Features // Lottie Gross

The world’s most expensive cities for expats revealed
The world’s most expensive cities for expats revealed

Many travellers consider moving abroad at some point – there are 222 million expats across the world, after all – but the grass isn’t always greener. This week, consultancy firm Mercer released an index of the world’s most expensive cities for expats. Find out where topped the list below. 10. Beijing, China It might surprise you that…

Bournemouth: more than just sun, sea and sand
Bournemouth: more than just sun, sea and sand

Bournemouth’s main draw has always been its long, wide and immaculate yellow sandy beaches. It was once the playground of rich Victorians – Charles Rolls (as in Rolls-Royce) and Edward VII both enjoyed its shores – and has been extremely popular ever since it was founded as a purpose-built resort in the early 1800s. But…

How Hastings has become Britain’s must-visit seaside town
How Hastings has become Britain’s must-visit seaside town

The East Sussex coastal town of Hastings isn’t exactly a go-to beach break for Brits, or visitors to the UK. But with a brand new pier and the world’s largest underground BMX skatepark, it’s just put itself firmly on the British seaside map. Lottie Gross went to find out what makes Hastings one of Britain’s…

Readers’ photos: sunsets from around the world
Readers’ photos: sunsets from around the world

In this week’s #RGchat – our weekly Twitter chat on all things travel – we asked our followers where they’ve seen the best sunset. The result was a barrage of wanderlust-inducing images that have us itching at the toes to get out and watch the sun go down in some faraway, dreamy place. We were so impressed…

Poll: is 8am too early to drink at the airport?
Poll: is 8am too early to drink at the airport?

Last week saw the start of Gatwick Airport police force’s Operation Disrupt, a crackdown on inebriated passengers boarding planes – it is, after all, an offence to board a plane whilst drunk in the UK. That same week, Cheapflights.co.uk released data that shows 62% of British travellers hit the bar as soon as they pass security. Their…

Stunning documentary on Nepal shows restoration of the country’s sites
Stunning documentary on Nepal shows restoration of the country’s sites

“The only thing you could focus on was the fact that the earth was moving from side to side by about eight to ten metres.” These are the words of Kathmandu resident Amritman Buddhachari as he describes the huge earthquake that struck Nepal in 2015, destroying many of the important historical Buddhist sites throughout the country.…

This live translation ear piece could change travel forever
This live translation ear piece could change travel forever

Language is the most common barrier to communicating abroad, and can be a real headache for travellers. You might try to get by with simple words or phrases you’ve picked up from books, or sometimes you’ll resort to using Google translate to facilitate a conversation. In the past, we’ve seen a smattering of palm-held electronic translators like this that…

India in video: filmmaker perfectly captures the colours of India
India in video: filmmaker perfectly captures the colours of India

If you’ve been to India, this video will make you pine for the country all over again. If you’re planning a trip, this is guaranteed to get you excited. And if you’ve never even considered travelling to India, this short film will probably change your mind. Filmmaker Dave Dworkind spent six weeks travelling in northern…

27 awe-inspiring pictures of Namibia
27 awe-inspiring pictures of Namibia

Namibia has some of the world’s most astonishing landscapes. It’s home to the world’s oldest desert, a long and undeveloped coastline and national parks that teem with wildlife. After spending ten days exploring this vast land, Lottie Gross shares some of her favourite photos from Namibia. Namibia is such a pleasure to view through a lens,…

The best places to travel solo – as voted by you
The best places to travel solo – as voted by you

Solo travel can be one of the most rewarding experiences out there. But where is the best place to travel alone? We put together our own recommendations last year, but this year we thought we’d ask our readers. Here are the best places to travel solo – as voted for by you. 10. Ethiopia Ethiopia might not usually feature…

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