• Avianca passenger served apple and pear as vegetarian meal on plane
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    Avianca passenger served apple and pear as vegetarian meal on plane

    When travelling around the world, vegetarians often have hard luck. And a vegetarian diet combined with an economy class airline meal is, some might say, asking for failure.

  • Terror in Europe: US State Department warns American citizens of 'heightened risk' during festive season
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    Terror in Europe: US State Department warns American citizens of 'heightened risk' during festive season

    On the day that a late-summer slump in tourism from North America to Britain was revealed, the US government warned American travellers of the risk of terror attacks anywhere in Europe as the festive season gets under way. “The Department of State alerts US citizens to the heightened risk of terrorist attacks throughout Europe, particularly during the holiday season,” the travel alert reads.

  • Christmas train disruption: Strikes and engineering works to cause havoc during festive rush
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    Christmas train disruption: Strikes and engineering works to cause havoc during festive rush

    As pre-Christmas travel accelerates, rail passengers planning inter-city journeys face multiple problems from strikes and engineering works. Christmas markets are getting under way in London, York and Edinburgh this weekend, with those in Birmingham and Manchester already open.

  • Germany replaces US as country with best international image
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    Germany replaces US as country with best international image

    Germany has been named the country with the best "brand image" according to a new study of 50 countries. The National Brands Index, conducted in association with independent policy advisor Simon Anholt, conducts what it says is the world's most comprehensive global nation branding strategy, combining six dimensions: governance, exports, people, culture & heritage, tourism, investment and immigration. The survey measured "the power and quality of each country's 'brand image", according to DW.com.

  • Why a bike tour is the best way to see Soweto
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    Why a bike tour is the best way to see Soweto

    The fact that we were in the middle of Soweto, where once no white person would have ventured, bothered them not the slightest. Along with Linda, Soweto born and bred (the name Linda means “patience” in Zulu), we freewheeled through the streets, high-fiving passing children and dodging piles of discarded plastic. Soweto usually surprises visitors – with its paved streets, real houses and shops and restaurants (essentially a city in itself, with 1.3 million residents), it’s not what they expect a township to look like.

  • Wilderness Reserve: The perfect country escape for city-weary Londoners
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    Wilderness Reserve: The perfect country escape for city-weary Londoners

    When turning into Sibton Park, London could not feel any further away. Trains, planes and automobiles are kept to a minimum this deep in the Suffolk countryside, though arrangements can of course be made for the odd private light aircraft or helicopter used by the famous screenwriters who visit the Wilderness Reserve for their weekend breaks (one rhymes with Speven Stielberg).

  • Kuwait Airways can refuse service to Israelis, German court rules
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    Kuwait Airways can refuse service to Israelis, German court rules

    Kuwait Airways is not obliged to transport Israeli passengers, a German court has ruled. The verdict - delivered over a case in which the airline cancelled a passenger's ticket - has led to accusations of anti-Semitism. The passenger, known only as Adar M, was travelling from Frankfurt to Bangkok when Kuwait Airways cancelled his ticket.

  • Qantas plane forced to return to Canberra after passenger refuses to put tablet on flight mode
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    Qantas plane forced to return to Canberra after passenger refuses to put tablet on flight mode

    A Qantas plane was forced to abort take off and turn back to the gate when a passenger refused to put his tablet into airplane mode. Flight QF2133 was due to travel from capital city Canberra to Melbourne on Friday when the unnamed passenger refused to cooperate, ignoring requests from airline staff to turn his tablet off as they were starting to taxi.

  • Train strikes: RMT union to stage walkout on Virgin rail services
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    Train strikes: RMT union to stage walkout on Virgin rail services

    Rail passengers on the UK’s leading long-distance network face disruption and cancellations after Virgin Trains staff belonging to the RMT union voted to strike by a majority of 10 to one. Train managers, catering staff and station teams working on the line from London Euston to Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow are demanding “pay justice”. The dispute centres on a “buy-out” deal agreed with the train drivers’ union, ASLEF, in which the operator is adding £500 to pensionable salaries to settle a claim for a reduction in the working week.

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  • Why now's the time to plan a Zimbabwe holiday
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    Why now's the time to plan a Zimbabwe holiday

    Nicaragua in 1991 was a good place and time to feel absurdly rich. While the beleaguered Nicaraguans and Serbs watched their savings erode, Zimbabwe seemed to be the success story of Southern Africa. It offered natural adventure, national parks and impressive heritage – notably the ancient city of Great Zimbabwe, from which the nation takes its name.

  • A guide to Phuket from Goldie, its least likely resident
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    A guide to Phuket from Goldie, its least likely resident

    ​Kamala, all dove-grey water and hedonists under swinging palm trees, doesn’t look anything like Walsall, the hometown of my yoga partner, Goldie. Goldie (the locals call him Phan Tong, meaning “gold tooth”) has been living in Phuket for the past eight years. “Coming to Thailand was about finding myself, but also about reinventing myself,” Goldie tells me.

  • Japanese rail firm apologises for train leaving 20 seconds early
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    Japanese rail firm apologises for train leaving 20 seconds early

    Japan is famous for the speed, efficiency and punctuality of its train service. After all, this is the nation that gave us the bullet train, and with over 120 million people, a good train service is a must. The line, run by the Tokyo-area Metropolitan Intercity Railway Company, connects Akihabara in Tokyo with Tsukuba in Ibaraki Prefecture, a distance of just under forty miles.

  • Could cruising be the cure for millennial malaise?
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    Could cruising be the cure for millennial malaise?

