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  • The quickest, easiest and cheapest Day 2 PCR tests for travel

    A headache has returned to the post-Covid travel checklist: Day 2 PCR tests. This time, however, it comes with a fresh pain – self-isolation until you receive a negative result.

  • After losing my father, there was only one place I could confront my grief

    When my two brothers and I were children, we spent every holiday in the wuthering Welsh hills, where the narrow lanes have a mohican of grass, trees are jack-knifed by the wind, and the landscape appears to have been hastily covered in a green baize cloth. The colours are spinach green and pencil grey, and the standing stones accentuate the wilderness like exclamation marks.

  • 'I saw people jumping barriers for the last UK flight back from South Africa'

    When my phone first started insistently buzzing, it was well past midnight and I was asleep, happy to be back in my [native] South Africa, after two long years of separation from family and friends. At first I ignored it, but when I finally checked, there were dozens of tests and messages. “If you want to get out of there, you need to sort this out now,” stated one from my husband.

  • The hottest hotel openings for a winter holiday in the USA

    Bobby and Brooke Mikulas travelled the world for a year. When they came home to Colorado Springs, they dreamt of opening the sort of sociable hotel they had loved while on the road. They poured everything into making it a reality, and Kinship Landing was due to open in December 2020. We all know what happened next.

  • Inside India's maritime graveyard, where cruise ships go to die

    One of the most poignant images to illustrate the untimely demise of cruise ships was captured by a drone overhead the Aliaga ship-breakers on Turkey’s Aegean coast in October 2020. It shows Carnival Fantasy; Carnival Imagination, Carnival Inspiration; plus Pullmantur’s Sovereign and Monarch being cut down in their prime. As Covid-19 ravaged the cruise industry, an ignominious end befell these ships – but they were certainly not the last.

  • On the slopes in France as Britons face a mountain of new restrictions

    Mid-way down a roller coaster red descent, I stopped in the raw morning air as the snow flurries waned and the sun made its first appearance of the day. It was the ski season opener in Val d’Isère, France, and yet, if not for the date on my phone and neck mask unfurled beneath my helmet chin strap, I could have been in the past, not the present. France’s ski lifts have been out of action since March 14 2020, forgotten as if relics from some previous life, and there was a touch of Groundhog Day t

  • How fresh Covid restrictions are keeping families apart and ruining travel plans

    Ten countries are on the red list, Switzerland has effectively banned British travellers, EU countries are tightening entry rules – and Nicola Sturgeon is calling for an eight-day quarantine for all UK arrivals… our travel horizons are becoming murkier by the day.

  • 10 forgotten worlds you can rediscover through scuba diving

    The distant past is closer than you think. Under the sea, in rivers, lakes and flooded valleys, traces of forgotten worlds await discovery. From immaculately preserved Roman mosaics to locomotive engines blasted from the decks of supply ships, they are fragments of time captured and preserved in water.

  • What to look out for with Lastminute's Covid refunds policy

    Gill Charlton has been fighting for Telegraph readers and solving their travel problems for more than 30 years, winning refunds, righting wrongs and suggesting solutions. She takes on a different case each week – so please send your problems to her for consideration at asktheexperts@telegraph.co.uk. Please give your full name and, if your dispute is with a travel company, your address, telephone number and any booking reference. Gill can’t answer every question, but she will help where she can a

  • The dilemmas facing skiers this winter, from lockdowns to travel bans

    It was almost too good to be true. We were sliding into the ski season without a bump in our path, then in a matter of days travel restrictions around the globe went from being in the favour of skiers and snowboarders, to threatening to push the start of the ski season off a cliff.

  • How long will travel restrictions last, and other omicron questions that need answers

    Travel restrictions are back. After months of loosening our shackles, permitting a slow but steady recovery for an industry that employs tens of millions of people around the world, the red list is back and testing requirements have been tightened.

  • The eccentric new city that's as authentically English as you can find

    The sea shimmered in the late November sun, while cold water swimmers rippled its silvery surface. On the water’s edge, families huddled around polystyrene pots, jabbing cockles with plastic forks. Above the old customs house a Union Jack hung limply.

  • What I learnt on a painting class in St Lucia with a bunch of middle-aged high achievers

    “Painting’s not about what you see,” suggests my tutor, Naja Misaki Simeon. “It’s about what’s there.” An affable 37-year-old with the art name of Sakey, the St Lucian has a day job teaching secondary school students in Choiseul but is also a prolific muralist with more than 50 vibrant works around the island, including beside the cruise ship terminal in the capital, Castries, and on Hotel Chocolat’s Rabot Estate.

