United Airlines is facing another PR nightmare after a rabbit destined to be the world’s biggest reportedly died on a flight from Heathrow to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. The rabbit, Simon, which measured at three-feet, was expected to outgrow his father Darius, whose length of 4ft 4in made him the world’s biggest bunny . The 10-month-old continental giant rabbit was being sent to his new celebrity owner, whose identity hasn’t been revealed. “Simon had a vet’s check-up three hours before the flight and was fit as a fiddle,” breeder Annette Edwards, of Stoulton, Worcs, told The Sun . “Something very strange has happened and
The management of Aero Contractors, has been explaining the incident that led to the smoke in the flight from Port Harcourt to Lagos on Tuesday evening. The airline’s Managing Director, Captain Ado Sanusi, told Channels Television on Wednesday, that the smoke originated in the cargo section of the aircraft and got into the cabin through the air-conditioning system. He said the pilot, however conducted the flight and landed safely, adding that the plane is due for a test flight today. Meanwhile, several reactions have continued to trail the news of the incident. The terrified passengers were seen praying frantically in
We know that you didn’t need another reason to plan a trip to Finland. For starters, the Nordic nation is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its independence this year. And thanks to the fact that it was named the fifth happiest country in the world (perhaps because the Finns highly value drinking at home alone in their underwear?), the country is trending more than ever. But now, Finland has been named the world’s safest nation. For many a travel-wary person, this accolade likely tops the list of desirable attributes for any destination. And considering the fact that this ranking was
The Director-General, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Mr. Usman Muktar, has certified the runway of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja ready for operation, adding that the airport can be opened on Wednesday. Muktar stated this while speaking with newsmen during an inspection of the airport’s runway on Monday in Abuja. The Abuja airport was closed on March 8 for six weeks for the rehabilitation of its 3.6km runway. Flights were diverted to the Kaduna International Airport during the period. The Federal Government had announced that the airport would be reopened for normal operations on April 19. Earlier, the
Jack Morris and Lauren Bullen are not celebrities, but they are Instagram-famous “influencers” ― and they’re raking in the dough just by traveling the world posting photos. Morris, 26, and Bullen, 24, have a combined 3.4 million followers on their two personal Instagram accounts. They met on a job in Fiji last year after both left their respective careers to focus on Instagramming for a living, according to a January profile in Cosmopolitan UK. The duo, who are based in Bali, share stunning photos of their global adventures on their respective accounts, and get paid by brands and tourist boards for sponsored images.
A Nigerian pilot, Ademilola Odujinrin, has made history as the first pilot of African descent to fly solo around the world. The pilot, popularly called “Lola”, who works for Air Djibouti, completed the final leg of his historic journey Wednesday afternoon, landing safely at Washington Dulles International Airport. Ademilola Odujinrin in the air during the expedition. He embarked on the second leg of his historic journey in a Cirrus aircraft from North Weald airfield in the UK, in October 2016, having earlier completed a transatlantic crossing from Washington D.C. in the light single-propeller aircraft. Odujinrin completed the entire circumnavigation in
Everyone has their own list of travel essentials which accompany them wherever they go. These are the sort of items which provide comfort (warm socks, neck pillows); alleviate boredom (books, magazines, music) and can block out the more annoying members of the public (ear plugs, sleeping tablets). Plane journeys in particular may require a secret arsenal of objects, lotions and potions. After all, spending hours in a pressurised metal tube with dozens of strangers is not always the nicest experience. If you wanted to provide further comfort, there is one surprising item which could really help when on a flight.
