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Minty mojitos, indigo seas, sparkling waterfalls, aromatic cigars, and bubblegum pink classic cars... the Caribbean island of Cuba has opened its beaches, B&Bs;, hotels, nature reserves and city sights to international tourists this week after six months of lockdown.
Train travel in Scotland could become a little more dour in the coming weeks. Scotrail, the national rail operator, is considering introducing a ban on alcohol consumption on all its trains. The potential move comes as coronavirus rules in Scotland become increasingly strict, and the First Minister announced that more stringent travel rules “need to be considered.” Licenced premises have recently been forced to reduce their opening hours and are now barred from selling alcohol indoors; stricter rules are in place in different areas. Unfortunately this has given rise to people travelling via train to visit pubs in less tightly regulated areas in Scotland, or even south of the border in England. One train conductor recently told the Edinburgh Evening News that weekend nights “have not calmed down”, despite the new rules, with people from Glasgow and Edinburgh travelling to pubs in Fife. Though the alcohol ban may prove unpopular with fans of a wine or gin and tonic on their train journey, it would be reportedly welcomed by railway staff who, trade union bosses say, often have to deal with anti-social behaviour. “There has always been a concern with anti-social behaviour and assaults on staff, it is an ongoing issue,” said Mick Hogg, regional organiser for the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers. “We certainly encourage our people to use the body cameras available in order to send a signal to people, and to report anti-social behaviour to the British Transport Police if it is serious.” Furthermore, while Covid-19 has acted as a catalyst for the move, an alcohol ban has been “something we’ve [the RMT) been advocating for a number of years” – a potential sign any ban could be permanent. Unruly passengers who’ve imbibed too much are refusing to wear masks or adhere to social distancing guidelines, added Hogg. On the other hand, any alcohol ban would be difficult for Scotrail employees to actually enforce on board – much in the same way that mask wearing has proved difficult for air stewards to enforce. “We can only advise people they should not be drinking and if that fails it is a matter for the BTP,” said Hogg. “We certainly welcome a ban but it really begs the question – who is going to police it?” Scotrail has said that an alcohol ban “is something they are looking into” but no further details have been released.
Ranulph Fiennes attempted the North Pole with frostbite. Bear Grylls battled icebergs and gale-force winds on an expedition across the north Atlantic. Now we are going where no explorer has yet dared to venture: South Kensington with a six-year-old.
The 120-metre long statue of the famous lizard takes the form of Shin Godzilla from the 2016 film of the same name.
UK cities plan Covid-safe festivities as Christmas markets are cancelledMany seasonal events have been axed, but light displays and trails will go ahead illuminating cityscapes, stately homes and gardens * Coronavirus – latest updates * See all our coronavirus coverage
Passengers flying from Heathrow to Hong Kong and Italy now have the option of paying for a pre check-in rapid Covid-19 test.
A British couple have spoken about their experience boarding the first international cruise to call at a UK port since lockdown.
"This has been done to us, not with us." Cardiff restaurateur Phill Lewis is talking, as many across Wales’ hospitality industries have been since First Minister Mark Drakeford announced Monday morning that the country would enter a ‘firebreaker’ lockdown from Friday October 23, about what chance affected businesses now have to survive. And the outlook, as Phill sees it, is disastrous.
The quarantine restrictions for Britons returning to the UK could be reduced to one week, as pressure mounts on the Government to unveil a testing regime to unlock international travel.
October in Britain is marked by misty mornings and falling leaves, but here in the Maltese archipelago it still feels very much like summer. The sun’s beating down on a blue-sky day, the temperature is in the mid-twenties and there’s a refreshing breeze blowing in off the sea. But most captivating of all right now is the water: all dazzling cobalt with patches of sapphire that lend this place its name, Blue Lagoon.
SIA will return to New York on 9 November, when it launches non-stop flights between Singapore and JFK Airport.
On the surface of things, it is business as usual in Hay-on-Wye of literary festival fame. Yet there is undeniably dejection in the air. A weary, worrisome sense of déjà vu.
White-sand beaches and surf breaks, chic eateries and hearty steakhouses, chilled craft beer and smoky tannat wine, ruddy gauchos and tanned beauties... it’s no accident that Uruguay’s Atlantic coast has evolved from Argentine summer bolthole to global glam hotspot in recent years. Martin Amis says the happiest years of his life were spent as an expat in this small, peaceful Latin American buffer state. Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Zuckerberg have both taken holidays at luxurious Estancia Vik. From Buenos Aires, soap stars, fashion models, celeb chefs, rock stars and footballers hop over the River Plate every December to see and be seen – but don’t let that put you off.
