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Photo contest to feature 81 PH provinces accepting entries until June 30

Jun 26, 2020 - 2:57 PM

This is open to all Filipinos who would like to share photos of less recognized sights from their own province

LIST: Which countries can Filipinos travel to during pandemic?

Jun 21, 2020 - 8:55 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Here are the countries with travel restrictions still in place as of Sunday, July 5

TRAVELING IN A PANDEMIC. Outgoing passengers check-in at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 on May 22, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Inside the Industry: The future of photography and travel with Sonny Thakur

Jun 15, 2020 - 6:00 AM

Photographer Sonny Thakur shows us how a travel publication like Grid Magazine works from home

Face masks, health checks, and long check-ins: The future of flying

Jun 10, 2020 - 2:00 PM

As the aviation industry attempts to find a way forward, experts warn the impact of the coronavirus pandemic will be far-reaching

(FILES) This file photo taken on May 29, 2020 shows a flight attendant wearing a facemask (L) as she checks the body temperature of boarding passengers next to the door of the plane at Tianhe Airport in Wuhan in China’s central Hubei province. - Cabin crew in protective suits, health certification for passengers, mandatory face masks, and longer check-in times. Welcome to the new reality of mass air travel. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP) / TO GO WITH Health-virus-aviation,FOCUS by Martin Abbugao and Haeril Halim

Expedia raising $3.2 billion to weather pandemic hit

Apr 24, 2020 - 12:17 PM

Expedia will also furlough workers, and its board and top executive will forgo cash pay for the rest of the year, Expedia Group chairman Barry Diller says

Moscow launches digital travel permits under lockdown

Apr 13, 2020 - 4:47 PM

The permit system, which will be operational from April 15, may be expanded to monitor people going out even within their local neighborhood, if needed, authorities said

THE COMMUTE. A woman wearing a face mask waits for a train at Nizhegorodskaya station of the Moscow Central Ring, a commuter rail line circling the city, in Moscow on April 8, 2020, during the strict lockdown in Russia to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. Photo by Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP

U.S. extends travel ban to U.K. and Ireland, reviews domestic curbs

Mar 15, 2020 - 5:14 PM

The suspension of 'all travel from the United Kingdom and Ireland' is effective midnight Monday EST (12 pm Philippine time on Tuesday, March 17)

ARRIVALS. International flights arrivals are listed on a screen at Los Angeles International Airport on March 12, 2020 one day before a US flight travel ban hits 26 European countries amid ongoing precautions over the coronavirus. Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP

Ormoc City sets travel restrictions due to coronavirus

Mar 15, 2020 - 3:29 PM

The city also suspends classes in all levels from March 16 to 20

MAPS: Metro Manila and the challenges of travel restrictions

Mar 14, 2020 - 12:25 PM

Here's an overview of the National Capital Region and the challenges and complexities of implementing a 'lockdown' or 'community quarantine' in the area

SAFETY IN COMMUTE. A passenger jeepney driver in Quezon City wears a mask in light of the coronavirus outbreak in the country. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Travelers rush into U.S. ahead of ban on Europe arrivals

Mar 13, 2020 - 3:18 PM

Travelers who had hurried to leave Europe before the travel ban is implemented braced themselves for chaos at New York's JFK but on their arrival find the airport calmly serene

A woman places her luggage on a cart beside a flight onformation screen at Los Angeles International Airport on March 12, 2020 one day before a US flight travel ban hits 26 European countries amid ongoing precautions over the Coronavirus. US President Donald Trump announced a shock 30-day ban on travel from mainland Europe over the coronavirus pandemic that has sparked unprecedented lockdowns, widespread panic and another financial market meltdown Thursday.The announcement came as China, where the outbreak that first emerged in December, showed a dramatic drop in new cases and claimed "the peak" of the epidemic had passed. Frederic J. BROWN / AFP

IATA urges 'emergency measures' for airlines after U.S. travel ban

Mar 13, 2020 - 8:40 AM

The International Air Transport Association warns that airlines, already suffering from the impact of the coronavirus, would face even more financial woes

