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Review of ‘Breathtaking: K2' film

K2 is known as the “savage mountain.” At 28,251 feet, this Karakoram peak is the world’s second tallest, behind only Mt. Everest, but it is the world’s toughest mountain to climb. The new film Breathtaking: K2 – The World’s Most Dangerous Mountain stars renowned Eddie Bauer alpine climbing guides Adrian Ballinger and Carla Perez, along with photographer Esteban “Topo” Mena, in their attempt to summit the world’s second-highest mountain without supplemental oxygen. The journey follows the pai...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Everest, Climbing, Himalayas, Mount Everest, K2, Kilimanjaro, Oceania, Himalaya, All, Mena, Mountain Climbing, Meru, Perez, Esteban


The Climate Win

This week’s Climate Win dives into the often elusive practice of cross-sector unity. Public, private, and non-profit sectors seem very distant in both goals and action when it comes to climate initiatives. But signs are emerging that this is changing, largely due to increased demand from the public. The Environment and Energy Study Institute released poll data in April of this year showing massive bipartisan support for renewable energy development, even if participants on opposite sides of ...
Tags: Travel, New York, Colorado, Montana, US, America, United States, Ford, House Of Representatives, Nebraska, Green Party, Vail, Donald Trump, Columbia, Jackson Hole, All


United adds flights for August 2020

As demand for travel picks up again, United Airlines is adding nearly 25,000 flights to its schedule for August. Most of these additions will come in the form of domestic flights as United prepares to add over 600 daily flights to more than 200 airports across the United States, resume 50 suspended routes, and double the number of flights from its New York/Newark hub. By August, the airline will be operating 48 percent of its 2019 domestic schedule. In a press release, Ankit Gupta, United’s ...
Tags: Travel, Europe, London, Summer Travel, Montana, Mexico, US, San Francisco, Chicago, Frankfurt, United States, Brussels, Newark, United, Caribbean, Zurich


Mona Lisa private viewings

The Louvre is finally opening again after temporarily closing due to the coronavirus pandemic back in March. On July 6, France’s most famous museum will reopen with new social distancing measures in place, including reserving specific time slots for viewing exhibitions, and mask-wearing. While this might be inconvenient for many visitors, who are used to just being able to show up and stroll the museum at their leisure, it could actually prove useful for exhibits that are typically overcrowde...
Tags: Travel, France, Egypt, Louvre, Mona Lisa, All, COVID-19, Social Distancing, Musée du Louvre Facebook


Japanese N700S bullet train

Japan’s bullet trains were some of the finest examples of rail technology in the world even before they were built to withstand earthquakes. Operational since July 1, the newest bullet train connecting Tokyo and Osaka on the Tokaido Shinkansen line of the Central Japan Railway was designed with both safety and comfort in mind. The N700S, for “Supreme,” has an all-new self-propulsion system that allows the train to run on battery for a limited time in the event of an earthquake or other emerge...
Tags: Travel, Japan, Earthquake, Cnn, Tokyo, Osaka, Bullet Train, All, Japanese train, Central Japan Railway, Tokaido Shinkansen, Japanese Bullet Trains


Swedish COVID-19 response probe

As countries around the world went into lockdown to flatten the COVID-19 curve back in March, Sweden took a more relaxed approach: Citizens were asked to stay home and avoid others who might be high-risk, while schools, businesses, and gatherings were largely unaffected. Sweden now has almost 10 times as many COVID-19 cases as neighboring Norway. In addition to more than 70,000 cases, over 5,000 Swedes who tested positive for COVID-19 have died, roughly 20 times Norway’s 250 fatalities. At a ...
Tags: Travel, Sweden, Norway, Stockholm, All, Stefan Lofven, Lockdown, Lofven, COVID-19, COVID, COVID-19 response, Tegnell, Anders Tegnell, Covid-19 In Sweden, Covid-19 Inquiry, Loften


How Americans did the first July 4

If John Adams had it his way, we’d all be celebrating the Second of July. In a letter to his wife Abigail, dated July 3, 1776, Adams predicted that the day the Continental Congress declared independence from Great Britain would go down in history as America’s greatest, and be celebrated accordingly. “It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires, and Illuminations,” he writes, “from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forwa...
Tags: Travel, Washington, White House, Virginia, America, Spain, Atlantic, United States, Portugal, Philadelphia, John, John Adams, Cards Against Humanity, New England, Independence Day, Great Britain


How tinned fish can help the oceans

Fifteen years ago , Bart van Olphen embarked on a journey that would change his entire outlook on food. The Netherlands native had been working in Michelin-starred restaurants like Lucas Carton in Paris, where preparing and working with fish quickly became his culinary obsession. But van Olphen felt conflicted about the way the fish he prepared were being sourced, and he began to feel that eating fish wouldn’t be sustainable in the long term. When he learned that 80 percent of the planet’s fi...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Indonesia, France, US, Fish, Paris, Netherlands, Portugal, Michelin, Maldives, Msc, All, Spain Portugal, Mikhailov, Lucas Carton


