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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.

 


SPACE AND UNIVERSE.
SpaceX live views of Starman car in space

09 FEB 2018: On February 6th 3:45pm EST SpaceX launched their amazing Falcon Heavy rocket. In the nose of the rocket was STARMAN sitting in his Tesla car! With the successful launch, the Heavy became the most powerful rocket flying today. And Musk's Roadster became the fastest car ever, hurtling off the planet and zooming away on a route that will now take it all the way to the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. 

 


PATIENCE NEEDED
Snowstorm in upper Midwest delays air travellers

09 FEB 2018: Thousands of air travellers are being delayed by a winter snowstorm that's moving across the across the upper Midwest. The Chicago Department of Aviation reports Friday morning that about 550 flights were cancelled at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and about 230 flights were cancelled at Chicago's Midway Airport.

 


RESCUE AT SEA

A sea turtle was spotted by a US Coast Guard cutter in the eastern Pacific Ocean. It was surrounded by tens of millions of dollars' worth of cocaine. The sea turtle was entangled in lines connecting over two dozen bundles of cocaine.

 


5 CRUISES TO AVOID AND WHY.

Not every cruise is for everyone. Here are five types cruises you might want to stay clear of when choosing a cruising vacation. For various reasons some cruises and cruise ships risk not living up to expectations.

 


UNICYCLE THIEF SOUGHT IN SAN FRANCISCO

Someone at the San Francisco airport stole a 7-foot (2.13-meter) unicycle used by the Red Panda Acrobat for her plate-juggling routine and the legendary performer is offering a $2,000 reward to get it back.

 


THE LONGEST ZIP LINE

The United Arab Emirates have claimed a record this week with the opening of the world's longest zip line, measuring 2.83 kilometres (1.76 miles) in length. Guinness World Records officials certified the zip line in Ras al-Khaimah on the same day the attraction opened to the public.


TAKE OFF

Have you ever dreamed of being in the cockpit of the A380? Well here's your chance. Join Lufthansa's top pilot in the cockpit of the world's biggest plane as it takes off.


CLYDE BUTCHER
Capturing the Everglades

Clyde Butcher was Person of the Week on ABC News twenty years ago. Butcher's passion and desire holds strong to this day continuing to photograph and fight for the environment and to go to great lengths to do what he can to save something he holds so dear to him.


PLEIN AIRE COTTAGE ARTISTS

The Plein Aire Cottage Artist are a trio of remarkable women who began about 20 years ago to capture on canvas the beautiful landscape and cottages around them before they succumbed to the environment or the developer.

 


GOING FISHING
Birds in flight eaten by giant fish

You'd think a bird might be safe flying above the water. But unbelievably, giant trevallies (a large fish family which includes jacks and pompanos), launch themselves out of the water to catch fledgling terns.


GOOD VIBRATIONS

26 JAN 2018: Operations agent Kyran Ashford said he hopes to give travellers "30 seconds of positive vibes" as he dances down the tarmac at Greater Rochester International Airport in New York. Ashford is the exuberant dancing sensation bringing light and life to the tarmac of the upstate airport, captured in a now-viral Facebook video by passenger country music artist Terry McBride and posted to social media. (VIDEO)

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