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Stories about Travel

Restarting Caribbean economies under threat of COVID-19

As a major source of foreign exchange and employment for most of the region, safely opening up borders to overseas visitors has become ever more pressing.

Is the Caribbean winning the fight against COVID-19?

Could the region be past the worst — or simply enjoying a quieter period before the much-feared second wave?

Tour little-known tourist spots in Japan on YouTube

YouTube channel Anna Film Production produces short videos of interesting and scenic spots in the Kansai region in western Japan.

Explore beauty and heritage in the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand while staying at home

Southeast Asian countries have lost millions of visitors but none of their branding know-how.

Netflix blockbuster ‘Extraction’ draws criticism for portrayal of Bangladesh's capital

The Netflix blockbuster “Extraction” attracted a lot of criticism and debate for its poor, inaccurate and stereotypical portrayal of Bangladesh and Bangladeshis.

Following COVID-19 closure, Ghibli Museum posts mini-tours online

One of Japan's most beloved tourist attractions is offering short virtual tours on YouTube.

Stranded Nepali migrant workers protest to return home, Nepali government drags its feet

Nepal's government tries to stall repatriating migrant workers stranded abroad.

Truck drivers blamed for spread of COVID-19 in East Africa

Truck drivers in East Africa face an onslaught of new COVID-19 mandates and restrictions in borders towns — causing confusion, fear, endless traffic queues, protests and disrupted trade.

‘If a dirt, a dirt': COVID-19 and the reopening of the Jamaican economy

"Once things have “opened up” it will be back to normal. I don’t believe it will be a “new normal” – just normal."

As tourism declines in Cambodia, tuk-tuk drivers are down and out in Phnom Penh

"Today, I have not provided one service, and tomorrow, I’m not sure whether one will come or not. Probably finding a construction job is better."

Life's a beach: How COVID-19 is changing tourism on the Albanian coast

Albania's tourism minister believes the season can be saved, but it will be a very different kind of season.

Pre-Hispanic inspiration, struggle, and satire: The art of Mexico's Manuel Ruelas

"In Mexico, the ultimate misfortune is death. That is why this is a recurring concept in my work."

Zanzibar relies on strong communities of care to confront COVID-19

Zanzibar thrives on unity. A wave of community-based health initiatives has ramped up their presence on the islands to raise awareness and educate islanders about the highly contagious coronavirus.

Africans in China targeted by xenophobia amid fear of second-wave COVID-19 outbreak

China has seen a surge in the number of imported COVID-19 cases and the African community has become an easy target for "virus control" and xenophobic sentiments.

Musicians in East Africa rush to produce ‘corona’ songs — even as the industry falters

As COVID-19 sweeps through Africa, musicians have taken a hit with canceled concerts, festivals, tours and interrupted studio time. Yet, they have risen to the challenge by composing catchy tunes.

As Ebola outbreak ends, coronavirus begins in DR Congo

While DR Congo has proclaimed the end of Ebola, it now faces its first cases of COVID-19. Will lessons learned from Ebola help combat the novel coronavirus?

Nigeria enforces travel bans amid sloppy management of COVID-19 cases

Nigerian netizens are calling for a travel ban for travelers from high COVID-19 transmission areas. This will strengthen the national response to the pandemic.

Tanzania tackles COVID-19 with strict measures to slow the spread

In the wake of six confirmed COVID-19 cases in Tanzania, the government has taken strict measures to slow the spread. But messaging and communication around preventative measures remains a challenge.

Trinidad & Tobago closes its borders as COVID-19 cases double to four

Using Italy as an example of how COVID-19 was able to spread quickly, Prime Minister Rowley warned the consequences will be grave if Trinbagonians do not adhere to the guidelines.

Trinidad & Tobago's fight against COVID-19 puts emphasis on ‘personal responsibility’

The country's two COVID-19 cases are reportedly improving, but the Ministry of Health is urging people to be conscientious about prevention methods.

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