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This kayak packs up into a backpack so you can take it anywhere

If you love kayaking but find storing and transporting the canoes tricky due to their size, a new kayak to the market might solve your problems. Pakayak is a lightweight, 14-foot kayak that you can disassemble and pack into a three-and-half-foot backpack with wheels, making it easier for you to …

Travel

Keep track of your travels with these wildly popular scratch maps

How do you keep track of your travels? This line of maps is proving hugely popular with people who like a proud memento of their escapades to display in their home.<p>The original Scratch Map. Image by Luckies<p>Scratch Maps are a range of pretty maps with an added fun element; you can scratch off the …

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No need to stick to closing time when you spend the night in this charming Irish pub

Have you ever been at the pub at closing time and wished you could stay just a little bit longer? Now you can — a real Irish pub in North Tipperary, Ireland is available for rent on Airbnb.<p>You can stay in this Tipperary pub. Image by Dave and Erron Slingsby<p>One tiny yet important detail to note …

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One last time over Georgia - photographer captures country's beauty by drone before laws change

The past few years have seen rapid advancement in drone technology. As devices become smaller and more affordable than ever before, people all over the world are delighting in capturing their travels from interesting angles. However, this prevalence has also led to countries being more vigilant …

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Harbin magical history tour

Harbin, in China’s far north, has made a name for itself as a winter hotspot thanks to the Harbin Ice and Snow World, a neon-clad Narnia of frozen fairy-tale castles and ice slides. But the city is also known for its early 20th-century Russian architecture, marking the era when China permitted …

Europe

Changdeokgung in Seoul, South Korea

Changdeokgung was originally built in 1405 as a secondary palace, but when Gyeongbokgung (Seoul’s principal palace) was destroyed during the Japanese invasion in the 1590s, it became the primary royal residence until 1872. It remained in use well into the 20th century. Like all Joseon palaces, it …

South Korea

Top 5 Original Books of the Summer by Le Grand Jeu

Sorry for Damage Done<p>This book, published in conjunction with the <i>#ViralVandals</i> exhibition organized by Jasper van Es and Boris of The Grifters at the …

Art

Introducing Cartagena

Cartagena de Indias is the undisputed queen of the Caribbean coast, a fairy-tale city of romance, legends and superbly preserved beauty lying within an impressive 13km of centuries-old colonial stone walls. Cartagena's old town is a Unesco World Heritage site – a maze of cobbled alleys, balconies …

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The Ultimate California Road Trip

California road trips don’t come much better than the route along the California One Highway from LA – San Francisco, via Yosemite National Park! Incredible landscapes and cool cities await...<p>Los Angeles<p>Trekking up to the Hollywood sign is a must-do for anyone heading to LA – especially when you …

Road Trips

Lonely Planet reveals the most thrilling drives in the world and Scotland has made the list

Have you ever driven along the misty mountain pass?<p>We love walking, that goes without saying. But sometimes you just can't beat the thrill of driving …

Road Trips

10 of the world’s coolest neighbourhoods to visit right now

Few travel lovers have trouble naming the world’s greatest cities; the likes of London, New York and Rio de Janeiro will always draw curious wanderers. But keeping tabs on the local trends that keep city life so exciting is another matter.<p>We asked our on-the-ground city experts from around the …

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8 great business cards for UX designers

Given that UX is all about simple usability and accessibility, it’s not surprising UX designers often opt for minimal, monochrome designs when it …

Design Thinking

London’s Night Tube service has been a smashing success in its first year

Lovers of London’s amazing night life have helped make the first year of the Night Tube a massive success.<p>The city’s mayor Sadiq Khan has announced that the first year operating certain tube lines overnight has brought an even greater economic boost than expected. The stats released on the one-year …

London

These globetrotting nationalities are the most travelled in the world

If you’re out exploring the world, don’t be surprised if some of the travellers you meet along the way happen to be Irish – folks from the Emerald Isle are the most-travelled in the world, according to a new report.<p>Hostelworld analysed global booking data from 170 countries and found that – …

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Cruising the last frontier: top shore excursions in Alaska

Cruising has made Alaska’s once-impenetrable wilderness accessible to millions. But to really get a feel for the unforgiving landscapes that made erstwhile gold rush ‘stampeders’ quiver in their boots, you need to get off the ship and stretch your legs a little. Here are a few very Alaskan things …

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A guide to Seattle’s Alki Beach

