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34 Rare Vintage Photos of The Plaza Hotel

It’s always been the place to be.


Saved! These iconic landmarks were nearly lost forever

From grand cathedrals to political buildings, these world-famous landmarks were very nearly lost forever, surviving the ravages of war, natural disasters and human indifference.


Maya Jama and Stormzy laugh off getting slapped with a parking ticket on £300k Rolls Royce as they enjoy a breakfast date

The couple laughed off getting a parking ticket on his £300,000 Rolls Royce while getting breakfast in London on Wednesday.


Five of the most beautiful Mediterranean islands to visit this summer

They boast turquoise waters, ancient ruins, spellbinding coves, and boast mouthwatering food. There's even one that's car-free...


Battle of Britain Memorial Flight to miss the Trooping of the Colour

In a statement, the RAF said after the tragic accident of Squadron Leader Long, the BBMG planes would 'regretfully' not be participating in the flypast for the Trooping of the Colour.


10 of America’s Best Water Parks

Make a splash at these fun-filled oases.


Here's How Tiana's Bayou Adventure Will Bring The Magic Of NOLA To The Magic Kingdom Beginning June 28

The new Walt Disney World attraction celebrates the spirit of New Orleans and pays tribute to one of our favorite restaurants, which is the real-life inspiration for Princess Tiana.


The Best Solo Travel Destinations in the United States for an Unforgettable Adventure

Whether you're looking for nonstop activity or total relaxation. While traveling with friends and family can be a lot of fun, going somewhere alone has its perks. You get to choose everything — the destination, the hotel, the itinerary, the restaurants, how much money you spend and beyond. Only one opinion matters...yours. It's also a great way to push yourself out of your comfort zone, meet new people (if you so choose), unplug, rejuvenate and bask in moments of reflection — or even just escape reality for a few days. Whether you're planning your first adventure on your own or are a solo travel veteran, choosing a destination can be overwhelming, especially if you still have a lot of places to check off your bucket list. The good news is, you don't have to go far for the adventure or relaxation you crave, because there are plenty of options across the U.S. Weighing variables such as walkability, safety, self care opportunities, number of historic sites and museums and access to nature, we've come up with a list of the best places in the U.S. for solo travelers — ranging from mountain and beach destinations to small towns and large cities. Time to book your ticket for one, plan your itinerary (or don't, remember, it's your trip!) and answer to no one except yourself for a few days.


Remote town exacts ultimate revenge after crocodile killed their dogs

The 3.63m long saltwater crocodile wreaked havoc after turning up in the Baines River near Bulla, in the Northern Territory, earlier this year following floods.


Yes, You Can Book a Stay at These Celeb-Approved Hotels

You might get starstruck at these luxury properties.


The most beautiful and iconic libraries in the United States

Some of the world’s most important collections of books, manuscripts, and other sources of information are housed in libraries found across the United States. Many of these libraries are in themselves buildings of great historical significance. Designed by esteemed architects, they stand as important cultural landmarks. But how many do you know? Browse this gallery and read through our list of favorite public, private, and academic libraries.


The 28 Best Westerns of All Time

Saddle up for a trip to Hollywood's version of the Wild West.


Richard Branson steps in for Elvis impersonator as he officiates the wedding of two Virgin Atlantic employees

The businessman, 73, took over from an Elvis impersonator at the nuptials of Malcolm and Jacqui King-McKinnon at A Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas.


Holidaymakers swelter in 52C heat on plane after air con failure

Terrified holidaymakers were left fearing for their safety onboard a plane, after they were trapped in a cabin that reached a sweltering 52C.


Explore these once beloved tourist attractions left to rot

From war-ravaged hotels and rusting fairgrounds to long-forgotten pleasure gardens and marooned piers, these former star attractions are now run-down relics.


13 Amusement Parks in the U.S. That Are Completely Free to Enter

A few even charge you nothing for parking and entertainment. Amusement parks are synonymous with so many wonderful things: fun in the sun, rollercoasters and carousels, games galore and delicious food. And all in a colorful, jubilant, family-friendly setting. The only issue? Joy like that does not typically come cheap. Or can it? Well, at these 13 amusement parks across the U.S., from the Golden to the Garden States, you can save on one very important front: entry. While the vast majority of amusement parks — including Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and Busch Gardens — require tickets just to walk through the gates, these resorts and parks do not. Of course, if you want to ride the rides or snack on the snacks, you'll still have to open your wallet. (A good thing can only go so far!) But if you're someone who's more about the vibes than the rides, this is the list for you. Make sure you scroll to the bottom: There's one very famous park that's about to go "open gate" with its water parks for guests staying on property. (Hint: It's home to a special mouse!)


