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Passport stamps everyone wants

A well-stamped passport is the pride and joy of most world travelers. Flicking through the pages of someone's passport tells a story of their life's adventures and can spark some special memories. But with today's electronic entry procedures, they could soon be a thing of the past. Here we've picked some of the prettiest and most interesting passport-stamp designs from around the world. How many of our favorites do you have?

Revealed: North America's top 50 attractions everyone must visit

From some of the world’s most beguiling cities to sprawling national parks with slate-gray mountain ranges and lakes in bold blue to milky turquoise, these are just some of the most beautiful attractions across North America.

Ten COVID-19 cases were detected on a Norwegian Cruise Line ship as it headed to port in New Orleans

There were more than 3,200 people on board the Norwegian Breakaway, which made stops in Belize, Honduras, and Mexico. All passengers were vaccinated.

Legendary lost treasures that could still be found again

Lost, stolen, or simply hidden, billions of dollars-worth of treasure remain missing around the world.

World's eerie abandoned places you can visit

The world is filled with intriguing deserted places, from forgotten Gold Rush-era towns and derelict islands to amusement parks left to rust. We've scoured the globe to bring you a virtual tour of the world's most fascinating and spine-chilling abandoned spots. (If you're planning on venturing out for yourself, be sure to check travel restrictions due to COVID-19 before you go.)

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...

Delta flights from South Africa have been forced to make stops in places like Boston and Puerto Rico because of 'payload' issues

One possibility for the stops is that flights from South Africa to the US may have been more full following the discovery of the Omicron variant.

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.

The shocking secrets of 9 abandoned skyscrapers

Uncover the chequered histories of nine of America's abandoned skyscrapers. Photographed by Leland Kent of Abandoned Southeast, we take a look at 100 North Main, Brown-Marx Tower, Empire Building, The Laura Street Trio, the Jacksonville Electric Authority (JEA) Tower, John Hand Building, Ramsay-McCormack Building, Thomas Jefferson Tower and the amazing City Federal Building.

WHO slams countries for putting travel bans on southern Africa, saying it 'attacks global solidarity'

Countries put travel bans on multiple southern African nations after the Omicron coronavirus variant was first detected in South Africa and Botswana.

Grounded! What did a year without flying do to the world?

On 14 March 2020, I left my home in the Orkney Islands to drive to Edinburgh international airport. I was due to travel to Germany for a research trip. Full of nervous anticipation, and making frantic last-minute preparations, I hadn’t paid as much attention to the coronavirus crisis as I might have, but events were developing so quickly across Europe, it was dawning on me that international travel might not be an option for much longer. By 5am,...

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.

Google delays return to US offices past January 10 amid uncertainty over the Omicron COVID-19 variant

The company told employees the news in a memo on Thursday. It has also pushed back the return to offices in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.

10 fun UK learning holidays that make perfect Christmas presents

These courses run year-round and last for a maximum of a day unless otherwise stated. As most aren’t residential, we have suggested nearby accommodation and dining options Winter skills in the Lake District One for those who like a challenge, this day-long course takes place from December to April, with participants climbing to the summit of Helvellyn with a fell-top assessor. You’ll learn basic snow skills for safe winter walking in the UK’s...

The world's first ultra-low-cost international airline alliance is on the horizon as 2 budget carriers team up to bring cheap fares between Mexico and the US

Allegiant said in a press release that the pair intends the alliance to offer nonstop flights on routes that currently only have connecting service.

Dangerous volcanoes that could blow at any time

Did you know there are 1,500 active volcanoes around the world? Records show that about 500 of these have erupted during human history, with roughly 20 active on any given day. Click or scroll through to see images of the most recent eruptions, from Iceland to Indonesia, find out why some volcanoes like Mount Etna have grown taller and discover how to visit some of these rumbling wonders when COVID-19 and Mother Nature allow.

Once-popular attractions that have been abandoned

From war-ravaged hotels and rusting fairgrounds to long-forgotten pleasure gardens overtaken by nature and marooned piers, we take a look at some faded treasures that have a haunting, ephemeral quality to them.

America's most charming historic downtowns to hang out in

From districts packed with Victorian-era architecture to atmospheric main streets in Gold Rush towns, we take a look at the most charming downtowns across the US.

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.

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...

An Alaska helicopter tour company says it's seen a 250% surge in business compared to 2019 as an influx of tourists travel to the state

Alaska Helicopter Tours is no stranger to the labor shortage, and its biggest hurdle during the travel surge was hiring enough ground staff.

Incredible places that have been claimed by the sea

Humans have long been fascinated and frightened by the beauty and power of the ocean. Some communities feel its sheer force more than others. Here we take a look at historic villages that have fallen prey to the waves, today's coastal communities that have been abandoned to the sea, plus natural and man-made landmarks at risk of rising sea levels.

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....

The world's most dangerous attractions only for the brave

Looking for an adventure with an added element of danger? Here are some places that should be on every intrepid explorer’s hit list.

