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Feasts and holy days in the Kazakhstan desert

I thought I knew Kazakhstan. I’d been to Pavlodar, in the north-east, for its Russian cafes and its theatre named after Anton Chekhov, and I’d explored Turkestan, in the far south, with its Timurid architecture to rival the turquoise-tiled mosques of neighbouring Uzbekistan. I’d spent time in industrial Karaganda, in the vast central steppe, checking into a hotel built for Soviet cosmonauts. In the former capital, Almaty, I rented a flat and...


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.


Amazing places saved from the brink

Skylines and landscapes around the world would look pretty empty without their most famous monuments. But some of the planet's most distinguished landmarks almost didn't stand the test of time. From grand cathedrals to political buildings, we take a look at the attractions that were nearly lost over the centuries.


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.


Earth's amazing places swallowed by the sea

Humans have long been fascinated and frightened by the beauty and power of the ocean. Some communities feel its sheer force more than others. Here we take a look at historic villages that have fallen prey to the waves, today's coastal communities that have been abandoned to the sea, plus natural and man-made landmarks at risk of rising sea levels.


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.


An American tourist who stole and inscribed a note on a shard of ancient Roman marble mailed it back to Italy, apologizing for being an 'a--hole'

The National Roman Museum said it received the piece — daubed with "To Sam, love Jess, Rome 2017" — in a parcel sent from Atlanta, Georgia.


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.


US air traffic on Thanksgiving eve was the highest it's been since the beginning of the pandemic

More than 1 million people passed through TSA checkpoints on Wednesday, even as health authorities urged Americans not to travel for the holiday.


These 10 Thanksgiving Facts Will Surprise You

The more you know, right?


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.


Airlines can expect to bleed up to $157 billion in losses until people fly normally again, making 2020 the worst year in aviation history, industry body IATA says

Pandemic-related revenue slumps show airlines will lose $66 for every passenger carried this year, trade association IATA said.


Photos: See Disney World's Epcot transformation

Walt Disney World Resort's Epcot theme park is undergoing the biggest transformation of any Disney park in history. Scroll through to see photos.


'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.


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...


Teetering on the edge: the world's amazing clifftop towns

From seaside citadels to remote medieval mountain villages, living life on the edge has never looked so good.


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.


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...


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.


Do You Know the History of the Christmas Tree?

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


‘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...


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...


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.


Delta launches the first quarantine-free travel from the US to Europe, thanks to a new testing program that reduces infection chances on a flight to '1 in a million'

Passengers on Delta and will have to take two COVID-19 tests before boarding the plane, and another one upon arrival in Italy.


Scotland’s ski resorts in limbo with potential bumper season looming

The future of Scottish ski resorts hangs in the balance as they confront two starkly different scenarios for the winter to come. On the one hand, they might see record visitor numbers as British skiers head north as an alternative to the Alps; on the other, continued local restrictions could leave them facing prolonged closure and financial struggles. This week the French, Italian and German authorities announced they would not open their ski...


This is every state's most beautiful bridge

There are more than 600,000 bridges in America – and many of them are incredible feats of modern engineering, while others are steeped in history. With many now emptier than ever, we take you on a virtual tour of the most impressive bridge in every US state and DC so you can admire them from your armchair.


No man's lands: places where people fear to tread

We take a look at taboo territories across the globe.


This is what daily life in Russia looks like

In terms of size, Russia is the biggest country in the world, spanning nine different time zones and covering a vast expanse of 17.1 million square kilometres (6.6 million square miles). From the bustling streets of Moscow to the windswept steppes of Siberia, here’s a look at what daily life looks like in Russia.


These are America's most important National Monuments

You’ll be familiar with the USA's national parks but National Monuments are often lesser-known and lesser-appreciated. Take a look...


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.


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.


These are Europe's most charming small towns

From historic citadels to snowy spots, these stunning small towns and villages are brimming with beauty at every turn. Full of culture, color and quirky features found nowhere else on Earth, join us as we virtually explore the marvelous mini-metropolises across Europe that are sure to leave you spellbound.


The world's amazing airports you've probably never heard of

From the world's southernmost and northernmost airports to terminals with cozy log fires and freshly cooked lobster to take away, here we explore some of the coolest and quirkiest lesser-known airports around the world.


America's historic downtowns will take you back in time

From districts packed with Victorian-era architecture to atmospheric main streets in Gold Rush towns, we take a look at the most charming downtowns across the US.


Hilarious airport codes around the world revealed

With more than 9,000 airport codes issued by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), there are some we recognize instantly, like JFK and LAX, but some airports have not been quite so lucky. Here we take a look at some of the most comical, unconventional or unintentionally rude abbreviations given to airports across the world. Turns out you can even fly from HEL to CIA...


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.


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.


The best Airbnb under $150 in every state

When the vacation budget doesn't stretch to upmarket hotels and 5-star resorts, Airbnb is a great way of finding one-of-a-kind stays for reasonable prices. From log cabins in the mountains to artsy lofts in the country's coolest downtowns, we've found the best Airbnb under $150 in every state.


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,...


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...


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.


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.


What Parents Should Know Ahead of Watching The Christmas Chronicles 2

After losing his reindeer, getting arrested, then being forced to deliver all the Christmas presents in under an hour, it's hard to believe that Christmas Eve could get any more hectic for Santa.


Inside the world's most beautiful palaces

From royal residences and grand retreats for the incredibly wealthy of days gone by, these gorgeous palaces all have one thing in common – no expense has been spared when building and decorating these jaw-dropping structures. Today, these opulent homes of the past are typically either fully or partially open for visitors so while real travel is still extremely limited, we offer a virtual journey through these sought-after destinations.


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 world’s most beautiful places of worship

Some of the world’s most beautiful buildings have been constructed in the name of religion. Designed as tributes to deities or divine rulers, they dazzle with intricate and, in some cases, colorful details. From the most magnificent mosques with golden domes to boldly beautiful temples, churches and synagogues, these are some of the most captivating places of worship around the world.


All 11 US airlines are running Black Friday sales, but the meager discounts are just another sign of an industry in crisis — here's the list

American Airlines is giving flyers back a portion of their trip in a promo code while Hawaiian Airlines is offering sub-$200 flights to the mainland.


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.


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.


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...