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Why I only take one holiday flight a year

Why I only take one holiday flight a year There is no longer any doubt that we need to reduce the number of flights we take to help tackle climate change – and make any trip we do go on count In the Netherlands they say vliegschaamte; the Swedes say flygskam; and the Germans Flugscham. The words all mean “fly shame”, or the guilt that travellers experience when they fly off somewhere knowing they are contributing to climate change. In contrast, the British have little or no flight shame. We take 70 million flights a year, our aviation industry is growing fast and our government wants more runways (pdf ) for even more flights, scuppering any chance of meeting…

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10 of the best ethical travel companies

10 of the best ethical travel companies One way travellers can make a positive contribution to their destination is by holidaying with a company that puts something back into the local community One of the first carbon-neutral tour operators, Intrepid has invested more than £2.5m into grassroots projects globally and donated 100% of profits from a season of trips to Nepal to help rebuild after the 2015 earthquake. The first company to drop elephant rides from its trips, Intrepid is a leader on child protection, uses local guides and aims to double female tour leader numbers by 2020. On its 15-day Kathmandu to Delhi trip, guests stay at Madi Valley homestay, which it helped set up with WWF (from…

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Mountain rescue: Why bothies need a helping hand – a photo essay

Mountain rescue: Why bothies need a helping hand – a photo essay Bothies, free to use by anyone out in remote parts of the UK, are more popular than ever. But they’re maintained by veteran volunteers and need younger blood if they are to survive for future generations The Mountain Bothies Association (MBA) is a charity made up of volunteers who maintain more than 100 remote shelters across England, Wales and Scotland. It was founded in 1965 by Bernard Heath after he spotted a remark in the visitor book at the Backhill of the Bush bothy in Galloway Forest park, suggesting the setting up of a club to save a growing number of deserted farm buildings from ruin. Continue…

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10 of the best ethical holidays: readers’ travel tips

10 of the best ethical holidays: readers’ travel tips Trips that respect the environment and benefit local people make for particularly enriching breaks, as our picks from Belfast to Costa Rica show I was amazed to discover that it is possible to enjoy the extreme beauty of Ladakh while treading lightly and investing locally. Plastic-free co-operative shops that would be the envy of Brighton and Bristol abound in the capital, Leh. At shops like Dzomsa on Old Fort Road you can fill up your water bottles, scoop bulk fruit, nuts and herbal teas into paper bags and pick up unpackaged, locally made soap and knitted goods – the sun-dried Ladakhi apricots are wonderful. We trekked for eight days through…

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Sex surprise at sea: when a dream cruise turns into a nightmare

Sex surprise at sea: when a dream cruise turns into a nightmare A Northern Irish couple are seeking compensation after claiming to find a crew member in flagrante in their cruise-ship cabin. But on some liners, anything goes Even on a £4,800 trip of a lifetime, a holidaymaker doesn’t expect this. A UK couple are seeking compensation after saying they boarded a cruise ship sailing from Singapore to Phuket to find another man and woman in flagrante in their designated cabin. Bobby and Mary Jackson, aged 64 and 62, from County Antrim, Northern Ireland, were offered £200 each off their next journey with Norwegian Cruise Line. Mrs Jackson told the Sunday Post: “I was traumatised and I needed a…

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Riding Canada’s Skeena train: from Jasper to the Pacific

Riding Canada’s Skeena train: from Jasper to the Pacific One of the most quietly spectacular rail journeys in the world is also a lifeline for communities along its route. The author of new book Around the World in 80 Trains takes in the view Inhaling the sharp scent of fresh pine, I lean over the half-open carriage doorway as tufts of dandelion heads whip by on the wind, and a bald eagle swoops overhead. Barely 12 miles have passed since we departed Jasper, Alberta, but I’m desperate to spot a bear. So far unsuccessful, I gaze out as the Skeena train approaches the south face of Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Against an electric-blue sky,…

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Torquay B&B tops UK-dominated list of world’s best

Torquay B&B tops UK-dominated list of world’s best The 25 is one of five British bed and breakfasts in global top 10 in TripAdvisor awards Small details make Torquay B&B a winner A six-bedroom B&B in Torquay has been crowned the best in the world based on visitor ratings. The 25 came out top and was one of five UK B&Bs in the world’s top 10 in the travellers’ choice 2019 awards organised by TripAdvisor. Continue reading… Go to Source Author: Rebecca Smithers Consumer affairs correspondent Tweet

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Bali’s wild west coast: unspoilt and uncrowded

Bali’s wild west coast: unspoilt and uncrowded Quiet beaches, great surf, jungle to explore and wildlife to watch – and within easier reach on a new non-stop flight from the UK to Bali Adeng adeng is a traditional Balinese mantra meaning “slowly, slowly”. It’s a phrase you don’t often hear these days among the traffic jams and sunbed logjams of Bali’s booming tourism centres. People say that Bali is spoiled and for years the search has been on for a “new Bali”. But the old Bali never really disappeared: it just went west. Continue reading… Go to Source Author: Mark Eveleigh Tweet

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Amid lava fields and lizards: a walking trip on El Hierro, Canaries

Amid lava fields and lizards: a walking trip on El Hierro, Canaries Before Columbus, the island of El Hierro was the ‘edge of the world’. Today, its volcanic peaks and forest offer superb family trekking Clouds of volcanic dust envelop the car as we judder down the track through the Malpaís – the badlands. Contorted lava fields and cinder cones surround us in a fierce display. This was once believed to be the end of the Earth. Before Columbus voyaged to America, El Hierro – the smallest and least-visited of the Canary Islands – was the westernmost edge of the known world. Continue reading… Go to Source Author: Kari Herbert Tweet

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Floats our boat: sailing Sri Lanka’s south coast

Floats our boat: sailing Sri Lanka’s south coast Not many people think of Sri Lanka as a sailing destination but that is now changing thanks to an initiative set up after the 2004 tsunami After blazing down all day, the sun slips behind a bank of clouds in the west. As we make for a bay just beyond Dondra Head, the lighthouse on this most southerly point of the country grows slowly larger against a golden sky. It’s a laid-back moment on the sundeck of the Crystal, literally: most of us are pretty much horizontal in the relative cool of the evening. Continue reading… Go to Source Author: Liz Boulter Tweet

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