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LAX airport authorities detain woman who ran out onto the tarmac and tried to wave down an airplane

The passenger, who has yet to be identified, exited a terminal door and triggered an alarm before running up a ramp, said the airport authority.

Google delays return to US offices past January 10 amid uncertainty over the Omicron COVID-19 variant

The company told employees the news in a memo on Thursday. It has also pushed back the return to offices in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.

99 incredible US places nobody should miss

America is home to some of the most beautiful sights on the planet, from teetering skyscrapers to wildflower meadows and glacier-filled national parks. While we can't easily get to them in person right now, instead take a virtual tour of the USA's most stunning sights, so you can travel America from your armchair.

Seeking solace in the hills: why the Malverns are perfect for walking

On the western slope of the Malvern Hills, along the border of Worcestershire and Herefordshire, there is a hairpin junction where a small lane leads downhill off the main road into the woods. It is common to see clusters of vehicles here, and if you stop to investigate you’ll find yourself among an ever-changing but faithful coterie, some of whom have travelled many miles. They are gathered around a spout in the side of the hill that gushes a...

Monica Galetti goes behind the scenes of the world's most amazing destinations

In the new series of Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby, TV chef Monica Galetti uncovers the secrets behind the world's top hotels, in the most awe-inspiring destinations. Jessica Reid finds out more

The world's first ultra-low-cost international airline alliance is on the horizon as 2 budget carriers team up to bring cheap fares between Mexico and the US

Allegiant said in a press release that the pair intends the alliance to offer nonstop flights on routes that currently only have connecting service.

Delta flights from South Africa have been forced to make stops in places like Boston and Puerto Rico because of 'payload' issues

One possibility for the stops is that flights from South Africa to the US may have been more full following the discovery of the Omicron variant.

South Africa says it has been 'punished' rather than 'applauded' for detecting the new Omicron variant

South Africa has some of the world's top epidemiologists and scientists, who have detected emerging coronavirus variants early, Reuters said.

Hot chocolate, glow worms and fairies: readers’ best winter light displays

Ticket availability at some of the locations is now limited, but all were still taking bookings for various time slots at time of publication Winning tip: Dazzling glow worms, Wakehurst, West Sussex Glow Wild at Wakehurst Place (administered by Kew Gardens) always puts on an innovative, thought-provoking display across its beautiful grounds. Its gardens boast the UK’s tallest living Christmas tree – a 33-metre giant redwood with 1,800 lights....

The world's amazing subway stations

A metro station is probably one of the last places you’d expect to find great art and breathtaking interiors. However, there are a few stations that hide exceptional design and art installations under city streets around the world. Forget dirty, badly lit platforms painted in dull colors, because we’ve sought out some of the world’s coolest subway and metro stations.

Some sailors are getting vaccinated multiple times in an attempt to comply with the different COVID-19 regulations at ports around the world

The situation has arisen as some vaccines — such as Russia's Sputnik V — are still being assessed by the WHO and are not on its approved list.

WHO slams countries for putting travel bans on southern Africa, saying it 'attacks global solidarity'

Countries put travel bans on multiple southern African nations after the Omicron coronavirus variant was first detected in South Africa and Botswana.

Abandoned ghost towns hiding in the world's deserts

The desert plains across the USA play home to a plethora of Wild West towns that went from being booming mining villages to lifeless towns, within decades. Similarly, the likes of South America, Australia and Southern Africa unveil the crumbling shells of once-thriving towns and villages that were abandoned and reclaimed by the desert. Here are the world’s desert communities that have become eerie ghost towns and, interestingly, manmade attractions.

New UK rail travel platform promises to plant a tree for every train ticket sold

A new train ticketing platform launching today is promising to plant a tree for every ticket it sells, which it hopes will appeal to passengers who care about climate change. Trainhugger says it will use 50p out of each £1.50 booking fee to pay for a young tree, in partnership with the Royal Forestry Society and Royal Scottish Forestry Society. The website will sell the same UK routes and fares as other rail websites, such as Trainline, which...

Grounded! What did a year without flying do to the world?

On 14 March 2020, I left my home in the Orkney Islands to drive to Edinburgh international airport. I was due to travel to Germany for a research trip. Full of nervous anticipation, and making frantic last-minute preparations, I hadn’t paid as much attention to the coronavirus crisis as I might have, but events were developing so quickly across Europe, it was dawning on me that international travel might not be an option for much longer. By 5am,...

Skiing, snowboarding, dog-sledding: have a snowy adventure without leaving the UK

Downhill Skiing and snowboarding, Scotland and northern England Although skiing or snowboarding at indoor snow domes such as Hemel Hempstead’s Snow Centre (from £29 an hour adults, £24 juniors, group lessons from £42 an hour), or the country’s dozens of dry ski slopes is a lot of fun, they can’t really compare with sliding down proper snowy mountains in the great outdoors. The five main ski resorts of Scotland’s Highland and Aberdeenshire region...

