Once upon a time, two girls met at university and bonded over a love of fun, fashion and foreign travel. The last blossomed as the friendship grew, and spilt into summer holiday jobs in Greek bars, Alpine ski trips and Indian adventures.
The more evidence that emerges from the tragic loss of the Ethiopian Airlines flight on 10 March, the more it appears that there were profound flaws in the development and certification of the Boeing 737 Max. The loss of the scheduled flight to Nairobi followed a crash of the same model aircraft in Indonesia in October 2019. A radical new anti-stall protection that was installed in Boeing 737 Max aircraft.
A passenger said he felt “completely violated” after an easyJet flight attendant burst in on him while he was using the aircraft toilet. Adil Kayani, 35, accused cabin crew of racial profiling after they manually unlocked the lavatory door, claiming he’d taken too long.
Abu Dhabi’s lively Al Bateen marina got a shot in the arm with the opening of the Abu Dhabi Edition in November 2018. The Edition, the brainchild of boutique hotel pioneer Ian Schrager, broke that mould. Situated in the waterfront district of Al Bateen, overlooking the chic marina, the hotel has easy access to a number of casual restaurants and coffee shops overlooking the yachts.
Eurostar is telling passengers not to travel “unless absolutely necessary” as five-hour queues at Gare du Nord look set to continue into the week.
An attempt to smuggle three live tortoises in a pastry box into Berlin was thwarted by airport staff. A passenger who’d flown into Schönefeld airport from Cairo tried to sneak through the “nothing to declare” section, but was stopped by security staff. The tortoises were stowed inside a pastry box, with the shells clearly visible through the plastic packaging.
Forget a tick-list of sights – when visiting South America’s cities, it’s all about experiencing the Latin lifestyle. Hear the strains of samba in Rio, taste the tang of ceviche in Lima, and learn to tango – or watch the experts show off – in Buenos Aires. With many of the region’s most iconic metropolises – and some lesser-known gems – on the coast, a cruise is a great way to explore South America’s urban delights.
An Icelandic canyon made famous by Justin Bieber has closed to the public after becoming overrun with tourists.
The British Virgin Islands, a scattering of a hundred islands – volcanic colossi, palm-fringed outcrops and sandbars that disappear at high tide – are widely touted as the finest sailing grounds in the Caribbean.
Perhaps it’s half-term and you don’t wish to join a puddle-jumping competition. Maybe you’ve been wallowing in self-pity over winter sun deprivation, or just flummoxed over how to entertain the children this weekend.
Colourful houses line the streets of Utila’s rustic town centre, locals chatter on their porches, the smell of street food wafts through the warm air, and tuk-tuks bustle past. Geographically, this corner of the Caribbean Sea could hardly be further from Thailand, but the combination stirs nostalgic memories of my very first dive experience in Ko Tao.
The Dutch airline, KLM, is ignoring its legal obligations to stranded passengers and telling them that it is unable to book hotel rooms. The false assertion is contained in a letter handed to travellers at the airline’s main base, Amsterdam Schiphol, which claims that hotels do not allow KLM to make reservations. In fact KLM, like any airline, is perfectly capable of booking rooms for stranded travellers.
A chain of duty-free shops has started selling alcohol in sealed bags to prevent passengers drinking onboard following numerous high profile cases of travellers becoming violent on flights. World Duty Free, which operates 22 stores in airports across the UK, took the decision to seal all bottles regardless of size at the end of last year. Bags are strong enough that passengers would need to use scissors or a knife – items that are banned in hand luggage – to open them.
Skiing and snowboarding provides the perfect opportunity to appreciate the calm, cool and quiet of nature and be at one with the mountains. But it's also bloomin' invigorating and one of the best times to harness the power of song and belt out a tune at the top of your lungs while carving the bejesus out of a piste.
Last April I made a reservation for two nights in August at the Sekenani Camp in Kenya’s Maasai Mara through Hotels.com. The total cost for the five of us was $1,350 (£1,090) to be paid direct to the lodge on arrival. I received a confirmation email.
After a weekend of disruption for Eurostar travellers between London and Paris, passengers booked on trains today and tomorrow from the French capital have been told to travel only “if absolutely necessary”. Five trains between St Pancras International and Paris Nord have already been cancelled because of industrial action by French frontier officials. Long queues, delays and cancellations will be the order of the day.
You really can’t overstate the case for visiting Cape Town. First, there’s the in-your-face beauty of a craggy mountain range that drops precipitously into a glittering sea, its flanks carpeted in greens and delicate florals. Then there’s the pristine white beaches lapped by – it must be said – a chilly Atlantic, their curves defined by giant granite boulders to bake on, and burbling mountain streams in dappled forests. And no visit is complete without at least one full day exploring some of the surrounding vine-carpeted valleys, their rich terroir spawning not only award-winning wines but superb produce.
British Airways’ business-class club is about to get an upgrade of its own, benefiting from the airline’s £6.5bn pound investment programme. The “Club Suite” is a radical change to the airline’s dated “herringbone” arrangement, where passengers sit facing alternately forward and back. Club World is by far the most profitable cabin for British Airways.
1970: the Boeing 747 “Jumbo” enters service, with the first flight from New York JFK to Heathrow on Pan Am. While airlines including British Airways offered first class as well as economy, business passengers were thought likely to gravitate to Concorde, which BA started flying in 1976. 1977: British Airways introduces an “Executive” zone on Heathrow-New York 747 flights, comprising a curtained-off area at the front of the economy section for passengers paying full economy fares.
From the first days of the Gold Rush, to the hippie movement and then the startups of mass disruption today, San Francisco is the land of pioneers. There's something about that enigmatic fog and those endless panoramas of ocean and green hills, that keeps drawing dreamers and radicals. SF (never 'San Fran') is always changing the way the world thinks, be that about gay rights, the sharing economy, or a 'locavore' diet.
The Canadian Rockies have some of the most majestic and remote scenery anywhere in the world. I know, because I once spent two weeks hiking across them. But one thing you can’t do when you are walking is carry a boat with you. And if you want to get out and explore the beautiful meltwater lakes in the highest reaches of the mountains, that’s the kit you need. However, in British Columbia, I found that there is a way to do it – on a day-trip, by helicopter.
A reader named Penny contacted me via Twitter to ask if I could “Please review some hotels for families with three children, which won’t break the bank! Thanks.”
Every year on St Patrick's Day, the world becomes awash with green as millions commemorate the patron saint of Ireland. The colour has been associated with the country for centuries: it is believed St Patrick used a green shamrock as a symbol of the Holy Trinity when preaching about Christianity in the fifth century. This year marks the 10th anniversary of Tourism Ireland's Global Greening campaign - an initiative aimed at encouraging nations around the world to join the celebrations, while enticing tourists to visit the emerald island.
Something strange happened on the way to the pub: the sky burst into life. Walking down the unlit lane through the barely lit village on the edge of the inky North Sea, I was blindsided by the depth of the darkness and, with every passing second, by the intensifying brightness up above.
“Préparez-vous! Préparez-vous!” our captain shouts. Then “Allez! Allez! A droite!” Flippers on, masks down and snorkels up, we slide rapidly into the water from the rear of the boat. For a few seconds we can see nothing but bubbles. When they clear, we spot a huge whale shark swimming straight towards us – flat-headed with a yard-wide mouth. We paddle back to avoid him, but the enormous creature takes no notice. He glides past us – all 18 sleek feet of him. We turn and follow.