It’s February half-term and you don’t wish to join a puddle-jumping competition. Nor do I. But if you’ve been wallowing in self-pity over winter sun deprivation, you’re missing a trick: this is the time of year for the thinking person’s holiday. Real escapism - minus the jetlag and sunburn - is just a train ride away. Ask parents for the best city breaks for kids, and you may hear Paris; Amsterdam; Rome; perhaps Reykjavik or New York for older kids. But for a low-stress way to shake off the drudgery of the daily grind - even spontaneously in the middle of the coming week - nothing beats a UK city break. There’s a trend in modern parenting to make Being British more about Ella’s Kitchen puree pouches or wearing short trousers on the coldest of days than it is about the castles, gardens and tales - tall or true - that surround us. Last year, I set my family the task of getting to know our own country better, before we ventured on more exotic … [Read more...] about Which is Britain’s best city for families?
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Monday newsletters always feature top 10 travel lists to inspire. Today (February 25, 2019): Top 10 best wildlife holidays in the world. Not much comes close to that trilling feeling when you spot an animal in the wild, especially when you’re not expecting it. It can be an inspiring, breathtaking and potentially life-changing experience. Holidays focused on wildlife are becoming increasingly popular. Watching wildlife is a great way to get back to nature and get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. With so many wildlife holidays on offer in so many fabulous locations, it’s hard to decide where to go or what animals to see. So I’ve put together my own top 10 favorite wildlife experiences in various locations around the world, some in very remote wilderness areas, but with luxurious accommodations never too far away. There is more information below the slide show. Think I missed one? Share your favorite wildlife … [Read more...] about Top 10 most epic wildlife holidays in the world
By Norma Meyer | PUBLISHED: February 15, 2019 at 3:36 pm | UPDATED: February 15, 2019 at 3:38 pm In icy, dicey bottom-of-the-world Antarctica, I melt when a fuzzy penguin chick hatches from a cracked egg underneath its feathered mother on a windswept pebbly beach. Over on another snowy isle, I listen to a smiling cat-faced Weddell seal magnificently sing, its melodic trills breaking the primal silence. And now, our suddenly-very-small-seeming 10-person raft is surrounded by eight diving, pirouetting, humongous humpbacks, including one that glides so head-on close our inflatable Zodiac quickly reverses out of the way. Eons-old majestic glaciers tower in the distance as barnacled flukes flap in the air, blowholes spout, and another mega-ton marine behemoth thrillingly surfaces with a rippling splash at our rear. After the electrifying show swims on, our Zodiac thumps, bumps and crunches over glistening sea ice, a nature-chiseled crystalline swan drifting alongside. Then, serenaded … [Read more...] about Travel: Antarctica will turn your perceptions of life upside down
PUBLISHED: 18:25 20 January 2019 Peter Walsh A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes directly behind the Earth. Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto Archant Early risers will get the chance to see a total lunar eclipse bathe the moon in red light on what is expected to be another chilly day across the region. The eclipse is set to begin around 4.41am on Monday (January 21) with the best views at around 5.15am for UK sky gazers.The reason the moon will look red on this occasion is that a total lunar eclipse – in which the earth’s shadow completely covers the moon – causes the sun’s light to pass through the earth’s atmosphere before reaching the moon.Those up at that time will experience temperatures of between 0C and -6C with frost and light winds also expected.The freezing start to the week follows the coldest temperatures of the winter over the weekend, with Santon Downham, at -7.2C, the coldest place in the region yesterday. … [Read more...] about Total lunar eclipse will take place amid freezing temperatures across region
Nosy Be, which means “big island” in Malagasy, is Madagascar’s most popular beach resort thanks to its laid-back towns, unique wildlife, and amazing snorkelling. Located just off the coast of Africa, the world's oldest island is home to weird and wonderful animals, a lot of which cannot be found anywhere else on earth. From a chameleon the size of your little finger to an inch-long frog, these bizarre creatures have evolved in isolation for over 60 million years, and coming face to face with them is an experience of a lifetime. For those who don’t fancy a jungle trek, Nosy Be offers much more: year-round sunshine, bright blue seas, and a vibrant nightlife. 1. Meet its unique inhabitants Located in the southeastern part of the island, Lokobe reserve is the last remaining primary forest in the region, and home to the endangered black lemur. Access to the reserve is through the picturesque village of Ampasipohy, where colourful fabrics hang from clothing … [Read more...] about 10 reasons to visit the island of Nosy Be in Madagascar