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Grace Beard

Grace Beard

Travel Editor

Grace Beard is Time Out’s travel editor, based in London. She joined Time Out as deputy travel editor in November 2022 after nearly a decade in travel media.

She covers shifting travel trends, underexplored places and everything in between. Like many, many others, she spends her evenings working on her book, which may or may not ever materialise. The rest of the time, you can almost always find her sitting on the hill in Ally Pally or doing the Parkland Walk for the hundredth time. 

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London’s best afternoon teas

London’s best afternoon teas

Afternoon tea. Yes, it's twee, but there is something quite fun about working your way through what's essentially dessert tapas, especially when you’re at one of London’s top hotels or restaurants. We've rounded up London's best afternoon teas in a city renowned for putting on some of the world’s best spreads – with tiny cakes, little finger sarnies and pots of perfect tea the name of the delicious game. Expect to pay in the region of £50 to £80 for the pleasure per person, but you'll be in for a treat and a half. Many of the teas have set times for seatings, so booking in advance is always recommended. RECOMMENDED: The best hotels in London.

14 of the best spas in the UK

14 of the best spas in the UK

What’s better than a stay-cation? A stay-cation involving a spa, of course. If you’re looking for a bit of well-earned R&R to get away from it all, the UK is brimming with top quality spas and wellness centres to help you wind down. Hot tubs to soothe aching muscles? Check. A facial to cleanse tired skin? Yup. A deep-tissue massage to sort out all of that tension from being bent over a computer all day? Sounds good to us.  From glorious country houses to trailblazing eco-spas, lake view hot tubs and city centre hideaways, this country has it all. Don’t know where to start? Our editors have been out and about, trying and testing spas to sort the good from the fantastic. Now, all you need to do is lay out your comfy clothes and hit the road. And… breathe.  Recommended: the best wellbeing and yoga retreats in the UKRecommended: the cosiest cabins and log cabins in the UK

The 18 best city breaks in Europe for 2024

The 18 best city breaks in Europe for 2024

The city break continues to rule in 2024. According to ABTA, city breaks overtook beach holidays as the UK’s favourite type of trip last year – and travel booking site Opodo has reported that nearly half of all trips taken in 2023 were between two to four days. Long live the long weekend, eh? When it comes to cramming in the best food, nightlife and culture in one whistlestop weekend, Europe really does spoil you for choice. Of course, there are the classics – Rome, Amsterdam, Paris – but the continent is packed with lesser-known second cities and more obscure cultural capitals that make for the ideal affordable city break in 2024.  From gastronomic delights and cultural cubby holes to all-hours party hotspots, Europe’s best city breaks tick all the boxes. But with so many options, where should you head? Well, we’ve narrowed it down for you: in our list of Europe’s best city breaks, everywhere from France to Bosnia and Herzegovina is covered. See you out there! RECOMMENDED: 📍 The absolute best things to do in Europe🗺 The most underrated travel destinations in Europe🛤 The ultimate Europe Interrailing itinerary

The 24 best things to do in the world in 2024

The 24 best things to do in the world in 2024

Forget ‘saving money’ in 2024. You know what your New Year’s resolution should be? Get out more. Do more stuff. See more of the world. Life is short, after all – and 2024 promises a tonne of unmissable festivals, art, food and music. There are openings and re-openings. Brand-new train routes criss-crossing countries and continents. Whacky places to party. And even if the cossie livs does have you tightening the purse strings, there are plenty of free and affordable events on this list, too.  So get your booking fingers at the ready: your 2024 bucket list awaits. This is our definitive guide to the coolest new things to do in the world next year. See you out there!  RECOMMENDED:😎 The coolest neighbourhoods in the world🌃 The best European city breaks for 2024🖼️ The world’s best museums and galleries

The 8 best Italian islands to visit

The 8 best Italian islands to visit

Whether for its charming towns and villages or its miles of coastline, for the mountains in the north or the world-class cities of Rome, Venice, Florence and Milan, it’s no wonder travellers are so drawn to Italy. And while the country’s boot-shaped mainland certainly isn’t short of incredible places and amazing things to do, its offshore offerings are equally as enticing. There are hundreds of islands within the Italian border; two of which – Sicily and Sardinia – are the largest in the Mediterranean. Many Italian islands are characterised by black-sand beaches and dramatic landscapes shaped by years of volcanic activity. Some, like Capri and Panarea, are playgrounds for the wealthy, while others retain a more rustic, salt-of-the-earth charm. One thing’s for sure: Italy’s islands are beautiful, and these are some the very best ones to visit. RECOMMENDED:📍 The best places to visit in Italy🛏 The best hotels in Italy🏝 The best beaches in Italy

Not just for honeymoons: can the Maldives rebrand as a group trip destination?

