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Exploring the origins and meanings of some of the world’s most famous symbols

Since the beginning of human civilization, symbols have played a vital role. These cultures used symbols as a way to express themselves in various ways. The prehistoric man carved his life experiences on cave walls, not expecting we'd still be talking about them today. Indeed, to this day, we still use many of the symbols inherited from the past. Be it in religion, political ideology, or art, we still come across many of these symbols in our day to day, often without knowing their true meanings and origins. To learn more about the world's most common symbols, check out the following gallery.


Jay Slater's final hours: Map reveals teen's route before 'fatal fall'

Local residents who know the area have speculated that he may have fallen while heading towards the sea so he could follow the coast to return to his hotel.


Our Favorite Yeti Essentials Are Up to 30% Off for Amazon Prime Day

The timing for summer outdoor adventures couldn’t be better.


No phones China ‘jungle experience’ at Buddhist temple helps de-stress participants

Dozens of young people in China undergo 'authentic' Buddhist monk experience in temple set in lush countryside A Buddhist temple in China with more than 1,700 years of history is offering young people a seven-day living experience, on one condition, no phones are allowed. The Lingyin Temple, or Temple of the Soul Retreat, in Hangzhou in eastern Chi...


The 28 Best Westerns of All Time

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


Are Brits facing a summer of travel chaos?

There are fears of travel chaos at ports and airports amid the spike in UK holidaymakers looking to get abroad


The Best Winery In Every State

Calling all wine connoisseurs!


United Airlines responds to incident involving Broncos legend

The incident on Saturday led to the Hall of Famer being handcuffed and removed from a flight.


The 15 Best Mother-Daughter Trips to Take Together

Celebrate mom more than once a year with these curated trips!


25 years ago: the plane crash that killed JFK Jr.


Life in Bolivia's La Paz, the world's highest capital city

Sitting in a canyon over 3,600 m (about 11,900 ft) above sea level, the Bolivian city of La Paz has an otherworldly beauty. Surrounded by the snow-capped Cordillera Real mountains, the Bolivian administrative capital is the highest capital city on Earth, and the dizzying altitude is matched only by (literally) breath-taking views. With colorful local culture, delicious food and drink, and extremely affordable prices, it's a place that should be on every travel enthusiast's bucket list. Curious to know more about this stunning high-altitude city? Click through this gallery to see what life is like in beautiful La Paz.


Dutch team finds missing Jay (19) on vacation island

There has been a breakthrough in the disappearance case of British teenager Jay who disappeared in Tenerife almost a month ago. Thanks to the generous donations of a lot of people, the Lancashire boy's family was able to use the money raised from the GoFundMe to fly in a specialized search team with tracking dogs from the Netherlands to take over the search from Spanish police. On Monday, a Dutch search dog picked up a trail, then Spanish police...


The most beautiful train journeys in the UK

From the stunning Scottish highlands to the southern scenic beaches of Devon and Cornwall, take a look at Britain's most-beautiful railway lines!


I've been on over 110 cruises. There's one onboard option I hate and avoid at all costs.

I have been on more than 110 ships. Here's why I still hate flexible dining — also known as my time dining, freestyle dining, and anytime dining.


The 8 Oldest Restaurants in New York City

These iconic restaurants have withstood the test of time.


20 of America's Best Historic Homes You Definitely Have to Visit

Yes, it's time to plan a trip!


These Stunning Treehouse Hotels Let You Totally Relax

Goodbye, cell phone beeps. Hello, birdcalls.


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.


The Most Popular Book the Year You Were Born

We had forgotten about so many of these.


Tannery's 'forgotten history' shared at reunions

The old tannery, seen as a landmark by locals, has been empty for more than 30 years.


The World’s 20 Most Beautiful Cities to Visit in Your Lifetime

Some standards and some surprises–all dazzling destinations to tempt you on your next trip.


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

Wanderlust is not a deadly sin.


Interactive map reveals scale of immigration across England in 2023

Middlesbrough - home to 150,000 people - saw an influx of 6,800 international migrants in 2023, implying international immigration last year alone accounted for roughly 4.4 per cent of the town's population.


Remembering the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival

The 1970 Isle of Wight Festival took place 54 years ago, held between August 26 and 31 at Afton Down on the Isle of Wight off the coast of southern England. Drawing top acts of the day including Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Miles Davis, Kris Kristofferson, and The Who, the event, which was bigger than Woodstock in terms of attendance figures, came to mark one last blowout for the flower power generation. But is also set the blueprint for UK festival culture and major camping festivals like Glastonbury. Feeling nostalgic? Click through the following gallery and relive the music and counterculture brilliance that was the 1970 Isle of White Festival.


Aussies expose massive flaw of new passports

Travellers have slammed the quality of the new R series passports, which have been issued since September 2022.


Six found dead at Grand Hyatt hotel in Bangkok

Police in the Thai capital say the dead are all of Vietnamese origin - there are no signs they were shot.


7 of the Most Ridiculously Long Interstates in the U.S.

Historic, iconic, impossibly long.


The Most Remote Inhabited Island On Earth

Discover Tristan da Cunha, the most remote inhabited island on Earth. Find out how the island residents came across the island, and how they have managed to establish a thriving community in isolation from the rest of the world.


Witch or saint? Who was Joan of Arc, really?

