• What to do about the vlogger asking for a free hotel stay
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    What to do about the vlogger asking for a free hotel stay

    Travel is, or should be, the industry of human happiness: bringing people together and delivering great experiences. Paul Stenson continues: “One TripAdvisor reviewer once called us the: ‘Worst Hotel Experience’ of their lives. “Please be advised that Charleville Lodge is not Buckingham Palace.” The address helps avoid any confusion: 268 North Circular Road.

  • Best business class beds in the sky, from Japan Airlines to Qatar's Qsuites
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    Best business class beds in the sky, from Japan Airlines to Qatar's Qsuites

    When it comes to booking a business class ticket for a long-haul flight, there’s more to consider than just the price. Will the seat turn into a fully flat bed, or is it a less desirable angled recline? When it comes to sleeping in the sky, I like to see airlines give their business class flyers privacy and space, plus mattress pads that smooth out the bumps of the seating surface and soft duvets that remind the passenger of the comforts of home.

  • New York: 10 of the best luxury hotels
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    New York: 10 of the best luxury hotels

    New York may be the city that never sleeps but when you’re paying top dollar for a hotel room, you’re going to want some quality shut-eye. As a hotel-obsessed journalist and travel specialist who has closely chronicled New York’s whirlwind hotel scene for more than a decade (I also grew up just 30 minutes outside of the city), I can confidently say the luxury lodging options here continue to be better than ever. The sexy Edition brand, created by Studio 54 legend-turned-boutique-hotelier Ian Schrager in partnership with Marriott Hotels, caters to sophisticated travellers who are after high design and exciting nightlife, rolled up in five-star service.

  • How to learn Spanish: Master the language in eight days on a total immersion course
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    How to learn Spanish: Master the language in eight days on a total immersion course

    It’s fun – but the important thing is that we are only speaking Spanish, there is no English allowed, even to explain words we don’t understand. The activity is part of an eight-day Spanish immersion called Pueblo Español, and this is day two. Five ‘pupils’ – two from England, one German, one Australian and myself from Ireland – all with a conversational level of Spanish, have joined native Spanish-speaking volunteers, four from Spain and one from Colombia, for a week of intensive Spanish learning.

  • Trains, planes and ferries across Europe disrupted by winter storm
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    Trains, planes and ferries across Europe disrupted by winter storm

    A winter storm sweeping west across northern Europe has left travel chaos in its wake - leading to the temporary closure of Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport, the suspension of all rail services in Germany’s most populous state, North Rhine-Westphalia and widespread delays and cancellations elsewhere. Europe's third busiest airport closed completely for around two hours, due to winds gusting to 70mph or more near the Dutch capital. An estimated 5,000 BA passengers were booked on around 30 flights cancelled to and from Heathrow.

  • Trains, planes and ferries across Europe disrupted by winter storm
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    Trains, planes and ferries across Europe disrupted by winter storm

    A winter storm sweeping west across northern Europe has left travel chaos in its wake - leading to the temporary closure of Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport, the suspension of all rail services in Germany’s most populous state, North Rhine-Westphalia and widespread delays and cancellations elsewhere. Europe's third busiest airport closed completely for around two hours, due to winds gusting to 70mph or more near the Dutch capital. An estimated 5,000 BA passengers were booked on around 30 flights cancelled to and from Heathrow.

  • Best flight deal: How to fly to Australia for under £450
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    Best flight deal: How to fly to Australia for under £450

    Every week, Jack Sheldon from Jack’s Flight Club selects a flight deal from the UK for Independent readers that you can’t afford to miss. This week: return flights to Australia for £415 and Asia for £353 for next New Year’s Eve.

  • UK visited by record number of international tourists in 2017
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    UK visited by record number of international tourists in 2017

    A record number of international tourists visited the UK in the first nine months of 2017 according to official statistics released on 18 January. Overseas visits from Spain grew by 11 per cent to 1.9 million, with visitor spending up 14 per cent to £861 million. Record spending was seen also seen from German visitors, who paid out £1.3 billion while in the UK – a 5 per cent increase from the previous year.

  • Trump hotel called ‘s***hole’ and given hundreds of one-star reviews on Yelp
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    Trump hotel called ‘s***hole’ and given hundreds of one-star reviews on Yelp

    The Trump International Hotel in Washington DC has been given hundreds of one-star reviews describing it as a “s***hole” over the last few days. A week ago, the five-star hotel had four (out of a total of five) stars on Yelp based on customer feedback. The influx of reviews follows reports that President Trump referred to certain places, namely Haiti and Africa, as “s***hole countries”.

  • 6 travel resolutions everyone should make in 2018
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    6 travel resolutions everyone should make in 2018

    To make the most of your annual leave

  • Airbus A380: World’s biggest plane saved from brink of extinction thanks to new Emirates order
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    Airbus A380: World’s biggest plane saved from brink of extinction thanks to new Emirates order

    The world’s biggest passenger plane has been saved — at least for now. Emirates, which already has more than 100 Airbus A380s, has ordered 20 more, with options for a further 16. At a ceremony in the airline’s headquarters in Dubai, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman and chief executive of Emirates, said: “The A380 has been a success for Emirates.

  • Ponte City: How Johannesburg's notorious towerblock cleaned up its act
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    Ponte City: How Johannesburg's notorious towerblock cleaned up its act

    Glancing round the modern apartment high above the streets of downtown Johannesburg, it’s hard to believe we’re in one of the most notorious buildings in South Africa. A 54-storey cylindrical skyscraper dominating the area around it, Ponte City was built in 1975 in the Hillbrow district. Hillbrow became progressively poorer because of divestment and bad governance.

