Daily travel links for 2019-04-18: New Cuba restrictions, AI border guards and facial recognition

    • Facial recognition may help you board a plane faster, but should we be worried about our privacy?… https://t.co/wqrohFfxCU


Daily travel links for 2019-04-17: Free flights to Paris, the Neon Museum and picking new airline routes

    • This horrible story about a Canadian tourist falling to his death from a zipline in Thailand may have you reconsider riding one… https://t.co/56HWAEF4OG


Photos: Zesty views of Zimbabwe

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In honour of Zimbabwe’s national day on which it declared independence from the U.K. in 1980, having formerly done the same in 1965 as Rhodesia, here are some photos of the African country that will make you wish you were there:

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#rescue #pangolin #mosttraffickedanimal . . . Last week was full of surprises! We got a call from National Parks asking for assistance with a Pangolin rescue over 150km away! . . . Again not sure what to expect on arrival we were very pleased to find out that this little baby (estimated to only be about 6 months old) was handed over to the district police station by some passer bys, who spotted her and were worried about her fate if left where she was roaming. . . . In good health, but too young to be released this little girl is now at a specialized Pangolin rehabilitation Centre, where she will be cared for and raised until she is old enough and weighs enough to safely be released back into the Wild! . . . It is always an amazing opportunity to be apart of a Pangolin rescue, and even more so getting to work under an organization such as the Tikki Hywood Foundation who have decades of experience when it comes to these mysterious creatures! We always learn so much with each new rescue! . . . Wishing her all the best on her journey back to freedom!! . . . #everylifecounts #wildlifeconservation #oneatatime #freetobewild #sanctuary #zimbabwe #primatesanctuary #rehabilitation #reacued #wildlifeconservation #pangolinconservation #pangolin #pangolinlove @harveymckay 📷

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#matopos #cecilrhodes #incredible #sunset #zimbabwe

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Daily travel links for 2019-04-16: Loving Paris, weighing passengers and closing Everest Base Camp

    • Can you list any of the countries in the world that have no rivers? There are more of them than you think.… https://t.co/1R6u9Wo3Fb


Daily travel links for 2019-04-15: World’s largest airport terminal, souvenir collections and Iceland’s cooling off

Terminal 3 Station at Beijing Capital International Airport
    • That Lancaster bomber I always stopped to visit when arriving in New Brunswick from Quebec is on its way to a museum… https://t.co/wSI6bcdXO7
    • If you believe this story, it really is possible to take an unplugged, tech-free family vacation. I have my doubts.… https://t.co/PSC3wiGnME

No countries for old rivers

Believe it or not, but there are countries in the world that don’t have a single river within their borders.  Some of them because they are very small, others because they are islands and some because they are mostly desert.

Some have temporary rivers during the rainy or wet season when torrential downpours fill wadis and valleys, but the rest of the time, they are bone dry.

The list of riverless nations includes Bahrain, Comoros, Kiribati, Kuwait, Libya, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Monaco, Nauru, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, Vatican City and Yemen.

On top of that, there are another 16 territories like Bermuda, Easter Island and Gibraltar without rivers.

Twitter #traveltips of the week: Getting up early edition

Twitter is a great place to find travel tips, but is the advice any good? Like anything you read on social media, some of it is worthwhile and some of it is useless.

I’ve combed through my feed to check out some of the more recent pearls of wisdom being offered and give my verdict on whether the advice given matches my own travel experience.

Tip 1:

Verdict: This will only work if the attraction actually opens at sunrise,  although it’s good advice if you like to take photos as the early morning light is ideal for photography.

Tip 2

Verdict: Useful advice. The inside of your packed shoes are dead space so to maximize your packing, take advantage of them.

Tip 3

Verdict: I mostly read electronic books when I travel, but I always pack one paperback because there are going to be times that you have no way to charge your electronics and are looking for something to read.

Tip 4

Verdict: I’ve never done this. Most of the time, security screeners won’t bother measuring liquids to the milliliter and only look for bottles that are obviously too large.

Tip 5

Verdict: I’d love to hear from a thief who could confirm this bit of wisdom, but I’m guessing they are opportunistic and would grab any camera when they had a chance, no matter what logo was on the front.

What’s your take on this week’s #traveltips? Do you have any of your own to share or have you seen any suggestions that you’d never even consider?

Comments: I am paranoid and pack four of them and I inevitability use them all over several days and then recharge the lot of them somewhere in the middle of my trip.

Daily travel links for 2019-04-12: Press trip hilarity, travel scams and the last Howard Johnson’s

    • This is hilarious and the sort of thing anyone who’s ever been on a press trip dreams of writing! https://t.co/bxYsmxNv4A
    • I should make a point of making a pilgrimage to the last Howard Johnson’s in Lake George, NY.… https://t.co/nWcrOJIkRe
    • Why not convert an airplane’s cargo space into a sleeping area? That’s the idea behind this award-winning design from Airbus… https://t.co/D7L8t1tHYa