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Is Antarctica a country? The future of the world's least understood continent

Mon, 19 Jul 2021 06:36:48 GMT

As long as humans have known of its existence, they have wanted to visit Antarctica.

Google Maps accused of offering 'potentially fatal' hiking routes

Fri, 16 Jul 2021 09:54:04 GMT

Hikers looking to summit Scotland's highest mountain and other peaks in the area are being sent up "potentially fatal" routes by Google Maps, the region's mountaineering organizations have warned.

Man escapes hotel quarantine by tying bed sheets together

Sat, 24 Jul 2021 08:51:07 GMT

Which countries are tightening their Covid corsets and which are letting it all hang loose? CNN Travel reveals all in our latest weekend round-up.

Hiking Spain's 'Coast of Death'

Thu, 22 Jul 2021 11:52:39 GMT

Spain's ?Camino dos Faros snakes atop soaring cliffs that drop sharply to the sea, traversing a portion of Atlantic shoreline known as the Coast of Death (Costa da Morte). Despite its sinister name, a trek here can deliver a powerful calm.

Where to find some cool travel escapes in the blazin' hot summer

Fri, 16 Jul 2021 21:36:28 GMT

Summer travel can be so inviting. There are fewer clothes to pack. Days are long for outdoor adventures. Al fresco dining abounds. And you can't overstate the simple joy of basking in the sun's soothing rays.

Yosemite park ranger shares heartbreaking plea to visitors to slow down after a bear cub was killed by a car

Wed, 21 Jul 2021 00:39:35 GMT

A ranger at Yosemite National Park is pleading to visitors to drive slow and stay alert after another bear was killed by a car.

Canada surpasses US vaccination rate as country prepares to reopen its borders

Tue, 20 Jul 2021 01:06:26 GMT

Canada notched a significant milestone this weekend, fully vaccinating about 50% of its population and surpassing the US vaccination rate for Covid-19.

Australia races against time to avoid an 'in danger' rating at UNESCO vote

Fri, 23 Jul 2021 13:00:03 GMT

The Australian government and a United Nations body are facing off this week over whether the Great Barrier Reef is "in danger" of losing its "outstanding universal value."

Ancient 'sunken city' discovered in Egypt

Tue, 20 Jul 2021 05:26:39 GMT

Divers have discovered rare remains of a military vessel in the ancient sunken city of Thônis-Heracleion -- once Egypt's largest port on the Mediterranean -- and a funerary complex illustrating the presence of Greek merchants, the country said on Monday, July 19.

Is it cultural appropriation to wear another country's national dress when you travel?

Mon, 26 Jul 2021 10:52:00 GMT

Stepping into Pandora Cheng's qipao rental store in central Hong Kong is like stepping back in time. A brown leather Chesterfield sofa sits in one corner beside a gramophone, opposite row-upon-row of tailor-made qipaos, the traditional high-neck Chinese dress.

Lufthansa switches to gender-neutral plane greetings

Thu, 15 Jul 2021 12:22:39 GMT

German airline group Lufthansa will greet fliers using gender-neutral language from now on.

Indonesian Covid-positive man disguises himself as wife on Citilink flight in order to fly

Wed, 21 Jul 2021 06:28:04 GMT

An Indonesian man is reportedly facing arrest after disguising himself as his wife in order to board a flight.

Europe's finest al fresco dining spots for this summer

Mon, 19 Jul 2021 16:15:41 GMT

Few experiences herald the joys of summer living like eating and drinking outdoors, or dining al fresco as Italians call it, literally "in the open air."

Find out which countries are welcoming US tourists back

Tue, 20 Jul 2021 01:39:11 GMT

US passport holders have more international travel options now than at any point during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Soviet spy steam railway that's still running

Mon, 26 Jul 2021 06:03:04 GMT

Deep in the dense green forests of Germany's Mittelgebirge central mountains lies a remarkable railway that has survived war, political upheaval, Cold War tension and repression, economic hardship and repeated threats of closure.

