• Hotel Hit Squad: The Pig Shed Motel, Norfolk – "More middle-class barn conversion than Breaking Bad filming location"
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    Hotel Hit Squad: The Pig Shed Motel, Norfolk – "More middle-class barn conversion than Breaking Bad filming location"

    Since having children, I’ve become a serial loser of things. School socks, flu jab forms, biscuits (but not, mysteriously, their empty packets, which are always in the cupboard, exactly where I left them).

  • 10 of the best restaurants to experience central London's diverse foodie scene
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    10 of the best restaurants to experience central London's diverse foodie scene

    London is home to many of the world’s most innovative and impressive chefs and its restaurants cater to all tastes and budgets with an ever-increasing selection of innovative and interesting restaurants – from Michelin-starred darlings to casual Soho walk-ins.

  • Spain weather: storm hits apartment block in Tenerife as flooding and heavy rain affects Mediterranean coast
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    Spain weather: storm hits apartment block in Tenerife as flooding and heavy rain affects Mediterranean coast

    An apartment block in Tenerife has been battered by huge waves, as a storm hit the holiday island. Separately, heavy rain has caused severe flooding in south eastern Spain, with a video shared via Severe Weather Europe on Facebook showing cars underwater in San Janvier, Murcia. Spain’s weather agency Agencia Estatal de Meteorología issued a yellow weather alert, warning of heavy rain until Monday evening.

  • The most stylish places in Paris, by the city's coolest residents
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    The most stylish places in Paris, by the city's coolest residents

    A couple of weeks ago, I was in a taxi on my way home to my flat in the 14th arrondissement in the south of Paris. “Mais mademoiselle, I can always identify an English tourist in Paris!” the driver told me, as we crossed Pont Notre-Dame. “You see them walking with their velour trousers and backpacks! Ho ho ho.” “Oh dear,” I replied. “Not very chic, eh?”

  • The best cruise adventures to book now for a winter escape
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    The best cruise adventures to book now for a winter escape

    Have we really got to wait another four or five months for those brighter, longer, milder days? Not if you book a cruise this winter.

  • Inspired by Dynasties? These are the six places in the world you can see penguins in the wild
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    Inspired by Dynasties? These are the six places in the world you can see penguins in the wild

    Who is yet to recover from the emotional torment of watching David Attenborough’s Dynasties last night? We knew that life on Antarctica was tough but watching those poor penguins was truly heartbreaking.

  • The plastics campaigner that changed the way we think about our oceans
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    The plastics campaigner that changed the way we think about our oceans

    Film producer and plastic pollution campaigner Jo Ruxton is sipping a cappuccino served by her on-board butler. “This is not my usual kind of trip,” admits Ruxton, who – happiest in a pair of fins and a weight belt – is skimming the Pacific as a guest lecturer on a luxury cruise along the Chilean coast, recruiting comrades in her ongoing battle against single-use plastics.

  • Airlines face crack down on use of ‘exploitative’ algorithm that splits up families on flights
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    Airlines face crack down on use of ‘exploitative’ algorithm that splits up families on flights

    Algorithms used by airlines to split up those travelling together unless they pay more to sit next to each other have been called “exploitative” by a government minister. Speaking to a parliamentary communications committee, Digital Minister Margot James described the software as “a very cynical, exploitative means… to hoodwink the general public”. It’s an issue that will be looked at by the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation, launched by the government this week to identify and address areas where clearer guidelines and regulation are needed in how data is used.

  • The terrible gifts keen travellers always receive
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    The terrible gifts keen travellers always receive

    Right on cue, the inevitable “what on earth do we buy Simon for Christmas?” conversations have begun. Yes, me. The sibling who’s “always impossible to buy for,” – “the traveller of the family,” with no fixed abode, gradually hoarding (and forgetting about) tinsel-lined paper bags in various cupboards around the country.

  • The best bars and pubs in Oxford, from local ales to creative cocktails
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    The best bars and pubs in Oxford, from local ales to creative cocktails

    You have to look hard to discover the best of Oxford’s nightlife: hidden down narrow alleyways, in cobbled back streets and behind medieval city walls. Avoid George Street with its chain pubs and restaurants and noisy crowds, and instead hunt down quirky pubs and bars. You'll find a few scattered around the city centre but others require a bit of a walk, either northwest to trendy Jericho or east to edgy Cowley Road.

  • 10 amazing winter wildlife holidays
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    10 amazing winter wildlife holidays

    Nick Trend picks the best spots for wildlife watching in winter, from Yellowstone National Park to the frozen coast of Iceland. 

  • Pillow Talk: The hottest openings, news and experiences in the world of hotels
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    Pillow Talk: The hottest openings, news and experiences in the world of hotels

    From the most exciting upcoming openings to the latest news, trends and events, keep up to date with our regularly updated guide to all that is hot in the world of hotels.