Not just for honeymoons: can the Maldives rebrand as a group trip destination?

Up until very recently, the only people I knew who’d been to the Maldives were my just-married friends. For a week straight, their Instagram stories were infiltrated by intimate dates in underwater restaurants, couple’s massages overlooking the ocean, petals artistically arranged on bedspreads. By all accounts, they were in honeymoon heaven – and you know what? As they should! It’s the Maldives we’re talking about here, a destination so closely associated with romance and luxury that a number of resorts won’t even allow you in if you’re not travelling as a two. For most, a holiday to the Asian archipelago is a once-in-a-lifetime occasion. But, if recent trends are anything to go by, it’s not just honeymooners taking these types of blow-out trips. ‘Go-ccasions’ – travelling abroad to celebrate anything from quitting a job to a milestone birthday – are set to become a big travel trend this year, according to research from Expedia. One in four survey respondents said they were looking for ‘any excuse’ to get away with their loved ones, while a third of travellers plan to take more trips with family and friends in 2024.  There’s also been an uptick in ‘buddymoons’, according to wedding website Hitched, where newly-weds are inviting friends and family to join them on their big post-wedding trip. A lot of it comes down to making up for lost time with loved ones over the pandemic, during which thousands of weddings were postponed and cancelled.  So it looks like luxury destinations

The 50 best cities in the world in 2024

The 50 best cities in the world in 2024

What makes a city great? Some would say it’s all about buzzing neighbourhoods, affordable food and drink and a mighty selection of things to do, from art galleries and museums to live music and theatre. Others might highlight things like the happiness of its locals, access to green space and strong community vibes. We factor in all that and more in our annual survey, which asks city-dwellers around the world to tell us what it’s like to live, work and play in their hometowns right now. Thanks to the opinions and insights of locals on the ground and our global network of city experts, we’re able to create a global ranking of the world’s best cities – and the 2024 results are in. As in previous years, the basis of the ranking remains our global survey of the people who know their city best: the locals. Working with research company Potentia Insight, we surveyed thousands of city-dwellers about the quality and affordability of food, culture and nightlife in their city. We also asked locals how their city makes them feel: are they happy there? Is it a beautiful place? Is it easy to make social connections? Their thousands of responses gave us a unique insight into the reality of living in the world’s greatest cities right now. Now that international travel is forecast to bounce back to the highest levels since 2019, many travellers will be planning a city break this year – so in 2024, we added a little extra weight to a city’s global appeal. Each survey respondent was asked which

15 exhibitions worth travelling for in 2024

15 exhibitions worth travelling for in 2024

It’s set to be another blockbuster year for art. There’s Kahlo in Paris and Munch in Oslo. Horror in Melbourne and hip hop in Toronto. Graphic design in Tokyo and Navajo tapestries in New York. Whatever your cup of tea, 2024 has a little bit of something for everyone. So if you’re planning a city break, why not plan it around one of these must-see art shows? These are 2024’s biggest and best exhibitions, all over the world. RECOMMENDED:🗺️ The 24 best things to do in the world in 2024🌃 Europe’s best city breaks for 2024

世界の文化的な都市ベスト20

世界の文化的な都市ベスト20

タイムアウト東京 > トラベル >世界の文化的な都市ベスト20 アートとカルチャーが最も盛んな都市を調べるため、タイムアウトでは世界中の2万1000人以上の都市生活者に「あなたの住む都市のカルチャーシーンをどう評価しますか?」という質問を投げかけた。 選定にあたり、その都市で最高の文化施設や体験にまつわるクイズのほか、質や文化を手頃な料金で楽しめるかなどの面を採点。総合得点の低い都市を除外し、各国の最高得点を獲得した都市のみに絞った。 ここでいう「手頃さ」とは相対的なものである。ある都市の人々にとっては安いと思われるものでも、別の都市ではそうではないかもしれない。しかし、地元の人々が美術館の入場料を割安であると感じ、無料の野外フェスティバルが開催されているのであれば、その都市では芸術や文化が比較的安く楽しめるのは間違いない。 最終的には総合得点の低い都市を除外し、各国で最高得点を獲得した都市のみを残すことで、リストを絞り込んでいった。最終リストには、4つの「スポットライト都市」が加えられている。調査は行われなかったが、タイムアウトの事情通の編集者や地元の専門家が、2023年にスポットライトを浴びるにふさわしい文化都市として推薦した都市である。 ここでは、アートと文化が楽しめる2023年度都市ランキングを紹介しよう。 関連記事『2023年、世界で最もクールな40の街』『世界で最も過小評価されている14の旅行先』

