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Inside the world’s new luxury airline with glass floors and private rooms

Imagine floating gently through the clouds on a three-day travel expedition in an airbus that resembles a luxury, super yacht. It sounds a little far-fetched, right? Surprisingly enough, it could soon be a reality for passengers of the Airlander 10.<p>Since its first test flight in 2016, there has …

Aviation

Secret shows abound at Quebec’s FME festival

The FME music festival in Quebec, Canada, just might be the most eclectic music festival in North America, with up to 70 live performers in a variety of genres and a ’gram-able array of art installations. But it’s what happens away from the announced venues that really makes the festival unique.<p>In …

Festivals

Skaters rejoice! A huge new skate park just opened in Düsseldorf

Thrill-seekers in Germany have just been handed a golden ticket with the opening of the nation’s biggest skate park in the city of Düsseldorf.<p>The 3800-square-meter facility has been in the making for 13 years, at a cost of cost €1.8 million (US$2.1 million). Skaters, BMX riders and rollerbladers …

Extreme Sports

Wander through this lavender labyrinth in the most unlikely place

Imagining a walk through fields of fragrant lavender usually conjures up dreams of a trip to Provence. But there’s a magical floral experience in perhaps the unlikeliest of places – rural Michigan.<p>At Cherry Point Farm and Market, guests can make their way on a meditative stroll through a lavender …

Lake Michigan

Visit Rotterdam’s floating park made entirely from recycled waste

A floating prototype park made from recycled material has opened in Rotterdam harbour. Designed as a nature-friendly environment as well as a unique space for the public to visit, the structure also actively cleans the Nieuwe Maas River, stopping plastics from the city before they make their way …

Habitats

The traditional Toka festival is the highlight of this new Vanuatu tour

The island of Tanna, one of the many that make up the state of Vanuatu, has just launched a new tour that will take visitors deep into its native culture.<p>The tour will take place in the Imoklan village on West Tanna, and its highlight will be the traditional Taka dance. “It will be a chance to …

Vanuatu

Game of Thrones spin-off series could be heading to Scotland

There are plenty of reasons to visit Scotland’s scenic Isle of Skye but HBO may tempt visitors with yet another, as it’s reported that scouts are considering the island as a backdrop for the first Game of Thrones spin-off.<p>The final series of the hit show will air in 2019 but planning for the first …

Game of Thrones

These adorable giant trolls have come to Chicago for a good cause

If you travel west along I-88 through northern Illinois, you may be startled to catch sight of six giant wooden trolls measuring 15 to 30 feet tall who have made their home on the grounds of The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Chicago.<p>The awe-inspiring wooden creatures of the new Troll Hunt exhibition …

Cute

Don’t drive? You can still enjoy an epic trip along the famous Route 66

If you’re a cyclist, you may be interested to learn that a new bike route is planned for the entire length of the historic 2400-mile highway, Route 66. The first stretch was recently officially inaugurated between Missouri and Kansas, and has been designated USBR 66.<p>The original interstate highway …

Cycling

These travel destinations will surge in popularity by 2025

Take note if you want to get to the next hot travel destination before the crowds – the fastest growing destinations around the world have been revealed.<p>TravelSupermarket, a travel deals website, used data from Euromonitor to find out just what major cities will see the fastest percentage growth in …

Ho Chi Minh City

Amazon Alexa can now order you room service

You can now do a lot more than asking your Alexa device to play Despacito, because Amazon Echo is ready to bring its voice-controlled virtual assistant to hotel rooms.<p>“Alexa becomes the hub of the room,” writes Amazon on the “Alexa for Hospitality” program’s launch page. “It integrates seamlessly …

Smart Homes

Time to say 'hello' to Andrea Bocelli's new beach resort

If you love relaxing on a beach in style and maybe catch sight of a celebrity while you’re there, you might want to look over to Italy’s Versilian Coast and to Andrea Bocelli’s new resort.<p>The Alpemare Beach Resort is located in Forte dei Marmi, a hotspot for summer social life loved by celebrities …

Italy

A New York artist has captured how Times Square has changed in 35 years

In the 1980s, New York artist Jane Dickson used to live on 43rd Street and 8th Avenue, a time when the area riddled with crime. It was also when Dickson photographed and painted scenes from her life in Times Square—including snapshots from her apartment window, on the streets and up close.<p>Dickson …

Times Square

Staying in a hotel? This is what you need to bring with you (and what to leave at home)

Travelling is great for making new memories, but it’s also nice to be able to relax in a space that’s yours after a long day of experiencing a new place, whether you’re in a hotel, hostel or vacation rental. But we all like to pack less stuff when we travel, so here are five things to pack (and to …

Personal Hygiene

A 25-foot statue of Jeff Goldblum has appeared in London

If you were in London this week and were bemused by the sight of a giant half-naked Jeff Goldblum statue, rest assured that it was all for a good reason. The 25-foot replica of Jeff Goldblum, who played scientist Dr Ian Malcolm in Steven Spielberg’s dinosaur thriller, Jurassic Park, was placed near …

