Hikers admire the 165-metre-high Engstligen falls in the Bernese Highlands, Switzerland. Photograph: Sloot/Getty ImagesThere are few natural landscape features as thrilling as torrents of water hurtling down cliffs, whether they are in Iceland, the Highlands, Yorkshire, Croatia, Brazil, Hawaii or Australia – the homes of some of the most celebrated. Many can only be reached at the end of long treks that make for adventure stories in themselves. Others have their own car parks, cafes and even hotels. Some can only be reached by taking a boat up a fjord or sea loch.Tell us about brilliant cascades anywhere, but bear in mind that we’ll only be publishing one entry for each waterfall, so if you tip the most famous (such as Victoria Falls or Niagara), you’re less likely to make the shortlist. And size isn’t all that matters; brilliant walks, views and landscapes are just as important. The experience is the thing.Please include details of how you reached the waterfall – whether it was a walk, a boat trip or a drive – and any information that would improve the experiences of other visitors. Any useful websites and, where relevant, places to stay should also be included.We would love to hear about your discoveries. Send tips from all parts of the world by filling in the form below, with as much detail as you can in around 100 words. We are sorry, but for legal reasons you must be a UK resident to enter this competition.Photographs are welcome if they are high-quality and you are happy to share, but it is the text that our judges will consider. If you do send photographs please ensure you are the copyright holder.The best tips will appear on the Guardian Travel website and may also appear in print in Guardian Travel. The winner, chosen by Tom Hall of Lonely Planet, will receive a £200 hotel voucher from UK.hotels.com.Competition closes Tuesday 30 July 2019, 10am BST If you’re having trouble using the form, click here. Read terms of service here.Read the terms and conditions
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The simplest mistake can cost you anywhere up to £160 to correct depending on how soon you notice it. Amid all the hassle involved in getting the family out of the door for the summer holidays, it may not be forgetting a bag, vital medication or leaving the kitchen window open that causes the greatest headache – but instead the simple mistakes made when booking tickets. Having to change your name on a ticket can cost from nothing to £160, depending on the airline – and may even mean getting a new ticket. If your travel plans change, it can cost £150 to change the dates, giving an unnecessary added bill on top of what can be one of the most expensive times of year for families. Having to call a Ryanair call centre and change a name can cost £160 – or £115 if you do it online, the most expensive charge in a survey by the comparison site Travelsupermarket.com. The budget carrier does allow “minor errors”, such as the incorrect spelling of a name, to be corrected for free within 48 hours of the booking. EasyJet comes in at £30 if you want to change a name more than 60 days before travel and £55 after that if you contact them via a call centre. At Jet2 it costs £35 while Wizz Air charges £40 for each leg. Flybe comes in at £50 each way and Aer Lingus £80. The charges are so high for budget airlines that the site says it can be cheaper to simply book a new flight rather than shell out the extra money. The costs have attracted the attention of the Civil Aviation Authority. It’s chief executive, Richard Moriarty, has said in May that airlines need to make the rules more transparent. Travelsupermarket says many airlines will forgive genuine typos and amend bookings free of charge, as they would in cases where there has been a name change because of marriage or divorce. Passing a flight on to someone else will result in significant cost, however, and British Airways refuses to transfer tickets at all. In the past, airlines and travel agents have been notoriously unforgiving of typos. In 2015 a student changed his name by deed poll because it cost less than half the £220 Ryanair demanded to amend the surname his girlfriend’s stepfather had mistakenly used in a booking. In 2016 an Observer reader complained that they had been told they would have to pay £230 to cancel and buy a new ticket after an extra letter was added to a name on a Hainan Airlines flight booked through BudgetAir to Shanghai. BudgetAir eventually changed the name without charge to the consumer. Having to change a flight time or cancel can also run up a tidy bill. Ryanair charges between £35 and £65 each way if altered online and between £65 and £95 if done through a call centre or at the airport. EasyJet loads on £25 or £30 and the fare difference if the change is made more than 60 days before travel, while it costs £55 to change by ringing a call centre if there are less than 60 days to go, and you have to pay the difference in price. Most airlines charge similar fees according to the Travelsupermarket research. Some airlines charge to cancel so, again, it may be easier to skip the flight and start again, depending on the prices involved. “Excessive charges from airlines for items such as name changes, check-in and for air passenger duty (APD) refunds understandably cause a lot of anger,” said Emma Coulthurst of Travelsupermarket. “Some of these fees are utterly eye-watering and take advantage of people’s misfortune if they can no longer travel and want to pass the ticket – which they have paid for – on to someone else.” “Also, passengers are legally entitled to air passenger duty refunds if they do not travel, and I think it is outrageous that the admin fee which some airlines charge is more than the amount being claimed. This needs to be stopped. If people can’t fly they should be able to get back the APD –which they paid in full – and not face charges which exceed the amount being claimed to do so.”
