Know before you go

If seeing is believing, then planning your next vacation is about to get a little easier. New virtual tour technology now being deployed by the major vacation rental sites promises a more immersive view of a property before you push the “buy” button. A virtual tour is a simulation made up of a sequence of videos or still images. And…

Vroom for rent

Car-sharing services in Japan, apparently, are witnessing an increasingly common trend: Many of their customers return rental cars with zero miles driven. Mind you, the cars are used during the rental period—they just don’t go anywhere. “I rented a car to eat a boxed meal because I could not find anywhere else to eat lunch.” Read more courtesy of AutomobileMagazine.com

Farewell, matey

Brace yourselves, cruise fans: Some of your favorite ships could soon be heading to the chopping block. With most cruise departures around the world halted due to coronavirus concerns, and a quick comeback for cruising no longer in the cards, some of the industry’s biggest players are starting to talk about permanently retiring parts of their fleets. Cruise giant Carnival Corporation —…

How low can you go?

Want to find the cheapest places to travel in 2020? You’re in the right spot. Welcome to our annual report on the world’s most affordable travel destinations! We’ve completely updated our rankings for this year, and for the first time ever, we have a new number one…but we’ll get to that in a bit! As you know, finding cheap vacation…

Have a nice trip

A psychedelic experience can be deeply rewarding, but also carries real risks. Here’s how to avoid a bad trip. Humans have consumed substances with consciousness-altering properties for millennia. Traditional societies used them in healing rituals, initiation ceremonies and to make contact with the gods and the dead, among other practices. Today they are known as psychedelics, and include the naturally…

You’re in the driver’s seat

When it comes to the future of auto rentals, big ideas may be taking a back seat to incremental, practical changes in 2020. And this car rental upgrade is good news for consumers, who could have a more seamless and customized experience as a result. We’re not talking about flying cars and autonomous vehicles today,” says Paul Reh, the VP…

Is this the real life?

Is this just fantasy? Philosophers and physicists say we might be living in a computer simulation, but how can we tell? And does it matter? Our species is not going to last forever. One way or another, humanity will vanish from the Universe, but before it does, it might summon together sufficient computing power to emulate human experience, in all…

Uzbekistan’s gems

Uzbekistan is renowned as one of Central Asia’s most culturally rich destinations, with ancient cities, spellbinding architecture and a compelling history. Created by travel photographer Christopher Wilton-Steer, a new project on the Silk Road has been announced that includes documentation of the striking beauty of the nation’s palaces and mosques. Read more courtesy of LonelyPlanet.com Booking.com

Overstaying your welcome!

In April, Israel Benyair, general manager of the Mayflower Inn, got a phone call from a man looking to make a reservation. Located two hours outside of New York City in Washington, Connecticut, the Mayflower has long been an idyllic weekend getaway. But this inquiring guest didn’t want to stay two days, or even two weeks. He wanted to stay two…

This may float your boat

One of the best ways to beat the heat in the summer is heading to the water—whether that means an ocean, lake, river, or canal. But why rent a house near the water when you can actually stay on the water? There are all sorts of floating accommodations across the United States. Some are permanently docked in marina neighborhoods, like those in…

Superlative things were done

In 1978, the science-fiction author Michael Moorcock wrote the celebrated essay ‘Epic Pooh’ that lambasted J R R Tolkien and his ilk for constructing fantasy universes in which – whatever the ‘there and back again’ meanderings of the plot – nothing ever really changes. Moorcock felt that his own ‘new worlds’ science fiction of the 1960s was a radical intervention…

Fabbriche di Careggine rises again

In the mountains of Central Italy, there’s a medieval village that’s been at the bottom of a lake since the 1940s. And next year, it seems like it’s finally going to come back to the light. The village of Fabbriche di Careggine dates back to the 13th century and used to be inhabited by ironworkers. It became a “ghost village”…

The first global city

In 1678, a Chaldean priest from Baghdad reached the Imperial Villa of Potosí, the world’s richest silver-mining camp and at the time the world’s highest city at more than 4,000 metres (13,100 feet) above sea level. A regional capital in the heart of the Bolivian Andes, Potosí remains – more than three and a half centuries later – a mining…

Lie and sleep

There is an old trick of which I used to be a master: half waking up, then snoozing my alarm and pushing myself back down into sleep for another five, 10, 50 minutes. Suddenly, though, it has become a lot harder. I now need to sink back into the Land of Nod fast enough to avoid remembering the existence of…

Babylon systems

This Babylonian Map of the World is a clay tablet containing a labeled depiction of the known world, with a partially surviving description, dated to roughly the 6th century B.C. The map is circular with two outer defined circles. The plan is centered on the Euphrates, flowing from the north to the south of the map. The city of Babylon…

Masada

There’s nothing quite like stepping out onto the summit of Masada, the sun beating down on you and the Dead Sea stretching out before you. This stunning ancient fortress is one of the most visited sites in Israel for a reason, and everyone should aim to visit at least once if planning a visit to the country. Read more courtesy…

Translate »