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Expert advice on visiting US national parks from a couple who made it to them all in 2016

To commemorate the centennial anniversary of the U.S. National Park Service last year, Stefanie Payne and Jonathan Irish spent 52 weeks visiting all 59 parks in one epic adventure.<p>The couple, who documented their journey on The Greatest American Road Trip, also aimed to inspire fellow travelers to …

National Parks

Trips for travellers who want to learn something new

Sure, sitting on the beach and sipping cocktails is fun. But if you’ve got more than a few days away, nothing beats seeking out local guides and learning something new.<p>Whether it’s perfecting your front crawl in an English lake or getting to grips with your camera on a photography safari, these …

Adventure Travel

Where to go in June for culture

From St Petersburg to Iran, ancient cities, historic monuments, age-old monasteries and time-worn coastal towns await the curious traveller – and June is the ideal time to see them.<p>Travel back in time with this round-up of living monuments to bygone eras.<p><b>Explore ancient cities in Iran before the</b> …

Croatia

See these spectacular aerial images of Disneyland theme parks from above

Stunning aerial images have revealed an Aladdin’s magic-carpet-eye-view of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park.<p>The spectacular pictures from above show crowds of holiday-makers visiting Disneyland, including the iconic Disneyland Castle, central plaza and Storybook Land. Other amazing …

Disneyland

Eight amazing cities for street art

People have been leaving their creative mark on walls for thousands of years – the oldest known cave paintings date from more than 40,000 years ago. Today, those primitive etchings have blossomed into the worldwide phenomenon of street art.<p>Adorning urban spaces across the globe, this form of art is …

Street Art

A village rebuilt after a deadly earthquake has been voted Italy’s most beautiful

It may have been almost destroyed by an earthquake in 1976, but tiny Venzone has been chosen as Italy‘s most beautiful village in the 2017 Il Borgo dei Borghi competition. In the wake of the disaster, which killed 47 people and almost destroyed Venzone’s historic centre, almost 10,000 stones from …

Mediterranean

New Star Wars trailer features the rocky Irish island that is captivating travellers

The dramatic rocky island that Star Wars-fans glimpsed at the end of the The Force Awakens is back and featured more prominently in a trailer for the next film – and Ireland is preparing for more fans to come and see it for themselves.<p>Skellig Michael – a jagged outcrop off the southwest coast of …

Ireland

Natural beauty, heritage and wine: 10 idyllic day trips from Dubrovnik

Poised gracefully against the glistening Adriatic Sea at Croatia’s southern tip, the enchanting city of Dubrovnik graces many a bucket list. If you’re lucky enough to have more than a day or two in the area, it’s worth getting out of the city and exploring its beautiful and varied surroundings.<p>Two …

Croatia

Discover the world’s biggest tulip carpet in Turkey

The historic Sultanahmet Square in Istanbul is currently home to a stunning display of 564,000 tulips.<br>The world’s biggest tulip carpet is part of the 12th Tulip Festival, and the location is where the Hippodrome of Constantinople was located.<p>This was a circus that was the sporting and social centre …

Turkey

Shipwrecks, tin mines and smugglers’ coves: scouting out Poldark in Cornwall

There are many things for which Cornwall is famous: wind-blown cliff-tops, white sandy bays, crumbling tin mines, the Cornish pasty. But a new spotlight is shining on this ancient Celtic kingdom thanks to the smash-hit BBC series <i>Poldark</i>, which is set and filmed here, and has transmitted the …

Beaches

Get a sneak peek of Gaudi’s spectacular Casa Vicens before it opens to the public in autumn

Casa Vicens, the first house designed by renowned architect Antoni Gaudi, will open to the public in Barcelona this autumn.<p>The UNESCO World Heritage Site has undergone three years of extensive renovations in preparation for the re-opening as a museum instead of a private residence. The house is …

Spain

Welcome to Twin Peaks: a guide to the locations of the cult classic

This may be the Golden Age of Television, but such gilded eras must start somewhere – and that somewhere might be <i>Twin Peaks</i>. Co-created by David Lynch, this cult-classic drama series of the 1990s blended crime, mystery, philosophy and humor in a fictional Washington town populated by quirky …

Travel

See 19th-century Netherlands in colour with these Photochrom postcards

Stunning postcards have revealed nineteenth century Netherlands in all its glory in striking colour.<p>The dazzling images show the country’s traditional windmills at work, a spectacular arcade in Rotterdam and the National Monument of 1813 in Hague.<p>Other spectacular pictures show some of Holland’s …

Aesthetics

See the wonderful hand-blown glass sculptures in New York’s Botanical Garden

Artist Dale Chihuly, best known for his vibrant, hand-blown glass sculptures, returns to the New York Botanical Garden this week for his first major garden exhibition in New York since 2006.<p>CHIHULY includes twenty installations from the world-renowned artist, situated both inside the Enid A. Haupt …

Sculpture

Can this Kickstarter clothing company solve our travel packing problems?

