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Changes to Eurail in 2019

Long before WOW and Norwegian Air had $99 airfares luring young people across the pond, there was Eurail, the post-World-War-II, trans-European train network that offered dirt cheap, all-you-can-ride passes for intrepid Americans looking to explore a region just recovering from the most destructive war in history. What resulted was the first iteration of the Euro-trip, a rite-of-passage trip for young adults in the summers between college spent riding the rails in a place that, at the time, c...
Tags: Travel, Europe, UK, England, London, Greece, Global, Marseille, Paris, Italy, Lithuania, Great Britain, All, Baby Boomer, Piraeus, Ekaterina Pokrovsky Shutterstock


British Family Had to Sit on the Floor For Their 900 Mile Flight

Back in 2012 Ryanair floated the idea of ‘standing seats’ to pack more passengers in and lower costs. And Airbus has a patent for ‘double decker’ seating. But neither idea is supposed to be real or is approved for flying — anywhere. That was little comfort to the family of three who had paid about $1700 to fly from Mahon in Spain to Birmingham in the UK on TUI airlines. They were assigned seats 41 D, E and F but because of an aircraft swap there were no seats like that. Continue reading British...
Tags: Travel, UK, Advice, Spain, Ryanair, Airbus, Birmingham, Mahon


UK passport drops to sixth in global power index

Henley Passport Index ranks passports around the world according to visa-free travel, with Japan topping the 2019 list The UK has slipped to joint-sixth in a table of the world’s most powerful passports. The Henley Passport Index ranks countries according to the number of destinations passport holders can visit without a pre-arranged visa, which decreased for the UK this year.In 2015, the UK was ranked joint-first, alongside the US, but has dropped down the listings each year since. The number o...
Tags: Travel, Japan, UK, US, UK News, World news, Turkey


10 of the best meditation retreats in the UK and Europe

We pick mindfulness and meditation holidays in beautiful surroundings – many combined with other activities like walking, singing and tai chiMore retreat top 10s: yoga | creative | by readersIn the Dart valley near Totnes, the Sharpham Trust meditation centre offers mindfulness retreats of different lengths throughout the year, including walking and singing breaks. Some are held in the estate’s mansion, others in the Barn Retreat nearby. For full immersion in the natural world, its Nature Connec...
Tags: Travel, Europe, UK, Life and style, Meditation, Mindfulness, Health & wellbeing, Top 10s, Learning Holidays, Rest And Relaxation, United Kingdom Holidays, Europe Holidays, Health And Fitness Holidays, Totnes, Sharpham Trust


Travel Photographer Of The Year TPOTY 2018 Winners Are Revealed

One of the winners of Faces, People and Cultures category, Robin Yong from Malaysia. The winners of the 2018 international Travel Photographer of the Year awards (TPOTY) have been revealed, and they’re a glorious celebration of the beauty of this planet and its human and animal inhabitants. I’ve been following TPOTY awards since year 2010 and have had visited one of its winning photos gallery exhibitions in London. Even though I didn’t take part in this year awards, I wish to congratula...
Tags: Travel, Usa, UK, London, China, Malaysia, Italy, Middle East, Dubai, Mali, Bangladesh, Tanzania, Photography Tips, Guatemala, Mauritius, London Bridge


3 Easy Malaysian Recipes Learned in Borneo

Easy Malaysian Recipes from Sabah, Borneo To the soundtrack of thunderous monsoon rain, I learned these easy Malaysian recipes at the Mango Garden Restaurant in Borneo. Light, healthy and bursting with the zest lemongrass and coconut, they translate pretty well to kitchens back home in the UK. Here’s what the cooking class was like and […] Originally from Inside the Travel Lab.
Tags: Travel, Food, UK, Borneo, South Asia, Sabah Borneo, Mango Garden Restaurant


10 of the best yoga holidays in UK and Europe

Beautiful locations and activities such as running or simply hanging out on the beach complement quality yoga teaching at these retreatsCombine yoga and Greek sunshine with a holiday on Santorini, the southernmost of the Cyclades islands, staying in whitewashed houses at a boutique hotel with pool outside the village of Oia. There are two daily classes for all levels with warm, encouraging teacher Louise Gillespie-Smith, who balances creative, breath-led flow with gentle, mindful yin. An optiona...
Tags: Travel, Europe, UK, Fitness, Health & wellbeing, Food And Drink, Top 10s, Yoga Holidays, Europe Holidays, Santorini, Health And Fitness Holidays, Oia, Louise, Louise Gillespie Smith


10 of the best creative retreats in the UK and Europe

Want to sit quietly with your paints or handicrafts, burst into song, or use kung fu or dance to get moving? We pick holidays for nourishing your inner makerTao’s, a meditation centre on a hill overlooking the sea on the island of Paros, hosts a dance retreat each September. The style of dance is “open floor movement”, which is said to boost creativity and help people “refresh, recuperate, recharge and rejoice”. It is suitable for anyone who wants to move, regardless of age or experience. The sc...
Tags: Travel, Art, Europe, UK, Life and style, Meditation, Health & wellbeing, Craft, Top 10s, Learning Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays, Europe Holidays, Health And Fitness Holidays, Christiana


