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R2-D2 takes to the skies
R2-D2 takes to the skies

As if Thursday’s new trailer for December 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens wasn’t enough, Japanese airline ANA have risked sending Star Wars fans’ mental equilibrium into a galaxy far, far away by launching a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner painted like beep-talking robot R2-D2. OK, it’d look lame next to the Millennium Falcon or Death Star – and why…

The dying romance of the drive-in movie theater
The dying romance of the drive-in movie theater

John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John are sitting in a red 1950s convertible under the stars. Giant ice creams march across a giant screen. A giant hot dog dances with a giant bun. He yawns, sliding a surreptitious arm around her neck. She turns away. He moves in, she slaps him and I’m hooked. My first…

12 things you didn’t know you could do in Europe
12 things you didn’t know you could do in Europe

Some sights are touristy for a good reason. They’re the ones you go to Europe to check off: a wobbly gondola on the canals of Venice, or a mandatory Eiffel Tower selfie. Europe has countless sights all worth a visit in their own right, but there’s so much more to the continent than cathedrals and beaches –…

The best of Scotland’s Outlander filming locations
The best of Scotland’s Outlander filming locations

If you live in North America you’ll probably need no introduction to Outlander. This epic TV series is already massive on the western side of the Atlantic and has finally hit UK TV screens courtesy of Amazon Prime. For the uninitiated, think of Outlander as a cross between Game of Thrones and the movie Braveheart.…

Quiz: can you guess the city from its street plan?
Quiz: can you guess the city from its street plan?

If you’ve spent hours poring over Rough Guides maps you might be whizz at this carto quiz – but there’s only one way to find out. We’ve taken ten of our city maps from around the globe and stripped off all street names, park labels, station makers and area stamps. Reckon you’re a map magician? Or are you…

Where should you go on holiday this year?
Where should you go on holiday this year?

It’s never too late to plan a holiday. Summer might be nearly here, but don’t fret if you’ve not booked a trip yet – we’re on hand to help. Whether you’re dreaming of lazing on a tropical beach, getting into the great outdoors or partying all night, we’ve devised a quiz to guide you to the perfect…

A giant underground trampoline has opened in a cave in Wales
A giant underground trampoline has opened in a cave in Wales

Rough Guides editor Rachel Mills goes deep underground in the heart of Snowdonia National Park to discover the latest, and craziest, adventure activity in North Wales. A Victorian slate mine close to the town of Blaenau Ffestiniog was once where miners wielded hammers and chisels to eke out a hard living from the rock. Today, it’s…

Quiz: can you identify these natural wonders?
Quiz: can you identify these natural wonders?

The world is a beautiful place. From gigantic glaciers to other-worldly rock formations, there’s a whole load of weird and wonderful landscapes to explore. But how many natural wonders have you ticked off your bucket list? Take this quiz to put your knowledge to the test:

Escape rooms: would you pay to get locked up?
Escape rooms: would you pay to get locked up?

Paying a stranger to lock you and your friends in a room filled with fiendish puzzles sounds an unlikely holiday activity, but “escape rooms” are springing up around the world. Shafik Meghji got locked up in Budapest… The email was brief and ever so slightly unsettling: “Please arrive punctually at 16:30 to Erzsébet Körút 8,…

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