2024年、世界で注目するべき24のこと

2024年、世界で注目するべき24のこと

タイムアウト東京 > トラベル >2024年、世界で注目するべき24のこと 今年は「節約」することを忘れよう。新年の抱負には「もっと外に出る」「もっといろいろなことをする」「世界をもっと見る」あたりがいいかもしれない。結局のところ、人生は短いのだから。 2024年はフェスティバルやアートなど、見逃せないものが目白押しだ。ニューオープンやリニューアルオープンする施設もあれば、国や大陸を縦横に走る新しい鉄道路線の誕生、奇抜な会場での音楽イベントも行われる。生活費がかかるから財布の紐を締めなければいけない? 大丈夫。このリストでは、無料や手頃に楽しめるイベントも紹介している。 タイムアウトワールドワイドが選んだ、2024年に世界で最もクールで新しいことをするための決定版ガイドをチェックして、最高の年にしてほしい。 関連記事『2024年、東京にオープンする商業施設』『世界の文化的な都市ベスト20』

The best new European sleeper trains we can’t wait to ride in 2024

The best new European sleeper trains we can’t wait to ride in 2024

In 2024, Europe’s sleeper train network is arguably in a better state than it has been at any point over the past few decades. Motivated by the climate crisis and night trains being a much, much better option for the planet than planes and cars, countries across the European continent are investing huge amounts in new and revived sleeper routes. Sleepers are back and we’re seriously here for it. Few modes of travel are so romantic, comfortable and simple: hop on a train and doze away, speed across huge distances while you kip, then wake up someplace entirely new – and, hopefully, well-rested enough to explore it. In other words, there are plenty of reasons why you should swap flights for night trains on your next trip. But of all the new night train routes popping up across Europe, which ones should you be most excited for? Well, that’s where we train afficionados at Time Out come in. From multi-stop pan-European routes to brand-new connections between Europe’s best cities, here are some of the best new European night trains we can’t wait to ride in 2024.  RECOMMENDED:🚞 The best train journeys in the world🚂 The most scenic railway journeys in Europe🗺️ The ultimate Interrail itinerary for Europe🚉 The most beautiful European train journeys from London

The best gigs we went to in 2023

The best gigs we went to in 2023

This year has been a belter for live music. Our cities have come alive with pop comebacks, raging metal shows and some damn good dance tunes. We’ve fully embraced our tastes, however cringe they may be (there’s no shame in loving something). We’ve screamed out lyrics, two stepped to our heart’s content, moshed in a festival field and everything in between. Gen Zers bragged about ‘escape room pop stars’, veteran jazz fans stroked their chins to legends of the scene and some of us unleashed our inner teens by watching pop-punk superstars. Here are Time Out’s favourite live music moments of 2023 – taking in picks from all over our huge, juicy global network of editors.  RECOMMENDED: 🎬 The best movies of 2023🕺 The 23 best songs of 2023🎵 The 30 best albums of 2023

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Port Lympne Hotel and Reserve

Port Lympne Hotel and Reserve

4 out of 5 stars

Did you know you can go on safari in Kent? It turns out you can, and it’s actually really, really good. Hundreds of creatures roam the grounds of this 600-acre resort, from Big Five beasts to howler monkeys and bush dogs. Outside of the main wildlife park, safaris trundle guests up the slopes of the reserve to meet giraffes, zebras, rhinos and more. And the whole thing looks out over charming countryside right down to the Kent coast.  While Port Lympne makes for a perfect day trip, an overnight stay is where the magic happens. We camped out in the brand-new Lookout Bubble – and when I say ‘camped’, I mean we slept under the stars in the most luxurious transparent dome you’ve ever seen, complete with a freestanding tub, walk-in shower, seating area, surround sound speakers and a massive, comfy bed. It’s an experience hard to top, waking up to the sounds of animals and getting to explore the reserve before it officially opens for the day (in your very own golf buggy, no less). The Lookout Bubble is right next to the lion’s den, and we were lucky enough to spend an uninterrupted half hour watching the big cats pacing the grounds before anybody else came along.  The bubble’s only downfall? Our stay took place over a warm weekend, and the trapped heat in the dome made spending time inside of it almost unbearable during the day (thank God for the spacious terrace). Conversely, temperatures dropped drastically in the dome when the sun went down, but nothing jumping into bed (or the