Second sea day of of six sea days crossing the Atlantic Friday 9th November 2018

We had a lazy start to the day as we have nothing to rush for over the next few days.The clocks went back an hour last night so we are getting closer to the US east coast time zone which is five hours behind UK time.We cleared a few admin tasks. We
Tags: Travel, UK, US, Atlantic


Taking The Waters

ltspangtltspangt ltspangtltspangtThe Peak District can be a tricky place in winter. The weather can change in an instant in the high altitude well high altitude by UK standards. The Other Half seemed keen to have a day out
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UK tourists among those injured in Cuba bus crash

Latest reports say seven people have died and others are critical
Tags: Travel, UK, Cuba


Inn-charge: Premier Inn Trials UK’s First Battery-powered Hotel

The Gyle at Edinburgh Park, Premier Inn, has become the UK's first battery-powered hotel in a bid to improve energy efficiency, secure power supply and enable energy cost savings on-site.
Tags: Travel, UK, Edinburgh Park Premier Inn


Govt: UK airports to have military-grade anti-drone equipment

Defence secretary says it's a 'logical' move
Tags: Travel, UK, Defence


Weekly Roundup, Friday 11 January 2019

Bet you don’t know what this is, where it is, and what it does (did)? See final item. Good morning It has been an exciting week, with our “next generation” daily news curation service taking shape behind the scenes.  Part of this is a new and more active Twitter feed. If you’re on Twitter, please do follow our new Twitter account, @TheTvlInsider.  If you were following our earlier Twitter account, feel free to unfollow that one, and please now follow our new @TheTvlInsider account. The new Twit...
Tags: Travel, Twitter, UK, Science, London, Trains, Disney, Siri, Tech, Aer Lingus, Karen, David, Atlantic, Britain, Heathrow, Gatwick


Motorcycle tour of the Himalayas

Picture this: You’re cruising through the Himalayan high country, winding around tight mountain roads and crossing frosted rivers. Your fingers are gripping the handlebars, and a brisk wind is blowing, but you can’t help smiling and yelling “WHOOO!” This is a typical day on the Ride The Himalayas tour, a 15-day motorbike ride from the Indian city of New Delhi into the Himalayan high country that takes place three times each summer. Ride The Himalayas founder and lead guide Rahul Yadav, a sof...
Tags: Travel, UK, Adventure, China, India, US, Pakistan, Himalayas, New Delhi, Kashmir, Himalaya, Rahul, Jammu, Macchu Picchu, Rahul Yadav, Royal Enfield Himalayan


UK Hotels Attain Second Consecutive Month of Earnings Growth in November

Building on October's GOPPAR gains, UK hotels successfully produced a second consecutive month of profit growth in November, positioning hotels in the region to achieve another successful year of trading, according to the latest data tracking full-service hotels from HotStats.
Tags: Travel, UK, GOPPAR


How to Add a Travel Career Break to Your Resume

The idea of taking a career gap to travel – especially mid-career rather than at the beginning – has conjured up negative assumptions among employers. Sometimes taking a career gap can create the illusion that the individual in question is trying to ‘escape’ or is ‘taking a step back’. While employers’ attitudes towards career break travel are changing, some of these misconceptions still linger. As career-break travelers, we need to be the ones to start showing how this unique personal developme...
Tags: Travel, UK, Featured, Graham, Kate, Job Hunt, Long-term Travel, Don, Work Abroad, Career Break, Green Chameleon, Christopher Burns, Andre Benz, Career Breaks, Kate Wicklow, Al Powell Representation Democracy


Man Group to fight $156m Kuwaiti lawsuit | Financial Times

Man Group to fight $156m Kuwaiti lawsuit | Financial Times:A Kuwaiti state pension fund is suing Man Group, the UK alternative investment manager, in a UK court for $156m. The Gulf country’s Public Institution for Social Security filed the lawsuit in November, the government-run agency told Reuters in a statement. It claimed that Man entered into “secret contracts with a former PIFSS executive between 1996 to 2013.” Its press statement did not provide any further explanation. The Kuwaiti fund co...
Tags: Travel, UK, Financial Times, Gulf, Reuters, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Man Group, Public Institution for Social Security


#Kuwait pension fund says files lawsuit against UK's MAN Group | ZAWYA MENA Edition

Kuwait pension fund says files lawsuit against UK's MAN Group | ZAWYA MENA Edition:Kuwait’s Public Institution for Social Security (PIFSS) said on Wednesday it had filed a lawsuit against UK asset manager MAN Group Plc and its subsidiaries.The pension fund is seeking $156 million in compensation relating to secret contracts between MAN Group and a former PIFSS executive between 1996 to 2013, it said in a statement.The lawsuit was filed with the UK's Supreme Court, the fund said in the statement....
Tags: Travel, UK, Kuwait, Man Group Plc, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Man Group, UK s Supreme Court, PIFSS, Public Institution for Social Security PIFSS


