Coronavirus

5 major airlines are rolling out shared digital health passes to prove negative COVID-19 tests. They hope it's a step towards recovery for an industry set to lose $157 billion.

United Airlines, Lufthansa, Virgin Atlantic, and JetBlue will accept the CommonPass as proof of negative COVID-19 tests.


Every state's most charming small city

Sure, the bright lights, big streets and towering skyscrapers of LA, New York, Chicago or Seattle are enticing, but they're also extremely tiring. In cities that never sleep it's hard to catch a breath so we've narrowed down the best and most beautiful small city in every state that still has all the trappings of big city life but in a more casual way. Sit back, relax and join us as we venture around the country through the most charming small city in every state.


Step inside this abandoned theme park

Known as Ghost Town in the Sky, this abandoned Wild West-themed amusement park in Maggie Valley, North Carolina, has seen as many ups and downs over the decades as its old roller coaster.


Send us a tip on your most memorable rail journey for a chance to win a £200 holiday prize

Train travel offers some of the best adventures – a chance to get off-the-beaten track, to meet locals and soak up the scenery passing by. Whether it was on a steam train across tea plantations or the plains of Asia, a winding mountain railway, or a ramshackle local train to a memorable destination, we want to hear about your favourite rail journey. If you have a photo from the trip, do send it in – but it’s your words that will be judged for...


How we travel now: a guide for getting from here to there in a suddenly static world

We've past few months thinking about how get around amid a pandemic that makes a hazard of movement and connection, and what it means for our future.


Do You Know the History of the Christmas Tree?

Brush up on the origins of the true hallmark of holiday decor.


Incredible places to celebrate Native American Heritage Month

From ancient cliff dwellings and complex earthworks to museums committed to preserving indigenous cultures, important sites relating to America's Native peoples dot the USA. To celebrate Native American Heritage Month in November, we’ve picked some of the most fascinating cultural sites around the States. (If you're planning on making a trip, be sure to check state travel advisories and the opening status of individual sites in advance due to COVID-19.)


'You should fly': Southwest Airlines CEO said traveling by plane is safe, despite the CDC and infectious disease experts warning against air travel

Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly said air cabins recirculate and filter air well, but experts say traveling during the pandemic remains risky.


Disney World fans are worried that Animal Kingdom's broken yeti will never get fixed after a famous Imagineer announced he's retiring

Joe Rohde said he thought it was a "great opportunity to slip away without too much disruption" while Disney World faced a "quiet time."


Charming images that capture the heyday of train travel

Join us as we travel back in time to take a look at how rail travel became the transport stalwart it is today, marvel at the glamor of railroad cars of the past and celebrate notable moments in railway history.


Frontier Airlines is launching 19 new routes and expanding to 3 new cities in 2021 with a new shortest route at 167 nautical miles — here's the full list

The focus of this expansion is cheap weekend getaways with flights to vacation destinations in the US, Caribbean, and Mexico.


Airlines can expect to bleed up to $157 billion in losses until people fly normally again, making 2020 the worst year in aviation history, industry body IATA says

Pandemic-related revenue slumps show airlines will lose $66 for every passenger carried this year, trade association IATA said.


Japan

There’s a reason Japan’s a constant on readers’ wish lists. Here are five itineraries to dig deep into the country’s imagination-firing traditions, culture and scenery...


The most beautiful lakes in the US

The US has around 125,000 lakes in its lower 48 states alone, while Alaska blows that out of the water, claiming to have a whopping three million watery wonders. Join us for a virtual tour around America and feast your eyes on the country's most stunning lakes.


Delta launches the first quarantine-free travel from the US to Europe, thanks to a new testing program that reduces infection chances on a flight to '1 in a million'

Passengers on Delta and will have to take two COVID-19 tests before boarding the plane, and another one upon arrival in Italy.


Nearly the same amount of planes are in the air above North America ahead of Thanksgiving this year compared to last year. Here's what that looks like.

Millions of people are taking to the skies this week, even though the CDC recommended against Thanksgiving travel.


An American tourist who stole and inscribed a note on a shard of ancient Roman marble mailed it back to Italy, apologizing for being an 'a--hole'

The National Roman Museum said it received the piece — daubed with "To Sam, love Jess, Rome 2017" — in a parcel sent from Atlanta, Georgia.


