‘An uplifting experience’: readers’ favourite places in Lisbon

Winning tip: An elevator to fabulous views After a morning’s sightseeing in the historic centre, my favourite place in Lisbon is an uplifting experience: the Santa Justa elevator links downtown Lisbon to the Chiado district up the hill. I simply love the beautiful wrought iron of this 100-year-old neo-Gothic tower, created by Raul Mesnier de Pondard, a student of Gustave Eiffel. At the top you can enjoy the fabulous 360-degree views over the...

Beautiful photos of canals around the world

Cities criss-crossed by waterways and pretty bridges are often considered extremely romantic. Think Venice or Bruges: Perfect destinations for enjoying a boat ride and exploring a city from a new angle. Here are some superb photos of canals from across the globe.

Why Apple AirTag makes a great stocking filler Christmas gift for iPhone users

Small, sleek and easy to use, AirTags mean you'll never lose your keys/bag/bike/dog again

61 COVID-19 cases were detected on flights from South Africa to the Netherlands amid concern of new Omicron variant

"I am surrounded by MORONS who don't even have their masks on. When we're marooned because of a possibly vaccine-proof variant," a New York Times reporter tweeted from the tarmac.

6 of the most memorable things to do in Dublin that most tourists miss

Looking for things to do in Dublin, Ireland? These can't miss activities all come recommended by locals, including museums, hiking trails, and more.

I learned that traveling is a skill on a 60-hour train journey to and from Miami — here's how I honed it

Insider's reporter missed a bus, got lost, and had to drag her belongings around Miami for a day, but her mistakes made her a more confident traveler.

Planning a trip to Dublin? Read up on these important advisories first

Here's what you need to know about visiting Dublin in Ireland when it comes to weather advisories, mask mandates, and other COVID regulations.

Earth from space: Astronauts get the best views

Space: the final frontier. A place where brave astronauts from across the globe are pushing the boundaries of science, making new discoveries, and taking the kind of pictures that put your Instagram game to shame. Yes, from their position in near-Earth orbit these brave men and women are snapping everything from space selfies to jaw-dropping aerial shots of our little blue planet. Don't believe us? Check out some of these stunning shots that prove astronauts get the best views.

These Are the Best National Parks to Visit in Winter

Avoid the summer crowds and enjoy snow-capped scenery.

I was a schoolboy chef at Birmingham’s Grand Hotel. Now I’m back – as a guest

The Grand Hotel is where I met the big bad world. In 1979, when I was 15, a work-experience place led to a part-time job as a commis chef, so I spent weekends as an underling in a huge, sweltering hotel kitchen full of moody, permanently hungover chefs preparing 1970s delicacies like prawn cocktail, black forest gateau and joints of meat and cauliflower cheese for the carvery restaurant. I still have asbestos hands developed from handling...

The wildest place in every US state

While the impact of humans can be seen and felt nearly every place on earth, there are still some spots where wildlife and natural beauty persist. These untouched, often protected wilderness areas are located throughout the entire country, and offer a chance for people to reconnect with nature. In alphabetical order, here are the wildest places in every state.

‘New Zealand will be the loser’: travel sector bemoans slow reopening

Lyn Rickman and her family were hoping to travel across the ditch from Australia to visit her daughter Ellie, who lives in New Zealand and is due to graduate in Auckland at the beginning of May. “Now chances are we won’t get there, because the borders will open in a staggered way from 30 April and we’d have to quarantine,” says Rickman. “We can’t plan anything ... we’re just hoping New Zealand changes the rules. I’ll be triple-vaxxed, what more...

The most beautiful diving spots in the world

Divers are a special kind of traveller—they understand that there are hidden worlds waiting for us underwater, and have a hunger for exploration that goes far beyond the surface level. From eerie shipwrecks to vibrant coral reefs, virtually every continent offers its fair share of breathtaking diving spots. If you are looking for more dives to add to your bucket list, here’s a list of some of our favourites from around the world.

