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Traveling with kids: 12 tips from moms

May 13, 2018 - 5:38 PM

From city jaunts to mountain climbing, adventuring moms share tips on how to travel with kids

Time travelers welcome at Hawking's memorial service

May 12, 2018 - 6:33 PM

His ashes are being interred on June 15 at London's Westminster Abbey, by the graves of fellow scientific giants Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin

STEPHEN HAWKING. Renowned British physicist Stephen Hawking has died at age 76, a family spokesman said Wednesday, March 14, 2018. File photo by Niklas Halle'n/AFP

Malaysia's scandal-mired Najib hit with travel ban after poll loss

May 12, 2018 - 2:45 PM

Former Primer Minister Najib Razak says he respects the travel ban decision

'VERDICT OF THE PEOPLE.' Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak votes at a polling station during the 14th general elections in Pekan on May 9, 2018. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Flying to BIMP-EAGA? Travel tax waived for certain travelers

May 10, 2018 - 6:30 PM

BIMP-EAGA includes Brunei, Indonesia, and Malaysia, and the travel tax exemption aims to 'accelerate economic development in Mindanao and Palawan'

DUTERTE'S ORDER. President Rodrigo Duterte orders the travel tax exemption of Mindanao and Palawan travelers flying to BIMP-EAGA. Malacañang file photo

Making travels more meaningful

May 10, 2018 - 4:19 PM

For Ann Marie Cunanan, founder of Meaningful Travels, we can all travel with a purpose

Allegations of excessive travel expenses 'not true' – PhilHealth's De la Serna

May 08, 2018 - 5:15 PM

PhilHealth interim president Celestina Ma Jude de la Serna also addresses concerns about her accommodations, saying she 'settled for modest accommodations in keeping with the President's call for austerity and prudence'

LEGAL. PhilHealth Interim President Celestina Ma Jude De la Serna says the travel expenses incurrred during her first year are within the limits of government regulation.

Another DOT project that Tulfo’s Bitag bagged: 'I Travel Pinas' show

May 07, 2018 - 4:25 PM

It raises the question of how Ben Tulfo’s Bitag Media Unlimited Inc. got the contract to produce the flagship show of the Department of Tourism (DOT), and how much and in what way they are paid

FLAGSHIP SHOW. I Travel Pinas is the flagship show of the Department of Tourism airing Sundays on state-run channel PTV 4.

Discovering social tourism at the Ipo Watershed

May 04, 2018 - 12:43 PM

Our latest #WhatsNext experience was all about connecting with nature and the Sapang Munti community

PhilHealth OIC spends P627k for travels amid P9-B net loss in 2017

May 02, 2018 - 8:09 PM

State auditors ask PhilHealth interim president Celestina Ma. Jude de la Serna to explain the 'irregular' allowances she received, amounting to almost a million pesos in 2017

Photo from Philhealth website

7 reasons to visit Iran

Apr 29, 2018 - 7:54 PM

Looking for your next vacation destination? Iran is worth exploring.

BEAUTIFUL IRAN. Are you planning to visit Iran? All photos by Joshua Berida

Tribes and Treks: Where seeds outweigh the sun

Apr 28, 2018 - 8:38 PM

With MAD Travel's Tribes and Treks, travelers walk through volcanic ash, plant trees, get to know the local tribe, and hopefully find something meaningful along the way

TREKS TO TREES. It's a long, challenging walk through volcanic ash to get to Yangil's tree nursery. Photo by Cara Lim

Always borrowing travel essentials? It’s time to have your own

Apr 26, 2018 - 10:03 PM

Get big discounts on travel items at Lazada’s Birthday Sale from April 25-27

Your next pilot could be drone software

Apr 21, 2018 - 10:00 AM

By combining their enormous amounts of flight data and experience, drone-control software applications are poised to quickly become the world’s most experienced pilots

SAFETY QUESTION. Would you be – or feel – safer if one of these people were a robot? Image from Skycolors/Shutterstock.com

China's Hainan island is now visa-free for Filipinos

Apr 19, 2018 - 10:42 AM

(UPDATED) The move is part of China's international tourism push

VISA-FREE. Hainan island is now visa-free for 33 more countries. Shutterstock image

Duterte on Fox, Law groups on Duterte, North and South Korea | Evening wRap

Apr 18, 2018 - 8:52 PM

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Over 553,000 tourists visited Boracay in 1st quarter of 2018

Apr 18, 2018 - 10:16 AM

The tourism department says the island accommodated 376,171 foreign tourists from January to March 2018

TOURIST ARRIVALS. The Department of Tourism reports the number of tourists who arrived in Boracay Island from January to March 2018. Photo by Boy Ryan Zabal/Rappler

Is the DOT’s media restriction in Boracay constitutional?

