets us on armchair adventures or moves us to plan a dream trip. See amazing images from 2020 and journey the world through pictures.


Blake Wallenda performs highwire act high above Hawaii

Tue, 18 Feb 2020 15:57:13 GMT

Watch Blake Wallenda of the "Flying Wallendas" attempt a daring 200-foot-long skywalk between two hotels in Honolulu.


Futuristic airplane concept promises cleaner travel

Mon, 10 Feb 2020 12:55:36 GMT

The Her0 Zero Emissions Airplane is an elegant concept design created by Joe Doucet that uses electric-powered propellers and sweeping wings that end in large, upturned tips.




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