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The best budget hotels in London

The best budget hotels in London

If you’re not careful, London can be an exceptionally spenny place to live, work or visit. From food and drink to simply going out and doing stuff, drop your guard in the UK capital for just a minute and you might find your wallet feeling very, very light indeed. Believe it or not, there are actually places in London that you can stay on the cheap. Both big chains and independent hotel joints (yep, even four- and five-star ones) offer some rooms for under £100 a night – you just have to know where to look. And once you’ve saved all that cash? Well, you’ll be freer to spend your wonga on other, more important stuff. Like, erm, going to the pub. Without further ado, below are eleven of the best budget hotels in London. Looking for more options? 🛌 Check out London’s best Airbnbs 💆 Relax at the best spa hotels in London 🏨 Scroll through the list of 100 top London hotels This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.

Lost baggage: how to track it down and get compensation

Lost baggage: how to track it down and get compensation

The chaos at airports around the world seems to have reached ridiculous proportions – and that goes for baggage handling, too. The other week, Delta Air Lines apparently flew an entire plane filled with just bags from London to Detroit, while pictures emerged of a small mountain of luggage at London Heathrow. It’s all a bit of a mess, to say the least. Having your bags lost or delayed has always been one of the most stressful, irritating things that can happen as a plane traveller. But these days it seems to be happening much, much more often. So what can you do? Well, here’s our comprehensive guide to lost baggage: from how to not lose your bags in the first place, to how to track them down and get compensation if you do.

The 12 best hotels in Salt Lake City

The 12 best hotels in Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City is absolutely packed full o’ fab stuff to do. From Temple Square to its buzzy LGBTQ community, from its rows of world-class restaurants to its actually, genuinely trademarked snow (yep, the powder is just that good), the capital of the Beehive State has no shortage of things to see and visit. Appropriately, SLC also has a wonderful range of lodging options for every kind of traveler, with historic inns, five-star resorts, boutique abodes and quirky B&Bs aplenty. But wherever you book, know this: being endearing, characterful and affordable is Salt Lake 101. Expect warm customer service, distinctive décor and remarkably reasonable prices – here are our top 12 hotels in Salt Lake City. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.  

The 11 best hotels in Sardinia

The 11 best hotels in Sardinia

As the second-largest island in the Med (after Sicily), needless to say that Sardinia boasts an enormous range of stuff to do, see, eat and drink. From the pristine aquamarine waters and dusty white sands of Costa Smerelda to the buzzing streets of Cagliari, Sardinia appeals to nature lovers, beach bunnies and urban explorers alike. Fittingly, hotels on the island cater to all kinds of visitors. Featuring spas, villas, city centre locations, family-run establishments and swanky five-star resorts, below are the 11 best hotels in Sardinia. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.

The best hotels in Santa Cruz

The best hotels in Santa Cruz

Boasting a whopping 300 days of sunshine every year and 29 miles of pristine sandy shore, it’s no wonder Santa Cruz has a rep for being one of the USA’s finest surf spots. But Surf City has much more to its name than just all those people looking cool atop towering waves: from its iconic boardwalk to nearby redwood forests, SC boasts some of the most fascinating and naturally spectacular sights in northern California. Once you’re exploring all the stuff that Santa Cruz has to offer, the trick to a successful trip is to have a comfortable, luxurious place to stay. Fortunately, SC has fabulous hotels by the bucketload. From beachfront inns and swish hotels to sleek Airstream trailer resorts, here are our top 10 best hotels in Santa Cruz.   This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.

The 12 best hotels in Hamburg

The 12 best hotels in Hamburg

From its world-class Elbphilharmonie concert hall and dazzlingly vast collections of Romantic art to the buzzing, characterful bars of the Reeperbahn, Hamburg is one of Germany’s most diverse and fascinating metropolises. And for when you need to kick back and take a breather? Well, Hamburg’s got plenty of options for that, too. The port city has accommodation to fit any need, featuring everything from luxurious waterfront hotels and swishly designed boutique estabs to highly functional (and still rather fancy) hostels. Read on for the 12 best hotels in Hamburg.  This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.

