Which locations from famous novels do you know?

To mark the start of the Hay Festival, we’ve devised the following quiz on locations that feature in some of the world’s most famous novels. Do you know which region of England the Hound of the Baskervilles terrified? What about the river that features in Heart of...

Germany knocked off top spot as world's most powerful passports revealed

German citizens still possess the world’s most powerful passport, according to new research, but there’s good news for the UK, which has climbed the table from joint eighth to joint third place.  The ranking by Henley & Partners, a citizenship and...

Escaping overtourism: Unlikely wilderness close to Europe's most crowded cities

The issue of ‘overtourism’ has never been more acute. Venice, Barcelona, Mallorca and Dubrovnik have all seen protests against foreign visitors in recent months, and now the problem appears to be spreading to Amsterdam, with the Dutch city announcing a raft of...

One in four UK children has never swum in the British sea

For the millions of people whose childhood holidays involved huddling behind a windbreak on the rain-lashed UK coast, there was some surprising news this week: a quarter of the country’s children have never swum in the British sea. What’s more, almost one in five have...

Tranquil things to do in London's quietest boroughs

London’s quietest borough? The surprising answer, according to new research, is the home of Brick Lane and Canary Wharf: Tower Hamlets. Average noise levels of 53.3dB were recorded in the city centre district, helping it pip Sutton (53.8dB), Waltham Forest (56.1bB), Croydon...

Your rights after the flight from hell? Non-existent

Consider which of the following air travel scenarios sounds worse. A three-hour delay, followed by an otherwise smooth and comfortable journey – or a 12-hour flight with no entertainment, a broken seat, and no food? I’d wager most people would take three hours of...

Airline's decision to scrap tomato juice sparks passenger outrage

Don’t stand in the way of an air passenger and their bloody Mary. That is the valuable lesson United Airlines learned this week after its decision to scrap tomato juice on selected flights sparked a wave of indignation. United, the world’s fourth biggest airline,...

Italy's greatest cycling holidays

After a long weekend in Israel, and a couple of appetisers in Sicily, the Giro d’Italia – professional cycling’s second most prestigious stage race after the Tour de France – begins in earnest today with a brutal slog up the slopes of Mount Etna. Over the...

17 fascinating things you didn't know about Romania

To mark Romania’s independence day (each year on May 10 it celebrates freedom from the Ottoman Empire, earned in 1877) here are a few quirky facts about the country.  1. It’s home to the world’s heaviest building Bucharest’s vast Palace of the...

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