Apr 16, 2018 - 5:58 PM

Legal experts say there will be a solid case if media groups choose to challenge the restriction in court

IN CALAMITY? Boracay is one of the most popular beach destinations in the Philippines. File photo by Boy Ryan Zabal

Jinggoy Estrada faces contempt for ‘fake’ invite to the USA

Apr 16, 2018 - 2:35 PM

It is a simple travel motion to the United States that is already granted by the court. But misrepresentations prompt the prosecution to ask that the former senator be cited in contempt.

Former Senator Jinggoy Estrada with Lawyers as he attends hearing on his plunder case at the Sandiganbayan on October 2, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

MRT3 ordered to sue passengers forcibly opening train doors

Apr 15, 2018 - 11:12 AM

'I told MRT to file cases and collect damages from them,' says Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade

TRANSPORTATION CHIEF. Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade conducts an inspection of the MRT3 spare parts warehouse on March 29, 2018. File photo from the DOTr

How social tourism is redefining millennial wanderlust

Apr 14, 2018 - 11:21 AM

How and why does social tourism appeal to our generation?

Badoc Island: Ilocos Norte's little-known gem

Apr 14, 2018 - 8:30 AM

Badoc Island is a breathtaking and relaxing alternative to other beaches in Ilocos Norte

Reasons to fall in love with La Union, and to keep coming back

Apr 08, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Looking for a place with the right mix of calm and fun and festive? La Union is the place to be.

Alliance Global net income for 2017 stalls on Resorts World attack

Apr 05, 2018 - 8:15 PM

Alliance Global reports a net income of P21.8 billion in 2017, from P22.8 billion in 2016, as losses from its casino and liquor units offset gains from Megaworld and fast-food operations

Budget guide and itinerary: Cherry blossom season in central Japan

Apr 05, 2018 - 2:43 PM

This writer spends about P20,000 for a 3-day trip to see the famous cherry blossoms in bloom in central Japan. See her detailed budget guide and itinerary here to plan your own sakura-themed vacation

Photo by Irene Maligat

Enjoying nature in Albay’s sole high-end green resort

Mar 31, 2018 - 5:24 PM

Tourists are welcomed by a school of fish at the breakwater of the Marina Bay area of Misibis Bay Resort, less than 10 meters away from the shore

Tourists swim and glide along with school of fish at the Marina Bay area of Misibis Bay resort in Cagraray Island, Bacacay town.(Rhaydz B. Barcia)

Holy Week exodus: Commuters line up for hours in terminals

Mar 29, 2018 - 8:10 AM

The rush to go to the provinces results in up to 3 hours of waiting in bus terminals

MASS EXODUS. The line for a JAC Liner bus going to Lucban town in Quezon has spilled over to Mapagmahal Street in Quezon City. All photos by Aika Rey/Rappler

Resorts World Manila operator's 2017 income plunges over shooting incident

Mar 27, 2018 - 2:14 PM

Gross gaming revenues dropped by 27.6% to P17.1 billion after the June 2, 2017 shooting incident led to the closure of the gaming area for nearly a month

AFTERMATH. Firemen break several windows of Maxims Hotel following the attack on Resorts World Manila on June 2, 2017. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Why a visit to Jerusalem is a must for Catholics

Mar 27, 2018 - 11:53 AM

From the spot Jesus was born to the site of his crucifixion, here are 6 must-see places for Catholics

HOLY SITE. Jerusalem is considered a holy site by Jews, Christians and Muslims. Photo by Rappler/Natashya Gutierrez

6 reasons to visit beautiful, budget-friendly Penang

Mar 26, 2018 - 8:00 PM

Vibrant street art, delicious food, and more – this is why you should give Penang, Malaysia a chance

'No specific threat' during Holy Week but security measures in place

Mar 24, 2018 - 3:37 PM

Malacañang says there are additional deployments in places of convergence such as transport terminals, churches, malls, and other public recreation areas

PASSENGERS. Metro Manila residents flocked Araneta Center Bus Terminal in Quezon City, patiently waiting for a bus ride to the provinces. File Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

36,000 jobs, P56 billion 'at stake' if Boracay closed for a year

Mar 22, 2018 - 1:45 PM

(UPDATED) 'More than the effect of closure [on] individual business entities, the contribution of this to the country's economy cannot be disregarded,' say Boracay Island stakeholders

ECONOMIC IMPACT. Aerial inspection of Boracay Island by Department of Tourism (DOT) shows overcrowding and over-development concerns. Photo from DOT

Why you should check out Rustan's summer travel fair

Mar 20, 2018 - 2:00 PM

From March 16 to 18 in Rustan’s Makati and March 27-29 at Rustan's Shangri-la, explore curated options for summer destinations and all other essentials

PARADISE. The Crimson Resort in Boracay. Photo courtesy of Rustan's

5 travel bags for all kinds of summer adventures

Mar 17, 2018 - 12:00 PM

Travel bags

Space bases could preserve civilization in World War III – Elon Musk

Mar 12, 2018 - 12:24 PM

'We want to make sure that there's enough of a seed of human civilization somewhere else to bring civilization back, and perhaps shorten the length of the Dark Ages,' Elon Musk says