If you're planning a trip to London, consider these COVID and weather advisories first

If you're planning to visit London, here's what you need to know about mask mandates and weather advisories.

How latest update to England’s travel red list will affect planned trips

The UK government has added six countries to the travel red list after the emergence of a new coronavirus variant. As of midday on Friday, South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe and Namibia are subject to restrictions and a temporary flight ban. Non-UK and Irish residents who have been in any of those countries in the previous 10 days will be refused entry into England. And the move will have an impact on anyone who has a trip...

The only 4 restaurants you need to try on your next trip to London

Our list of the best places to eat in London includes standout Indian food at Dosa n Chutny, fresh seafood at Scott's Mayfair, and other restaurants.

LAX airport authorities detain woman who ran out onto the tarmac and tried to wave down an airplane

The passenger, who has yet to be identified, exited a terminal door and triggered an alarm before running up a ramp, said the airport authority.

The most stunning swimming pools on the planet

Swimming pools have been a calling card of exotic locations and luxurious hotels for decades, and their appeal has only grown in the age of Instagram. From infinity pools that stretch on for as far as the eye can see, to dip-worthy spots in jaw-dropping locations, there are some truly stunning manmade bodies of water in the world. Don’t believe us? Grab a towel and dive in with our rundown of 20 of the most stunning swimming pools on the planet. Just remember the rules: no running, ducking, bombing or heavy petting.

Fascinating ghost towns around the world

Around the world, there’s an impressive number of towns and cities that have been abandoned by their inhabitants. From closed mining camps and disaster areas to former battlefields, many of these locations have been deserted. Frozen in time, these neglected places draw an increasing number of curious visitors each year. Check out these 20 fascinating ghost towns from the four corners of the globe.

16 Weekend Getaways in Upstate New York Where You’ll Find a Winter Wonderland

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In pictures: Life in Mongolia

Ranked as the 19th largest country in the world, Mongolia is known for its steppes, desert, and mountains. Discover this country through its cities, plains, landscapes, and the daily life of its people.

A man was found in an American Airlines landing gear compartment after the flight landed in Miami

"Persons are taking extreme risks when they try to conceal themselves in confined spaces such as an aircraft," CBP told NBC News.

Stunning golf courses around the world

Whoever said golf is a good walk spoiled clearly never crossed the Swilcan Bridge at St. Andrews, or gazed upon the glorious greens of Augusta National’s Golden Bell. Golf isn’t just a sport; it’s a way to get in touch with Mother Nature, and these 20 stunning courses show Mother Nature at her best (with a little help from the groundskeepers).

Thanksgiving challenges airlines as US travel nears pre-pandemic levels

Maliha Aziz was understandably nervous about her 19 November trip from St Louis, Missouri, to her native city of Karachi, Pakistan, for her nephew’s wedding. Aziz, a former principal of an Islamic Sunday school in St Louis, and her husband traveled to three weddings over the summer and experienced numerous flights delays and cancelations. On a Friday in June, they were stuck at a gate at the St Louis airport for more than two hours and missed a...

Exactly When To Book and Take Any Flight To Save the Most Money

This intel from new flight-sales data may surprise you.

11 of the Best Pop Culture Christmas Ornaments to Add to Your Tree This Year

From 'Friends' and 'The Golden Girls' to 'Harry Potter' and 'Star Wars,' there's an ornament for every kind of fandom.

20 legendary destinations for surfing the biggest waves

Where there’s a barrelling wave, you can bet there’s a surfer keen to ride it. But only the bravest and most experienced surfers challenge the world’s biggest waves. They break everywhere from Tahiti and Hawaii to off the coast of Portugal, California and the Indonesian island of Java—and beyond. And they’re not for the faint of heart. Read on for 20 legendary destinations around the world for surfing the biggest waves.

5 of the coolest things to do in London including hidden gem exhibits and afternoon tea with cats

Here's a list of activities to try while visiting London, from visiting one of the city's museums to exploring nature.