Columbus statue torn down in Ohio

The removal of statues around the United States has become commonplace, but now it’s extended beyond just Confederate generals. Columbus, OH, is removing a statue dedicated to the city’s namesake. Christopher Columbus has long been a controversial figure due to his brutal treatment of indigenous peoples during his explorations. To address Columbus’ problematic history, the city decided to remove a Christopher Columbus statue from outside City Hall. At dawn on July 1, 2020, workers scaled the ...
Tags: Travel, John Oliver, United States, Statues, Ohio, Columbus, All, Christopher Columbus, Columbus OH, Genoa Italy, Andrew Ginther


Keep learning after lockdown

For some reason , humans at rest aren’t very good at staying at rest. When you tell us we can’t leave the house for three months until a deadly pandemic passes, the gears start turning, and we start wondering how we can make productive use of all this free time. For most, this took the form of enrolling in online classes, learning a new language, or impulse-buying a Peloton to make up for skipping the last 3,000 leg days. Whether you spontaneously got the urge — along with the rest of the coun...
Tags: Travel, Learning, All, Peloton


Caribbean reopening in storm season

Travelers from the United States may be barred from Europe for the foreseeable future, but there’s one silver lining: Dozens of Caribbean islands are welcoming Americans with open arms. While travelers are right to be excited, there’s one fact that bears remembering: It’s hurricane season, and because 2020 is the gift that keeps on giving, it’s supposed to be a particularly bad one. Typically, hurricane season in the Caribbean lasts from early June to late November. The New York Times repor...
Tags: Travel, Europe, US, United States, New York Times, Noaa, Times, Caribbean, Us Virgin Islands, Hurricanes, Hurricane Season, All, COVID, Joseph Boschulte


How to see Buck Moon eclipse

Instead of getting yourself into an ill-advised crowd to see this year’s fireworks, stay at home and look at the moon — the spectacle will be just as good. This month’s full moon is happening on July 4, and is known as the “Buck Moon.” The name is derived from the natural phenomenon that typically occurs in July, wherein a male deer grows its new antlers. Deer shed their antlers after mating season, and then grow new ones when warmer weather comes. But there’s more to this full moon than it...
Tags: Travel, Nasa, Moon, All, Eclipse, Eclipses, NASA NASA, Lunar Eclipses, Buck Moon


Tourist railway in England

A train ride is one of the most ideal ways to explore the English countryside, and if you can’t quite pin down the Hogwarts Express, this new train service is a good secondary option. New tourist trains, courtesy of Rail Charter Services, are scheduled to begin scenic routes on the Settle to Carlisle line this summer. The service will complete three 112-mile round trips per day in North Yorkshire and Cumbria, running from/to Skipton or Settle from/to Appleby. There are three options — the fu...
Tags: Travel, Europe, England, Train, North Yorkshire, Carlisle, Cumbria, Tourist Train, All, Skipton, Hogwarts Express, England Travel, Lukasz Pajor Shutterstock, British Train, English Tourist Train, Rail Charter Services


Arrests in Hong Kong

After China voted to pass its National Security Law on Tuesday, the first arrests have been made in Hong Kong for “unauthorized assemblies” and actions that “undermine national unification.” On Wednesday, thousands gathered for the annual pro-democracy rally marking the end of British rule — the 23rd anniversary of Hong Kong’s independence from Britain. Demonstrators chanted slogans like “Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong.” The gathering occurred in defiance of a ban of crowds exceedin...
Tags: Travel, Hong Kong, China, Bbc, Beijing, Britain, All, Hong Kong Police, Hong Kong Arrests


France bans e-bike commercial

France has just banned a commercial for a Dutch bicycle over concerns that the commercial creates a “climate of fear” about cars. The ad, which has been aired on both Dutch and German television, is apparently worrying France’s advertising regulation authority, as they believe the ad unfairly discredits the automobile industry. The ad, for the VanMoof e-bike, features a shiny black car reflecting images of chimneys, flashing emergency lights, and traffic jams. The car then melts and transfor...
Tags: Travel, Climate Change, France, Advertising, Cars, Bikes, Cycling, All, Vanmoof, e-Bike, Stéphane Martin, Taco Carlier, Climate Of Fear, Régulation Professionnelle de la Publicité ARPP