A private jet charter firm says it's seen more than 600 searches for flights out of South Africa since Omicron was identified

Private aviation has been the go-to for wealthy travelers looking to get out of COVID-19 hotspots and avoid lockdowns.

From dedicated check-in desks to chauffeured cars, here are the perks Big Tech enjoys for spending hundreds of millions on air travel each year

Big Tech spends hundreds of millions of dollars on air travel each year and airlines use every tool in their belt to keep them happy and loyal.

The only 4 restaurants you need to try on your next trip to London

Our list of the best places to eat in London includes standout Indian food at Dosa n Chutny, fresh seafood at Scott's Mayfair, and other restaurants.

Revealed: California's most stunning small cities and towns

California is home to some of the country’s most famous cities, but it's the in-between places that are often the most beguiling. There's incredible beauty at almost every turn, with gorgeous towns and cities tucked in valleys, perched atop mountains and overlooking sweeps of golden sand. From colorful beach towns that seem to have hopped straight from a postcard to enclaves nestled by the lakeshore, we’ve narrowed down our top 30 most beautiful towns and cities across California. As always, check local restrictions and only travel when it’s safe to do so.

If you're planning a trip to London, consider these COVID and weather advisories first

If you're planning to visit London, here's what you need to know about mask mandates and weather advisories.

I learned that traveling is a skill on a 60-hour train journey to and from Miami — here's how I honed it

Insider's reporter missed a bus, got lost, and had to drag her belongings around Miami for a day, but her mistakes made her a more confident traveler.

My no-fly trip to Corsica: a drive across France is part of the adventure

It takes a while to register the bullet holes that decorate each signpost along the high road out of Ajaccio, Corsica’s capital. Maybe it’s the distracting octogenarian tailgating wildly in his battered Renault van, or a lack of sleep courtesy of the overnight ferry from Toulon, but as we climb high into the country’s soaring central mountain range, it becomes impossible to ignore the omnipresent, disfigured signposts. Perhaps I shouldn’t have...

5 of the coolest things to do in London including hidden gem exhibits and afternoon tea with cats

Here's a list of activities to try while visiting London, from visiting one of the city's museums to exploring nature.

The Australia exit checklist: everything you need to prepare before travelling internationally

Since the Australian government lifted the ban on fully vaccinated Australian citizens and permanent residents leaving the country without an exemption, on 1 November, interest in overseas travel has skyrocketed. Research commissioned by Skyscanner in mid-November found that 44% of Australians were interested in travelling internationally in the next 12 months, and in November the flight service experienced a 128% month-on-month increase in...

Frontier Airlines CEO Barry Biffle says travelers are not panicking over the Omicron variant as sales remain strong

"I think consumers, as well as our employees, they're just not panicking and overreacting," Frontier Airlines CEO Barry Biffle told Fox News.

An Alaska helicopter tour company says it's seen a 250% surge in business compared to 2019 as an influx of tourists travel to the state

Alaska Helicopter Tours is no stranger to the labor shortage, and its biggest hurdle during the travel surge was hiring enough ground staff.

World's terrifying volcanoes in pictures

From picturesque lake filled calderas to explosive rocky mountains, volcanoes are some of the most incredible yet deadly geological features on Earth. With the help of new book Volcano by Robert J. Ford, here we take a look at some of the most spectacular volcanoes around the world alongside some interesting facts.

Florida's charming small towns, ranked

America’s southernmost state might be best known for bustling resorts like Miami and Orlando, but beyond the bright lights and big cities there are plenty of smaller places worth exploring too. What they lack in size, they more than make up for in beauty. From sun-kissed coastal charmers to quaint historic towns, we’ve selected Florida’s 30 most picture-perfect small towns and cities. Don’t forget to check local restrictions and only travel when it’s safe to do so.

Explore this 101-year-old abandoned cottage in Connecticut

This charming abandoned cottage in Connecticut has lain empty for at least two decades. Photographer Bryan Sansivero managed to get hold of the keys and capture the overgrown property and its fascinating time capsule interior.

Antisemitic graffiti was found near Anne Frank memorial on the last Saturday of Hanukkah

"With it being Hanukkah, I didn't really want anybody seeing it," Kevin Wallior, who spotted the graffiti and called police, told Insider.

Ten COVID-19 cases were detected on a Norwegian Cruise Line ship as it headed to port in New Orleans

There were more than 3,200 people on board the Norwegian Breakaway, which made stops in Belize, Honduras, and Mexico. All passengers were vaccinated.

Frontier is launching 18 new routes to Florida and beyond with a special focus on rival Spirit's home airport of Fort Lauderdale — see the full list

According to Frontier, it will compete with Spirit on three routes out of Fort Lauderdale, including Atlanta, Orlando, and Philadelphia.

A Southwest Airlines passenger opened a galley door and jumped out of a plane while it was taxiing, authorities say

While Flight 4236 was taxiing at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, Arizona, authorities say a 30-year-old man jumped out of the plane.

