Passengers on budget airline Scoot were treated to a celebration of love

Passengers on budget airline Scoot were treated to a celebration of love

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Thanks to Singaporean budget airline Scoot, passengers onboard a Melbourne flight bound for Singapore got a chance to experience love up in the air just days before Valentine’s Day.

During the eight-hour flight, the crew put on Scoot’s signature 787 Dreamliner rainbow cabin lighting and went down the aisle dancing to Pink’s “Get This Party Started.”

To get passengers in the mood for love, “Lovefool” by The Cardigans was then played over the PA system, reported Daily Mail Australia. Coupled-up passengers were also treated to a lovey-dovey photoshoot, where they got to take pictures with their loved one while posing with cute props that included a handmade “Be my Valentine” frame. Read more…

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Gawk at these super gorgeous Instagram shots of Australia

Gawk at these super gorgeous Instagram shots of Australia

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Australia is a photogenic place, and these popular Instagram pics are certainly a testament to that.

These are nine of the most popular photos on the @australia Instagram account, run by Tourism Australia. It’s a collection of the best Aussie pics photographed by other users, and by golly, they’re all really pretty.

Watch kangaroos hopping by, catch a perfect wave or simply gaze at the sunset. Sounds like bliss, right?

1. Kangaroos in the outback

2. Cable Beach, Broome

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3. Boxing Day on Bondi Beach

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Thor asks you to visit Australia in new tourism campaign

Thor asks you to visit Australia in new tourism campaign

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Move over Paul Hogan and Lara Bingle, Chris Hemsworth — a.k.a. Thor — is Australia’s newest ambassador

Although the resident Aussie has been an ambassador his entire life, growing up on the beautiful beaches Down Under, it has now been made official by Tourism Australia. But don’t expect to see his face gracing the new campaign, his Aussie drawl is simply a recognisable voiceover

On Australia Day, Tourism Australia has released its new A$40 million campaign “There’s Nothing like Australia,” which seeks to appeal to an affluent traveller and hook them on our aquatic lifestyle 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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Airlines added more than 3,100 new routes in the past year

Airlines added more than 3,100 new routes in the past year

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In 2015, 359 airlines launched 3,141 routes across 173 countries, according to airline analysis website anna.aero, which tracks flight service in its route database. That’s about 500 more than were added in 2014.

More than half of the routes — 1,760 — connected two airports that previously had no direct flight.

UK-based budget carriers Ryanair and easyJet lead the way with 99 new routes each, but the UK came in fifth by country. The United States took the top spot with 827 new routes, followed by Russia (381), China (378), Spain (330) and the UK (312). 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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8 hip adult lunch boxes your co-workers will try to steal

8 hip adult lunch boxes your co-workers will try to steal

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It’s noon. Your stomach can’t stop grumbling, you have a perfect turkey sandwich calling your name and you can’t leave your desk because you have to listen to a webinar

If all you have to tote your lunch is a generic plastic bag or a grody old lunch box, put the joy back into lunch with these functional, cool adult lunch containers.

Unlike kids’ lunch boxes, these aren’t all about the bright colors or kid-safe designs. They are chic, practical and bound to keep your meals delicious while bringing joy to your workday

Now all you need to do is get those lunchtime cooking skills on fleek Read more…

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Sacré bleu! Restaurants in France now have to give out doggy bags

Sacré bleu! Restaurants in France now have to give out doggy bags

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French restaurateurs have expressed consternation after a new law has made le doggy bag – long considered a dining faux pas in France – a legal requirement.

The new law came into force on New Year’s Day, and dining establishments serving more than 150 covers a day are now required to provide doggy bags or a take-away box if a customer asks for one.

It’s part of an initiative launched by the French government in 2013, with the aim of reducing food waste by 50% by 2025Seven million tonnes of food are thrown away each year in France, and the restaurant industry alone is responsible for one million tonnes of food waste. Read more…

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7 joyous New Year's food traditions from around the world

7 joyous New Year’s food traditions from around the world

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As you’re counting down the minutes until the clock strikes 12 on New Year’s Eve, you might need a little nosh

Though it’s tempting to just break out something cheesy and delicious, now is the time to summon all the good luck you can for the coming year

These tasty New Year’s treats from around the world are said to bring luck. Some can help you let go of the old year; others are just excuses to eat craveworthy food

Spain — grapes

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If you’re in Barcelona on Dec. 31, prepare to eat 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight. These “miraculous grapes” are eaten to bring prosperity in the new year and purportedly became popular in 1909 when a group of vintners wanted to sell excess grapes from an especially good harvest. To indulge in this stateside, be sure to get seedless grapes so your first memory of the new year isn’t gagging Read more…

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Malaysia Airlines investigates why plane flew in the wrong direction

Malaysia Airlines investigates why plane flew in the wrong direction

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A Christmas Day flight on beleaguered carrier Malaysia Airlines was supposed to head directly northwest to Kuala Lumpur from Auckland, New Zealand. Instead, the flight path headed south, causing the pilot to request clarification on his route.

The mistake — though relatively minor with no injuries or even significant delays — is the latest public embarrassment for the airline.

Eight minutes into Flight 132, the pilot contacted air traffic control to ask why the route was taking the plane toward Melbourne. The pilot corrected the course, heading northwest to then head in the right direction. Read more…

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