I visited London's world-famous flower market, and it's an Instagrammer's dream

Colorful and historical, London's New Covent Garden Market is a world-famous flower retailer and the perfect place to take photos for Instagram.


Stunning images of the world's historic attractions in 2020

These shortlisted images from the 2020 Historic Photographer of the Year awards feature everything from spooky shipwrecks and abandoned buildings to awe-inspiring places of worship and modern architecture showcased in a different light. See what inspiring photos judges picked as winners this year.


Domestic bliss: Australian destinations that feel like an overseas holiday

With international travel impossible for the foreseeable future, many Australians are finally beginning to discover their own country. While bucket lists have been reordered to prioritise spots like Uluru, the Great Barrier Reef and Sydney Harbour, there are plenty of less famous destinations that are just as worthy. And they don’t all feel particularly “Australian”. In addition to scratching an overseas itch, these spots will also cost you far...


Quarantine rule change welcomed by UK travel industry

The travel industry has welcomed the change in quarantine rules that will allow passengers returning to the UK from high-risk countries to reduce the time they self-isolate to five days, if they can provide a negative Covid test result. Travel companies have been campaigning against the mandatory 14-day quarantine for all returning travellers since it was introduced on 8 June. Paul Charles of the PC Agency, who led the Quash Quarantine campaign,...


The 10 best British hotels and inns for winter walks

There's nothing like a crisp winter walk straight from your hotel door. Here are the Good Hotel Guide's ten best hotels, pubs and B&Bs in Britain. Many are dog friendly too.


Southwest just announced 12 new routes to leisure destinations like Hawaii and Mexico as it prepares to fly the Boeing 737 Max again — here's the full list

Southwest is continuing to expand into cities that it has historically avoided before the pandemic as catering to leisure travel becomes top priority.


Singapore Airlines is betting on the US with new routes despite a COVID surge — here's why the airline is expanding now

Singapore Airlines just launched non-stop flights to New York last week and is now eyeing the US for more growth while keeping an eye on vaccine news.


Feasts and holy days in the Kazakhstan desert

I thought I knew Kazakhstan. I’d been to Pavlodar, in the north-east, for its Russian cafes and its theatre named after Anton Chekhov, and I’d explored Turkestan, in the far south, with its Timurid architecture to rival the turquoise-tiled mosques of neighbouring Uzbekistan. I’d spent time in industrial Karaganda, in the vast central steppe, checking into a hotel built for Soviet cosmonauts. In the former capital, Almaty, I rented a flat and...


With no COVID-19 relief in sight, the private bus industry could collapse — taking with it a vital US transport network

Up to 50% of the nation's 3,000 private bus companies — many of them small, family businesses — could go out of business by 2021, a trade group warns.


Writers retreat: seven authors on their outdoor escapes from lockdown

Kayaking by Martin Latham Before lockdown, I occasionally got uneasily into a sea kayak with my kids – usually unbalancing it and tipping us all in the water. Then they exchanged the big multi-seater kayak for two lighter two-seaters, which I can actually lift. I am 64 and active – I have swum in the sea off Kent in every month of the year for decades. I thought the sea would be a good keep-fit place during lockdown, and so I perched a kayak on...


Unexplored Earth: amazing places you can only see in photos

Humans have explored huge amounts of this Earth over the centuries. With technological advancement we have charted the oceans, scaled mountains and seen the world from the skies. But, even when travel is back on the cards, there are vast areas of the globe you'll likely never visit – expanses of wilderness so remote that only a few have been and only a few will ever endeavor to reach them. Here are some of the planet's most incredible under-explored places...


Trip Planner: Japan

There’s a reason Japan’s a constant on readers’ wish lists. Here are five itineraries to dig deep into the country’s imagination-firing traditions, culture and scenery...


12 Quirky Winter Traditions From Around the Globe


The lockdown view from York: ‘To be OK, we need to open on 3 December’

Step back in time, way back, to a different world and a different life … about mid-January 2020. In York, the city’s tourism chiefs were developing a strategy for it to become a £1bn industry by 2025, not bad for a city of around 200,000. But on 29 January two guests at the Staycity Hotel just outside the city walls became the first Covid-19 infection cases in the UK. I remember it well: I was with friends in the Phoenix pub not 200m away and we...


How to Support Your Favorite Museums This Holiday Season


Book your next flight on Thanksgiving Day

Holiday travel is risky during the pandemic, but flying on Thanksgiving or Christmas day could be a better deal and a safer bet for some.


