Airbnb bans one-night NYE bookings in bid to stop properties being used for ‘disruptive parties’ 

Airbnb bans one-night New Year’s Eve bookings across the world in bid to stop properties being used for ‘disruptive parties’ The anti-party restrictions are in effect in 11 countries, from the U.S to the UK The heightened rules are being rolled out following a successful trial last year  Airbnb’s NYE defences have been activated over … Read more

The joys of a family trip to Lapland to meet the REAL Father Christmas

We’re told we are heading to the sorting office to deliver some festive letters. But when Sparkle the elf pushes open the door to the log cabin, surrounded by fir trees and lashings of snow, it’s the man himself who greets us – the real Father Christmas. From a front-of-a-festive-card perspective, he looks very convincing. … Read more

The Inspector calls at The Grand hotel in York and loves the location – but says the decor is ‘dull’

The Inspector calls at a hotel in a ‘magnificent’ building that’s perfectly placed for exploring York’s highlights… but he complains that it feels ‘dull and corporate’ The Inspector checks into The Grand hotel, which lies near York train station  The building it occupies was once home to the North Eastern Railway Company Remember, he pays … Read more

Ex-footballer whose reaction to £1m jackpot became online hit has quit his job to travel the world

An ex-footballer whose emotional reaction to winning a £1m lottery jackpot went viral quit his building job to travel the world with his partner. Terry Kennedy, 29, was a teammate of England star Harry Maguire at Sheffield United before being forced into early retirement due to a knee injury in 2016. But after scooping the … Read more

A guide to South Africa’s beautiful Cape winelands from top vineyards to gorgeous places to stay

The Stellenbosch/Franschhoek region of South Africa is ideal for viticulture. It’s where you’ll find the Leeu Estate, where husband-and-wife team Chris and Andrea Mullineux (above, with their children) make wine There’s no contest. Australia’s Barossa Valley, Margaret River, and Mornington Peninsula, Napa Valley in the USA, Marlborough in New Zealand — all spectacular but no match … Read more

Hot 2023 holidays: Flight prices for Madeira drop 22% – searches for Jacksonville trips rise 570%

Some of the hottest destinations for Britons for 2023 have been revealed, with the shortlist including Madeira, Melbourne, Jacksonville and Minneapolis. According to a study by a flight comparison website, Madeira and Melbourne are next year’s two ‘best-value destinations’ as return economy flights from the UK have dropped 22 per cent and 19 per cent … Read more

Pictured: The world’s highest ATM, sitting 15,300ft up in the mountains of Pakistan 

Pictured: The world’s highest ATM, churning out cash from a staggering altitude of 15,300ft in the snowcapped mountains of Pakistan The record-breaking ATM sits on the Khunjerab Pass by the border with China  Operated by the National Bank of Pakistan, the ATM is solar and wind-powered  It’s used by guards working at the border and tourists … Read more

Yule be dazzled in festive New York: The best places to go Christmas shopping in the Big Apple

Yule be dazzled in festive New York: The ultimate guide to Christmas shopping in the Big Apple (and where to stay for complimentary hot chocolate and ‘Santa letter’ stationery) Plenty of tour firms can arrange mini-break packages for Christmas shopping  Don’t miss the iconic window displays at Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s and more Browse the … Read more

TikTok influencer reveals clever hack for flying your pet dog in the comfort of the aircraft cabin

Lora McLaughlin Peterson has shared a handy step-by-step guide to bringing pets into an aircraft cabin A TikTok influencer has revealed a handy hack for bringing pet pooches into an aircraft cabin. If you buy your dog an airline ticket, you can place the animal in a ventilated pet carrier (which also accommodates cats) that slots … Read more