Egyptian mummies paraded through Cairo on way to new museum

A grand parade conveyed 22 ancient Egyptian royal mummies in special capsules across the capital Cairo to a new museum where they can be displayed in greater splendor. The convoy transported 18 kings and four queens from the Egyptian Museum in central Cairo’s Tahrir Square to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Fustat, about five kilometers to the southeast. …

Vaccinated people can travel but with precautions — US health authorities

Fully vaccinated people can start traveling again if they take precautions such as wearing a mask and observing social distancing, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. Travel is picking up again in the U.S. Within the country, vaccinated people will not have to self-quarantine or take a COVID-19 test after traveling. But international travelers headed to the …

Travel for power: Pandemic drives Thailand to focus tourism on wellness, therapy

Some trips are taken for the pursuit of culinary adventures, others for non-stop shopping, while some are for visiting loved ones. Alternately, some of us take trips for self-care travel—that is, relaxation, healing and wellness, where we can finally achieve our need to decompress and unwind in the company of nature. Thailand — one of the most visited countries in …

Probe underway on alleged ‘super spreader’ party in Boracay

The local government of Malay, Aklan has launched an investigation on a party that allegedly caused the recent spike in Covid-19 cases in Boracay, the Department of Tourism said. A tourist from Luzon who visited a friend on Boracay Island on March 10 was identified as the source of the virus. The tourist left Boracay on March 13 and tested …

Tickled pink: It’s now cherry blossoms season in these Philippine places

To touch and see cherry blossoms are among the top reasons why many are looking forward to visiting Japan. It’s spring in the Land of the Rising Sun, and since international travel is limited, flying to Japan will have to wait. But you do not have to fly to our Asian neighbor to see the beauty of cherry blossoms. There …

Travel now driven by desire to reconnect after long lockdown, study shows

Most people are now desiring to travel to make connections or create an impact — and no longer just to have nice Instagram feeds. That is what digital travel platform Agoda.com recently revealed in its commissioned global survey, What Matters 2021. The survey showed that Filipinos are looking forward to spending more quality time with loved ones this year (at …

Asia’s changing street food scene: Taiwan

While there’s a certain romanticism to a one-dish vendor and a dish passed down and perfected over the centuries, for many families, it simply just isn’t realistic. Dr. Shuenn-Der Yu, a faculty member at the Academia Sinica Institute of Ethnology, whose thesis focused on Taiwanese night markets, said, “In the 80s and 90s, night market stalls made a lot of …

How Finland embraced being ‘world’s happiest nation’

For tourism and country-branding chiefs, Finland’s “world’s happiest” title is a blessing they were quick to capitalise on. Joel Willans, a British digital marketer and creator of the “Very Finnish Problems” social media page, who has lived in Finland since the early 2000s shared, “It’s a really powerful, emotional, evocative thing to say you’re the happiest country in the world. …

Travel: No longer just for Instagram

Backpacking, solo travels and detailed bucket lists have been most travelers’ must-do’s in the past. Famous sites were often visited for the purpose of getting a great shot for the gram. The pandemic, however, drastically changed all that. In less than a year, no thanks to the coronavirus disease and resulting community lockdowns, people have suddenly shifted their travel goals …