Citizens of the Seychelles, Mauritius, and South Africa have the most powerful passports on the continent, while Nigerians, Ethiopians and Somali have the least freedom of travel, according to the latest ranking from the financial firm Arton Capital. The rankings, based on the number of countries holders of various passport can visit without a visa as well as how many they can get a visa upon arrival. Seychelles passport holders can travel to 126 countries, including China, France, Tonga the United Kingdom, visa-free, with a visa on arrival, or getting an electronic travel authorization. Since visa rules are often reciprocal, the ease of a
Let’s face it – if you go home to your friends and family after going on a safari in Africa and don’t take home a few souvenirs – you are going to have a few disappointed faces! At the same time, this can be an expensive exercise, as well as time-consuming, and if you don’t buy wisely, the items can be difficult to pack and keep in one piece for your travels home. So what are the wise ways to buy souvenirs on a safari? Have a budget for souvenir shopping Decide before you leave for your safari how much you
I used to be a notorious overpacker. What if I really needed my Winter jacket on the beaches of Mexico if it got really cold one random night? Irrational. It didn’t, and it wouldn’t. The more I’ve traveled, the more I’ve realized just how nice it is to not worry about dealing with a bunch of unnecessary luggage. Half of the things I used to pack stayed buried in my suitcase the whole trip, just adding extra weight for absolutely no reason. I’ve started to (mostly) follow the minimalist approach to packing, and it’s made traveling even more enjoyable. Here
Brazil Said to have “the body of America and the soul of Africa,” a getaway to Brazil is a no-brainer for Black women. The African diaspora is felt strongly in the food, music, and shades of brown skin in the streets there–along with beautiful beaches, stunning scenery, and a weak local currency (meaning your dollar stretches farther) there’s no better time than the present to go. South Africa At a glance, South Africa has all the trappings of a great vacation spot: sun, sand, safari, and summits. But dig a little deeper and you’ll discover that it also has soul. South
Many times, we find ourselves packing more than what we need for a trip. While some items are basic necessities, others can be done without when you travel. Here are five items you shouldn’t travel with on your next trip. Checkbook If you don’t absolutely need your checkbook on a trip, you might as well drop it home. Except it’s a business trip, your ATM and credit cards will do. Always leave a copy of your route/guidebook behind with family To be on the safe side, it is advisable that you leave a copy of your itinerary with your family
Africa is a paradise for birdwatchers: Almost 2,500 bird species and 111 bird families live on the mainland of Africa and its islands, according to the African Bird Club. Topping the list of African countries with the largest number of bird species is Democratic Republic of the Congo, with 1139, followed by Tanzania (1137 species); Kenya (1080 species); Angola (915 species); Nigeria (910 species); Cameroon (908 species); and Ethiopia (816 species). Here is a round-up of 15 of these incredible birds, which can be spotted on any of the many bird-watching “safaris” available for amateurs and fanatics alike. Lilac-breasted Roller The national bird of
Travel search company KAYAK released its 2017 Travel Hacker guide on Wednesday, revealing top and trending destinations—and how to visit them for less. “The [guide] is a bit more granular than last year,” David Solomito, KAYAK’s vice president of marketing in North America, told Travel + Leisure. This is the third time the company has released the guide, which is based on more than 1.5 billion annual searches. “We’ve added back our when to book section, which gives high level time frames for the sweet spot to book to different parts of the world.” Top destinations The travel guide identifies
The United States warned its citizens against visiting the tourist destination of Gambia on Saturday, and told those there to considering leaving, citing the risk of unrest as President Yahya Jammeh digs in despite losing an election. “The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens against travel to The Gambia because of the potential for civil unrest and violence in the near future,” the statement on its website said. It said the supreme court hearing on Jan. 10 of Jammeh’s challenge to the result that elected his rival Adama Barrow was a potential flashpoint for violence. “U.S. citizens should consider
Arik Air on Thursday lamented incessant attacks on its staff and property by some aggrieved passengers at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos. The airline made this known in a statement signed by its Communications Manager, Ola Adebanji. The airline staff and property were attacked by the passengers on Wednesday while its flight operations were disrupted again on Thursday. It said the issue started when the airline’s Lagos-New York flight was rescheduled from Wednesday to Thursday due to the shortage of aviation fuel. “Our Lagos-Johannesburg service and Lagos- Accra service were also on ground awaiting fuel while the Lagos-New York service
A continent of 54 countries, 2000 languages and over 3000 tribes, Africa has a staggeringly diverse array of cultures. It’s no surprise that Africa is home to some of the best cultural festivals on the planet – everything from food and music to art and film – in some truly spectacular locations, such as isolated deserts, medieval cities, on the shores of a lake or on a tropical island. Osun Oshogbo Festival may be a reference point, but here’s a round up of some of the best cultural festivals Africa has to offer. Add these to your bucket list! 1.
Whether you’re seeking solitude or a party, shallow waters or pounding surf, find the perfect beach in our pick of 50, from Greece to the Galapagos, the Highlands to Hawaii Dune du Pyla, France This beach is Europe’s tallest dune at over 100 metres. It’s an hour’s drive from Bordeaux and is literally dazzling. You will shield your eyes as much from the shimmering heat haze as the pristine sand. After you’ve taken in the panoramic views over the Atlantic and pine forests behind, there are miles of beaches to explore along the Bassin d’Arcachon. Take a ferry
The beauty of going on a cruise is that everything’s provided for you – the food, the drinks, the entertainment. That’s what cruise newbies think, anyway. If you’re planning a cruise vacation soon, there are a few supplies you need to pack. 1. A transparent plastic shoe organizer Cruise veterans swear by this simple trick: pack an over-the-door shoe holder and use it to store small, easily-lost essentials. Examples include batteries, lip balm, sunscreen, travel documents, pens. 2. Small bills Having a tipping plan – how much? How often? – is essential to consider when you’re preparing for a cruise.
Wherever you’re heading, if you’re traveling during the holiday season, you need to realize that everyone else in the world is, too. But don’t let invasive security scanners, terrible drivers and long lines at airports get you down. We’re giving you tips to survive the holiday travel season without a meltdown. Do your research. Plan alternative trips if traffic makes your way home too overwhelming. Is there a scenic drive that might be longer but have less traffic? Break up a long drive by finding a few places to stop that will get the kids more excited than a truck