OYO unlocks homes in Dubai to restore balance in hospitality

25-year-old OYO founder Ritesh Agarwal must've had a really happy NYE as the company he founded only a few years ago is seeing great results in global markets. From Asia to the UK — and now the Middle East — it seems there's no stopping his hospitality empire.
Tags: Travel, Asia, UK, Middle East, Dubai, Nye, Ritesh Agarwal, Oyo


Norway’s fanaost is the best cheese

If you love cheese but always stick to the typical European cheeses we all know and love, then you’re missing out on the best cheese in the world. A family-run farm in Norway holds one of the most prestigious titles in the cheese-making world: overall winner of the World Cheese Awards. The winning aged gouda is called fanaost, and is made by Norwegian cheesemaker named Jørn Hafslund on the Ostegården farm. Fanaost beat out 3,472 cheeses from around the world to claim the title. With a herd of...
Tags: Travel, UK, Cheese, France, Israel, US, Spain, Austria, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, All, Bergen Norway, Cheeses, Norwegian Cheese, Jørn Hafslund


UK set for big rise in high-spending Japanese visitors this year

Greater numbers will boost spend by up to andpound;35 million
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Travel News: January 9, 2019

Carnival Cruise Line Reconsidering Room Service Changes Travel Pulse Less than a week after Carnival Cruise Line announced room service would no longer be complimentary on its ships, the company said it is waiting to make those changes until a better plan could be put in place. According to a Facebook post from Carnival brand ambassador John Heald, the cruise line revealed that it was evaluating the adjustments made to its room service plan initially scheduled to take effect in January.   Car C...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, UK, California, Siri, Porsche, Las Vegas, Bmw, Alexa, Palm Springs, Consumer Electronics Show, Carnival Cruise Line, News And Deals, Joshua Tree, Joshua Tree National Park


Smartest countries in the world

This chart might be the best way to gain some bragging rights over your international friends. Or it might make you the butt of their jokes. Either way, we’ve all wondered what the smartest country in the world is, and now science has the answer. Vouchercloud has used various measures of historic, present, and future intelligence to determine the world’s smartest nations. It looked at each country’s number of Nobel Prize wins (past), IQ test results (present), and educational achievement (fut...
Tags: Travel, Japan, UK, Singapore, US, Culture, United States, Netherlands, Oxford University, Vouchercloud, Countries Ranked By Intelligence, national IQ, Nobel Prize Winners, Smartest Countries, Smartest Nations, Switzerland China


Top 10 most family friendly beach holiday destinations in Europe

The numbers are in. As millions of families begin planning and booking their holidays for the year ahead, a study by On the Beach, the UK’s leading beach holiday specialist, has calculated and ranked Europe’s top 50 family beach holidays destinations – according to the criteria that matter most to parents. The Family Beach Index, […] The post Top 10 most family friendly beach holiday destinations in Europe appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
Tags: Travel, Europe, UK, Greece, Spain, Cyprus, Turkey, Middle East, Regions, Western Europe


Best VPNs for China 2019 (that still work despite the ban)

Update January 2019: As many of you know, China spent a good portion of 2018 cracking down on VPN usage throughout the country and even threatened to ban all non-state sanctioned VPNs. Obviously, that hasn’t happened (expats are still using VPNs today). So what’s the deal? Do the best VPNs for China still work? As an expat who has spent over a decade in China, I’d like to offer my thoughts and recommendations. Sadly this website, like many others, has been blocked in China since 2009 ...
Tags: Travel, Asia, UK, China, US, Los Angeles, Apple TV, Netflix, Internet Access, New York Times, Tips, Vpn, North America, Xinjiang, Wall Street Journal, Facebook Twitter and Instagram


Pilots welcome new anti-drone measures at UK airports

But they say compulsory registration of devices should be accelerated
Tags: Travel, UK


Ryanair passengers bus to Greece

When you’ve just landed after a long-haul flight, the last thing you want is to board a bus for another leg of travel. Imagine how the passengers of this Ryanair flight felt when their plane from London, bound for Greece, landed in Romania instead and were told to catch a bus the rest of the way to Greece. The plane was supposed to arrive in Thessaloniki, Greece, by 10:00 PM, but fog at the airport caused a diversion. Normally the plane would land in Skopje, the nearby Macedonian capital, but...
Tags: Travel, UK, London, News, Greece, Ryanair, Romania, Ryan Air, Flight Delay, Budget Airline, Skopje, Christina, Thessaloniki, London Stansted, Timisoara, THESSALONIKI Greece


Indian curries you need to try

People are creatures of habit — especially when it comes to food. It’s simply easier to stick to tried-and-true dishes that we know are delicious. With Indian food, that often means ordering (and re-ordering) the regular recommendations of chicken tikka masala, garlic naan, dal, and biryani. Indian cuisine, however, is much more than that. The menus of many Indian restaurants in the US and UK are typically dominated by Mughlai dishes, a category of north Indian food. Some classic orders lack ...
Tags: Travel, Food, UK, India, US, Goa, Mumbai, Kerala, Indian Food, Tso, Glasgow Scotland, Kadhi, Sarson, Mughlai, Indian Curries, Indian curry



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