Coronavirus and summer travel: how to stay safe on holiday

Whether heading for a scorching Mallorca beach or dancing beneath neon flags at a music festival, millions of people will be hoping for a Covid-free summer. But it isn’t working out like that. With infections soaring once more, how can people make sure they stay safe and keep holiday plans on track? How vulnerable am I to getting Covid on a plane or train? Crowded spaces are ideal for spreading infection, and the dominant Omicron strains BA.4...

One of the world's busiest airports has cancelled flights because it expects more passengers to turn up than it can safely handle

"We are expecting higher passenger numbers in today's morning peak than the airport currently has capacity to serve," a Heathrow spokesperson said.

The Perfect Montauk Weekend

Heading out East before summer's over? Here are a few of our favorite local spots.

An American Airlines passenger drove to Denver airport to rebook his seats after the airline's customer-service center left him on hold for nearly 4 hours

Brian Driver told The Wall Street Journal it was "by far the worst airline call center experience I've ever had."

American Airlines offers pilots pay rises of up to $64,000 to help end crippling shortages

According to a transcript of the video, seen by Insider, the offer could collectively increase pilots' pay by $2 billion by 2024.

Will a cruise ship wait for me if I'm running late at a port stop? Here's what a captain has to say.

Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas Captain Rob Hempstead told passengers that the ship may wait for latecomers, but only under two circumstances.

Pass Christian Is the Mississippi Beach Town You've Probably Never Heard Of

A laidback seaside vacation awaits!

10 of Sri Lanka's dreamiest sleeps

From hill-country escapes and colonial mansions to sustainable eco-stays nestled within their own reserve – find your perfect Sri Lankan hideaway…

Cruise ship tour: Celebrity Beyond is its biggest ship yet

Celebrity Beyond, the line's largest and most luxurious ship yet, really is beyond in every sense of the word.

Gobsmackingly awe-inspiring: a cost conscious guide to Uluru and surrounds

You’ve seen it on tea towels, TV ads and kitschy souvenirs. But it’s a good bet that you haven’t seen it up close and personal in all its red-earth glory. Uluru is almost a victim of its iconic status. We Australians know it so well that many of us don’t know it at all. While international travellers circle the globe to marvel at the icon of the red centre, Australians tend to be blasé about what’s in their own backyard. Perhaps we reckon it’s...

2 migrants who died in a sweltering Texas truck were 'excited' to travel to the US so they could finally build their mom a house, their devastated mother said

Karen Caballero told the Associated Press that one of her sons was worried something might happen to them on their journey to America.

Travelers and airlines are bracing for a chaotic July 4 weekend. Here's what to do if your flight is canceled or delayed.

Rebooking on the airline's mobile app and familiarizing yourself with your travel card's trip insurance policies are a few of the ways to prepare.

Wheelchair-using BBC journalist stranded on plane for the second time this year, says UK airports are 'consistently crap'

BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner, who has used a wheelchair since being shot by Al Qaeda in 2004, said UK airports are failing disabled people.

A fire is raging toward Machu Picchu, and authorities say it's 'not been possible to get it under control'

The fire has been hard to combat because Machu Picchu, one of the seven wonders of the world, is so remote, authorities told Reuters.

Why housekeepers in Atlantic City say they prefer to clean customers' rooms every day: 'You're just offloading more work'

If you think you're being polite by holding off on a hotel's daily cleaning service, think again, several Atlantic City hotel housekeepers told Insider.

11 Major Mistakes to Avoid on a Florida Vacation, According to a Longtime Floridian

You might not know the Sunshine State as well as you think.

More than 1,000 flights canceled over Fourth of July weekend as travel chaos continues

American Airlines, Delta and United all cancel swathes of flights across the holiday weekend, disputing travel plans for hundreds of thousands.

An American Airlines passenger spent three days trying to get home after his flight was canceled amid Fourth of July travel chaos impacting over 8,000 US flights

Over 8,000 US flights were canceled or delayed over Independence Day weekend, leaving passengers scrambling to find alternative transport.

Airport chaos disrupts holiday plans of hundreds of thousands of Australians

As airport queues stretched out the door on Saturday wreaking havoc on the holiday plans of hundreds of thousands of travellers, Sydney airport said people arriving too far in advance for their flight was exacerbating problems caused by wet weather, school holidays and continuing staff shortages. In Sydney, Guardian Australia understands there were technical issues with luggage check-in systems across several domestic airlines on Friday and...