The best hotels and B&Bs in Hudson, NY

The best hotels and B&Bs in Hudson, NY

Ah, Hudson. There are few cities in upstate New York quite so full of charm and history – and, these days, that are quite so trendy. Thanks to the antique quirks of Warren Street, a thriving LGBTQ+ community and its dazzling rows of Queen Anne mansions, Hudson found itself phenomenally popular with New Yorkers and Bostonians during the pandemic. And since then Hudson has only grown as a destination. No longer just a base from which to launch hiking trips around the nearby Catskills and Hudson Valley (though, of course, the city’s still certainly got that going for it), Hudson’s now a city teeming with new openings, from hip bars to innovative art hubs. Next time you fancy swapping the bustle and noise of NY or Boston for the streets of Hudson, you’ll want to make sure you’re staying at one of the city’s finest hotels or B&Bs. So below are our favorites, from cozy inns and boutique hotels to highly functional hideaways. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.

The 15 best hotels in Japan

The 15 best hotels in Japan

From the sky-scraping towers of Tokyo and the rustic ryokans of Kyoto to the pristine beaches of Okinawa and thrilling ski slopes of Hokkaido, Japan is a wondrously, vastly diverse place. And that goes for the country’s hotels, too: some of the most luxurious, unique and characterful hotels in the entire world are to be found in Nippon. No matter the purpose of your trip, whether you’re hunting for cherry blossom, here for a spot of sumo wrestling or pitching your way around sushi samples at a local food market, Japan has a hotel to fit the occasion. And plenty are unforgettable attractions in themselves: hotels with their own history and traditions, with uber-luxurious features like onsen and waterfalls or quirks like capsule rooms and on-site libraries. So, without further ado, for all budgets and functions, here are 15 of the finest hotels in Japan.   This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.

The weirdest museums in the US

The weirdest museums in the US

While history, science and art museums are popular attractions coast to coast, museums of the obscure draw out the quirky among us, who are willing to travel far and wide for unique collections. Thanfully, there are dozens of wacky, wonderful and weird museums in the US. Some are dedicated to single subjects with a cult-like following– like the SPAM Museum or the Roswell UFO Museum & Research Center – others recreate nostalgic places from the past (the Waffle House Museum in Decatur, Georgia is a complete replica of the original restaurant). Others are just random and fun: the International Banana Museum in Mecca, California features a collection of 25,000 banana artifacts. From food to flying saucers to funerals, these are 10 weirdest museums in the US.  RECOMMENDED: The best weird and alternative museums around the world

Where to see Claes Oldenburg’s art around the world

Where to see Claes Oldenburg’s art around the world

From massive versions of everyday stuff like hamburgers and lipsticks to witty pieces that interact with the surrounding landscape, Claes Oldenburg was known for his huge, weird, really fun works of public art. You know when you see an Oldenburg: they’re brash, colourful and absurd – and they probably make you chuckle. Oldenburg, who died earlier this week at the age of 93, was one of the best-known figures in the pop art movement (y’know the one – Andy Warhol, Roy Liechtenstein and the like). And while the Swedish-born American sculptor created loads of different types of sculpture throughout his life, his legacy is best expressed by his massive public sculptures, which were often made alongside his long-time collaborator and wife Coosje van Bruggen. Although many of Oldenburg’s most famous artworks are stationed outside art galleries in the USA (he was, after all, an American citizen), they can also be found pretty much all over the world. Below are five of his most epic pieces that you can visit.

The best cheap hotels in Singapore under $200

The best cheap hotels in Singapore under $200

Singapore has (quite rightly, to be honest) a reputation for being one of the most expensive cities in the world. But the bustling metropolis certainly isn’t totally free of affordable places to stay – whether for staycations or wider travels, you can still find plenty of ways to do the city on the cheap. You’ve just got to know where to look.    And luckily enough, we do know where to look. And what’s more is that Singapore’s cheap hotels still manage to be very luxurious indeed. Some even include things like swimming pools and fitness centres, all conveniently located within the city limits. These are our top picks from Singapore’s finest budget hotels. RECOMMENDED: Live list of hotels accepting staycation reservations and the best staycation promotions in Singapore

The best family hotels in NYC

The best family hotels in NYC

When you get kids, the travelling game changes completely. Suddenly, you’ve got to have a minute-by-minute game plan. Where should you eat, sleep and go to keep the little ‘uns happy? It can feel almost like a military operation – especially in a city as huge as New York. But fear not. We’re here to help. From the Meatpacking District to Upper East Side, we’ve compiled some of NYC’s finest kid-friendly hotels. So, with accommodation out of the way, hopefully your trip will be a walk in the park. RECOMMENDED: The best hotels in NYC. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.

