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Surprising things you didn't know you could bring through TSA

While most of us tend to obsess about what we can't present to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), there's actually a substantial list of unexpected items that the US agency does allow through airport checkpoints. From home appliances and certain fresh produce to live sea creatures, these things are routinely allowed through the security line. And while it's probably not realistic to pack stuff like this, it's nice to know that you have the choice, just in case. Click on to discover the surprising things you didn't know you could bring through the TSA system.


Tips to have a relaxing spa day at home

If you have ever been to a spa, you'll know that they are a great way to relax, unwind, and forget about the stresses of everyday life. Unfortunately, spas can be a bit pricey to say the least, and not all of us have the luxury of time or money to visit the spa on a regular basis. Luckily, there are things you can do to recreate the spa experience for yourself. Check out this gallery for some tips on how to have a relaxing spa day at home.


The Brandenburg Gate: a symbol of division or unity?

The Brandenburg Gate is one of the most recognized monuments in Germany, and, indeed, Europe. Located in Berlin, the triumphal arch has a tumultuous history. Completed in 1791, this neoclassical masterpiece has survived two global conflicts, and served as a physical and ideological barrier under Soviet rule during the Cold War. Today, this iconic structure is a symbol of peace and unity, and remains a popular and venerated visitor attraction. So, what else has this gate gone through in its 230-plus year history? Click through and take a thorough look at the Brandenburg Gate.


More than two-hour delays at Eurotunnel LeShuttle

Eurotunnel apologises over "extended wait" for passengers at the Folkestone terminal.


The most unbelievable things stolen in the United States

There have been several remarkable heists in history, where items such as precious jewels, priceless paintings, and incomprehensible amounts of cash were stolen. However, there are also peculiar criminals who set their sights on treasures that are a little more... unusual. From the strangely specific to the utterly inexplicable, check out this gallery to see some of the weirdest things people have ever stolen in America.


Huge RAF plane lifted from fort by crane

The Blackburn Beverley is being dismantled in Hull and moved to a museum in Cumbria.


Bin collections to continue on royal bank holiday

The States has issued fresh information for residents ahead of King Charles' visit.


Museum cafe plan wins support of city councillors

The £850k plans had been "called in" for closer scrutiny, but have now been passed.


Fictional restaurants, cafés, and bars we'd love to visit

Who ever watched 'Friends' and wished they could hang out with the show's cast at Central Perk? Many movies and TV show have some really iconic cafés, diners, bars, and the like that we'd love to visit. We're attracted by the location itself, but also by the staff, customers, and sometimes even the food and drinks they served there. In this gallery, we take you on a journey through the best fictional food and drink spots we wish we could visit. Click on!


Dave Ramsey: 7 Vacation Splurges That are a Waste of Money

When you go away on vacation, taking a break from your budget is tempting. You work hard all year for your money to finally reward yourself with a retreat and some time off from your job. The only...


Traveller reveals little-known train hack every passenger NEEDS to know when commuting during rush hour

Make sure you can get a seat on your next busy train journey. Chelsea Dickenson shared a video on social media showing how the LED signs on the railway platform could help you.


17-year-old injured after falling from swing ride at Six Flags-owned Canada's Wonderland park

The teen was taken to the hospital and an "incident investigation is underway," a park representative tells EW.


Royal treasures: Discover the largest private art collection in the world

The Royal Collection of the British royal family is the largest private art collection in the world. Housed variously in occupied and historic royal residences across the United Kingdom, this vast treasure trove in owned by King Charles and overseen by the Royal Collection Trust. It numbers the priceless Crown Jewels, rare Old Masters, and unique Fabergé eggs among many other rare and extraordinary artifacts. And most of the collection is on public display! Click through and be dazzled by the treasures of the Royal Collection.


A popular tour guide's death leads to more scrutiny of border issues

Kristie Thibodeaux's gunfire death made headlines first because it happened in the French Quarter — New Orleans' oldest neighborhood and a place where residents of historic homes and owners of tourist-dependent restaurants and clubs have long worried about recurring violent crime. Then came the news that one of three suspects in the armed robbery and shooting of the 43-year-old tour guide was a juvenile with an arrest record and an ankle monitor...