World View's Space Balloon Will Offer Commercial Rides Into Stratosphere For $50k

An incredible balloon-carried capsule is set to begin ferrying passengers into the stratosphere in 2024. Arizona-based company World View wants to carry participants of all ages and physical conditions in their futuristic helium-filled balloon which will see them floating above some of the most astonishing landmarks on the planet. From this point, ...

Share your favourite Christmas and New Year UK light event to win a holiday voucher

It could be a spectacular laser light show in a city park, tastefully illuminated gardens at a grand historic home or an arty trail with glowing installations in mysterious woods. Tell us about a Christmas light extravaganza you’ve visited – we’re particularly interested in hearing about less well-known events. If you have a relevant photo, do send it in – but it’s your words that will be judged for the competition. Keep your tip to about 100...

UK winter holidaymakers urged to get vaccinated and book with reputable travel firms

As coronavirus numbers spike across Europe, winter holidaymakers are being urged to ensure that they are vaccinated and to book ski trips with reputable firms. While it is highly unlikely that the UK government will reintroduce travel restrictions for travelling within Europe, the situation remains precarious. Austria has imposed a “firebreak” lockdown of up to 20 days . France and Germany are also experiencing fourth waves of Covid-19...

British Airways looks to recycled cooking oil fuel to cut jet emissions

British Airways has signed a deal for aircraft fuel made from recycled cooking oils and other household waste to be produced at scale in the UK and to be in use as early as 2022 to help power its flights. The airline revealed on Thursday evening it had reached the agreement with a refinery in north Lincolnshire to purchase thousands of tonnes of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), which it said would add up to the equivalent of 700 transatlantic...

Lobster pots, wild moors and Dracula: a car-free break in Whitby

The harbour ripples like shot silk. The smell of fried fish drifting past lobster pots on the cold granite dock makes me nostalgic. I’ve been lured to Whitby in winter by Britain’s most scenic bus ride, and the chance to stay in a spa hotel with sustainable ambitions. And for a walk up the wild Esk Valley to the wilder North York Moors. The 50-mile bus journey from York to Whitby takes longer than the 200 speedy miles by train to York from...

This Personalized Monthly Wine Subscription Is 70% Off If You Sign Up Today

Wine bundles and individual bottles are also discounted before the Cyber Monday sale ends tonight.

New UK rail travel platform promises to plant a tree for every train ticket sold

A new train ticketing platform launching today is promising to plant a tree for every ticket it sells, which it hopes will appeal to passengers who care about climate change. Trainhugger says it will use 50p out of each £1.50 booking fee to pay for a young tree, in partnership with the Royal Forestry Society and Royal Scottish Forestry Society. The website will sell the same UK routes and fares as other rail websites, such as Trainline, which...

A Hawaiian TikToker called out tourists after a video appeared to show an influencer on a forbidden hiking trail

Camille Leihulu shared a TikTok from a group of tourists who appeared to be climbing the stairs and said, "Outsiders get to blatantly ignore laws."

20 gigantic statues that overlook the world

From political leaders and religious deities to historical moments and aspirational ideas, civilizations across the globe have built huge statues and sculptures to honour key symbols of their cultures. As Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Christ the Redeemer statue celebrated its 90th birthday in October 2021, discover the stories behind some of the world’s most famous gigantic statues.

7 of the best places to stay in London, from hotels favored by royalty to affordable, centrally-located bases

Wondering where to stay in London? These are the best hotels for all budgets, from five-star luxury fit for a royal to affordable, central spots.

Seeking solace in the hills: why the Malverns are perfect for walking

On the western slope of the Malvern Hills, along the border of Worcestershire and Herefordshire, there is a hairpin junction where a small lane leads downhill off the main road into the woods. It is common to see clusters of vehicles here, and if you stop to investigate you’ll find yourself among an ever-changing but faithful coterie, some of whom have travelled many miles. They are gathered around a spout in the side of the hill that gushes a...

