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Top 10 best places in the world to go for cheap flight deals this summer

It’s a perfect storm for summer travellers, and it has nothing to do with the weather. A combination of a strong dollar, lower fuel prices and more competition from discount airlines has conspired to create the lowest airfares for five years.<p>Cheapflights.com, took a look at airfares for the top 50 …

North America Travel

Top ten completely unique Airbnb rentals to thrill your senses and your wallet

Airbnb has become a very popular way of seeing a new city or location affordably, as it allows travellers to book homes from local hosts in other countries and experience a place like they live there. It also has some properties that will dazzle you with their uniqueness, from bubble bedrooms under …

Airbnb

India announces $6 billion to create new forests in ambitious new plan

India announced earlier this week that it plans to spend US$6 billion on creating new forests and green cover around the country.<p>The measure is proposed in a bill that successfully passed through India’s lower house this week. It allows for the unlocking of funds to be spent on increasing the …

Forests

The best and worst airlines when it comes to carbon emissions

A new study found that Finnair is the cleanest airline company in the world!<p>Research conducted by the global energy school at Warwick University in the UK, created a ranking of the world’s least and most polluting airlines as part of the Carbon Disclosure Project. Of the top five cleanest airlines, …

Carbon

An Instagram account captures people’s relationships with their bikes in different cities

Bikes have taken over the world and no one has any regrets about that.<p>Enthusiasm for cycling has spread across cities, calling on cities to accommodate a growing army of urban cyclists and enthusiasts. Newspapers have entire columns devoted to cycling, cycling holidays have become popular, and …

Lifestyle

America’s Cup sets sail in NYC for the first time in almost a century

The world’s oldest international sporting championship, the America’s Cup, is returning to New York City on 7 and 8 May for the first time in almost a century.<p>The event is a warm up for the America’s Cup race which will be held in Bermuda next year. There will be race festivities throughout the …

New York City

Cambodia bans cars near Angkor Wat to protect the centuries-old temple structures

Authorities in Cambodia have announced a ban on all vehicles on the main road that runs in front of Angkor Wat, in a bid to reduce congestion and protect the centuries-old temple structures.<p>One of Southeast Asia’s most famous attractions, the World Heritage Angkor temple complex receives more than …

Angkor Wat

Try this US roadtrip taking in the ‘world’s largest’ roadside attractions

Forget Mount Rushmore and the Empire State Building. We’ve laid out a roadtrip tackling the real USA – from the world’s largest caveman, to a fire hydrant built by Disney.

Lifestyle

Introducing Mandala: the festival designed by a four-year-old is coming to the Netherlands

There’s something about summer festivals that make perfectly reasonable adults revert to a child-like state; frolicking around a campsite in a costume without a care in the world. To a seasoned festival-goer, it seems only natural that the Netherlands’ newest festival was designed by a four year …

Festivals

Co-founder hints at Airbnb expansion beyond the world of accommodation

Airbnb might not be content with being one of the biggest accommodation companies in the world as the co-founder recently signalled it may move into providing other leisure activities.<p>Co-founder Nathan Blecharczyk said in a conversation with the BBC the company was looking to expand its platform to …

Airbnb

Space Invaders and 5 other groundbreaking games inducted into World Video Game Hall of Fame

If you were a fan of zapping aliens with lasers while playing Space Invaders, you’ll probably be pleased to hear it is one of the classic games that has been inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame. Inductees in the class of 2016 honoured at The Strong museum in Rochester, New York, also …

Hall of Fame

Saved baby kangaroo survives after being snatched by massive eagles

An Australian police officer who earlier this year made headlines for adopting a baby kangaroo and carrying it in a makeshift pouch, has made headlines once again.<p>Scott Mason from Cue in Western Australia has had to fight off eagles to protect his baby kangaroo from death. The joey, who was named …

Kangaroo

Make sure you have the right British passport for entry to the USA under new rules

British travellers could be caught out by new rules which govern the type of passport needed for entry to the US. Anyone with the wrong format passport would be refused entry under rules which came in on April 1. Under the Visa Waiver Programme Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act 2015, …

Travel

Deer in the headlights? Kind of…conservation worker rescues deer from light globe in Upstate NY

A deer put its head in a light globe for no apparent reason and had to be rescued by a kind-hearted conservation worker. Environmental conservation officer Jeff Hull received a call reporting that a deer in Suffolk County, New York, had managed to get its head stuck inside a light globe and had …

Conservation

Meet a traveller: Lola Akinmade Åkerström, travel writer and photographer

Writing about your travel adventures and snapping shots of exotic locales is a dream job for many – but a hard career to break into. For Lola Akinmade Åkerström, a keen eye for a capture and a passion for geography helped her sculpt this dream into a reality.<p>Born in Nigeria, Lola now calls …

Travel (South Africa)

The largest exhibition of Banksy’s work to go on display in Rome

The largest exhibition of elusive graffiti artist Banksy’s work to date will go on display in Rome later this month.<p>The Fondazione Roma Arte-Musei gallery located in Palazzo Cipolla in central Rome will be home to 150 paintings by the iconic England-based graffiti artist, political activist and …

