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Feathers, sequins and colour: Meet the team behind some of Notting Hill Carnival’s craziest costumes

Notting Hill Carnival is on this Sunday, 28 August and promises to be the most colourful yet. London‘s annual August Bank Holiday extravaganza is also Europe’s biggest street festival and makes headlines around the world for its vivid costumes and Caribbean sounds.<p>The festival was begun in 1964 by …

Lifestyle

See the ruins of one of New York’s first stunning theatres in Times Square

Fascinating photos have been shared of what is believed to be the ruins of the first ever theatre to have been built in Times Square.<p>The images of the remnants of the old theatre and orchestra pit in New York were captured by American photographer and director of the Arts Integrity Initiative, …

Times Square

Don’t look down! Daring Russian photographers amass thousands of followers with scary skyscraper selfies

Anyone with a fear of heights, look away now. A group of adventurous photographers from Russia have found social media fame, with their seriously scary selfies amassing thousands of followers on Instagram.<p>Friends Angela Nikolau, Ivan Beerkus and Kirill Oreshkin travel the world taking photographs …

Russia

Dutch airline KLM announces new flights to Namibia and Iran

It’s about to get even easier to fly to Namibia with the announcement that Dutch airline KLM will begin flights to the African country this October.<p>The airline will connect travellers from Amsterdam to Windhoek. At first, the journey will be linked through their existing flight to Luanda, the …

Iran

A Gilmore Girls festival will take place in the town that inspired Stars Hollow

In what will be music to the ears of fans of the popular Gilmore Girls TV series, it has been announced that a fan festival will take place. This October, the US town that inspired the picturesque Stars Hollow, home to Lorelai and Rory Gilmore and the programme’s eclectic and colourful cast of …

Gilmore Girls

Egypt’s multimillion-dollar project to tempt tourists back to the pyramids

Egypt has had a more than difficult year when it has come to tourism, but is hoping that renewed efforts to tempt back international travellers will start to pay dividends.<p>A major project to improve facilities at the famous Giza Necropolis – including the pyramids and the Great Sphinx – is due to …

Egypt

If you have 18 million euro in your back pocket, you could buy your own Spanish island

Got a cool €18 million to spare? If so, you could buy your very own Spanish island, Espalmador, near the Balearic island of Formentera, which has gone on sale for that exact sum. The 147-hectare private islet is a Mediterranean paradise, with attractions including dazzling white-sand beaches, a mud …

Lifestyle

Record-breaking Norwegians channel the Vikings as they visit every English county in a day

Four Norwegian men have set a new world record by visiting all England’s 48 counties in 24 hours. The group started off in Cumbria, in England’s northwest, on Friday evening, reports The Local.<p>They reached Cornwall in time for a seafood feast 23 hours and 34 minutes later, becoming the first people …

Travel (UK)

Knighted king penguin gets another title from King of Norway

From a knighthood to yet more honours – that’s the lot of the world’s most decorated king penguin now officially known as – Brigadier Sir Nils Olav. This week the King of Norway’s Guard visited the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s (RZSS) Edinburgh Zoo to add a unique honour to the resident …

Birds

Some of London’s iconic red phone boxes are being revamped for a new generation

The traditional red kiosks may have had significantly less traffic since the advent of mobile phones – but in London one famous red box is at the centre of phone activity again. A new business has come on line in Greenwich as Lovefone is basing its smartphone repairs business in an iconic British …

Phones

Strict ticket limits will soon be in place to protect Thailand’s national parks

Thailand plans to control the amount of people who can visit their national parks by placing strict limits on the amount of entry tickets sold.<p>The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation will soon phase out ticket sales at national park entrances, instead limiting them to …

Asia

Soar 100 metres over Amsterdam on Europe’s highest swing

An Amsterdam observation deck is opening a new swing that will allow visitors to soar over the city at a height of almost 100 meters.<p>Over The Edge – Europe’s highest swing from A’DAM Lookout on Vimeo.<p>Over the Edge is the new attraction – opening on 26 August – at the Dutch capital’s A’DAM Tower, …

Amsterdam

One man’s quest to document as many in-flight meals as possible

An intrepid traveller has started a website that features reviews of the diverse range of in-flight meals available with different airlines around the world.<p>Nik Loukas started InflightFeed.com as a fun project in 2012 after moving to Europe from Australia. Having spent 15 years working in different …

Food & Dining

An artist is painting 50,000 honey bees in magnificent murals all over the world

An American artist has undertaken an ambitious project to paint thousands of honeybees in a selection of murals at different destinations all around the world.<p>The Good of The Hive is an artistic initiative set up by mural painter Matthew Willey, with the goal of helping to raise awareness about the …

Murals

New tax will mean foreign surfers must pay to ride Mentawai waves in Indonesia

Tourism officials in Indonesia’s Mentawai Islands are now charging foreign surfers a £60 pay-to-surf fee to enjoy the world-famous waves.<p>Once riders pay the ‘surf tax’, they are given a wristband that they are required to wear and can stay for 15 days. This law hasn’t come as a surprise – the …

