• Where to go on holiday in February
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    Where to go on holiday in February

    Whether you’re looking for February half-term holiday inspiration or a romantic Valentine’s escape, our travel hotlist offers winter blues (and greens) of an altogether more appealing kind, plus snowy escapes and one of Europe’s most charming yet unsung cities.The Independent's hotel reviews are unbiased, independent advice you can trust. On some occasions, we earn revenue if you click the links and book, but we never allow this to affect our coverage.

  • New Zealand eruption: After White Island tragedy, how safe is volcano tourism?
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    New Zealand eruption: After White Island tragedy, how safe is volcano tourism?

    Tragedy has struck visitors to White Island in New Zealand. At least five people are dead and others unaccounted for, after the island’s volcano erupted.Rescuers are unable to access the island because of the eruption.

  • The most exciting new hotels for 2020
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    The most exciting new hotels for 2020

    From Lebanon to Denmark, Botswana to Sri Lanka, here are the most exciting new hotel openings for 2020.The Independent’s hotel recommendations are unbiased, independent advice you can trust. On some occasions, we earn revenue if you click the links and book, but we never allow this to affect our coverage.

  • American Airlines passenger forced to remove 'Hail Satan' T-shirt before flight
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    American Airlines passenger forced to remove 'Hail Satan' T-shirt before flight

    American Airlines threatened to kick a woman off a flight because she was wearing an “offensive” T-shirt.Swati Runi Goyal, 49, was travelling from Florida to Las Vegas on 30 October when her “Hail Satan” T-shirt attracted the attention of cabin crew.

  • ‘Racist’ Southwest Airlines flight attendant threatens to kick Muslim woman off plane
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    ‘Racist’ Southwest Airlines flight attendant threatens to kick Muslim woman off plane

    A Muslim woman was threatened with being kicked off a flight after she asked to sit with her family, her husband claims.Mehdi Hasan, a British journalist based in the US, said his wife was “in tears” after a Southwest Airlines flight attendant told her she’d be escorted off the plane for asking if another passenger would be willing to swap seats.

  • South Western Railway strike forces commuters to fly to work
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    South Western Railway strike forces commuters to fly to work

    As the longest UK rail strike this century enters its second week, some passengers are switching from train to plane in an effort to reach meetings in London.Members of the RMT union walked out on 2 December in a long-running dispute over the role of guards.

  • France strikes: 30,000 more passengers hit by second week of travel chaos
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    France strikes: 30,000 more passengers hit by second week of travel chaos

    Travel to, from and within France will be hit by at least four more days of chaos as a result of the national strike that began last week.The stoppage in protest against planned pension reforms has already led to the cancellation of hundreds of flights and thousands of trains – including 80 Eurostar services between London and France, Belgium and the Netherlands. More than 50,000 passengers had to change their travel plans.

  • Tasmania's Overland Track: sun, snow and glory in a wild and wondrous place
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    Tasmania's Overland Track: sun, snow and glory in a wild and wondrous place

    Tasmania's Overland Track: sun, snow and glory in a wild and wondrous place. This multi-day hike will take you from Cradle Mountain to Australia’s deepest lake. Just be sure to pack plenty of layers …

  • What you need to know as Avanti takes over West Coast main line from Virgin Trains
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    What you need to know as Avanti takes over West Coast main line from Virgin Trains

    The West Coast main line linking London Euston with the west midlands, northwest England, north Wales and Scotland is under new management.After 22 years, Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Trains company has been replaced on the line by a new operator called Avanti.

  • On board the final ever Virgin Trains journey
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    On board the final ever Virgin Trains journey

    On the average Saturday night, platform 2 of London Euston station is rarely a party location. And the calling points of the 9.42pm to Wolverhampton are hardly the stuff to inspire a great journey: Watford Junction, Milton Keynes, Rugby ….Yet 7 December 2019 will become part of railway history, remembered as the day that the longest-running and most successful train operating franchise reached the end of the line.

  • Grand touches and Dee valley views: Palé Hall hotel review
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    Grand touches and Dee valley views: Palé Hall hotel review

    Grand touches and Dee valley views: Palé Hall hotel reviewThis refurbished country retreat was enjoyed by royalty and politicians and now makes a glamorous short-break escape

  • Snow patrol: 10 great winter train journeys in Europe
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    Snow patrol: 10 great winter train journeys in Europe

    Snow patrol: 10 great winter train journeys in Europe. From a steam railway in Yorkshire to hotels on wheels in the Alps, sit back and enjoy the show outside the train window

  • Winter weekenders: 15 picturesque UK towns for a pre-Christmas break
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    Winter weekenders: 15 picturesque UK towns for a pre-Christmas break

    Winter weekenders: 15 picturesque UK towns for a pre-Christmas break. Brilliant Christmas shopping and festivities, cosy pubs and winter walks make these towns perfect for a getaway ahead of the big day

  • Is it cheaper to buy long-haul flights at the last minute?
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    Is it cheaper to buy long-haul flights at the last minute?

