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This lucky family is currently flying around the world in luxury for free thanks to travel hacking

A family-of-four are currently the envy of many as they are flying around the world in luxury for free, thanks to travel hacking. Husband-and-wife, Pedro Pla and Grace Cheng, managed to save a total of $54,000 on their round-the-world business class air tickets, and are now in the middle of a …

Travel

Here’s what the magical new £3.5 billion theme park dubbed the “UK Disneyland” will look like

A fantastic new £3.5 billion theme park with more than 50 rides and attraction could be built in England by 2022, and it is likely to create 3000 jobs.<p>London Paramount says that the attraction, dubbed the ‘UK Disneyland’ will be based in Kent and could feature one of the biggest indoor water parks …

Dubai

Winter art installations draw visitors to Toronto’s chilly beaches

Wintertime in Canada may not be the best time to hit the beach, but Toronto’s Winter Stations design competition has transformed the shores of Lake Ontario into an outdoor gallery, giving visitors a reason to flock to the chilly coast.<p>The design competition showcases eight temporary art …

Travel

The world’s first luminous frog has been discovered in Argentina

<b>The world’s first fluorescent frog has been discovered in Argentina. Scientists say the South American polka dot tree frog, which measures three centimetres long, is the first legitimate evidence of a glow-in-the-dark amphibian. Researchers from Bernardino Rivadavia Natural Sciences Museum and the</b> …

Biodiversity

Inspired by Planet Earth II on BBC America? One tour company is offering you a chance to live it

If watching from the comfort of your own home simply isn’t enough, a tour company has a range of experiences inspired by <i>Planet Earth II</i> and even recruited the help of the BBC to make them.<p>Tauck Travel have a four-year partnership with BBC Earth to create ‘Earth Experiences’, a range of tours giving …

Travel

Switzerland for nature lovers

Nature had one of her finest moments in Switzerland. Where else can you find such varied and intense beauty – colossal glaciers, raging falls, hidden valleys and 4000m mountains – in such a small country?<p>On foot or skis, by bike or raft, with karabiner or paraglider, the Swiss have harnessed these …

Trails

Would you work out at the first weed gym in California?

While many people don’t associate smoking marijuana with productivity, a new weed gym opening in California is hoping to convince people to start incorporating pot into their work-out routine<p>Power Plant Gym is billed as the “world’s first cannabis gym”, and is set to open in May in San Francisco. …

Cannabis

Malmö for foodies: Sweden’s gateway to global cuisine

While Malmö may be Sweden’s third largest city with 330,000 residents, it remains its most diverse with an influx of migrants and refugees representing 177 countries, enriching its culinary landscape.<p>From a focus on slow gastronomy using locally sourced ingredients from around the Skåne region, to …

Restaurants

Leeds: 10 reasons to visit a reborn northern powerhouse

Yorkshire’s largest city was once defined by mills and industry, but Leeds’ Victorian centre has marched proudly into the 21st century. Its industrious soul and grungy guts remain intact, but cultural enclaves are flourishing, redevelopment plans are beautifying heritage areas, and there’s a new …

London

Watch this flight attendant recreate Britney Spears’ Toxic video

Passing the time at work can be tough, but one flight attendant made the most of a bit of downtime by recreating a Britney Spears music video on an empty flight.<p><b>The classic early 2000s music video – part of which takes place on an plane – is quite stunningly recreated by Assraf Nasir, a flight</b> …

Airlines

Tomb believed to be Jesus’ final resting place reopens to the public today

The tomb where Jesus is said to have been buried in Jerusalem has been opened to the public today after a major €4 million restoration. Work at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the old city began last summer and was finished ahead of time.<p><b>The undertaking was part of a review of the shrine, which</b> …

Archaeology

Beijing restrooms use facial recognition technology to catch excessive wipers

China has never been famous for protecting citizens’ privacy, but spying public toilets may be a step too far. Public conveniences in the park surrounding the Temple of Heaven in Beijing have been fitted with high-tech toilet roll dispensers that use facial recognition software to ration paper and …

Beijing

“Poo is life”: Rome’s Bioparco zoo opens a poo-themed exhibition

Rome’s Bioparco zoo has a new attraction that is bound to delight visiting children – an exhibition all about the natural history and science of poo.<p>At the opening ceremony for the new exhibition, the zoo’s president Federico Coccia declared that, ‘without animal poo, there wouldn’t be fertile …

Museums

An ice cream sundae is set be the next attraction to top Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth

An ancient god made from syrup cans and a giant ice cream sundae will be the next artworks to go on show on Trafalgar Square’s famous Fourth Plinth. The Daily Telegraph reports that the two exhibits will be displayed at the site in the centre of London in 2018 and 2020.<p>The Lamassu, a winged bull or …

Trafalgar Square

Ready for a snooze? A nap café has opened in Tokyo for weary travellers and workers

Throughout the years, Tokyo has provided travellers and locals alike with a range of eccentric themed establishments. While cat cafés, mayonnaise restaurants, and even toilet-themed dessert cafés have proved popular in the past, Tokyo’s latest unique offering is a nap café where patrons can unwind …

