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We’re looking for love on holidays, but most of us end up disappointed study says

Let’s face it. Holidays sometimes come with added expectations beyond rooms with views and good Wi-Fi. Often they come with an expectation of summer romance.<p>According to sexual wellbeing brand Durex, that is definitely the case for at least most of us. In a new study, Durex surveyed 2000 adults to …

Lifestyle

This summer set to be a record breaker, as number of Americans taking flights hits a record high

It’s believed that this summer will break all records for flights taken within the United States. Industry trade group Airlines for America last week predicted some 231 million passengers will take to the skies over the three-month period between 1 June and 31 August.<p>That figure doesn’t necessarily …

Travel

Get ready for it to be as hot as Hollywood in Britain this Bank Holiday weekend

Right, do you want the good or the bad news first? The UK will welcome in the start of summer with a mainly warm Bank Holiday weekend – parts of Britain will be as hot as Hollywood. But there will also be showers and thunderstorms appearing at times over the weekend.<p>Southern England is expected to …

Travel (UK)

See trees in Australia light up in kaleidoscopic colours for the Vivid Sydney festival

No, you haven’t fallen into Wonderland – the rainbow trees at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney have been lit up in dazzling colours to celebrate a huge festival in the Australian city.<p>The ‘Garden of Light’ display at The Royal Botanic Gardens is a part of Vivid Sydney, the “world’s largest …

Australia

Actor Shia LaBeouf’s new art project lets strangers give him a ride anywhere

The actor Shia LaBeouf known for starring in kids films and robo-blockbusters has embarked upon a new performance art project where he will allow strangers to give him a ride anywhere they like.<p>The project, dubbed #TAKEMEANYWHERE, began in Colorado on 9 May, where LaBeouf and two of his art …

Shia LaBeouf

This woman discovered a 22-year-old unused Disney ticket, and had the time of her life

Twenty-two years after a young Chelsea Herline was too sick to spend a day at Disney World, she was able to go back to the most magical place on Earth with her still-unused ticket from 1994.<p>Herline had a four-day pass to Walt Disney World when she was just four-years-old. Unfortunately, on the last …

Walt Disney Company

A cat in Virginia has formed a bizarre friendship with a lizard.. and the photos will melt your heart

Animals forming unlikely friendships always tend to surprise us, but this one will possibly blow your mind.A bearded dragon and a cat in Virginia, USA appear to have become the best of friends after finding themselves living in the same household.<p>Charles (a female reptile), and Baby (a white male …

American South

Ancient Dragon Routes to become Serbia’s new cultural trail for travellers

Long before Game of Thrones, Serbia’s rich tradition of medieval folk tales and epic poems revolved around dragons. Thanks to a project called the Cluster of Cultural Routes, this fascinating heritage will finally become the basis of a tourist trail that will link major historic sites around the …

Serbia

Dolores Park – San Francisco’s favourite green spot is charging for picnic space

When it reopened in January 2016 after months of improvement work, Dolores Park quickly regained its favourite-green-spot-in-San-Francisco status with locals.<p>Lush lawns, new toilets and dog-friendly areas were added to the sweeping views for which the park was always famous and drew people back in …

San Francisco

“Are you real?” Chewbacca takes a break from Star Wars shoot and goes back to school in Kerry

The pupils of Scoil (School) an Fheirtéaraigh in west Kerry had a surprise visitor earlier this week when Chewbacca paid a visit to their classroom.<p>The 7 ft Wookie took a break from filming on Star Wars: Episode VIII which has been taking place on the Dingle Peninsula in Co Kerry on the south west …

Star Wars

Rome calls for people to adopt ancient ruins and help restore historic sites

Would you like to be the guardian of a ruin belonging to an ancient civilization? Well if you have €600,00 you could be!<p>Rome has issued an urgent SOS appeal to philanthropists, companies, and its own citizens in an attempt to help restore some of the capital’s most famous historic sites.<p>The Roman …

Ancient Rome

In-flight meals or internet? Survey says more than half of airline passengers prefer this perk

What would most people prefer to help get through a flight? An in-flight internet connection or an in-flight meal? More than half of respondents in a new survey say they would pick the internet, perhaps because you can always just pack a sandwich in your carry-on.<p>Almost all passengers (92%) would …

Internet

Meet Sailor, the river cat mascot that captains cruises across Russia

A cruise ship in Russia comes with the added perk of having a cat as a captain.<p>The Nikolay Chernyshevsky tourist boat that sails between St Petersburg and Moscow has its very own incredibly adorable mascot – a Scottish short hair cat called Sailor.<p>Sailor, true to his name, is dressed up in a ship …

Russia

Ultimate Abyss: watch GoPro footage of the world’s tallest sea slide

If you’ve been wondering what the tallest slide at sea would look like, you’ve come to the right place…THIS is the Ultimate Abyss, which is on board Harmony of the Seas (the biggest cruise ship in the world, FYI).Towering 150 feet above sea level and with an impressive 100ft plunge, this GoPro …

Lifestyle

New Zealand safety campaign wants tourists to take driving tests and display T-plates

Foreign drivers should have to take a compulsory driving test to display ‘T-plates’ when on road trips in New Zealand.<p>This would warn other motorists of potential dangers and also improve the foreign drivers who are responsible for a disproportionate number of traffic accidents every year in the …