Seattle’s closest beach is a Pacific Northwestern riff on the popular beaches of Southern California. Along this two-mile stretch of beach, you’ll find a fair number of volleyball courts, ample tidepooling opportunities, as well as a handful of restaurants, bars, and cafes perfect for a visit any …

Seattle

The Netherlands now has the same number of breweries as it did in the Middle Ages

Here’s something we can toast: the Netherlands now has the same number of breweries as it did in the Middle Ages. With the rise of independent beer makers, the country now counts some 500 facilities producing the good stuff—a staggering 2400% increase since the 1980s—which is a unit of drink we can …

Travel

Can’t bear to leave your pets behind? Take them on the road like these travellers who live in a van with their dogs

Do you panic every time you have to leave your beloved pets behind when you travel? Then maybe it’s time to consider taking them with you – like the globe-trotting couple that brings their dogs along for every adventure.<p>Freelance writer Brianna Madia and her husband Keith, from Bridegeport and …

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Don’t forget to leave your electronic cigarette at home if you’re heading to Thailand

Electronic cigarettes are hugely popular among those trying to give up smoking, but travellers may be unaware that they’re banned in Thailand. Visitors are being reminded that vaporisers like e-cigarettes and e-baraku may be confiscated, and those who flout the law could be fined or …

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Meet the NYC photographer capturing the madness of the city after midnight

A bartender must wear many hats: friend, therapist, philosopher, entertainer. Tadhg Ennis has amassed all of these skills and then some, as he also photographs New York City late at night.<p>Like many people pursuing their New York dream, the budding art director works shifts in a bar while he obtains …

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An epic three-storey high mural of the Black Sea has been revealed in Kiev

Cape Town-based artist Jake Aikman has unveiled a striking three-storey mural on the side of a building in Kiev, Ukraine. It’s in conjunction with Art United Us, an urban art project that collaborates with communities to raise public awareness of issues around war, aggression, and violence. They’re …

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Here’s what’s unmissable during Dublin’s free Culture Night in September

If you’re heading to Ireland in September, you might just be lucky enough catch Culture Night, the country’s annual free cultural extravaganza. Taking place on the evening of Friday 22 September, it showcases the vibrant arts and creative scene across the country. The Irish capital Dublin is …

Ireland

Seeking adventure this summer? US research company picks the best spots

If you’re looking for a last-minute outdoor adventure in the United States this summer – then Hawaii should officially top your list. In a survey of every major resort across the fifty states, research firm Resonance found that all three of the best destinations for adventure were islands in the …

Travel

100 trips everyone should take in their lifetime, according to the world's top travel experts

No matter how many countries you've been to, there's always somewhere new to discover.<p>But with so many cultures, countries, and landscapes to explore, it's hard to prioritize one dream destination over another.<p>Business Insider UK asked 20 top travel bloggers and writers/editors from the likes of …

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16 extraordinary places you never knew existed

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How Much It Costs to Take an Epic 2,400-mile Road Trip on Route 66

<i>This story originally appeared on Money.com.</i><p>Back in the 1940s, Nat King Cole was already singing about Route 66’s open-road appeal. Today, Route 66 …

Road Trips

Lonely Planet Edinburgh guidebooks to ask tourists not to rub Greyfriars Bobby's nose

The leading tour firm plan to highlight efforts to stop the trend in their next edition as it has resulted in the paint wearing away.<p>Future Edinburgh …

Scotland

The Secret Life of Iceland’s Renaissance man, Hákon Kjalar and his Mongolian yurts

It began with the arrival of Ben Stiller and his film crew, shooting Arctic scenes for <i>The Secret Life of Walter Mitty</i> in rural Iceland. In the spirit of a film driven by bizarre coincidences, one of the props — a large Mongolian yurt — ended some years later in the hands of Hákon Kjalar, a kind of …

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Lighting the way for walkers: Singapore tests innovative glow-in-the-dark pathway

The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) of Singapore is experimenting with the appearance of a Rail Corridor running through the city. One of the ideas currently being brought to life is a glow-in-the-dark surface that illuminates the way for walkers.<p>“Feedback in our public consultations for the …

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A new start-up creates exhilarating road trip itineraries for travellers in New Zealand

If the idea of taking a road trip around stunning New Zealand appeals to you, a new start-up is creating an itinerary of exciting road trip tours for travellers. Roady is a travel company founded by friends Cameron Kennedy and Roscoe Price Moor, and the seeds were sown in 2010 when they enjoyed a …

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