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Animal Therapy: The Cats of Louis Wain

Animal Therapy: The Cats of Louis Wain

Despite being tremendously popular in his time, artist and illustrator Louis Wain has been somewhat overlooked of late. Luckily enough, he’s soon to receive the Hollywood treatment, being played by Benedict Cumberbatch in an upcoming film, The Electrical Life of Louis Wain. And while that film is sure to invigorate Wain’s legacy with the respect it deserves, you can get ahead of the curve by heading over to the Bethlem Museum of the Mind. Wain is best known for capturing cats in all their various forms, and the Bethlem’s exhibition is a glorious display of some of his finest illustrations. Expect a vibrant, characterful world of felines, ranging from the anthropomorphic to absurd. Animal Therapy: The Cats of Louis Wain is free, but you can still support both the exhibition and the Bethlem Museum of the Mind by buying from their online shop or via direct donations. The Bethlem Museum of the Mind is open Wednesday to Friday and the first and last Saturdays of month, 10am to 5pm. See the museum’s visitor page for more details

Frock Me! Vintage Fashion Fair, Kensington Town Hall

Frock Me! Vintage Fashion Fair, Kensington Town Hall

Fun fact: Frock Me was the first vintage fair in London. Back in 1997, founder Matthew Adams started the fair at Kensington Town Hall, which prided itself on a mix of fashion and decorative arts. It then moved to Chelsea Old Hall, taking more of a focus on fashion – but remaining London’s original, most essential vintage fair. For one date in November, Frock Me will be returning to its original venue in Kensington Town Hall. Promising 70 exhibitors with an enormous range of fashion (ranging from the Victoria era through to slightly more modern designer outfits), there’ll also be watches, jewellery and a pop-up café. For the fashion fanatics, preview tickets (11am-12pm) are £10. General admission (12:00-17:30pm) is £5, reduced to £3 with an NUS card.

Halloween Jack the Ripper Tour

Halloween Jack the Ripper Tour

Tracing the exploits of a gruesome serial killer, the Jack the Ripper tours are scary enough as they are. But add a Halloween theme and the opportunity to drink a potentially frightful amount of booze? Even more spine-chilling. A collaboration between Spitalfields cocktail bar Discount Suit Company and walking tour company London’s Walks, the Halloween edition of the Jack the Ripper tour will explore the streets of the East End, led by charismatic Ripper expert Simon Whitehouse. But, vitally, it’ll include booze. Lots of it. Starting off with a complimentary hot punch, the hour-and-a-half-long tour will wind up at the Discount Suit Company itself, where there will be special 'Rocket Lolly' and 'Notorious' cocktails to mark the occasion. Tour guests will also receive a 25 percent discount off their final bill. Tours will start at 12pm, 2.30pm & 5pm

Growing Underground Urban Farm Tour

Growing Underground Urban Farm Tour

Would you ever imagine that a mere 33 metres below Clapham High Street, there lies one of the UK’s most cutting-edge urban farms? Us neither, yet that’s where you can find Growing Underground, a farm fashioned out of a former Second World War bomb shelter. Cultivating veggies using LED tech and hydroponic systems, the farm produces pesticide-free, carbon-neutral and nutrient-rich greens that taste delicious. Snoop around and discover more about the history of the tunnel and the farm’s sustainable credentials during a 75-minute tour, which includes a fresh micro herb salad to take home with you. Green in more ways than one. 

Museum of Architecture Gingerbread City

Museum of Architecture Gingerbread City

An entire city of gingerbread. Imagine that. Well, many of you probably don’t have to imagine it – you might’ve seen it with your very eyes. The Museum of Architecture’s Gingerbread City exhibition is hugely popular, and has been running for several years. It returns in December, featuring over 100 architects, landscape artists, engineers and ecologists, all working together to craft a mini settlement made entirely of gingerbread and icing. The MoA’s Gingerbread City features all the manor houses, town halls and skyscrapers as usual though, within the guidelines of this year’s theme of ‘nature in the city’, there are also meadows, parks and forests – as well as models showing the effects of pollution, flooding and climate change. This year’s exhibition takes place at a new pop-up location near Knightsbridge. Given the amount of gingerbread on display, needless to say the Gingerbread City is essential Christmas viewing. Our advice? Eat something before you go – it’s a nightmarishly mouth-watering place to be hungry. 6-7 Motcomb Street, SW1X 8JU. Tickets go on sale on the Gingerbread City website on October 11. 

