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Selfie Sticks Banned in Milan

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/24/2017, 4:00 AM

The selfies you take in Milan this summer will have to be kept at arm's length. You certainly can't extend your reach with a selfie stick. Those devices have been officially banned from the historic Italian city as part of a crackdown on "anti-social behavior." Selfie sticks are definitely cumbersome and obtrusive, especially in spots clogged with tourists, which is why they've previou...

Popular Hike to Rio's Christ the Redeemer Closed Following Robberies

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/20/2017, 4:00 AM

A popular hiking trail to the famous Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro has been closed following a spate of robberies. In just 10 days, 58 people have become victims of the crime on the 2.5-mile path from Parque Lage to Corcovado. So far in 2017, a total of more than 150 hikers have been robbed on the trail, reportedly by men holding knives. One Polish tourist was stabbed earlie...

WATCH: British Airways's New Star-Studded Safety Video

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/19/2017, 4:00 AM

Here's the thing about cutesy airplane safety videos: They're pretty charming the first time you see them, and there's some residual enjoyment to be gained the second or even third time around. But with any viewings after that—especially if they come close together—you're ready to scream, "ENOUGH WITH THE JOKES! JUST TELL ME WHERE THE EXITS ARE!!" So if you fly British Airways a lot, you m...

Wait Times at Disneyland Keep Going Up

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/17/2017, 4:00 AM

Despite rising ticket prices and efforts to fine-tune ride reservation systems, wait times at Disneyland keep going up.  An extensive analysis of lines at the Anaheim, California theme park conducted by the Los Angeles Times found that the average wait for the most popular rides in the first six months of the year was 24.4 minutes—a 28% increase over the same period in 2015.  The longe...

Summer Ban on Late-Night Public Drinking in Rome

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/14/2017, 4:00 AM

Late-night drinking on the streets and piazzas of Rome is against the law this summer. Hoping to curb bad behavior by drunken locals and tourists alike, the city has enacted a new rule banning the public consumption of alcoholic drinks out of glass containers from 10pm to 7am daily; guzzling booze from any other type of container while you're on the street isn't allowed after midnight.  ...

Spike in Price of Lifetime National Parks Pass for Seniors

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/12/2017, 4:00 AM

The price of a lifetime national parks pass for U.S. seniors is about to go way up. Since 1994, Americans aged 62 or older have been able to purchase access for just $10 to more than 2,000 sites managed by the National Park Service—a pass that remains valid for the rest of the purchaser's life. But on August 28, the fee is jumping to $80.  Even with the steep increase, which was ap...

World's Biggest Indoor Ski Resort Opens in China

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/11/2017, 4:00 AM

A city in China has a new must-visit spot for those who love skiing but could do without the fresh air and mountain scenery. The Harbin Wanda Indoor Ski and Winter Sports Resort is being billed as the largest facility of its kind, extending across more than 860,000 square feet and six ski runs—all of them inside. There are slopes for winter athletes of all abilities, including beginners, a...

Mexican Mansion of Drug Kingpin Pablo Escobar Turned Into Luxury Hotel

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/10/2017, 4:00 AM

A mansion that once belonged to '80s drug kingpin Pablo Escobar has been turned into a luxury hotel in Tulum, Mexico.  After sitting vacant for the last 14 years, the 35-room property has been renovated and transformed into the Casa Malca, an elegant inn set next to a beach on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. The place is filled with contemporary art from the collection of its new owner, Lio La...

Scaffolding to Cover Taj Mahal During Yearlong Restoration

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/06/2017, 4:00 AM

The Taj Mahal in India is undergoing a large-scale restoration that officials say will ultimately leave the marble beauty a brighter shade of white. In the meantime, however, the main dome and central structure of the building will be covered by scaffolding, as workers apply a mud-pack treatment designed to clean the surface, which has yellowed over time.  The project is expected to be...

Beer Prices Going up at Munich's Oktoberfest

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/05/2017, 4:00 AM

The price for a stein of beer is going up at Munich's Oktoberfest this year. Scheduled for September 16 through October 3, the Bavarian festival famous for brews, sausages, lederhosen, and oompah bands will be charging €10.95 (US$12.44) for each liter of the beer made especially for the event.  That's €0.25 more than the cost in 2016 and a whopping €4.65 more than a single stein was go...

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