Three commercial aircrafts of Swiss International Air Lines are parked on the tarmac at the Geneva Airport, on March 12, 2020. - Lufthansa with subsidiaries like Eurowings, Swiss and Austrian Airlines has announced deep cuts in its timetable this week as the effect of the COVID-19 outbreak. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP)

Virus seen to cost world tourism at least $22 billion

Feb 28, 2020 - 10:45 PM

Researchers find that the economies most likely to suffer would be those most dependent on Chinese tourism, including the Philippines

This photograph taken on February 12, 2020 shows the nearly empty water attractions at Pattaya Park Resort in Pattaya. - Pattaya Park Beach Resort is one of the main attractions for Chinese tourists in Pattaya but is almost deserted due to the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP) / “The erroneous mention[s] appearing in the metadata of this photo by Mladen ANTONOV has been modified in AFP systems in the following manner: [correcting to location in IPTC to Pattaya] instead of [Bangkok]. Please immediately remove the erroneous mention[s] from all your online services and delete it (them) from your servers. If you have been authorized by AFP to distribute it (them) to third parties, please ensure that the same actions are carried out by them. Failure to promptly comply with these instructions will entail liability on your part for any continued or post notification usage. Therefore we thank you very much for all your attention and prompt action. We are sorry for the inconvenience this notification may cause and remain at your disposal for any further information you may require.”

U.S. now has De Lima's recommended list for travel bans, sanctions

Feb 25, 2020 - 7:00 AM

(UPDATED) The Australian Parliament also reaches out to De Lima as the country works on its own version of the Magnitsky Act

JAILED. Senator Leila de Lima is escorted by her jail guard as she goes out of the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court on January 31, 2020, where she is undergoing tiral for drug charges. Courtesy of the Sen. De Lima's office

ICYMI: The PTAA TravelTour Expo 2020 is happening this weekend

Feb 07, 2020 - 5:31 PM

The event is pushing through at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay

TRAVEL TIME. The PTAA TravelTour Expo 2020 is running from February 7 to 9. Screenshot from

AirAsia cancels selected PH-China flights

Feb 01, 2020 - 6:37 PM

The airline says all affected guests will be promptly notified via email or SMS

CANCELLED FLIGHTS. In this file photo, the Bureau of Quarantine monitors the thermal scanner of passengers arriving from international flights at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City on January 23, 2020 amid the reports of new strain of Coronavirus from China and spreading to other countries. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler  CANCELLED FLIGHTS. In this file photo, the Bureau of Quarantine monitors the thermal scanner of passengers arriving from international flights at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City on January 23, 2020 amid the reports of new strain of Coronavirus from China and spreading to other countries. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Here's what you can do if your flight to China has been cancelled

Jan 27, 2020 - 10:29 PM

(UPDATED) Airlines offer alternatives to passengers with flight tickets to destinations in mainland China

ALTERNATIVES FOR PASSENGERS. For some airlines, those with flights going to mainland China may rebook or refund their flights free of charge. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

LIST: Beautiful, underrated Philippine destinations to visit in 2020

Jan 27, 2020 - 2:00 PM

Consider these under-the-radar places of nature and culture for your next travel adventures this year!


International tourism growth slows in 2019 – UN

Jan 20, 2020 - 10:00 PM

Both 2017 and 2018 had posted exceptionally high rates of tourism growth

TRAVEL. International tourism growth slows down in 2019. File photo by Naveen Ganglani/Rappler

5 types of chats you usually get from a traveling friend

Jan 17, 2020 - 11:22 AM

Aren't these all too familiar?

Wanted: Girlfriend to fly to the moon with Japanese billionaire

Jan 13, 2020 - 1:33 PM

The deadline to apply is January 17, 2020. Interested?