RA Supports: Afghanistan Emergency Fundraiser

RA Supports: Afghanistan Emergency Fundraiser

As Afghanistan reels from decades of war and a brutal Taliban takeover, many of us are looking for ways to help the around 18 million Afghans in need of humanitarian assistance. And how better to lend a hand (or, more accurately, a bit of cash), than the Afghanistan Emergency Fundraiser? A joint project from Resident Advisor, The Right To Dance – a War Child fundraising movement – and Choose Love, the AEF will take over at The Cause in Tottenham for an all-night club event with an all-star line-up. The aim is to raise £10,000 for Afghans in need. When we say the names topping the AEF’s bill are huge, we really mean huge. Mercury-nominated duo Bicep and global megastar DJ The Blessed Madonna lead the way, though other names on show include ambient techno maestro Daniel Avery and UK garage revivalist DJ Banana, among plenty of others. There’s never been a better excuse to get down to The Cause, have a boogie, and raise money for a very, very worthy cause.

For The Music Festival

For The Music Festival

We’ve all missed live music, but isn’t local live music enjoyable on an entirely different level? Watching musicians get a break before they become global superstars, and having that feeling of discovering genuinely fresh talent for yourself? For The Music clearly think the same: born in lockdown, throughout the pandemic they platformed local acts with a series of filmed web episodes. Now, For The Music is curating its own, real-life festival to give a stage to some of East London’s finest local talent. The line-up promises ten acts throughout the day, ranging in style from R&B and hip hop to funk and indie rock. The setting, inspired by Jools Holland’s live lounge, will also feature local behind-the-scenes crew, as well as an array of street food and craft beer stands.  Tickets are free and on the door.

Goose Island Presents... Hazy Sessions

Goose Island Presents... Hazy Sessions

How much you can recreate a tropical environment without relying on the weather at all? Hazy Sessions is giving it a go, promising to cram uplifting beats, a VW camper van bar and truckloads of barrels of a ‘juicy’ new IPA on to the outside terrace of Westfield White City . The latest instalment of Goose Island Presents, this day-long event launches the Chicago-based brewery’s latest addition to its IPA range, Today’s Haze. If you don’t like fruity beers, maybe steer clear: this new brew is apparently ‘flooded with mango, citrus and stone-fruit character’. Let’s hope all that tropical effort doesn’t get drowned in bucketing rain.

Queen’s Park Book Festival

Queen’s Park Book Festival

Too many book festivals don’t have enough festival. It isn’t that there’s too much emphasis on books (how could there be?) but that there’s just not enough partying, drinking and grooving with your fellow bookworms. But not Queen’s Park Book Fest. Held, as always, in the public park, it’ll combine literary celebs with stand-up comedy, local history and lectures on pressing issues of the day. And crucially, each day is capped off by a party into the night. Not like a rave but, you know, just a jolly good time.

Raise Three Fingers: a fundraising event for Myanmar

Raise Three Fingers: a fundraising event for Myanmar

For one of her first post-pandemic performances, Laura Marling is lending a hand to Raise Three Fingers, a community of artists and creatives acting in solidarity against Myanmar’s military coup. Marling’s folky, rocky delights might be the main attraction at the organisation’s event in Southwark’s Marlborough Sports Garden, but she’s part of a packed schedule. Over the course of a one-day festival, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly co-headlines, and there’ll be photography and art exhibitions, live comedy, keynote speeches, a craft fair and an auction. That’s a lot! And it’s all for a great cause – all proceeds go to Mutual Aid Myanmar, Advance Myanmar and Myanmar Crisis Action.

London Podcast Festival

London Podcast Festival

With everyone and their nan seeming to be making podcasts these days, how do the best podcasters set themselves apart? They do it live, that’s how. At the London Podcast Festival, some of the biggest names in podcasting will come together to celebrate their craft. This sixth edition includes special live episodes of The Allusionist, Fingers on Buzzers, Bad People and more, plus the world premiere of Highlife Romance, a new romcom by Dem Times’s Jacob Roberts-Mensah. Find out more at the Kings Place website. 

Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience

Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience

I’m sure most of us, at some point in our lives, have wanted to be in the magical universe of Harry Potter. And luckily enough, that immersive experience has arrived! Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience gives you the chance to hurl spells and interact with magical characters, meeting centaurs, nifflers and plenty of other beasts from the world of the ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Fantastic Beasts’ film series. Behind the magic, A Forbidden Forest Experience features the technical wizardry of award-winning theatrical designers and experiential creators. The experience is a night-time woodland trail at Arley Hall and Gardens in Cheshire and includes food and drink inspired by the wizarding world, as well as the opportunity to shop for plenty of Harry Potter merch. RECOMMENDED: find out which Hogwarts house you belong in with our Harry Potter house quiz

