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20 of the best autumn getaways around the UK

Part two From food festivals to half-term adventures and romantic breaks, here’s where to feast on autumn colours and atmosphere• Autumn breaks part one Culinary adventures, Stockbridge, Edinburgh Continue reading...

Climate campaigners condemn 'joy flights' for travellers who miss flying

Rise in scenic round-trips by air in Australia and Asia is ‘insanity,’ say environmentalists Environmental campaigners have condemned the rise of scenic “joy flights” aimed at passengers “missing the excitement of travel”.Tickets for a seven-hour round trip from Sydney with Qantas sold out within 10 minutes, making it one of the airline’s fastest selling...

Wikipedia edits have massive impact on tourism, say economists

Adding a few paragraphs and photos can boost revenue by £100,000 for small citiesForget glossy travel brochures and whizzy online sites; one of the most cost-effective ways tourism chiefs can drive business to their towns or cities is by updating their Wikipedia page.An experiment by economists at the Collegio Carlo Alberto in Turin, Italy, and ZEW...

Family fun and coasteering in Tenby, Wales

Scrambling up and jumping off Pembrokeshire’s wild coastline is an exhilarating activity for kids – but will mum also take the plunge?‘I’ll go first,” says my eight-year-old son, the youngest of our small group, manoeuvring himself past adults and bigger children on to a slab of overhanging rock, five metres above the churning sea. He looks over the...

Holiday firms quit Abta – leaving thousands fighting for refunds

On the Beach and Love Holidays’ split from travel agents’ association angers customers trying to get money back for cancelled holidaysTwo of the UK’s largest online travel agents, On the Beach and Love Holidays, have left the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta), following disputes over customer refunds.The move means thousands of customers who...

10 memorable UK wildlife discoveries: readers’ tips

Raptors, beavers, and a daisy chain of weasels … our readers share their most memorable wildlife encounters of this indelible summerOur daily lockdown walk took us along Exeter’s urban flood defence channel, where a pair of great crested grebes have kept the whole family entertained. Starting with amazing mating dances in March, nest building throughout...

15 brilliant autumn UK breaks for solo travellers, couples or small groups

Part one We pick trips that take in beautiful scenery, adventurous activities, fab food, stargazing, wellness and great places to stay. Part two on SaturdaySolo travellers: Chase the stars, NorthumberlandUnforeseen confinement this year has encouraged many of us to look to the skies for escapism, and stargazing has never seemed like a more appealing...

Walking back to happiness – in south Devon's hidden places

With her local walking trails much busier post-lockdown, the author and poet finds peace and a sense of perspective on less travelled routesI am a cautious walker. Not on account of the terrain or incline but, since lockdown, because of those I might meet on the way, wondering if there will be room for us to pass safely.Although lockdown restrictions...

Thomas Cook relaunches as online travel agent

Customers can now tailor their own holidays after parent company and Club Med owner Fosun gains Atol licenceThomas Cook is being resurrected as an online-only travel business, exactly a year after the 178-year-old company ceased trading, stranding 150,000 holidaymakers abroad.The relaunch comes as the travel industry faces the worst tourism crisis since...

Send us a tip on your favourite run to win a £200 holiday voucher

Running has helped many of us through this difficult time. Tell us about a challenging or picturesque UK route you’ve discovered for the chance to win a Canopy & Stars glamping holidayWhether it’s a lung-busting hill climb or along a gentle river path, out in the wilds or an interesting route through your home town or city, this week we want you...

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