The 5 best places to stay in Dublin, from an exquisite luxury hotel to an Airbnb inside a seafront tower

If you're wondering where to stay in Dublin, Ireland, these are the best Dublin hotels, hostels, Airbnbs, and accommodations for every budget.

Everything you need to know about space tourism

Between floating in weightlessness, witnessing 16 sunrises a day and gazing into the infinite void, space travel sure sounds like an out-of-this-world experience. And now, it’s no longer a thing of the future. That’s right, soon interstellar awe will be open to (almost) anyone, as billionaires Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos, and Elon Musk are pushing the space tourism industry to a higher orbit.

Hot chocolate, glow worms and fairies: readers’ best winter light displays

Ticket availability at some of the locations is now limited, but all were still taking bookings for various time slots at time of publication Winning tip: Dazzling glow worms, Wakehurst, West Sussex Glow Wild at Wakehurst Place (administered by Kew Gardens) always puts on an innovative, thought-provoking display across its beautiful grounds. Its gardens boast the UK’s tallest living Christmas tree – a 33-metre giant redwood with 1,800 lights....

20 tips for the perfect road trip

Dreaming of an adventure on the open road? Here are 20 pro tips for making sure your road trip is as enjoyable as it is unforgettable. Enjoy breathtaking scenery, breathe in fresh air, and maybe even pick up some fresh fruit from a roadside stand!

The coolest neighbourhoods around the world

While most cities’ charming qualities can be summed up in a few words, we often focus on one or more areas within a city rather than the entire metropolis. Neighbourhoods can be unique cultural microcosms, offering a multitude of places to visit and activities to enjoy that only increase their appeal. The coolest neighbourhoods often boast the hottest restaurants and bars along with the most impressive parks and monuments. Here are 20 must-see stops you should add to your travel wish list.

Perfect for the wilderness: a Cairngorms safari by e-bike

Braemar out of season is a strange place to be. Not quite lifeless, but definitely falling into an autumnal torpor. After an extraordinarily busy summer hosting the great flood of northbound domestic tourists, in late October just a few B&Bs and pubs are hanging on before some much-needed downtime. At the edges of the village though, and in the wider, wilder countryside beyond, a lot more life is to be found. Red squirrels are emboldened by the...

Land of plenty: top 10 UK foodie breaks

Foraging and wild pizza, Dorset If you’re looking for a sustainable, eco-friendly foodie gift, this coastal foraging experience with Fore Adventure will hit the spot. Set against the beautiful backdrop of Studland Bay, the half-day course begins with exploring the beach for seaweeds, sea vegetables, cockles and crabs, before using the ingredients to create a “wild pizza” cooked in a woodfaired oven. Stay just a stone’s throw away at the Pig on...

As a travel editor, I vowed kids would never stop me from traveling. But one baby and a terrible trip later, that's exactly what I've done.

After the birth of her first child, the author said confidently that she'd keep traveling. The reality is far different, but she's OK with that.

My no-fly trip to Corsica: a drive across France is part of the adventure

It takes a while to register the bullet holes that decorate each signpost along the high road out of Ajaccio, Corsica’s capital. Maybe it’s the distracting octogenarian tailgating wildly in his battered Renault van, or a lack of sleep courtesy of the overnight ferry from Toulon, but as we climb high into the country’s soaring central mountain range, it becomes impossible to ignore the omnipresent, disfigured signposts. Perhaps I shouldn’t have...

25 beautiful mountain towns in the world

From the United States to Japan, not to mention several European countries, numerous cities and villages lie nestled amid dreamy mountainous landscapes exuding a sense of well-being and an invitation to relax. Check out 25 of these alpine locations.

I worked at Disney World for 2 years. Here are 10 things I always do at the parks in the winter.

From seeing festive character costumes and decorations at the parks to Epcot's Festival of the Holidays, here are the best winter things at Disney.