Features // Lottie Gross

Poll: would you book your holiday via WhatsApp?
Poll: would you book your holiday via WhatsApp?

Earlier this year, WhatsApp reached an astonishing one billion users – that’s a seventh of the entire population of Earth. Travel companies are now trying to tap into this enormous user base by offering a messaging booking service via the app – but will it take off? Last year Jovago announced they’d be offering a…

The world’s 10 most expensive destinations revealed
The world’s 10 most expensive destinations revealed

Airport transfer booking website Hoppa have released their research on the world’s most expensive cities, and there are a few surprises on their list. Measuring the average cost in each destination for a pint of beer, a cup of coffee, a meal for two, a bottle of wine, a hotel room for one night and taxi fares per three kilometres, Hoppa ranked…

An underwater art exhibition just opened in Florida
An underwater art exhibition just opened in Florida

A brand new art exhibition with a difference has opened in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary this month. You can’t exactly buy an entrance ticket and there are no galleries as such. Instead, you’ll need a PADI license and an oxygen tank, because this exhibition sits 27m below the surface of the Atlantic, around…

Quiz: can you say ‘cheers!’ in all these languages?
Quiz: can you say ‘cheers!’ in all these languages?

Love a drink? Then you’ll be an expert on this travel quiz. We’ve travelled around the world and toasted our trips in many a country, but how many of the following languages can you identify? Find out below if you’re a brilliant boozer, or perhaps a little too far gone…

Planes vs cars: the ultimate drag race just took place in Australia
Planes vs cars: the ultimate drag race just took place in Australia

Which goes faster, the plane or the car? Finally, we have an answer to this age-old question… Okay, so it’s not exactly an age-old question. But now we’ve asked it, you want to know the answer don’t you? Well, you’re in luck – kind of. Qantas and Tesla have gone head-to-head to find out once and for…

Quiz: which US national park should you visit this year?
Quiz: which US national park should you visit this year?

This year the US National Park Service celebrates its hundredth year in operation. There are loads of events happening throughout America’s 59 parks this year, so to help you decide where to go, we’ve devised this short test. Find out which US national park you should visit next:  

The 7 most beautiful places in Southeast Asia – chosen by you
The 7 most beautiful places in Southeast Asia – chosen by you

It’s not just appearance that makes up the beauty of a place. Often, travellers will cite the people as the most beautiful thing about a country or culture. In Southeast Asia, there’s no doubt there is beauty in every form – and now our readers have voted to decide which countries are the most beautiful. Here…

Painting the town red, pink, green and yellow: Holi Festival 2016 in pictures
Painting the town red, pink, green and yellow: Holi Festival 2016 in pictures

Every year, Hindus around the world celebrate Holi Festival: the festival of colours. The event attracts many non-Hindus to take part, too, with hundreds of people gathering to throw coloured powder at one another – a tradition supposedly started by Krishna as a young boy when he used to throw paint over the gopis (milkmaids). The result, of…

The world’s happiest countries have been revealed
The world’s happiest countries have been revealed

If you’re a resident of Europe, it’s likely you’re happier than the rest of the world, according to the UN. Yesterday, the World Happiness Report Update 2016 revealed seven European nations in the top ten happiest countries in the world. The report has been released in advance of World Happiness Day (March 20) and ranks 157 countries in order of…

The 10 most beautiful places in Europe – chosen by you
The 10 most beautiful places in Europe – chosen by you

To celebrate publication of the new Rough Guide to First-Time Europe, we took to Facebook and Twitter to ask our followers to vote for the most beautiful places in Europe. After much debate, it was whittled it down to the top ten. These are the most beautiful places in Europe – as chosen by you. 10. Iceland Exploring…

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