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I deeply regret riding an elephant on holiday. This year, we should all make the ethical choice

It won’t surprise anyone to know that I’m not the sort of person who’d choose to go to tourist attractions that keep animals in captivity for human entertainment. But like many of us, when it comes to interacting with animals while on holiday, there are things I look back on that I would do differently now. Tourist attractions such as dolphin parks and tiger temples exist only for commercial gain at the price of a lifetime of mental and often...


Grecian earn: Hilltop homes with boutique marina access from £2.3 million at Elounda Hills in Crete

Grecian earn: Hilltop homes with boutique marina access from £2.3 million at Elounda Hills in Crete - Eloundia Hills is an eco-resort that promises villas to fulfill every Greek island fantasy — as Crete is set to welcome a new set of well-heeled jet setters


Airlines could be forced to display environmental impact of every flight

Airlines could be forced to display environmental impact of every flight - Regulator the Civil Aviation Authority said it wants to enable consumers to make more informed choices.


5 Epic Road Trips You Can Do Over a Long Weekend

Don't have weeks to cross the country via Route 66? You can have as awe-inspiring an experience on one of these epic drives, doable in just three days


Club Med Celebrates Green Week: A Week of Sustainability Across Its Resorts

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam, July 23, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Club Med, the pioneer of premium, all-inclusive holiday experiences, is proud to announce Green Week, a week-long celebration of its ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability across most of its resorts around the globe. Green Week highlights Club Med's dedication to a more sustainable future, tackling crucial issues like plastic pollution, biodiversity loss and responsible...


Flying taxi journeys could cost the same as ‘hiring an Uber’, UK firm says

Flying taxi journeys could cost the same as ‘hiring an Uber’, UK firm says - Vertical Aerospace said it expects its eVTOLs will become ‘very affordable’ once production grows.


Europe's most picturesque small towns and villages

Charming villages full of traditional character, historic towns with plenty of cultural clout... Europe has them all. But where are the truly scenic destinations located? Browse the gallery and take a look at these photogenic eye-openers.


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LOOK: New, bigger OFW lounge opens at NAIA Terminal 3

Overseas Filipino Workers can now relax at a new and more spacious lounge while waiting for their flights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Situated at NAIA Terminal 3 near Gate 7, the new area opened its doors to the public last Friday, July 19. According to a report by The Philippine STAR, it was unveiled by San Miguel Corporation and NA...


The most dangerous countries in the world in 2024


Travel destinations you should make an effort to see

The world is vast and with so many places to see it's often difficult to choose which destinations to tick off the wish list. But there are some countries that are definitely worth traveling to, whether for their cultural significance, outstanding wildlife, or natural beauty. Click through the gallery for a tour of where you need to go and what you must see.


5 Dazzling Stargazing Destinations within Driving Distance from Major U.S. Cities

A different kind of nightlife awaits when you road-trip out for some celestial splendor


250 tourists from US to interact with IPs

MANILA, Philippines — With an estimated 250 tourists from the United States joining a tour of Northern Mindanao, the Philippine consulate general in New York has expressed confidence that the region has a lot to offer to visitors. The office of the consulate general will lead the 15th year of the “Very Important Pinoy” or VIP Tour, which was established by the Philippine embassy in the US, to bring Filipino-Americans and Americans of Filipino...


British Airways to put 200 aspiring pilots through training

British Airways to put 200 aspiring pilots through training - The airline said it wants to attract ‘the very best candidates from right across society’.


The long tale of the yacht linked to a Russian oligarch and abandoned in the Caribbean for more than 2 years finally draws to a close

A European buyer bought the 267-foot yacht, ending two-year saga involving ex-Google CEO Eric Schmidt and Russian oligarch Andrey Guryev.


War in Myanmar heartlands silences volcano shrine

A shrine perched on an extinct volcano in Myanmar once thronged with the bustle of pilgrims praying to flower-eating spirit Popa Maedaw, but civil war has cut the complex off from the faithful. - Wish granter - The Taung Kalat shrine honours Popa Maedaw, one of dozens of nats, or guardian spirits, that exist alongside Buddhism in Myanmar.


An Asian city is named the safest destination in the world for travelers

Singapore is named the world's safest city for tourists, according to recent research by Forbes Advisor.


I've worked on cruise ships for years. Here are 6 things passengers should stop wasting money on.

As someone who works on cruises, passengers should avoid spending money on these things, including individual drinks and laundry.