Street Art

8 outdoor pools and ponds in London for when the weather is hotter than Ibiza this weekend

The sunshine is finally gracing us with its presence and this weekend we could be looking forward to a heatwave. If you’re in London, these are the top spots to soak up the sun, according to reviews on Yelp.<p>1. Shoreditch House, Bethnal Green<p>We all know that East London is home to many hipster …

Travel (UK)

New Zealand roads put on the map with London Underground-style grid

New Zealand‘s road network has been put on the map with a modern look familiar to anyone who has ever travelled on the London Underground.<p>A Canterbury student has come up with the idea of mapping his country’s state highways as if they were places on a tube map. Andrew Douglas-Clifford created the …

London

Australia’s new premium fee scheme to allow passengers skip airport queues

Australia is planning to allow passengers skip queues at immigration and customs at airports by paying a special fee. The fast-track passage is proposed for those who buy into a ‘premium’ processing scheme.<p>The Australian government announced the plan this week. The Age reports that a spokesperson …

Australia

May is National Bike Month and these are the best cities in the US to see by bike

May is National Bike Month in the United States, and cities across America are rolling out special events to encourage cycling and promote healthy, environmentally friendly alternatives to commuting via car. From popping wheelies between monuments to taking in the view from the saddle of a mountain …

Bicycling

Kanye and the Kardashians join the list of celebrities to visit Cuba since US reconciliation

Rap superstar Kanye West, his wife Kim Kardashian and members of her reality-show-star family have become the latest celebrities to visit Cuba. They stopped at the Museum of Rum on Wednesday, stepping out of an antique American convertible as they snapped selfies and were recorded by a television …

Kanye West

There’s a campaign to replace London Underground adverts with cat pictures

If you’re tired of seeing adverts of protein shakes offering you that perfect summer body or dream beach holidays there’s no way you could afford, then you’re in luck. There’s a campaign to replace every single advert on the London Underground with pictures of cats, and it sounds like a brilliant …

Cats

American Gothic painting honoured with ingenious commemoration all over Iowa

It may well be America’s most famous painting … the severe couple staring intently, the man with a pitchfork in his hand.<p>Now to remember the 125th anniversary of the birth of Grant Wood, the man who painted the legendary <i>American Gothic</i>, the state of Iowa is planning an ingenious commemoration.<p>As …

American Gothic

The world’s first all-avocado restaurant opens in London, your prayers have been answered

It’s finally happening. You’d hoped for this for a long time and now the genie has finally made your wish come true. London is to get its first ever all-avocado restaurant!<p>You heard us right, the pop-up maestros Meredith Collective have launched the Avo-Brunch Pop-Up restaurant in Clerkenwell’s …

Food & Dining

Brooklyn museum creates app for a more personalised tour around exhibits

A New York museum is offering visitors their very own personal historian, researcher or teacher to help guide them around their exhibits.<p>Brooklyn Museum has launched a new Android app that lets visitors interact directly and in real-time with their expert staff at the swipe of a touchscreen. …

Museums

One of Italy’s weirdest festivals sees a procession of snakes to protect villagers from bites

In the hamlet of Cocullo in Abruzzo, the first Thursday in May always means one thing – snakes!<p>It marks the feast day of St Domenic, the patron saint that local belief holds to be a protector against snake bites. The Processione Dei Serpari is one of Italy’s strangest festivities, as a statue of St …

Italy

London is set to get hole in a wall that dispenses Nutella-filled doughnuts

A limited edition Nutella-filled Krispy Kreme doughnut will be available exclusively from a hole in a wall before it goes on sale.The Nutty Chocolatta will be available from the Hole in the Wall hatch at Krispy Kreme in Holborn, London, from May 9.<p>According to Krispy Kreme, fans will be treated to …

London

Channing Tatum is bringing his Magic Mike act to Las Vegas

Channing Tatum has announced that he’s directing Magic Mike Live Las Vegas. It’s billed as a live male strip revue based on the movie Magic Mike and its sequel, Magic Mike XXL.<p>The 36-year-old actor starred as the title character in the films and is a former stripper himself, but he says he won’t be …

Southwestern United States

James Corden calls on Gwen Stefani and two famous faces to use LA’s carpool lane in battle to get to work

He’s sung with music superstars Adele, Stevie Wonder and Elton John but James Corden was joined by Hollywood acting royalty for his latest Carpool Karaoke, as he tries to battle the LA traffic to get to work.<p>The British funnyman hit the road with Gwen Stefani as the pair belted out her biggest …

Comedians

It’s the economy! First class envy is the cause of a lot of air rage incidents, study reveals

What causes air rage? Instead of the ever-decreasing legroom or frustrating travel delays, one study found the mere existence of a first class cabin onboard is enough to increase air rage incidents dramatically.<p>The study, published earlier this week in the <i>Proceedings of the National Academy of</i> …

Airlines