A collection of interesting bits and pieces from around the world of travel and beyond…

You could be the owner of this historic Australian hotel for less than $100

Why stay at a hotel when you can just own one instead?

The owners of the historic Bethungra Shirley Hotel near Cootamundra, in the Riverina region of New South Wales, Australia, are giving away their property to the best applicant with a vision for the place’s future. All it will cost is an application fee of A$100 (about $73 USD).


I took a $3, 7-hour train ride through Sri Lanka’s hill country — and it was unlike any travel experience I’ve ever had – Tom Murray/Business Insider

The train journey between Kandy and Ella through Sri Lanka’s central highlands is well-documented.

A quick search of the route on YouTube will yield dozens of tanned influencers who have documented their journey hanging out of the doors over verdant tea terraces.

Despite all the puffery, though, nothing could have prepared us for what the journey was actually like.


15 amazing gardens to visit around the world

Whether it be for their historical importance, expression of beauty or just sheer whimsy, gardens are important. Modern day gardens are like a work of art, but one that’s ever-changing. They have the potential for perfection but as a living thing, they’re never finished.

Here are some of the standout examples…


Royal Air Maroc to become Oneworld’s first African member airline

Airline alliance Oneworld will be getting new connections to Africa in mid-2020 when Moroccan flag carrier Royal Air Maroc officially comes on board as the alliance’s first new full member in six years.

Headquartered in Casablanca, Royal Air Maroc is the largest unaligned carrier in Africa, with 94 destinations in 49 countries. Some of these are hubs for other Oneworld carriers – Doha, London Heathrow, Madrid, Moscow Domodedovo, New York JFK and Sao Paulo – and member carriers British Airways, Iberia and Qatar Airways also currently serve Casablanca, Marrakech and Tangier in Morocco.




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