Stunning images of the greatest canyons and gorges on Earth

Some of the most awe-inspiring natural wonders on Earth are the many spectacular canyons and gorges carved out of valleys and mountain ranges found in all four corners of the globe. Some, like the Grand Canyon, are iconic landmarks. But there are other lesser-known examples incised out of the planet that are equally impressive in their beauty and grandeur. Click through the following gallery and marvel at these jaw-dropping gorges and canyons.


A Californian details the pros of living in England and how the culture compares to the US

Andrea moved from the US to the UK. She explained the pros of living in London and why she thinks she fits better with English culture.


Marcos: Philippines to focus on 'experiential tourism'

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said on Monday that boosting the tourism industry required a multi-faceted strategy. ''We, in the Philippines, have no less than 7,641 beautiful reasons to tap the potential of our tourism sector, for which our archipelagic nation is internationally renowned and from which many Filipinos derive their livelihood,'' Marcos said in his third State of the Nation Address at the Batasang Pambansa. ''While a resurgence in...


Doing the Dolomites: Exploring Italy's iconic mountain range

The Dolomites are a mountain range located in northeastern Italy. They form part of the Southern Alps and rank among the most climbed peaks in Europe. A natural draw in winter, when some of the best ski resorts in the region open for business, the Dolomites are an equally rewarding summertime destination, with hiking, cycling, and sightseeing providing a wealth of reasons to linger in this spectacularly scenic corner of the continent. So, are you ready to do the Dolomites? Pack the backpack, pull on your boots, and find out where to go and what to see.


Paris Olympics plunged into travel chaos as airport workers threaten to strike with days to go

The Paris Olympics has been plunged into chaos as airport workers have threatened strike action in line with the opening ceremony. It comes as metro stations are currently closed around the city


Travel hotspots! Countries with the highest UV levels

The ultraviolet index (UVI) is a measure of the level of UV radiation. UVI 3 is the level above which sun protection is recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO). But some of the most popular vacation destinations on the planet regularly experience a UVI of anywhere between 8 and 11. This means anybody failing to cover up in such conditions runs the risk of damaging their health, not least by promoting the onset of skin cancer. But how do you interpret UVI, and where in the world are some of the worst travel hotspots? Click through and discover the countries with the greatest UV levels.


More Filipinos are visiting Taiwan

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Tourism officials from Taiwan are ramping up initiatives to entice more Filipinos to visit their country. Recently, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (Teco) held a travel fair here inviting travelers from the Visayas and Mindanao to explore Taiwan. The Taiwanese government sent a delegation for the Taiwan Tourism Workshop held in a hotel in North Reclamation Area (NRA) last July 18. The activity came after Taiwan...


Thailand records 19.6 million foreign arrivals so far this year

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand recorded 19.6 million foreign tourist arrivals from January to July 21 period, the Tourism Ministry said Tuesday, up 34% from the same period a year earlier. The government is targeting 40 million foreign arrivals for the whole of this year. Tourism is a major employer and driver of Thai growth. (Reporting by Chayut Setboonsarng; Editing by Martin Petty)


COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT SAPPORO DEBUTS IN ONE OF JAPAN'S MOST POPULAR WINTER HOLIDAY DESTINATIONS

The 321-Room Hotel Welcomes Trailblazing Business and Leisure Travelers to Northernmost Island of Hokkaido, Famous for its Picturesque Landscapes, Skiing and Spellbinding Annual Snow Festival TOKYO, July 23, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Courtyard by Marriott®, part of Marriott Bonvoy's portfolio of over 30 extraordinary hotel brands, today announced the opening of Courtyard by Marriott Sapporo in Sapporo City, the capital of Japan's northernmost island...


I've been to 25 countries. Here are 10 mistakes I wish I'd avoided when I first started traveling.

After visiting 25 countries, I've made plenty of mistakes while traveling. But luckily, I can pass on my wisdom about things to avoid and stop doing.


British holidaymakers 'stranded' abroad for days say 'we've been treated like cattle' during IT crisis

Several families have been left stuck in Turkey and Cyprus after their TUI flights back to Glasgow were cancelled following the global Crowdstrike IT outage


Exploring Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries

During the 17th and 18th centuries, it was customary for young European men of high social standing and independent financial means to undertake the Grand Tour, a traditional trip through Europe that served as an educational rite of passage. Primarily associated with the British nobility and wealthy landed gentry, the Grand Tour followed a standard itinerary that exposed its privileged travelers to the cultural legacy of classical antiquity and the Renaissance associated with some of the continent's most desired destinations, cities that included Paris, Geneva, Florence, and Rome. Much of Europe looked very different 300 years ago. But by retracing a typical route that would have been followed by a British aristocrat and comparing destinations then with those of today, you get a good idea of the journey he took and the places he visited. Click through the following gallery and enjoy your own Grand Tour of Europe.