Rez Roads, #vanlife, Navajo Nation

The Navajo Nation is about the size of West Virginia. Nearly surrounding the four corners of the American Southwest, the country’s largest Native reservation encompasses 27,000 square miles across three states: New Mexico, Utah, and Arizona. To Chantal Wadsworth and her partner, Vernan Kee, who both grew up in the Navajo Nation, this land was mostly all they knew. Growing up here meant becoming accustomed to seeing — and often experiencing — poverty. Opportunities to travel were few and far b...
Tags: Travel, California, West Virginia, Arizona, San Diego, Navajo Nation, All, Wadsworth, Ford Transit, Navajo, Farmington New Mexico, New Mexico Utah, Kee, Vanlife, Bisti Badlands, Rez Roads


Praxe freshman hazing in Portugal

Every September , students wearing button-ups and long black capes parade through Portugal’s university cities while plainclothes freshmen perform embarrassing stunts like they’re pledging Hogwarts Greek life. This analogy is not entirely off. Praxe is an academic tradition designed to initiate university freshmen. First-years are publicly hazed, much like fraternity and sorority hopefuls at American schools. Older students oversee the antics dressed in capa e batina, a “cape and cassock” comb...
Tags: Travel, Portugal, Porto, Lisbon, All, Guimaraes, J K Rowling, Hogwarts, Freitas, Hazing, Coimbra, University of Coimbra, Hazing Rituals, Portuguese Students, Portuguese Universities, Praxe


New Zealand Wild West town for sale

The Wild West has distinctly American connotations, but this detailed replica of a Wild West town is actually located in New Zealand. Mellonsfolly Ranch, built in 2006, is a replica of a 1860s Wyoming frontier town turned into a boutique hotel that can accommodate up to 22 guests, and it’s on sale for $7.5 million. Photo: Mellonsfolly Ranch According to the listing by Sotheby’s, “On this ranch, you won’t find herds of sheep or cattle. Taking advantage of the surrounding pristine native bus...
Tags: Travel, Wyoming, New Zealand, All, Sotheby, Wild West, Manuka, Mellonsfolly Ranch, New Zealand Wild West, New Zealand Mellonsfolly Ranch


Lufthansa offers COVID-19 tests

Starting on July 29, 2020, Lufthansa will offer rapid COVID-19 tests to inbound and outbound travelers on its flights at the Frankfurt and Munich airports. In Frankfurt, the test takes place at a special facility in the airport and results are available via an app from six to eight hours for a regular test and three hours for an express test. Travelers will have to pay for the tests, and costs are 59 euros ($66.50) for a regular test and 139 euros ($156.50) for an express one. The PCR tests...
Tags: Travel, Germany, US, Eu, Frankfurt, Munich, Medicare, Lufthansa, All, Travelers, Centogene, COVID-19


All about ekiben

“I think food , culture, people, and landscape are all absolutely inseparable,” said the late Anthony Bourdain. In Japan, those three inseparable qualities can be found in ekiben, the iconic packed lunch that has served as a trusted travel companion for almost two centuries. Ekiben is a popular quick meal that’s neatly packed in a beautiful box. While the food in an ekiben varies, generally each has a balanced combination of meat or fish, vegetables, and rice, and also comes with chopsticks. ...
Tags: Travel, Japan, Trains, United States, Train Travel, Japanese culture, Osaka, Hello Kitty, All, Anthony Bourdain, Japanese Food, Travelers, Kobe, Japan National Tourism Organization, Sendai, Matsuura


9 sensory experiences in Santa Fe

W hen Georgia O’Keeffe first set eyes on the New Mexican landscape around Santa Fe, she wrote, “I’d never seen anything like it before, but it fitted to me exactly. It’s something that’s in the air — it’s different. The sky is different, the wind is different. I shouldn’t say too much about it because other people may be interested and I don’t want them interested.” O’Keeffe was right about this place, and she was right about us: We’re interested. Now more than ever, we crave the fresh air, th...
Tags: Travel, Outdoors, US, Georgia, Earth, Things To Do, New Mexico, Ansel Adams, Santa Fe, Forest Service, All, Rocky Mountains, Trip Planning, Sandia, Geoff, Rio Grande Valley


LGBTQ Travel in Cape Town

Nicknamed South Africa’s Pink City by the LGBTQ community, and affectionately known as the Mother City to all South Africans, there is no place on Earth quite like Cape Town. From the exquisite natural beauty of its mountains, oceans, and Winelands to the buzzing nightlife and exciting culinary scene, there are many reasons why Cape Town should be on any traveler’s bucket list. For LGBTQ travelers, Cape Town is the undisputed queer capital of Africa, with an inclusive culture and community th...
Tags: Travel, Africa, Los Angeles, Earth, Gay, Atlantic, South Africa, Cape Town, Lgbtq, Johannesburg, National party, Black Mirror, Indian Ocean, All, Woodstock, Susan


