Prof Gerard Flaherty: `It was clear from our research that the desire to capture the most dramatic images for posting on social media had a significant influence on the travellers’ risk-taking behaviour' Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures

In 1980, during a camping holiday in Norway, my wife and I walked to the Preikestolen – or Pulpit Rock – a 25 sq m granite platform atop a mighty clif(...)

Thai military personnel walk inside the blocking area during rescue operations to save a soccer team at Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Photograph: Pongmanat Tasiri/EPA

It has emerged that the Tourism Authority of Thailand is making plans to promote Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai, where a dramatic rescue of a children’(...)

Climbing Croagh Patrick in Mayo has been described as  the ultimate pilgrimage by Lonely Planet’s latest guide. Photograph: Alan Betson

Three attractions in counties Mayo, Monaghan and Sligo have been included in the Lonely Planets’ newest guide book.The Lonely Planet’s 1,000 Ultimate (...)