WATCH: Cruise Ship Captain Kate McCue Schools a Rude Commenter

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/09/2020, 10:00 PM

Captain Kate McCue of Celebrity Cruises was already worthy of admiration—in 2015, she became the first American woman ever to captain a mega-ship.  As if that wasn't impressive enough, McCue has now proven herself to be a grammar hero as well.  Earlier this week, the current commanding officer of the Celebrity Edge posted a TikTok video in response to a rude online commenter who asked, "How ...

Amazing New Observatory Floats Two Miles Up in the Italian Alps

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/09/2020, 10:00 AM

Here's a strong candidate for any traveler's post-pandemic wish list.  The brand-new, glass-and-steel Ötzi Peak 3251m observation deck overlooks the Italian Alps at an altitude of nearly 11,000 feet—or, as you might have guessed from the name, 3,251 meters—above sea level. That's a little more than two miles. (noa* network of architecture / photo by Alex Filz) The observatory sits under ...

Alaska's Fat Bear Week Crowns Heavyweight Champ

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/08/2020, 11:00 AM

Weighing in at an estimated 1,400 pounds and appropriately sharing an identification number with the original jumbo jet, bear 747 has been declared the winner of Fat Bear Week at Katmai National Park and Preserve in southern Alaska. The annual event, held this year from September 30 through October 6, recognizes achievements in the field of pre-hibernation bulking by the large population of bro...

WATCH: Spectacular Drone Footage of Cruise Ships Being Scrapped in Turkey

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/07/2020, 4:00 PM

Maybe it can be argued that even before 2020, the cruise industry was reaching a saturation point. A long period of explosive growth perhaps forewarned that our cruise ship fleet was due for a correction. But what a reversal. Carnival Corporation, which comprises nine cruising brands, has already decided to dispose of 18 ships—many of them older—representing 12% of its passenger capacity. And t...

After 3,000 Years, Wild Tasmanian Devils Return to Mainland Australia

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/06/2020, 11:00 AM

Tasmanian devils are back in the wild on mainland Australia after an absence of 3,000 years.  A small breeding population of the stocky marsupials has been released in a wildlife sanctuary within Barrington Tops National Park, a woodsy nature preserve north of Sydney. So far, 26 Tasmanian devils have been reintroduced to the region as part of a decade-long effort from nonprofit environmental...

Berlin's Long-Delayed Airport Is Finally About to Open—for Real This Time

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/02/2020, 11:00 AM

Germany may still hold its reputation for punctuality and efficiency, but it's no thanks to Berlin Brandenburg Airport.  That seemingly endless construction project began in 2006, when the German-born Pope Benedict XVI was still running the Catholic Church and Angela Merkel was less than a year into her run as Germany's chancellor. The capital city's new airport was originally scheduled to o...

Teenager Creates Fun New Video Travel Guessing Game

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/01/2020, 2:00 PM

Earlier this week, we introduced you to some of our favorite YouTube channels for wonderfully zen, long-play videos that walk viewers through neighborhoods around the world. Today, we bring you a free travel video site that's even more interactive. Created by teen web developer Paul McBurney Jr., City Guesser screens clips of strolls in world cities, but without identifying them. The object of ...

With Peak Season Over, Yosemite to Remove Reservation Requirement

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/30/2020, 4:00 PM

One of the few delightful byproducts of the novel coronavirus pandemic has been relatively empty national parks. To avoid overcrowding, a few of them implemented advance reservation systems earlier this year.  In a typical summer, Yosemite National Park can be so overstuffed with tourists that it can be difficult to find a parking spot just to look at a distant mountain. In 2019, the park's fac...

The Most Endangered Historic Sites in the United States

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/30/2020, 11:00 AM

The church where Emmett Till's funeral was held, a Depression-era wellness spa, and an earthquake-rattled historic district in Puerto Rico are among the most endangered places of cultural significance in the United States, according to an annual list released by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  Each year since 1988, the nonprofit organization raises the alarm for a different set o...

Fat Bear Week: The Election You Don't Have to Dread This Autumn

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/29/2020, 11:00 AM

The NCAA's March Madness college basketball tournament didn't happen this year, and the Summer Olympics have been postponed to 2021. But at least one physical competition will proceed as usual in 2020: Fat Bear Week at Katmai National Park.  In the annual event, now in its sixth year, the Alaska preserve names the season's weight-gain victor among the brown bears that live in the park's Brooks ...

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