The last unexplored places on Earth

We've been to the Moon, so surely we know every corner of our planet, right? Not quite. Many places on Earth remain largely unexplored. From unclimbed mountains, to the depths of the oceans and rainforests, there are still many ecosystems to be discovered. And not only are there unexplored places, there are also still uncontacted peoples out there! Earth is indeed a big place, and we've not seen it all. In this gallery, we've compiled a list of some of our planet's unexplored places. Click through and start your journey of discovery.


Real small towns that seem to be in a parallel universe

With such diverse landscapes and people spread across this enormous spinning rock, there’s bound to be some extraordinary happenings, but many of them are tucked away in tiny towns, waiting to be discovered. So check out this gallery of unbelievably quirky, impressive, and mind-boggling communities, and revel in the amazement at what your fellow humans have been up to.


Socotra Island, the most unworldly place on the planet

Socotra Island covers an area of just 3,626 sq km (1,400 sq m), and yet this tiny Indian Ocean island lying off the coast of Yemen represents a treasure trove of dazzling biodiversity. The largest island in the Socotra archipelago, this is a destination that defies worldly description. Instead its landscape in more alien in nature, a unique collection of habitats that would look more at home on a distant planet in the far reaches of the universe. But Socotra is accessible, and more people are venturing outside their comfort zone to explore this remarkable island and its wealth of rare flora and fauna. So, how adventurous are you? Click through and journey to a place extraterrestrial in looks, and little explored by earthlings.


RNLI boats on show during charity event

Organisers of the Flag Day say souvenir stalls and a charity swim will also feature.


Move to create zero-emission route with St Malo

The island signed an agreement to create a zero-carbon maritime route with St Malo in Brittany.


New York-style ferry system in PH to cost P20B

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) estimates it would be spending up to P20 billion for the proposed ferry system traversing Manila Bay, Pasig River, Marikina River and Laguna Lake as it will be designed to accommodate a high volume of daily commuters. Transportation Undersecretary Timothy John Batan, in a statement on Friday, said the project could be modeled after the Chao Phraya River Ferry System in Thailand and the New York Ferry...


Canceled flights: Bad weather affects Manila-Zamboanga route

MANILA, Philippines — Flights were canceled on the Manila-Zamboanga-Manila route for Saturday due to “unfavorable weather conditions,” according to the Manila International Airport Authority (Miaa). In a statement, Miaa said the following trips were called off as of 8:00 a.m. on July 13: Philippine Airlines (PAL) Express (2P) 2P 2949/2950 Manila-Zamboanga-Manila Cebu Pacific (5J) 5J 851/852 Manila-Zamboanga-Manila 5J 859/860...


Australia explorer laid to rest in village

Matthew Flinders, the man credited with naming Australia, has been reburied in Lincolnshire.


What you should (and shouldn't) pack for the perfect beach day

Here are some of the best simple tips and hacks for packing light for the beach and managing beachside food and beverages with ease.


Tim Dowling: we’re off to sunny Spain, but I’ve got the airport blues

Our old people’s travel cards do not open the barriers at Gatwick airport train station. My wife flashes me an I-told-you-so look, because she told me so, shortly after we left the house. Things have not started well, and we’re still a long way from Spain. “Zones one through six only,” the guard says, in a weary, patronising sing-song. This, I realise, is what being old is like: they give you free stuff, and then snatch it away so they can treat...


PSA data shows PH tourism growth – DoT

THE Department of Tourism (DoT) and the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) revealed the achievements of the tourism sector in numbers, which underscores its capacity to create meaningful livelihood opportunities and inclusive growth. Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco cited the favorable statistics the PSA provided to the country's tourism industry. "This in and of itself manifests both the power of tourism to transform lives and to...