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Buttermere is one of the Lake District’s most beautiful stretches of water. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PALakes can form great focal points for a trip whether you’re in to wildlife watching, watersports or camping on the waterfont.Tell us about wonderful lakes to visit in this country and Europe. You might have found a a serene beauty spot, a great cottage or cabin, a lakeside restaurant, walked a spectacular route around a lake, swum across it or sailed.Send us your tips by filling in the form below, with as much detail as you can in around 100 words. We are sorry, but for legal reasons, you must be a UK resident to enter this competition.Photographs are welcome if they are high-quality and you are happy to share, but it is the text that our judges will consider. If you do send photographs please ensure you are the copyright holder.The best tips will appear on the Guardian Travel website and may also appear in print in Guardian Travel. The winner, chosen by Tom Hall of Lonely Planet, will receive a £200 hotel voucher from UK.hotels.com.Competition closes Tuesday 25 June 2019, 10am BSTIf you’re having trouble using the form, click here. Read terms of service here.Read the terms and conditions.
The popularity of the package holiday remains undimmed for British travellers hooked on trips to the US and Caribbean, according to a new Abta report. Long-haul package holidays are more popular than ever among UK travellers, according to a new report from the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta). Despite the rise of the flight-shame movement and a growing interest in holidays by rail, an increasing number of British travellers are choosing package holidays to destinations across the Atlantic, with bookings to Mexico up by 3,500% since 1994. The Abta report examines how UK travel habits have changed over the last four decades, by analysing International Passenger Survey air travel figures and consulting with travel agents and tour operators. It also found that package holidays to the US and the Caribbean have more than doubled in the same period (with the exception of Barbados, which saw an increase of 22.5%). The report attributed the rise of long-haul packages to increased air capacity and more fuel-efficient aircraft. Conversely, Abta’s Travel Trends report for 2019 (published in November 2018), found a rise in awareness of responsible travel, with 45% saying sustainability was an important consideration when booking a holiday (up 6% on the previous year). As travellers become more conscious of the impact their visit has on a destination, an increasing number said they believed travel companies should ensure a holiday benefits both the environment and the local community (69%, up from 51% in 2011). Around a third (32%) were also willing to pay more for a holiday with a company that had a better environmental record (up 13% since 2011). Spain is still the favourite destination, with the number of British visiting more than doubling since 1994 to 13.6m, the new ABTA report found. Holidays were also up to Croatia, Italy, Portugal, Greece, Cyprus and Malta, and had more than doubled to Bulgaria since 1994, with bookings up another 16% for summer 2019. “The UK continues to be a nation in love with the foreign holiday as tens of millions of people head abroad each year, with package holidays still dominating a large proportion of the travel market,” said Mark Tanzer, Abta CEO. The type of package holidays available today look very different from trips of previous decades, featuring more adventure holidays, river cruises, wellbeing holidays, and increased personalisation – from choosing a room to pre-booking a sun-lounger. Abta’s report also found that authentic culture and local experiences are also now preferred to a “home-from-home” holiday or choosing places where friends and family have been.
