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Why Gary Lineker was right to speak out about receiving racist abuse

Most people who look at Match of the Day host Gary Lineker would have no difficulty recognising that the man is white – and so it’s little surprise that he was mocked after revealing in a podcast interview that he suffered “racist abuse” due to his “darkish skin” throughout childhood and at moments in his professional footballing career. While he immediately qualified his comments with the assertion that he was “as English as they come” (by...


I've stayed in Cabo San Lucas' most beautiful hotels. Here are my 11 favorite places whether you want an all-inclusive party or a remote beach villa.

Mexico's Los Cabos is filled with incredible hotels, from all-inclusive beach resorts to 5-star luxury. Here are the best hotels in Cabo San Lucas.


I live in Notting Hill, London. Here are 5 things I wish tourists knew before visiting.

Notting Hill, a neighborhood in west London, is a popular tourist destination because it's a filming location in classic movies like "Love Actually."


Open your eyes to Britain’s hidden history. Here’s our pick of places to explore

Hidden histories. In 2022, this phrase may bring to mind heated arguments at the National Trust, disputes over controversial statues, and the righteous efforts of campaigners and academics to write various groups of people back into the shared story of these islands. But perhaps it has a double meaning. I’ve always thought of Britain as in some way hidden: a nooks and crannies kind of place, its best and most stirring bits often tricky to find,...


5 surprisingly cheap all-inclusive holidays you can book right now

All-inclusive doesn’t need to be dull or expensive. These top resorts offer something more while keeping the price reasonable


A pilgrim’s (rather slow) progress on Sicily’s most recent long-distance trail

“ Sol a?” “Si, sol a.” Wherever I went, I was asked the same question: are you alone? When I replied in the affirmative, people were shocked and disapproving. Lone female travellers are still rare in Sicily’s hinterland, and those on foot are rarer still. I was walking the Magna Via Francigena – the Great Road of the Frankish Knights – a nine-day, 116-mile coast-to-coast pilgrimage from Palermo, the Sicilian capital in the north, to Agrigento in...


‘Solitude and awful wildness’: why you should visit Castlerigg stone circle

It was by accident, more or less, that we visited Castlerigg stone circle on 21 December 2016 – the day of the winter solstice. My partner and I were holed up in the Lake District for a few days after an exhausting year, beset by work stress and political upheavals. The weather was mostly foul and our hotel, the wonderful old Kirkstile Inn near Loweswater, was warm and well stocked with board games and beer. On the penultimate day, we decided...


Grand Canyon campers are contracting norovirus, causing diarrhea and vomiting on rafting excursions

Campers and rafters from eight tour groups in the Grand Canyon reported getting sick to their stomachs. Some had to be airlifted out of the canyon.


Worried about holiday travel chaos? Make sure you have the right insurance

After being grounded by the coronavirus pandemic, many UK families are looking forward to going abroad this summer but the recent scenes of travel chaos at airports means buying travel insurance should be top of your to-do list. The likelihood of widespread cancellations and delays means it has “never been more important” to ensure that you have adequate travel insurance from the moment you book your holiday, says Rory Boland, the travel editor...


2 migrants who died in a sweltering Texas truck were 'excited' to travel to the US so they could finally build their mom a house, their devastated mother said

Karen Caballero told the Associated Press that one of her sons was worried something might happen to them on their journey to America.


Waterfield Air Travel Backpack review

Brilliantly designed for urban journeys this all-in-one for two laptops proves an excellent travel backpack for work trips and weekends away


Airport chaos disrupts holiday plans of hundreds of thousands of Australians

As airport queues stretched out the door on Saturday wreaking havoc on the holiday plans of hundreds of thousands of travellers, Sydney airport said people arriving too far in advance for their flight was exacerbating problems caused by wet weather, school holidays and continuing staff shortages. In Sydney, Guardian Australia understands there were technical issues with luggage check-in systems across several domestic airlines on Friday and...


Cabo San Lucas is a paradise for the outdoors — here are 8 adventures for an adrenaline rush, plus the best 8 beaches to relax in the sun

Whether scuba diving with whales, racing on sand dunes, or relaxing on Mexico's beautiful beaches, here are the best things to do in Cabo San Lucas.


Go wild in the country: 10 of the best UK wildlife holidays

Rewilding retreat, Cairngorms Discover the richness of Scotland’s wildlife on a week-long tour, focusing on the rewilding programmes that are opening up across the Highlands. The trip offers the chance to see red kites – recently reintroduced to the region – bottlenose dolphins and ospreys, as well as watching pine martens from a private hide. Visits to remote crofts include talks on rewilding and time with a ranger at the Beinn Eighe National...