ELON MUSK. This file photo taken on April 30, 2015 shows Elon Musk unveiling large utility scale home batteries at the Tesla Design Studio in Hawthorne, California. File photo by David McNew/AFP

Exciting Samar destinations for thrill seekers

Mar 04, 2018 - 2:16 PM

Tired of the usual beach trip? Samar will satisfy your craving for adventure

Boracay still among top 25 beaches in the world

Mar 03, 2018 - 11:17 AM

Boracay's White Beach is also ranked second best in Asia in TripAdvisor's 2018 Traveler's Choice Awards

BEST. Boracay is still part of the world's best beaches. Rappler File Photo

Megaworld to invest P54 billion more in Westside City township

Feb 27, 2018 - 8:30 PM

The developer plans two new hotels to coincide with the 2021 opening of a new casino in the township near Manila Bay

Grand Westside Hotel image from Megaworld

Decades-old Zamboanga airport transfer study makes progress

Feb 27, 2018 - 7:38 AM

Local officials here have long wanted to move the Zamboanga International Airport due to its proximity to the city center

TOO NEAR. The Zamboanga International Airport's proximity to the city's main district makes local planning a challenge, thus the local government has been lobbying to transport the facility away from the bustling center. Mick Basa / Rappler

3 Philippine hotels receive 2018 Forbes 5-Star award

Feb 20, 2018 - 9:43 PM

Nüwa at City of Dreams Manila, Marco Polo Ortigas Manila, and Sky Tower at Solaire Resort and Casino are all 5-Star properties, according to the Forbes Travel Guide

66 feared dead as plane crashes in Iran mountains

Feb 18, 2018 - 3:58 PM

(4th UPDATE) An Iranian passenger plane has crashed into the country's Zagros mountains with more than 50 people on board, the head of the country's emergency services says

ATR PLANE. In this file photo, a French-made ATR-72 owned by Iran's Aseman Airlines sits on the tarmac at Dubai airport on July 29, 2008. A similar plane was involved in the February 2018 crash. Marwan Naamani/AFP

Travel diaries: Discovering Isabela's rich history

Feb 18, 2018 - 11:30 AM

One of the north's biggest province is getting attention thanks to emerging tourism attractions

Wanda Teo defends overseas trips of DOT clerks, drivers

Feb 16, 2018 - 4:52 PM

Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo says she chose to send some rank-and-file employees to official trips abroad since they have never gone overseas

TOURISM CHIEF. Reporters interview Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo in Davao City on February 16, 2018. Photo by Mick Basa/Rappler

From traveling the world to business owners: How this El Nido glamping site came to be

Feb 11, 2018 - 9:30 PM

'So how did we get end up creating The Birdhouse El Nido after being unemployed for a year and a half?' Contributor Mark Anthony-Villaflor tells us all

What to expect at the PTAA Travel Tour Expo 2018

Feb 10, 2018 - 3:35 PM

Time to plan your vacation schedule for 2018!

PTAA TRAVEL EXPO 2018. Get the best deals on travel at the annual expo this year! Photo shows Cagayan de Oro, which is one of the destinations Philippine Airlines (PAL) flies to – PAL is one of the major sponsors of PTAA TTE 2018. Screengrab from Instagram/flypal

Heading to the U.S. for a weekend vacation? It's possible!

Feb 09, 2018 - 8:49 PM

Planning a trip to Guam? Here's everything you need to know

RIVER CRUISE. The best way to get to know Guam's Valley of the Latte is taking a relaxing cruise through the river. Photo by Nick Olayao

Dubai airport retains top international spot in 2017

Feb 05, 2018 - 4:21 PM

Dubai airport was the world's busiest for international passengers in 2017 for the fourth year running, with 88.2 million travelers

BUSY AIRPORT. A picture take on September 14, 2017 shows Emirates planes parked at the tarmac at Dubai's International Airport. Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

IATA chief warns about rising cost of airport expansion

Feb 05, 2018 - 2:36 PM

The 'skyrocketing' costs of expanding airport infrastructure must be controlled to keep flight tickets affordable, the boss of airline industry group IATA warns

BUSY TARMAC. Various commercial aircraft are seen parked on the tarmac at the Changi International airport in Singapore on October 31, 2017. Roslan Rahman/AFP

Isabela's Bambanti festival is not just about scarecrows

Feb 05, 2018 - 12:15 PM

The Bambanti festival showcases the province's local products and produce

Atom Araullo reflects on starting over, courage, and the power of social media

Feb 03, 2018 - 10:22 AM

Atom is taking on new challenges – both personal and professional – this 2018

A quick guide to budget-friendly traveling

Jan 31, 2018 - 11:28 AM

Don’t let your money fly away whenever you travel. Here’s how you can keep your trips within the budget