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Modern family: Greece with grown-up kids

A decade after a first family holiday in Greece, Martin Love heads to Paxos and finds it wonderfully unchanged The five of us stretched out on yoga mats with our toes pointing towards the sea. Above us the breeze stirred the leaves of the ancient olive trees. Emai ed, intoned Sophie. In Greek that means, I am here. She continued in her gentle voice. I am here in Paxos. I have arrived. I have moored on this rock surrounded by sea Sophie was training to be a mindfulness teacher. When…

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First Venice and Barcelona: now anti-tourism marches spread across Europe

Demos in San Sebastin and crackdowns in Rome and Dubrovnik as locals vent frustration at city-breakers and cruise ships With the continent sweltering under a heatwave nicknamed Lucifer, tempers have been boiling over, too, as a wave of anti-tourism protests take place in some of Europes most popular destinations. Yet, as tourism-phobia becomes a feature of the summer, the World Tourism Organisation(UNWTO)has defended the sector, calling on local authorities to do more to manage growth in a sustainable manner. The focal point for much of this has been Spain, which…

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Use The Internet To See If Homestar Runner Is Censored, And 4 Other Tips For A Perfect Day In Hong Kong

If youve only got 24 hours in Hong Kong, here are the things you absolutely have to do! 1. Use the Chinese internet and see if Homestar Runner is censored: Any good traveler knows about Chinese internet censorship, but if you went and visited Homestarrunner.com in Hong Kong, would the government actually try and stop you? Who knows, but while youre there, maybe just go ahead and check in on Homestar and the gang! That is, assuming Xi Jinping doesnt have it out for them. 2. Trip over an extension…

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Strolling the ancient hillforts of southern England

Our writer conjures a vivid picture of prehistoric times on a walk in the Wiltshire Downs one of 4,000 iron age hillfort sites across Britain and Ireland mapped on a new website They stand in a clear line along the Wiltshire Downs facing north: perhaps facing an enemy whose identity we do not know. In the bright sunshine of late spring, I could see the hillforts stretching away along the escarpment Barbury, then Liddington, and finally Uffington, with its famous chalk white horse. They may have been begun in the…

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Wyndham Hotel Group buys Love Home Swap for $53M

Large hotel chains are feeling the heat from Airbnb and other startups building digital marketplaces for travelers with a more flexible range of places to stay, and more flexible prices to match. And that is leading some of them to make acquisitions. RCI, a division of the Wyndham Hotel Group, has acquired Love Home Swap, a startup out of London that lets people book time to stay in other peoples homes, while at the same time list their properties for people to book. Wyndham is not revealing the terms of…

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‘The worst it’s been’: children continue to swim as raw sewage floods Gaza beach

For most of the 2 million people in this overcrowded strip of land largely cut off from the outside world the beach and sea are the only affordable form of recreation. The only option now is to swim and even fish in filthy water It is high summer on Gaza Citys beach. A horse and cart patrols the shore selling brightly coloured swimming rings. A small boat is giving joy rides out to sea. Families sit on chairs while a few children play in the water. Normally, in the midst…

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Im going to do exactly what this travel startup tells me to do

Im gearing up for another trip, but instead of taking a sleep pod bus, Im flying (like a normal person) to Berlin. Im going with my mom, who has never been out of the country, so I want to make sure its a good trip. Thats where Journy, founded by Leiti Hsu and Susan Ho, comes in. Journy is essentially a travel startup for millennials that is designed to function somewhere in between a high-end travel service and a DIY approach to jetsetting, Hsu told me. Its about the service…

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Social media ‘erupts’ with images of Guatemalan volcano eruption

(CNN)Guatemala’s Volcn de Fuego rumbled to life earlier this month — and social media has been “erupting” with close-up photos and videos of the active volcano. Guay was camping on another volcano called Acatenango, which is about a mile and a half away, when the Volcn de Fuego began erupting. He captured a photo of the eruption, showing the volcano piercing the cloudy sky with lava. “The lava was shooting up to 300 meters (about 980 feet) into the air, and was spilling down the side of the volcano,” Guay…

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Deal-finding browser tool Honey now tracks Amazon price drops, offers hotel savings

Since its launch several years ago, the deal-finding browser add-on Honey has grown its install base to 4.4 million users on Chrome, in addition to its smaller presence on Firefox and Safari. Initially conceived as an easier way to find savings by tracking sales and retailers promo codes, the company is now expanding its selection of online shopping tools to include an Amazon price drop tracker called DropList, along with other new tools for finding travel deals. With its heavy focus on finding coupon codes, Honey has been missing out…

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