Traditional fermented foods

Fermentation is an ancient culinary technique used around the world. It was originally developed to preserve food during harsh winters and food shortages before the time of refrigeration. Vikings traversing the oceans on long voyages needed a supply of edible fish so they didn’t starve while at sea, so they invented lutefisk. Too dangerous to fish on the ice in the winter? The Inuit people have an answer: Stuff a seal carcass with birds and bury it underground until it ferments. And if you’re...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Europe, Japan, Minnesota, China, Germany, Africa, Turkey, Iran, Philippines, Hawaii, New York Times, Smithsonian, Azerbaijan, Norway


NASA’s timelapse of the sun

Over the past decade, from June 1, 2010, to June 2, 2020, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory has been watching the sun nonstop, capturing 425 million high-resolution images of the star. From those images, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration selected one picture taken every hour by SDO and compiled them into a 61-minute video, with each second representing approximately one day. The timelapse showcases the sun’s outer atmospheric layer, called the corona. It gives you a rare, ...
Tags: Travel, Nasa, Earth, Timelapse, Sun, All, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Solar Dynamics Observatory, Sun Timelapse


Koalas may be extinct by 2050 in NSW

According to the year-long parliamentary inquiry conducted by the Australian state of New South Wales, koalas are in danger of going extinct before 2050 in the region. The report revealed that the species is seriously threatened by habitat loss, largely due to logging and clearing of forests. The bushfires earlier this year certainly didn’t help either, with about 24 percent of koala habitat on public land impacted. “Given the scale of loss as a result of the fires to many significant local p...
Tags: Travel, Australia, Animals, New South Wales, Koalas, Extinction, All, New South Wales Australia, Chris Gambian, Nature Conservation Council of NSW


Italian village offers free stays

Countries are pulling out all the stops this summer to (responsibly) encourage tourism. The Italian village of San Giovanni in Galdo in southern Italy is making prospective visitors an offer that’s pretty tough to refuse. For travelers who visit between July and October, the village is offering free accommodation in one of its many vacant homes. Population decline has led to the abandonment of several houses, which are now being repurposed for tourist accommodation. The initiative is called ...
Tags: Travel, Accommodation, Italy, Villages, All, Molise, San Giovanni, Galdo, Enzo Luongo


Abasolo corn whisky from Mexico

Whiskey runs on corn. It’s the defining ingredient in bourbon in the United States and often rounds out rye whiskeys in the US and Canada. The most popular Irish whiskeys, including Jameson, use corn, as do many Scotch whisky blends. Yet in the birthplace of corn, Mexico, corn whiskeys have typically been somewhat of an afterthought. A distillery in Jilotepec de Abasolo, Mexico, is working to change that with ancestral corn and traditional techniques. Abasolo Whisky is made with 100-percent c...
Tags: Travel, Mexico, US, Gmo, Canada, United States, Whiskey, Peru, South America, All, Sinaloa, Chihuahua, Jameson, Saldana, Sierra Norte, Abasolo


Destinations accepting US tourists

Figuring out this summer’s travel restrictions feels like navigating a labyrinth with no ball of thread. At best, it’s maddening. At worst, it’s simply impossible. The public health situation of every country is fluid, meaning concrete reopening dates are as elusive as airline tickets with no cancellation fees. This is incredibly frustrating for those eager for a much-needed summer vacation. Luckily, some destinations have already reopened their borders to international tourism, or set hard d...
Tags: Travel, New York, Air Canada, US, United States, Delta, United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Cambodia, Uzbekistan, Jamaica, Airlines, Kingston, Maldives, Bahamas, United


Florida manatee deaths increasing

The silver lining of the global coronavirus lockdowns has been a sharp reduction in air pollution and carbon emissions, as well as more room to roam for some animals, but the pandemic hasn’t been a blessing for some wildlife. In Florida, the coronavirus has negatively impacted the safety of manatees. The pandemic has led to unsafe boating activity and caused delays to environmental projects — all of which endanger the manatees. Patrick Rose, an aquatic biologist and executive director of the ...
Tags: Travel, Florida, Wildlife, Manatees, All, Save The Manatee Club, Patrick Rose, Crystal River Watersports, Mike Engiles, Ocklawaha River


Trip ideas for summer 2020

Travel ideas for your 2020 summer trip Denver skyline from City Park. Photo: Nicholas Courtney/Shutterstock Y ou can’t take travel out of the traveler. Many of us have spent the last three months in some version of lockdown, feeling the urge to travel and explore. Now it’s summer — your summer — and you’re ready to make the most of it. But how do you do so responsibly? Plan to pack that mask and spend more time outdoors. Focus your trip ...
Tags: Travel, Air Travel, Denver, Southwest Airlines, All, Rocky Mountains, Us Travel, Southwest, Don, Brian Lewis, Larimer Square, Rocky Mountain National Park, Denver Union Station, Pandemic, LoDo Denver, Summer 2020