Worried about holiday travel chaos? Make sure you have the right insurance

After being grounded by the coronavirus pandemic, many UK families are looking forward to going abroad this summer but the recent scenes of travel chaos at airports means buying travel insurance should be top of your to-do list. The likelihood of widespread cancellations and delays means it has “never been more important” to ensure that you have adequate travel insurance from the moment you book your holiday, says Rory Boland, the travel editor...

I took the train to Graz, Austria – here’s my guide to the city

Graz truly is a tale of two cities. The old town lies on the east bank of the River Mur under the lee of the tree-covered Schlossberg. The hill was a medieval fortress until an irate Napoleon demanded its walls be destroyed by the inhabitants; around its base, a harmonious blend of historic architecture ranging from Franciscan simplicity to Habsburgian splendour now houses a well-heeled commercial centre. Until a generation ago, the east bank’s...

A cruise ship performer says guests asked her when she was going to get a real job, a report says

An anonymous worker said she just had to "sit and smile" through bad experiences so as not to insult the customers, according to The Times of London.

Getaways with altitude: 10 UK hillside hideaways

The Cottage in the Wood, Worcestershire Don’t be misled by the name; the Cottage is actually a striking Georgian mansion, set high above the spa town of Malvern, surrounded by woodland. The elegant dining room offers panoramic views over the Severn Valley, as well as upmarket food and cocktails. This is a charming, family-run hotel that woos its guests with indulgent afternoon teas, peppy cocktails and upscale dining – with cycling, horse-riding...

Air travel will be a complete nightmare this holiday weekend. Here's what to do about it.

This weekend we're offering some advice on how to deal with the air-travel nightmare and canceled flights over the Fourth of July.

Delta threw passengers a 'pizza party' and offered $6,000 gift cards after a string of delays and cancelations

Elizabeth Ochoa was offered pizza after her flight from Boston to Rome flight was delayed by 12 hours, had to turn back and was then delayed again.

July 4th holiday travel booms with busy airports and crowded highways

The July Fourth holiday weekend is off to a booming start with airport crowds crushing the numbers seen in 2019, before the pandemic.

Sri Lanka by train: The best rail journeys

Sri Lanka’s historic railways chug golden shores, wild highlands and lush jungle, offering a ride every bit as compelling as the destination...

Twin sisters swapped passports and used each other's identities to travel abroad more than 30 times

Before getting caught, the Zhou twins from China managed to visit Japan, Russia, and Thailand while pretending to be one another.

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Delta CEO apologizes for cancelations and delays heading into the holiday travel weekend: 'This level of disruption and uncertainty is unacceptable'

The airline is also deploying its "Peach Corps" of office workers to help with holiday travel chaos at its hubs in New York and Atlanta.

Delta offered $10,000 to each passenger who volunteered to be bumped from an oversold flight out of Michigan, reports say

Delta's offer came amid a messy summer travel season with flight delays and chaos across the industry as demand returns to pre-pandemic levels.

Airline passenger spent a total of 11 hours on hold to customer service before giving up and booking new tickets for $800

After her flight from Phoenix to Edmonton on Swoop was cancelled, Jody Caskey says she made numerous futile attempts to contact the Canadian airline.

London City airport seeks end to Saturday flight ban

London City airport is seeking to overturn its Saturday flight ban and raise by 40% the limit on its passenger numbers. A local residents’ group has denounced the proposals to cut into the nearly 24-hour respite from aircraft noise from 1pm on Saturdays to 12.30pm on Sundays, granted when the airport was licensed. London City also wants to be allowed to operate more flights in the early morning and late evening, although it said only quieter new...

Delta pilots warn of 'the perfect storm' this holiday weekend as hundreds picketed the airline at hubs across the US

The pilots union said Delta was scheduling more routes than it could handle, and that pilots are flying record overtime this year.

Bernie Sanders urges the Biden administration to fine airlines $27,500 fine per passenger for worsening flight delays

John Fetterman, the Democratic candidate for Senate in Pennsylvania, made a similar call. Other Dems like Blumenthal and Markey want answers.

