An increasing number of travellers are opting to go it alone, according to an annual travel report published by Abta in October last year. The survey revealed that more than one in six people now holiday solo – up from 12 per cent in 2017 and up by almost one third since 2011.
Prince Rupert on the Inside Passage, 40 miles (64km) south of the Alaskan border, is of growing appeal to cruise passengers, thanks to the charm of the small town, upgraded cruise port facilities and a beautiful position overlooking an archipelago of islands and fjord-cut coastline. The town is also one of North America’s premier wildlife and whale-watching destinations.
If budgeting, eschewing alcohol and a stuffy Instagram feed of people’s ‘veganuary’ diets (yawn) have already bored you stiff, have a look at these outrageously fun activities for really making the most of 2019. From chartering spitfires to splurging on champagne parties, take a look at some of the most luxurious pop-ups and experiences in London hotels. You’re welcome.
It's just before Christmas, near the end of my first ski day of the new winter season in December. Sipping a glass of fizz, while soothing slightly aching thighs in our chalet's outdoor hot tub is high on my agenda.
Vlogger and doula Na'Kesha Danyel Smith was harassed for 30 minutes by a fellow passenger who told her to "sit down" while waiting for her Southwest flight. The airline has apologised for the passenger's behavior.
For more than 200 years, on or around January 25, people have celebrated the life of Robert Burns – regarded as Scotland's national poet, and a pioneer of British Romanticism.
Extreme weather in the Alps continues to make headlines as the massive snow storms that have been battering parts of Austria for the past week move westward into Switzerland. In the past 24 hours the avalanche risk in large parts of north and eastern Switzerland has been set at the highest level and the number of fatalities continues to rise.
Running out of a spa in tears is not the standard response, granted, but I’m willing to bet that I’m not the only person to have found a pampering session overwhelming. Several months after my partner died, and with a soon-to-expire beauty voucher bought by friends for a birthday I couldn’t bring myself to celebrate, I booked into a hotel spa that promised rejuvenation, revitalisation and restoration. I would leave, said its menu, with silken skin, polished nails and the glowing visage of youth. In fact, I would leave with tears washing away the just-applied cleanser and the towelling hairband still on my head.
Florida’s new tourism supremo has vowed to take full advantage of a massive $2.5billion initiative to attack the causes of the “red tide” that blighted major parts of the Sunshine State’s coast in 2018, and implement a new focus on the environment under her leadership.
It’s easy to lose track of time snorkelling along the Great Barrier Reef. Like a Where’s Wally? cartoon, it demands you take your time because the longer you look the more you will see. What appears at first as a static blanket of colourful coral suddenly reveals itself to hide an array of life – white and orange clownfish snuggling through the tentacles of venomous sea anemone, the purple lips of giant clams protruding from a shell, or the stationary rock that magically morphs into a hawksbill turtle before your eyes.
The UK domestic cruise market is booming and no wonder as the British Isles have manifest attractions. Consider the sheer diversity: Scotland alone boasts over 10 per cent of Europe’s coastline and over 800 islands.
The world's most sustainable and progressive travel organisations have been revealed by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), which today announced the finalists in the 2019 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards.
Few television series have had such a profound impact on tourism as HBO’s fantasy epic Game of Thrones.
Is there anywhere else in the UK where a skateboarding Jack Russell or an over-rouged octogenarian in tatty black Edwardian clothes would seem just a part of ordinary everyday life? In Brighton, the annual naked bike ride raises a cheer rather than a jeer, and nobody gives a fig when the bearded young man in fishnets and tartan mini flashes a cheeky twirl. Brighton has colour and character in droves, and it’s hard not to be wooed by its inclusive impulsive vibe.
“Stop,” says my wife. “A roadblock.” Our little rental car draws to a halt as five tiny lapwing chicks emerge from a tussock and, one-by-one, totter across the tarmac after their mother. Their father swoops overhead, his shrill peeee-wit! proclaiming that wildlife has right of way up here.
The former model and racing driver turned pub landlady seizes the opportunity to recharge anywhere she can put the brakes on, from the mountains of Nepal to the Surrey countryside.
You’ll certainly keep fit if you do a few lengths of the lap pool each day at Silversands Grenada. Stretching 330ft (100m) end to end, it is the longest in the Caribbean, or so the hotel claims – and who keeps a record of such things?
An insider's guide to the most romantic hotels in Europe, including the best for cosy fires, rooftop restaurants, dramatic views, intimate bars, elegant bedrooms and vintage design, in locations including Rome, Venice, Paris, Barcelona, Dubrovnik, Florence and Madrid.
I was less than a mile from the finish line when I saw it: a grizzly-looking Cape buffalo just a couple of yards off the dirt track I was running along. Africa’s most unpredictable predator flared its nostrils, slowly shifting its weight from one leg to the other – all 1,500lb of it. I glanced back to see if any other runners had seen it, only to find that everyone had their heads down.
Haines is widely considered the most beautiful of the Alaskan cruise ports, a tiny place ringed by mountains, glaciers and forest, and with a position near the mouth of the Lynn Canal, the state’s longest fjord. Fewer ships visit than nearby Skagway, which means fewer crowds and more genuine small-town charm. Like Skagway, Haines offers plenty of flightseeing, wildlife, activity and other excursion options.
There’s much to be said for holiday experiences featuring more unusual forms of weather, be it stunning storms, torrential rains, fierce winds, extreme temperatures, fog and mist, sudden contrasts, cloud cover or other quirks of climate. We’d like to hear your stories about trips with meteorological magic. The reader who sends in the best entry wins a £500 voucher.
Fancy combining cocktails and dancing with 360-degree ocean views? Many taster cruises allow you to do just that before stopping off in a city that’s primed for a party. Whether you have a big occasion to celebrate – from a 50th birthday to a hen do – or simply fancy a weekend away from reality, there’s a mini cruise from the UK or Ireland to suit your needs.
As the 2018/19 ski season gets into full swing with it comes a reminder of the dangers associated with adventures in the mountains. For the past week resorts across Austria have been victim to extremely heavy snow storms, causing the avalanche risk to be pushed to the highest rating. This weekend three German skiers were killed while skiing off piste in the resort of Lech.