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Which countries are UK red list for travel?

Live updates: follow the latest news on Covid-19 variant Omicron Coronavirus travel restrictions have been updated in the UK after the Omicron mutation moved out of southern Africa, with confirmed cases in Europe, Hong Kong, Canada and, most recently, in Nigeria which has now been added to the UK red list. From 4am on December 7, British and Irish ...


I was a schoolboy chef at Birmingham’s Grand Hotel. Now I’m back – as a guest

The Grand Hotel is where I met the big bad world. In 1979, when I was 15, a work-experience place led to a part-time job as a commis chef, so I spent weekends as an underling in a huge, sweltering hotel kitchen full of moody, permanently hungover chefs preparing 1970s delicacies like prawn cocktail, black forest gateau and joints of meat and cauliflower cheese for the carvery restaurant. I still have asbestos hands developed from handling...


Kate Middleton and Prince William Have a "Secret" Third Home They Vacation In

Casual!


Sanctuary Mandela, ex-president's home turned into boutique hotel

Anti-apartheid legend Nelson Mandela liked hearty, simple meals, like oxtail stew. Which doesn't mean that they won't talk about Mandela.


Planning a trip to Dublin? Read up on these important advisories first

Here's what you need to know about visiting Dublin in Ireland when it comes to weather advisories, mask mandates, and other COVID regulations.


UK government’s hotel quarantine rule ‘breaches human rights’

The UK government is facing a legal challenge over its mandatory hotel quarantine policy which critics say constitutes a “fundamental breach of human rights”. The strict rules ushered in for travellers arriving from red list countries after the emergence of the Omicron Covid-19 variant have added thousands of pounds in costs for Britons holidaying ...


Anantara ‘s luxury resort on The World Islands to open on December 18

Say hello to the first hotel to open on the archipelago… Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas has announced its brand new hotel will open in Dubai on December 18. The location will be pretty unique, as the hotel has been built on Dubai’s World Islands. The new resort will be situated on Clarence Island, within […]


How Christmas markets became a classic holiday tradition

From their pagan roots and brush with Nazis, Germany’s beloved bazaars are now celebrated around the world.


Here are 4 money-saving tips for your next vacation from a financial literacy expert

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page. With parts of the world reopening to tourists, many people may …


Anantara World Islands Dubai Resort to open this month

Situated on Clarence Island, the five-star resort will feature its own 2,000sqm private beach


Companies can safeguard their businesses from emerging holiday threats. Here’s how

McAfee Enterprise and FireEye threat findings unwrap the crucial need for organisations to strengthen their cybersecurity architecture through the holidays


12 Fun Holiday Gift Exchange Ideas You Haven't Thought of

Psst...we included a few foolproof gift ideas, too!


My no-fly trip to Corsica: a drive across France is part of the adventure

It takes a while to register the bullet holes that decorate each signpost along the high road out of Ajaccio, Corsica’s capital. Maybe it’s the distracting octogenarian tailgating wildly in his battered Renault van, or a lack of sleep courtesy of the overnight ferry from Toulon, but as we climb high into the country’s soaring central mountain range, it becomes impossible to ignore the omnipresent, disfigured signposts. Perhaps I shouldn’t have...


If you're planning a trip to London, consider these COVID and weather advisories first

If you're planning to visit London, here's what you need to know about mask mandates and weather advisories.


Deal alert: Fly to Belize round-trip for under $220

Beaches, beautiful rain forests, Mayan ruins and a renowned barrier reef are but a few reasons why Belize should be in your travel sights. Add to that the fact that Belize is the only Central American country that is primarily English-speaking. And did we mention that you can get there for a song, thanks to …


On the 20th Anniversary of the "Lord of the Rings," a New Zealand Hotel Is Renting Hobbit Holes

The two hobbit holes are a short distance from the Hobbiton movie set.


Leuven: the small Flemish town with a big (bang) history

The barman at Fiere Margriet places a bottle of strong, dark ale in front of me. “Gouden Carolus,” he says. “Brewed 15 miles away”. A cold night has fallen over the city outside, but the low-lit pub is warm and woozy. Hops are strung along the walls; a stuffed fox looks out from the window. “This pub,” continues the barman, stroking his beard, “has been here since fourteen-hundred-and …” he pauses for a while “… something.” History is elastic in...


How airlines are making travel easier for autistic passengers

Traveling can be complicated for neurodivergent travelers. That’s why airlines are working to make air travel more comfortable.


