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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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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What proper table etiquette looks like around the world

What proper table etiquette looks like around the world

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Food is what brings us together, but each country has a unique set of customs for how to act before, during and after a meal

Whether you’re planning an international trip or you’re headed to a local cultural experience, it’s important to learn about the eating habits of the folks you’ll be dining with. What might seem silly to you could be incredibly important to someone else, so don’t judge. In some cultures it is considered polite to pass gas after your meal; in other areas, guests must wait for the eldest male to eat before they begin 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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18 panoramic fails that turned vacation into a scary place

18 panoramic fails that turned vacation into a scary place

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Documenting your vacation is necessary to remember all of the little details from your trip, brag to your friends and, of course, for all of those Instagram likes.

But attempting to capture that stunning shot can turn oh so wrong when using your camera’s panoramic feature. Sure, panorama technology has come a long way in recent years, but it is in no way flawless.

From the missing limbs to defying the laws of gravity, panoramic photo fails may be terrifying, but trust us, your friends would rather see these than your actual vacation pics 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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