My husband and I spent two weeks exploring Alaska in a van. Here are 8 things that surprised us the most.

My husband and I are longtime Alaska locals who drove a retrofitted van through Anchorage, Palmer, Valdez, Fairbanks, and Denali National Park.


How to Get Help for Your Abortion

The abortion mutual aid network getting patients the funds, travel, and childcare assistance they need.


The Perfect Montauk Weekend

Heading out East before summer's over? Here are a few of our favorite local spots.


Many US companies move to pay travel costs for employees seeking abortions

Many US corporate giants have moved swiftly to provide support and financial assistance to employees seeking abortions in states that outlawed the procedure following the US supreme court’s decision on Friday to overturn its landmark Roe v Wade ruling. With potentially millions of women soon looking to cross state lines for the procedure, many employers have added “critical healthcare” packages to employees benefit packages. The measures...


‘We were hopeless at pétanque’: readers’ favourite campsites in France

Winning tip: Camping with cascades, Occitanie If you want to fall asleep to the hypnotic rhythms of waterfalls, Camping les Cascades is for you. At the foot of the Cascades du Sautadet, an hour’s drive north of Avignon and not far from Orange, this four-star site is in a lush, verdant area of unspoilt nature. You can also splash about in the swimming pool or paddling pools with the children, or have a nice day on the Cèze river beach or walk out...


Tripping the light fantastic: a year-round calendar of Australia’s light-based festivals

When Vivid launched in 2009, the concept of an Australian festival exclusively focused on large-scale light installations was a novel one. A decade and a half later, they’re everywhere. This year’s Vivid festival attracted well over a million visitors and there is now a year-round calendar of similar festivals, exhibitions and installations in every state. Illuminate festival in Adelaide launched last year, but its co-artistic director, Lee...


Grounded! What to do in an airport if your flight is delayed by one, three, six or 12 hours

This was supposed to be a glorious summer. With Covid largely diminished, it was going to be the first year since 2019 where we would all get to pack our suitcases and jet off to warmer climes. Clearly, that hasn’t happened. There are several factors at play here. The cost of living crisis in the UK has put foreign travel out of the reach of many; the rail strikes have made getting to the airport more difficult; a new wave of Covid has stopped...


UK gave airlines 4.4m free pollution permits in 2021, study finds

The UK government gave airlines nearly a quarter of a billion pounds in free pollution permits in a single year, enough for the entire industry to dodge a carbon emissions cap and trade scheme entirely, according to new research. In 2021, the UK Emissions Trading Scheme (UK ETS), which charges polluters per tonne of carbon emitted, handed airlines 4.4m free allowances, but the industry only surrendered 3.4m back. In effect, UK taxpayers covered...


Inside the lair of the She-Wolf of France: why you should visit Castle Rising

Castle Rising castle. Once you say it, there’s no obvious place to stop: “Castle-Rising-castle-rising … castle … rising … castle.” This chant would come, without fail, from the back of the car as we headed past fields of lavender, between high hedgerows, down narrow lanes leading to nowhere except, yes, Castle Rising: the tiny village with almshouses, ancient cottages and abundant gardens; the handsome church, its ornate west front heavily...


Why housekeepers in Atlantic City say they prefer to clean customers' rooms every day: 'You're just offloading more work'

If you think you're being polite by holding off on a hotel's daily cleaning service, think again, several Atlantic City hotel housekeepers told Insider.


Gobsmackingly awe-inspiring: a cost conscious guide to Uluru and surrounds

You’ve seen it on tea towels, TV ads and kitschy souvenirs. But it’s a good bet that you haven’t seen it up close and personal in all its red-earth glory. Uluru is almost a victim of its iconic status. We Australians know it so well that many of us don’t know it at all. While international travellers circle the globe to marvel at the icon of the red centre, Australians tend to be blasé about what’s in their own backyard. Perhaps we reckon it’s...


The first time I’ve enjoyed cycling in a city: my Tour de Copenhagen

This is the first time I’ve actually enjoyed cycling in a city. Previously I have been a car-watcher on two wheels, a fume-breathing pothole dodger, my existence begrudged by every four-wheeled, “proper” road user. Now, just outside the Tivoli Gardens, an older lady shoots past me on a shopper-chopper with a cheery “Hihi”, which alerts me to the fact that I am on the wrong side of the bike lane. Imagine: a bike lane broad enough to allow safe...