The Government’s new local lockdown system in England poses many questions for Britons hoping for a half-term holiday. Those looking for a staycation will not only have to monitor advice that is regularly changing but they will also have to consider that many parts of the UK now have different rules and restrictions, with Wales, for example, under a 'fire break' national lockdown from Friday. Where is it safe to travel to in the UK? How do you claim a refund for your half-term holiday? And are you allowed to spend time in an area that is in a different lockdown tier to your own? The Telegraph’s chief consumer and culture editor, Nick Trend, is on hand to answer all of your questions. Read on to find Nick’s answers to your questions below. How to ask a question Simply leave a question in the comments section at the bottom of this article or send an email to email@example.com. 'Can I leave my Tier 2 area for a holiday?' Q. Joshua Dickson: "I am due to run and facilitate a therapeutic retreat for three days in North Devon 23rd to 26th October. The retreat is for six guests at a retreat venue/hotel and we are two facilitators. "The work involves group therapy, lectures and yoga. North Devon is a tier 1 area. I will be travelling from London, which is a Tier 2 area. Do you know if I can still facilitate the retreat?" A. Nick: No, I’m afraid that if you live in a Tier Two area you can’t meet other people indoors who aren’t part of your household, even if you are in Tier One. 'Can I travel to Britain from abroad?' Q. Frances Solomnovitch: "I have a British Passport and was born in UK. I have lived in Israel for 40 years. I intend to come to UK in November to visit my 91 year old father who lives in Epsom Surrey. "Can I quarantine (if necessary) in Dorset with a close friend for two weeks?" A. Nick: Yes - you can do this, if you register that address on arrival and follow the necessary guidelines for travelling to your friend’s address and isolating for 14 days here. 'Can I still travel to Wales?' Q. Eleanor Scriven: "If I am already on holiday in Wales when the new lockdown comes in, which prevents travel to Wales, and my home area is in Tier 2, do I have to return home, or can I continue? "Similarly, if my area is placed in Tier 2 while I am already in Wales, but it was Tier 1 when I travelled, should I return home?" A. Nick: The new lockdown in Wales begins at 6pm on Friday 23 October and continues until the start of Monday 9 November 2020. You don’t say what sort of holiday accommodation you are in, but hotels will have to close and I assume holiday cottages will too. Travelling into Wales for a holiday or to visit second homes are not permitted reasons under the Regulations. If you are already in a second home when lockdown strikes, I guess it may be permissible to stay (the issue is not specifically addressed), but only if you follow the very strict protocols of the lockdown - which won’t make for much of a holiday. There is not explicit requirement that I know of to returned to your home just because it becomes Tier 2 while you are away.
La Rambla: plans to transform Barcelona's tourist rat run into a cultural hub. An ambitious project is under way to turn one of the world’s most overrun streets into an the ‘immersive art centre of southern Europe’
Ah! Buono giorno! Benveneti a Roma! Inglese! Che piacere vederti! The warmest of welcomes greeted us as we arrived in Rome. In the current climate it was the nearest we could get to a hug. Despite the damning effect of the pandemic on Italian tourism, we were greeted wherever we went with complete joy. We felt humbled and extremely privileged to be in Rome at such a time. Few will have enjoyed the Eternal City as it is right now.
Tourism sector in Wales 'desperate' as holidays cancelled ahead of lockdown. The two-week Covid firebreak starting on Friday puts even more tourism jobs at risk. Coronavirus – latest updates. See all our coronavirus coverage
Budget-friendly Eastern bolthole Ever heard of Jasná (pronounced Yaznah)? Most people haven’t, but as Slovakia’s biggest ski resort, it’s well worth considering by intermediates – and off-piste aficionados, if snow conditions are good. It’s very convenient for short breaks if Luton airport is an option. Low-cost airline Wizz Air has three flights a week between Luton and Poprad-Tatry airport, just 45 minutes from the resort. Slovakia offers amazing value for money compared with mainstream Alpine resorts. Good rooms in four-star hotels with extensive wellness facilities are available from around €50 B&B; per person for two people sharing. A pint of beer costs €3 or less, many main course meals €8 to €10.
The closure late last month of Sharrow Bay Hotel truly marks, overused cliché though this may be, the end of an era. There are very few hotels like Sharrow Bay left these days and one fears that it won’t be long before they too, like the dear old things that they are, slip quietly from view.
It’s had all the makings of a Greek tragedy, but a happy ending beckons as another island of the Hellenic Republic crept back onto the UK’s travel corridor list.
The dictionary defines pilgrimage as “a journey to a place associated with someone or something well known or respected”. Historically that meant holy sites, with the practice reaching peak popularity in the Middle Ages.
Crowd-pleasing Swiss icon Switzerland's best-known resort brings together every Alpine cliché, from its views of the world's most photogenic mountain, the Matterhorn, to its narrow streets lined with wonky, weathered chalets. Zermatt has 200km of pistes of its own, and is also linked by lift and piste to Cervinia in Italy, providing another 160km of pistes. For families, intermediates, experts and ski tourers, it sits up with the best resorts in the world.