• The top 25 emerging travel destinations, from Kaliningrad to Ipswich
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    The top 25 emerging travel destinations, from Kaliningrad to Ipswich

    The top emerging destinations for 2020 have been revealed in the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards.“Emerging” destinations were defined as up-and-coming places with a year-on-year increase in positive TripAdvisor review ratings, which had also seen an increase in “saves” in travellers’ trips.

  • Mother and daughter accused of starting ‘full-on fight’ on easyJet flight
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    Mother and daughter accused of starting ‘full-on fight’ on easyJet flight

    A mother and daughter allegedly started a “full on fight” on a flight after verbally abusing cabin crew and even taking a swing at a flight attendant.Karin Parkes, 56, and daughter Carrie, 36, are currently on trial at Manchester Magistrates Court having been accused of sparking a drunken “riot” onboard easyJet flight EZ1905 from Manchester to Agadir in Morocco on 19 January 2019.

  • 'Sometimes I have to pinch myself' – Fiona Duncan reflects on 20 years as a Telegraph hotel critic
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    'Sometimes I have to pinch myself' – Fiona Duncan reflects on 20 years as a Telegraph hotel critic

    Twenty years ago I wrote my first ever newspaper article and bravely faxed it (faxed!) to the Travel Desk at the Telegraph. It was about accommodation in Venice and since I had already written a book on the subject, they kindly published it. Things went from there, and suddenly, after many years of being a publisher, then a guide book writer, I was a journalist. Regularly I have to pinch myself in order to quite believe the jammy life that I have somehow fallen into (though I promise you, it does entail hard work too). I’ve had the most wonderful two decades, thanks to the Telegraph, travelling the world but also, as their UK hotel critic, getting to know and love my own country. There have been lows, of course, as well as highs. For many years my column was weekly, and I would make forays from London to review several hotels in, say, Scotland, Wales or the West Country, scooting each day from one to the next. On one occasion, when I had just started using Sat Nav instead of a map, I found myself at Hardknott Pass in the Lakes. It was getting dark and the long way round would have entailed a four-hour drive, so I recklessly ignored the sign that said “closed due to bad weather” and drove it anyway. Somehow I survived, but I didn’t deserve to.

  • The hottest new European hotels opening in summer 2020
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    The hottest new European hotels opening in summer 2020

    It’s that time of year; days are starting to lighten, we’re no longer swathed in blankets each night and we’re frantically looking to book our next holiday.There's slew of new hotels opening in Europe this summer, so the hardest thing to do is decide where to go.

  • Take a look inside Virgin Voyages’ first cruise ship
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    Take a look inside Virgin Voyages’ first cruise ship

    Sir Richard Branson has today unveiled his first-ever Virgin Voyages cruise ship in Dover.Scarlet Lady is the first of four luxury fleet from Virgin Voyages, which aim to ‘redefine the cruise industry by bringing the luxe of a boutique hotel to the seas’.

  • Bakerloo line strike starts today amid weekend engineering works
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    Bakerloo line strike starts today amid weekend engineering works

    A strike on London Underground’s Bakerloo line starts today.Bakerloo line drivers who are members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union will walk out from noon on Friday 21 February for 24 hours, and again from noon on Sunday 23 February.

  • What are your favourite restaurants in Europe? We want to know
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    What are your favourite restaurants in Europe? We want to know

    On Thursday morning, the first travel question came in at 6.03am. It concerned passport validity, and the misapprehension that you currently need six months before expiry (the passport’s, not yours) for a trip to the European Union. Repeat after me: “A British passport is valid for travel anywhere in the EU at least until the date of expiry or 1 January 2021, whichever comes first; from next year it gets more complicated.”The next, at 6.16am, was the first of many about the coronavirus known as Covid-19, and the safety of travel to Thailand. “Compared with all the other risks on your forthcoming trip, the chances of being anywhere near someone with this unpleasant virus are vanishingly low,” I wrote back. “And the likelihood of picking it up is drastically reduced if you simply keep washing your hands thoroughly and avoid people who look unwell. I urge you to go ahead with what sounds a great adventure.”