10 of Europe’s best destinations for LGBTQ+ travellers this Pride season

It’s 2003 and my boyfriend and I are hovering nervously at a hotel reception in Woodbridge, Suffolk. We can sense the frosty contempt of the fiftysomething male at the desk when we ask for a double, not a twin room. After we check in, we’re both tetchy: I’m annoyed at how we’ve been treated, while my partner believes we should just “accept” it, that “it’s just the way it is.” Back then, there was little you could do about such blatant prejudice...


I took the train to Graz, Austria – here’s my guide to the city

Graz truly is a tale of two cities. The old town lies on the east bank of the River Mur under the lee of the tree-covered Schlossberg. The hill was a medieval fortress until an irate Napoleon demanded its walls be destroyed by the inhabitants; around its base, a harmonious blend of historic architecture ranging from Franciscan simplicity to Habsburgian splendour now houses a well-heeled commercial centre. Until a generation ago, the east bank’s...


Hidden Spain: where to stay and what to do off the beaten track

A lot of us have been rather surprised to discover how much we like being in nature and all that outdoorsy stuff over the past couple of years. Of course, we all still love our city breaks – nothing like an exhilarating weekend in Madrid, Barcelona or Valencia to pep us up – but Spain is also really good for getting away from it all, whether in the mountains, an unspoiled stretch of coast or in a village you just happen to come across on a road...


Ryanair boss says travellers face years of flight chaos

Michael O’Leary warned airfares would rise for the next five years because flying has become ‘too cheap’


TSA Is No Longer Scanning Boarding Passes at These Airports

The new tech is part of an effort to speed crowds through airport security this summer.


Welcome to the fun house! Sharks, skaters and smelters liven up Documenta 15

On the parched grass outside the Fridericianum Museum in Kassel, one of the oldest public museums in the world, sits a wan little black tent. Painted on one side is a statement: “The emergency has replaced the contemporary.” I’m not even certain that this tent is officially part of Documenta 15, or a response to it, but it is as succinct as any other definition of the current edition of the exhibition. Held every five years in the city,...


British Muslim travel agencies in uproar over Saudi hajj changes

British Muslim travel companies have said they face going out of business, with travellers potentially losing thousands of pounds, after Saudi Arabia launched a new system for applying for the hajj pilgrimage. The Saudi government announced this month that pilgrims from Europe, the US and Australia could no longer book through travel agencies and would instead have to apply through a lottery system. A drastically reduced quota will permit a few...


US travel chaos unlikely to improve as Fourth of July looms, experts say

As Fourth of July travel chaos looms, experts are warning that a combination of factors including pilot shortages, the climate crisis and even the rise of drones means the situation is unlikely to get better soon. Over the Memorial Day and Juneteenth holiday weekends more than 3,000 flights were canceled and more than 19,000 were delayed. About 1,800 flights have been canceled so far this week, according to the Hill. Travelers can expect yet...


‘Get lost, be nice, find the nooks and crannies!’ Insider tips on how to really enjoy a festival

Bill Klemperer, steward Best memory: I saw two guys a few years ago completely covered in mud. And they were running up to people trying to hug them and everyone was going “nooooo”. And I was thinking, “you’re enjoying that now mate but in the morning you’re gonna need a shower!” Festival advice: Stay chilled and keep walking. And when you’re tired, stop, have a drink. It’s confusing. It’s great to get lost. Get lost, be nice to people, find the...


‘Figures of Speech’ Shares Virgil Abloh’s Wide-Angled Vision

Curator Antwaun Sargent discusses the late designer’s revamped retrospective, opening tomorrow at the Brooklyn Museum.


Protests grow in fight to reclaim Italy’s beaches from private clubs

There is an Italian expression, derived from a 1963 song by Piero Focaccia, that neatly encapsulates the deeply ingrained rituals of summertime beachgoers: stessa spiaggia, stesso mare (same beach, same sea). Year in, year out, this often extends to paying a tidy sum to rent the same cabin, same lounger and same umbrella covering the same patch of sand, at the same lido or beach resort, preferably in a prestigious row close to the shoreline, for...


