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15 maps that will change the way you see the world

Telegraph Travel has mapped the world in many ways – here are some of the most eye-opening.<p>1. Life expectancy<p>This map shows the world according to life expectancy. The results are depressingly unsurprising. Africa is the only continent that contains nations where the average life expectancy is …

Best upscale cruise ship cabins for your next family sailing

If you want to kick it up a notch on your next family cruise, CruiseCompete offers some suite suggestions.<p>The cruise booking website shares its favorite cabins at sea — and they come with extra goodies like 24/7 butlers and beverage packages. The good life at sea doesn't come cheap, but isn't that …

The days of the jumbo jet are coming to an end — here's a look back at its glory years

Since its introduction in 1969, the Boeing 747 has transformed the way people travel. With its ability to fly 500 passengers 6,000 miles, the jumbo jet allowed airlines to reach new destination while achieving profitability by lowering the per-seat cost of operation.<p>Over the years, the big Boeing …

Aviation

This dreamy drone footage will challenge your idea of what China looks like

IF YOU REDUCED CHINA TO ITS HUGE, SMOG-FILLED CITIES, it’s time for you to reconsider.<p>Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area is a UNESCO World …

California's 15 Most Romantic Resorts

The Golden State gets a gold star (or should we say heart?) in the romance department. From San Francisco to Big Sur, California is filled with cities and towns perfect for an amorous getaway -- and uber-romantic hotels seal the deal by providing amenities such as stunning spas, sexy suites, and …

California

A Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Lover? Then You Must Try Picarones

The fall season is upon us and as the chill air begins to creep in, it is time to take out those coats and start warming yourself up with delicious fall foods. Nothing screams out seasonal change like the classic look and smells of pumpkin, sweet potato, cinnamon and clove. These iconic food items …

Food

4 U.S. Cities That Just Feel Like Europe

<i>By: Sarah Anderson</i><p><i>Credit: Shutterstock</i><p>We all dream of jet-setting off to Europe for an unforgettable getaway. A very, very expensive getaway. But that doesn't mean you can't get the full European experience right here in the ol' US of A. These cities are like little satellite versions of popular …

European Travel

The 10 Best Hot Dog Joints In America

<i>By: Andy Kryza</i><p><i>Credit: Andy Kryza/Thrillist</i><p>There are some who say that hot dogs are a simple man's food. Those people are called traitors, and they need to be tried as the turncoats they are, because the hot dog is a true symbol of American ingenuity (and one of the 50 most American foods): …

Hot Dogs

The Best Airlines in the World

In this year's Readers' Choice Awards survey, you voted on the world's best airlines (outside the U.S.), with several Middle Eastern and Asian carriers getting top marks for those long-haul flights around the globe. The number one airline, though, is a refreshing surprise for 2017. Want to change …

Customer Service

Has Nasa's Kepler Telescope spotted signs of alien life?

Scientists say a swarm of objects around a star look like 'something you would expect an alien civilisation to build'<p>A star with unusual behaviour spotted by the Kepler Telescope could be explained by alien activity, scientists have said.<p>KIC 8462852, a star 1,500 light years away from earth, has …