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GOOD THINGS COME IN SMALL PACKAGES

Valletta is the capital of the Mediterranean island country of Malta. And this year it is also one of Europe's two Capitals of Culture. The Maltese city kicked off the festivities with acrobatics and fireworks. More than 400 events will be taking place in Valletta and around Malta this year. EU's smallest capital is determined to make a big splash in 2018.

 


TOP 10 UNDERAPPRECIATED WONDERS OF THE WORLD

It doesn't have to be an official 'Wonder of the World' to leave you lost for words. This list looks at those places on our planet that perhaps don't receive the coverage that they deserve.


I AM A ROCK
I am an island

Floating off the coast of Vancouver Island, a 45-minute boat ride to the nearest town, is a sustainable island fortress complete with a dance floor, art gallery and garden.

 


QUITE THE SET

Our planet is littered with the remains of our past and present culture. Movies are the coliseums of our day and have left behind equally magnificent and haunting ruins. It's not every day you get to visit an alien world or first century Rome. So here are a few movie sets you may or may not recognise:

 


LOOK TO THE HORIZON
Queen Latifah named Godmother

Queen Latifah - Grammy award-winning musical artist, acclaimed television and film actress, label president, author and entrepreneur - has been named the godmother to Carnival Cruise Line's newest ship, Carnival Horizon.

 


THE VIEW FROM THE TRAIN

Quite a number of our readers seem to love trains and anything to do with railways. So here's something for you - a live Rail Driver's view from a train. Last night it was a snowy mountain ride and admittedly it was fascinating - for a few minutes.

 


RHINO SAFARI
Kaziranga National Park in India

Kaziranga National Park in Assam is the best place on the planet to see the population of over 2,000 Indian rhinos. In 1905, there were only 15 Indian rhinos left in the area but thanks to Mary Curzon, the area was protected for conservation and the rhinos were able to make an amazing comeback.

 


A DOGS LIFE

Private chef-prepared meals, spa treatments and chauffeur-driven rides are just a few of the services provided to clients of New York's most exclusive hotel - for dogs. D Pet Hotels, in New York's affluent Chelsea neighbourhood, caters for the pets of the rich and famous, and its rooms and services are fit for the world's most pampered pups.

 


ANNOYING PASSENGERS
The seatmate you really do not want beside you

Expedia conducted a poll asking fliers to name the most annoying types of airplane passengers. Jimmy Kimmel was going to just read the list, but he thought it would be more interesting if the great Sir Patrick Stewart acted it out.


OCEANS AWAY

Comedian and daily Show regular Michael Kosta, in conversation with "The Death and Life of the Great Lakes" author Dan Egan to learn how the environmental decline of the Great Lakes threatens the world's ecosystem. It's not your average interview.


JUST A TINY BIT JEALOUS

Richard Branson sits down with CNN's Christine Romans after Elon Musk's Falcon Heavy SpaceX launch last week. Branson expects Virgin Galactic to be in space with people on board within the next few months.


LOVE THAT TOKYO HOTEL

More than 30,000 love hotels operate in Japan, with hundreds in Tokyo alone. It's a multibillion-dollar business - and while the clientele is still mostly local, tourists are discovering - and loving it too. The hotels offer a variety of options - something to suit every taste.


LISTEN UP
The sounds of skating on thin ice

16 FEB 2018: This small lake outside Stockholm, Sweden, emits otherworldly sounds as Marten Ajne skates over its precariously thin, black ice. "Wild ice skating," or "Nordic skating," is both an art and a science. A skater seeks out the thinnest, most pristine black ice possible-both for its smoothness, and for its high-pitched, laser-like sounds.

 


CRAZY RIDES

16 FEB 2018: On the subject of trains, here are some glimpses of the World's 12 Craziest Railways. From a train that travels around Mount Everest, to the long Trans-Siberian Railway.

 

 

 


LONDON TO PARIS ON EUROSTAR

16 FEB 2018: Ever wonder what it would be like to travel from London to Paris, on Eurostar's new e320 train. Well, here's an opportunity to get a close up look at the train, the process and the journey.


THE MAGIC TOUCH
Loving your job

16 FEB 2018: When it comes to entertaining the young and the young at heart, VIA onboard service attendant Zachary Wells has the magic touch. Literally.

 


EIGHT LONG LOUD HOURS
Tot throws titanic tantrum

16 FEB 2018: The only good part of the story is that you were not trapped on this unfortunate flight. Passengers were forced to endure the 'demonic' screams of a child throwing a mega tantrum for eight hours on flight. The child reportedly ran around screaming almost the entire flight from Germany to Newark, New Jersey.


TAKE OFF AND TOUCH DOWN

16 FEB 2018: Tens of thousands of spectators made the pilgrimage from across the country and 15 million people around the world on Youtube witnessed the roar of the SpaceX's new 23-story-tall jumbo rocket as it has blasted off on its first test flight, carrying Elon Musk's red Tesla sports car aiming for an endless trip past Mars. None appeared more thrilled watching the lift off than the man behind it all - Elon Musk.

 


TOO GOOD TO MISS
A record 30 million people visited Caribbean despite storms

16 FEB 2018: A record 30 million people visited the Caribbean last year despite two devastating hurricanes that hit the region. The Caribbean Tourism Organization said Thursday that visitors spent a record total of US $37 billion, up nearly three percent from the previous year, though hotel occupancy fell by one percent.


DO SOMETHING
Thoughts and prayers are not it

16 FEB 2018: Victims' relatives and student survivors called for action while the president and congressional leaders offered condolences and condemnation of the crime. Americans with close ties to past school shootings expressed distress at how little has changed. And world leaders, Olympic athletes and TV talk show hosts reacted with horror to the slaying of 17 by a lone gunman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida.

 


KOKOMO
Thirty - yes thirty - years later

09 FEB 2018: In 1988 the Beach Boys had everyone singing and dancing to their infectious hit Kokomo from the Tom Cruise film Cocktail - and, that tune is just as ear-wormy today. Here's a little musical pick-me-up for a Friday.

 


THE CHEAPEST PLACES TO TRAVEL

09 JAN 2018: Alex and Marko, the Vaga brothers, provide an extensive list of the 31 Cheapest Budget Travel Destinations in the World with tips on what to do in each. As travel professionals I'll leave it for you to decide on their choices.


NEW ROLLER COASTERS FOR 2018

09 FEB 2018: I've never been a huge enthusiast, but there are roller coasters fanatics all over the world - people who travel and take vacations just to try the latest monster thriller. About-to-be newlyweds have even been known to plan their honeymoons around the added excitement of roller coaster rides - does that say something?


GO TO AUSTRALIA II
Air New Zealand offers a way to beat the post game blues

09 FEB 2018: And that's not the only way to go. Got post-game blues? Get away from it all in Australia. Air New Zealand is offering disappointed fans a way to escape the post-game limelight with a huge sale Down Under. Australia boasts amazing cuisine and breath-taking views, but most importantly, it is full of friendly people who know nothing about the American sports.

 


GO TO AUSTRALIA
Tourism Australia launches new push to Americans

09 FEB 2018: The Super Bowl, the most watched television broadcast in the United States, kicked off a new A$36 million marketing push by Tourism Australia, aimed at supercharging the value of American tourism Down Under.

 

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