These are the world's most dangerous volcanoes

While watching huge ash clouds being sent up into the sky or peering right into the glowing crater rim of some of these active volcanoes is not possible now, many of the world's active volcanoes can usually be explored up close. If you are planning a trip to any of these rumbling wonders after all, remember to check travel advice and COVID-19 health information, opening times and guidelines.


The metal monolith recently documented in the Utah desert has been there since 2016

The monolith appeared in the red-rock area south of Moab sometime between August 2015 and October 2016, according to Google Earth's historical view.


Experts say that picking the window seat on a plane can lower your risk of getting sick

We spoke to four experts who gave us tips on how to reduce the risk of infection on a plane: Turns out, sitting in a window seat can help.


Americans are already dreaming of post-vaccine travel — and their top destinations are the world's biggest cities

When the news of potential coronavirus vaccines broke, some people immediately started planning their next vacation. Here's where they want to go.


In praise of Jan Morris, by six fellow travel writers

Pico Iyer Jan Morris was a dazzling historian who was constantly fascinated by the new. She could throw off precise and stunningly compact reports – on the trial of Eichmann or her interview with Che Guevara, for this paper and many others – and then compose 30-page master portraits of cities for Rolling Stone. She was mellifluous and mischievous at once, and perhaps an ideal chronicler of the 20th century, as a classical Brit who nonetheless...


Stunning images of the UK taken from the skies

While traveling is still uncertain, why not take this unique journey of the UK from north to south from the comfort of your own home. The twist? The photos are all taken from the skies by the Royal Geographical Society. So sit back and enjoy a sweeping overview of Britain’s best landscapes and landmarks.


Beautiful underwater attractions hiding in the world's seas

Under the water's surface there's a whole world to explore. From submerged cities that date back hundreds of years, dazzlingly white caves that resemble underwater cathedrals and sunken hotel rooms with your very own (under)sea view, we've trawled the watery depths to find the world's most amazing underwater attractions. Dive in...


These 10 Thanksgiving Facts Will Surprise You

The more you know, right?


How to change or cancel flights during the pandemic

Airlines are struggling with ever-changing demand amid a COVID surge in the US. Here's what you need to know about changing or canceling travel.


The world's most beautiful historic cities

From obvious cradles of modern civilization to captivating cities in the New World, join us on a tour around some of the most historic cities on Earth.


Delta just gave all of its employees 2 free flights to go anywhere in the world, including those on leave from the company during the pandemic

The flight passes can be used for a confirmed seat on any flight in Delta's network, even on the longest and most expensive flights.


Here's everything you need to know and check before returning to the skies this holiday season

Travelers taking to the skies for the first time since before the pandemic should be prepared for fewer options, crowded flights, and quarantines.


‘Understanding a map creates a new sort of relationship with the outdoors’

One of my strongest childhood memories is of sitting in the back of the car with a map. On long journeys it was my job to trace our route with my finger and call out directions (even though my parents knew exactly where we were going). I can remember that almost magical feeling of power and responsibility, as if somehow I was the one in control, that we would go where my finger took us. That’s where my love of maps began. When I got older, I...


COVID-19 has ushered in a new kind of vacation: the ultra-exclusive road trip for the uber-wealthy traveler

The partnership of two luxury travel companies allows the rich to get away from home in style, comfort, and safety.


Snow isn’t really white and other mind-blowing weather facts

The world is a curious place and so is the weather. A hot topic of conversation wherever you are, our climate never ceases to surprise, delight and upset us. From unbelievable records to animals that can tell the temperature, these are the mind-blowing facts about the world's weather you probably didn't know.


How Bob Marley helped me paddleboard from Land’s End to John o’Groats

Day one of lockdown 2, and I’m listening to a playlist called Sunny Days. Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds comes on and suddenly I’m no longer in my cramped bedroom cum office cum yoga studio cum gym, but back on a beach in the Philippines, where I lived above a reggae bar after graduating. In the month it took me to complete my Divemaster qualification there, my love for the ocean and its creatures deepened so much that I would dedicate my life...


America's most beautiful mountains you'll want to explore

The days are getting shorter and chillier, but the new season also brings one of nature's most stunning spectacles. As forest foliage is transformed into a rainbow of ocher, rust and gold, we narrow down some of America's best and most beautiful mountains to make the most of the season.