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Buckle up: supersonic jets could be back in service by 2029

Buckle up: supersonic jets could be back in service by 2029

Nearly two decades after the last Concorde flight, supersonic airliners are making a comeback. US air giant American Airlines has placed an order for 20 new supersonic airliners, which could come into service as soon as 2029. The aircraft in question is called the ‘Overture’ and it’s being made by Boom Supersonic, an American aviation company. Overtures are promising to be the world’s fastest airliner and reach speeds of Mach 1.7 (over 1,300 miles per hour), which is over double the speed of current airliners. At that speed, an Overture will be able to get from London to New York (usually a seven-hour flight) in just three and a half hours and span Los Angeles and Sydney (usually a 15-hour trip) in just six hours and 45 mins. Each Overture can carry between 65 and 80 passengers. Here are a few renders of what the airliner might look like. Image: Boom Supersonic Image: Boom Supersonic Image: Boom Supersonic And American Airlines isn’t the only liner to have snapped up some Overtures. Over 130 have apparently been ordered so far, including from United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic and Japan Airlines. Speed aside, Boom’s Overtures are interesting for other reasons. The company says they’ll run entirely on sustainable fuel and be net-zero carbon, which, if true, could be game-changing for the aviation industry. Although, of course, it’s probs better to take any environmental commitments with a significant pinch of salt until there’s any actual proof. (Net-zero long-haul flights

Revealed: this is the world’s best city for cyclists

Revealed: this is the world’s best city for cyclists

Sailing through the streets, gulping down fresh air, hair billowing in the breeze… there’s nothing quite like getting around a city by bicycle. And as cities try to cut down carbon emissions, getting around by bike is being made easier all the time. Even the car-crammed likes of Paris and London are taking steps to put cyclists first. But which are the most bike-friendly cities on earth? This year’s Global Bicycle Index looked at 90 cities around the world and ranked them based on loads of factors, from bike lanes and rates of bike theft to the number of days of ‘cyclable’ weather per year. Top of the pile came Utrecht in the Netherlands. (That’s right, shockingly not Copenhagen or Amsterdam, which came respectively fourth and fifth). Not only does Utrecht have a high number of cyclists – around 51 percent of the population – but it also has a lot of high-quality bike infrastructure and very few rainy days. Photograph: rawf8 / Shutterstock.com Next came the western German city of Münster, which has a reassuringly low rate of cycling fatalities and decent scores all-round. Munster also did well on its ‘events score’, meaning that it regularly hosts events and festivals that promote bike-riding. Photograph: franz12 / Shutterstock.com Third in the list was Antwerp in Belgium. According to the index, the port city is among the most affordable places to buy and maintain a bike in the world. Antwerp also has an extensive city-wide bike-sharing system and, despite being only a m

Aquest poble t'ofereix una casa baratíssima si hi vas a teletreballar

Aquest poble t'ofereix una casa baratíssima si hi vas a teletreballar

Espanya té un gran problema amb la gent que abandona les zones rurals per viure a les ciutats. En els darrers cinquanta anys, la població del camp ha disminuït gairebé un 30%. Aquest fenomen que fa referència a les zones despoblades es coneix com 'l'Espanya buida'. En un intent de revertir la despoblació rural, un municipi del sud d'Espanya està prenent mesures dràstiques. Letur, un poble d'uns 900 habitants a la província d'Albacete, a Castella-la Manxa, començarà a oferir lloguers excepcionalment barats per atraure empresaris i treballadors que treballin a distància. I com de barat serà? Doncs bastant barat. Les tarifes que s'ofereixen oscil·len entre 340 i 450 euros al mes per una casa sencera. Hi haurà deu cases disponibles i totes tindran dos o tres dormitoris. A més, també s'oferirà un 'coworking', amb espai per a teletreball i una sala de reunions, situat al centre del poble. Aquest projecte es diu 'Letur Repuebla', i té l'objectiu de generar vida i riquesa al poble i la comarca. L'atractiu de viure a Letur no és únicament que podreu viure en un espectacular i relaxat poble històric al cim d'un turó, sinó que també gaudireu d'uns costos més baixos, ja que totes les cases són d'alta eficiència energètica i el dia a dia sol ser més barat. A més, estareu envoltats de natura. Foto: ShutterstockLetur   S'espera que les cases estiguin acabades els mesos vinents i estaran disponibles tant per a espanyols com per a estrangers (sempre que tinguin dret a viure i treballar a Es

Is this the ‘happiest’ travel destination in the world?

