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Praise be: Travel agents are back

Millennials and Gen Z are taking big trips — but they don't want to plan them. It's sparking a travel-agent boom.


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.


British kayaker dead and two rescued in French river

The man, in his 50s, was on a kayaking group trip on the river Durance near Briancon, in the southeast of France, on Tuesday afternoon.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 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.


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.


9 Underrated Areas to Get a Vacation Home

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


Islanders remember King's past visits to Jersey

King Charles has visited Jersey five times, ranging with royal visits to excavation projects.


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.


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.


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!)


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.


These are the best airlines right now, according to The Points Guy

Ultra-low-cost carrier Allegiant had the best reliability, thanks to its low rate of cancellations, mishandled baggage, and zero involuntary bumps.


25 Beautiful Cities Around the World to Add to Your Travel Bucket List

These skylines will give you a surge of inspiration.


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.


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...


30 of the smallest cities in the world

The word "city" tends to conjure up images of a big, bustling industrial hub of a place, but some cities are teeny tiny places, punching above their weight when it comes to status. The lines regarding what constitutes a city can often be blurred—some nations attribute city status according to size and population density, others according to historical importance, still others according to the presence or otherwise of notable buildings. The indistinct definitions can make it difficult to cohesively rank the size of cities, and some places around the world are referred to as either a town, village, or city, depending on who you ask! But while some might quibble over detail, these 30 small-but-mighty settlements are all proud to declare themselves cities despite their less-than-large stature. Curious? Click through the following gallery to discover some of the smallest cities in the world.


Where is the U.S. Open in 2024? Location, distance, course details for Pinehurst Resort

The U.S. Open is taking North Carolina. Here's a look at Pinehurst and how the course might play for the world's best golfers.


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

Yes, it's time to plan a trip!


Are These Bucket List Trips Actually Worth The Hype?

You might just have to see it to believe it.


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!


It looks like AI but it's not: these amazing geological landmarks are 100% real

Earth is blessed with some truly amazing natural wonders. Staggering in their beauty, many of these geological landmarks are also puzzling in their nature, such as mysterious sinkholes appearing from nowhere, boulders that move on their own, and rivers running with "blood." Puzzled and baffled? Click through and be amazed by the planet's oddest places.


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

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


Things America does better than Europe

America: the land of the free and the home of the brave. While Europe has a lot of great things going for it, there are other areas where America takes the cake. It's not until traveling or living in Europe that Americans begin to realize how many everyday cultural and societal norms that are part of their lives are completely different abroad... Some for the worse, others for the better. Curious? Click on to learn the things America does better than Europe.


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.


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...


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.


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.'


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!


Queen Maxima of the Netherlands stuns in a yellow gown

The mother-of-three, 53, first toured NY Creates, a tech hub for semiconductor research and development, during a visit to Albany, New York.


Happy Days star Henry Winkler thanks Irish firefighters after blaze at his hotel

Happy Days star Henry Winkler thanks Irish firefighters after blaze at his hotel - No injuries were reported at the five-star hotel, and guests were allowed to return to the building not long after the incident.


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

From lunar-like landscapes to European-style castles.


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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.


The 28 Best Westerns of All Time

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


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.


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


These are history's multilingual US presidents

The President of the United States is used to talking tough. But how many presidents in US history were able to do so in another language besides English? Not many people realize that there are 21 former White House incumbents who could converse in at least one foreign language. Some, in fact, were multilinguists. And did you know that there was one American president who didn't speak English as his first language. Intrigued? Click through and discover the presidents who could communicate in foreign tongues.


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.


26 incredible things you probably didn't know about the Himalayas

Find out more about the epic region that's home to most of the world's highest mountains.


The friendliest countries in the world, ranked

When traveling, there are always places that stand out for their scenic beauty, amazing cuisine, and/or their mark on history. But one of the things that keeps visitors coming back to a country over and over again is the people. Some destinations really excel at making those who visit feel welcome, and it leaves a lasting impression. Website InterNations conducts an annual survey, in order to discover which countries rank the highest for friendliness amongst those who've relocated abroad and amongst foreign travelers. Published by World Population Review, the results for 2024 are in. Does your country rank in the top 30? Click on to find out!


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

You might get starstruck at these luxury properties.


Videos show roads transformed into rivers in Spanish holiday hotspots

As countries on the eastern Mediterranean experienced an early heatwave , Spain's Costa Blanca region and the island of Majorca were both inundated by Storm Tamara.


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.