We’re always enthusiastic and curious about companies that attempt to solve the standard problems of packing and travelling: what to pack, mixing and matching, staying wrinkle free… we’ve faced them all and have yet to find a perfect solution.<p>A Croatian travel clothing company started by two women …

Travel

How to physically do Australia in a two week holiday

Tourism Australia wants you to know you can have the holiday of a lifetime in just a fortnight (you’ll want to go back after that for another two weeks, of course!).<p>In fact, according to Flight Centre, which books a mere 1.3 million tickets to Australia a year, the average holidaymaker went to …

Australia

These remote wooden Alpine huts are now bookable online

A new website has been set up by Switzerland Tourism which allows visitors to book a stay in an alpine hut. The alp.holidaybooking.ch site has over 250 properties available to rent that range from wooden one-bedroom huts to chalets that can sleep up to 21 people.<p>Europe, Switzerland, Grindelwald, …

Adventure Travel

Family travel myths worth forgetting

Broken routines, stressful dinners, glares on the flight… You’d love a trip away but you’re convinced it’ll be a horror show with kids in tow – so why spend all that money? If this sounds familiar, it’s time to debunk some common myths.<p>Travelling with children – particularly babies and young kids – …

Travel

This company is offering one lucky student a free world travel opportunity

If you’re a UK student with a love of travel and a knack for writing and taking pictures, one insurance company might just offer you the experience of a lifetime.<p>Comparethemarket.com is running a competition to find a student Travel Advisor. Their responsibilities are simple; travel the world to …

Travel

Discover what inspired photographers most in Hokkaido in Japan

For years, countries around the world have wondered what exactly it is that tourists really get most inspired by on their travels.<p>A project in Japan, which mapped photo-sharing across Hokkaido, the northernmost of the country’s two main islands, gives a glimpse of what travellers there were most …

National Parks

This daredevil completed a record-breaking freedive under a giant sheet of ice

Underwater diver, Arthur Guérin-Boëri, has set a world record for the longest freedive under ice, after swimming an incredible 175 metres (574 feet). The 31-year-old Frenchman plunged into the icy waters of a lake in Finland and swam below the giant 19-inch thick sheet of ice while holding his …

Daredevils

Long-haul flights are 10% cheaper than last year

If you’re thinking of spreading your wings a little further afield, now might be a great time to do it. According to flight comparison website, Skyscanner, flights to long-haul destinations from the UK are cheaper than this time last year.<p>“We have seen an average 10% drop in flight prices over the …

Air Travel

Inside the romantic Irish castle where golfer Rory McIlroy married this weekend

A 13th Century castle along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way was the stunning location for professional golfer Rory McIlroy’s marriage to Erica Stoll over the weekend. Now a five-star luxury hotel, Ashford Castle in Mayo welcomed a host of stars from the sporting and entertainment worlds to celebrate …

Ireland

Earth Day: how travellers can help protect the world’s fragile coral reefs

With Earth Day on 22 April, there are renewed calls to protect one of the world’s most important and fragile resources; coral reefs. Now, one global initiative called 50 Reefs is in a race against time to save 50 of the most important reefs from extinction.<p>At the current rate, 90% of coral reefs …

Oceans

Not just noodles: culinary adventures in northern Kyūshū

The quality of the gastronomic offerings in Japan’s southern island of Kyūshū could keep a food-focused traveller satisfied for decades. The culinary scene here is diverse and always comes with a story – an nth-generation recipe, a centuries-old technique, a tea-bearing monk – making the experience …

Tokyo

You can climb inside this giant friendly octopus in China

A giant red octopus has descended on a children’s playground in Shenzhen, China, but fear not, it’s fun and adorable. Dubbed <i>Kraken</i>, Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman created the whimsical red play structure to the delight of both children and adults.<p>Built with the help of UAP studio, the oversized sea …

Scuba Diving

See 1940s postwar New York through the eyes of photographer Todd Webb

Two exhibitions have just opened in New York to celebrate the work of the late American photographer, Todd Webb. After honing his skills as a Navy photographer in the South Pacific during World War II, the Michigan photographer moved to New York in 1946, where he dedicated himself to photographing …

Street Photography

A renegade Manchester stenciller is writing song lyrics on double yellow lines

A guerrilla artist has been writing lyrics from famous Manchester bands on the city’s streets. The lyrics, from The Smiths, The Stones Roses and Joy Division, appear on roads in Prestwich, Whitefield and the Northern Quarter.<p>Displayed in black against double yellow lines (which in the UK indicate …

Street Art

Utrecht introduces ‘smart’ cycle paths that help riders hit green lights

The city of Utrecht in the Netherlands has introduced a new system on its Amsterdamsestraatweg cycle path which the creators hope will help increase the number of green lights that cyclists hit, limiting their time waiting for traffic lights to change.<p>The new system, which is called Flo and has …

Cycling