  • Rio de Janeiro city guide: Where to eat, drink, shop and stay in Brazil’s hottest city
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    Rio de Janeiro city guide: Where to eat, drink, shop and stay in Brazil’s hottest city

    Its Carnival (21-26 February) and New Year’s Eve celebrations may be legendary, but Rio’s allure goes way beyond these signature events.This is a city generously blessed by geography and climate, with miles of beachfront, forested mountains and more than its fair share of global icons: from Sugarloaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer to the great, sandy sweep of Copacabana. This physical diversity is echoed in a diverse population of indigenous, European, Asian and African descent. The result is a city with year-round appeal and a Carioca culture that’s all its own.

  • 10 best things to do in Rio de Janeiro
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    10 best things to do in Rio de Janeiro

    Slip into your sequins: the Carnival of Brazil, the world’s biggest party, is descending on the streets of Rio de Janeiro from 21-26 February.It’s a great time to visit, although the “Marvellous City” is one big party every night of the week – whenever you choose to go.

  • Air Canada jet loses wheel on take-off
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    Air Canada jet loses wheel on take-off

    A wheel fell off an Air Canada plane shortly after taking off from New York.The Air Canada Airbus A319 jet, carrying 120 passengers and five crew members, was en route from New York LaGuardia to Toronto Pearson International Airport on 18 February.

  • ‘I’ll slap you around’: Angry passengers square up to each other and shout abuse on Ryanair flight
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    ‘I’ll slap you around’: Angry passengers square up to each other and shout abuse on Ryanair flight

    A passenger onboard a Ryanair flight shouted “I’ll slap you around” as several travellers squared up to each other midway through the three-hour journey.A fellow passenger called the London-Malaga service the “longest flight of my life” after several passengers allegedly got drunk and started shouting abuse at cabin crew.

  • Insider's guide to Halifax: what to do and where to stay
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    Insider's guide to Halifax: what to do and where to stay

    In the heart of West Yorkshire, this charming market town is worth a visit.

  • Man tries to open plane door on runway moments before take-off
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    Man tries to open plane door on runway moments before take-off

    A flight was forced to abort take-off after a passenger reportedly tried to open the aircraft door to let his friends onboard while it was taxiing on the runway.The IndiGo flight from Delhi, India to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia was due to depart at 8.10pm on 18 February, but was delayed by three hours by the incident.

  • Britons warned of ‘radiation spikes’ in Moscow
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    Britons warned of ‘radiation spikes’ in Moscow

    British visitors to Russia are being warned of “radiation spikes” detected on the southern outskirts of Moscow – close to one of the city’s busiest airports.Reports in local media say the emissions are from a disused metals factory at 49 Kashirskoye Shosse in the suburb of Domodedovo.

  • Hawaiian Airlines most on-time US carrier, although delays rise overall
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    Hawaiian Airlines most on-time US carrier, although delays rise overall

    The most on-time US airlines of 2019 have been revealed, although passengers suffered more delays last year than the year prior.Hawaiian Airlines came top, with 87.7 per cent of the carrier’s flights on time last year, according to official data from the US Department of Transportation (DoT).

  • What happened when Kay Burley dragged her beach-loving friend to Lapland's frozen wilderness
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    What happened when Kay Burley dragged her beach-loving friend to Lapland's frozen wilderness

    Kay Burley takes a sun-loving friend thousands of miles out of her comfort zone to Finnish Lapland, and their winter’s tale has a surprising twist

  • Turkey to abolish visas for UK visitors from next month
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    Turkey to abolish visas for UK visitors from next month

    One of the most popular countries for British holidaymakers will abolish its current visa rules for UK tourists from next month.At present, British travellers must apply online for a permit to travel, which costs US$35 (£27).

  • France strikes: Dozens of flights cancelled by air-traffic control walkout
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    France strikes: Dozens of flights cancelled by air-traffic control walkout

    Thousands of travellers heading to, from and within France face another day of disruption because of a nationwide strike.For the past 11 weeks, workers have been protesting against President Macron’s proposed pension reforms. The transport sector is usually particularly badly hit.

  • Air-traffic control strikes to disrupt flights in France
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    Air-traffic control strikes to disrupt flights in France

    Another series of strikes affecting travellers is getting underway in France.Workers are continuing the protests against President Macron’s proposed pension reforms that began on 5 December 2019.