BOSS. Yusaku Maezawa, entrepreneur and then-chief of online fashion company Zozo and SpaceX BFR's first private passenger, poses with a miniature rocket and space helmet prior to start of a press conference at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in Tokyo, October 9, 2018. (Photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP)

Siargao among Conde Nast Traveler’s ‘Best Holiday Destinations for 2020’

Dec 24, 2019 - 2:00 PM

The surf paradise in Surigao del Norte makes it to the list along with destinations such as Kyoto in Japan, Galway in Ireland, and Pakistan

TOP DESTINATION. Siargao's Sugba Lagoon is among the many attractions that the small island in Surigao del Norte has to offer. File photo by Naveen Ganglani/Rappler

2 days before Christmas, sea travel suspended in Visayas areas threatened by Ursula

Dec 23, 2019 - 1:49 PM

(UPDATED) Over 2,600 passengers across the region are stranded due to the suspension of sea travel

STRANDED. Passengers headed home to surrounding provinces for Christmas are stranded at the Port of Cebu. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

In search of the perfect cabbage and pork slab in Taiwan

Dec 23, 2019 - 12:22 PM

Well, I went to the twin national museums instead

THE CABBAGE. The jadeite cabbage and the pork slab. Photo by Frank Cimatu/Rappler

The unbearable weight of traveling while female

Dec 07, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Many times I feel that nothing is better than another female's company when I’m traveling alone

The Philippines is the best diving destination according to the World Travel Awards

Dec 01, 2019 - 5:44 PM

Amanpulo Resort is recognized as World’s Leading Dive Resort

Why Singles’ Day is the perfect travel opportunity for you

Nov 08, 2019 - 6:09 PM

Use these 5 tips to prepare for the Singles' Day online frenzy on November 11

Resorts World operator to delist from PSE on October 21

Oct 14, 2019 - 5:45 PM

Travellers International buys back its shares at just P5.50 apiece, much lower than its IPO price of P11 back in 2013

Liquidators start dismantling Britain's Thomas Cook

Oct 10, 2019 - 2:05 PM

Hays Travel acquires Thomas Cook's 555 United Kingdom stores for an undisclosed sum and says it will hire 'as many Thomas Cook staff as possible'

POSSIBLE COLLAPSE. British travel firm Thomas Cook could collapse unless the government intervenes. Photo from Shutterstock

Filipinos have more in common with Brazilians than we realize

Oct 02, 2019 - 6:05 PM

Though Brazilians speak Portuguese, the Filipino language has just enough Spanish words for any Filipino to connect with them

Sunseekers feel the strain of Thomas Cook crisis

Sep 22, 2019 - 11:20 PM

With British travel giant Thomas Cook in trouble, travelers fear they will be unable to return home or their trips will not push through

British tourists walk outside the Orange Beach hotel in in Tunisia's coastal town of Hammamet on September 23 2019. - Thomas Cook's 178-year existence was hanging by a thread on Sunday after the iconic British travel firm struggled to find further private investment and is now relying on an unlikely government bailout. Holidaymakers were already reporting problems, with guests at a hotel in Tunisia owed money by Thomas Cook being asked for extra money before being allowed to leave, according to a tourist interviewed by AFP. (Photo by ANIS MILI / AFP)

What should cities do to attract more tourists?

Sep 05, 2019 - 1:50 PM

Experts share some insights into how local governments can help boost, and sustain, their tourism industry

How the way we travel has changed

Sep 04, 2019 - 7:50 PM

There’s an emphasis on enriching, immersive experiences

Resorts World Manila operator voluntarily delists from PSE

Aug 14, 2019 - 5:35 PM

Travellers International says its conversion from a public entity into a private company will allow it to address 'evolving market demands' without compromising business strategies

U.S. upgrades Hong Kong travel warning as airport protest planned

Aug 08, 2019 - 11:40 PM

The US warning comes after countries including Australia, Britain, Ireland, Singapore, and Japan issued heightened travel warnings for Hong Kong

HONG KONG. A general view shows residential and office buildings in Hong Kong on July 30, 2019. File photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Exploring Hanoi, Vietnam: Hidden gems, secret spots

Aug 06, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Planning to visit Hanoi soon? Here's a 4-day itinerary and travel guide to help you out!

