Dianne Joy Hebulan

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Double-layered veils and despair … women describe life under Isis

Women living under Islamic State’s control in Iraq and Syria are facing increasingly harsh restrictions on movement and dress, which are rigorously enforced by religious police and are leading to resentment and despair among moderate Muslims.<p>Residents of Mosul, Raqqa and Deir el-Zour have told the …

Women's Fashion

Save Rhinos from Extinction and Win $30,000 Worth of Prizes!

The rhino situation in South Africa is critical, with one being poached every 7 hours. Current predictions suggest they’ll go extinct in the wild …

How Hilton Is Attempting to Redefine the Airport Hotel

The newly reflagged Hilton Munich Airport held its official grand opening last week, where some of Hilton’s top executives promoted the brand’s …

7 Hotels That Don't Look A Thing Like Their Ads

Throughout our hours and hours of travel and hotel investigating at Oyster.com, we've come across quite a few photo fakeouts: Situations where the hotel website showed the property as one way, and we found it to be a totally different way when we arrived. Like in the cases of "crowd-free" beaches, …

Le Meurice Paris is # 1: LuxEcoLiving's Best Hotels in the World Series

By James and Nancy Chuda founders of LuxEcoLiving and Healthy Child Healthy World<p>What a dream! We spent our <i>Midnight in Paris</i> and every waking hour that followed in a state of unbelievable reality. Ensconced like a pair of marionettes, we were dazzled, spoiled and most of all luxuriated in one of …

France

British Airways Still Hasn't Won Over Irish Leaders Worried About Aer Lingus

IAG SA’s proposed takeover of Aer Lingus Group Plc contains risks for Ireland, one of the government’s most senior ministers said, adding to a chorus …

15 Coastal Connecticut Curiosities: Kate Hepburn, African-American Firsts, Art History and One Scandalous Hotel Among Other Things You Probably Didn't Know About This Quiet State

She was Annie Hall without the neurosis. She wore pants! She was beautiful, witty, gregarious, and a clever verbal sparring partner with each of her leading men. Born in 1907, Katharine Hepburn, the legendary actress, was hero and role model for women who were not afraid to be intelligent - and she …

Want airline elite status? Here are tips for fliers based in L.A. area

You want free checked bags and extra legroom. Priority boarding sounds nice too.<p>But those perks are reserved for road warriors, the elite fliers among us, right? Not necessarily.<p>Fliers in the Southland can reach elite status with as few as six annual cross-country trips. (Generally, if you take …

American Airlines

Could this be a super-bloom wildflower year for Death Valley?

Despite the lingering California drought, 2015 could be one of the best years for wildflowers in a decade at Death Valley National Park.<p>That's the word from the Death Valley Natural History Assn. which last week reported "patches of green" and a few early blooms at the park on its Facebook page.<p>A …

National Parks

JetBlue's New CEO Wants Customers and Wall Street to Be Happy

Robin Hayes, the new CEO of JetBlue Airways, is balancing between passengers and Wall Street.<p>As he takes control of the New York-based airline …

The Journey of a Story

Partly because I wrote Lonely Planet’s guide to travel writing and partly because I’ve been a travel writer for more than 30 years, people assume that travel writing is easy for me.<p>It isn’t.<p>It’s painful.<p>And exhilarating.<p>But it almost always begins with pain.<p>For writers who despair when a story …

Asia Travel

Icebergs

"As far as lighting conditions, I'm interested in a very certain type of light that I've only experienced in the polar regions. It's a very monochromatic world. But there is color, and it's very subtle."<p>"Icebergs are very much like us in that they have their own unique personality. They behave in …

Antarctica

Appalachian Trail Conservancy Prepares for Movie Tourism Bump

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is asking hikers planning to walk the entire 2,185 miles of the trail to consider alternatives to traditional …

Hiking

Visiting Laucala, a Billionaire's 3,500-Acre Fijian Island

Suppose you were to build your own resort—on a remote Fijian island, say—and money were no object. Common sense not a factor, either. Maybe you don’t …

5 Luxury Family Vacations

These five retreats around the world prove just how luxe a trip with the kids can be.<p><b>Nicaragua:</b> If the country is the next Costa Rica, then the Inn …

Carnival around the world | CNN Travel

CNN

Ithaca tourism site: Don't come here, go to Florida! | CNN Travel

Tourism

Qantas to enforce lounge dress code | CNN Travel

Qantas

Defiant Danes march after gunman attacks Copenhagen | Reuters

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of Danes gathered at torch-lit memorials around the country on Monday, commemorating victims of deadly attacks on a synagogue and an event promoting free speech that shocked a nation proud of its record of safety and openness.<p>Singing John Lennon’s Imagine, …

Extremism

Vital Tips for Photographing and Editing Interiors

Shooting interiors can be tricky. Spaces tend to either look cold and empty, or warm and inviting. While we always strive to capture what the eye …

GuruShots is a Sleek Online Photo Contest with Real-Time Challenges

GuruShots is a newly launched service that turns photography into a game with a real-time online photo competition system. Photographers compete …

This ‘Flow Motion’ Time-Lapse of Dubai is Insane

Time-lapse photographer Rob Whitworth has taken the idea of hyperlapses to the next level with his latest video, “Dubai Flow Motion” (shown above).<p>It …

30 Beautiful Photography Links for Your Inspiration

It's been a very active and busy week in the world of photography, and Toad Hollow Photography has been busy searching online to find links to …

Landscape Photography

When Monkeys Surfed to South America

Long ago, about 36 million years before today, a raft of monkeys found themselves adrift in the Atlantic. They’d been blown out to sea by an intense storm that had ripped up the African coast, and now a mat of floating vegetation was the closest thing to land for miles in all directions. But luck …

Monkeys