Heroine, martyr, and saint, Joan of Arc has been an incarnation of French national identity and pride for six centuries. Known as the Maid of Orléans for her role in the defeat of the English in 1429, Joan of Arc was later executed by her enemies for heresy. She was canonized as a Roman Catholic saint more than 500 years later, and remains one of France's most revered and celebrated figures. Indeed, her death on May 30, 1431, is commemorated annually as a national feast day. But who was Joan of Arc, and why is her life so ingrained in the country's national psyche? Click through and find out more about the Maid of Orléans.


These Small Towns in California Are Bursting With Beauty and Charm

Nope, this isn't Italy.


King samples a glass of 'Charles' ale on trip to Guernsey

The King sampled half a pint of "Charles" ale during a visit to Guernsey. Charles and Camilla were given a tour of local businesses as they arrived at St Peter's Port on Tuesday.


Very cherry: Discover the wonders of this magical fruit

There are so many things to appreciate about cherries. These ruby-colored fruits grow on beautiful trees that decorate cities and parks all over the world. They're packed with nutrients that provide us with countless health benefits, from healthy hearts to better sleep. And did we mention they're delicious? There's a reason we have cherry-flavored chapstick and soda! However, there are much healthier and more enjoyable ways to add cherries to your diet. Click through this gallery to learn all about this fantastic fruit, its many health benefits, and how you incorporate them into your meals.


Ireland's picture-perfect towns and villages

Not for nothing is Ireland described as the "Emerald Isle." This is a verdant and bucolic nation carpeted with a countryside of lush, green fields and steep rolling valleys, a landscape complemented by a spectacular coastline of precipitous cliffs and yawning bays. Dotted across this scenic quilt are numerous towns and villages that add unique character to a land already personified by centuries-old Gaelic culture and tradition. So, are you planning a visit? Click through and discover Ireland's picture-perfect destinations.


The 24 Best Snacks You Can Find at Costco

Run, don't walk, to your nearest warehouse.


Why Malta should be your next idyllic vacation

One of the smallest countries in Europe, Malta is truly a jewel of the Mediterranean. The archipelago drifts between Italy and North Africa, and is often overlooked despite its rich history, gorgeous terrain, and abundant sunshine. Somehow this idyllic location has remained off many people’s radar, making it even more of a must-see destination. Whether you’re a solo traveler or with a family, looking for parties or relaxation, searching for the finest food or architecture—Malta has something for everyone. So when you’re planning your next vacation, skip the tourist-packed obvious choices in Europe, and head to the islands. Click on to see some stunning photos that'll have you booking tickets.


It's Official: We Found the 40 Prettiest Flowers in the World

How many of these breathtaking beauties do you recognize? As is often the case with beautiful things, we've given flowers meaning—so much so that even looking at one can make you feel more alive. A plain red rose has become a romantic expression of love and sunny daffodils represent the rebirth of the planet every spring. Of course, because they're plants, we also use them in more practical ways: Silky flower petals have been crushed and distilled into essential oils and perfumes for centuries, and we've figured out how to eat some of them and make tea with select leaves, stalks, and blooms. But to put it simply, the joy of admiring a gorgeous, colorful flower is unmatched. (Though we should note that some are best admired from afar because of toxicity.) Not to mention, no two flowers are exactly the same. Some rise out of the water to bloom while others sprout vines that go where they want…permanently decorating the side of your house. Even low bushes can produce incredible blossoms, like giant peonies, and if you've ever sat under a cherry blossom tree with a cool breeze blowing tiny petals around you, you know how magnificent flowering trees can be. A person who loves flowers is called an "anthophile," and if this describes you, you'll probably recognize most—if not all—of the flowers below. Rare or common, bright or soft, simple or complex, these beautiful flowers from around the world are certainly sights to behold.


Beautiful Cities in Greece That Deserve More Love

Don't overlook these hidden gems!


Fancy a break in France but not keen on the Olympic crowds? Here are 8 tourist-free hidden gems, handpicked by travel experts - from a 'local secret' in Brittany to a 'floral paradise' by the Med

Eleven million visitors will descend on Paris during the games. That's great for the athletes, but not ideal if you're looking for a relaxed, crowd-free French break. Head to one of these spots to relax...


Heading to Milan? These Are the 21 Travel Essentials to Pack

Don’t leave the house without these jet-setter must-haves.


International Jazz Day Celebration Travels to Abu Dhabi in 2025

"Jazz is a language of unity and a beacon of hope," says UNESCO goodwill ambassador Herbie Hancock.


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

From lunar-like landscapes to European-style castles.


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!)


Aircrafts that disappeared mysteriously

Commercial aviation accidents are rare. In fact, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), more than 30 million global passenger airline flights take off and land annually without any incident. However, they can happen. And while safety investigators are often able to determine causes of airplane crashes, their task becomes more difficult when flights failed to arrive to their destinations and when they have seem to have vanished into thin air. Click on for examples of aircraft that mysteriously disappeared.


13 Ways Experts Find the Most Valuable Items at Thrift Stores

Never miss a hidden gem again.


Scenic California metropolis named America's 'least stressed city'

Fremont, California, has claimed the title of 'least stressed city in America' in a new survey, outshining 181 other cities.


US airline Delta changes uniform rules after Palestinian flag pin outcry

Two flight attendants wearing the pins had complied with airline’s dress code but a social media post sparked uproar.


13 Beautiful City Skyline Photos Snapped Around the World

Dazzling views from the top await.


9 Underrated Areas to Get a Vacation Home

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


15 Coffee Table Books on Sale During Amazon Prime Day

From fashion to music to travel to everything in between, there's a decorative tome for every hobbyist.


34 Rare Vintage Photos of The Plaza Hotel

It’s always been the place to be.