Share memories of a brilliant Interrail trip – you could win a holiday voucher

Interrail turned 50 this year – so it’s a perfect time to share reminiscences about European train trips you’ve made using the pass. Tell us about your best and worst experiences – you may have shared a compartment with a particularly “interesting” group of people, started a relationship, met friends for life, had extraordinary “it’s a small world” moments, or ended up in the wrong station or even country. You may just want to share details of...

Ryanair boss says travellers face years of flight chaos

Michael O’Leary warned airfares would rise for the next five years because flying has become ‘too cheap’

‘We were hopeless at pétanque’: readers’ favourite campsites in France

Winning tip: Camping with cascades, Occitanie If you want to fall asleep to the hypnotic rhythms of waterfalls, Camping les Cascades is for you. At the foot of the Cascades du Sautadet, an hour’s drive north of Avignon and not far from Orange, this four-star site is in a lush, verdant area of unspoilt nature. You can also splash about in the swimming pool or paddling pools with the children, or have a nice day on the Cèze river beach or walk out...

The number of complaints against airlines has skyrocketed over 300% as flights are cancelled during summer travel season

In April 2022, passengers made 3,173 complaints against US airlines, mostly due to refunds, cancellations, delays, and mishandled baggage.

Christmas in July: top things to do to escape Australia’s winter blues

When Vincent Hernandez arrived in Australia from France, he loved it – but noticed something was missing. A European Christmas. So in 2018 the festival director launched a Christmas in July celebration in Sydney’s Rocks district, to bring the festive season he knew so well from home down under. “For any Europeans living in Australia … Christmas should be in winter,” he says. “All the good things that come with the comfort food, the cheese,...

Delta said it is letting customers change their Fourth of July weekend flights for free amid a massive summer of air travel disruption

With some restrictions, Delta is offering travelers some flexibility ahead of a busy July 4 tweekend, including changing flights for no extra cost.

Boris Johnson took official jet home from weekend with family in Cornwall

Boris Johnson used a government private jet to fly home from a weekend with his family in Cornwall, prompting questions about use of taxpayer-funded resources. The prime minister was in Cornwall and Devon on the weekend before the Tiverton and Honiton byelection, in which his party lost to the Liberal Democrats. He made a surprise visit to the Royal Cornwall Show on the Friday morning and then was photographed by holidaymakers with his family on...

Passengers may get 'lobby shock' this summer as they see long bag drop and security lines during peak travel times

According to The Wall Street Journal, "lobby shock" is the long zig-zagging lines that may worry travelers who just entered the airport terminal.

The internet really hates 'gatekeeping,' social media's new go-to insult. The truth is you're probably a gatekeeper, too.

"Gatekeeping" can mean almost anything in a social-media landscape where democratizing information is seen as the ultimate goal.

The first time I’ve enjoyed cycling in a city: my Tour de Copenhagen

This is the first time I’ve actually enjoyed cycling in a city. Previously I have been a car-watcher on two wheels, a fume-breathing pothole dodger, my existence begrudged by every four-wheeled, “proper” road user. Now, just outside the Tivoli Gardens, an older lady shoots past me on a shopper-chopper with a cheery “Hihi”, which alerts me to the fact that I am on the wrong side of the bike lane. Imagine: a bike lane broad enough to allow safe...

Some business travelers are choosing long drives to meetings instead of risking canceled flights as summer of air travel chaos continues, report says

People are opting to road trip as air travel disruptions and flight cancellations have escalated throughout the summer.

Grand Canyon campers are contracting norovirus, causing diarrhea and vomiting on rafting excursions

Campers and rafters from eight tour groups in the Grand Canyon reported getting sick to their stomachs. Some had to be airlifted out of the canyon.

Delta Air Lines pilots protest amid contract negotiations

Delta Air Lines pilots protest what they say is excessive overtime ahead of July 4 weekend.

I travel for a living and some of my favorite food is in Cabo San Lucas and Baja California Sur. Here are 12 restaurants where you should actually eat.

The Mexican peninsula is a food lover's paradise — from incredible tacos to the freshest sushi, there's a place for every taste.

Airbnb is permanently banning parties — here's what to know about the new rules

Airbnb said that it saw a 44% year-over-year decrease in party reports after it introduced the temporary ban in 2020.