Emergency crews in Spanish tourist hotspot rush to rescue people

Emergency crews in a popular tourist region in Spain have been forced to launch an rescue operation to save several people trapped in their cars following heavy flooding.


BA passengers on nine-hour 'flight to nowhere' over 'technical issue'

The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner was headed to George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas on Monday but began to experience problems when it reached North America.


Mansion built in 1834 with 17 rooms is free - but with one catch

A 19th century brownstone mansion with 17 rooms and eight fireplaces is free. The historic mansion was used in the Underground Railroad, but there is a catch if you want it to be yours.


Beach huts worth £750,000 demolished as owners billed £300 each

Thirty-one wooden cabins at Hordle Cliff, Milford-on-Sea, Hampshire were either destroyed or written off after the fragile cliff they stood on was washed away.


Tipping culture in America: A closer look

Many Americans have articulated frustration with the nation’s tipping culture. A recent survey from Bankrate... The post Tipping culture in America: A closer look appeared first on The Independent Singapore News - Latest Breaking News


20 Surprisingly Great Places You Probably Never Considered for Retirement

When you think about retirement, there are a host of typical destinations that likely spring to mind. Florida dominates most lists with popular spots like Miami and Tampa, as well as sunny golf meccas...


British kayaker in his 50s dies in French river

An experience British kayaker in his 50s has tragically died after 'getting into difficulty' in a French river while he was on a group tour.


European cuisine: worst to best countries for foodies

There’s so many reasons we love to travel. In addition to seeing new sights and giving us a break from work, holidays give us the exciting chance to try new food. Cuisine is the gateway into a country’s culture and history. Spanish paella has ancient roots, and teaches us about the country’s Muslim history. Meanwhile, modern pizza was invented in Naples, and reflects the region's rich Neapolitan culture. European food has changed constantly since the fall of Rome, and countries have influenced each other in many ways. For example, croissants aren’t French, they came from Austria, according to historical reports. What’s more, fish and chips isn’t even a British dish! It’s believed the dish was carried over by Jewish immigrants from Spain and Portugal. With that said, Europe is defined by its different dishes and gastronomic cultures. Spain is heavily influenced by its gorgeous marisco, while the UK is perhaps best known as a melting pot of the world’s finest food. After all, it’s said that chicken tikka masala wasn’t born out of India, but Great Britain. Come explore the food of Europe—there’s gorgeous Dutch desserts, perfect French pastries, strong German sausage, and great Greek grub. There’s no better way to explore Europe than to first understand what they eat. Without further ado, here are Europe’s finest cuisines. Dig in!


Up to 10,000 people descend on this ravishing Greek island each day in peak season - but plan carefully and you'll soon discover Santorini is far more than just a honeypot colonised by tourists and influencers

After spending a few days in Santorini, Mark Palmer is happy to disown his perceptions about the island. The beaches surprised him, as did its growing reputation for wine.


Views sought on plans to speed up planning process

Getting permission to hold events on public land or install play equipment could be made simpler.


A journey into local legends around the world

Ethereal figures, reminiscent of age-old legends, subtly emerge from the tapestry of cultures, beckoning the curious and the brave to uncover the enduring power of folklore. These tales are the whispers of generations, capturing the essence of the mysterious and the magical, and in this gallery, they are celebrated as the treasures of our shared human heritage. Click through the gallery to uncover the stories of old!


After a Night at These Luxurious New International Hotels, You’ll Never Want to Come Home.

Wanderlust is not a deadly sin.


Places around the world you are forbidden to visit

It's hard to imagine that there are a lot of places around the world that people are prohibited from visiting. Unless you're a researcher, scientist, or military officer, some of these places are strictly forbidden for the general public, which adds another layer of mystery to them. There are historical sites that are so fragile they can be easily damaged by humans, and also some seriously dangerous places many of us would be terrified to visit. From an island infested with snakes to a vault holding special secrets, check out these extremely fascinating and forbidden places. Click on!


Imperial Beach in CA becomes America's most polluted beach

Did you know the nation's most polluted beach is in California? Studies find Imperial Beach in San Diego, CA has a high bacteria rate of 100%, and is branded a 'portable toilet.'


13 Beautiful City Skyline Photos Snapped Around the World

Dazzling views from the top await.