  • Waterloo delays: Commuters told not to travel as engineering works cause travel chaos
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    Waterloo delays: Commuters told not to travel as engineering works cause travel chaos

    The Monday morning rush hour has turned into another nightmare for commuters using Britain’s busiest railway station. London Waterloo is at a near-standstill because of overrunning engineering work by Network Rail. Passengers who would normally travel on South Western Railway were initially urged not to travel.

  • New Zealand asks visitors to pledge to protect environment amid concerns over impact of tourism
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    New Zealand asks visitors to pledge to protect environment amid concerns over impact of tourism

    New Zealand has launched a campaign urging visitors to respect the environment, amid concerns over the impact of tourism on the country. Passengers on flights into the nation will be shown videos promoting the “Tiaki promise”, a set of guiding principles drawn up by the government and the tourism industry. The campaign encourages visitors to pledge they will protect the country’s natural environment and respect local customs during their trip.

  • The 15 airports all pilots love flying to
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    The 15 airports all pilots love flying to

    What makes the perfect landing? Beautiful scenery, jovial ground crew, and white-knuckle crosswinds that mean the autopilot stays off; according to the pilots we questioned. Here, we round up their favourite airports.

  • Why Zimbabwe might just offer Africa's best safari experience
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    Why Zimbabwe might just offer Africa's best safari experience

    As a child, the ultimate treat was a day out to Knowsley Safari Park, a mere mile from my Merseyside home. However, it being the Seventies and us not having a car, we’d have to wait for four-wheeled visitors to take us. It usually ended with them driving off in a huff minus their windscreen wipers that had inevitably been pulled off by the mischievous inhabitants of the monkey enclosure. 

  • Porridge and prayer flags – introducing the tiny Scottish isle that became a Buddhist retreat
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    Porridge and prayer flags – introducing the tiny Scottish isle that became a Buddhist retreat

    By the time I arrive at Holy Isle, I already feel a world away from hectic modern life. The air is fresh and clean; an oystercatcher forages along the shore where the scraggy hills meet the crystal blue sea.

  • Burundi has no business insisting on business class
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    Burundi has no business insisting on business class

    The then prime minister flew off on holiday on Ryanair (much to the annoyance of easyJet, which at one stage thought it had won the family’s business). As The Independent revealed this week, the government of Burundi has banned a Kenyan budget airline, Jambojet, because it has no business class cabin. European and North American governments have a dismal history of rampant protectionism, but by a decade ago, the virtues of free and fair competition had become clear and “open skies” now prevail within and between those regions (though from the UK’s perspective, only until Brexit).

  • 10 of the world's most swashbuckling pirate-themed holidays
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    10 of the world's most swashbuckling pirate-themed holidays

    To mark the 300th anniversary of the death of the notorious Blackbeard, Chris Leadbeater sets sail in search of treasures.

  • Solo again after 37 years: my first holiday as a widow
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    Solo again after 37 years: my first holiday as a widow

    Back in midwinter, I went looking for the type of holiday I didn’t really want. It would be my first as a single person for 37 years following the death of my partner in April last year and was freighted with negatives. There were to be no echoes of places Tony and I had enjoyed together down the years. Nor any we’d talked of exploring. Ideally, it would be something undemanding, and I’d set off reassured that he would have been bored stiff.

  • The curious English village searching for a lord of the manor
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    The curious English village searching for a lord of the manor

    Whisper your name to yourself – your normal, boring, unremarkable name. Now say it again, but add “Lord of the Manor of Laxton”. Mmmmm. Much grander. Wouldn’t fit on many application forms, but it’s got a ring to it.

  • The secret system that prevents pilots who hate each other sharing a cockpit
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    The secret system that prevents pilots who hate each other sharing a cockpit

    Imagine spending the best part of 17 hours stuck in a tiny room with somebody you really dislike, with no opportunity to escape, while being required to constantly interact.

  • Riga ranked the cheapest city for a festive break this winter
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    Riga ranked the cheapest city for a festive break this winter

    Riga has been ranked the cheapest city for a festive break, according to new research released today.

  • What are the rules concerning plus-size passengers on flights?
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    What are the rules concerning plus-size passengers on flights?

    A passenger on a long-haul flight is suing British Airways for what he claims is physical harm suffered after being seated next to a large fellow traveller. Long-suffering airline passengers are accustomed to the discomfort of modern flying.

  • The world's first 'quarry hotel' opens in Shanghai
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    The world's first 'quarry hotel' opens in Shanghai

    The world’s first underground hotel has opened in Shanghai, buried almost 90 metres deep in an old quarry. In the Sheshan Mountain Range on the fringes of Shanghai, the luxury hotel has two floors above ground and 16 below ground, including two floors that are underwater.