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An Eagle has landed

With companies like SpaceX, Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin, space travel nowadays seems like a doddle - like something anyone can do.  Like something rather ordinary.  Not a breathtaking and, at one time, herculean event. Some of us may remember sitting in front of our televisions when the Apollo 11 mission created a global gasp as…

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Fly the friendly skies of DIY Airlines

As the old phrase goes, "there's no getting around getting around."  We've all got to do it. Sometimes it's a pain, other times it's a pleasure.  Sometimes you have no choice. Getting around has been a real challenge during these times of the Covid-19 pandemic.  So much so, that many of us have simply opted not…

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VRtigo

Although the world is starting to open up again, from the Covid-19 pandemic, it can still be a bit of a dicey proposition:  you never know when someone won't be "cooperating" with the efforts to quell the pandemic.  And, there is always the chance that your flight will be surreptitiously cancelled. Well, if you're still clamouring…

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Take a “trip” to Hong Hong

No, this is not about drugs.  But it is about sensory experiences that you can enjoy no matter your mood. The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) is featuring a collection of four autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) videos that show off the acoustic ambience from the all parts of the city. Custom-made to arouse the…

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Oscar de la Rental

We're excited to announce that we've become affiliated with The Leading Hotels of the World group, a marketing organization, representing more than 400 hotels in over 80 countries. And a key attribute is that they feature some of the most luxurious and exclusive properties around the world.  In addition to booking through our existing affiliates,…

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Wake the snakes

As if Covid-19 wasn't bad enough, bringing the world back into its original position presents all kinds a challenges to humans.  Mask, or no mask?  Moderna or Pfizer?  Eat in or take-away?  Concerts or Netflix? But here's a conundrum that most of us probably never think of:  snakes in planes.  And, yes, it's a thing.…

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Jane, stop this crazy thing!

Plastics.  Carbon fibre. Airloys. Atomic layer deposition. Nano putty. Aerogel. Memory foam.  Metalized polyethylene terephthalate. Your travel future relies on the space-age materials listed above.  They play their part in making planes, trains and automobiles better, lighter, stronger and faster. Why  does this matter to you?  Both American Airlines and Virgin Atlantic recently signed deals…

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Bored at the airport? Here are five questions for you.

Flight delayed?  Visited every store on the concourse - three times?  No signal on your phone?  Stuck in a specific terminal?  Eaten and drank to the point of explosion?  Or just perennially curious?  Well, here are a few questions that may keep you occupied. How come flight attendants have to pick up the cups they…

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Radio Garden

Here's a great idea - world radio through your browser.  Radio Garden invites you to tune into thousands of live radio stations across the globe. The site's interface is delightfully simple.  Zoom in or out to an area on the globe and click on a green dot.  Hey presto, the radio station will start to play,…

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Isle de Granville

Granville Island is a de rigueur activity when you visit Vancouver.  There are dozens of boutique shops, selling things like bespoke art, vodka and ... brooms. The main draw - and in many ways you will draw deep breaths - is the Market.  There are dozens of food stalls, but the main attraction is the…

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Tombs in your living rooms

At one time, sitting on the couch and watching television was considered a luxury:  we were so busy in our daily lives that being able to collapse on the sofa and stare at the screen . . or at the ceiling. Well, Covid-19 has flipped that scenario on its head, and most people are gagging…

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Purple Noon

Our pals at OMIO sure know Europe.  Planes, trains or automobiles, they can do it. But, like the rest of us, they're stuck at home, too.  So they have - just in time - published their latest version of The Window Seat, their travelogue. Travel (or romance for that matter) might be tricky at the…

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Technology

Please welcome our new contributor, Beyond Adventures.  With an incredibly diverse past, she has lots of topics to choose from.  Today, it's all about technology.  "My day starts with coffee or tea, a slice of toast with jam, and fruit while catching up with the world via social media. My gotos? Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and…

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Don’t suffer for your art

If you can’t come to the arts, let the arts come to you with our selection of free virtual museum collections. With the promising news of a COVID vaccine, we need to take care of our mental health more than ever, especially if we want to prepare for our collective comeback to post-pandemic life.  Experts…

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Toto, I don’t think we’re in the USA anymore

Fifteen places in the US that feel like a completely different country. In the 1960s, the people of Leavenworth transformed their city into a Bavarian-style village to promote tourism. Almost 60 years later, that vision is still alive and well. With Alpine architecture, a mountain backdrop, and plenty of sauerkraut and bratwurst, it’s surprisingly easy…

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