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The 30 loudest animals in the world

Nature truly is a marvel. There are so many unbelievable sights, smells, and in this gallery, sounds. Most people have heard about the legendary howl of a wolf, or the mighty roar of the king of the jungle, yet not many have actually experienced it. The only way to truly understand the intensity of their voices would be to stand before them, but in many cases, that's not a great idea... Instead, we've decided to use the best comparison which is the decibel (represented as dB). The decibel scale shows us how intense a sound is. The higher the number of decibels is, the louder the sound. For reference, a typical car horn can reach 107–109 dB. In this gallery, you'll find 30 of the loudest animals in the world ranked in order of recorded decibels (dB). Click through and prepare to be surprised!


The Medical City, DoT partner to boost PH's medical tourism

THE Medical City (TMC) and the Department of Tourism (DoT) joined hands for the Discover Your Wellness medical tourism project at Grand Hyatt Manila in Taguig on July 17, 2024. Discover Your Wellness, a travel and wellness online series, aimed to promote the Philippines as a medical tourism destination through TMC's network hospitals and health care services while simultaneously highlighting the country's tourist attractions and cultural...


Jewelmer unviels new home in Cebu

The South Sea pearl continues to captivate imaginations with its one-of-a-kind beauty and enduring allure through the international luxury brand Jewelmer. The Philippines’ national gem found a new home at The Mall | Nustar, a premier shopping destination in Cebu, which marks a milestone in the Maison’s history as its 16th boutique in the country and its 30th year in the province. The new branch is a testament to the craftsmanship of the...


Delta uniform policy change takes effect as airline reeling from Palestinian flag pin controversy

Delta Air Lines has a new uniform policy for flight attendants starting Monday, following a social media post that sparked backlash and outrage last week.


The welcome signs of every US state (and their meaning)

Welcome signs serve as indicators of having crossed state lines. They are also important tools in marketing a state to visitors. Some US states have really interesting signage; many feature nicknames and slogans, and also make reference to the region's unique landmarks and visitor attractions. So, how do you want to be greeted? In this gallery you'll find the welcome signs for all 50 US states, and the meaning behind them. Click on.


The friendliest countries in the world, ranked

When traveling, there are always places that stand out for their scenic beauty, amazing cuisine, and/or their mark on history. But one of the things that keeps visitors coming back to a country over and over again is the people. Some destinations really excel at making those who visit feel welcome, and it leaves a lasting impression. Website InterNations conducts an annual survey, in order to discover which countries rank the highest for friendliness amongst those who've relocated abroad and amongst foreign travelers. Published by World Population Review, the results for 2024 are in. Does your country rank in the top 30? Click on to find out!


4 Days of Family Fun at Cotai Expo - Free-Admission Sands Shopping Carnival Open Now

Free business platform for local SMEs and Sands retailers July 18-21 Supports Macao government's "tourism+" initiative MACAO, July 19, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Sands China's annual signature event, the 2024 Sands Shopping Carnival, kicked off Thursday at The Venetian® Macao with an opening ceremony attended by representatives from the government, finance, business, and community services sectors. Guests of honour officiate the opening ceremony of...


The best public-access and private golf courses in Nevada, ranked

Looking to play the best golf courses in Nevada? Welcome to our annual Golfweek’s Best ranking of public-access and private courses. Following are the rankings for both types of courses, as judged by our nationwide n


Microsoft IT outage live: Dozens more flights cancelled across UK as CrowdStrike issue recovery tool released

Microsoft IT outage live: Dozens more flights cancelled across UK as CrowdStrike issue recovery tool released - Experts warn it could take weeks for global tech infrastructure to fully recover as 8.5m devices hit


Times Square through the ages

Times Square is one of the most celebrated intersections in the world. Located in New York's midtown Manhattan at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue, Times Square is a tourist destination, entertainment center, and New Year's Eve must-see rolled into one. But it wasn't always so. In fact, this landmark district managed to go from dazzling to dirty and back again in just a few decades, and it's a fascinating story. Interested in learning more? Click through and take a walk through the history of Times Square.


