The 21 August 2017 total solar eclipse will go down in astronomical history as the most viewed, with seven million-plus people estimated to have watched the event as it swept across the US from Oregon to South Carolina. For the next five total solar eclipses, The Independent has assigned a reward/cost score from one to five stars. It will be midwinter in the Southern Hemisphere when the line of totality begins in the South Pacific and races east to the coast of Chile.
Why is this Polynesian paradise the least visited place in the world? Tucked away in the South Pacific, Tuvalu is a picture-perfect collection of nine islands, sitting about halfway between Hawaii and Australia. Its nearest neighbour Kiribati had more than double the visitors in 2016, totalling 5,000.
The Foreign Office is warning British travellers not to travel to North Korea, because of the instability in the region and the unpredictability of the regime in Pyongyang. The Government advice has the effect of invalidating travel insurance, except for people who are already there, and triggering the cancellation of planned trips by UK tour operators.
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Eric Miller, 70, and 25-year-old Whitney Miller had boarded a flight from Orlando to St. Louis last Wednesday. Speaking to US network News 6, the pair admitted they were upset with the eight hour delay but say they were complaining to each other when flight attendants aggressively approached them. Whitney Miller added: "It was, 'No, do you have a problem?
"Spontaneous dancing" is still illegal in Sweden, a year after the government promised to stop prosecuting people under the bizarre law. In April 2016, the Riksdag, Sweden's national legislature, voted to drop the rule that forced bars and pubs to have a licence in order for people to dance in them, a law that dated back to the 1970s. Dance permits were introduced as a way for Swedish police to prevent public disorder which led to riots.
Thomas Cook Airlines pilots have voted to strike on 8 September in a pay dispute with the company. More than 400 of Thomas Cook Airlines’ 560 pilots are members of the British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA). Thomas Cook has offered a 1.5 per cent rise and BALPA says it wants an increase matching inflation plus better travel facilities for pilots.
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In 2015, at the peak of the crisis in Syria, Sweden took in more Syrian refugees per capita than any other European country. Of the 163,000 refugees who arrived there in 2015, 32,000 were granted asylum and many of those chose to come to Malmö, where there was already a growing Middle Eastern population.
Now, travel agencies are reinventing themselves with striking design and fun in-store experiences to tempt experiential-hungry travellers back. In particular millennials, used to paying for personalised experiences such as fitness training or sartorial revamps from stylists, are taking note. Select Collection (selectcollection.com) in Stockholm has cool interiors by Jim Grundström and Alexander Lundfeldt, plus a day spa.
Donald Trump has told the governor of Guam the island has nothing to fear from North Korea and boasted that it will see a tenfold increase in tourism as a result of the nuclear threat. In a phone call with Guam Governor Eddie Calvo, which was posted on Calvo’s YouTube channel, the 45th president said: “You are safe. Trump then added: “I have to tell you, you have become extremely famous all over the world.
Two years after 30 British holidaymakers were killed by a terrorist in Tunisia, one of the UK’s biggest tour operators is to start selling trips there again. Thomas Cook, which first opened an office in Tunisia in 1902, will be offering a small programme of holidays from February 2018. Following the massacre by a lone gunman on the beach in Sousse, the Foreign Office placed the North African nation on the no-go list – triggering an emergency evacuation.