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Secrets behind the world's most beautiful flags

A distinctive symbol of a nation, flags often tell the story of a country’s political and cultural history, with centuries-old legends hiding behind some of the simplest designs. Here, we pick out the world's most eye-catching flags with interesting tales to tell...


The scariest airport landings in the world

Seatbelts fastened? Tray table in the upright position? Excellent, because you’re in for a bumpy ride. Here we take a look at the world’s most scary airport landings.


The lockdown view from York: ‘To be OK, we need to open on 3 December’

Step back in time, way back, to a different world and a different life … about mid-January 2020. In York, the city’s tourism chiefs were developing a strategy for it to become a £1bn industry by 2025, not bad for a city of around 200,000. But on 29 January two guests at the Staycity Hotel just outside the city walls became the first Covid-19 infection cases in the UK. I remember it well: I was with friends in the Phoenix pub not 200m away and we...


'You should fly': Southwest Airlines CEO said traveling by plane is safe, despite the CDC and infectious disease experts warning against air travel

Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly said air cabins recirculate and filter air well, but experts say traveling during the pandemic remains risky.


Japan

There’s a reason Japan’s a constant on readers’ wish lists. Here are five itineraries to dig deep into the country’s imagination-firing traditions, culture and scenery...


Do You Know the History of the Christmas Tree?

Brush up on the origins of the true hallmark of holiday decor.


Cyprus vs Crete: Which is right for you?

These islands in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea are both blessed with mountain ranges, intriguing wildlife and beautiful vineyards. But if you had to pick just one to explore, which would it be?


Writers retreat: seven authors on their outdoor escapes from lockdown

Kayaking by Martin Latham Before lockdown, I occasionally got uneasily into a sea kayak with my kids – usually unbalancing it and tipping us all in the water. Then they exchanged the big multi-seater kayak for two lighter two-seaters, which I can actually lift. I am 64 and active – I have swum in the sea off Kent in every month of the year for decades. I thought the sea would be a good keep-fit place during lockdown, and so I perched a kayak on...


These abandoned castles will take your breath away

From the Château de la Mothe-Chandeniers in France to Ha Ha Tonka in Missouri, USA, their haunting beauty remains a testament to the glories of the past.


New discoveries about the world's ancient wonders

From Rome's Colosseum to Stonehenge in the UK, the world's ancient sites typically draw thousands of visitors each year keen to unlock the mysteries of past civilizations. But experts are unearthing secrets about these intriguing sites all the time, and it's clear we've only just scratched the surface of what there is to learn. Here we reveal some of the most fascinating discoveries from recent years.


Send us a tip on your most memorable rail journey for a chance to win a £200 holiday prize

Train travel offers some of the best adventures – a chance to get off-the-beaten track, to meet locals and soak up the scenery passing by. Whether it was on a steam train across tea plantations or the plains of Asia, a winding mountain railway, or a ramshackle local train to a memorable destination, we want to hear about your favourite rail journey. If you have a photo from the trip, do send it in – but it’s your words that will be judged for...


Southwest just announced 12 new routes to leisure destinations like Hawaii and Mexico as it prepares to fly the Boeing 737 Max again — here's the full list

Southwest is continuing to expand into cities that it has historically avoided before the pandemic as catering to leisure travel becomes top priority.


Frontier Airlines is launching 19 new routes and expanding to 3 new cities in 2021 with a new shortest route at 167 nautical miles — here's the full list

The focus of this expansion is cheap weekend getaways with flights to vacation destinations in the US, Caribbean, and Mexico.


With no COVID-19 relief in sight, the private bus industry could collapse — taking with it a vital US transport network

Up to 50% of the nation's 3,000 private bus companies — many of them small, family businesses — could go out of business by 2021, a trade group warns.


Here's everything you need to know and check before returning to the skies this holiday season

Travelers taking to the skies for the first time since before the pandemic should be prepared for fewer options, crowded flights, and quarantines.


Domestic bliss: Australian destinations that feel like an overseas holiday

With international travel impossible for the foreseeable future, many Australians are finally beginning to discover their own country. While bucket lists have been reordered to prioritise spots like Uluru, the Great Barrier Reef and Sydney Harbour, there are plenty of less famous destinations that are just as worthy. And they don’t all feel particularly “Australian”. In addition to scratching an overseas itch, these spots will also cost you far...