Travel

Study finds travellers to Jerusalem most excited by their first sight of the old city

<b>A one-of-a-kind study has tracked the physical reactions of a group of travellers as they toured the most famous sights of the Holy City of Jerusalem.</b><p><b>Researchers fitted monitors to 68 people visiting Israel for the first time to try to understand exactly how they would respond emotionally to iconic</b> …

Jerusalem

Escaping modern life in Moldova’s countryside

Along the roads of Chişinău, lorries roar and motorcycles dance across four lanes. Surveying this rough-and-tumble traffic, my travel companions bicker over who has the steely nerves to drive us out of Moldova’s capital city. But as soon as our car crawls beyond the centre, the scenery flips from …

Travel

You can hire fake friends in Japan if you want to look popular in holiday photos

If the idea of appearing on your own in your Japanese holiday snaps doesn’t appeal to you for whatever reason, a website will allow you to hire fake friends to appear in your holiday snaps.<p>Japanese company Family Romance has created a quirky new service called Real Appeal. Through its service, …

Japan

Australia’s Gold Coast is set to get a bumper load of new attractions

A range of new attractions has opened on Australia’s Gold Coast, just in time for its hosting of the 2018 Commonwealth Games. The Gold Coast is a coastal city in Queensland, and it has become a leading tourist destination with a diverse range of offerings for visitors.<p>The city is now home to the …

Gold Coast

Fill up on pasta and wine, Italy is the healthiest country in the world

If you’re dreaming of a nice, long life, consider a permanent vacation to Italy.<p>According to the Bloomberg Global Health Index, Italy is the healthiest country in the world. The new study looked at 163 countries around the world, and found that Italians came out on top with a life expectancy into …

Italy

See the highs and lows of Navy Pier from a light-up seesaw in Chicago

The lights of Chicago’s Navy Pier just got a bit brighter with the installation of a new interactive, open-air art exhibit that is free to the public.<p>Fifteen giant seesaws make up ‘Impulse’, a piece of public art created by a Canadian performing arts group. But it’s more than just a playground: …

Chicago

This artist documented his travels in Central Europe in an amazing series of sketches

If you want to slow down and enjoy the scenery on your next trip, take a cue from 23-year-old Maxwell Tilse, who documents his travels in incredible sketches – most recently, a months-long adventure through Central Europe.<p>The Australian artist moved to London in 2015 and works as a freelance …

Travel

Tigers, leopards and pandas will be protected in China’s new national parks

China is moving ahead with plans for new national parks that will help protect species like Siberian tigers, Amur leopards and giant pandas.<p>Last year, the plans for four new national parks – one for each of the country’s main endangered species – were submitted to the government. It was announced …

National Parks

Stunning new 360-degree documentary aims to save the world’s largest cave in Vietnam

A group of environmentalists and activists are using a 360-degree video documentary to protect Son Doong, the world’s largest cave in Vietnam.<p>The documentary, made by HuffPost’s Ryot will be released in three parts, with the first two parts available to view on YouTube now and the third instalment …

Travel

Take a digital tour of Tokyo’s neighbourhoods with this stunning video

Famed for being one of the most vibrant, dynamic and richly cultured cities in the world, Tokyo has long held a massive draw for travellers from all over the world. With that in mind, a film-maker has created a stunning video that showcases Tokyo in all its glory, allowing people to take an …

Tokyo

This Irishman finished a 10-year journey to visit every country in the world in time for St Patrick’s Day

<b>Meet the Irishman who has spent the past decade bribing officials, hitching rides on cargo ships and surviving war-torn countries on his mission to visit every country in the world.</b><p>Ward, 33, from Northern Ireland has spent over ten years attempting to visit all 197 countries, and even managed to …

Ireland

Nepal to fit climbers with GPS to catch out false summit claims

Since Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay first claimed the summit of Mount Everest on 29 May 1953, more than 4000 people have reached the top of the world’s highest mountain.<p>However, the job of recording and verifying successful climbs has fallen not to an official mountaineering body, but to …

Mountaineering

Is this the quirkiest Airbnb yet? Stay inside a 17th century wall in Germany

Booking an Airbnb can mean spending the night in offbeat, one-of-a-kind places like California’s Flintstone House, the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, and now a wall in Butzbach, Germany that dates back to the late 17th century.<p>Measuring about 300 square feet (28 square meters), the wall home is …

Travel

Meet the man who cycled around the world on a London bike for charity

A man has completed an incredible around the world trip with a London Santander bike, all in an effort to raise £25,000 for a children’s charity.<p>Twenty-four-year old Chris Astill-Smith from Acton, London rented the bike at Westminster for the unique adventure that has seen him travelling across …

Cycling

Stockholm set to get a giant indoor park filled with plants to get people through harsh winters

It may sound unorthodox, but a complex of egg-shaped glass and timber domes filled with plants could be the answer for people seeking a green space to chill in during Stockholm’s dark winters.<p>The 1500-square-metre structure has been proposed by Utopia Architects, with the aim to entice locals out …

Stockholm