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  • Savouring the slammer

    Savouring the slammer

    Traipsing through hallways that once housed thieves, murderers and fraudsters was not Veronica Stivala’s idea of fun. Yet, she found her trip to Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia surprisingly satisfying... Going to prison, even if you...

  • Fitness holidays take step up in popularity

    Fitness holidays take step up in popularity

    Holidaymakers seem as keen to work out as chill out when away on breaks, according to a poll. As many as 47 per cent of Britons would be keen to head off on a fitness holiday, the survey by foreign exchange company Travelex showed. More than a...

  • Expedia’s three-year deal with Tourism Australia

    Tourism Australia and the Expedia group have signed a multi-million-dollar, three-year marketing partnership aimed at developing campaigns and content to increase international travel to Australia. The memorandum of understanding represents the...

  • Aquarium ‘honoured’ by TripAdvisor ranking

    Aquarium ‘honoured’ by TripAdvisor ranking

    Malta’s National Aquarium is the 16th best in Europe, according to TripAdvisor. The Qawra attraction came between Oltremare in Riccione, Italy, in 15th place and 17th-placed The Deep in Hull in the UK. “The Malta National Aquarium team was very...

  • London Bridge plans have cyclists in mind

    London Bridge plans have cyclists in mind

    Designs have been unveiled for a new bridge across the Thames in London – thought to be the first in a major city centre to incorporate the needs of both cyclists and pedestrians. Four proposals for the bridge, which will link Pimlico with Nine...

  • ‘Dronecode’ released to prevent air accidents

    A British authority has issued a safety warning after a “number of recent incidents” involving drones being flown dangerously close to passenger planes. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said some of the devices were being flown as high as...

  • Pacific rowers struggle to find their land legs again

    Pacific rowers struggle to find their land legs again

    A group of adventurers who are rowing almost 8,500 miles across the Pacific Ocean have set foot on land for the first time in more than two months after reaching Hawaii. The women, dubbed the Coxless Crew, arrived at Honolulu early last week, 68...

  • See the whole of Iceland on a shoestring budget

    See the whole of Iceland on a shoestring budget

    Dramatic scenery, plentiful wildlife and quirky activities means there is plenty to entertain travellers. Here, Helen Raine explains how to explore it on the cheap If you’re a diehard, €20-a-day backpacker, you might want to stop reading right now...

  • Grab chance to chill out in these cool destinations

    Grab chance to chill out in these cool destinations

    Another year, another hot, sweltering Maltese summer. Year on year, it’s always the same as we resign ourselves to the hot season with no respite from the heat – not on this island, in any case. But, wait! We’re not limited to our little rock, no...

  • Counting cost of peace

    Counting cost of peace

    Mrs Nakata gave me a peace sign and handed me one of her 100-yen (73 cents) ice creams in a cone. With her friend, Mrs Fujitani, she runs the only ice cream stall in the Atomic Peace Park in Nagasaki. The ice cream ladies sell out every day. Peace...

  • Bubble vision

    Bubble vision

    A man circles a tourist in a giant soap bubble at Columbus Circle near Central Park in New York City.

  • Following the spirits of Benin’s voodoo culture

    Following the spirits of Benin’s voodoo culture

    In this small West African country, Stephen Bailey joins a crowd watching spooky personifications that need placating after a seven-year absence... A dozen drummers lead the crowd through the dusty streets of Ouidah, Benin. I follow the repetitive...

  • Is voluntourism doing more harm than good?

    Is voluntourism doing more harm than good?

    Rapid growth in the multi-billion-dollar volunteer tourism industry has prompted calls for tighter controls with concerns over exposing vulnerable communities to unskilled foreign labour and dodgy operators exploiting foreigners for...

  • ‘Robocab’ taxis point to greener benefits

    ‘Robocab’ taxis point to greener benefits

    Self-driving “robocab” taxis could deliver huge environmental and economic benefits by running more efficiently than privately operated vehicles, a study has shown. Scientists found that an electric self-driving taxi in 2030 would generate...

  • Airline’s donation to Kenyan orphanage

    Airline’s donation to Kenyan orphanage

    Etihad Airways has launched two community outreach activities in Kenya with donations of blankets and school supplies to the Dream Children’s Home, and the Children in Freedom organisation, with the help of a Malta-related aid agency. Located...

  • Overdressed teen collapses on plane

    Overdressed teen collapses on plane

    A boyband singer collapsed during a flight after layering up his clothing to avoid paying an extra baggage fee. Briton James McElvar, 19, passed out while travelling back from London to Glasgow after performing with Rewind. EasyJet staff told him...

  • Alitalia and Costa sign fly + cruise deal

    Alitalia and Costa sign fly + cruise deal

    Costa Cruises and Alitalia, the main Italian airline, have signed a three-year agreement which will see passengers departing Italy welcomed to scheduled and charter flights to reach the ports of embarkation for cruises around the world. The...

  • Car hire giants agree to changes after EU action

    Car hire giants agree to changes after EU action

    Five major car rental companies have agreed to significantly review how they treat consumers thanks to a joint action from the European Commission and national enforcement authorities. Citizens will benefit from more clarity on insurance policies,...

  • Something for all seasons inside the Summer Palace

    Something for all seasons inside the Summer Palace

    Ancient Chinese palaces never fail to impress with their distinguished architectural designs and their exquisite use of space. Moreover, each site is endowed with a rich history and a compelling narrative. It is certainly no wonder that thousands...

  • One man’s trash is a New York tourist destination

    One man’s trash is a New York tourist destination

    Bright coloured kayaks bobbed around the rotted hull of a World War II submarine chaser that was rusted into a ghostly shell and lapped by water as salty as tears. The kayaks paddled by tourists then glided a few feet away to a decayed, partly...

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