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The Empire State Building Has a New 102nd Floor Observatory

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17 October 2019

The Empire State Building has a New 102nd Floor Observatory

There’s a slight irony to viewing the New York skyline from the Empire State Building – the most iconic feature is missing, because you’re standing on it.

A pop-culture giant – from the arch-romance of Sleepless in Seattle to the vertiginous thrills of King Kong – the 1,454 ft skyscraper is to New York what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris, and around 4 million people a year flock to its world-famous viewing platform.

These are the Fastest-Growing Tourist Destinations for 2020

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15 October 2019

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These are the Fastest-Growing Tourist Destinations for 2020

In a surprise result, the US city of Milwaukee has topped Airbnb’s list of 2020’s most up-and-coming tourist spots, according to the company’s booking data.

The list was compiled by comparing year-on-year growth in reservations and has turned up a noteworthy number of lesser-known cities and regions, reflecting a broader trend for off-the-beaten-track travel.

SEE ALSO: Least Visited Country on Each Continent: Why You Should Go

7 Of the World’s Most Verdant City Escapes

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13 October 2019

7 Of the World’s Most Verdant City Escapes

In an increasingly eco-conscious world, smoky, fume-filled cities often get a bad name.

The car exhaust, the noise pollution, the grey, concrete brutalism – urban areas can feel claustrophobic, and it’s no wonder so many city-dwellers spend their weekends escaping to the country.

But not every metropolis is so tree-free. Here are a few urban jungles that won’t make you choose between nature and culture…

Majorca Resort in Spain to Cater Exclusively for Women Only Hotel

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7 October 2019

Majorca Resort in Spain to Cater Exclusively for Women Hotel

The Mediterranean island of Majorca already has several different faces.

It’s a hedonistic haven for booze-fuelled party-goers – think the Love Island villa, and the drunken debauchery of the Magaluf strip. It’s a classic island paradise, with seaside retreats and retirement homes at every turn. It’s even a fitness destination, and the likes of Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins have long been spotted traversing the hairpin bends of the Tramuntana.

Everything You Need to Know About Your Dream Trip to Lapland

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6 October 2019

Everything You Need to Know About Your Dream Trip to Lapland

Anyone who has children dreams of taking them to see the big man at Christmas.

We might have some pretty amazing grottoes and experiences over here, but nothing beats seeing Santa in his homeland.

It is, without doubt, the most magical trip every family wants to make – but it’s not always an easy one. Here, we reveal the secrets you really should know before heading to the snowy lands to hunt down Father Christmas…

7 Tips for Getting a Good Night’s Sleep on Holiday

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2 October 2019

7 Tips for Getting a Good Night’s Sleep on Holiday

Travel can seriously mess with our sleep.

The jet lag that disrupts our body clocks may be the most obvious reason, but it’s far from the only one. Even without any time-zone changes, the unfamiliar hotel room or Airbnb, with its strange bed and pillows, not to mention the noise from the next room or the lift in the corridor, can all throw out our normal sleep patterns.

Top 3 Cities in the World to Commute In – And the Worst

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1 October 2019

Top 3 Cities in the World to Commute In – And the Worst

City slicker or reclusive writer, rural bus or urban train, it’s odds-on that most of us have, at some time or other, had to brave the morning commute.

It’s also odds-on that we’ll have hated it, but not all commuting is created equal. For most it’s a daily dose of purgatory – particularly for those just the right height to spend the journey lodged in a nearby armpit – but a lucky few can enjoy a calmer commute with much more room for manoeuvre.

Fancy Spending a Month as a Polar Researcher? Here’s Your Chance

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26 September 2019

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Fancy Spending a Month as a Polar Researcher? Here’s Your Chance

‘Antarctic researcher’ is one of those jobs no one actually expects to get. Like astronaut or MI6 agent, we might have fantasised about it as kids – a starry-eyed mentor might even have told us to ‘follow our dreams’ – but no one really thought it would happen.

With their newly-announced ‘Antarctic Sabbatical’ though, Airbnb is offering five lucky volunteers the next best thing – a chance to learn the ropes of polar living, study microfibers in the ice sheet, and, of course, visit the South Pole.

10 Of the Most Amazing Libraries Your Instagram Didn’t Know

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26 September 2019

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10 Of the Most Amazing Libraries Your Instagram Didn’t Know

Consider the world’s grandest, most majestic buildings. There’s palaces, cathedrals, skyscrapers… libraries?

More commonly associated with dust than spectacle, for students libraries are often synonymous with boredom, but there are some photogenic readings rooms that belie their reputation and then some.

These picks, researched by holiday rentals search engine Holidu, blends classic with contemporary to find Europe’s best and brightest libraries, from campus eco-builds to medieval monasteries in the foothills of the Alps…