Trip Planner: Japan

There’s a reason Japan’s a constant on readers’ wish lists. Here are five itineraries to dig deep into the country’s imagination-firing traditions, culture and scenery...


How we travel now: a guide for getting from here to there in a suddenly static world

We've past few months thinking about how get around amid a pandemic that makes a hazard of movement and connection, and what it means for our future.


This is how air travel’s transformed through the decades

From the early days of flight and the "golden age of travel", to modern-day budget airlines and the current regulations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, air travel has changed a lot over the past century. Here, we take a journey through time to bring you the biggest milestones in commercial aviation history.


The world's most stunning national parks captured on camera

From desert canyons to tumbling waterfalls, national parks are home to some of the most awe-inspiring natural beauty around the globe.


10 Minutes of Yoga During My Lunch Break Has Been Game-Changing For My Concentration

It's easy and totally understandable to be feeling distracted - and just generally tired - right now, and when you add holiday stress and safety concerns to the list, powering through the workday with full productivity can sometimes feel like a challenge.


Book your next flight on Thanksgiving Day

Holiday travel is risky during the pandemic, but flying on Thanksgiving or Christmas day could be a better deal and a safer bet for some.


Christmas travel gifts

Avoid getting presents you don’t want this year – show these pages to a loved one for some handy hints on what you really need this Christmas…


Singapore Airlines is betting on the US with new routes despite a COVID surge — here's why the airline is expanding now

Singapore Airlines just launched non-stop flights to New York last week and is now eyeing the US for more growth while keeping an eye on vaccine news.


Quarantine rule change welcomed by UK travel industry

The travel industry has welcomed the change in quarantine rules that will allow passengers returning to the UK from high-risk countries to reduce the time they self-isolate to five days, if they can provide a negative Covid test result. Travel companies have been campaigning against the mandatory 14-day quarantine for all returning travellers since it was introduced on 8 June. Paul Charles of the PC Agency, who led the Quash Quarantine campaign,...


In praise of Jan Morris, by six fellow travel writers

Pico Iyer Jan Morris was a dazzling historian who was constantly fascinated by the new. She could throw off precise and stunningly compact reports – on the trial of Eichmann or her interview with Che Guevara, for this paper and many others – and then compose 30-page master portraits of cities for Rolling Stone. She was mellifluous and mischievous at once, and perhaps an ideal chronicler of the 20th century, as a classical Brit who nonetheless...


COVID-19 has ushered in a new kind of vacation: the ultra-exclusive road trip for the uber-wealthy traveler

The partnership of two luxury travel companies allows the rich to get away from home in style, comfort, and safety.


Mother Nature has reclaimed these amazing places

From prehistoric settlements and wonders of the ancient world to classical palaces and entire cities...


5 major airlines are rolling out shared digital health passes to prove negative COVID-19 tests. They hope it's a step towards recovery for an industry set to lose $157 billion.

United Airlines, Lufthansa, Virgin Atlantic, and JetBlue will accept the CommonPass as proof of negative COVID-19 tests.


The evocative music that inspired my travels: readers' tips

Winning tip: Isle of Skye with Peatbog Faeries I found Peatbog Faeries’ album Welcome to DunVEGAS from a tiny, well-stocked trad music shop in Portree. The album, recorded in a cottage on the banks of Pool Roag near Dunvegan during a three-month-long party, became a musical guidebook for a road trip exploring the beautiful and harsh Isle of Skye. Pete Morrison’s belting, anthemic bagpipes and Roddy Neilson’s undulating fiddle reels reflect the...


Eerie but beautiful abandoned subways around the world

Hidden deep beneath the city streets, these abandoned, disused and forgotten subway stations are a fascinating window to the past...


I visited London's world-famous flower market, and it's an Instagrammer's dream

Colorful and historical, London's New Covent Garden Market is a world-famous flower retailer and the perfect place to take photos for Instagram.