Asia

Google reveals the hidden worlds of America’s national parks in 360-degrees

America’s national parks stretch across the country from Hawaii to Alaska, making it a challenge for even the most prolific travellers to visit them all. But with the National Parks Service celebrating its 100th anniversary on 25 August, Google has released online tours of five parks to show off …

Google

Seven stunning American lighthouses have gone up for sale and one of them could be yours

Have you ever fancied being the proud owner of an isolated maritime bolthole, where your only neighbours are sea creatures and ships?<p>Well now is your chance, as the US government is currently auctioning off seven secluded lighthouses dotted along the eastern seaboard of the country and the vast …

Lifestyle

Mariachi festival takes over the streets of Guadalajara this weekend

Guadalajara, Mexico’s second biggest city, is most famous for two things: tequila and, fittingly for a place that sees itself as the country’s capital of culture, mariachi. For the next week the city plays host to a mariachi festival that will be taking over its streets.<p>Around 500 musicians from as …

Festivals

Dubrovnik moves to protect its historic Old Town from overcrowding

Dubrovnik had another record-breaking summer this year. The historic Old Town attracted 10,000 visitors in just one day (11 August) and now the mayor has announced a new plan to protect the Unesco heritage site.<p>Under new plans announced this week, a maximum of 6000 tourists will be allowed into the …

Dubrovnik

The world’s first self-driving taxis debut in Singapore

The world’s first self-driving taxis have begun picking up passengers in Singapore. Select members of the public can hail a free ride through their smartphones in taxis operated by nuTonomy, an autonomous vehicle software start-up. While multiple companies, including Google and Volvo, have been …

Singapore

Chicago opens its doors to to the latest trend in casual but high-end dining

Diners will be spoilt for choice at Chicago’s latest new dining choice, the Revival Food Hall, and some are predicting that it marks the beginning of a dining trend that could spread throughout the US.<p>When it opened on Wednesday, tourists and locals alike stood in line to get in the doors of the …

Food & Dining

South Koreans escape heatwave at Seoul’s ultra-cool Ice Museum

Residents of Seoul, South Korea have found a novel way to escape a heatwave this week by visiting an ice museum in the vibrant district of Hongdae.<p>The Trick Eye and Ice Museum offers guests the opportunity to chill out in a room made entirely of ice, with beds, walls, tables and even a piano carved …

Asia

Prince fans get the chance to tour his home as Paisley Park opens to the public

Paisley Park, the private estate and studio complex of the late rock superstar Prince, is opening for public tours later this year. Bremer Trust, which is overseeing Prince’s estate, announced the news. Its news release said millions of Prince fans will get the chance to tour the 65,000-square-foot …

Lifestyle

Ethiopia’s visitor numbers continue to rise in heritage tourism boom

It is still well off the beaten track for most tourists, but Ethiopia is quietly in the midst of a tourism revolution with record numbers visiting the country this year.<p>The country was visited by just over 900,000 tourists last year but 2016 is on track to surpass one million for the first time. …

Ethiopia

UK website releases guide to help travellers avoid concealed costs on flights

A leading UK travel website has come up with measures to help passengers avoid hidden charges while flying.<p>Cheapflights.co.uk, a global flight search and travel deals site, has issued a guide for travellers on the most levied charges by Britain’s top 20 favourite carriers. The advice, based around …

Flying

Watch the world’s largest aircraft nosedive into ground on its second test flight

Airlander 10, the world’s largest aircraft, was damaged following a nosedive during its second test flight in Britain. The £25 million hybrid craft – part plane and part airship – had its cockpit area damaged when it landed heavily at Cardington Airfield in Bedfordshire.<p>The BBC reported that none …

Aviation

Japanese airline mulls pet-friendly flights following trial

Travellers in Japan may be able to take their four-legged friends into the cabin with them on flights with All Nippon Airways (ANA), as the airline mulls introducing special services for dog owners.<p>ANA ran a charter flight earlier this year to trial the concept – a package tour that allowed …

Asia Travel

The science of LA

You might think that Los Angeles is all about entertainment, with major drawcards such as Hollywood and Disneyland. But there’s another side to the city, in which science and technology are celebrated.<p>From prehistoric fossils to space travel, LA is home to excellent museums which explore human …

Space Science

How many countries can fit inside New York? This infographic breaks it down

If New York was a storage unit, what countries could fit inside it? At least 100 according to the folks over at storage company Self Storage.<p>The storage giants carried out a study to determine which countries from around the globe can fit inside New York state, which has an area of 54,554 square …

Lifestyle

Cape Town unveils its first outdoor park designed for people with vision impairments

Cape Town has unveiled its first outdoor park specially built for people with vision impairments.<p>The new Cape Town park is suitable for everybody, but the city added special features to make it a more sensory experience. There is a scented garden filled with plants like lavender, wild garlic and …

Cape Town