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These Imaginary Islands Only Existed on Maps

Some islands, like King Arthur’s Avalon, were pure legend. Others were mistakes or outright hoaxes.<p>In the age of GPS and Google Maps, it is hard to believe that maps can include places that don’t exist. But author Malachy Tallack argues that maps are as much “a cartography of the mind” as they are …

Maps

Drones Reveal Unexplored Ancient Settlement in Iraqi Kurdistan

During the Cold War era, the United States’ Corona spy satellites snapped stealthy images of the Soviet Union, China and their allies in Southeast …

We have a new word for that feeling when travel makes the ordinary seem new: Allokataplixis

It is a gift, usually unacknowledged, that the traveller offers to the places they visit.<p>On a double-decker bus from Dublin airport to Drumcondra …

The Best Secret Streets Around the World

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7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites you need to see before they disappear

It's not an easy feat to get inscribed to this list, which is why its all the more upsetting when these precious sites become threatened and added to the "UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Danger" list.<p>Unfortunately, most of the threats are from humans, caused by poorly managed mass tourism and …

The Best Fashion Exhibitions to See in Fall 2017

Across the globe, museums are celebrating the lives and works of some of fashion's greatest designers.<p>Following the popularity of fashion-focused exhibitions like the 2011 Alexander McQueen show at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art—not to mention this year's Rei Kawakubo exhibit—museums around …

10 Inventions That Shaped The Workplace

From cubicles to comfy chairs, these innovations had a lasting impact on office life.<p>1. Otis Elevator, 1857<p>The Otis Elevator Company installed the first public version of its newfangled invention inside New York department store E.V. Haughwout, which helped convince people it was safe to use.<p><b>The</b> …

Yes, Google Uses Its Power to Quash Ideas It Doesn’t Like—I Know Because It Happened to Me [Updated]

The story in the <i>New York Times</i> this week was unsettling: The New America Foundation, a major think tank, was getting rid of one of its teams of …

Culture In The City: Sydney's Best Museums And Galleries

Whether you are looking to escape the heat or take shelter from the the rain, you can always head indoors to discover a whole new way of looking at …

Following the Silk Road: A solo traveler’s journey through the ‘5 stans’

<i>Our readers share tales of their ramblings around the world.</i><p><b>Who:</b> Cathy Alifrangis of Herndon, Va.<p><b>Where, when, why:</b> I was celebrating a special birthday in April and decided to treat myself to a three-week adventure to five “stans”: Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan . …

The 13 Best Backpacks of 2017

Find just the right blend of comfort, organization and durability with the best backpacks of the year.<i>View the 13 images of this gallery on the</i> …

Camping

These precious 'traveling landscapes' live in vintage suitcases

The escape into wilderness is a long-established theme that emerges time and time again in books and films about coming-of-age stories, or the …

Self-sufficiency

An illustrated love letter to Uruguay

One bright summer afternoon in Montevideo, Uruguay, I opened my sketchbook and studied my subject for the day: a set of tall, white letters spelling …

The Met Digitizes its Collection, Releasing 375,000 Images for Free

Art

Inside the Sumida Hokusai Museum, now open in Tokyo

Designed by architect Kazuyo Sejima, the museum celebrates the work of artist Katsushika Hokusai<p>Last November, a stunning museum designed by Kazuyo Sejima—half of the Pritzker Prize-winning firm SANAA—opened in Tokyo, Japan.<p>The Sumida Hokusai Museum was established to highlight the work of …

Japan

The Best Olive Sneakers You Should Buy Right Now

These days, most guys have enough monochromatic sneakers to basically never need a new pair ever again (a legion of all-white, tonal gray, and blackout kicks has taken over closets everywhere). Luckily, this year a new sneaker color seems to be popping up again and again—on instantly-sold-out …

If you long for retro Hawaii, try this other Polynesian paradise instead

RAROTONGA, COOK ISLANDS -- Two friendly mutts, Kuri and Sam, pawed their way through the sand outside Vaima Polynesian Bar and Restaurant, stopping …

Air Travel Tips: Rules And Tricks For Flying, Packing, Navigating Airports And Planes During Holiday Season

The holidays are the busiest time of year for traveling in the United States. The days surrounding Christmas and New Year’s see a 23 percent rise in …

Exploring post-Brexit Britain while the pound is at an all-time low

All we ask of Britain is that it never change. It must be a fixed emerald rock in the rushing Gulf Stream of change, always there to infuse Anglophiles with a sustaining dose of stone walls, pub sausages and the chance to say “pants” instead of “underwear.”<p>But the world, worse luck, has been …

10 things that will be less expensive in 2017

In 2017, the list of predictions for what will cost more is long. You'll even spend more without even leaving home, as rent and house prices are expected to increase.<p>However, there's some good news. Plenty of items will drop in price this year, including avocados — which had become so expensive, …

Air Travel

The 350+ islands set to disappear

Panama’s indigenous Guna tribe have called San Blas home for hundreds of years. But the entire idyllic archipelago is at risk of being underwater within a matter of decades.<p>Ever since I’d arrived in Panama, I’d been hearing about San Blas, an archipelago of more than 350 islands in the Caribbean …

'Night walks are a great tonic for urban stress': your stories of the nocturnal city

‘At night the real city is laid bare, seemingly forgotten and empty’<p>San Francisco after midnight is a night stroller’s dream. I lived there for 25 years and would often take a short nap and go out at midnight to enjoy a sleeping city filled with atmosphere, deserted spaces, panoramic vistas, foggy …

Trespassing

Why Scotland’s Gin Trail Is My New Boozy Dream Trip

Courtesy of Pixabay.com<p>It's not just about Scotch anymore.<p>I like scotch just as much as (admittedly, it’s probably a little less than) the next …

London Still Calling: Six Months After Brexit, London is Even More of a Bargain

In the six months since British citizens voted to exit the European Union, one thing has remained the same: Great deals for tourists.<p>Right after the vote, there was a lot of uncertainty, the British pound took a beating, and experts urged U.S. travelers to rush over and take advantage of lodging …

In the future, people will actually look forward to their daily commutes

Commuting isn’t fit for today’s or tomorrow’s workforce—it’s time for a people-centric upgrade.<p>For transport providers, commuting used to be a question of technology-driven efficiency: “How can we get people to work quickly, safely, and cheaply?” But we should be more ambitious, aiming for a more …

The world's first non-stop flights between Australia and Europe are coming

The airline with the kangaroo on its tail is losing a bounce.<p>Air travelers will be able to fly from Australia to Europe without stopping after Qantas announced the first direct passenger route between the two continents.<p>Boeing (BA)'s 787-9 Dreamliner will make the epic 17-hour journey between …

Imaginactive Announces Hypersonic Jet Concept

Imaginactive has come up with an updated hypersonic jet concept designed to make our world a lot smaller. Named Paradoxal, the aircraft would fly at …

Space travelling passenger jet could make London to New York in two hours

A newly designed hypersonic jet could take passengers from London to New York in as little as two hours.<p>The Paradoxal would make the trip in record …

A Three Hour Flight from New York to London Might Soon Be a Reality

The world is about to get a lot smaller.<p>The first supersonic jet since the Concorde has been announced, promising to take passengers from to London to The Big Apple in just over three hours.<p>Named the Boom jet, the proposed 40-to-50-seat supersonic jet will be able to travel at Mach 2.2 (1,451 mph), …