Ryanair says travellers can expect lower summer airfares despite drop in profits

The Irish budget carrier said on Monday that lower prices over spring pushed profits down 46% to £303m for the three months to June 30


Why Lombardy is still one of the most beautiful regions in the world

Since the advent of tourism, this picture-perfect pocket of Europe has been delighting visitors with its medieval towns, fabulous art, and some of the most beautiful lakes in the world. Click through the following gallery for a pictorial journey through this stunning Italian region.


Inside Hen Quarter, Buzzard Point’s New Southern-Styled Destination

The Old Town restaurant expands across the Anacostia River on Tuesday, July 23


Ukrainian city fears possible arrival of F-16 fighter jets

With its castle, medieval tower and river-side beach, the western Ukrainian tourist town of Starokostiantyniv doesn't seem an obvious target for Russian missile and drone strikes. We've even had drone debris fall on the beach, Shpachenko said.


Philippine Delegation Returns to Global Birdfair in the U.K. After 15-Year Hiatus

The tourism industry hopes to welcome foreign birdwatchers in the Philippines.


Parking to passports: how to check holiday costs and ensure entry into EU

Compare parking costs The UK has some of the highest airport parking charges in the world. However, you can reduce the eye-watering bill by booking ahead, and, often, going away from the airport site. Try the Purple Parking comparison website to find the cheapest deals – it covers all the UK airports, and offers a 15% discount for signing up to its emails – but check the official airport website, too. This week the Luton airport website quoted...


Paris is ready for the Olympics

Paris will host the Olympics and Paralympics this summer, with thousands of stellar athletes and millions of tourists expected to visit the French capital. The countdown to the Games is on, so click through this gallery to find out everything you need to know, from the newly debuted sports to where the opening ceremony will be held.


4 Things I Always Do When Going on a Road Trip (and One I’ll Never Do Again)

Food and travel influencer Shay Spence shares his hard-won lessons from a recent road trip through the southeastern U.S. on his way to Dollywood


9 Best Hilton Hotels in Vegas if You're Traveling With Family

Vegas is a town that’s packed with exciting lights, shows, and casinos that travelers can’t wait to visit. And while the city is chock-full with endless nightlife, did you know there’s also plenty for families to enjoy together? If you’re here, it’s likely that you do-and you’re just looking for the best place to set […]


P46 billion plan to prep Clark for multi-airport future

MANILA, Philippines — Clark International Airport will be leaning on a P46-billion development plan, commitment from leading airlines, and the emerging economy of Central Luzon to remain a preferred gateway of travelers in Luzon. Government and aviation executives told The STAR they are dedicated to improving the viability of Clark to sustain its relevance in a multi-airport future in Mega Manila. The Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC),...


The 5 Best Apps to Make Any Road Trip Easier

Take the stress out of road trip planning with these genius phone apps that help make the journey a little smoother


Lancaster Bomber to take to the skies once again

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight said the plane will fly after maintenance work.


Controversy in Paris 2024: Teahupo'o, the venue that awaits Olympic surfing


Bell tents and birdwatching: glamping in a Norfolk wildlife paradise

It’s 5am and I awake to the sound of a gaggle of greylag geese heralding the morning outside my bell tent. The dawn chorus is in full swing, and shortly after I get up to enjoy it, I come face to face with a wild hare and spot a muntjac deer flashing past the boundary of the campsite. To the extreme envy of all my nature-loving friends, I am one of the first glampers to stay at the brand new campsite which recently opened in Pensthorpe natural...


1.4million train customers owed share of £25milllion compensation - how to claim

You could be owed money if you're a Transport for London (TfL) travelcard holder who travelled on Stagecoach South Western Trains (SSWT) between October 1, 2015 and August 20, 2017


Diversions in place as work to replace bridge begins

The bridge work is expected to take until 20 December and a lengthy diversion is in place.


Brilliant facts about the American bison

Not only is the bison one of the most iconic animals in North America, but it's actually the United States' national mammal. These majestic beasts are as American as apple pie and have been inhabiting its lands for centuries. In this gallery we are giving the fantastic animal its flowers. Click on to learn some fascinating facts about the American bison.


Evidence of WW2 crash revealed on 80th anniversary

US airmen who died in the crash are honoured with a memorial at the crash site in Thurston, Suffolk.


'Our multicultural megastore can save town centre'

A new supermarket is welcoming its first customers after taking over a former Woolworths site.


5 Roadside Destinations Worth the Detour

These quirky attractions are perfect for a quick stop during a road trip, and make for some great photos