• Australia bushfires: Young Britons can volunteer in affected areas to be eligible for visa
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    Australia bushfires: Young Britons can volunteer in affected areas to be eligible for visa

    Australia has changed the rules of its Working Holiday Visa scheme to allow young Britons to count volunteering in bushfire-ravaged areas towards obtaining a second or third year visa.The 417 visa allows all British passport holders from 18 up to the age of 30 inclusive to live and work in Australia for 12 months.

  • Incredible ice volcanoes form on Lake Michigan
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    Incredible ice volcanoes form on Lake Michigan

    A recent cold snap has resulted in a curious phenomenon occurring on Lake Michigan: the formation of ice volcanoes.Pictures of the occurrence, which show white, cone-like structures on the surface of the lake spewing water out of the top, were shared on social media.

  • Plane engine catches fire before take-off
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    Plane engine catches fire before take-off

    A plane engine caught fire shortly before take-off, forcing it to be hosed down on the runway.The incident occurred on GoAir flight G8 802 departing Ahmedabad in western India for Bengaluru in the south of the country.

  • Winter cruises worst for viruses, research shows
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    Winter cruises worst for viruses, research shows

    Travellers who board cruise ships in the winter months run a far higher risk of contracting a virus than summer passengers.As the Diamond Princess remains quarantined in Japan because of the coronavirus, The Independent has analysed 118 serious virus outbreaks aboard cruise ships over the past decade.

  • Idyllic Italian town offers to pay new residents’ rent
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    Idyllic Italian town offers to pay new residents’ rent

    A picturesque town in southern Italy is offering to pay new residents’ rent for two years in order to boost population numbers.Teora in Campania is taking a different approach to the numerous Italian towns that have tried to attract fresh blood by offering houses for €1, as it says this just encourages outsiders to purchase holiday homes rather than settle down full-time.

  • Miniature service horse called Fred takes his first flight
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    Miniature service horse called Fred takes his first flight

    Cats and dogs are not unusual sights to be spotted on a plane journey in the US.But one passenger, from Michigan, US, took her miniature horse onboard for his first-ever flight – in first class no less.

  • Why Nashville is the noisiest city in the US
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    Why Nashville is the noisiest city in the US

    Broadway at sundown. No, not that Broadway – I mean the one screaming through the centre of downtown Nashville, Tennessee.I’m standing on the second floor balcony of the bombastic three-level Honky Tonk Central bar on Broadway. The sky is turning increasingly inky, backlit by neon signs in Quality Street colours of pink, yellow, blue, and buildings in birthday cake colours of purple, red and orange. If it sounds peaceful, well – it’s not. This strip of downtown Nashville is thronged with honky tonk bars, dive bars, hot chicken joints…and quite a lot of stag dos bumping buckets of Corona beers at each other. And the NOISE. Earbud-ruining music is inching out of the corner of every bar. Some live, some not, all of it electric. Add to that the stratospheric hum of a city that knows it’s on the up.

  • How an all-women fell-running course in Wales helped me let off the brakes
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    How an all-women fell-running course in Wales helped me let off the brakes

    How an all-women fell-running course in Wales helped me let off the brakesLeaving the tarmac behind, I tested my stamina and mettle on rocky terrain in the Black Mountains

  • PICS: Peek into Soneva's Eco-Luxe Water Villas in The Maldives
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    PICS: Peek into Soneva's Eco-Luxe Water Villas in The Maldives

    Created by Soneva's in-house team of designers and craftspeople, the villas are built to blend into the surroundings.

  • EasyJet wants to charge family £400 more to change flight cancelled by Storm Dennis
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    EasyJet wants to charge family £400 more to change flight cancelled by Storm Dennis

    After cancelling hundreds of flights ahead of Storm Dennis, easyJet has asked a passenger to pay more than £400 if she wants her holiday in the Canary Islands to begin only four days late, rather than five.Samantha Wylie, her husband and children aged five and seven were booked on easyJet’s flight from Gatwick to Lanzarote on Saturday 15 February.

  • Air traffic controller sends airspace picture to his ex, saying flight is ‘trying to crash’
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    Air traffic controller sends airspace picture to his ex, saying flight is ‘trying to crash’

    A senior air traffic controller (ATC) has been investigated after sending a picture of Australian airspace to his ex-girlfriend implying that two aircraft could collide under his watch.The unnamed man, based in Melbourne, sent the picture along with a caption reading “Velocity474 with Brisbane trying to crash into Xanadu221 with me…”

  • Ask before you recline your seat, says airline boss
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    Ask before you recline your seat, says airline boss

    Passengers should ask before reclining their seat, an airline boss has said.Ed Bastian, the CEO of Delta Air Lines, weighed in on the plane seat reclining debate that kicked off last week when a video showing a man repeatedly punching a woman’s reclined seat went viral.

