At the start of the busiest weekend of the summer for outbound travel, thousands of travellers have experienced severe disruption. The day began badly at Gatwick Airport, which was expecting the busiest day for outbound travellers in its history. As a result of the aircraft being out of position, easyJet flights to Madrid and Munich this morning have been cancelled.
More than 100,000 Ryanair passengers are in line for hundreds of pounds in compensation after their flights were cancelled because of strikes. In an extraordinary intervention, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has issued a statement urging grounded holidaymakers to claim their entitlement under European air passengers’ rights rules – known as EU261. Compensation is set at €250 (£223) for flights of up to 1,500km, and €400 (£357) for longer flights in Europe and North Africa.
James Nesbitt on discovering paradise in New Zealand and the problem with holidays in Britain
For over five generations, National Geographic magazine has dazzled and educated people with its incredible photographs and gripping stories from all corners of the earth. Through spectacular landscapes, bustling cities, local customs, and wildlife photography, it has brought Africa’s boundless beauty and diversity to life through a lens for years. Long before the Travel Channel and Google Images, these photographs celebrated Africa’s spectacular landscapes, incredible wildlife, and diversity – but also reflect edgier stories that speak of rural hardship, environmental threats, and the lasting remnants of forced colonisation.
From meeting Barack Obama in his dressing gown to his role at the royal wedding, take a look through Prince George's seriously adorable photo album.
Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle catches flack from commenters for reported dissatisfaction with royal life.
Young London designers have been on the kitschy-cute, semi-ironic accessories beat for a minute, with Shrimps’ pearlescent bead Antonia bags selling out season after season, and Ryan Lo’s romantic kawaii aesthetic being translated ever more into the mainstream. I say ‘semi-ironic’ because, while these itsy-bitsy mini bags and party-pearl costume jewels are the stuff of toy shop princess sets, they are also really, really fun to wear as an adult. And who couldn’t do with a cheerful conversation-starter these days?
The Cotswolds is graced with towns and villages they call “jewels”, picture-perfect places with the pride to match. It was a hot day in May 2009 when we drove into the Gloucestershire village of Bourton-on-the-Water, quaintness itself with yellowing stone tearooms, gift shops and lawns by the River Windrush. Although the Cotswold Hills (extending 100-plus miles from the West Country to the Midlands) cover a fair chunk of Gloucestershire, they also adorn five other counties without all their inhabitants realising it.
Everyone knows the dangers of overwork – stress, mental ill health, obesity, heart attack, a sleep deficit that carries its own associated health risks, to name a few – but often it's unavoidable. Perpetual Guardian, which manages trusts and wills, trialled a four-day work week among 240 staff over March and April and the overwhelmingly positive results suggest it's something that companies the world over should be considering. On their extra day off they were encouraged to manage their personal lives and home commitments.
Confusion over air travel after Brexit has intensified with the Irish prime minister at odds with the UK transport secretary. Ireland's taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, warned that, in the event of a disorderly exit from the European Union, British airlines could be banned from Irish airspace. At present the UK benefits from “open skies” rules, which allow EU airlines to fly between and over any European airspace.