Greece is bracing itself for a repeat of the migrant crisis that struck the region in 2015, with the United Nations reporting that monthly sea arrivals rose to more than 10,000 in September, the highest figure since 2016.
MSC Cruises has announced its commitment to become the first global cruise line to go “carbon neutral”, and will begin offsetting all emissions by January 1 2020.
Frolicking on the white sands and bathing in the pristine waters of La Pelosa beach, Sardinia, will soon come with a price.
The Faroe Islands will close to the public for three days next year, in a bid to preserve its fragile ecosystem and protect itself from the effects of overtourism.
Some cities dye their rivers green (looking at you, Chicago), others light up the sky with emerald fireworks, but across the globe, St Patrick’s Day is universally celebrated with a drink or two.
Jamaica is arguably best known for its white sandy beaches and reggae music, but the island is also deservedly famous for its cuisine. Be sure to try local specialties such as ackee and saltfish, Ital cuisine (a natural diet free from meat, additives and chemicals), curried goat and patties – be it at corner shops, beach shacks or the fine dining restaurants that dot the island. And if, heaven forbid, you don’t develop a taste for spiced Jamaican fare, there’s an array of international dining options in the main tourist towns as well as the all-inclusive resorts.
Snowsport England has teamed up with one of the UK's top wintersports athletes, Dave Ryding, to launch a series of fitness videos to encourage skiers to get fit for the slopes before the snow begins to fall.
British Airways has been accused of emitting 18,000 tonnes of excess carbon dioxide each year in a practice used to help airlines save money, according to a BBC Panorama investigation which airs tonight.
Aside from being a fun day out for the family, the UK’s vast array of dry ski slopes and indoor snow centres provide the perfect opportunity for a pre-season warm up or to sample skiing or snowboarding for the first time.
Quiet rural lanes make Cuba an excellent cycling destination for those who want to get under the skin of this intriguing country. Imaginative Traveller offers a circular, small group tour departing from capital Havana. Heading west, the route takes in the lakeside biosphere reserve of Comunidad Las Terrazas, the Unesco-listed town of Vinales and the white beaches of Cayo Jutias. There’s a chance to visit a tobacco farm, tour orchid gardens and learn more about the island’s turbulent history at Havana’s Museum of the Revolution.
The cover story in Sunday's print edition compared Swedish, Finnish and Norwegian Lapland. Now we'd like to hear about your favourite winter wonderland, whether it was the ski slopes of Europe or North America, the ice-cloaked landscape of Scandinavia under the Northern Lights, a Christmas market, wintry St Petersburg, or fjords glimpsed on a cruise. The reader who sends the best entry wins a £400 voucher.
“Virgin!” the cry goes up, and hundreds of heads with a combined age of thousands of years swivel (slowly) to eyeball the interloper.
When I visited at the end of last month, there was a palpable tension in the air at Bishop Auckland, as if a storm was about to break. The reason for this high-pressure zone was the much-anticipated reopening of the magnificent Auckland Castle.
Like Majorca and Ibiza before it, Tenerife is finally succeeding in shedding its tacky chrysalis, and morphing into a sophisticated destination happy to hold its own in the company of high spenders, gastronomes and choosy golfers. That’s not to say the ‘old Tenerife’ has met its maker, it just self-perpetuates in the background while Michelin muscles into the restaurant scene, chic beach clubs claim bucket-and-spade territory, and boutique boltholes provide windows to the previously bypassed and greener side of the island.
Berlin has busied itself since the fall of its infamous Wall with becoming one of the most stimulating creative and cultural centres in Europe. It is a hub for hedonists, hipsters and history buffs alike – one that truly offers something for everyone. Its slew of art spaces, notoriously tolerant nightlife and burgeoning start-up scene grab the headlines most regularly, but the city is also a welcoming destination for families thanks to a wealth of green spaces, sparkling lakes and a generally child-friendly infrastructure. Luxury travellers are catered for with a slew of five-star hotels, Michelin-starred dining spots and indulgent spas; and for history fans, there's plenty – after all, the city was at the heart of much of the turbulent 20th century.
“The horizon was just a sea of cranes,” a friend of mine told me of their recent trip to Dubai. They’d gone for a calming beach break – but ended up slumped on a man-made coast with a less-than-relaxing backdrop.
Modern goggles are superb, offering incredible clarity of vision and improved definition that unquestionably improves snow sports in the mountains. Developments in optics mean the lenses can make a big difference in challenging conditions, like those dreaded flat-light days.
Sadie was very competitive and loved skiing as many kilometres as possible in a day with her dad,” said Clare Bristow, mother of Sadie and, along with her husband Stewart, the brains behind Ski for Sadie, a 400km-plus ski challenge the couple are launching this winter in the French Alps.
Riding Silfri, a gentle Icelandic horse – so named for his “silvery” shock of blonde mane – along the white-sand beach in Norway was one of those unforgettable life-changing experiences.
It might be the least exciting aspect of a holiday to organise, but travel insurance is essential for peace of mind, particularly for winter-sports holidays when the likelihood of injury is that much higher. Given that, you would think skiers and snowboarders would make this a priority.
Critics say Checkpoint Charlie has become a tourist trap crowded by souvenir shops, tour buses and fast-food restaurants in the 30 years since the Berlin Wall came down. Some say it has been "Disney-fied".
Would you be happy forking out an extra £15 per person for a beach holiday in Mexico? From November 9, the country’s Baja California Sur state will be the latest destination to impose a levy on its visitors ($18.50 each). Popular resort cities including Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo and La Paz will be affected.
San Francisco is an all-ages playground: from the blinking arcade lights and sociable sea lions of Fisherman’s Wharf, to a splashy, high-speed ride around the bay on the infamous ‘Rocket Boat’. Happily, family-friendly hotels here are just as fun. Whimsical, nautical-themed boutiques at the wharf; city stays with free virtual-reality video games; a suite in a former chocolate factory – there’s plenty to make kids big and small giddy. Plus, many large luxury brands roll out the red carpet to little ones, with the likes of scavenger hunts and nightly milk and cookies. Here's our pick of the best family-friendly hotels in San Francisco.
Should your family be anything at all like mine, the following question will divide it neatly into two camps with diametrically and loudly opposed reactions… Fancy staying in a hotel positioned directly underneath the UK’s tallest rollercoaster?