  • Storm Dennis: Ferry struggles to dock in dramatic video
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    Storm Dennis: Ferry struggles to dock in dramatic video

    A ferry was buffeted by high winds and rocked by stormy waters as it tried to dock amid Storm Dennis.The CalMac ferry was videoed during the storm, with footage showing the boat lurching dramatically back and forth as it was pummelled by 80mph winds on 14 February.

  • 10 of the best outdoor adventures in Europe: readers’ tips
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    10 of the best outdoor adventures in Europe: readers’ tips

    10 of the best outdoor adventures in Europe: readers’ tipsFrom wild swimming to climbing an active volcano or tackling a via ferrata, our tipsters share their most thrilling open-air achievements

  • Storm Dennis: Travel chaos on trains, boats and planes continues after heavy rain
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    Storm Dennis: Travel chaos on trains, boats and planes continues after heavy rain

    After a weekend of travel disruption nationwide and beyond, the working week is beginning with yet more delays and cancellations.Faults with Network Rail’s signals are affecting the highest number of travellers.

  • Flight cancellations continue at Heathrow after technical failure
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    Flight cancellations continue at Heathrow after technical failure

    British Airways has cancelled more than 80 flights to and from the UK’s busiest airport following another IT failure.On Sunday afternoon Heathrow’s system handling check-in and flight information failed in all four terminals.

  • Why bagging a Marilyn is as good as a Munro: our pick of British hills
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    Why bagging a Marilyn is as good as a Munro: our pick of British hills

    Why bagging a Marilyn is as good as a Munro: our pick of British hills. Height isn’t everything. In the South Downs, our writer heads up a class of hills named for their prominence – and selects other choice peaks to explore

  • Victoria’s towns reopen after the bushfires: 'We love to welcome people back'
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    Victoria’s towns reopen after the bushfires: 'We love to welcome people back'

    Victoria’s towns reopen after the bushfires: 'We love to welcome people back'Tourism has slowed across the state this summer, but regional businesses are ready for holidaymakers and there is plenty to see and do

  • Travel chaos at Heathrow airport after technical failure triggers more than 100 cancellations
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    Travel chaos at Heathrow airport after technical failure triggers more than 100 cancellations

    Tens of thousands of passengers at Heathrow airport have had their flights cancelled or heavily delayed due to an IT failure involving check-in systems.Heathrow is the busiest airport in Europe. The failure is affecting all four passenger terminals, both landside (before the security check) and airside.

  • A hotel escape in the middle of the Thames: Monkey Island Estate review
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    A hotel escape in the middle of the Thames: Monkey Island Estate review

    A hotel escape in the middle of the Thames: Monkey Island Estate reviewThis idyllic island retreat not far from London is rich in history and luxury

  • Storm Dennis: Air, rail and ferry passengers face another day of disruption
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    Storm Dennis: Air, rail and ferry passengers face another day of disruption

    Tens of thousands of holidaymakers have woken up a long way from where they want to be, after hundreds of flights to and from UK airports were cancelled and diverted on Saturday because of Storm Dennis.Meanwhile rail and ferry travellers on Sunday face continued problems because of the high winds and rain.

  • From horse marathons to Roman running: 11 great UK adventures
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    From horse marathons to Roman running: 11 great UK adventures

    From horse marathons to Roman running: 11 great UK adventures. The euphoria of outdoor challenges – mainstream and eccentric – has proved life-changing for our fresh-air enthusiasts

  • Storm Dennis triggers hundreds of flight cancellations causing half-term travel chaos
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    Storm Dennis triggers hundreds of flight cancellations causing half-term travel chaos

    Tens of thousands of half-term holidaymakers have had their easyJet flights abruptly cancelled as a result of Storm Dennis.Britain's biggest budget airline has so far grounded around 350 flights over the weekend. Cancellations include dozens of departures to the main ski airports in the Alps as well as far-flung destinations in the Canary Islands, Madeira and Morocco.

  • I cycled from Dieppe to Nice and saw a different France
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    I cycled from Dieppe to Nice and saw a different France

    I cycled from Dieppe to Nice and saw a different FranceA 1,000km ride on cycle trails in the Seine, Loire and Rhône valleys takes in a France inaccessible by car – and brings a rare sense of freedom

  • Seven of the best ridge walks in Britain
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    Seven of the best ridge walks in Britain

    Seven of the best ridge walks in BritainWith views on both sides, ridges make for exhilarating, occasionally scary, treks. We get safety tips from an expert before tackling the Mosedale Horseshoe in the Lakes Plus: Six more hikes to try