Jurassic Park

This airport robot will scan your boarding pass and carry your luggage

There’s no denying that the world of travel is rapidly evolving, with ground-breaking advancements in technology constantly being released in an effort to make experiences easier and more unique than ever before. From palm scanning at the Great Barrier Reef to hypersonic planes that may be able to …

Luggage

The Mamma Mia! sequel is here and its locations are just as enchanting as its musical numbers

<i>Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again</i> is ready to return to the big screen with its ear-catching Swedish pop songs, over-the-top seventies costumes and stunning Greek islands charm. With the exception that in this sequel, Greece isn’t really Greece.<p>The first movie, which came out in 2008, brought the whole …

Game of Thrones

Defy gravity on China's new record-breaking glass bridge

Vertigo sufferers beware! Taking a walk along the world’s longest glass bridge in China’s Hebei province is a head-spinning undertaking.<p>With a length of 488 metres, the new bridge in the Hongyagu Scenic Area in the Hebei province of northeastern China is officially the longest in the world. The …

Grand Canyon

The world’s best airlines for 2018 have been revealed

Singapore Airlines was named the world’s best airline in 2018 in the Skytrax World Airline Awards, securing the title for the fourth time.<p>The airline also took home the awards for the best airline in Asia, the world’s best first class, and the best first class airline seat. Even before the awards, …

Singapore Airlines

Take a virtual ride on the UAE's record-breaking zipline in the middle of London

Thanks to a set of augmented reality goggles, thrill-seekers stuck in the city can now fly down the world’s longest zipline, usually found in the United Arab Emirates, just across the river from the Houses of Parliament in central London.<p>Jebel Jais Flight, perched on the UAE’s tallest mountain in …

United Arab Emirates

Find out how to live like a Local in Madrid

Lonely Planet Local Cassandra Gambill moved to Madrid in 2010 to make her millions teaching English. Instead, she discovered a golden city that is vibrant, good-humoured, and fast-paced yet leisurely; one in which you can just as easily while away your time sampling blood sausage in a traditional …

Loneliness

Meet a traveller: Kiko Mathews, world-record rower

After a near-life-threatening diagnosis in 2009, Kiko Mathews decided to pack in her teaching job and embark on an adventure that would lead her to some extraordinary places. Finding her feet again whilst travelling in Africa, Kiko discovered her love of paddleboarding which became the catalyst for …

World Records

This new Honduran route will take you on a coffee lover's dream trip

If you’re a coffee addict, then you can’t miss the new tourist route exclusively dedicated to it that the state of Honduras has prepared.<p>The Central American state is one of the world’s top producers of coffee, and the Honduras Coffee Route plans to take visitors deep into six different …

Sea Level

This company has effectively just turned water into wine

This winery has just essentially proved that you can indeed turn water into wine by rolling out their new product.<p>O.Vine is a “wine water” produced at Golan Heights Winery, which sits among the Galilee Mountains just outside of the city of Katzrin, in Israel. The winery is actually the …

Golan Heights

How to travel like a science geek

Pop quiz: does peering through a telescope at distant stars sound like a fun night out? Would you rather examine giant sloth fossils than relax on the beach? And when you’re at the beach, would you prefer to follow hermit crabs and peer in tide pools instead of working on a tan? If you answered …

Natural History Museum

Wes Anderson and Juman Malouf will curate an exhibition in Vienna

Acclaimed film-maker Wes Anderson is to curate an exhibition at Vienna’s Kunsthistoriches Museum, along with his partner, the illustrator and costume designer, Juman Malouf. The project is called “The Spitzmaus Mummy in a Coffin and Other Treasures,” and it will run at the Austrian museum from …

Anna Wintour

The delights of São Tomé and Príncipe

From castaway beaches to exquisite chocolate, the remote African island nation of São Tomé and Príncipe has attractions to rival the world’s best.<p>Rainforest cloaks 90 per cent of the island of Príncipe, tumbling down from its volcanic peaks to trespass on the coves that crease<br>its northern coast. …

Loneliness

African art capital: Cape Town transformed

Table Mountain, white-sand beaches, rich history and cosmopolitan culture and cuisine have long lured people to visit Cape Town, but today the Mother City's African art scene is proving to have pulling power.<p>And it's not just the new Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa – the continent's largest …

South Africa

Check this website before you book an apartment in Barcelona

In an effort to protect tourists from scams and encourage more ethical travel, Barcelona tourism authorities have launched a new website where you can ensure any apartment you rent in the city is registered.<p>Fairtourism.barcelona is an initiative from the city council to crack down on the increasing …

City Politics

Why a small New York town is now home to the US National Comedy Center

In a time when memes are key to online entertainment, comedy has gone from a genre to a mainstream mainstay. Now, the new National Comedy Center, which opens on 1 August in Jamestown, NY, honors the art of standup.<p>The $50 million center aims to tell the story of comedy, from its humble origins to …

Comedy Festival