  • UK weather latest: Travel mayhem as high winds see Heathrow cancel flights and trees block rail lines
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    UK weather latest: Travel mayhem as high winds see Heathrow cancel flights and trees block rail lines

    High winds are causing transport chaos across the UK and further afield, with hundreds of flights cancelled at Amsterdam, Heathrow and other airports.

  • North Korea opens new ski resort before Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang
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    North Korea opens new ski resort before Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang

    With the 2018 Winter Olympics set to kick off on 9 February in Pyeongchang, South Korea, its northern neighbour North Korea has announced the opening of a new ski resort, Kanggye. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had the Masikryong ski resort built in the country's south-east in 2013. Kanggye Ski Resort is the second to be built in the country in the last five years but is much smaller than Masikryong.

  • Trump hotel prices drop 35 per cent since US President’s inauguration
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    Trump hotel prices drop 35 per cent since US President’s inauguration

    Rooms at Trump hotels have dropped by up to 66 per cent since President Trump took office, according to new research. Travel money provider FairFX compared January 2018 prices for a two-night stay in a variety of rooms at Trump hotels across the world with the same stay in January 2017 – marking a year since Donald Trump was inaugurated as President of the United States. The average price of a luxury room has dropped by 25 per cent, while cheaper rooms have decreased by 35 per cent on average.

  • This epic floating hotel is also a luxury spa
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    This epic floating hotel is also a luxury spa

    And during the winter the lake turns to ice...

  • Tour operator launches 'sexy adult' package holidays for swingers and nudists
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    Tour operator launches 'sexy adult' package holidays for swingers and nudists

    A new tour operator has launched in the UK offering “adult-only”, hedonistic holidays to cater for swingers and nudists. The unusual package holidays are fully ATOL-protected and ABTA bonded and prices include return flights, transfers and accommodation.

  • Seoul offers free public transport to tackle excessive air pollution
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    Seoul offers free public transport to tackle excessive air pollution

    Emergency measures have been introduced in the South Korean capital of Seoul to combat a thick layer of smog that is covering the city. Public transport is free during rush-hour as of Monday 15 January, in the hopes that car use will be reduced. The measures were introduced after the average daily density of ultra-fine dust hit more than 50 micrograms per cubic metre, an amount that is considered harmful.

  • How Ras al-Khaimah is reinventing itself as the adventure holiday capital of the UAE
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    How Ras al-Khaimah is reinventing itself as the adventure holiday capital of the UAE

    I had my Boris Johnson moment a few hundred feet up Jebel Jais. The UAE’s highest peak is a rugged hunk of a mountain. It’s carved up by a smooth tarmac road that winds its way to the top, over 1,900m above sea level. The route takes the daytrippers and car nuts on what is effectively a road to nowhere – albeit a very picturesque road.

  • World's longest flight routes revealed
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    World's longest flight routes revealed

    This Friday, one of the world's longest routes will take off for the first time from Houston to Sydney. United Airlines flight 101 leaves at 8pm for the 8,596-mile trip to Australia’s largest city and is 18 miles longer than the existing Qantas route from Dallas to Sydney. The new flight, scheduled to take 17 hours and 30 minutes, arrives at 6.30am local time, two days after leaving Houston, with a day lost because of the International Date Line.

  • Lake District: Where to eat, drink and stay in the North West's Unesco World Heritage Site
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    Lake District: Where to eat, drink and stay in the North West's Unesco World Heritage Site

    Last year UNESCO bought the hype, awarding it World Heritage Status. Wordsworth, one of its most famous children, described his home in Grasmere as “having in thy face a smile” and another fine British poet, Nigel Blackwell of Half Man Half Biscuit, immortalised the town of Ambleside on one of the band’s album covers. Centred on the main Cumbrian towns of Keswick, Windermere, Ambleside, and Bowness-on-Windermere, the area is a huge draw for poetry lovers, walkers and weekenders.

  • New ultra-long-haul flight from Houston to Sydney launches
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    New ultra-long-haul flight from Houston to Sydney launches

    The world’s latest ultra-long-haul route is scheduled to take off from Houston on Friday evening, destination Sydney. It is 18 miles longer than the existing Qantas route from Dallas to Sydney. The plane arrives at 6.30am local time, two days after leaving Houston, with one day lost because of the International Date Line.

  • Airbus A380 – is this the end for the superjumbo (already)?
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    Airbus A380 – is this the end for the superjumbo (already)?

    Flight 1 from Heathrow to Kuala Lumpur is Malaysia Airlines’ flagship service. In place of the mighty double-decked, four-engined Airbus A380, the aircraft that taxied to the terminal at the end of a 6,600-mile journey was a single-deck twin-jet that had been delivered fresh from the factory in Toulouse only three weeks ago. The Airbus A350 may be smaller, but according to Malaysia Airlines’ publicity, it offers passengers “a more spacious interior” on the long-haul from London.

  • How to have the perfect road trip
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    How to have the perfect road trip

    Sounds simple enough, but just as a good city break entails a bit of planning ahead, when hitting the road there are a few things you should take into account before you go. While it may seem a bit overboard to prepare all your food prior to your trip, it's a good idea to think about how often you want to eat in restaurants and what you can bring with you for the day ahead.

  • Best road trips for families including Star Wars sights in Ireland
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    Best road trips for families including Star Wars sights in Ireland

    The Wild Atlantic Way – Ireland