Andrey Kurkov: from novelist to Ukraine’s traveling spokesman | Andrey Kurkov

In his new book, a version of the diary he has been writing since Russia invaded his country last February, the Ukrainian novelist Andrey Kurkov writes, among other things, of soup. It is July and on the cultural front, where fighting with Russia has also been “very active”, there is at last good news for Ukraine: Unesco has just registered the culture of Ukrainian borscht as part of its intangible heritage. Kurkov, like the rest of his countrymen and women, is thrilled. Apparently, the world disagrees with Maria Zakharova, the spokesperson for the Russian foreign ministry, who has repeatedly tried to defend Russian borscht from the “encroachment of Ukrainian nationalists”.

Kurkov is a good cook and on the night of 23 February, it was ruby-colored borscht, made from beetroot and garnished with sour cream and dill, that he was preparing for a group of visiting journalists at his apartment

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Aussie backpackers warned after tourist’s ‘terrifying’ experience

A woman’s terrifying experience at a bar in Cambodia has raised safety concerns for travelers with solo adventurers being urged to be “hyper-vigilant.”

Ashley Victoria Phaup, from South Carolina in the US, is an experienced traveler and has been traveling around southeast Asia on her own.

“I went into it thinking I was totally safe,” she told Yahoo News Australia. “I have a lot of solo travelers in my TikTok feed and I follow their very positive experiences as solo women.”

US woman Ashley Victoria Phaup travel

Ashley Victoria Phaup is an experienced traveler and often travels solo. Source: Supplied

The 35-year-old was in Siem Reap, a resort town in the country’s northwest, and was hoping to explore the area.

She was a five-minute walk away from the popular Pub Street, filled with restaurants, markets and bars, so decided to wander down for a drink.

But while inside a “really cool” rooftop bar, which was recommended

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Jenna Carr, Joao Paias quit their jobs to travel full time, here’s how they earn $10K a month

A globetrotting couple who quit their jobs to travel the world with their young child are now earning $10,000 a month.

Ex-doctor Jenna Carr, 33, and Joao Paias, 34, met on Tinder in 2017 while she was on holiday in his native Portugal and fell in love over their shared passion for travel.

Before the birth of their son Leo, 3, the couple had traveled across Portugal and the UK, as well as France and Switzerland before jetting over to Asia and visiting the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia and Bali.

Jenna Carr and Joao Paias,
The couple met on Tinder.
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Since they had Leo, the family has traveled to Portugal, Spain, France, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, the US and the Bahamas.

“Our intention was to have a happier life and spend more time together, we were doing what everyone does and spending our life working,” Jenna from Sheffield, Yorkshire, in northern England,

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Can I Visit Japan Yet? New Rules from October 11

It’s been two-and-a-half years now since travel to Japan was relatively free and easy. Few countries around the world have been so cautious about reopening their borders to tourism after the cataclysmic shutdowns of 2020. But we’re over the moon to announce that travel to Japan has now returned to something that looks a lot like the old normal – and that more change is on its way from October 11. Here’s what you need to know.

What are the latest Japan travel restrictions?

Following Japan’s decision last month to drop pre-departure testing, the Japanese government is now allowing travelers to visit Japan without booking a guided tour. Since September 7, individual travelers have been allowed to visit Japan on package tours – even those that only include flights and hotels.

The only remaining snag is that potential visitors have to book via a travel agency, as a point of

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Shoppers say this $57 inflatable footrest helps ‘reduce leg pain’ while traveling

The next travel must-have?  The Koala Kloud Black Adjustable Airplane Footrest.

The next travel must-have? The Koala Kloud Black Adjustable Airplane Footrest.

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With more and more Canadians hitting the road these days, travel continues to be top of mind. And with that comes the rise of many accessories that can help make any road trip or plane ride more comfortable.

One such item has recently been trending on Amazon Canada‘s list of Movers & Shakersand if you’re planning a trip soon, you may just want to check out the Koala Kloud Black Adjustable Airplane Footrest.

Koala Kloud Black Adjustable Airplane Footrest cube inflated to three heights

Koala Kloud Black Adjustable Airplane Footrest. Images via Amazon.

$57 at Amazon

The details

This inflatable cube is designed to slide into the footrest area between seat rows,

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