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Hotel booking site refuses refunds to furious customers after all bookings are cancelled

Hotel booking site refuses refunds to furious customers after all bookings are cancelled

Furious travellers are accusing a booking website of scamming them as it suddenly cancelled all their reservations and refused to return their money. Thousands of holiday-makers had their trips ruined and have been left out of pocket after an online booking agency suddenly cancelled all its reservations without refunding the […]

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‘Immigrant experience‘: Mexican theme park offers ‘simulated border crossing‘

‘Immigrant experience‘: Mexican theme park offers ‘simulated border crossing‘

It‘s a journey that costs families between $6000 and $12000 and sometimes costs lives – but a theme park in Mexico is charging 350 pesos ($25) per person to simulate the experience. Mexico‘s Parque Eco Albertois offers visitors a simulated border crossing to the US, with four-hour night walk over […]

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Virgin Australia under investigation after "flameout incident" stops engines midair

Virgin Australia under investigation after "flameout incident" stops engines midair

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is investigating a worrying incident involving a Virgin Australia ATR 72-600 VH-FVN in which both engines on the regional turboprop aircraft “flamed out” while flying in rain on Monday. According to , the incident, which occurred near Canberra airport, involved a flight from Sydney. […]

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Longer hauls, nicer planes, and other ways travel changed in 2018

If you‘re heading out of town this week, the airport may not look too different from the one you walked through in January. The same sitcoms are showing on your seatback screen, assuming you still have one. And hopefully the people you‘re traveling to visit are familiar faces, too. But […]

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British man, Pip Holmes, faces death penalty in Bali for possession

British man, Pip Holmes, faces death penalty in Bali for possession

A British man has revealed the sheer terror of facing time inside one of the world‘s most notorious prisons and the death penalty after his arrest in Bali last week. Pip Holmes, a 45-year-old father from Cornwall in England‘s southwest, was arrested on December 3 as he went to pick […]

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Superyachts: 2018 ranking reveals the biggest, brashest and best built this year

Superyachts: 2018 ranking reveals the biggest, brashest and best built this year

The world of superyachts is getting zanier by the year, as Boat International magazine‘s list of 101 biggest superyachts reveals. Submarine hangers, cascading waterfalls and sculpted hulls are some of the stand-out features built into private boats this year. Editor of Boat International, Stewart Campbell, was delighted by the stunning […]

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Winston Aldworth: Peace, out

Winston Aldworth: Peace, out

Welcome to the final edition of Travel for 2018. This week, we‘re devoting the entire magazine to celebrating the “best of” the year we‘ve just had. It‘s been a cracking year for our team — we‘ve sent writers to Copenhagen and Costa Rica, Edinburgh and Iran, Nevada and Noumea, Rakiura […]

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Best of Travel 2018: Food

Best of Travel 2018: Food

Best reason to eat your greens Umibudo seaweed, Okinawa Plants are the new meat and seaweed is the new plant. Okinawa is part of Japan (but closer to Taiwan than Tokyo) and its citizens are famous for their longevity — which some attribute to their excellent local cuisine. Visit Naha […]

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Police scrambled to meet Tigerair flight after ‘threat‘ found on Sydney Melbourne flight

Last night, Tigerair flight TT271 was forced to return to Sydney following the discovery of a supposed “threat” mid-flight. The “written threat” was found on the flight from Sydney to Melbourne after departing, shortly after a 7.05pm departure, . The flight was greeted by police on the runway who ordered […]

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Christmas sightings: Kayaking Claus and athletic St Nicks

Christmas sightings: Kayaking Claus and athletic St Nicks

It‘s a busy time for Santa Claus, but he‘s making time to feed some fish in San Francisco, kayak the frozen waters of Belarus and even chalk up a couple of marathons. (One way or another, Father Christmas has to work off those extra mince pies.) Scuba Santa in San […]

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