Travel & Outdoors

Top 10 E-Bike Rides Around the World – You Don’t Have To Be A Cyclist

You don’t have to be a professional cyclist to enjoy a biking tour. Pedal-assist or electric bikes do the work for you so you can just enjoy the ride. From biking California’s historic Highway 1 to cycling through Orc country in New Zealand, here are our favorite tours. Bali by Bike Yoga isn’t the only way to center yourself in Bali. Head out on an e-bike tour with Green Bikes Bali and explore the beautiful and peaceful landscape of Jatiluwih. The UNESCO World Heritage site features tropical forests, rice terraces and centuries-old water temples. Conquer San Francisco Hills If the idea of walking San Francisco sounds exhausting, Read More

Three Very Popular Travel Adventurer YouTubers Die at Canada Waterfall

The bodies of Ryker Gamble, Alexey Lyakh and Megan Scraper were pulled from the waters of Shannon Falls, just north of Vancouver, on Tuesday. Ryker Gamble, a popular YouTube travel and adventure video-blogger, and two fellow vloggers with the High on Life extreme travel channel, Alexey Lyakh and Megan Scraper, died on Tuesday after a waterfall swimming accident just north of Vancouver. A spokesperson for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that three bodies were pulled from Shannon Falls after a swimming mishap. The RCMP and the B.C. Coroner’s Office declined to identify the deceased trio after their families requested privacy. But, on Read More

Fastest-Growing City in North America is Transforming Into a Genuinely Hot Destination

Toronto the good is no longer Toronto the boring. One of the fastest-growing cities in North America is transforming itself into a genuinely hot destination, by throwing off some of its British colonial reserve, extending its bar hours, and playing host to several annual International Arts Festivals—from photography to film to caribana. Toss in a weak Canadian dollar (and an empty suitcase for shopping) and Toronto might even be—dare we say it—fun, eh? HOTELS The Four Seasons Hotel (21 Avenue Rd.; 800/819-5053 or 416/964-0411, fax 416/963-6902; doubles from $285), prized for its world-class service, has had a lock on visiting celebrities, heads of state, and power brokers Read More

Are microstays at hotels and gyms the new face of business travel?

In an era where flexibility is key and people are travelling globally for business more than ever, the world of microstays seems like a fresh new option. Microstays of several hours at a time are now available at hotels, airports and leisure centres, and we spoke to two companies who are at the forefront of this exciting new concept, in the accommodation and wellness fields, respectively. BYHOURS is an international online booking platform and app that allows you to book microstays in more than 3000 hotels for three, six or 12 hours around the world. It has a pay-per-use system that allows customers to choose the hotel Read More

17 INCREDIBLE ISLANDS AROUND THE WORLD TO VISIT THIS SUMMER

You fantasize about a island vacations for the same reason everyone else does: Earth gave us hundreds of thousands of islands to choose from, so whatever your perfect dream trip entails, an island somewhere will fit it perfectly. Maybe you’re cool flomped on a sandy stretch of strangers’ skin, nodding at the fittest among them and listening to some dude blasting “Turn Down for What” on a football-sized Blu-Ray speaker. Or maybe you’re inclined to find a vacant, balmy postcard sanctuary known only to sea turtles and mapping satellites. You do you, Robinson Crusoe. We put the question to a gaggle of world travelers and asked, what are the Read More

Collective Retreats to Open Seasonal Resort on New York’s Governors Island

Collective Retreats, the company behind portable, “asset light” luxury accommodations, plans to bring a glamping-style hotel to New York City’s Governors Island. Governors Island, a 172-acre island just off Manhattan and Brooklyn, was once a military outpost and U.S. Coast Guard facility, but it was opened to the public in the mid-2000s, and has since become a popular day-trip destination for New Yorkers, with its open green space, historical buildings, art and cultural programs and incredible views of the city and harbor. But it hasn’t offered anything in the way of overnight accommodations to visitors except for an occasional pop-up option. Enter Collective Governors Island, a New Read More

An Antebellum Garden in Savannah, Georgia in Blossom

You’ll pardon the tourists who park themselves on the stoop of the handsome Barbados-style home on Savannah’s Lafayette Square, mistaking it for a museum. The brick house and its pleasure garden emit an air of importance—the striking formality of the home and the high walls that have protected the garden from hurricanes and prying eyes for more than 165 years contrast with a gorgeous tangle of climbing vines that have broken free from the space, sneaking up a magnificent magnolia. Cornelia “Connie” Hartridge’s son was not so forgiving; when Thomas was five, he posted handwritten signs on the front door declaring, “This is not a museum; this is Read More

Beach from Leonardo DiCaprio film to temporarily close due to tourist damage

Authorities in Thailand have ordered the temporary closing of the beach made famous by the Leonardo DiCaprio movie The Beach to halt environmental damage caused by too many tourists. Maya Bay, on the island of Koh Phi Phi Leh in the Andaman Sea, will be closed to all visitors for four months annually starting this June to allow for the recovery of the island’s battered coral reefs and sea life. The decision to keep visitors away was made on Wednesday by Thailand’s national parks and wildlife department. Many Thai marine national parks are closed from mid-May to mid-October, but because of tourist demand, Maya Bay has remained Read More

China Is Considering Limiting Travel for People With Low ‘Social Credit’

China will start barring people who score low on its so-called “social credit system” from traveling on flights and trains for up to a year. Those who fall short on the social credit system, which monitors and ranks the behavior of Chinese citizens, could be banned from air and rail travel depending on what offense they commit. People who are found to have caused trouble on flights, used expired tickets, smoked on trains or spreading false rumors about terrorism are liable to be restricted, statements from China’s National Development and Reform Commission said, according to Reuters. Others who could potentially face being blocked from travel are those Read More

9/11 Tear Drop Memorial From Russia That You’ve Never Heard Of

The monument displayed in emailed photographs, officially entitled “To the Struggle Against World Terrorism” (but also known as “The Memorial at Harbor View Park” or the “Tear Drop Memorial”), was dedicated at the northeast corner of Bayonne Peninsula in New Jersey on 11 September 2006, the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States: I had never heard of this before receiving it. Why didn’t the press report it? This is the “TEAR DROP” made and installed by the Russians to honor those who died in 9 11and a statement against terrorism. It is very impressive. The tear drop is lined up with the Statue Read More