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The Worlds 14 Most Awe-Inspiring Canopy Walks

These canopy walks promise a bird’s-eye-view of some of the most beautiful forests and jungles on earth when you choose to walk amongst the trees.

One of the best ways to experience nature and the magic of trees is by climbing high up into the canopy of a forest. You not only get to have a bit of an adventure but can also enjoy views and see sights that you just can’t find on the ground. Whether they offer close access to treetops, wildlife sightings, expansive views beyond the forest, or incredible sunsets, these are some of the world’s most amazing canopy walks.

10 Insider Tips for Enjoying New Mexicos Annual Balloon Fiesta

From skipping traffic to enjoying breakfast with a view, these tried-and-tested tips will help you make the most of your experience at Albuquerque’s International Balloon Fiesta.

“Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon,” says Winnie-the-Pooh. He’s not wrong. No matter culture, creed, or religion, the uplifting (excuse the pun) symbolism surrounding balloons is universal. Letting go. Achieving your dreams. Hope. Rising above it all. Celebration. Freedom. Levity. Joy. Now, imagine all that positive association multiplied by 1000 when you witness a sea of giant hot air balloons ascending into the sky. Get your Kleenex out, folks; the experience is that powerful. It’s no wonder nearly a million people from around the world flock to New Mexico’s Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta every October. Over nine days, nearly 600 hot air and gas-filled balloons are launched by pilots from six countries. “Mass ascensions don’t happen anywhere in the world but here. Ascension and the Special Shape Rodeo are the two events you must see,” explains Scott Appelman, owner of Rainbow Ryders, the largest balloon ride company in the country. In addition, there’s lots of family fun at the Balloon Fiesta Park with booths and concession stands. To maximize your experience, we’re sharing 10 insider secrets for finessing this incredible festival.

The 10 Most Thrilling, Chilling, or All-Around Electrifying Books to Read in October

Some thrilling discoveries.

Winter is coming! It’s time to up your sweater game and get ready for country fairs, harvest festivals, and Halloween-themed activities. If you have plans to curl up with a page-turner after planning terrifying outfits, then bookmark this list. We’ve gone beyond the usual suspects (Frankenstein, The Shining, Dracula) to bring you intense, thrilling, suspenseful novels to match the feeling of mystique that spins around October. Some aspects of real-life horrors have also made it here—the chills sent down your spine may have nothing to do with the weather. 

These 9 Countries Have Kept Their Borders Closed Since 2020!

Foreign tourists not allowed.

After the coronavirus hit last year, the shutters went down around the world. After 18 months, the scenario looks different. Countries are cautiously welcoming travelers and relying on a variety of safety measures, including quarantine, test results, and vaccine certificates. It has been a whirlwind of what’s open and what’s closed, with countries going back into lockdowns after a surge in cases, banning travelers from high-risk zones, and coming up with new plans of phased openings and travel bubbles. But there are a few nations in the world that have remained out of bounds for most international travelers. Even residents need a permit to leave the country on humanitarian grounds or essential travel and they may not be allowed back in easily. These governments are still strategizing on how to open the economy while keeping their citizens safe.

These Are the 15 Best Chinatowns Around the World

From New York to Melbourne, these Chinatown neighborhoods infuse their cities with authentic cuisine and culture.

Whatever city you travel to, chances are, you’ll find a Chinatown. These unique districts were settled by a predominantly Chinese population who have brought their traditions, culture, food, and shops to cities around the globe. While Chinatowns are always popular during the Chinese New Year celebrations, in the wake of increased anti-Asian attacks resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, it has never been more critical to support these diverse neighborhoods year-round. Whether you’re strolling through San Francisco’s Chinatown or eating dim sum in New York, Chinatown will always promise great food, exciting markets, and culture that can transport you across the globe.