Do You Know the History of the Christmas Tree?

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

The coolest museums that offer virtual visits

Think you can’t travel while you’re stuck at home? Think again! Many of the world’s top museums offer visitors the possibility of discovering their exhibitions thanks to virtual tours that can truly make you feel like you were really there. Here are 20 to explore.

I flew business class for 9 hours, and it made me wish I saved my money and bought an economy ticket

The writer reviewed how safe she felt, which perks she got, and the food she had during an international British Airways flight from Texas to London.

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.

I can’t visit Scotland’s mountains – so I’m sketching them instead

It started with Ben Hope, a mountain about as far north as you can go on the mainland UK. Rising from the Flow Country, in Sutherland, Ben Hope is famous for being the most northerly Munro. I was sitting at home in Yorkshire, thinking back to when I climbed this mountain about a decade ago. Suddenly I wanted to draw Ben Hope, to capture its shape and character, that lonely hill up there, a long way away, in a place I love to be. Doing so helped...

These 10 Thanksgiving Facts Will Surprise You

The more you know, right?

The Best Children's Books By Native & Indigenous Authors & Illustrators

When I was a kid, most teachers’ idea of good literature representing the Native American experience was The Song of Hiawatha and Last of the Mohicans. And in case you didn’t know this, neither Henry Wadsworth Longfellow nor James Fenimore Cooper were members of an American Indian tribe. Thankfully, we’ve come a long way in

New Giro ski helmet is super-light and super-safe

It’s not the cheapest lid out there, but the Giro Grid MIPS is one of the very best

Will these famous landmarks survive the crisis?

The current crisis has transformed the world and obscured our vision of the future. Enterprises of every size and stripe are assessing the damage from shutdowns, scrambling to safely reopen and wondering whether they can pivot quickly enough to survive in a post-pandemic world. A lot of familiar faces may not make the transition. Here are some of the landmark presences—from retail and tourism to arts and nature—that may yet fall victim to the virus.

Doctors Explain How to Safely Create a Pandemic Pod With Friends This Winter

These are six things you *have* to keep in mind.

Officials found 1,500 fraudulent votes that rocked a New Zealand bird competition

Officials have uncovered evidence of voter fraud tampering with an important national contest: New Zealand's "Bird of the Year" poll.

I walk around London at midnight – with my father's ghost for company

The magic takes hold as soon as I step into All Hallows by the Tower churchyard. It’s gone midnight and at first I look right towards one of the City of London’s oldest churches. Then I turn left, with a coldness trickling down my spine as I stare deep into my own past. My father, nearly 20 years dead now, used to take me on both day and nighttime jaunts through London. A thin, stylish East Ender, he was the sort of man who could produce a coin...

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...

Gift guide: Dyson’s Corrale hair straighteners are the luxury Christmas gift women want

A glamorous Christmas gift for people who love to groom

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.

30 incredible photos of big cities seen from above

There are some incredible cities across the world—from historical centres to modern metropolises, via cultural hubs and stunningly scenic skylines. But sometimes the only way to truly enjoy what these cities have to offer is to get above the hustle and bustle to experience their beauty from the air…

The most reclusive humans in the world

In November 2018, American John Chau fell victim to the arrows of people living on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands near India. The entire world was suddenly reminded of the existence of the Sentinelese, a tribe of about 150 people who seek only one thing—to be left alone. The Sentinelese are not the only ones who have remained totally isolated, or almost, from the rest of humanity. Here are 20 places where humans still live in microsocieties despite today's modern technology that continues to shrink our world one byte at a time.

15 terrifying glass platforms with awesome views

Are you afraid of heights? We hope not, because these 15 glass platforms offer spectacular panoramic views. Whether you’d rather gaze out at the city or the mountains, at nightscapes or sunlit scenery, you won’t regret taking that brave step when you see what’s under your feet!

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...

A 'Star Wars' hotel that will make you feel like you're on a giant ship is coming to Disney World in 2021. Here's everything we know.

Disney Imagineer Ann Morrow Johnson told fans what they can expect when they board Halcyon, the "Star Wars" Galactic Starcruiser at 2019's D23 Expo.

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...

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."

Discover the places that inspired Disney

Disney films are adored by young and old alike. Want to see some of the places that inspired the filmmakers? From France to Peru, here are 20 locations that provided the inspiration for some Disney classics.

High-Quality Pet Carriers for Your Dogs & Cats

If you’re bring your Fido or Fluffy along on your next adventure, you should ensure that you’re properly prepared to bring them from Point A to Point B. If you have a cat or a smaller dog, you should invest in a pet carrier. You’ll deeply regret letting your cat roam around your cat while

Stunning photos of the Australian wilderness

Dreaming about where your next trip will take you? These gorgeous photos of Australia’s natural wonders are sure to put the country on your bucket list—even if you’ve already been! From much-loved sites to lesser-known gems, get ready to embark on a breathtaking journey through these wilderness views.

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.

20 surreal attractions in the middle of nowhere

Located in the middle of nowhere, there are some tourist spots that almost look too beautiful to be real. You don't have to pinch yourself, though, these surreal attractions really do exist—and are definitely worth dusting off your passport for.

An adults-only luxury resort in the Maldives is offering guests to book a year's worth of unlimited stays in 2021 for $30,000

The Anantara Veli resort in the Maldives deal allows 2 guests to book unlimited stays at an overwater bungalow in 2021 for $30,000.

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...

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...

The movies to watch when you want to travel but can’t

Since most of us can’t travel, why not escape through movies? After all, there’s not much else to do at the moment. Take a trip around the world from the comfort of your living room with these 30 movies.

The First Look at Epcot's Guardians of the Galaxy Ride Is Making My Stomach Flip in the Best Way

The imagineers over at Walt Disney World have been hard at work on the highly anticipated Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind ride, and now we've gotten our first look at how epic the roller coaster will actually be!

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.

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.

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,...

‘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 most beautiful parks in the world

National parks often make great places to visit on holiday. These natural havens are a great way to discover local culture and much more besides while taking in majestic landscapes. Here are the 30 most beautiful parks in the world.

Disney Just Released a Peek at the Rooms in the Star Wars-Themed Hotel, and OMG, We Can't Wait

Disney is known for its immersive experiences that make you feel like you're actually part of a movie, show, or ride, but the new Star Wars vacation package at Disney World might be the most epic one yet.

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...

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.

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.

The Titanic wreckage is disappearing, but a lucky 54 people can explore the breathtaking shipwreck in 2021 before it's all but disintegrated

Signing up for a Titanic Survey Expedition means that you'll be joining a crew of professionals on a mission to collect data as a "citizen scientist."

Send us a tip on a dish that holds travel memories to win a £200 holiday prize

Enjoying the local cuisine is one of travel’s greatest pleasures – through food, we can get a real taste of a destination. Do you have a particular dish or food memory that takes you right back to a special place and moment? Perhaps a traditional bouillabaisse in Provence, a tagine in Morocco or a local seafood dish on a tropical beach? Tell us what it was, where you tried it and the memories it conjures up. If you have a photo of the dish, do...

These roller coasters will make your heart race!

For people who love roller coasters, there’s no thrill quite like the anticipation of that first drop—and all the corkscrews, inversions, and G-forces that follow—on some of the best rides in the world. From classics at the Florida theme parks in Orlando and Tampa to roller coasters around the world, follow our lead to the thrill rides guaranteed to make your stomach flip.

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.

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.

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...

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...

Travelers have been buying fake COVID-19 test results to travel, but they probably won't work much longer

Tourists trying to bypass travel requirements are buying fake coronavirus test results on the black market. But the travel industry is cracking down.

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...