    “It’s like a care home combined with a Wetherspoons – on sea.” My boyfriend says this with a shudder as we pass through Raffles, a canteen-style eatery aboard Cruise and Maritime Voyages’ 1,250-bed Magellan cruise liner that has absolutely nothing in common with the luxury Singapore hotel of the same name. Just as the ship’s Kensington Restaurant couldn’t be further from the upscale London borough. The garishly patterned carpets, the traditional “British” pub with overblown pictures of London buses, the casino largely comprised of slot machines: “Wetherspoons-on-sea” turns out to be an eerily accurate description.

  • Airport shops sell travellers medicines that could get them arrested at their destination
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    Airport shops sell travellers medicines that could get them arrested at their destination

    Pharmacies at UK airports are selling medicines to travellers which could lead to their imprisonment abroad. An investigation by The Independent has revealed no warning is given about the strict rules that many countries have about opioid analgesics — which include the common painkiller co-codamol, available over the counter in the UK. A British woman, Laura Plummer from Hull, is in prison in Egypt after arriving at Hurghada airport with the banned painkiller, Tramadol.

  • Boom Supersonic jet set to fly from London to New York in three hours 15 minutes by 2025
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    Boom Supersonic jet set to fly from London to New York in three hours 15 minutes by 2025

    It may be possible to fly from London to New York in just three hours and 15 minutes by 2025, if plans by Boom Supersonic go ahead. The founder of the company, Blake Scholl, revealed the plans at a conference in Dubai, adding that the full-size boom aircraft is expected to travel at speeds of over 1,687mph, which is 100mph faster than Concorde. By the end of 2018, Boom expects to begin test flights for its 1,451mph aircraft, which is nicknamed Baby Boom.

  • Zimbabwe Crisis: 'Keep off the streets' in Harare, British citizens told
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    Zimbabwe Crisis: 'Keep off the streets' in Harare, British citizens told

    British citizens in the Zimbabwean capital, Harare, have been told to stay off the streets as the country's military said it had seized power from President Robert Mugabe. The Foreign Office issued the warning amid the confusion of Wednesday morning. Gunfire and explosions have been heard across the capital, and at 4am local time a military official appeared on television to say that it had taken power in a move against “criminals” associated with the 93-year-old leader.

  • Strict new rules imposed on Airbnb rentals in Paris
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    Strict new rules imposed on Airbnb rentals in Paris

    Airbnb rentals in central Paris are now capped at 120 days a year. Airbnb says hosts in central Paris can only rent out their homes for up to 120 nights a year, a new cap introduced following the successful implementation of similar measures in London and Amsterdam. The company's director for France and Belgium, Emmanuel Marill, said on Tuesday 14 November that the cap would apply to the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th arrondissements.

  • First ever Airbus ‘Superjumbo’ jet, the world's biggest passenger plane, is put into storage
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    First ever Airbus ‘Superjumbo’ jet, the world's biggest passenger plane, is put into storage

    As Airbus battles for a fresh order for its A380 plane, the first double-deck Superjumbo has been put into storage. Singapore Airlines was the launch customer for the A380 a decade ago. The first aircraft, code 9V-SKA, entered service between Singapore and Sydney on 25 August 2007, under the specially created flight number SQ380.

  • Flight attendant injures spine by falling from plane through gap between cabin and stairs
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    Flight attendant injures spine by falling from plane through gap between cabin and stairs

    A flight attendant for Chinese airline Xiamen Air fell 8.9ft from a parked plane onto the tarmac after stepping through a gap between the staircase and the cabin. Doctors found that the woman had sustained spine compression fractures as a result, reports Chinese news site iFeng.com. The crew member fell through the gap while walking back onto the Boeing 737-800 aircraft with a tray to restock food supplies onboard, according to Xiamen Air’s initial investigation.

  • Snowdonia’s transformation from sleepy national park to adrenaline junkies’ paradise
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    Snowdonia’s transformation from sleepy national park to adrenaline junkies’ paradise

    Once upon a time, sleepy Snowdonia lured visitors with hill walking, slate mine tours and steam railways. Nowadays it’s become the UK’s adrenaline junkie capital, offering a feast of ground-breaking and world-class extreme adventure pursuits. Visit the Welsh national park for the only inland surf lagoon, fastest zip wire and highest powerfan on the planet – and that’s just for starters.

  • Black Friday travel deals: The best holiday and flight discounts for 2017
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    Black Friday travel deals: The best holiday and flight discounts for 2017

    Love it or hate it, Black Friday – and its counterpart Cyber Monday – are here to stay. Here are the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday travel deals for 2017. The Half Moon resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica, is offering 50 per cent off all bookings made on Cyber Monday.

  • Valle de Guadalupe: How Mexican wine country is giving California a run for its money
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    Valle de Guadalupe: How Mexican wine country is giving California a run for its money

    It’s easy to make a comparison between California’s Napa Valley and Mexico’s Valle de Guadalupe. Before the recent Napa fires, both are among the greatest wine regions in North America. The more people I talked to around the Valle, the more I learned that.

  • Best job in the world? Cancun will pay 'experience officer' £45,000 to stay at luxury hotels for six months
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    Best job in the world? Cancun will pay 'experience officer' £45,000 to stay at luxury hotels for six months

    Cancun.com is seeking someone to fill a role which sounds like the best in the world – that of Cancun Experience Officer. The “job” is to create, edit, and promote Cancun content through video, photos and the written word, all aimed at an American audience, plus post on social media and interact with a growing audience.