Former Tourism Director Manny Ilagan passes away

LOS ANGELES – Former Tourism Director Emmanuel “Manny” Ilagan passed away on July 1, 2024 at 3:39 a.m. at Los Alamitos Medical Center in the City of Los Alamitos, California. He was 69. Viewing will take place on July 17 at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The funeral service will be held the next day from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Manny is survived by his loving wife Margaret “Meg” Ilagan and children Nicole Ilagan-Hanson and...


These are the biggest volcanic eruptions of all time

From Vesuvius to Laki, we've seen some monstrous eruptions of volcanoes throughout history. Most of these volcanoes are stratovolcanoes, meaning cone-shaped elevations that were built over time from layers of ash and lava. Due to their relatively soft composition, pressure builds up inside until they blow up, which results in sudden explosive eruptions. Their steep slopes then generate pyroclastic flows, making them some of the most dangerous types of volcanoes. The power of such eruptions is measured using the Volcanic Explosivity Index (VEI), which is a scale that goes from one to eight. Each succeeding VEI is 10 times greater than the last. Click on to find out which historic volcanic eruptions scored the highest.


You won't believe how disgusting royal palaces used to be

When we think of the royal dynasties in European history, we think of kings and queens with absolute power ruling over vast empires, living in unchecked luxury. Many of the palaces they built are still some of the most impressive architectural wonders in existence. From the French Palace of Versailles to London’s Kensington Palace, tourists walk the halls and marvel at the beauty and grandeur of these royal homes. However, these restored palaces leave out a few key details. When they were first built and actually hosted royal courts, they were worse than pigsties! Visitors of the Louvre Palace today are spared the harsh realities of centuries gone by: ungodly smells, rat infestations, and piles of human feces littering the floor. Click through the gallery to find out what it was really like to live in a royal palace of the past.


4 Reasons That Buying Travel Insurance Will Save You in the Long Run

While traveling is a great opportunity for relaxation and exploration, it's no secret that travel comes with many potential risks. From losing luggage to delayed flights to unexpected illness, a...


China's Sci-Fi Adventure ‘Escape From the 21st Century' Picked up by Fortissimo Films

Amsterdam and Beijing-based film sales company Fortissimo Films has picked up licensing duties to upcoming "Escape From the 21st Century," a Chinese sci-fi action title. The story follows three friends who discover they have the power to travel back and forth 20 years with a sneeze. However, the future is not as good as they […]


The boy who cycled the West Highland Way in 25 hours

Cameron Hutchison cycled Scotland's most famous long-distance route in a day of constant effort.


'Flight 1989': Southwest Airlines adds US flights for fans to see Taylor Swift's Eras Tour

Southwest Airlines is offering additional flights to support fans trying to see Taylor Swift when the Eras Tour returns to the U.S. this fall.


I moved our family from California to Costa Rica for love, and it ended up being the best thing for us — despite the breakup

Ivette Cuevas moved from California to Costa Rica and opened a coffee shop with her son. They both say it's better for them than life in the US.


Miami Doughnut Shop Chain’s Expanding Into Austin’s Domain Northside

Plus, a downtown hotel opens up a summer cocktail bar pop-up, and more news


No to half measures on POGOs

THE discovery by police of an underground tunnel and clandestine firing range during an inspection of a posh leisure resort owned by a Philippine offshore gaming operator (POGO) in Porac, Pampanga, this week reinforces the extent to which these online casinos exert a corrupting influence on our communities. The earlier discovery of nine foreigners found dead and dumped in different areas of Pampanga — including the site of the POGO hub in Porac...


AsPac business travel picking up, says CAPA

MANILA, Philippines — Demand for business class seats in Asia-Pacific is beginning to show signs of life for the first time since the pandemic, driven by the resurgence of corporate travel in the region. In a report, the Center for Aviation (CAPA) said Asia-Pacific is starting to catch up with other regions in terms of travel recovery, but is struggling to rebound to pre-pandemic levels due to weak demand from the Chinese market. In particular,...