Hanoi,Vietnam itinerary and guide. Photos by Jan Ricasio/Rappler

Tinder feature warns users if they're in countries with laws targeting LGBTQ+

Jul 25, 2019 - 7:40 PM

The feature, called Traveler Alert, hides LGBTQ+ users' profiles or their sexual orientation information if they're in countries where same-sex relationships are illegal

Palawan is 2019's 2nd-best island in the world

Jul 15, 2019 - 8:26 AM

...but of course that doesn't come as a surprise

PALAWAN. Limestone rocks and bright blue waters make up the trademark view from Kayangan Lake, a top tourist site in Coron, Palawan. Photo by Amanda Lago/Rappler

INFOGRAPHIC: Take the whole family on an unforgettable trip to Singapore

Jul 05, 2019 - 10:57 AM

Are you into sports, food, or the arts? You’ll surely make memories you’ll never forget!

Alliance Global sets P410-billion capex for 2020 to 2024

Jul 01, 2019 - 3:30 PM

Alliance Global's property arm Megaworld Corporation receives the lion's share of the budget set for 2020 to 2024

FUTURE-PROOFING. AGI's 5-year program wants to increase the use of innovation and digital transformation in all of its businesses. Logo from Alliance Global

Got 72 hours in Hong Kong? Here's how you should spend that quick getaway

Jun 28, 2019 - 1:10 PM

Make it count by visiting some of these new and off-the-beaten spots

Who is the new Pinoy traveler?

May 28, 2019 - 11:24 AM

For starters, he or she prefers more meaningful trips than simply getting as many stamps on their passports as possible

Keeping the Enchanted River 'bluer than blue': A lesson on conservation and community

May 20, 2019 - 11:00 AM

The Enchanted River's Blue Lagoon is one of the most visited places in Hinatuan

REHABILITATED. The Enchanted River’s Blue Lagoon is now only for sightseeing and picture taking, not swimming.

LIST: What to pack when traveling in the Philippines

May 01, 2019 - 1:30 PM

It’s more fun in the Philippines…if you know what to pack for your trip

PACK RIGHT. Here are your essentials for travel around the Philippines

How do we adapt to the rapid changes in technology?

Apr 25, 2019 - 5:34 PM

Get to know more about Accenture's 'See the New, Now' movement

From pristine beaches to scenic highlands: 5 budget weekend trips from P2,000 and up

Apr 15, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Here's a short list of weekend adventures that can reinvigorate you by Monday

PANORAMIC. This is one of the views from Cape Engaño’s hill in Palaui

INFOGRAPHIC: Let Singapore be your family’s next summer destination

Apr 11, 2019 - 4:29 PM

Check out all the activities that every member of the family will enjoy

How about it? A no-selfie travel adventure

Apr 07, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Imagine if instead of photos, you have the sound of a crowded plaza, a parade, or a school reunion!

Strong Swiss gun culture faces EU pressure

Apr 06, 2019 - 5:17 PM

Switzerland has the world's 16th highest rate of gun ownership according to a 2017 report by the Small Arms Survey

A visitor checks a label attached to a rifle displyed during the 45th edition of the Arms Trade Fair, in Lucerne, on March 29, 2019. Switzerland, where gun culture has deep roots, has managed to avoid the charged national debates surrounding firearm ownership that have consumed other countries. But in a country where compulsory military service means that many are comfortable around weapons, voters might, in a May 2019 referendum, push back against gun reforms demanded by the European Union.  STEFAN WERMUTH / AFP

Five tips for your next barkada trip

Apr 05, 2019 - 10:30 AM

...and from travel companies themselves, no less!

Filipino netizens fume over Lonely Planet video featuring Banaue Rice Terraces

Apr 01, 2019 - 11:11 AM

(UPDATED) The video, which has since been taken down, said the terraces were 'first built around 2,000 years ago by the Chinese'

LONELY PLANET VIDEO. The travel guide earns the ire of Filipino netizens over this claim in a social media video. Screenshot from Lonely Planet