Chernobyl’s Infamous Reactor 4 Control Room Is Now Open to Tourists

The “highly radioactive” control room at Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant’s Reactor 4 at the centre of the facility’s infamous 1986 catastrophe is open for tourists, so long as they wear a protective suit, helmet, and gloves while inside, CNN reported. Read More >>

Wanna Visit the Galápagos Islands? It Could Soon Cost You a Lot More

Officials at Galápagos National Park are considering a substantial rate hike for visitors, a move that could make the islands a lot more inaccessible – which is exactly their goal. Read More >>

EasyHotel Told That Some of its Rooms are Too Small for Human Habitation

A new branch of super-budget orange emergency crash pad EasyHotel in Northern Ireland is stuck in a legal limbo ahead of its opening, as regulators complain that its hotel rooms aren't big enough to meet minimum human comfort standards. Read More >>

Lake District Opts Out of Currency Union

A whole new bunch of bank notes are about to launch in the UK on May 1st, and these are going to be even harder to shift in a London Caffe Nero than a Scottish tenner – they're for the Lake District only. Read More >>

The Olympic Park Slide Will Accept Chocolate Coins for One Hour Only Next Week

There are lots of thing you can do with a bag of chocolate coins. Eat them, obviously, pretend to be Scrooge McDuck, or use them for a ride on the Olympic Park's giant slide. Wait, what? Read More >>

TripAdvisor May Be Under Investigation in the US After It Deleted Reviews Alleging Rape, Suspicious Deaths

Review site TripAdvisor may have frantically backpedaled after a Milwaukee Sentinel-Journal expose showed that it had a habit of censoring reviews mentioning blackouts, rape, and suspicious deaths or injuries incurred at certain resorts—specifically Mexican ones, though it remains unclear if other destinations were involved—by adding new functionality warning of potentially dangerous hotels. But the site’s belated admission it did wrong might not be enough for the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which the Sentinel reported this week is potentially investigating whether TripAdvisor acted improperly. Read More >>

Your Chance To Ride The Secret Undergound Mail Rail Has Just Arrived

An underground railway used from transporting mail from Paddington to Whitechapel for 75 years is to become a tourist attraction that people can ride from September. Part of the larger Postal Museum, Mail Rail will allow people to have a ride on a portion of the 6.5 mile track which operated until 2003. Read More >>

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Has Been Valued at a Whopping £33 Billion

With the Great Barrier Reef under unprecedented environmental stress, a new report is raising the alarm in terms of its potential economic loss. Valued at Aus$56 billion (£33 billion), the largest living structure on Earth is now deemed “too big to fail.” Read More >>

‘Land of Legends’ Will Make You See Wales In A Whole New Light

Tourism websites are usually a pretty cringey affair, with slogans straight from the 80s and stock photos of people enjoying themselves on generic beaches. The new one for Wales, though, doesn't have any of that – it's got a distinctly neckbeardy flavour. And we love it. Read More >>

Tours to the Titanic Offered for £86,000

A travel company says it has the technology to take people on romantic mini breaks around the wreck of the Titanic, with the asking price of just £86,000 per ticket making it the ideal Father's Day gift for the tech executive that's not quite rich enough to make it to the moon. Read More >>

See Inside a Japanese Love Hotel

A man decided to have a look around a Japanese love hotel, where people go to do it in private, but instead of shaming himself over cultural differences and what's deemed acceptable on a first date with a local lady, he walked around it in amazement filming everything for us to see within the plush rooms of the Hotelion, Sendai. Read More >>

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Photos From an Abandoned Resort Town Show How Terrorism Destroyed Tourism in Egypt

Once a crowded holiday resort town, Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt is now a hauntingly empty. Before the Arab Spring in 2011, about 15 million tourists visited the North African country each year. But after several terrorist attacks major airlines suspended flights and foreign offices around the world warned of terrorist threats, Egypt is not such a popular spot any more. Read More >>

French Town Attacked by Foam, is Foam Town Now 

Penmarch, on the northwestern tip of France, isn’t famous for much but the town is poised to become the world’s number one holiday destination for fish froth enthusiasts. Read More >>

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Forest of Dean Tourism Bods Create ‘Star Track’ for Star Wars and Doctor Who Fans

Having been used as a filming location for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the Harry Potter movies and Doctor Who, tourism bods have decided it’s high time they started cashing in on the Forest of Dean’s special showbiz ties. Wye Valley and Forest of Dean Tourism has just created a Film and TV Trail, dubbed the ‘star track’, which it hopes will attract movie lovers and bring up to £35 million to the area in the next three years. Read More >>

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Watch a North Korean Military Parade in VR With This Free App

I went to Pyongyang today: I stayed in an immaculate North Korean hotel room, watched as the country’s ballistic missiles paraded past me, and saw thousands of followers wave flags and flowers in honour of their leader. Read More >>