    Khalid has family in the United Arab Emirates, and a family-sized problem: “I normally fly to see them in Dubai for a fare of £330-400 for a direct return flight.“But for the Christmas and New Year break the best I can see, travelling out on 21 December and back on 2 January, is about £1,000 return.

  • A fresh approach to national parks
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    A fresh approach to national parks

    A fresh approach to national parks. Marion Shoard says new parks could act as testbeds for much-needed ways of combining farming and forestry systems to enhance conservation, wildlife, landscape and recreation

  • Forget Interrail - How Eurail really paved the way for border-free European train travel
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    Forget Interrail - How Eurail really paved the way for border-free European train travel

    Amid a galaxy of travel anniversaries in 2019, from British Airways’ centenary to the half-century since Concorde first flew, there’s one which has barely warranted a mention. It was 60 years ago that the first Eurail passes were sold. And without the growing success of Eurail in the 1960s and the launch in 1971 of a Eurail pass for students visiting Europe from overseas, it's very likely that the great travel icon, Interrail, would never have been created.The credit for getting Eurail launched must go largely to an unassuming Frenchman called Pierre Le Bris. From his base in San Francisco, he worked closely with the French national rail operator SNCF and the US-based Rail Europe agency. Le Bris realised the difficulties that Americans visiting Europe had in booking train tickets in advance. His canny idea was to liberate these visitors by letting them use a rail pass which afforded a real freedom to roam.

  • Flight attendant turns up for work seven times over legal alcohol limit
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    Flight attendant turns up for work seven times over legal alcohol limit

    A flight attendant who was found to be almost seven times over the legal alcohol limit when she arrived for work has been fined £548 and ordered to pay £85 in costs.Lemara Thompson, 27, pleaded guilty for being over the legal limit at Uxbridge Magistrates Court.

  • Airlines fly bizarre flight paths to avoid French airspace amid national strike
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    Airlines fly bizarre flight paths to avoid French airspace amid national strike

    The air-traffic control strike in France has led to hundreds of flights being cancelled, including many that merely wanted to use French airspace.For a second day, British Airways and easyJet have grounded flights from the UK to Spain and Switzerland, as well as to France.

  • Your favourite travel books: readers’ tips
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    Your favourite travel books: readers’ tips

    Your favourite travel books: readers’ tipsNo surprise that Bill Bryson, Dervla Murphy and Bruce Chatwin make your list, along with cracking reads on chasing monsoons, backpacking and the US via the London tube

  • Cracked windshield forces plane to divert
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    Cracked windshield forces plane to divert

    A plane was forced to divert when a windshield pane cracked shortly after take-off.Delta flight 1268, which departed Salt Lake City, Utah, for Seattle on Wednesday, had to divert back to its departure airport when the window crack was discovered.

  • ‘No power, no water, no toilets, no cooking’: ship drifts off Australian coast after power ‘blackout’
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    ‘No power, no water, no toilets, no cooking’: ship drifts off Australian coast after power ‘blackout’

    A cruise ship was left “drifting” off the coast of Adelaide, Australia early this morning after the power was shut off.Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ (CMV) MV Vasco da Gama ship was on a 58-night tour finishing in south-eastern Australia when the captain initiated a “precautionary blackout”.

  • How are Thomas Cook refunds processed and when will customers get their money?
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    How are Thomas Cook refunds processed and when will customers get their money?

    When Thomas Cook collapsed on 23 September 2019, thousands of staff lost their jobs. More than 140,000 holidaymakers were flown back to the UK in a massive airlift. And about five times as many had forward bookings with the giant holiday firm.Most of them are covered by the Atol scheme, and are therefore entitled to full refunds. But months after the failure of Thomas Cook, there is growing frustration about the pace of paying back the cash. These are the essential questions and answers.

  • Unexploded Second World War torpedo forces closure of Orkney Islands airport
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    Unexploded Second World War torpedo forces closure of Orkney Islands airport

    The main airport of the Orkney Islands will be closed for three hours on the busiest day of the week because of an unexploded German torpedo in nearby Scapa Flow.Loganair says Kirkwall airport will be closed from 11.30am to 2.30pm on Friday.

  • Air France plans to operate almost all of its flights amid national strikes
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    Air France plans to operate almost all of its flights amid national strikes

    On the second day of a national strike in France, which is severely affecting transport, the country’s airline has said it will operate the vast majority of its international flights.Air France is telling passengers: “We expect to operate all our long-haul flights [and] over 90 per cent of our medium-haul flights.”

  • Thomas Cook collapse: Refunds delayed for 50,000 disappointed travellers
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    Thomas Cook collapse: Refunds delayed for 50,000 disappointed travellers

    Thomas Cook customers have reacted furiously to the failure of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to make the promised refunds within its own 60-day deadline.The authority says the process has been “paused” for tens of thousands of people who had paid months ago for holidays which never happened.