The world's most important sacred sites

From magic mountains to sacred stones, the world is scattered with deeply spiritual places. Here we take a look at some of the most stunning sacred landscapes that have a strong and enduring mystical appeal…

Denver's first-ever December without snow (so far) and more unusual weather events

Mother Nature is unpredictable and our changing climate means we're now even more likely to see strange patterns in the weather. From frost in summer and random winter heatwaves to huge hail stones and once-in-a-decade storms, we take a look at the world’s most freakish and out of season weather.

Amazing things you'll find in the world's oceans

Oceans cover more than 70% of the Earth’s surface, containing roughly 97% of our water – and are an endless source of fascination. We know some of the creatures that dwell in the deep, from plankton to blue whales. We’ve seen pictures of the enormous Great Barrier Reef and of vast icy landscapes with icebergs and glaciers. Yet more than 80% remains unexplored, and still further swathes are rarely seen. Here we virtually plunge into the most mysterious parts of our watery world.

Gold Rush mining towns left abandoned

When gold was discovered in California in the 1850s, a frenzy of adventurers headed west seeking their fortunes. Soon thousands of mining towns had popped up all over the West as precious metals were discovered. But the bounty soon ran out and the towns surrounding the mines were fast abandoned. Today, some of these little pockets of history survive largely unscathed, preserving a long-forgotten way of life.

The head of the European Union Commission says it's time to consider making vaccines mandatory

With one-third of EU's population unvaccinated, said Ursula von der Leyen, it's "understandable and appropriate" to start discussing mandates.

Natchitoches, Louisiana, Is the Nostalgic, Light-Filled Getaway We All Need This Holiday Season

The city will be shining bright from now until January 6.

Legendary lost treasures that could still be found again

Lost, stolen, or simply hidden, billions of dollars-worth of treasure remain missing around the world.

North America's best airports, ranked

As passengers return to airports with weekly volumes now reaching 75% of pre-pandemic levels, a full service at the airport is expected. Even though labor shortages have had an effect on service, the 2021 Airport Satisfaction Index, curated by consumer insights firm J.D. Power, reports record high satisfaction. To create the overall ranking, they looked at six factors, from terminal facilities to food, beverage and retail. Using their ranking, here are the best large and mega-sized airports across the continent. Note that medium airports category didn't feature this year due to reduced passenger volumes.

10 fun UK learning holidays that make perfect Christmas presents

These courses run year-round and last for a maximum of a day unless otherwise stated. As most aren’t residential, we have suggested nearby accommodation and dining options Winter skills in the Lake District One for those who like a challenge, this day-long course takes place from December to April, with participants climbing to the summit of Helvellyn with a fell-top assessor. You’ll learn basic snow skills for safe winter walking in the UK’s...

7 of the best places to stay in London, from hotels favored by royalty to affordable, centrally-located bases

Wondering where to stay in London? These are the best hotels for all budgets, from five-star luxury fit for a royal to affordable, central spots.

Lobster pots, wild moors and Dracula: a car-free break in Whitby

The harbour ripples like shot silk. The smell of fried fish drifting past lobster pots on the cold granite dock makes me nostalgic. I’ve been lured to Whitby in winter by Britain’s most scenic bus ride, and the chance to stay in a spa hotel with sustainable ambitions. And for a walk up the wild Esk Valley to the wilder North York Moors. The 50-mile bus journey from York to Whitby takes longer than the 200 speedy miles by train to York from...

Crowd-free Caribbean: the best lesser-visited islands

Unhurried and unspoiled by mass tourism, these easy-going Caribbean islands have lashings of old-fashioned charm and are the perfect antidote to some of the region’s overdeveloped and congested isles. Here, we recommend a handful of little-known destinations that might not have the glitz and glamor of some Caribbean hot spots, but where you’ll find secluded beaches, breathtaking rainforest trails and culture aplenty. Due to COVID-19, check travel restrictions and individual attractions and hotels before you visit.

Jen Psaki says South Africa turned down the US's offer of additional COVID-19 vaccine doses

About a quarter of people in South Africa are fully vaccinated as the new coronavirus variant, Omicron, spreads.

Wildlife successes stories that give you hope for our planet

As many parts of the world went into lockdown last spring, incredible photographs emerged of nature bouncing back after decades of decline, much of which had been linked to human activity and climate change. And in the longer-term, projects such as rewilding, reforestation and conservation mean there's added hope for some of the world's most delicate and beautiful ecosystems – as these examples go to show.

New Bins Let New Orleans' Residents Recycle Oyster Shells for Reefs

Two nonprofit groups came together to expand a shell recycling program that previously worked exclusively with restaurants.

Nearly 1,500 unhoused people died on the streets of Los Angeles during the pandemic, according to a new report

"When people are passing away outdoors and on the sidewalks, that is a failure of the state," a co-author of the report told The Guardian.