My Arbor

My Arbor

5 out of 5 stars

Catching sight of My Arbor for the first time is an experience that can’t be overstated. First of all, you’ve already arrived in the impossibly beautiful, straight-from-a-fairytale town of Bressanone, and done the winding drive up green slopes where all you can hear is the faint tinkle of a cowbell. Now you’re in the trees, looking up at a wooden cuboid that seems precariously perched on the skinny trunks of the surrounding pines. My Arbor lives every bit upto its self-billed ‘tree hotel’ title. Inside, you’re hit with a tremendous view over the tree-blanketed South Tyrolean mountains from the hotel restaurant’s sweeping terrace. Above you, thick wooden branches hang like a chandelier. Even the reception desk is made up of two gigantic trunks. Our suite (we stayed in the ‘nest’) is appropriately wood-panelled, with a balcony and window nook overlooking the valley and hills. You could stay in your nook all day watching mountain peaks get swallowed by clouds, but you’re much better off donning your robe and taking the lift down to the spa, where you can drink in all those views from a hydrotherapy infinity pool.  By far the pièce de résistance, Spa Arboris is a maze of pools, saunas, steam rooms and relaxation zones spread across the hotel’s lower levels. After a morning hike (we went alone, but the hotel offers guided hikes, forest bathing and all sorts of other activities to guests), I spent an afternoon cocooned in calm here, swimming the length of the indoor-outdoor heated

Mallory Court Country House Hotel & Spa

Mallory Court Country House Hotel & Spa

It’s fair to expect any spa hotel in Leamington Spa, a Warwickshire town with a long history of harbouring bath houses built around its natural saline springs, to be worth its salt. Nineteenth-century Midlanders in need of some R&R would come to Leamington in search of ‘the cure’ to any number of ailments. Despite rapid development, today the town remains a go-to for weekenders in search of a reviving getaway – and they could do a lot worse than opting for Mallory Court, a palatial yet cosy country manor house and spa on the outskirts of town. Surrounded by endless countryside, we explored the vast grounds before dinner, strolling past manicured lawns, a rose garden bursting with blooms, a chef’s garden full of herbs and vegetables and an apiary. When the British summertime brought its inevitable drizzle, we were relaxing in the heated, bubbling outdoor vitality pool, so no complaints there. Completing the spa’s offerings is a Finnish-style sauna, small but ideal if you manage to get it to yourself or your group. The indoor pool with attached jacuzzi managed to be that perfect, just-right temperature, and felt like silk to swim in. The spa experience fell down for us slightly when we couldn’t get the indoor steam room to be as hot or steamy as we’d have liked, but that could’ve easily been our own oversight.  You’re spoiled for choice when it comes to treatment options. I opted for the full-body exfoliation (perfect) while my guest went for the drift away massage. She spoke a

Derren Brown: ‘Showman’ review

Derren Brown: ‘Showman’ review

4 out of 5 stars

Way back in 2009, during Derren Brown’s televised event ‘How to Control the Nation’, a friend of mine claimed she’d been subliminally controlled and that she was physically unable to stand up from her seat. Being teenagers, and apparently raging cynics, we all took the piss out of her relentlessly. After watching his latest live extravaganza ‘Showman’, I have to apologise to my mate. Perhaps it was a trick of the light; perhaps I’ve become much more receptive to subliminal suggestion as I’ve aged: however he did it, Brown got me. I can sincerely say that, despite my best efforts to remain a skeptic, a good five to ten seconds were completely erased from my memory.  Without stating the obvious, if you’ve only ever seen Derren Brown on the telly, only in person do you really experience how hypnotic he is. There’s an excitable, almost unruly audience at the Apollo on opening night, but it doesn’t take much for them to become puppets at the end of the illusionist’s string. Brown’s unwavering poise and trademark gallows humour carry a show that swings – often very suddenly – on the pendulum between playful and sobering, heartfelt and horrifying.  The show’s tricks lean on these polarities. One minute there’s a circus-like atmosphere, with balloon-popping games, giant teddy bears and clever card tricks; but before you know it, Brown can rapidly turn the mood on its head. Without giving too much away, it’s the moments of solemn hush that will stay with you after the show, rather tha

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How to get tickets for Usher’s 2025 Europe tour, including price

