15 fairy-tale Irish castles you can actually stay in

Get ready to make like royalty in these incredible Irish castles that let you step back into history: They’re all available for rent on HomeAway.com or Airbnb.com. 1. Lisheen Castle, County Tipperary The estate boasts nine bedrooms and fully equipped kitchen for entertaining.  (Via Homeaway.com) For the ultimate Irish fairy-tale experience, rent this entire 7,000-square-foot 19th-century castle, which is only a two-hour drive from Dublin Airport. With nine bedrooms, it can host large groups and offers a fully-equipped kitchen for cooking meals for your crew. Open your windows and look out…

Pittsburgh Airport gives Mister Rogers an adorable tribute

Employees at Pittsburgh International Airport welcomed all travelers to their neighborhood on Friday just like Mister Rogers would have wanted. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the iconic children’s TV show, “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” and coinciding with the release of a Mister Rogers Forever stamp, employees wearing red sweaters in the Airside Terminal Center Core at Pittsburgh International Airport handed out free Mister Rogers buttons and red shoelaces to travelers. Also in the terminal, a large chalkboard lets fans share their fondest memories they have of Mister Rogers and…

Starbucks opens at Yosemite National Park despite petition

It seems 25,000 signatures weren’t enough to keep a Starbucks out of Yosemite. That petition to halt its opening died a quiet death on March 16, when the coffee giant began operating at Yosemite Valley Lodge’s Base Camp Eatery, which ABC7 reports underwent a $7 million remodel, its first since 2000. The Guardian reports that requests from visitors reportedly partly drove the decision, which “aligns with our goals of elevating the food and beverage offerings throughout the park,” per a rep with Aramark, which is running the facility. It’s the first Starbucks location in…

11 tips for travelling on SA roads this Easter

The Easter school holidays this year begin on 28 March, which means roads across the country will be much busier during this period as thousands of people embark on holidays. An increase in traffic volumes almost always sees an increase in fatalities on the country’s roads, and motorists are urged to be vigilant while driving. More than 1700 people died on South African roads over the 2016/2017 December holiday period, another reminder of the dangers of driving on the country’s roads during festive breaks Roads during the Easter weekend period…

Air Canada flight makes emergency landing after smoke detected in cockpit

An Air Canada flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Virginia Sunday night, after smoke was discovered in the cockpit. Flight 7618 was on its way to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport from Toronto when the pilots noticed the smoke, forcing them to land at nearby Washington Dulles International Airport, in Virginia, around 6:18 p.m., Reuters reported. All 63 passengers and four crew members were safely evacuated onto the tarmac with no injuries reported, according to Reuters. Images on Twitter show emergency vehicles on site and people huddled…

Disney World announces free dining for kids this summer

Budget-savvy families are always looking for ways to cut costs on a Walt Disney World vacation, and now Disney has announced a new offer that seems to offer monetary relief. According to Disney Food Blog, families who book a trip from May 28 through August 30 may be able to get free dining for their kids. Children between the age of 3 and 9 will qualify for a free dining package when their parents book a Magic Your Way package, which includes a room at a Disney resort, a three-day theme park ticket,…

Incredible transformation of a former war zone

It’s hardly surprising. According to the World Economic Forum, Rwanda is now Africa’s safest nation and the ninth-safest in the world. The rest of the world is watching with interest. Marriott recently chose Kigali as the location for its first Sub-Saharan property, and other recent openings in the capital include a Park Inn by Radisson. It is now the safest nation in Africa. Picture: Tamara HinsonSource:Supplied Rwanda has thrived in the past two decades. Picture: Tamara HinsonSource:Supplied The Australian Government’s Smart Traveller website says anyone heading to the country should…

Swimmers amazed by mesmerising ‘portal to hell’ on Californian lake

SWIMMERS were left in amazement after a gigantic hole appeared in the middle of a lake in the United States. Onlookers questioned whether they had come across a supernatural whirlpool or a portal to hell as the mysterious hole appeared in Lake Berryessa in California, The Sun reports. However, although looking like a natural phenomenon, the giant hole is in fact a man-made spillway known as a “glory hole”. The funnel is used to drain the lake to stop it from overflowing. An aerial view of the man-made spillway on…

Top 5 Things To Do This Week, March 5-10

Free events and more in Sarasota, Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch 1. Irish Celtic Festival & Lucky Dog Parade Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day a week early at this eighth annual event featuring an ample supply of Celtic-inspired cuisine, craft brews and cider as well as the mandatory green beer. There are numerous children’s activities, too. And don’t forget to dress yourself and pooch in green for the Lucky Dog Parade with Most Irish, Cutest and Dog/Owner Look Alike prizes. 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday; Adventure Park, 13400 Adventure Place, Lakewood Ranch; $5…

Savvy Senior Travelers

More people than ever are hocking their rockers and buying plane tickets. Many senior adventurers are proclaiming, “Age matters only if you’re a cheese.” Travel is their fountain of youth. I’m not a senior — yet — so I polled my readers via my Travel Forums, asking seniors to share their advice. Thanks to the many who responded, here’s a summary of top tips from seniors who believe it’s never too late to have a happy childhood. When to Go If you’re retired and can travel whenever you want, it’s…

Is it safe to visit the Amazon?

The murder of British kayaker Emma Kelty on a remote stretch of the Solimões – the name by which the mighty Amazon is known upriver of Manaus – will understandably give pause to anyone planning a visit to Brazil’s green heartland. Brazilian police said Miss Kelty had been shot and killed by robbers – known locally as ‘water rats’ – who then dumped her body in the river. It comes less than a year after police chief, Thyago Garcez, disappeared on the same stretch of river, after he and fellow officers got into…

Why was the UK’s favourite seaside town on the Soviet Union’s nuclear hit list?

There are many measures of a good town, but I think my favourite might be this: whether it was on the Soviet Union’s list of nuclear targets for an attack on Britain. Salcombe, weirdly enough, is thought by the MoD to have been one of those targets because in the event of a decapitatory bombing of London it was going to be a regional seat of government. By that point, I guess, port towns would be doing a roaring trade in mutant three-eyed fish, so it’d be as good a local…