Elephant gores Scottish tourist to death in Thailand

Elephant gores Scottish tourist to death in Thailand

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BANGKOK — A Scottish tourist has been gored to death by an elephant that he and his 16-year-old stepdaughter were riding on the resort island of Samui, Thai authorities said Tuesday.

Police Lt. Rotjanart Kiewjan said the animal threw Gareth Crowe and Eilidh Hughes to the ground during a trek on Monday. The elephant then gored Crowe with his tusk and stomped on him.

Thai news reports said the elephant became enraged after its trainer, known as a mahout, climbed off to take a picture of the tourists. Police think hot weather may have disturbed the 13-year-old elephant. Read more…

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How to get more from U.S. national parks in every season

How to get more from U.S. national parks in every season

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On Aug. 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Organic Act and created the National Park Service.

Since, the park system has grown to 409 properties, totalling over 84 million acres of land. There is at least one in all of the 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

The incredible variety of the national parks means there is more than one to visit in every season — but even parks that see cold weather in the winter or extreme temperatures in the summer can make for amazing vacations in their off seasons. If celebrating the national parks in its centennial sounds appealing, here’s how to make the most of it. Read more…

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Hit two resolutions with one trip on a fitness-focused vacation in 2016

Hit two resolutions with one trip on a fitness-focused vacation in 2016

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Now that 2016 is underway, it’s time to start planning your travel for the year. And if you want to incorporate fitness into those travel plans, there are lots of events to consider.

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Make 2016 the year you knock a running race or triathlon off your bucket list with tried and tested events.

Rock ‘n’ Roll marathons and half marathons are held in more than 25 cities across the country. The well-organized events feature live music at several stops along the race courses. This year you can finish the races to the tunes of Smash Mouth in Raleigh, North Carolina; Martina McBride in Nashville; Third Eye Blind in San Antonio; or Sir Mix-A-Lot in Los Angeles. Read more…

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Shocker: Most of the popular winter destinations are all about getting warm

Shocker: Most of the popular winter destinations are all about getting warm

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It happens some time around Feb. 10.

Winter loses its appeal, and the cold weather is no longer beautiful, romantic, crisp or exhilarating. It is just winter: Cold, gray and apparently lasting for the rest of your life.

Which is why the winter holiday in a warmer climate was invented — and also probably why nine of TripAdvisor‘s 10 most popular destinations for U.S. travelers this winter are to warm weather locales.

“Travelers looking for the most favorable winter rates should book for January, as it’s the sweet spot for travel value between the busy December holidays and spring break,” said Brooke Ferencsik, TripAdvisor’s director of communications. Read more…

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Disneyland is closing attractions to make room for 'Star Wars' land

Disneyland is closing attractions to make room for ‘Star Wars’ land

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Disney Parks have been characteristically secretive about the planned Star Wars lands at both the Anaheim, California, and Orlando, Florida, theme parks, but progress on the new attractions is afoot.

In January, Disneyland, in Anaheim, will close 10 attractions and eateries to start to make room for the largest expansion in the park’s 60-year history.

The Big Thunder attractions — including Big Thunder Ranch in Frontierland, Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue, Big Thunder Ranch petting zoo and Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree — will close permanently on Jan. 10. Read more…

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