How to get tickets for Usher’s 2025 Europe tour, including price

Following the massive success of his Super Bowl halftime show, R&B legend Usher announced several European tour dates last week, including six shows at London’s O2 arena. Unsurprisingly, all 12 shows sold out – but don’t give up hope yet, as the superstar has announced three new Europe shows today. Usher will play a seventh show in London on April 11, a second show in Paris on April 16, and a fourth night in Amsterdam on April 26.  Feeling lucky? Here’s everything we know so far about Usher’s 2025 Europe tour, including how to get tickets. When is Usher going on his Europe tour in 2025? The ‘Climax’ singer will tour several European cities in spring 2025, with 15 shows scheduled from April 1 to May 2.  Where is Usher performing as part of his 2025 European tour? Usher will be performing at London’s O2 Arena on April 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 9 and 11; Paris’s Accor Arena on April 15 and 16; Amsterdam’s Ziggo Dome on April 22, 23, 25 and 26; and Berlin’s Uber Arena on May 1 and 2.  When do tickets go on sale?  The first 12 shows have already sold out, but tickets for the three newly added shows will go on sale this week. The presale runs from February 28, while the general sale runs from March 4 on Usher’s official website; both presale and sale are available from 10am local time. Venue presales run from February 29 at 10am local time.  How much will tickets cost? At presale, ticket prices for the singer’s London shows range from £77.60 for Level 4 C seats to £144.10 for Level 1 A seat

エッフェル塔でストライキが決行、観光客は落胆

エッフェル塔でストライキが決行、観光客は落胆

パリのエッフェル塔は、間違いなく世界で最も有名な観光名所の一つといえる。年間で訪れた人は驚くべきことに700万人にもおよぶ。しかし、2024年2月19日、このパリのシンボルがストライキにより閉鎖され、観光客を落胆させている。 エッフェル塔でストライキが実行されるのは、2023年12月以来2度目。今度はどうなるのだろうか? チケットはどうすればいいのか?など、これまでに分かっていることをまとめた。 なぜエッフェル塔でストライキが行われているのか? このストライキは、エッフェル塔運営会社(SETE)による同施設の管理方法を巡り、従業員が起こしたもの。彼らの代表となる労働組合は、同社へ99%出資するパリ市がメンテナンス費用を過小に評価しチケットを過剰に販売しているため、現場に負担がかかり、観光客と従業員双方に安全上のリスクをもたらしていると主張している。また、チケット代の高騰に伴い、従業員が給与の引き上げを要求しているとも報じられている。 ストライキによるエッフェル塔の閉鎖期間は? 閉鎖は19日、20日と続いた。エッフェル塔の公式ウェブサイトでは、ストライキが延長され、21日(水)の営業にも支障を来たす可能性があると警告が掲示されている。1週間ほど続くのではないかという見方もあるが、実際にこのストライキがいつ終わるのかは定かではない。 観光客はストライキ中でも訪れることができる? 閉鎖中は展望台に上がることはできないが、もちろん「眺める」ことは可能だ。閉鎖日のeチケットを持っている場合は、発券元からEメールが送られているようなので、そちらで対応方法を確認しよう。 ストライキは五輪に影響する? 「2024年パリオリンピック」は夏に開幕し、公式開会式は7月26日(金)に予定されている。大会期間中にエッフェル塔の職員がストライキに入るかはまだ分からないが、大会に影響を及ぼす可能性のある労働争議を食い止めるため、公共部門の労働者にボーナスがオファーされたという報道もある。 ストライキについての声明は? フランス労働総同盟(CGT)と労働者の力は共同声明を発表し、パリ市に対し「エッフェル塔と運営会社の存続を確保するため、財政的要求に対して合理的であること」を求めている。 関連記事 『Eiffel Tower strike: why workers are striking, how long it will last and tourist impact(原文)』 『D・リンチの世界に没入? パリの人気クラブがニューヨークに上陸』 『パリ13区に「デヴィッド・ボウイ通り」が誕生』 『パリとアムステルダムが観光税の値上げへ』 『フランスが観光客を削減していく方針を発表』 『日本初、フランス伝統菓子「フラン」専門店が代々木八幡にオープン』 東京の最新情報をタイムアウト東京のメールマガジンでチェックしよう。登録はこちら  

Eiffel Tower strike: why workers are striking, how long it will last and tourist impact

Eiffel Tower strike: why workers are striking, how long it will last and tourist impact