Is this the ‘happiest’ travel destination in the world?

It’s a question that’s troubled mankind for millennia: what is happiness? Well, a report from hotel and package holiday company Club Med reckons it has the answer. And it involves cheap beer and spas. Club Med has released a study that claims to rank the happiest holiday destinations on the planet, and to do so it has come up with a series of factors that add up to happy travels. Looking at a number of destinations, Club Med analysed things as disparate the number of spas, local pollution levels and how much it costs to buy a pint of beer. Other factors included measures of crime and personal safety, the number of outdoor activities and day trips available in a destination, LGBTQ+ friendliness and a somewhat nebulous ‘happiness score’. Top of Club Med’s list was Bali in Indonesia, thanks to its load of spas, wellness centres and outdoorsy activities. Add in cheap pints, a huge number of days of sunshine and the general paradise vibes, and we’ll admit it’s pretty tough to not be over the moon in Bali. Next on the list was Las Vegas, which was given a high safety score, followed by New Orleans and Barcelona, both of which were given top marks for LGBTQ+ inclusivity. Here is the full top ten ‘happiest’ tourist destinations in the world, according to Club Med.  Bali, Indonesia Las Vegas, USA New Orleans, USA Barcelona, Spain Amsterdam, Netherlands Budapest, Hungary Vancouver, Canada San Francisco, USA Dubai, UAE Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Want to find out more? You can read Club Me

These stunning pictures show the world’s biggest flower parade

These stunning pictures show the world’s biggest flower parade

Every year on the first Sunday of September, a small-ish Dutch town gets taken over by a parade of spectacularly colourful and really, really huge things. We’re talking stuff like ginormous milk cartons, towering sloths and eclectic displays of abstract art. Weirder yet, they’re all made entirely out of millions of flowers. The floats are part of an event called the Corso Zundert, which takes place in the southern Dutch town of Zundert (incidentally, the birthplace of one-eared post-impressionist genius and flower lover Vincent Van Gogh). It’s officially the world’s biggest flower parade. As you can probably guess, the Corso is much more than just a load of pretty flowers. First held in 1936, it’s been listed by the Unesco Convention for the Protection of Intangible Cultural Heritage since 2012. The flower sculptures are entirely crafted and pushed along by volunteers, and the audience usually numbers about 50,000. This year’s edition of the Corso Zundert takes place on September 4 and 5. You can find out more info about this year’s parade here. And if you aren’t sold on attending yet, here are some incredible photos from past editions. Photograph: Hung Chung Chih / Shutterstock.com Photograph: Hung Chung Chih / Shutterstock.com Photograph: Podolnaya Elena / Shutterstock.com Photograph: Podolnaya Elena / Shutterstock.com Photograph: Vitalinka / Shutterstock.com Photograph: Hung Chung Chih / Shutterstock.com Photograph: Hung Chung Chih / Shutterstock.com Meanwhil

Este pueblo te ofrece una casa baratíssima si vas a teletrabajar allí

Este pueblo te ofrece una casa baratíssima si vas a teletrabajar allí

España tiene un gran problema con la gente que abandona las zonas rurales para vivir en las ciudades. En los últimos 50 años, la población del campo ha descendido casi un 30%. Este fenómeno que hace referencia a las zonas despobladas se conoce como ‘la España vacía’. En un intento de revertir la despoblación rural, un municipio del sur de España está tomando medidas drásticas. Letur, un pueblo de unos 900 habitantes en la provincia de Albacete, en Castilla-La Mancha, empezará a ofrecer alquileres excepcionalmente baratos a empresarios y trabajadores que trabajen a distancia para atraerlos. ¿Y cómo de barato será? Pues bastante barato. Las tarifas que se ofrecen oscilan entre 340 y 450 euros al mes por una casa entera. Habrá diez casas disponibles y todas tendrán dos o tres dormitorios. Además, también se ofrecerá un coworking, con espacio para teletrabajo y una sala de reuniones, situado en el centro del pueblo. Este proyecto se llama ‘Letur Repuebla’, y tiene el objetivo de generar vida y riqueza en el pueblo y la comarca.   El atractivo de vivir en Letur no es únicamente que podrás vivir en un espectacular y relajado pueblo histórico en la cima de una colina, sino que también disfrutarás de unos costes más bajos, ya que todas las casas son de alta eficiencia energética y el día a día suele ser más barato. Además, estarás rodeado de naturaleza. Mayor calidad de vida, allá vamos. Foto: Shutterstock Se espera que las casas estén terminadas en los próximos meses y estarán dis