  • Why the latest Africa travel bans could hammer a safari industry already on the edge

    When Namibia’s Himba communities first found out about Covid, they thought the world was coming to an end.

  • Travel to Cambodia: latest Covid rules and holiday advice

    Cambodia has finally reopened to overseas travellers following a successful vaccination programme that has seen almost 90 per cent of the population inoculated.

  • This new variant has the potential to grind international travel to a halt once again

    Are we facing a Groundhog Day for travel? The emergence of what seems to be a more transmissible variant of Covid-19 is certainly bad news for our holiday plans and perhaps for life in general. It has sinister echoes of what was happening exactly a year ago. That was when the Alpha (Kent) variant hit the UK hard and led to the ill-fated tier system, a second lockdown in November, and even tighter restrictions in January.

  • How will the omicron variant and new red list affect my next holiday?

    Amid concern over the omicron variant, 10 African countries have been added to the travel red list.

  • The tangled history of the humble croissant – and how to eat it properly

    And so, leaving aside present trivial concerns – Covid, Brexit, Strictly – we move to consider croissant-gate. Had you been paying attention this week, you would have noticed that Carolin Lauffenburger, an Instagram “influencer” from Berlin, has caused international havoc with a little video on how to eat croissants properly. Or “like a Parisian” (as she put it). On a visit to Paris, she is seen seated at a café terrace and – in a somewhat louche manner – dips the point of her uncut croissant in

  • 10 reasons to get back to brilliant Barbados – the world's newest republic

    Flying on Concorde to Barbados felt a bit like riding in a vast super-charged sports car. It was all layered metallic whines and raw, tumultuous power – and thunderous speed, particularly at the “lurch” as the afterburners cut in. It’s a thrill the Queen herself experienced when she flew back on the aircraft after a visit to the island in 1977.

  • The hidden treasures of Roman Britain

    The discovery of the remarkable Roman mosaics in Rutland depicting scenes from Homer’s Iliad are another reminder that Britain, that notorious backwater of the Roman Empire, wasn’t quite as out of touch with the classical world as one might have imagined.

  • The tract of ancient woodland that could be felled for a Center Parcs

    It is late November, and Worth Forest is suspended in a liminal moment between autumn and winter. Balding oaks, birches and beech trees huddle like grandfathers, honeycomb leaves crunch underfoot and a hare scurries across my path. Out of sight, hedgehogs and dormice construct their homes for the winter. It might sound like the setting for a storybook, but it is anything but. Worth Forest is a war-zone.

  • Why midlifers and retirees are turning to adventure travel

    One thing is clear: our definition of adventure travel has changed. Midlifers, empty nesters and retirees in particular are embracing the opportunity to discover more of their local area and take more UK holidays. “People realise they can have an adventurous holiday here, too,” says Zina Bencheikh of Intrepid Travel. “Adventure is more about escaping the day-to-day and looking after your mental and physical health.”

  • Beautiful award-winning photographs of historic Britain

    The winners of the Historic Photographer of the Year Awards 2021 have been announced, with a slew of images of British landmarks honoured.

  • The secrets of Britain’s happiest town

    “Happiness, happiness, the greatest gift that I possess”, trilled the late, indefatigable comedian Ken Dodd. We all know that happy feeling but how to quantify it is debatable. This hasn’t stopped Hexham in Northumberland from being voted Britain’s happiest place to live, according to a recent survey. Indeed, the market town, just south of Hadrian’s Wall, must be extremely content as it gained this cheerful accolade in 2019, too. The study, by online property company Rightmove, considered factor

  • Richard Osman: The more you travel and meet people, you realise it's a very interconnected world

    Visiting China didn’t just change the way I look at China – it changed the way I look at the whole world. My daughter has been studying out there, so I’ve visited three or four times in the past five years. It’s an extraordinary country in every way, but what has really blown my mind is the fact that they like my Thursday Murder Club novels over there. At first I found that very intriguing because the books [in which a quartet of 70-somethings at a retirement home in Kent solve murders] seem so

  • Why lockdown-free Sweden could be your safest bet for a ski holiday

    No matter how optimistic you are about the upcoming ski season, it’s hard to deny it is alarming to watch the majority of the key winter destinations in Europe struggle with a fourth wave of coronavirus infections. A fresh national lockdown in Austria has sent shockwaves across the bloc and holidaymakers are once again left questioning whether it’ll be safe to go skiing this winter.