It’s arguably the world’s most well-known tourist attraction and welcomes on average a staggering 7 million visitors a year – but this week, tourists were left disappointed as Paris’s iconic Eiffel Tower was closed due to strike action. It’s the second strike held at the landmark since December. Wondering if you’ll be able to visit the tower? This is everything we know about the Eiffel Tower strikes and what to do if you have a ticket. Why is the Eiffel Tower on strike? Eiffel Tower staff are striking over how the monument is managed. Unions representing the workers claim the city is underestimating maintenance costs and overselling tickets, which puts a burden on staff and poses safety risks to both visitors and employees. It’s also been reported that staff are demanding a salary increase in line with rising ticket costs. How long will the Eiffel Tower be closed? The Eiffel Tower was closed on Monday, February 19 and will remain closed today (Tuesday, February 20), according to a notice on the official Eiffel Tower website. The website warns that the strike could be extended and disrupt the tower’s opening on Wednesday, February 21, too. It’s predicted that the monument could remain closed for the entire week. Can tourists still visit? It is not possible to climb the tower while it’s closed due to strike action. Those with e-tickets for the tower are advised to check their e-mail for advice. Will the strikes impact the Olympics? The Paris 2024 Olympics kick off in the summe

Is it safe to travel to Iceland right now? Latest travel advice following eruption

Is it safe to travel to Iceland right now? Latest travel advice following eruption

Iceland is an incredibly popular winter travel destination thanks to its unique natural landscapes, hot springs and the opportunity to witness the elusive Northern Lights. It’s typically regarded as a super safe place for travellers and expats – but that doesn’t mean it isn’t susceptible to natural disasters. A volcano on the Reykjanes peninsula erupted for the third time in as many months on Thursday (February 8), and though this time it didn’t affect the small fishing town of Grindavík directly (which was evacuated way back in November), the eruption caused severe damage to water pipes which meant the supply to more than 20,000 people was impacted.  Understandably, those with trips booked to Iceland are wondering whether it’s safe to visit the country. This is everything we know about travelling to Iceland following the eruption.  Is it safe to travel to Iceland?   Despite Thursday’s eruption, neither the UK Foreign Office nor the US Department of State are recommending against travel – though the former has warned against travelling near the affected region.  Where was the volcanic eruption in Iceland?  A long-dormant volcano erupted for the third time in as many months last week just north of Grindavík, a town in the Reykjanes Peninsula. Grindavík is in southwest Iceland, around 42km away from the Icelandic capital Reykjavik. Its 4,000 residents were evacuated.  Is the Blue Lagoon open?  The Blue Lagoon, one of Iceland’s most popular tourist attractions, reopened on Janua

How to get tickets for Adele’s 2024 tour in Munich, including price for European dates

How to get tickets for Adele’s 2024 tour in Munich, including price for European dates

It’s a big, big day for Adele fans in Europe. In a surprise social media post on January 31, the multiple Grammy Award winner announced that she’ll be performing a string of shows in Munich, Germany this summer. Other than her run of shows at London’s Hyde Park in 2022, this will be the first time the singer has performed in Europe since 2016, so it’s a pretty big deal. Want to get your hands on those coveted tickets? Here’s everything you need to know. When is Adele going on her European tour in 2024? Adele will play ten nights in August at Munich’s Messe, an open-air stadium with a capacity of 80,000. The original confirmed dates are August 2, 3, 9 and 10, but shows on 14, 16, 23, 24, 30 and 31 have now been added due to such high demand.  When do tickets go on sale for her Munich shows? According to Adele’s official website, those wanting to buy pre-sale tickets had to register first. Registration is now closed, with those who registered sent a link to buy pre-sale tickets on Tuesday, February 6. The official pre-sale starts today, on Wednesday, February 7, at 10am CET. Mark your calendars!   Ticketmaster pre-sale starts 2pm CET on Thursday, February 8. And if you miss out on pre-sale tickets? No need to Cry Your Heart Out. General sale tickets will be available at 10am CET on Friday, February 9 via Ticketmaster. How much will tickets cost? It been reported that standing tickets are priced at €369.90-€419.90 (£315.31-£357.93) while rear seats are priced at €74.90-€119.90