Picture-perfect ports seen from the skies

From Nordic beauties to Caribbean stunners, set sail on a virtual voyage around the prettiest ports on the planet.


Nearly the same amount of planes are in the air above North America ahead of Thanksgiving this year compared to last year. Here's what that looks like.

Millions of people are taking to the skies this week, even though the CDC recommended against Thanksgiving travel.


‘Understanding a map creates a new sort of relationship with the outdoors’

One of my strongest childhood memories is of sitting in the back of the car with a map. On long journeys it was my job to trace our route with my finger and call out directions (even though my parents knew exactly where we were going). I can remember that almost magical feeling of power and responsibility, as if somehow I was the one in control, that we would go where my finger took us. That’s where my love of maps began. When I got older, I...


The strangest weather phenomena on Earth

Weather has long been a favorite topic of conversation, from unseasonably hot, sunny days to skin-soaking drizzle that seems to last for weeks. But some weather really is worth talking about. These are the moonbows that shimmer in the night sky, the haloes, spots and dots deflected from the sun's rays, and the clouds that look like spaceships. Here's a selection of some of most amazing weather phenomena, from the Northern Lights to frost flowers.


These are America's most historic towns and cities

The US has plenty to offer history buffs with many charming towns and diverse cities packed full of fascinating heritage, cultural institutions and old-world charm...


Beautiful cathedrals around the world

From recognizable city icons to cathedrals-turned-museums, these incredible buildings range from the historic to modern, yet all are utterly stunning.


Sin City secrets: Las Vegas's amazing history revealed

From the glamor of the 1950s to the slump of the 1980s and freshly found vigor in the new millennium, we trace Las Vegas' history and journey through events that made the Sin City.


Experts say that picking the window seat on a plane can lower your risk of getting sick

We spoke to four experts who gave us tips on how to reduce the risk of infection on a plane: Turns out, sitting in a window seat can help.


How Bob Marley helped me paddleboard from Land’s End to John o’Groats

Day one of lockdown 2, and I’m listening to a playlist called Sunny Days. Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds comes on and suddenly I’m no longer in my cramped bedroom cum office cum yoga studio cum gym, but back on a beach in the Philippines, where I lived above a reggae bar after graduating. In the month it took me to complete my Divemaster qualification there, my love for the ocean and its creatures deepened so much that I would dedicate my life...


The Devil's bridge and the world's other mysterious spots

Join us as we take a look at the science, stories, theories and tales surrounding some of the world’s strangest sites.


Delta just gave all of its employees 2 free flights to go anywhere in the world, including those on leave from the company during the pandemic

The flight passes can be used for a confirmed seat on any flight in Delta's network, even on the longest and most expensive flights.


United says more people are canceling flights as COVID-19 cases soar ahead of the Thanksgiving travel rush

Thanksgiving is usually one of the busiest travel weeks, but officials in several states are warning people against large gatherings and long trips.


The 10 best British hotels and inns for winter walks

There's nothing like a crisp winter walk straight from your hotel door. Here are the Good Hotel Guide's ten best hotels, pubs and B&Bs in Britain. Many are dog friendly too.


Disney World fans are worried that Animal Kingdom's broken yeti will never get fixed after a famous Imagineer announced he's retiring

Joe Rohde said he thought it was a "great opportunity to slip away without too much disruption" while Disney World faced a "quiet time."


The metal monolith recently documented in the Utah desert has been there since 2016

The monolith appeared in the red-rock area south of Moab sometime between August 2015 and October 2016, according to Google Earth's historical view.


How to change or cancel flights during the pandemic

Airlines are struggling with ever-changing demand amid a COVID surge in the US. Here's what you need to know about changing or canceling travel.


The world’s most beautiful walled towns and cities

Since ancient times, humans have built walls to safeguard their homes and communities from attack. While many famous fortified cities such as Jericho and Troy have crumbled over time, plenty of characterful towns and cities with their age-old walls intact remain. From hilltop citadels to fortified coastal enclaves, we scour the world to find some of the most beautiful.


Americans are already dreaming of post-vaccine travel — and their top destinations are the world's biggest cities

When the news of potential coronavirus vaccines broke, some people immediately started planning their next vacation. Here's where they want to go.