2 local airlines affected by global IT outage

THE operations of at least two local airlines were affected by the massive IT outage on Friday that caused chaos at airports, banks and businesses across the globe. Cebu Pacific reported it experienced technical problems from its provider, CrowdStrike, forcing the airline to "handle affected processes manually, potentially causing delays." AirAsia said its provider, Navitaire, also experienced operational problems. "This outage is causing...


Drive-thru coffee shop on way despite traffic fears

It will be created at a hotel near the M40 after councillors reluctantly gave planning permission.


Microsoft resolves cloud outage that caused some US airlines to ground flights

(Reuters) -Microsoft said early on Friday that its cloud services outage in the Central U.S. region was resolved after it led to the grounding and cancellation of several flights. Low-cost carriers Frontier Airlines, a unit of Frontier Group Holdings, Allegiant and SunCountry had reported outages that affected operations. Frontier said late Thursday that it was in the process of resuming normal


Rivian Turned An Old Yosemite Gas Station Into Its First Charging Outpost

The building was first a blacksmith shop, then an auto repair shop and then an old-school service station.


I impulse-booked a $6,000 trip to see Taylor Swift in Europe. I paid just $727, thanks to credit card points.

My 48-hour impulse trip to see Taylor Swift in Europe would have cost over $6,000 if I paid cash. I only paid $727 total after using points and miles.


Tourist killed during water activity in Lapu-Lapu City

A tourist was killed while engaging in a water activity at a Lapu-Lapu City resort, according to a 24 Oras Weekend report on Sunday. A video showed the 43-year-old tourist sitting at the end of a jumping balloon as the staff jumped at the other end. Instead of the water, the tourist landed on the jumping balloon head first before crashing into the water. The staff rescued the tourist when they noticed she was not moving and immediately brought...


Beloved Las Vegas tradition being killed by 'corporate greed'

Las Vegas' lounge shows, popular in the 1950s and 60s, are fading due to corporate greed. Mega resorts and superstar residencies overshadowed these intimate venues that showcase local talent.


Buffalo Trace Just Opened an Invite-Only Whiskey Lounge in Paris

You can drink some bourbon while taking in the Summer Olympics in the City of Light.


Her $5,500 infirmary bill was higher than the cruise itself: How she got it covered

A traveler disembarked her Caribbean cruise cruise last year with over $5,500 in onboard medical bills. Here's how travel insurance covered all of it.


Going to Galicia? These are the best attractions

Galicia is one of Spain's most historic regions. Tucked away in the country's remote northwest, it's a destination where the famous Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route ends. But other roads lead to this beautiful and unique corner of the Iberian Peninsula, a place famous for stunning coastal scenery, a 2,000-year-old culture, and some of the best seafood found anywhere in Europe. And these are just some of the reasons to tread a path to Galicia. Interested in going? Click through and discover the best attractions.


How should York deal with unruly tourists? I have a few suggestions for my hometown

‘Go steady, we’ve got enough history,” reads one of York’s new purple street signs. “Respect your bar staff and taxi drivers, give them gratitude not attitude,” says another, while a third says: “Hold it! It’s not a place to pee.” This is the latest initiative to try to tame our city centre. The signs follow a “guide for stags and hens”, a hospitality “code of conduct” (no admittance for “offensive inflatables”, or “people we believe to be...


How not to put on half a stone on holiday

On holiday, my routine flies out of the window faster than the hot air hits me in the face when the plane doors open. I don’t think twice about the fact that my morning run and yogurt will be replaced with an Aperol spritz and cannoli or that I’ll be sprawled on a sun lounger at the time of day I’d usually be setting off on a two-hour dog walk. Obv...


