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Meik Wiking laughs before he answers the key question about his latest project. When did it open? “Well, we started setting up the museum in November 2019,” he says. “And then, in early March 2020, we announced that we would open it in May. The following week, there was a national press conference, with the Prime Minister saying that we had to lock the country down.” He laughs again. “So May was postponed. But we were able to open last July. Obviously, we opened to a Copenhagen with far fewer people around.” If there can have been few worse years than 2020 in which to launch “The Happiness Museum” – a year so bereft of joy that you can only laugh at the very thought of having planned to throw such an institution into its maelstrom – then the Danish capital is at least a fitting location. Denmark, like its Nordic colleagues, is a regular feature at the top end of the World Happiness Report – an annual index which ranks the countries of the planet according to their levels of wellbeing. The 2020 report – released just as the pandemic was really starting to bite, on March 20 last year – had Finland first, and Denmark second. Indeed, Denmark is so happy a country that it is home to Wiking’s main preoccupation. Founded in 2013, the Happiness Research Institute (happinessresearchinstitute.com) is a Copenhagen-based think tank – of which he is the CEO – which attempts to look at global wellbeing from a scientific perspective. “I know we sound like a fantastical place,” he grins, laughing for a third time. “People imagine we are an office full of puppies and ice cream. But we have a serious purpose. Our work comes down to three themes. One – we try to measure happiness. Two – we try to understand why some people are happier than others. Three – we hope to shed light on how we can improve quality of life. How should we design policies differently? How should we design cities – and societies – differently?”
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A man who was “too scared” to fly home because of Covid-19 has been found living in Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport Aditya Singh, 36, spent three months hiding in the airport before being arrested at the weekend. The Calfornian was reportedly squatting in the security zone of O’Hare International – wearing an staff ID badge that he had allegedly found, and surviving on food hand-outs from fellow travellers. Singh arrived at the airport on a flight from Los Angeles on October 19, the Chicago Tribune reports. However, he never left. He was arrested on Saturday, after two United Airlines employees noticed that his identification was false – and then alerted the police. He appeared in court on Sunday, charged with misdemeanor theft and criminal trespass. He had hidden in the airport because he was “scared to go home due to Covid,” said Assistant State’s Attorney, Kathleen Hagerty, who explained that Singh had received food from other passengers. It is not known why Singh, who lives in the Los Angeles suburb of Orange, had travelled to Chicago. The court heard that he is unemployed, and has no criminal background. “The court finds these facts and circumstances quite shocking for the alleged period of time that this occurred,” said Cook County Judge Susana Ortiz. “Being in a secured part of the airport under a fake ID badge allegedly, based upon the need for airports to be absolutely secure so that people feel safe to travel, I do find those alleged actions do make him a danger to the community.” However, the Chicago Department of Aviation said in a statement: “While this incident remains under investigation, we have been able to determine that this gentleman did not pose a security risk to the airport or to the travelling public.”
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In case you missed it, until Britain’s latest lockdown is over – whenever that might be – holidays are banned. After lockdown, if the current travel rules remain in place, a holiday will involve between five and 10 days of self-isolation when you get home, and as many as three Covid tests (one before you depart, one during your trip, and another – if you want to reduce your quarantine period – when you return). After months stuck at home, the prospect of a holiday is keeping many people sane, but unless the restrictions are relaxed, millions of Britons – those unable to work from home, for example, or without the resources to pay in the region of £150 per test – will simply be unable to travel. The only cause for optimism is the vaccine. Nick Trend, Telegraph Travel’s consumer expert, says: “If everything goes well with the vaccination programme, then it seems quite possible that the virus will be reasonably under control in this country by Easter – or at least that deaths and hospitalisations will have dramatically reduced. So – fingers crossed – there is a good chance that we will be free to travel by then. The priority list for the Covid vaccines - and how you will be contacted There are two big questions, however. “Firstly, will fears over new Covid variants have been allayed sufficiently to reestablish quarantine-free travel? Not many Britons will be willing or able to leave the country if it means a 10-day period of isolation when they return,” says Nick. “Secondly, how many countries will be open to us? Some of the best chances are likely to be countries which are most dependent on UK tourists: Spain, Greece and Turkey, for example [see below for more suggestions].” Testing is likely to remain for many months to come, but it seems increasingly likely that some sort of vaccination certificate will be established to supplement, or perhaps eventually replace, this requirement. As for summer, Nick is confident that holidays will be possible. He says: “I think we have good grounds for optimism that travel will be possible, and that most key destinations, certainly in Europe, will be open to us.” Where to book for your summer holiday? The below list comes with significant caveats: anything can change and, right now, no holiday you book is guaranteed to go ahead. If the last ten months are anything to go by, there will be nothing smooth about the recommencement of international holidays. If you do book, protect yourself by going with a tour operator with an airtight cancellation or rebooking policy – and keep everything crossed. Long-haul A Caribbean island Over the last six months, the Caribbean has been the most reliable corner of the world when it comes to holiday options for Britons. Prior to the Government scrapping all travel corridors, there were eight Caribbean islands welcoming British travellers, including the likes of Barbados, Cuba, St Lucia and Antigua. All require testing prior to departure or on arrival, or both, which has become the norm across the world, although it is not impossible that the islands will start accepting some kind of vaccination certificate as an alternative to a negative test.
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