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Dead Interesting: tombstone tourism is changing the way we look at our graveyards

It may seem ever so slightly macabre but so-called tombstone tourism – visits to the graveyards of the rich and famous – are dramatically growing in popularity.<p>Between Paris’ Père Lachaise and the Arlington National Cemetery in Washington DC, visits to burial grounds have always been a fixture on …

East London

Meet the photographer dedicating his life to capturing volcano eruptions in Hawaii

Meet the man who has dedicated his life to capturing the dangerous and thrilling eruptions at the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii. Bryan Lowry has been hiking the active lava flows for more than 25 years and took 13 years to shoot the perfect picture of fire and ice after first coming up with the idea in …

Hawaii

With more people than ever going on cruises, here are 5 of the most unusual voyages you can take

More and more of us are taking to the high seas for a vacation of leisure. 2016 cruise passenger numbers have been released and a whopping 25.8 million people went on cruises last year.<p>The numbers far exceeded the original prediction made by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), which …

Jeffrey Dean Morgan

The world’s most expensive macaron costs almost US$10k, but comes complete with a luxury hotel stay

Macarons have become a real thing all over the world, but they’re usually an inexpensive treat. Brace yourselves though at the news that the Crystal Macaron is available for $9703 from the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort in Florida. The good news is that the most expensive macaron in the world comes …

Hotels

What is millionaire MySpace founder ‘Tom’ up to now? He is living out his retirement as a travel photographer

What would you do if you sold the world’s most visited website for a staggering US$580 million? If your first thought is to retire and travel the world taking epic photographs, then you have something in common with Tom Anderson, co-founder and former president of MySpace, who is doing just …

Travel Photography

Want to buy a piece of Rock ‘n’ Roll history? Elvis Presley’s first private jet is up for auction

Good news for anyone with some spare cash wishing to own a piece of Rock and Roll history. Elvis’ first ever private jet that he owned along with his father Vernon has gone up for auction online.<p>Custom-made to The King’s specifications featuring gold embellishment, woodwork, red velvet seats and a …

Music

Picturesque places to celebrate European Day of Parks

Today is the European Day of Parks, a day that draws attention to the importance of parks and the way they preserve the continent’s national resources. The purpose of the special day is to educate and discover new ways to promote diversity in our parks, as well as recognising the measures that can …

National Parks

An Australian runner adopted a small stray dog who ran with him through the Gobi desert

An Australian runner adopted a stray terrier dog who ran with him through the Gobi desert in China. In March 2016, Dion Leonard was running a six-day 250km ultra-marathon across the desert, when the little terrier suddenly appeared and ran alongside him for three of the six days. They even won one …

Videography

Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival of music and light is kicking off this week for 23 nights

Featuring the work of hundreds of Australian and international artists, musicians, thinkers and creatives, Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival celebrating music, light and ideas, is kicking off this week.<p>Running for a total of 23 nights and opening from this Friday, 26 May until Saturday, 17 …

Australia

These drone images will make you fall in love with Dorset’s Jurassic Coast

Breathtaking aerial images and footage of Dorset show the south coast county’s mesmerising and iconic landmarks in all their glory.<p>One picture shows the stunning and iconic Old Harry Rocks, whilst the video also displays the most scenic points of interests such as Corfe Castle, Isle of Portland, …

Devon

Cats finally have their very own museum in North Carolina

Cat-lovers of the world can finally breathe a sigh of relief as a great injustice has finally been made right. At last, the not-so-humble house cat now has its very own museum in North Carolina.<p>The American Museum of the House Cat explores the unique – and occasionally one-sided – relationship …

North Carolina

Kenya’s 10 unmissable experiences

Despite having a coastline of beautiful beaches perfect for lazing, Kenya rarely inspires visitors to sit still – there are simply too many exciting things to experience. Stirring landscapes, ranging from equatorial glaciers and jagged peaks to wildlife-laden plains and tropical reefs, provide an …

List-Worthy

Dine with real live rats at The San Francisco Dungeon this July

Great news for those with an adventurous spirit, a strong disposition and a love of coffee and/or rodents; a pop-up rat café is opening in San Francisco for a limited time this summer.<p>Located at The San Francisco Dungeon in Fisherman’s Wharf, The Rat Café gives guests the opportunity to kick back …

San Francisco

How to listen to the sounds of New York City while you work anywhere in the world

Chirping birds? Waterfalls? Crickets? No way, some of us are city folks through and through and the bustling sounds of the city are our ultimate way to relax. Now one company has collected the most iconic New York City sounds to help you keep your focus while you work.<p>Sounds of New York is a …

New York City

The world’s largest spokeless Ferris wheel is opening in China

With work having been completed, China is preparing to open its latest landmark to the public, the largest spokeless Ferris wheel in the world. Called the Bailang River Bridge Ferris Wheel, the structure is located in Shandong Province and measures in at a staggering 145-metres tall. The impressive …