Absolutely incredible places to visit in Central America

Central America is generally regarded as being composed of seven countries—Guatemala, Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama, and Nicaragua. That's seven wonderfully compelling vacation destination options famed for stunningly varied ecosystems, culturally significant historic ruins, and some of the best beaches around. But where do you start? If this part of the world is on your must-see bucket list, click through this gallery for ideas on where to go and what to see!


Air passengers warned of more delays after global Windows outage

Holidaymakers are continuing to face disruption as airlines recover from being hit by one of the biggest global IT crashes in recent history. Passengers had their travel plans ruined on Friday as thousands of flights were cancelled internationally after a botched software upgrade hit Microsoft’s Windows operating system. The incident caused havoc across a number of services, with hospital appointments cancelled, payroll systems seizing up and TV...


Michelin Adds Three Austin Hotels to Its Texas Hotel Guide

Commodore Perry Estate, Soho House Austin, and Hotel Van Zandt were added


I love using my Chase United Explorer card with a low annual fee. I get tons of travel perks, plus credits for DoorDash and more.

My Chase United Explorer card's $95 annual fee comes with perks like priority boarding, free checked bags, and day passes to the United Club lounge.


This Gen Zer traveled to 10 countries in 3 years. Here's how she did it while earning $25 an hour.

Explore how a Gen Zer funds her travels by waiting tables and volunteer exchange sites like Worldpackers.


American Airlines grounds all flights due to 'communications issue'

American Airlines issued a ground stop for all its flights early on Friday due to a communication issue, according to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration's status page


The most beautiful train journeys in the UK

From the stunning Scottish highlands to the southern scenic beaches of Devon and Cornwall, take a look at Britain's most-beautiful railway lines!


Venice makes £2million from day-tripper tax with trial scheme tipped for extension

Venice makes £2million from day-tripper tax with trial scheme tipped for extension - Officials in Venice say they are trying to limit numbers to help protect the city but the move has sparked protests


The Hoxton, Lloyd Amsterdam: a shiny new city hangout

The Hoxton, Lloyd Amsterdam: a shiny new city hangout - The Hoxton’s second opening in the Dutch capital breathes new life into a storied building. Its chic and relaxed feel has made its Docklands location a summer hotspot, finds Gina Jackson


Manila Bridal Fair by Manila Prince Hotel: A premier wedding showcase

THE much-anticipated Manila Bridal Fair by Manila Prince Hotel is set to grace the hotel's Grand Ballroom on July 26 and 27, 2024. This prestigious event aims to bring together a curated selection of industry experts, offering soon-to-wed couples an unparalleled experience. Admission is free on both dates. The lineup of over 20 exhibitors is set to impress in its dedication to make each wedding truly memorable. Couples can consult with these...


Delta offers crews extra pay as carrier struggles to recover from IT outage, CEO apologizes

Delta is struggling to recover from a global IT outage even as its competitors have largely returned to normal operations.


250 tourists from US to visit Northern Mindanao

MANILA, Philippines — Around 250 residents of the United States will join a tour that will be held for the first time in the Northern Mindanao region. Composed of a mix of Filipino-Americans and resident Americans, they would visit the province of Bukidnon, as well as the cities of Iligan and Cagayan de Oro, during the 15th Very Important Pinoy (VIP) Tour. The guests will “immerse in the culture of the indigenous people of Malaybalay (in...


Millionaires who can't afford Miami are flocking to this Florida city

Millionaires who have been driven out of Miami and Palm Beach by an influx of billionaires have resettled in a different Florida city. Their arrival in the new area has driven up real-estate prices.


The Spanish fightback against record tourism

Activists say spiralling housing costs are due to properties being bought by foreigners - or rented over the summer.