These are all the strikes at European airports you need to watch out for this summer

These are all the strikes at European airports you need to watch out for this summer

It’s a tough time to be working in the aviation industry. Faced with staff shortages and huge levels of disruption, many workers at airlines and airports are facing long, stressful hours and poor working conditions. And, thanks to the cost of living crisis and pandemic pay cuts, loads of them are doing it all for lower wages, too. Needless to say, it’s no wonder that so many staff at airports and airlines have already gone on strike this summer. From Italy and Belgium to Denmark and France, airports across Europe have seen thousands of flights delayed and cancelled by industrial action. Strikes can, obvs, have a serious impact on your holiday, so it’s best to be as informed about them as possible. Read on for our guide to who’s going on strike in Europe this summer, where and when those strikes will happen – and whether you need to worry about them.  EasyJet strikes in Spain EasyJet pilots in Spain will walk out for three 72-hour strikes throughout August over working conditions and contractual disputes. The strikes could affect pretty much any EasyJet routes in or out of Spain. The dates of the EasyJet pilot strikes are August 12 to 14, 19 to 21 and 27 to 29.  Ryanair strikes in Spain Two unions that represent Ryanair’s cabin crew based in Spain are set to go on strike for a whopping five months. From August 8 until January 7, cabin crews will strike from Monday to Thursday every week. It’ll likely affect Ryanair routes to airports in Alicante, Barcelona, Madrid, Malaga, P

See the awe-inspiring winners of the Nature TTL Photographer of the Year competition

See the awe-inspiring winners of the Nature TTL Photographer of the Year competition

Nature photography buffs: it’s that time of year again. The winners of the 2022 edition of the Nature TTL photographer of the year awards are in – and they’re as mesmerising as ever. Nature TTL’s competition is all about the natural world, ranging from snow leopards in the Himalayas and stingrays in the Maldives to a hare on the streets of the German city of Kassel. This year’s competition saw 8,000 images compete across eight categories: Animal Behaviour, Camera Traps, Landscapes, Small World, The Night Sky, Underwater, Urban Wildlife and Wild Portraits. The ‘overall winner’ took home a grand prize of £1,500. You can find out more about the winners on the TTL website here, but, in the meantime, here are a few of our favourites. ‘African Elephant Puffing Dust’ by Michael Snedic Photograph: © Michael Snedic / Nature TTL ‘A Cat and Its Prize’ by Dennis Stogsdill Photograph: © Dennis Stogsdill / Nature TTL ‘The Astonishing’ by Mauro Tronto Photograph: © Mauro Tronto / Nature TTL ‘The Top of Australia’ by Josselin Cornou Photograph: © Josselin Cornou / Nature TTL ‘Vantage Points’ by Achintya Murthy Photograph: © Achintya Murthy / Nature TTL ‘Caviar’ by Talia Greis  Photograph: © Talia Greis / Nature TTL ‘Sunset Ray’ by Andy Schmid Photograph: © Andy Schmid / Nature TTL ‘Glow Worm Metropolis’ by Josselin Cornou Photograph: © Josselin Cornou / Nature TTL ‘City Hare’ by Jan Piecha Photograph: © Jan Piecha / Nature TTL Did you see that this incredible buildi

Heathrow Airport’s drastic cap on passenger numbers will now last until October

Heathrow Airport’s drastic cap on passenger numbers will now last until October

Hoping to avoid this summer’s airport chaos by jetting off for an autumn getaway? Well, we’ve got some bad news. The passenger cap at London’s Heathrow Airport has been extended all the way until October 29. Heathrow’s cap was introduced in July and was originally set to expire on September 11. The idea behind the 100,000-passengers-per-day cap was that it would help the airport reduce levels of queuing, cancellations and lost baggage – all of which have plagued airports around the world since mass air travel resumed earlier this year. Heathrow isn’t the only airport limiting flights, either: both London Gatwick and Amsterdam Schiphol have also enforced similar measures in order to increase punctuality and reliability. In slightly better news, British Airways’ temporary ban on the sale of short-haul flights – which was also intended to reduce cancellations and delays – has now ended. In the UK, the extended cap means it’ll now cover the half-term holidays, which lasts from October 24 to 28. Anyone hoping to get away can likely expect higher demand (and therefore higher prices) for flights from Heathrow. If you’ve already booked, keep an eye on your flight status for updates. ICYMI: here are 10 ways to make sure you avoid holiday hell this summer.

