Ad wars: battle begins for hearts and wallets of Christmas travellers

A day after a problem with its runway lights triggered dozens of long delays, Heathrow Airport has launched its Christmas advert. The slogan of the ad is ‘Making it home makes it Christmas’, and it depicts a couple of retired bears named Doris and Edward Bair,...

'They didn't even know the capital of the country we were in' – the truth about travel influencers

I wasn’t sure how long I’d be able to watch my plate of piping hot pancakes be nudged and bumped around a dining table before my temper would begin to flare. For the first minute I simply watched on bemused and entertained, as cappuccinos and avocados mashed on toast...

The age of the self-indulgent 'explorer' is over – true adventurers are scientists, like me

As the first crackle of thunder reverberated around me I knew I needed to act fast. A bolt of lightning followed almost immediately, too quickly for me to find a safe landing point and get off the water. It was the first day of The Hudson Project, my mission to solo paddleboard...

Untold tales of war – and a compelling new look at York

It is often the small, unexpected details that have the biggest impact. I’m in York Cemetery to pay my respects to the fallen in the freshly-mown ‘soldiers lawn’ when the man leading me there calls me over to look at some photographs on his phone. The black and...

Flybe flight that plunged 500 feet due to incorrect autopilot setting, new report reveals

A Flybe flight that nosedived at a rate of 4,300 feet a minute was down to an incorrect autopilot setting, according to an incident report this morning. The aircraft dropped 500 feet in 18 seconds, according to the report from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB),...

Skiing in Scotland in crisis after £20m lift closed and ski school shut

The unpredictable nature of the Scottish ski industry has hit boiling point this week. The main lift in the country’s second largest resort, Cairngorm Mountain, is closed indefinitely, and this has now been followed by the closure of the ski school – a startling blow...

Hot Hotel: Inside the QE2, which has been reborn as a Dubai hotel

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10 brilliant restaurants for a gourmet weekend in Bruges

Bruges has a number of seriously good chefs and its highly competitive restaurant scene, much frequented by locals, keeps prices keen (if relatively expensive by UK standards; expect to pay €50-€60/£44-£52 per head, or more, for a good-quality three-course...

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