Alert: Germany has extended its mega-cheap travel pass

Alert: Germany has extended its mega-cheap travel pass

In 2022, German public transport users were the envy of pretty much everyone, everywhere. In order to promote sustainable travel and help out with the cost of living crisis, Germany’s government introduced monthly tickets for near-unlimited public transport usage that cost just €9 (£7.86, £8.80)! Mental stuff, we know. That scheme ended in August 2022, but the German government worked on a follow-up and launched a pass costing just €49 (£43, $48) per month in May 2023. And excitingly, the government have just announced it will continue throughout 2024, at the same incredible price.  Sure, compared to the €9 ticket, the ‘Deutschlandticket’ might sound expensive – but it still works out really, really cheap. For reference, if you wanted to get a cheap train ticket from Berlin to Hamburg before the ticket launched, using only local trains, it’d cost you at least €35 (£31, $34). With the new pass, you’ll be able to do as many of those journeys as you want for under €2 (£1.75, £1.96) per day.  The pass has similar criteria to the €9 ticket in that it’s available to visitors but won’t cover high-speed Inter-City Express (ICE) trains. The €49 ticket is available to buy as part of a monthly subscription that can be cancelled at any time. The idea, again, is to cut CO2 emissions and help out Germans with the cost of living crisis. In June, July and August 2022, a whopping 50 million €9 passes were sold, covering one billion trips every month and saving 1.8 million tonnes of carbon dio

Is it safe to travel to Ecuador right now? Latest travel advice amid state of emergency

Is it safe to travel to Ecuador right now? Latest travel advice amid state of emergency

Ecuador, one of South America’s most popular travel destinations, is currently under a state of emergency after an infamous gang member escaped from prison. There have been reports of violence, explosions and abductions of law enforcement officers in cities like Quito, Guayaquil and Quevedo.  Understandably, foreigners in the country and those with trips booked are concerned about how safe it is to visit. Here’s everything we know so far about travelling to Ecuador right now. Is it safe to travel to Ecuador? While there has been no official advice issued against travelling to Ecuador, a 60-day state of emergency was declared on January 8, and tourists were advised to stay put in their accommodation. That advice has since been lifted, but there is a daily curfew from 11pm to 5am. Travellers are advised to follow updates from Ecuador’s Ministry of Tourism on official channels. What is going on in Ecuador right now? On Sunday, January 7, notorious gang leader Adolfo Macias escaped from prison, sparking a series of riots and violent attacks across the country. There have been reports of looting, burning vehicles, gunfire, explosions and abductions of police officers. A live TV broadcast was stormed by gunmen in the city of Guayaquil. President Daniel Noboa declared a 60-day state of emergency on January 8. In an attempt to crack down on gang violence, the military has been enlisted to patrol cities and prisons.  What is the UK Foreign Office advising? The UK Foreign Office has n

These two European capitals just got a brand-new direct train link

These two European capitals just got a brand-new direct train link

It’s been a big month for European train travel. Austrian sleeper service NightJet unveiled its new solo sleeping pods. There were rumblings of a new route between Italy and Slovenia. One of the continent’s most eagerly anticipated new sleeper services, the Paris-Berlin night train, took off on its first sold-out journey. And this week, just in time for the new year, two other European capitals just got a brand-new train link: Vilnius and Riga.  The route, operated by Lithuania’s state-owned rail company LTG, is the first direct rail service between the Baltic cities since 2004 – though they were briefly connected by a Ukranian service between late 2018 and early 2020. The service will run daily, setting off from Vilnius at 6:30am and arriving in Riga at 10:43am; the return journey will take off from Riga at 3:28pm, returning to Vilnius at 7:51pm. Best of all? This new cross-border service is pleasantly affordable. A standard seat costs €24 (£20.89), while a first-class ticket will set you back €34 (£29.60).  According to Lithuanian media site LRT, Lithuania’s transport minister Marius Skuodis has plans for the service to extend all the way to the Estonian capital, Tallinn. While it might take a while for that to happen, the Vilnius-Riga train could become part of an in-the-works route between Latvia’s Riga and Estonia’s Tartu. Watch this space. The revival of rail travel in Europe Choosing flight-free travel is one of the most impactful ways to become a more sustainable tour

You will soon have to start paying to visit the EU

You will soon have to start paying to visit the EU

Non-EU citizens travelling to or through the bloc: your trips are soon going to get just that little bit more expensive. From 2025, anyone travelling on passports from several countries around the world between the ages of 18 and 70 will have to pay €7 (£6, $7.50) to enter or transit through any EU country. A new visa system for visiting EU countries called the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) is set to come into force. When it’s launched, visitors will need an official ETIAS visa waiver in order to keep visiting European countries. It will be required for trips of up to 90 days (if you want to stay longer, you’ll need another visa entirely) for both tourists and business travellers, and will need to be obtained at least 96 hours before departure. And while this might all sound quite complicated (and spenny), it isn’t as bad as it sounds. The fee doesn’t have to be paid every time you enter an EU country. The waiver lasts for three years, so you only have to get a new one either once it runs out or if you get a new passport. While the requirement for Brits to use the ETIAS visa waiver system is a consequence of Brexit, it also applies to passport-holders of plenty of other countries around the world. From the USA and Canada to Brazil, Japan and Australia, a grand total of 57 countries are eligible. You can see a full list of ETIAS countries here. So when exactly will the ETIAS system come into effect? Initially, it was supposed to be implemented in