UAE President Sheikh Khalifa approves largest legislative reform in country’s history

It covers a wide range of subjects including personal security, higher education and data protection, among others


VW GTI: A COMPLETE HISTORY OF EIGHT GENERATIONS

GEN 1 1976-1983 Many still consider the original to be the best one out there. It was also known as the "Rabbit". FYI the first generation was built under secret from VW bosses. When they found out, they ordered a limited production run of 500 units of the car. Little did they know that it would sel


This Wilderness Hotel Is Coming to Zion National Park Next Year — and We Got a Sneak Peek

Spirit, Zion National Park's newest retreat, covering 1,110 acres along the Clear Creek Mountains, a mile from the edge of the park, will debut in summer 2022.


Discover Habitas AlUla, an immersive luxury resort in the desert canyons

Habitas AlUla is the brand’s first property in the Middle East… The magical landscape of AlUla, with its dramatic sandstone cliffs and archaeological remains of Hegra, draws visitors from around the world. So, when the sustainable hospitality brand Habitas launches a new hotel there in November 2021, preserving the natural balance is key. View […]


New UK rail travel platform promises to plant a tree for every train ticket sold

A new train ticketing platform launching today is promising to plant a tree for every ticket it sells, which it hopes will appeal to passengers who care about climate change. Trainhugger says it will use 50p out of each £1.50 booking fee to pay for a young tree, in partnership with the Royal Forestry Society and Royal Scottish Forestry Society. The website will sell the same UK routes and fares as other rail websites, such as Trainline, which...


This 'Nutcracker'-themed Hotel Package Includes VIP Treatment at the Ballet and 2 Nights in a Suite

The Langham, Boston has partnered with the Boston Ballet for a magical holiday-themed hotel stay.


Vaccination rates rise at TSA and CBP ahead of holiday season

After all that worry about Transportation Security Administration screeners, Customs and Border Protection officers and vaccine mandates, it looks like most are getting their shots after all. The Department of Homeland Security on Monday posted a detailed update on its compliance with the Biden administration’s vaccination executive order, and all of its agencies boast a …


Heads up: American awards not bookable on the British Airways Avios website

British Airways Executive Club has had some major issues over the past few weeks. The program experienced scheduled downtime in late November, where Avios bookings and other website functions were scheduled to be down for four days. This quickly turned into a more extended downtime, and a couple of weeks later some Executive Club members …


This Luxe U.S. Ski Resort Just Launched Its Own Line of Winter Wear

Get ready for an Aspen-chic winter.


UK winter holidaymakers urged to get vaccinated and book with reputable travel firms

As coronavirus numbers spike across Europe, winter holidaymakers are being urged to ensure that they are vaccinated and to book ski trips with reputable firms. While it is highly unlikely that the UK government will reintroduce travel restrictions for travelling within Europe, the situation remains precarious. Austria has imposed a “firebreak” lockdown of up to 20 days . France and Germany are also experiencing fourth waves of Covid-19...


‘New Zealand will be the loser’: travel sector bemoans slow reopening

Lyn Rickman and her family were hoping to travel across the ditch from Australia to visit her daughter Ellie, who lives in New Zealand and is due to graduate in Auckland at the beginning of May. “Now chances are we won’t get there, because the borders will open in a staggered way from 30 April and we’d have to quarantine,” says Rickman. “We can’t plan anything ... we’re just hoping New Zealand changes the rules. I’ll be triple-vaxxed, what more...


Omicron has reached at least 13 countries despite travel curbs

Researchers worldwide are racing to understand the full impact of the new strain


Rosewood's Iconic Resort on St. Barts Just Reopened After a Long-awaited Renovation

Bonjour, paradis.


3 simple ways to pandemic-proof your holiday travel

Dreaming of a trip to Israel? Sorry, it’s closed to international travelers for two weeks, and there’s now a quarantine requirement. Planning a vacation to Morocco in the near future? That country has restricted air travel entirely for two weeks. For more TPG news delivered each morning to your inbox, sign up for our daily …


Omicron variant: which countries are restricting travel to and from African nations?

Countries around the world have moved quickly to restrict travel to a number of southern African nations after the discovery of a new coronavirus variant, which has been named Omicron. Curbs have been placed on travel to and from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and in some cases Malawi. The Covid-19 mutation...