Christmas in July: top things to do to escape Australia’s winter blues

When Vincent Hernandez arrived in Australia from France, he loved it – but noticed something was missing. A European Christmas. So in 2018 the festival director launched a Christmas in July celebration in Sydney’s Rocks district, to bring the festive season he knew so well from home down under. “For any Europeans living in Australia … Christmas should be in winter,” he says. “All the good things that come with the comfort food, the cheese,...


Why train stations need staffed ticket offices

What is the evidence that ticket offices are unnecessary ( Boris Johnson backs plans to close ticket offices as fresh rail strike talks loom, 26 June)? Boris Johnson’s reference to “ticket offices that are barely used, or sell one ticket every hour” is misleading, based on the exceptional few. First, ticket office staff also advise the many people who only rarely use trains. Websites don’t provide guidance in a sympathetic way to people who are...


Coronavirus and summer travel: how to stay safe on holiday

Whether heading for a scorching Mallorca beach or dancing beneath neon flags at a music festival, millions of people will be hoping for a Covid-free summer. But it isn’t working out like that. With infections soaring once more, how can people make sure they stay safe and keep holiday plans on track? How vulnerable am I to getting Covid on a plane or train? Crowded spaces are ideal for spreading infection, and the dominant Omicron strains BA.4...


London City airport seeks end to Saturday flight ban

London City airport is seeking to overturn its Saturday flight ban and raise by 40% the limit on its passenger numbers. A local residents’ group has denounced the proposals to cut into the nearly 24-hour respite from aircraft noise from 1pm on Saturdays to 12.30pm on Sundays, granted when the airport was licensed. London City also wants to be allowed to operate more flights in the early morning and late evening, although it said only quieter new...


What it's really like in a $642-a-night inside stateroom on the smallest Disney Cruise

My family of four stayed in a windowless stateroom on the Disney Magic, and for all the money we saved, it was totally worth not having a balcony.


Did you solve it? Are you smart enough to work for Elon Musk?

Earlier today I set you the following problem, which was Elon Musk’s favourite interview question for engineers applying to work at SpaceX (according to his biographer Ashlee Vance). You’re standing on the surface of the Earth. You walk one mile south, one mile west and one mile north. You end up exactly where you started. Where are you? A correct answer is the North Pole. Musk would then ask: “Where else could it be?” Today’s first puzzle was...


Just 24 health workers helped under Morrison government scheme to bring 2,000 medics to Australia

Just 24 medical practitioners received direct assistance to come to Australia under a travel program announced by the Morrison government which promised to bring an extra 2,000 doctors and nurses into the country. As Australia faces skills shortages across the health and aged care sectors, information obtained from the Department of Health shows that a program set up by the former health minister Greg Hunt in October last year that promised to...


Share memories of a brilliant Interrail trip – you could win a holiday voucher

Interrail turned 50 this year – so it’s a perfect time to share reminiscences about European train trips you’ve made using the pass. Tell us about your best and worst experiences – you may have shared a compartment with a particularly “interesting” group of people, started a relationship, met friends for life, had extraordinary “it’s a small world” moments, or ended up in the wrong station or even country. You may just want to share details of...


A fire is raging toward Machu Picchu, and authorities say it's 'not been possible to get it under control'

The fire has been hard to combat because Machu Picchu, one of the seven wonders of the world, is so remote, authorities told Reuters.


Every aspect of travelling is chaos right now – is this the new normal?

It was midnight on Tuesday when I got a text from the bus company saying my overnight bus service “will be delayed approximately 1.5-2.5 hours, due to an operational issue. Please continue to wait at the pick up location.” The pick-up location was a dark and empty car park attached to a closed service station smack bang in central Queensland. It was cold. It was the middle of the night. Waiting there felt unsafe. So I made the decision to cut my...


I travel for a living and some of my favorite food is in Cabo San Lucas and Baja California Sur. Here are 12 restaurants where you should actually eat.

The Mexican peninsula is a food lover's paradise — from incredible tacos to the freshest sushi, there's a place for every taste.


Cemeteries are peaceful, open spaces – they can be for the living too

Is there any better way to feel connected with the meaning of life as by walking among the dead? Every time I wander through the cemetery near my inner city Brisbane house, I think about the people who once walked the land upon which I now walk, who were warmed by the same sun. Among the graves of those lost in war, I learn of bravery and tragedy. When I pass by small stones raised to lost children, I contemplate pain, suffering and loss....


Twin sisters swapped passports and used each other's identities to travel abroad more than 30 times

Before getting caught, the Zhou twins from China managed to visit Japan, Russia, and Thailand while pretending to be one another.