Ready to vacation again? This TikTok travel guru has tips

Sat, 17 Jul 2021 20:08:08 GMT

Ben Kielesinski spent the pandemic transporting his followers out of lockdowns and into ice caves, lush forests and waterfalls. From where to go to how to pack, he shares his tips for ensuring your next vacation is the trip of a lifetime.

The Covid travel checklist: What to know before you go

Mon, 19 Jul 2021 10:28:26 GMT

While our suitcases have been gathering dust over the past 16 months, the travel industry has been rapidly adapting to cope with the demands of the new Covid era.

The ghost towns left behind by Qatar's oil boom

Fri, 16 Jul 2021 11:48:46 GMT

The crumbling remains of abandoned fishing villages on the northwest coast of Qatar offer a fascinating journey into the country's past before the oil and gas-fueled economic boom drew people away from traditional maritime ways of life.

Bill Clinton turned down tea with the Queen to 'be a tourist' and eat Indian food

Wed, 21 Jul 2021 00:54:18 GMT

Former US President Bill Clinton declined offers of tea with Queen Elizabeth and dinner at the British Prime Minister's official country house because he wanted to "be a tourist," go shopping and eat Indian food during his first official visit to the UK with Tony Blair as leader in 1997, according to formerly classified documents.

Tightrope walkers get a spectacular view as they set new record

Wed, 07 Jul 2021 22:10:35 GMT

A team of tightrope walkers set a world record on a highline across an Arctic valley in Sweden.

Air traffic controller's 'slip of the tongue' nearly causes plane crash

Tue, 20 Jul 2021 17:28:14 GMT

An air traffic controller at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport gave incorrect instructions to pilots in an incident that nearly saw two planes come within 300 feet of crashing into each other on Tuesday.

Solving the mystery of a 140-year-old thrift store violin

Mon, 26 Jul 2021 10:46:36 GMT

Music lover Hans Öqvist bought a violin from a Swedish thrift store in the mid-1990s. Some 20 years later, he tracked down the descendants of the violin's original owner.

Liverpool stripped of its UNESCO World Heritage listing

Wed, 21 Jul 2021 13:00:54 GMT

It's famous for its docks, the Beatles, and its two world-renowned soccer teams -- but now, Liverpool is going through a different kind of notoriety.

The American couple who met on vacation in North Korea

Thu, 15 Jul 2021 02:51:50 GMT

Ryan Carlson and Shauna Cheng met when they both booked onto an organized tour to North Korea in 2005 and bonded over a mutual love of travel.

World's best airlines for 2021, ranked by AirlineRatings.com

Wed, 21 Jul 2021 03:53:53 GMT

It's been a strange year for the aviation industry, with many airlines grounding aircraft for significant chunks of 2020.

The abandoned airport terminal where everything still works

Sun, 18 Jul 2021 14:54:03 GMT

"The first thing you notice about New Orleans are the burying grounds -- the cemeteries -- one of the best things there are here" wrote Bob Dylan in his 2004 book "Chronicles: Volume One."

The 'carmageddon' engulfing Europe this summer

Sat, 24 Jul 2021 08:21:06 GMT

So, you're all set for a trip to Europe in this most uncertain of summers. You've booked your flight, navigated all the paperwork for your destination (and for getting home), and have prepared yourself for snafus along the way. Oh, and you're fully vaccinated.

Three women found out they had the same cheating boyfriend, so they went on a road trip

Mon, 19 Jul 2021 14:49:26 GMT

Bekah King, Abi Roberts, and Morgan Tabor discovered they all had the same cheating boyfriend. Rather than succumbing to their sadness the three young women said they dumped him, saved up money to purchase and renovate a school bus and are now on a road trip together.

What's the best pizza city in the USA? 'Modernist' authors have a surprise for you

Mon, 19 Jul 2021 18:48:35 GMT

It's not up to you after all, New York. And Chicago -- the wind has been taken out of your deep dish sails.

Italy town puts price of cheap homes up to €2

Fri, 16 Jul 2021 11:26:23 GMT

The Sicilian town of Sambuca caused a sensation when it sold houses off for €1 on 2019. Now it's making more available, and even though the price has now doubled, they're still cheaper than a slice of pizza.