Tam Austria — another pride of Rizal

Rizal Province, often referred to as the 'Cradle of Philippine Art,' is a treasure trove of history and culture. Its vibrant artists' communities and folk festivals have earned it this title. Angono, Rizal, known as the Art Capital of the Philippines, is the birthplace of national artists Lucio San Pedro and Carlos 'Botong' Francisco. The Angono Petroglyphs, the oldest known work of art in the Philippines, is a testament to its rich historical...


Famous air crash memorials and monuments

Air travel remains the quickest and most efficient method of getting from A to B. Statistically speaking, flying on a commercial airliner is the safest form of transport there is, according to the US National Safety Council. But occasionally, it goes terribly wrong. Airplane crashes happen, and make headline news around the world. In their wake, memorials to the victims are invariably created to honor lives lost. Some are simple plaques, others more elaborate in design. All, however, serve as places where relatives and friends can remember their loved ones. Click through this gallery and pay your own tribute at these poignant air crash monuments.


Worldwide tech outage causes travel chaos across the globe

The 'most serious IT outage the world has ever seen' sparked global chaos today - with planes and trains grounded and businesses including banks, hotels and casinos shutdown.


My wife and I both work full-time. Summers are complex — we have to plan our kids' summer schedules 6 months in advance.

A dad of 2 told Business Insider how summer vacation makes working full-time harder even.


30 adventure destinations for thrill-seekers

Calling all adrenaline junkies, thrill-seekers, and adventurers alike! From scaling towering peaks to diving into the depths of the ocean, there are adventures that offer unique thrills all around the world. Some adventures are not for the faint-hearted, and others even require some training. In this gallery, we'll embark on an exhilarating journey as we take a look through the world of adventure and daring exploits! Be warned though: some of these adventures might make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up! Without further ago, click on and let's dive in!


Major US carriers restore some flight operations amid global cyber outage

By Shivansh Tiwary and Maria Ponnezhath (Reuters) -Top U.S. carriers including Delta Air and United Airlines are restoring some operations on Friday after a technical issue related to an IT vendor forced multiple carriers to ground flights. However, delays and cancellations were expected to persist throughout the day, as airlines try to fully recover from the impact of the outage that upended


PH airports disrupted as procedures go manual due to global cyber outage

Airports in the Philippines experienced congestion and flight disruptions due to the global cyber outage which resulted in some procedures needing to be done manually. According to Katrina Son's report on "Saksi," families continued to wait for their delayed flights on Friday night at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3. Some airlines have begun manual processes in their check-in counters. “Hindi nila alam which gate we are...


The heat death of tourism?

A BRIEF newsletter article from Inside Climate News earlier this month discussed a topic that our tourism authorities do not seem to have considered but will (hopefully) keep them awake at night now that I've brought it up: the increasing frequency and intensity of heat waves is killing the tourism industry in some places — quite literally, in a growing number of instances. The Inside Climate News story provided a couple of examples, and there...


Tiny Drake's Island off the coast of Plymouth is up for sale - and it could make the perfect spot for a hotel

Drake's Island, named after the explorer Francis Drake, is just 6.5 acres wide and lies 600 yards off the Plymouth coast. The tiny fortified island has planning permission for a 43-bed hotel.


Airbus Chases A330 Deals at Air Show as Model Enjoys Second Wind

At this year’s Farnborough Air Show, Airbus SE is chasing orders for its A330neo airliner, positioning the widebody model as an attractive alternative to more advanced jets because of its favorable economics and availability.


Scotland's biggest airport hit by global IT outage

Scotland's biggest airport descended into chaos yesterday after its computer systems fell victim to the botched software upgrade.


New Cocktail Lounge Brings a Dash of Paris to Houston’s Montrose

Sophie Cocktail and Terrace Bar channels the French Riveria on its lively rooftop patio, while its sultry 20-seat lounge delivers Parisian drama and “experiential” cocktails


Sir David Attenborough to present National Geographic documentary about oceans

Sir David Attenborough to present National Geographic documentary about oceans - The documentary will highlight the work that needs to be done to save habitats like reefs and mangroves.