Hundreds of thousands of football fans who visited Russia for the World Cup have been handed a parting gift by Vladimir Putin: the freedom to return to the world’s biggest country without a visa, any time before the end of the year. Visiting supporters could avoid Russia’s complex and expensive visa requirements by obtaining a document called a Fan ID. It quotes President Putin as saying: “I think that we will provide visa-free entrance to Russia for foreign fans, who currently have Fan IDs, until the end of 2018.
There’s a lot to be said for the energising effects of a countryside escape – and here on Australia’s Mornington Peninsula, the potential for spirit-lifting is off the scale. It’s for magical moments like this that people are drawn to Mornington Peninsula, a particularly pretty region of rolling hills and sandy shores 90 minutes from Melbourne. There may be higher-profile wine regions Down Under, but here in the state of Victoria there are more wineries than anywhere else in the country.
Wandering through the Delhi mansion in which Mahatma Gandhi spent his final days, I can’t help but feel it’s slightly ironic that 2018 marks not just the 70th anniversary of his assassination (next year will mark the 150th anniversary of his birth) but the start of the #MeToo movement. What Gandhi, often referred to as the leader of the Indian independence movement, would have thought of it all remains a mystery. The bespectacled activist was regarded by many, both during his life and after his death, as a feminist, something backed up by a framed quote at Gandhi Smriti in which he urges women to fight back against aggressors: “God has given her nails and teeth.
Hundreds of Sunday trains across the north-west and west of England, plus South Wales, have been cancelled due to staff shortages. GWR and Northern Rail said that fewer train crews than usual had agreed to work on Sunday due to the World Cup final, the warm weather and the start of the school holidays in some regions. It recalled the now-infamous excuse – the “wrong kind of sun” – trotted out by London Underground in May 2016 when early-morning sunshine delayed services.
Almost no-one outside France and Croatia is entirely happy with the way the 2018 World Cup has unfolded. In the spirit of Jules Verne rather than Jules Rimet, I give you the Travel World Cup, with nations pitched against one another solely on the relative merits of their tourist attractions.
Uninsured travellers can expect to pay up to 12 times more for a foreign hospital bed compared with a luxury hotel, according to new research. A study conducted by finder.com, the price comparison site, investigated how much holidaymakers would have to spend if they needed to stay overnight in a hospital whilst abroad, compared with the average cost of a room in a five-star hotel. This is a whopping 511 per cent higher than the average price of a UK hospital bed for overseas visitors of £423.
India’s tourism ministry has launched a campaign to reassure women that they are safe in the country after a poll of experts ranked the nation as the most dangerous country in the world for women. In a survey conducted by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, 548 experts in women’s issues ranked India as the most dangerous country in the world for women, ahead of Afghanistan, Syria, Somalia and Saudi Arabia, due to the perceived high risk of sexual violence and slave labour faced by women. Respondents were asked which of the 193 UN member states they thought were worst in six categories, including human trafficking, healthcare, cultural practices and sexual and non-sexual violence.
Bastille Day, the French national holiday to commemorate the storming of the Bastille in 1789 and the revolution that followed takes place tomorrow. The French capital will celebrate with the Eiffel Tower becoming the focus of a breathtaking sound and light show and a military parade on the Champs-Élysées. Here are 10 things to do in Paris beyond the Louvre.
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