Inside Magic Johnson's lavish summer getaway as NBA legend travels around Europe with wife Cookie and Samuel L. Jackson

Magic Johnson and Samuel L Jackson have been spotted on a big European vacation on board a superyacht. Johnson has been known to take trips around the Mediterranean in the past.


Rail firm to add 220 trains a week from December

New services will show in journey planners on Southeastern and Network Rail apps from the Autumn.


Delta Air Lines adopts new rules for flight attendant uniforms after Palestinian pin flap

ATLANTA (AP) — Delta Air Lines is changing its employee uniform policy following a turbulent ride through a social media storm started by a passenger's outrage over two flight attendants photographed wearing Palestinian pins. The uproar over the July 10 post, which described the Palestinian pins as “Hamas badges,” led Delta to ban its employees from wearing pins representing any country or nationality besides the U.S. The rule will take effect...


How I found bliss cycling along the coast of Estonia

I was barely out of Pärnu on the first morning when it happened. I’d stopped to listen to the reed warblers in a broad belt of roadside wetland. Down at my feet were four types of orchid, and cuckoos were calling. It was the beginning of my trip: I didn’t know that I would be seeing and hearing those things continuously for the next week. But this was no nature reserve, simply an ordinary Estonian country lane, close to the coast and the...


What it’s really like to live at Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace, built in 1703 and designated a royal residence in 1761, is now well-known as the official residence of the late Queen Elizabeth II, but it's also an official state building. The famed royal grounds operate in both private and public spheres, containing both rooms designated for official purposes—the ones which we see—and private areas and apartments, which stay guarded from public view. With its 829,000 square feet and 775 rooms (including 19 state rooms, 52 royal and guest bedrooms, 92 offices, 78 bathrooms, and 188 staff bedrooms), the palace certainly has space for all the royals to live, but it's not as enticing as it might seem. While there are some definite perks to living in the palace, there are also a surprising number of challenges and inconveniences. Click through to find out what life at Buckingham Palace is really like.


Travelers say these are the best—and worst—U.S. airports for on-time flights, cleanliness, restaurants and more

AirHelp scored the airports based on flights taken from May 1, 2023 to April 30, 2024.


Possible stone circle find near monument

An area around Arthur's Stone - said to mark the spot where King Arthur slew a giant - is being excavated.


American cities where residents have the best skin revealed

Researchers ranked cities based on eight factors, including air pollution, UV levels and working hours - which can indicate stress.


The Midwest state with lowest cost of living revealed

Oklahoma has been ranked as the state with the lowest cost of living after its major city was revealed as the cheapest big city in the country to rent in.


International secret societies you've never heard of

Throughout history, various clandestine underground groups, orders, and organizations have emerged. These secret societies have always been surrounded by mystery, as their members deliberately choose to remain hidden from public view. While some of these societies are associated with sinister motives and conspiracy theories, others have become subjects of rumors, speculation, and even fantasies. What exactly are their inner workings? And why do they go to such lengths to keep their membership concealed? Explore the intriguing world of international secret societies that you may have never even known existed.


Trnsmt fans fly the flag at Scotland’s biggest music festival

Trnsmt fans fly the flag at Scotland’s biggest music festival - Headliners at Glasgow Green on Saturday include Rick Astley and Gerry Cinnamon.


Britain's loneliest sheep, is now HALF the size she ewe-sed to be!

After spending two years marooned on a remote Highland beach, she was in need of a bit of pampering.


How to avoid getting sick or injured on vacation

There's seemingly nothing that kills one's joy more than getting sick while traveling. But whether you're packing up the family for a road trip or flying around the world, vacations often come with unexpected surprises that can compromise your immune system and overall physical wellness. It could be that you ate something dodgy that resulted in food poisoning, or you simply got a cold from the plane. Luckily, you can limit these incidents for your next trip. In need of some tips? Click on to learn how you can stay happier and healthier on your next adventure.


London Wildlife Trust launches stag beetle count

The stag beetle is in decline across much of Europe but London remains a "hotspot", the trust says.