This beautiful Spanish village is offering really, really cheap rent to remote workers

This beautiful Spanish village is offering really, really cheap rent to remote workers

Spain has a huge problem with people leaving rural areas to live in cities. Over the past 50 years, the population of the Spanish countryside has dropped by nearly 30 percent. It’s such a big problem that there’s even a name for the depopulated areas – la España vacia, or ‘empty Spain’. In an attempt to reverse rural depopulation, one municipality in southern Spain is taking drastic action. Letur in Albacete province is soon to start offering exceptionally cheap rent to entrepreneurs and remote workers in order to entice them to move to the town.  How cheap are we talking? Pretty darn cheap. The rates being offered vary from €340 to €350 (£287-£295, $347-357) per month for an entire house. Ten houses will be available and they’ll all have either two or three bedrooms. The attraction of living in Letur isn’t just that you’ll get to live in a spectacular, chilled-out, historic hilltop village. You’ll also enjoy lower costs because the houses are all highly energy-efficient and day-to-day stuff is generally cheaper. Higher quality of life, here we come. The houses are expected to be finished in the next few months and they’ll be available for both Spaniards and foreign nationals (provided, of course, they’ve got the right to live and work in Spain, or a Spanish work visa). You can find out more info about the scheme here. Did you see that you could live in the Maldives for free for an entire year? Plus: you could be paid €15,000 to live on this spectacular Italian island.

Support Ukraine this week by watching live theatre from Kyiv

Support Ukraine this week by watching live theatre from Kyiv

Just a few months ago, Kyiv was on the frontline of a full-blown military invasion. And while the focus of Russia’s war in Ukraine may have since moved elsewhere, the city continues to be regularly rocked by explosions and airstrikes. Life in the Ukrainian capital certainly isn’t back to normal. Despite all that, one local theatre company in Kyiv is determined to keep giving a platform to local performers. It’s running a festival called PRO.ACT, which is both an English-language international celebration of theatre and an invitation for theatre-lovers the world over to show solidarity with Ukraine. Alongside Ukrainian performers, PRO.ACT’s actors and workshops also hail from the USA, UK and Australia. The shows range from classics like Chekhov’s ‘The Seagull’ and Webster’s ‘The Duchess of Malfi’ to newer and more contemporary shows. The theme of the fest is, appropriately enough, ‘unbreakable’. Best of all, however, is just how much PRO.ACT is trying to get audiences involved from all over the world. The entire festival is available to stream online for anyone, anywhere – and it’s all completely free. Viewers are encouraged to donate on Patreon, with all proceeds going to local performers and the Ukrainian war effort. PRO.ACT started last Saturday (August 13) and lasts until this Sunday (August 21). You can watch the festival on Scenesaver here and donate to PRO.ACT’s Patreon here. Now here are 23 ways you can help the people of Ukraine right now.  Plus: Ukraine is ‘decolonis

Revealed: the best rooftop bars in Europe in 2022

Revealed: the best rooftop bars in Europe in 2022

There are few things more mind-melting than a truly spectacular rooftop bar. And we’re not just talking the ones on the tallest buildings or with the fanciest cocktails. The best rooftop bars are all about the bev-view combo: it’s got to be its own experience, to even offer a totally new way of viewing somewhere. New rooftop bars pop up all the time, but which are, at the mo, the best? Well, tour operator Big 7 Travel has used social media results and editorial judgement to come up with a ranking of the 50 best rooftop bars in Europe right now. Top of the pile, according to them, is… Salling Rooftop in Aarhus, Denmark! Part-bar, part-conservatory, Salling is 25 metres above street level on top of a department store and boasts glass floors, exhibition spaces and live DJ sets. It seems a worthy first choice.  Next up is The Roof at the Reykjavik Edition hotel in Iceland, which has fabulous views out over the ocean, mountains and even (if you’re lucky) the Northern Lights, while third is Kranen Bar on top of Oslo’s new Munch Museum. Here are the ten best rooftop bars in Europe, according to Big 7 Travel. Salling Rooftop (Aarhus, Denmark) The Roof at Reykjavik Edition (Reykjavik, Iceland) Kranen Bar (Oslo, Norway) Oroya (Madrid, Spain) The Culpeper (London, UK) Sky Bar (Lisbon, Portugal) Patchwork at Sa Punta (Ibiza, Spain) Skyline Bar 20up (Hamburg, Germany) Mama Shelter (Bordeaux, France) Terrace Bar (Madeira)  You can read Big 7 Travel’s full list of the top 50 best European