Travel

Swaziland: a kingdom’s worth of wild travel possibilities

Safari and Swaziland sound like a perfect match, though few people realise that this small African kingdom is ripe with opportunities to view iconic African wildlife. In fact, the country offers some of the best encounters with rhinos on the entire continent.<p>But these much-heralded horns are just …

List-Worthy

How travellers can help save New Zealand’s threatened iconic yellow-eyed penguins

They are one of New Zealand’s most iconic birds and images of the famous yellow-eyed penguin adorn the country’s $5 bank note and a legion of tourism billboards.<p>However, scientists have warned the famous bird could face extinction from New Zealand’s mainland by 2060 without a better conservation …

New Zealand

Where to go in July for relaxation

Relaxation means something different to everyone. Perhaps you love laying out on the beach and paddling in turquoise waters; maybe you’d rather soak up some culture in a quirky town, or go off the beaten track to explore otherworldly landscapes.<p>With destinations ranging from Suffolk, England, to …

Beaches

Hatta Hiking Project opens up exciting new trail in the UAE’s Hajar Mountains

Dubai may be famous for its audacious architecture and glitzy hotels, but it’s hoping to attract hikers with the launch of a new trail in the mountainous enclave of Hatta.<p>Completed last month, the first phase of the Hatta Hiking Project links a number of tourist attractions in the picturesque town …

Travel

A street art project that uses drones to paint is coming to Berlin and Turin

A unique art project is being planned for Europe that will see cutting-edge drone technology being used to create dynamic street art on eye-catching, hard to reach areas of urban facades, turning cities into gigantic blank canvases.<p>Created by international design and innovation office Carlo Ratti …

Street Art

People all over the world are going…

We’ve had avocado burger buns and avocado toast, and now the world has suddenly gone mad for the ‘avolatte.’ Images of coffee served up in avocado skins are popping up across the internet, much to the bafflement of many, including the Australian café in which the trend first originated.<p>Hundreds of …

Food

Could Marlon Brando’s idyllic hideaway island be Pippa Middleton’s honeymoon destination?

Fresh from rocking her Giles Deacon white dress during her marriage to James Matthews, Pippa Middleton has reportedly travelled to a haven of white beaches, palm trees and blue skies for a honeymoon with her brand new husband. Having been spotted at LAX, the newlyweds are reportedly now on …

Pippa Middleton

Chef Julia Child’s former Provence home is…

If you’re a foodie with a thing for kitchens, you may be interested to learn that the French home of late American chef, Julia Child, is available for rent through Airbnb. The three-bedroom house sleeps six and is situated near Chateauneuf-Grasse in Provence, and can be rented for €602 per …

Julia Child

Meet the couple who quit their jobs to travel the world in a Volkswagen van

Meet the couple who quit their day jobs for the trip of a lifetime in their 1988 Volkswagen T3 Syncro van they call Luz. The spectacular pictures show Sandro Alvarez (37), a sociologist and musician from Zürich, Switzerland and Gabriella Hummel, a freelance journalist and writer (26) from Vaduz, …

Travel

Donaukanal summer season kicks off in Vienna – here’s what to expect

A summer of events is set to kick off along the Donaukanal in Vienna, starting with the annual Donaukanaltreiben festival. The free soiree will take over the strip with live DJs, street art, pop-up food stalls and fashion markets, coinciding with the opening of Vienna’s beach bars which will stay …

Travel

Miami’s Little Havana neighbourhood is getting its very own museum

If you’re not able to be one of the lucky American travellers grabbing a flight to Cuba this year, you can head to Miami’s vibrant neighbourhood of Little Havana for a taste of the lifestyle. History buffs will soon have an added treat when the area’s first museum will open at the end of …

Cuba

This incredible time-lapse project is exploring the best night skies in North America

A team of time-lapse artists has created a stunning multi-media project highlighting North America’s most magnificent night skies while also aiming to raise awareness of the increasing impact light pollution is having on the natural environment.<p>Created by artists and filmmakers Gavin Heffernan and …

National Parks

We’re ‘counting’ down the days until the new Sesame Place theme park opens in the US

The Sesame Street theme park, Sesame Place, has been running for 37 years in Philadelphia, and it has just been announced that a second park will open in the US by mid-2021. Not only that, but there will be an option to open three further parks after the second one is completed. As a result, …

Walt Disney Company

Want to instantly book a rustic retreat in New York State? Tentrr is the Airbnb of camping

A website that instantly connects landowners with people looking to camp at unique, scenic locations across the state of New York has been garnering serious attention from outdoor enthusiasts due to its streamlined, easy to use service.<p>Founded by Michael D’Agostino in 2015, Tentrr aims to simplify …

Camping

This company is creating incredible 3D printed maps of Tokyo city

A Japanese company is creating incredible, miniature 3D-colour printed maps of Tokyo, featuring the most famous neighbourhoods of the city split up into small sections. While each of the segments is available separately, when combined, they form a one-hundred-piece scale model of the entire …

Japan