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Top 5 Family Travel Destinations for 2014 (and Possibly Beyond)

Top 5 Family Travel Destinations for 2014 (and Possibly Beyond) Aol On Winter break just wrapped up--so it's time to think about what to do when the kids are out of school this summer. Here, the "Wall Street Journal" and Lonely Planet share their top five family travel destinations for 2014. Can't get to these places this year? Don't...

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...

And the Winner of Sound of Music Live Is...

And the Winner of Sound of Music Live Is... Jasper180969 via Flickr Last night's live production of The Sound of Music on NBC got more flak than Maria did for being an unsolvable problem nun. The acting was bad, the costumes St. Pauli-esque and the mountains... gasp! They were fake! No. It's all wrong. Those...

Tour Owner's Response to Bad TripAdvisor Review Recorded, Set to Music

Tour Owner's Response to Bad TripAdvisor Review Recorded, Set to Music Flickr/Silentsnake09 It's a story almost as old as the Grand Tour of Europe itself: traveler takes tour in Italy, traveler gives it a poor review on TripAdvisor, guide allegedly calls traveler to complain about the review, traveler records phone call, call gets set to...

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...

Russian Art Museum Hosts Sylvester Stallone Art Retrospective

Russian Art Museum Hosts Sylvester Stallone Art Retrospective Flickr/Gage Skidmore The Russian Museum in St. Petersburg is exhibiting a retrospective entitled "Sylvester Stallone. Painting. From 1975 Until Today," Condé Nast Traveler reports. Apparently the museum has already showed works from everybody else. According to the...

Venice Plans Theme Park on Toxic Waste Dump Site

Venice Plans Theme Park on Toxic Waste Dump Site Flickr/Dr. Savage An amusement park built on the site of a toxic dump might not sound all that appealing right now, but an Italian company is hoping it will eventually become a draw card for tourists visiting Venice. The theme park is planned for an abandoned island in the...

The Leaning Tower of Pisa Just Got a Little Bit Straighter

The Leaning Tower of Pisa Just Got a Little Bit Straighter Flickr/Neil Howard Pisa's famous bell tower has just lost a little bit of its lean, according to a new report by researchers. The Italian tower, which has been tilting perilously for more than 800 years, has straightened by 2.5cm (1 inch) since 2001 thanks to a massive...

Ryanair Officially Tries to Be Nicer

Ryanair Officially Tries to Be Nicer Shutterstock / Peshkova In this day and age of social media, it's getting harder and harder for airlines to get away with bad behavior. Lose someone's luggage? You'll hear about it within minutes of them landing. Serve a bad meal? Expect that to go viral on Instagram. If...

Read Lou Reed's European Travel Diary

Read Lou Reed's European Travel Diary LouReed.com Rock icon Lou Reed died yesterday. The former frontman for the Velvet Underground was 71. He'd undergone a liver transplant earlier this year. Upon news of Reed's death, The New Yorker unlocked access to "Diary by Lou Reed: The Aches and Pains of Touring,"...

Tourists Pay To Hunker Down In East German Bunker

Tourists Pay To Hunker Down In East German Bunker Martin Abegglen, Flickr Sleeping in rickety old beds, eating bland food that you're forced to cook yourself and being bossed around by hotel staff hardly sounds like a fun travel experience, but tourists in Germany are paying $150 a night for exactly that. It's all a part...

Photo Of The Day: Meeting Of The Waters In Passau

Photo Of The Day: Meeting Of The Waters In Passau You can see the stark color difference between the Inn River (right, coming from the icy Alps) and Danube (left, coming from Germany's flatter terrain) rivers when they meet at the tip of Passau. The water gradually blends together down-river near the Austrian border....

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...

Bull Attack Kills Tourist In France

Bull Attack Kills Tourist In France Wikimedia Commons A bull attack in France has left one German tourist killed and another injured, the BBC reports. A man and wife were on a cycling vacation in the Camargue region of southern France when they were attacked while passing a farm where some bulls were...

Vintage Travel Posters From Around the World to Fuel Your Wanderlust

Vintage Travel Posters From Around the World to Fuel Your Wanderlust Boston Public Library, Flickr While we live in a world where we can quickly jet from one side of the planet to the other, there's still something about vintage travel posters that inspires a sense of wanderlust. Reminiscent of a time when travel was more exotic, and often...

Norwegian Town Will Finally Get Sunlight During the Winter

Norwegian Town Will Finally Get Sunlight During the Winter Karl Martin Jakobsen, Visit Norway Imagine what it would be like to never see the sun. In the Norwegian town of Rjukan, that's exactly what life is like six months out of the year. Located in a valley, because of the high mountains that surround the town, from September...

Venice Tests Flood Barriers

Engineers in Venice have successfully tested a new flood barrier that they hope will protect the city. The BBC reports that the first four flood barriers of a planned 78 were floated in the entrance of the city's famous lagoon. Venice suffers annual floods due to...

Before You Book: Eco-Friendly Hotel Or Just Greenwashing?

Before You Book: Eco-Friendly Hotel Or Just Greenwashing? velo_city, Flickr We've all stayed at hotels that proudly boast, via little signs on the bed and/or bathroom sink, that they're doing their part to save the environment. Don't want towels changed in order to save water? Just hang 'em up, and the housekeeper will know that...

Cave Art May Have Been Painted By Mostly Women, Scientists Say

Cave Art May Have Been Painted By Mostly Women, Scientists Say Hand stencil in Pech Merle Cave. Courtesy French MInistry of Culture The prehistoric cave art of Europe may have been painted mostly by women, a new study covered by National Geographic suggests. Archaeologist Dr. Dean Snow of Pennsylvania State University came to this...

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