travel

Touring Bird takes flight in 200 destinations worldwide

rom booking flights to securing hotel rooms, the online travel industry has made the logistics side of travel easier than ever. But the fun part of taking a trip is experiencing and exploring new places, cultures and people—that's the part travelers remember and talk about. Yet finding exciting things to do in a given location is often much more difficult than finding a cheap flight. There are many sources of information, and not all of them are reliable, which means that hours of research can still come up short.

With Touring Bird, a web-based travel app from Google’s Area 120 (a workshop for experimental projects), you can explore, compare and book over 75,000 tours and activities from top providers. Touring Bird is expanding from the initial 20 destinations launched in September 2018 to 200 total destinations, available on desktop and mobile. Our coverage now spans the world, from Anchorage to Zanzibar.

https://www.blog.google/technology/area-120/touring-bird-expansion/

Weird and wonderful themed cruises to try in 2019 and 2020

Do you go gaga over the Golden Girls? Or perhaps you’re obsessed with the Strictly stars? Chances are there’s a themed cruise out there with your name on it. Here’s our pick of the best weird and wonderful cruises...

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/cruises/articles/weird-and-wonderful-cruises-2019-2020/

'If I can do it, you can do it too': meet Belinda Bennett, the world's first black female cruise ship captain

Rewind 200 years and the only women found on a cruise ship were the carved wooden figureheads of topless ladies (an offering to the oceans in exchange for calm weather), attached to the bow. Women had no place onboard because they were believed to be bad luck on ships, while their presence was said to distract the sailors and steer them off course. 

Not that Belinda Bennett – the world’s first black woman cruise ship captain – let the antiquated idea that women don’t belong at sea, break her stride. 

Ahead of Mothering Sunday, we caught up with the woman who joins Serena Melani (the first woman to captain a new cruise ship) and Kate McCue (the first American woman to captain a giant cruise vesse), in helping make cruise ship history. 

Read the interview here: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/cruises/articles/-if-i-can-do-it-anyone-can-do-it-meet-belinda-bennett/