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London, Rome, Paris Top TripAdvisor's Most-Reviewed Cities List

London, Rome, Paris Top TripAdvisor's Most-Reviewed Cities List Alamy The litany of year-end travel-related lists continues. Today, it's TripAdvisor, which unveiled its most reviewed cities. Leading the way: London, Rome and Paris, according to the Telegraph. The top U.S city was New York, which ranked fourth overall -- a stunning...

Majority of British Air Travelers Surveyed 'Don't Trust' Female Pilots

Majority of British Air Travelers Surveyed 'Don't Trust' Female Pilots Flickr/Vox Efx Fifty-one percent of British air travelers "don't trust" female pilots, citing their inability to handle pressure, according to a poll conducted by U.K.-based travel site sunshine.co.uk and reported by The Daily Mail. Twenty-six percent of respondents...

Heathrow is Now the Most Family Friendly European Airport . . . After Being the Least

Heathrow is Now the Most Family Friendly European Airport . . . After Being the Least srv007, Flickr Rethink your travel plans families: if you're adventuring with children, the best airport you can travel to, from and through in Europe is London Heathrow. That's a big deal if you consider the fact that only last year it was ranked as the worst. The...

Two 747's Almost Crash Over Scotland -- And That's Not The Scariest Part

Two 747's Almost Crash Over Scotland -- And That's Not The Scariest Part Flickr photo by Ramón Cutanda On a course headed for what might have been the worst disaster in aviation history, two Boeing 747 aircraft came within 100 feet of each other in a near-miss event over Scotland. It happened in June of this year but the report is just...

Museum Asks For Your Help Reassembling Medieval Cross

Museum Asks For Your Help Reassembling Medieval Cross Replica of the stone, image courtesy WIkimedia Commons The National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh is asking for your help in reassembling an early medieval carved stone. The Hilton of Cadboll Stone was carved in Scotland around 800 AD by the Picts, a mysterious people...

Guess Who Has The Most Intimidating Border Control Officials?

Guess Who Has The Most Intimidating Border Control Officials? Flickr, US Army Do you ever feel nervous going through border control in a new country? How about when you return home? A study by IXP visas polled 1,000 travelers who had been to at least ten foreign countries; over 60% said they felt intimidated by border officials at some...

Arctic Explorer Gets Belated Recognition

Arctic Explorer Gets Belated Recognition Wikimedia Commons When I took my family to the Orkney Islands of Scotland last year I saw this curious memorial in St. Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall. It's for an Arctic explorer named John Rae. While the name struck a bell, I knew virtually nothing about him. Most people...

Medieval Birthplace Of Whiskey To Start Distilling Again

Medieval Birthplace Of Whiskey To Start Distilling Again Wikimedia Commons A medieval Scottish abbey that's hailed as the birthplace of whiskey will soon be the site of a modern distillery. Lindores Abbey near Fife, Scotland, is the first place on record to have distilled whiskey, when in 1494 it received an order from King...

Ringo Starr's Boyhood Home In Restoration 'Limbo'

Ringo Starr's Boyhood Home In Restoration 'Limbo' Wikimedia Commons Back in 2010, we reported that the birthplace of Ringo Starr was threatened with demolition. The rowhouse, located at 9 Madryn Street in Liverpool, England, has fallen into disrepair. As you can see from this photo, it hasn't been lived in for some time...

Who's Flying The Plane? Aircraft Left On Auto-Pilot As Pilots Nap Together

Who's Flying The Plane? Aircraft Left On Auto-Pilot As Pilots Nap Together Andrey Belenko, Flickr Even though we're all aware that auto-pilot is flying our aircraft the vast majority of our trip, it's always reassuring to know that there's a pilot sitting behind the controls, ready to spring into action in case something goes wrong. Even better,...

Cookisto: Airbnb For Home Cooking?

Cookisto: Airbnb For Home Cooking? Flickr, Sean Ganann We've seen collaborative consumption work with everything from car rentals like ZipCar, to vacation rentals like Airbnb. But would you pay to eat someone else's home cooking? Cookisto, a social network that connects home cooks with hungry "foodies,"...

Ban the Burqa? Religious Freedom Battles Airport Security

Ban the Burqa? Religious Freedom Battles Airport Security Charles Roffey Should Muslim women be allowed to wear a full-face veil through airport security? At least one prominent British politician believes the answer is no. During a larger debate about the appropriateness of the burqa, U.K. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg...

Business Executive Expenses More Than $1,000 In Travel Costs -- For A Cat

Business Executive Expenses More Than $1,000 In Travel Costs -- For A Cat toastie97, Flickr Stories of executives abusing travel expense accounts is nothing new, but a British boss has certainly got many people scratching their heads after expensing an outrageously expensive taxi ride for a cat. The executive, who works at a taxpayer funded...

Mysterious Rosslyn Chapel Gets Facelift

Mysterious Rosslyn Chapel Gets Facelift Sean McLachlan Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland has been the center of conspiracy theories for at least a century before Dan Brown wrote it up in The Da Vinci Code. This private chapel less than an hour's drive from Edinburgh has an interior filled with carvings that many believe...

6 Weird Ways To Get Your Food Served Around The World

6 Weird Ways To Get Your Food Served Around The World Monik Markus, Flickr Now that food trucks are a staple in pretty much every metropolis, people have to get really creative to think about how to serve food in an edgy manner. But from fries in a vending machine to sparkling water in a public fountain, there are plenty of...

Got A Complaint About An Airline? Buy a Promoted Tweet.

Got A Complaint About An Airline? Buy a Promoted Tweet. Pete, Flickr Social media, in particular Twitter, has completely changed how airlines do customer service. Whereas once you would have to type an official complaint letter and send it to corporate headquarters, or give call the customer service hotline, nowadays you can...

Archaeologists Looking At Stonehenge In A New Light

Archaeologists Looking At Stonehenge In A New Light Stonehenge is the world's most iconic prehistoric monument. Scientists have argued about its significance for generations, but few have been allowed to excavate there. Archaeologist Mike Parker Pearson is one of those lucky few, and he's documented his finds in a new book. ...

Gummy Bear Art Car Takes Grand Tour

Gummy Bear Art Car Takes Grand Tour Courtesy of Alex Leuchte Sometimes an "only in New York" moment has a more global story. On a rainy afternoon this week in Manhattan, my friend visiting from Germany was excited to spot a Mercedes with Munich plates. The car had a distinctive pattern covering its exterior,...

Tourists Driven Cuckoo By Chiming Clock

Tourists Driven Cuckoo By Chiming Clock Shirokazan, Flickr A tourist destination in the U.K. has brought new meaning to the term "wake up call" with fears the constant chiming of the local clock tower is driving visitors away. While thousands of tourists descend upon the small English town of Bishop's Castle...

Ostrich Egg Globe Has Oldest Depiction Of The Americas

Ostrich Egg Globe Has Oldest Depiction Of The Americas Used with permission of The Portolan, copyright Washington Map Society A depiction of the world engraved on an ostrich egg in 1504 may be the oldest depiction of the Americas, the Washington Post reports. The globe, which was purchased by an anonymous collector at the...

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