Is it safe to travel to Morocco right now? Latest travel advice

Is it safe to travel to Morocco right now? Latest travel advice

As the Israel-Hamas conflict rumbles on, many travellers are worried about the safety of visiting destinations such as Egypt, Jordan and Morocco. It’s worth noting that Morocco is around 3,555km away from Gaza – about as far from Gaza as the UK is. However, travellers might be concerned about visiting the country in a climate of political instability and following the September 8 earthquake in Morocco. Here is everything we know about travelling to Morocco and Marrakech right now. Is it safe to travel to Morocco at the moment? Morocco is open to international visitors and is generally regarded as safe to visit.  What about Marrakech? Despite the recent earthquake severely impacting Marrakech, the city is now considered safe to visit. As is the case with most major cities, travellers are advised to be wary of pickpockets and petty crime. What has the Foreign Office said? The UK Foreign Office does not currently advise against travel to Morocco, though on October 16 it did update its advice to exercise caution and avoid political demonstrations. Has Morocco been affected by the Israel-Hamas conflict? Geographically speaking, Morocco is very far away from Israel. However, as is the case in many countries across the world, Moroccans have taken to the streets to protest the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Gaza. Read all the latest travel advice for Jordan, Türkiye, and Egypt and Israel. For all the information about helping those affected by the conflict in Israel, read our guid

Paris bedbug infestation: how to check if your hotel or Airbnb is affected and what to do next

Paris bedbug infestation: how to check if your hotel or Airbnb is affected and what to do next

Where are there bedbugs in France? Paris is at the centre of France’s bedbug infestation. The creatures have been spotted in hotels and Airbnbs as well as public areas, including cinemas, the Metro and at Charles de Gaulle Airport.  How did Paris get infested with bedbugs? The current outbreak began over the summer and has been linked to an increase in visitors since the pandemic – exacerbated by events like Paris Fashion Week – and a greater resistance to insecticides. A report from ANSES, the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health Safety, noted that more than one in ten households were infested by bedbugs between 2017 and 2022. How can I find out if my hotel or Airbnb is affected by bedbugs? As the name suggests, bedbugs are likely to be found where you sleep. Start by removing the sheets and checking in the crevices and seams of your mattress. Telltale signs of bedbugs can include lots of small black dots, indicating bedbug faeces, or blood stains. Once you’ve checked the bed, move on to any other upholstered surfaces, like chairs, sofas and carpets. Bedbugs can also leave stains on walls and behind picture frames, where they sometimes hide. And if the room smells like expired fruit or coriander? That’s also a (rather gross) sign that bedbugs are present. How to spot bedbugs The bugs themselves are said to be around the same size as an apple seed, and brown or maroon in colour. They don’t have wings – these critters get about by crawling on you

Where are the Tenerife wildfires and is it safe to travel? The latest information

Where are the Tenerife wildfires and is it safe to travel? The latest information

The European heatwave scorched much of the continent over the summer, causing wildfires in in Sicily, Greece, Portugal, and Tenerife, one of Spain’s most popular holiday hotspots. An ‘out of control’ blaze began on Tuesday, August 15, which destroyed over 4,000 acres of land, and meant at least five villages were evacuated. The fire was eventually contained but never completely extinguished. Recent temperatures, which are unseasonably high for early October, have caused the fire to spread again over the northeastern parts of the island. This is everything we know so far about the Tenerife wildfire and what it means for travel to the island. Where are the fires in Tenerife? The fire originally began on Tuesday, August 15 in a forested area at the foot of the Mount Teide volcano, and ripped through woodland in the Candelaria and Arafo region. The re-ignition of the blaze has threatened the towns of Santa Ursula and La Orotava, and around 3,000 people have been evacuated as a precaution.  What started the fires in Tenerife? It was announced that the original blaze was started deliberately, according to Canary Islands regional president Fernando Clavijo. Unseasonably high temperatures for this time of year are why it has begun to spread again. According to Rosa Davila, head of Tenerife's local government, who spoke to Reuters, 'The temperatures will remain higher [than usual], so we expect more fires to be reactivated in the area.' Are airlines still flying to Tenerife? Acc