The 1980s advertising campaign for Campari boosted sales of the aperitif, but it did Luton airport no favours. The Bedfordshire airport’s dismal image was lifted a decade later, when, thanks to easyJet, Luton became the British budget traveller’s window on Europe. It remains the airline’s headquarters, even though Gatwick now handles far more easyJet passengers.
Sin City is one of those rare destinations that’s wonderful if you have a lot of money to spend, and just as fun if you don’t. Sure, you’ll need cash if you want to play poker at the high-stakes table or sip cocktails by the hotel pool. But the spectacular attractions from the Bellagio’s famous fountain show to the erupting volcano at the Mirage and the neon-lit downtown promenade of the Fremont Street Experience? These unforgettable experiences don’t cost a thing.
Staying safe when skiing or snowboarding in the mountains is crucial – an important part of that is being aware of the risk of avalanche where you are, being prepared when heading off piste, and knowing what to do should an avalanche happen.
My journey into Ladakh took two days on a decrepit green-and-chrome bus that honked and gasped its way over death-defying passes. At one point I spied, high above, the tiny hermitage where monks meditate in isolation for up to three years.
It feels eons ago that passengers were subjected to the free-for-all lottery of unallocated seating on planes. Granted, it was an anxiety-inducing chaos, but at least you knew where you stood (if not where you sat).
With barely two weeks until we bid farewell to 2018, it feels an opportune time to look at the countries that thrust themselves onto travel radars over the last 12 months – and those that slipped from the spotlight.
Flying with just a cabin bag is the future of air travel, whether you like it or not - with many airlines, and increasingly not just budget and short-haul carriers, levying hefty charges for checked luggage. If you’ve yet to embrace the art of the capsule wardrobe, expertly packed with the assistance of a YouTube tutorial, the time is now: your 2019 city breaks (and longer trips) will be revolutionised by stepping off the plane and bypassing the dreaded luggage belt, trust us. Here are eight of our favourite cases for the job, that fit the size restrictions of all major UK airlines (though note that if flying Ryanair you will now need to pay extra to carry on any of these).
The pound edged near to parity with the dollar at some UK airports this week, meaning tourists buying currency would only get just over $1 for every £1. Travellers flying from Heathrow were being given exchange rates as low as £1-$1.05, with some outlets also offering just €0.92 to the pound, reported the BBC.
With its curvaceous yellow and green slopes rising from an electric blue sea, Columbus’s ‘fat’ virgin is the British Virgin Islands' second island, a gentle, laid back islet of just a few hundred people. Virgin Gorda has luxury hotels, excellent sailing, waterborne action and some of the Caribbean’s finest beaches.
A series of strikes and closures will affect the London transport network this Christmas. Which tube lines will be affected by industrial action this Christmas? Tube strikes have been confirmed on both the Central line and Bakerloo lines this Christmas.
Comprising nearly one thousand islands, mile for mile Britain could well offer the most varied coastline on Earth. Candy-coloured beach towns, spectacular pleasure piers and headland-guarding castles quickly give way to towering cliffs and rock stacks wheeling with some of the world’s most important sea bird populations and stretches of beach as under-rated and undiscovered as they are idyllic.
Sailing along the Rhône River through pretty Provence showcases a slice of southern France overflowing with rich history that is as full-bodied as the wines it famously produces.
There’s no hiding from the fact that flying to Australia takes a long time – even with the new direct routes to Perth. It’s such a huge effort that just the thought of booking can be daunting. With that in mind, our resident consumer expert has put together a guide to help you navigate this sometimes tricky process.
In the centre, Plaza de Uncibay and Plaza de la Merced are lively nightlife areas with clubs open until around 4am. There are plenty of cafés and bars in the centre for after-dinner drinks, particularly around Granada, Comedias and Alcazabilla streets.
British travellers will have to pay €7 to visit the EU after Brexit, the European Commission has confirmed. From 2021, UK citizens will have to pay the fee every three years to pre-register for an electronic visa waiver, a system similar to the Esta scheme used by the US. Predictions British tourists would have to pay to visit the EU after Brexit were previously dismissed as scaremongering by Leave campaigners.
Earlier this year it was reported that an apartment in Centre Point had probably become, at £5 million, the most expensive student flat in the world. A snip, however, compared to the penthouse at the top which was on the market for £55 million.
An insider's guide to the most romantic hotels in Seville, including the best for rooftop pools and terraces, traditional Andalusian interiors, impressive architecture and stylish bedrooms, in locations including Seville's old town, the Macarena district, Barrio Santa Cruz and the Alfalfa district.
A neighbourhood guide to the best areas to stay in Berlin, as chosen by our resident expert, including the hippest hotels in Mitte, Prenzlauer Berg, Kreuzberg, Friedrichshain and Charlottenburg/West Berlin.
What could be more appealing than the epicurean informality of an inn or restaurant with rooms? These wonderfully relaxed establishments combine an emphasis on great ingredients from the area with local charm and stylish panache. There’s an insider feel that you don’t get at a more formal hotel, and there’s a foodie enthusiasm that wouldn’t be exuded quite as joyfully at a larger enterprise.
When you start to look like your passport photograph, the saying goes, it’s probably time to come home. The passport official at the Russian capital’s Domededovo airport scrutinised my face as though checking for defects on a cauliflower in a greengrocery. When eventually she was satisfied with the resemblance, I imagined the passport would be handed back, perhaps with the added bonus of a smile.
The statue of a young girl squaring off against the Charging Bull of Wall Street has been moved to a new home opposite the New York Stock Exchange.
Ketchikan’s position near the US–Canadian border makes it a common first or last port of call in Alaska for most Alaskan cruises. On its own it’s not compelling, save for shopping and a fine Native heritage centre, but it provides a base for adventure excursions and trips to the magnificent scenery of Misty Fjords National Monument, 30 minutes’ flying time to the south.
If you’re suffering from the mid-winter blues, you might want to reconsider your holiday plans for 2019 and make a beeline for the happiest place in the world: Tokyo Disneyland. The “Most Magical Place on Earth” was named the “happiest geo-tagged place in the world” by Instagram in its 2018 year in review, based on the number of smiley face emojis used in image captions. The park also encompasses Tokyo DisneySea, which includes seven themed ports inspired by ocean tales and legends.