A private jet charter firm says it's seen more than 600 searches for flights out of South Africa since Omicron was identified

Private aviation has been the go-to for wealthy travelers looking to get out of COVID-19 hotspots and avoid lockdowns.

South Africa says it has been 'punished' rather than 'applauded' for detecting the new Omicron variant

South Africa has some of the world's top epidemiologists and scientists, who have detected emerging coronavirus variants early, Reuters said.

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.

Frontier Airlines CEO Barry Biffle says travelers are not panicking over the Omicron variant as sales remain strong

"I think consumers, as well as our employees, they're just not panicking and overreacting," Frontier Airlines CEO Barry Biffle told Fox News.

Natchitoches, Louisiana, Is the Nostalgic, Light-Filled Getaway We All Need This Holiday Season

The city will be shining bright from now until January 6.

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.

These are North America's best airports

As passengers return to airports with weekly volumes now reaching 75% of pre-pandemic levels, a full service at the airport is expected. Even though labor shortages have had an effect on service, the 2021 Airport Satisfaction Index, curated by consumer insights firm J.D. Power, reports record high satisfaction. To create the overall ranking, they looked at six factors, from terminal facilities to food, beverage and retail. Using their ranking, here are the best large and mega-sized airports across the continent. Note that medium airports category didn't feature this year due to reduced passenger volumes.

The head of the European Union Commission says it's time to consider making vaccines mandatory

With one-third of EU's population unvaccinated, said Ursula von der Leyen, it's "understandable and appropriate" to start discussing mandates.

Monica Galetti goes behind the scenes of the world's most amazing destinations

In the new series of Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby, TV chef Monica Galetti uncovers the secrets behind the world's top hotels, in the most awe-inspiring destinations. Jessica Reid finds out more

Some sailors are getting vaccinated multiple times in an attempt to comply with the different COVID-19 regulations at ports around the world

The situation has arisen as some vaccines — such as Russia's Sputnik V — are still being assessed by the WHO and are not on its approved list.

The richest and most notorious pirates who ever set sail

From Anne Bonny to Blackbeard, the real-life pirates of the Caribbean, and beyond.

Top drives: Canada's best weekend road trips

When it comes to road-tripping, there’s a lot of ground to cover in Canada. Explore this beautiful country with these 25 weekend road trips - when it's safe to do so.

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...

Frontier is launching 18 new routes to Florida and beyond with a special focus on rival Spirit's home airport of Fort Lauderdale — see the full list

According to Frontier, it will compete with Spirit on three routes out of Fort Lauderdale, including Atlanta, Orlando, and Philadelphia.

Jen Psaki says South Africa turned down the US's offer of additional COVID-19 vaccine doses

About a quarter of people in South Africa are fully vaccinated as the new coronavirus variant, Omicron, spreads.

Nearly 1,500 unhoused people died on the streets of Los Angeles during the pandemic, according to a new report

"When people are passing away outdoors and on the sidewalks, that is a failure of the state," a co-author of the report told The Guardian.

New Bins Let New Orleans' Residents Recycle Oyster Shells for Reefs

Two nonprofit groups came together to expand a shell recycling program that previously worked exclusively with restaurants.

Inside Blue Origin's Astronaut Village where space tourists sleep in Airstream trailers and hang out around a firepit: 'It's not a five-star hotel.'

Blue Origin's Astronaut Village has a restaurant, bar, and firepit where passengers and staff can "bond," astronaut Chris Boshuizen told Insider.

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.

These are the world's smallest nations and their secrets

Forming your own country might sound like a dream to many. Some creative folks though, have made their fantasy a bizarre reality. They're not recognized by any governments in the world, but so-called micronations are spread all over the globe, some of them consisting of just a bedroom. Here are the world's tiniest unofficial nations and their secrets.

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...

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...

A Southwest Airlines passenger opened a galley door and jumped out of a plane while it was taxiing, authorities say

While Flight 4236 was taxiing at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, Arizona, authorities say a 30-year-old man jumped out of the plane.

The Australia exit checklist: everything you need to prepare before travelling internationally

Since the Australian government lifted the ban on fully vaccinated Australian citizens and permanent residents leaving the country without an exemption, on 1 November, interest in overseas travel has skyrocketed. Research commissioned by Skyscanner in mid-November found that 44% of Australians were interested in travelling internationally in the next 12 months, and in November the flight service experienced a 128% month-on-month increase in...

From dedicated check-in desks to chauffeured cars, here are the perks Big Tech enjoys for spending hundreds of millions on air travel each year

Big Tech spends hundreds of millions of dollars on air travel each year and airlines use every tool in their belt to keep them happy and loyal.

99 incredible US places nobody should miss

America is home to some of the most beautiful sights on the planet, from teetering skyscrapers to wildflower meadows and glacier-filled national parks. While we can't easily get to them in person right now, instead take a virtual tour of the USA's most stunning sights, so you can travel America from your armchair.