  • London St Pancras crowned best train station in Europe
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    London St Pancras crowned best train station in Europe

    London St Pancras has been named Europe’s best train station in a new ranking.The European Railway Station Index, compiled by the Consumer Choice Centre (CCC), scored Europe’s 50 largest railway stations out of a possible 139 points, across criteria including accessibility for wheelchair users, cleanliness, signage, platforms and range of destinations served.

  • Houston guide: Where to eat, drink, shop and stay in Space City
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    Houston guide: Where to eat, drink, shop and stay in Space City

    Houston, we have a problem. Or rather, we did have a problem. For years, outsiders dismissed the oil-rich Texas city as nothing more than a sprawling jumble of asphalt freeways, neat suburban homes and bland corporate HQs that only David Brent would get excited about. In recent years, however, the Bayou City has unbuttoned its shirt, polished its boots and started to have fun.The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landings in 2019 brought a palpable buzz to the city. But Nasa’s Johnson Space Centre, which acted as command-post for 1969’s epochal Eagle-has-landed mission, isn’t Houston’s only claim to fame. It’s also, lest we forget, the city that gave us HRH Beyoncé (in Downtown Queen Bey’s lyrics adorn banners in the streets). And aside from that, the city has plenty of cultural charms to sample. Here are some of the best.

  • 'If you hide the wine, they will find it' : Lessons from 20 years as a ski chalet host
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    'If you hide the wine, they will find it' : Lessons from 20 years as a ski chalet host

    Catherine “Breezy” Breese stepped away from the chilli she was stirring at the hob to face me and folded her arms across her chest to think. “Well, I make six cakes for afternoon tea each week, and there are 16 weeks in a ski season. I’ve worked 20 seasons here so…” I tapped the numbers into the calculator on my phone – 6x16x20. “It’s 1,920. Thats a lot of cake.” This winter marks the 20th consecutive season Yorkshire-born, former PE teacher Breezy and her partner Al have hosted guests in their 10-person, four-bedroom ski chalet in Chamonix, France, cooking them breakfast, dinner and afternoon tea six days a week, with one day off. Breezy, who turns 50 this year, first skied aged 16 with her family. She caught the bug and became a chalet host aged 23 with the now defunct Ski Bound. After a first season in Les Deux Alpes in 1992 she was moved to Chamonix, eventually becoming her own boss by starting Ski Breezy in 2000 from a brand new rented chalet where they’re still based. It was the unpretentiousness of the resort and the opportunities for ski touring away from the pistes that grounded Breezy in Chamonix. She also met Al in here; they got together in 1994. Previously an outdoors instructor, he helped out in the chalet at first, then joined the company full time in 2006. He takes care of the accounts and manages the website, while Breezy does the cooking and manages bookings.

  • ‘The hits just kept on coming’: Woman at centre of seat recline debate speaks out
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    ‘The hits just kept on coming’: Woman at centre of seat recline debate speaks out

    Wendi Williams, the passenger at the centre of the reclined plane seat debate, spoke about her experience yesterday.Ms Williams, who filmed a male passenger sitting behind her on a recent flight repeatedly “punching” the back of her seat, appeared on Fox News.

  • ‘Pathetic excuse for a meal’: Woman disappointed by £8.50 toasted sandwich at Heathrow Airport
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    ‘Pathetic excuse for a meal’: Woman disappointed by £8.50 toasted sandwich at Heathrow Airport

    Inflight meals often come under fire for being a let-down, but the food at the airport should surely be streets ahead?Not according to one disgruntled traveller, who called a ham and cheese toastie purchased before a flight a “pathetic excuse for a meal”.

  • 9 amazing places to stay in Sri Lanka's Hill Country, from traditional tea bungalows to hilltop hotels
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    9 amazing places to stay in Sri Lanka's Hill Country, from traditional tea bungalows to hilltop hotels

    Roads wriggle up from the coast into the higher reaches of Sri Lanka’s Hill Country, an emerald tapestry of cloud forest, farmland, rolling hills, waterfalls and high-altitude grasslands criss-crossed by one of the world’s most scenic stretches of railway. Our favourite hotels in the hills include luxuriously converted British colonial-era tea planters’ bungalows in Dickoya, Haputale, Nuwara Eliya, Ella, Kandy and Bandarawela, which stand out for their dramatic views, expansive gardens, ease of wandering estate trails, and superb old world hospitality. Here's our guide to the best bungalow hotels in Sri Lanka's Hill Country.