Go Medieval with These New Bespoke Historical Tours of England

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/15/2023, 1:00 PM

A new tour operator based in the scenic and once hotly contested England-Wales border region aims to connect travelers to the castles, battles, and chain mail–centric fashions of the Middle Ages. Known as Timequest, the company, which launched earlier this year, offers customized guided tours for small groups of no more than eight participants, who collaborate with the tour operator to come up w...

New Online Hub for Finding Native American Experiences in California

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/13/2023, 6:15 PM

A new online hub for cultural experiences, outdoor adventures, breweries, resorts, spas, and other tourism businesses and attractions tied to California's Native American communities launched last week. Created by the state's tourism office in partnership with tribal leaders and community members, Visit Native California is designed to showcase the heritage of the more than 100 federally recogniz...

Paris' Notre-Dame Cathedral Sets a Reopening Date

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 03/06/2023, 4:45 PM

The world-famous Notre-Dame de Paris will reopen to visitors a little less than 6 years after a devastating conflagration decimated the structure and shocked the world.The cathedral, which first began construction in 1163, will welcome tourists again in December 2024, a little late to greet the Summer Olympic Games in Paris, but in time to meet the bold deadline set by French President Emmanuel Mac...

Look Out, Wayne Newton! Las Vegas Gets a Punk Rock Museum

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/28/2023, 1:45 PM

We're getting awfully close to the 50th anniversary of punk rock's mid-1970s high-water mark—an uncomfortably respectable-sounding age for a movement all about bratty rebellion. Another development that could send a safety pin straight to the heart of any erstwhile anarchist from the class of 1976: Punk rock is getting its own museum—a word fairly dripping with establishment credibility. (For the ...

The World's Busiest Cruise Port Has Been Dethroned

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 02/27/2023, 4:15 PM

What cruise port would you say is the busiest in the world? Last Friday, a new winner claimed the heavyweight belt based on 2022 passenger data. It's not New York City. It's not Southampton, England. And it's not Miami—that city lost its lead when the new numbers came out. The new busiest cruise ship port on Earth is Port Canaveral in the middle of Florida's Atlantic coast. Located about 60 mile...

Stay in an Old English Textile Mill That's Now An Eco-Friendly Spa

By Samantha Priestley

Posted on 02/15/2023, 7:00 AM

In 1911, a new wool mill was built in Linthwaite, between Leeds and Manchester in Yorkshire, England. It was the same year as RMS Titanic, that fateful ship, was built, and out of the same technological optimism, the mill became known locally as Titanic Mill. Fast forward 100 years, and this large moody building became derelict following the decline of the woolen textile industry. Here it is in 194...

Need a U.S. Passport in 2023? Wait Times Are Rising, so Here's What to Do

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 02/10/2023, 4:45 PM

If you've been meaning to renew your passport or get a new one, you're not alone. The dysfunction of the past few years has created a backlog of travelers who, because they couldn't go anywhere, weren't thinking much about getting their official paperwork in order. Well, now that dam has burst, and so many people are eyeing future travel that application processing times are taking longer than the...

You Can Now Cruise the Galápagos Islands on Princess Grace’s Honeymoon Yacht

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/10/2023, 8:00 AM

The yacht used for the honeymoon of Hollywood star–turned–princess Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III of Monaco after their wedding in 1956 has been repurposed to give cruisers the royal treatment during sailings in the Galápagos Islands. (Prince Rainier III of Monaco and Grace Kelly at the White House in 1961 | Public domain) The 145-foot-long vessel was a wedding present from shipping magnate A...

Pacific Surfliner Train Back on Track in California—with Free Disneyland Shuttle

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 02/06/2023, 11:45 AM

A welcome update on a story we reported in October: The famed Pacific Surfliner, one of the most popular scenic rail routes in the United States, has reopened provisionally on one of its most-traveled stretches. Because of subsidence, the right of way of the Surfliner, which hugs the coast of California, had been unexpectedly declared out of service. But now local transportation engineers have ma...

Hong Kong to Give Away 500,000 Free Airline Tickets for Tourists: How to Enter

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 02/03/2023, 9:00 PM

Hong Kong, one of the most fascinating and coolest cities on the planet, has had a rough time of things lately.The city, which was largely built by heady colonialism and international exchange but is increasingly under the control of Beijing politicians, has faced dire scenarios in the political, epidemiological, and economic realms. Smashed hard by the pandemic and the reactions to it, Hong Kong o...

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