This Best-selling Comforter Makes Amazon Shoppers Feel Like They're in a Five-star Hotel

It has more than 26,000 five-star ratings.


UK tightens travel rules and places Nigeria on red list

The UK government on Saturday said all inbound travellers to England would now be required to take a pre-departure Covid test, while Nigeria became the latest addition to its red list for travel. UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid said the government had decided to move after receiving new data about the spread of the Omicron variant, which was first ...


Jay-Z becomes the most-nominated artist in Grammys history

The rapper and businessman picked up nods for his guest appearances on Ye's album "Donda" and DMX's album "Exodus."


Anantara's hotel on The World Islands in Dubai to open in December

Anantara will launch a hotel on Dubai’s The World Islands before the end of the year. Located about four kilometres off the coast of Dubai, the new resort will be the first on the South American continent of The World Islands development. An entire island will be dedicated to the resort, which guests will be able to reach by boat from Anantara The ...


Your guide to at-home COVID-19 tests for international travel

As of Monday, Dec. 6, the U.S. is requiring all incoming air travelers over the age of 2 to submit a negative COVID-19 test taken within one day of departure. To ensure you get test results in time, consider using an at-home COVID-19 that can be administered remotely while abroad. The U.S. Centers for Disease …


You Could Win 25 Free Hotel Nights If You Can Survive 24 Hours of Nonstop Holiday Music

Would this be your dream come true or a personal nightmare?


UAE ANNOUNCES NATIONAL DAY HOLIDAY FOR PUBLIC SECTOR

The UAE public sector will get a three-day holiday to mark the 49th National Day and Commemoration Day.The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation announced the holidays will begin from December 1 (Tuesday) to December 3 (Thursday).Work will resume on December 6 (Sunday).الهيئة الاتح


74% of surveyed Americans say their lives have returned to normal as the US approaches its second holiday season of the COVID-19 pandemic: Poll

Of the 1,696 adults surveyed by Yahoo News and YouGov, 21% said their lives are "very normal," and 53% described theirs as "somewhat normal."


UAE: Public and Private Sector Holiday Announced

All personnel working in private sector establishments, institutions and companies in the country will get a paid holiday on the occasion of Commemoration Day and UAE's 50th National Day from Wednesday, December 1st, until Friday, December 3rd.من 1 إلى 3 ديسمبر عطلة مدفوعة الأجر لكافة العاملين ب


Meet first Emirati Female with First Officer's Rank at Etihad Airways

Captain Salma Al Baloushi is the first Emirati female to rise to First Officer’s rank at Etihad Airways. She talks about her success, life, and vision. What sparked your passion for aviation?When I read about the Etihad Airways Cadet Pilot Program I wondered if there were any women pilots


Rove Expo 2020: What it's like to stay at the only one on-site in Dubai - Hotel Insider

With Expo 2020 Dubai well under way, the only hotel at the world's fair is also thriving. Rove Expo 2020 opened to the public on October 1, the same date that visitors entered Expo 2020 for the first time. Offering guests complimentary access to the 192 country pavilions for the duration of their stay, plus front-row access to the massive amphithea...


Crunch time for UAE retailers as holiday shopping days approach

Across every demographic, people have become far more sophisticated in their use of applications over the last 18 months and, as a result, they’ve come to expect a higher level of online experience


Here’s how Israel is changing the way we travel

Nicknamed as ‘the startup nation’, Israel stands out as one of the world’s most innovative countries. But how did it become a technological behemoth and a hub for IT corporations?


UAE authorities advise against international travel this Christmas

‘Covid-19 is has not ended…’ UAE authorities have advised against international travel over the Christmas period, due to the rising number of Covid-19 cases overseas. Dr Farida Al Hosani, the official spokeswoman for the health sector, explained her concerns on social media, urging people to look at the case statistics. “To clarify, I’m not against […]


I tried 8 different vegan roasts, and the winner would be the star of any holiday spread

We reviewed eight vegan ham and turkey substitutes from Whole Foods 365, Gardein, Tofurkey, and more to see which has the best value and taste.


Sleep Surrounded By Hundreds of Nutcrackers at This California Hotel

The nutcrackers pay homage to the area's nut farming history.


The only 4 restaurants you need to try on your next trip to London

Our list of the best places to eat in London includes standout Indian food at Dosa n Chutny, fresh seafood at Scott's Mayfair, and other restaurants.