As Sri Lanka suffers another wave of terror attacks, the Foreign Office has issued emergency phone numbers for the thousands of British tourists on the island, as well as families in the UK concerned about their welfare. The latest travel advice says: "If you are in Sri Lanka and you are safe, we advise that you contact family and friends to let them know that you are safe. "If you are in Sri Lanka and have been directly affected by the attacks, please call the main number for the Embassy in Colombo: +94 11 5390639, follow the phone message, and select the emergency option from where you will be connected to one of our consular staff.
Despite having been banned by Transport for London (TfL) more than a decade ago, it seems that many people are unaware that drinking alcohol on public transport in the capital is not allowed. "I have never seen a sign saying you can't drink on the London Overground! I didn't know you couldn't," Labour MP Alex Sobel recently tweeted. While consumption of alcohol is banned on the Tube and on buses in London, are the same rules upheld across the rest of the nation?
On Friday, shadow home secretary Diane Abbott apologised after a photograph of her drinking a can of mojito on the London Overground was published online. The Labour MP tweeted that she was "sincerely sorry" to have been pictured drinking the Marks and Spencer beverage on the Transport for London (TfL) network. Following the news of Ms Abbott's misdemeanour, several people remarked that they were previously unaware drinking alcohol on public transport in the capital is illegal.
My shoulders were bruised, my thighs screaming. I had sunburn, nettle stings, wind-wild hair, a sweat moustache and pungent armpits. But I had never been happier.
Rail travellers once again bore the brunt of Easter travel disruption, with protracted and messy journeys for some and severe overcrowding for others. London Euston station is closed for the whole bank holiday weekend because of work connected with the HS2 high-speed project. As a result, the usual Virgin Trains timetable on the West Coast Main Line was torn up.
Female cabin crew at a popular airline are being forced to wear heels unless they have a doctor’s note. Women who work as flight attendants for Norwegian Air are not allowed to wear flat shoes on the plane unless they have a medical letter. The company’s 22-page dress code document – which states that heels must be at least 2cm high – has come under fire.
Four teenage climate-change protesters at Heathrow were warned by police that they must leave the entrance area to the airport tunnel or face arrest. Footage taken by The Independent captured the moments when Metropolitan Police officers confronted protesters from Extinction Rebellion Youth with a stark choice. As the four, aged between 13 and 17, sang an unusual rendition of “Power to the people,” chief inspector Jack May-Robinson, a senior Metropolitan Police officer, warned them of imminent arrest.
Adventure beckons in the Amazonian rainforest. From zip lining above the forest canopy to jungle trekking, canoeing and fishing for piranhas, exhilarating excursions await during an Amazon River cruise. Here are six to consider.
From London icons such as Parliament Square and Oxford Circus, the Extinction Rebellion climate-change protest has now moved to the entrance to the tunnel the northern runway at Heathrow. Four teenage protesters, holding a banner reading “Are we the last generation,” are surrounded by around 40 police – drafted in from as far away as Wales to deal with planned disruption at Europe’s busiest airport.
When you sail into ports that have inspired some of the world’s greatest authors, it can feel as if you are entering the pages of their books. From Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and James Joyce to Agatha Christie and J K Rowling, there’s always a thrill in gathering your own stories while exploring their fascinating literary haunts from a cruise.
On Wednesday, shortly after Jet Airways announced it was suspending all flights, Ayshea Stacey set me a challenge. Shay Stacey is one of hundreds of thousands of passengers stranded by the slow-motion shutdown of the Indian carrier. For the past few weeks Jet Airways has cancelled thousands of flights at short notice, vowing to grounded travellers that they would be assigned a replacement departure or be sent a full refund “in seven to 10 working days”.
Forget the Caribbean – why not escape to one of these breathtaking sandy spots, right on your doorstep in the UK?
Extinction Rebellion climate change protesters are planning to shut down Heathrow airport on Friday as millions prepare to travel for Easter weekend. Messages sent via a Whatsapp group inform members the movement will be turning its attention to the aviation industry next, following five days of disruption in the capital. It goes on: “Many of you have expressed a desire to disrupt Heathrow – and so we wanted to share this action with you.
The end of the European ski season is nigh, with many resorts closing their winter operations after Easter. However for skiers and snowboarders in Serbia there’s no need to pack away their equipment, as the country’s largest resort, Kopaonik, has a new artificial ski slope that will remain open throughout the summer months.
Striking and original décor is a winning aspect of many hotels in Seville, whether it's a patio with avant-garde furniture by top European designers, a room with beautiful hand-crafted, made-to-measure bed, or quirky one-off artworks which make your stay unique and memorable. In these hotels you’ll find each room has a different layout and décor, designed with the guest in mind, with stand-out features like hand-painted murals and antique furniture collected by the owners - a mix of contemporary comforts and period delights.
When it comes to accommodation, Tokyo delivers everything from ultra-luxury to traditional inns, arty hangouts and places where the front desk is staffed by robotic dinosaurs. Japan’s pricey capital even has budget options. Occupying the top floors of a skyscraper in the Otemachi business district – not far from Tokyo Station – the Aman Tokyo could fall into many “best” categories.
Boston is a bright, bustling modern city, but one steeped in significant history. It might not be the United States' or even Massachusetts’ oldest colony – it was settled by the British in 1630 – but it certainly proved significant in igniting the War of Independence in 1775, which ousted British rule, allowing the formation of the United States of America one year later.
Etihad will operate the second ever plastic-free flight this weekend when one of its Dreamliner aircraft makes the 13-and-a-half-hour trip from Abu Dhabi to Brisbane to raise awareness around one of the greatest environmental issues of a generation. The plane will land in Australia in time for Earth Day.
I know, a stately home on a bank holiday, you must think I've lost my mind. But in my humble opinion there’s never NOT a good time to visit Beaulieu and surrounding area. Give or take the odd traffic bottleneck (add ten minutes to every sat nav estimate), the national park and its ponies, picturesque beaches and chocolate box villages seem to absorb crowds.
Why, asks Carol L, do all the flights this summer to the Canary Islands or Greece either leave the UK or arrive back at antisocial times? “I was looking for a holiday in September 2019 in the Canaries or Halkidiki,” she says. “All the return flight times seem to be landing in the UK after midnight.
Spring has well and truly sprung. So pack up the car, round up the family and choose from these gloriously British self-catering staycations
When it comes to travelling, there’s nothing quite like finding like-minded people to share your experiences with. So having people of a similar age can make all the difference between an enjoyable experience and a holiday you’ll want to forget. Luckily there are a whole host of tour operators that cater specifically for the over-50s – whether you’re after adventure or a dose of culture. From gentle cycling through French vineyards to luxury train journeys through Persia, here are 10 of the best holidays for the more mature traveller.
It’s been a parade ground for the Prussians and a wartime factory for the Luftwaffe, yet for many, Berlin’s Tempelhof airport remains a symbol of freedom. Just three years after the fall of the Third Reich, the Nazi-built airport became the focal point of the first major clash of the Cold War, prompting the Berlin Airlift – the largest and most daring humanitarian relief operation in history. Today, Tempelhof is one of Europe’s largest listed buildings.
The long, blue train pulled out of the station at Delhi, left behind the shacks and camps beneath the bridges and along the sidings, and carved its way through neatly ordered green fields, guarded by scarecrows and cattle egrets.