Man arrested over $56,000 in unpaid tolls

Jan 22nd 2017 12:35PM Authorities stopped a man trying to cross the George Washington Bridge from New Jersey, arresting him over more than $56,000 in unpaid tolls. Alesandel Rodriguez was stopped by police in the E-ZPass lane, and his vehicle reportedly didn’t have front or rear license plates, and a temporary one was expired. Where…

Questions you need answered if traveling with a disability

While worrying about accessibility can be daunting, there are many ways to make traveling possible and enjoyable for people with disabilities. Craig Kennedy co-founded an online travel resource for people with disabilities called Access Anything after he realized a lot of inaccurate information circulates within the disability community. “Giving people freedom and independence to do…

Candy paint and elbows: Swangin’ through Houston’s slab scene

Story highlights Houston is home to a unique car culture called slab It’s a cross-section of music, culture and community They’re called slabs. While they might resemble the lowriders you see cruising through many American cities, slabs form a cross-section of H-Town music, culture and community, making them more than mere souped-up rides. Houston native…

How to enjoy Macau without placing a single bet

Story highlights Coloane island, part of Macau, is a world away from the territories’ frenetic casinos Baked tarts, classic restaurants and old architecture add to the appeal En route to Macau’s southern tip, opulent resorts with names like City of Dreams, Studio City and the iconic 550,000-square-feet Venetian Macao give way to Coloane’s cobblestone streets,…

Longer, faster, higher and shorter? The story behind the planet’s briefest air journeys.

Story highlights World’s shortest international commercial flight launches November 2 Eight-minute flight connects Switzerland’s St. Gallen-Altenrhein and Germany’s Friedrichshafen Earlier this year, it was Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov, making a nonstop solo circumnavigation of the globe in a hot air balloon. The focus in aviation has always been on flying farther and staying airborne for…

Can mega-fast maglev revive Japan’s rail reputation?

Story highlights Almost 60 years after launching the bullet train, Japan is breaking records again with the new maglev Tokyo hosted the Olympic games in 1964, the same year the Shinkansen launched The city is hosting the 2020 Olympic games — maglev is set to be officially unveiled in 2027 That year Tokyo hosted the…

Dead spaces: Architects rethink our relationship with the afterlife

Story highlights Most buildings for the dead are cold, depressing, utilitarian concrete boxes But architects around the world are now rethinking how they design for the dead Designed to be discreet, they are usually cold and depressing utilitarian concrete boxes, tucked far away from the land of the living. But architects around the world have…

Wild ride in Dubai: A guide to the city’s new theme parks

Story highlights Two brand new theme parks have just opened in Dubai From a Lego Taj Mahal to fast rides, they both promise excitement Both feature cinematic collaborations. Both come with thrilling roller-coasters and kid-friendly rides. And both have only just opened their doors. So which one is best? IMG Worlds of Adventure Having only…

What’s it like to party at Dracula’s Castle in Romania?

Story highlights Every year, Transylvania’s Bran Castle hosts a Dracula-themed Halloween party Guests given a tour of the castle followed by blood-themed cocktails But here I was in the mysterious land of Transylvania, where bloodthirsty vampires hide, dressed as little “dead” riding hood and ready to experience the holiday for the first time at none…

The world loved the fake parade in James Bond’s ‘Spectre’ so much, Mexico City is hosting a Dia de los Muertos parade for real

Story highlights ‘Spectre’ stunned audiences with its fake ‘Day of the Dead’ parade Now Mexico City is hosting a parade inspired by the movie The streets are awash with color, spectacular costumes, masks, floats and flowers as the camera pans through the streets of Mexico City’s Dia de los Muertos parade. For those who’ve seen…

Live like a local in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Oct 21st 2016 5:00PM By: Adam Lauer / Noe Rios Experiencing new places, people, and things are some of life’s most beautiful gifts, but sometimes knowing where to go and what to do can be a little overwhelming. Insert: Adam and Noe, two “digital nomads” traveling and exploring a new city every month for the…

For the first time, international visitors can tour this decommissioned Cold War-era plutonium and weapons processing facility

Story highlights China 816 is a decommissioned plutonium and weapons processing facility The 104,000 square meter facility recently opened to tourism The cave’s air is chilly, rich with the odor of dust and freshly washed concrete. Pressing past a giant People’s Liberation Army green iron door, a concrete cavern the size of a football field…

It takes a certain kind of person to scramble up a mountainside, rappel down to a nylon cot no bigger than two sleeping bags and spend the night on the side of a cliff

Story highlights A Colorado outfitter is making cliff camping accessible to climbing novices A guide sets up a sleeping platform that hangs hundreds of feet above the ground Today, that person is me, along with my sister and our guide. And I have to admit, even though I find most extreme sports very appealing, this…

Visiting Thailand after king’s death

Story highlights Tourists not expected to wear black but asked to be respectful Koh Pha Ngan Full Moon party called off as sign of respect Though the nation is now observing a 30-day period of mourning, the government is encouraging the public to carry on as usual. This means business operations will not be greatly…

Presidential homes rise in an uncivil political season

Story highlights George Washington’s estate opened to the public in 1860 Harrison gave “front porch” campaign speeches at his Indiana home Their estates, their great contributions and their great mistakes can be explored as the National Park Service marks the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act on October 15. The preservation act was…