Russell Thomas

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What is Golden Week and why does it matter?

Travel May 2, 2020

What is Golden Week and why does it matter?

Due to COVID-19, this year’s Golden Week has all but been called off. We take a look at the history behind this cluster of national holidays and why its effective cancelation is a big deal.

When you can’t travel in actual reality, go virtual

Travel Apr 4, 2020

When you can’t travel in actual reality, go virtual

During these strange days, the idea of online anything is proving more attractive — and vital. Families experience first-time conference calls, while musicians around the world put on internet gigs for locked-down audiences. Travel, too, is just a tap away, thanks to virtual reality.