13 Majestic University Libraries to Connect With the Worlds Past, Present, and Future

The world’s best university libraries for escaping reality.

Tucked within the bookshelves of university libraries across the globe are fascinating tales of their country’s history, culture, and iconic literary figures–and you don’t need to be a college undergrad to discover them. Here are the world’s best university libraries and what should be on your radar when you visit.

These 9 Countries Have the Strictest COVID Restrictions for Travelers

Closed borders, restricted movement, and travel bans.

This year, like 2020, has seen a whirlwind of news about COVID restrictions and it’s challenging to keep up. Countries are racing to vaccinate their populations, but the Delta variant is still going strong in many regions. Canada is finally welcoming fully vaccinated Americans and Singapore is contemplating opening its borders in September. There’s a full list of popular destinations that are on the radar of summer travelers, but there are some that have strict guidelines for its citizens as well as travelers. Some nations are either fully closed to travelers or imposing strict restrictions. You can also access this map by IATA that color-codes regulations.

The 15 Most Incredible Piers in the World

With oceanfront music venues, sea baths, and restaurants, these 15 spots prove there is so much more to piers than docking boats.

It’s summertime, and there’s no better place to be than by the coast, going for a stroll with ice cream in hand. If that seaside town has a pier, even better. But there are piers and then there are piers. Built initially as landing sites for ships and ferries, accessible even during low tide, piers soon turned into entertainment venues, often resulting from day-trippers arriving at the end of the pier and empty space being recognized as a lost opportunity for income from shopping or fairground attractions. Today there are many old and once beautiful piers overcrowded with modern arcade games, cheap trinket shops, and kids’ rides; just think of the popular Blackpool Pier in the UK and the Santa Monica Pier. But, while these famed piers are popular, they do not feature heavily in this list. Instead, this selection offers examples of piers with a unique appeal or distinctive reason for being noteworthy.