The 20 Best Luggage Brands Worth Investing In

From Samsonite to Rimowa, Tumi to Away—here's what you need to know about each one.


Horse riders warned of low-flying RAF helicopters

Chinooks from RAF Odiham, Hampshire, are operating from RAF Lossiemouth in Moray over the next two weeks.


A travel host who flies 100,000 miles a year says airport lounges are overrated

Travel expert Samantha Brown has access to airport lounges around the world. She rarely uses them because terminals are more fun and less stressful.


9 Underrated Areas to Get a Vacation Home

These under-the-radar destinations are the perfect place to kick back and relax.


Truly Fascinating Places You Won't Believe Are in the United States

From lunar-like landscapes to European-style castles.


Magical Airbnb retreats that are straight out of a fairy-tale

These are the most enchanting properties to rent on Airbnb. From lavish castles and turreted villas to hobbit homes, thatched cottages and secluded treehouses - discover the best finds on Airbnb that could help turn your daydreams into reality...


Families who can't afford Disney's extortionate prices are flocking to this chain of resorts which have huge water parks and adventure playgrounds

A new chain of resorts are growing in popularity as Disney's prices become borderline unaffordable.


The world's most powerful passports for 2024

The results of the Henley Passport Index 2024 have been published, listing this year's most powerful passports. The annual index is created by London-based global citizenship and residence advisory firm Henley & Partners, using exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association. There are an incredible 34 country passports occupying the top 10 places listed in this gallery. So, where is your passport placed, and how many visa-free or visa-on-arrival destinations does it afford? Click on and travel through the index to find out!


UK's worst airline for delays REVEALED

Budget Airline Wizz Air's departures from British airports were an average of 31 minutes and 36 seconds late last year, according to analysis of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) data.


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13 Easy Ways To Save for Your Next Big Vacation

The travel bug is biting Americans this year, as 44% reported that they are planning to travel more than last year, according to a study by AAA ConsumerPulse. While travel is fun, those vacations...


20 of the most photogenic places in the U.S.

From coast to coast, the U.S.A. has an enviable array of breathtaking destinations, iconic landmarks, and natural views. With their soaring mountains, bustling city streets, and lakeside coasts, these beautiful places will be sure to earn the top spot on your social media page. So, pack your camera—or just your phone—and come along for a tour of the 20 most photogenic places in the United States.


Map Reveals States With America's Rudest Plane Passengers

A new survey suggests some states, including Iowa, Illinois, and Virginia, are worse than others for poor travelng etiquette.


The most astounding archaeological discoveries in history

Imagine if the Roman city of Pompeii had not been found, or if Howard Carter had not come across King Tut's tomb. Thankfully, archaeologists have discovered these treasures and many other historic sites, impressive monuments, and valuable artifacts. Take a look through the gallery and explore some of the most significant archaeological discoveries in history.


The notorious female pirates of the Seven Seas

Historically, women weren't allowed to remain on ships once they had set sail. Old-fashioned sailor superstitions purported that women on merchant and military vessels were bad luck. But this didn't stop several women from disguising their identities to join crews, and in some cases captains ignored the rule altogether. From the Caribbean to China, there are actual accounts of female pirates dating back thousands of years, showing us that pirating wasn’t just for men. Curious? Click on to discover the women who once prowled the Seven Seas.


DeSantis tourism board approves $17 billion development deal with Disney that could pave the way for a 5th theme park

The development deal is a détente between Disney and Florida's Ron DeSantis, who have battled for control of the district where Disney is located.


Can I fly to Majorca? Latest travel advice for Spanish holidaymakers

Is it safe to fly to Majorca? What is the latest travel advice and what can you do if your flight is cancelled? Here is everything you need to know about the latest advice to the area.


Harry Maguire spotted unwinding at luxury five-star Turkey spa hotel

The Manchester United centre-back, capped 63 times by his country, was knocking back drinks by the poolside at the Maxx Royal Belek resort yesterday.


White beaches, dolphins, seahorses: I sailed away from Britain, but now I love its coasts more than ever

I’m staring at a seahorse. At the little spines on its head. A spiky crown. Like a unicorn under water. Such sightings are always precious, but this one feels unique because I’ve convinced myself that he’s giving birth. I watch them daily, these bony little fish, tails curling twigs, fanning delicately, performing their sunrise greetings (my heart!). This little fella angles this way and that while bubbles, or perhaps thousands of tiny seahorse...