New Zealand

DJs Jaymo and Andy George talk Lost Village, the immersive festival in an English forest

The UK festival scene has quite a reputation to uphold. You’ll find mud-caked metal heads at Download, post-GCSE teenagers setting fire to things at Reading and music lovers young and old sitting in the Stone Circle at Glastonbury. We’ve got such a vast selection of festivals to choose from come …

Lifestyle

Norway introduces new way for travellers to take amazing selfies without risking their lives

More people seem to be taking unnecessary risks in order to get the best travel selfie – so a new project in Norway is trying to help people get that perfect shot without risking their lives.<p>The project – #BeSafie – is encouraging people to learn how to be safe in Norway’s gorgeous, but often wild …

Selfies

Australian zoo houses stunning illuminated trail of endangered animal sculptures

A colourful illuminated trail of giant endangered animal sculptures will light up the forecourt of Taronga Zoo in Sydney, as part of this year’s Vivid Sydney festival. Now in its eighth year, the Australian festival is recognised as the largest event of its kind in the world, combining light, music …

Animals

Mysterious Czech Iron Curtain hydro plant about to greet its one-millionth visitor

It’s one of life’s accidental tourist hotspots created during the ‘Iron Curtain’ era; now it’s getting ready to welcome its one-millionth tourist across the threshold.<p>High up in the Jeseniky mountain range in the northeast of the Czech Republic there’s a hydro plant complete with an artificial lake …

Lifestyle

Copenhagen’s Christiania district to host Japanese culinary festival using only ‘waste’ food

In what could be the first food festival of its kind, a month-long Japanese feast is set to take place in Copenhagen’s self-governing district Christiania this June, where all of the dishes will be created using ‘out of date’ food.<p>The event, organised by Japanese ex-pat Maiko Shintani, follows the …

Copenhagen

Hawaiian Airlines introduces fully lie-flat seats in Premium Cabin

Hawaiian Airlines is about to give luxury a whole new meaning with the introduction of lie-flat seating in its newest planes.<p>The Airbus A330 aircraft which it has welcomed into its fleet has a spacious Premium Cabin that certainly makes guests feel at home.<p>It contains island-inspired designs with …

Airlines

Frozen The Musical comes to Disney California Adventure’s Hyperion Theater

Disney fans, get excited – Frozen The Musical is opening this Friday in the Hyperion Theater at Disney California Adventure in Anaheim. It will see the hit 2013 animated film transformed into a spectacular stage show complete with costumes, sets, special effects and of course the beloved musical …

Musical Theatre

Sky Box opens to the public for breathtaking views at the KL Tower in Kuala Lumpur

The Sky Box at the KL Tower in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, has finally opened to the public offering incredible views of the city.<p>The KL Tower is the seventh largest telecommunications tower in the world and stands 300 metres above the ground.<p>The Sky Box stands like a glass cube jutting out of the …

Kuala Lumpur

Watch spectacular footage of Mount Etna as it erupts into the night sky

Mount Etna has erupted in spectacular fashion once again. Over the weekend Sicilian journalist Turi Caggegi captured the dramatic moment when Mount Etna erupted into the night sky, sending molten lava and rocks into the air.<p>Mount Etna, situated near the city of Catania in Sicily, is Europe’s most …

Mount Etna

Denver is revealed as the fastest growing of the 50 biggest cities in the USA

Fresh data from the US Bureau of Statistics has revealed that from 2014 to 2015 the fastest growing of the 50 biggest cities in the United States was Denver, Colorado.<p>The Rocky Mountain city offers great facilities, a strong economy and a spectacular alpine locale. That fetching combination …

Denver

Insect droppings blamed for turning the walls of the Taj Mahal in India green

The Taj Mahal in India is known as a symbol of eternal love and for its shining white marble walls, but a new threat to the monument’s ivory exterior – bug excrement – may be turning it green.<p>Located in Agra, the monument brings in millions of tourists each year who want to catch a glimpse of the …

Wonders of the World

South Korea has found the perfect cure for a hangover – an ice cream!

Who has not wished for a magical cure to make all the pain and exhaustion go away after a night of heavy drinking? And what if that cure didn’t need to be hard or unpleasant, but in fact came in the form of a simple and delicious ice cream?<p>That’s exactly what South Korea is proposing.<p>Known for …

Asia

Costa Rica wildlife conservation photographer publishes book of baby sloth pictures

Daenerys Targaryen may be the Mother of Dragons in Game Of Thrones, but Sam Trull is the Mother of Sloths in real life – which is much cooler, right?<p>Trull is the co-founder and Sloth Director (coolest title ever?) of The Sloth Institute located in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. She’s lived there since …

Photographers

Beartooth Highway: ‘the most beautiful drive in America’ opens on 27 May

Running 68 miles through Montana and Wyoming and climbing to nearly 11,000ft elevation, the Beartooth Highway winds through some of America’s most beautiful landscapes. But from October until May the road is closed due to unsafe weather conditions on parts of the mountainous highway.<p>On Friday the …

United States

Here’s what it’s like to be served drinks by a robotic bar on a cruise ship

There’s plenty to see on the world’s largest cruise ship Harmony of the Seas, which recently docked in Southampton, but possibly the most exciting attraction of all is its bionic bar. Created by Makr Shakr, the bar has taken to the sea for the first time onboard this cruise ship.<p>Customers can place …

Cruise Ships