Religious groups in Ethiopia are urging authorities to ban a trip organised by US-based travel company that caters to gay men and lesbians. An LGBT tour operator has received death threats and hate messages on social media after launching a holiday to Ethiopia. Chicago-based Toto Tours’ 16-day trip to Ethiopia is due to take place at the end of October and includes religious sites such as the Debre Berhan Selassie in Gondar and the ancient cave monasteries in the mountains of Lalibela. But religious groups in the country are urging the Ethiopian government to ban the company from visiting religious sites, warning that gay travellers could face violence. Ethiopia has strict anti-gay laws, with homosexual acts punishable by up to 15 years in prison. According to Article 629 of the Ethiopian Criminal Code, this applies to both nationals and foreigners. Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Dereje Negash, vice chairman of Sileste Mihret United Association, an Ethiopian Orthodox Church organisation, said that gay travellers with Toto Tours, “will be damaged, they could even die”, if they visit Ethiopia. “Toto Tours are wrong to plan to conduct tours in our religious and historical places,” he said. Tagay Tadele of the Inter-Religious Council of Ethiopia told news agency AFP, which has seven Islamic and Christian denominations as members, said: “[LGBT] tour programmes and dating programmes that try to use our historical sites and heritage should be immediately stopped by the Ethiopian government.” Toto Tours, which has been organising trips around the world for LGBT travellers and their friends and families since 1990, describes itself as “dedicated to creating exciting travel opportunities that enable our community to explore the wonders of the world in comfort and safety while having the time of our lives”. It has also run tours to Uganda and Tanzania, both of which currently criminalise homosexual acts. In an email to AFP, Toto Tours president Dan Ware said the company had been “terribly misunderstood”, and called for protection for the tour group from both the US State Department and the Ethiopian tourism ministry. “We come with only the greatest respect and humility,” Ware said. “Our company is not aimed at spreading values contrary to local cultures when we travel around the world. We are simply an organisation where like-minded people can travel comfortably together to experience the world’s most precious wonders. “This is terrible discrimination, and when the word of this spreads internationally, as it is most likely to do, it will have a negative impact on the important tourism industry in Ethiopia.” John Tanzella, CEO of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA), said the situation showed how much work there was still to be done to achieve equality, and that the travel industry could play an important role in facilitating change. Our company is not aimed at spreading values contrary to local cultures when we travel around the world. We are simply an organisation where like-minded people can travel comfortably together to experience the world’s most precious wonders” “We are believers in the long-term power of tourism as a positive force. IGLTA has member businesses in more than 80 countries, and not all of them are located in places with favourable laws for LGBTQ+ people. Our policy is to support their commitment to providing safe and welcoming LGBTQ+ travel experiences,” he said. “Where to travel is a personal choice, but the key is to be an informed traveller who understands the laws, culture and associated risks of the places you’ve chosen to visit.” Anti-gay laws are widespread across Africa, with homosexuality punishable by death in Mauritania, Sudan, northern Nigeria and southern Somalia. Earlier this year it was decriminalised in Angola, joining 21 other African countries ( according to Amnesty International) including Burkina Faso, Republic of the Congo and Mali, where homosexuality has never been against the law.
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Float your boat? Recall your favourite canal and river boat holidays. Photograph: Brigitte Merz/Getty ImagesAhoy! Bobbing about in boats on a canal or river holiday often means a laid-back, leisurely break. There’s time to take in the scenery, watch the wildlife and keep your eye out for towns and attractions to visit, plus restaurants and watering holes to savour. We’d love to hear about your favourites.So, take the plunge and let us know the how and why of what you enjoyed while out on the the water. We’re looking for trips in and around Europe, so save your waterworld UK stories for another occasion, please.*Foghorn alert: no cruises this time, thank you!Please supply website and price details as well as particularly memorable aspects of your trip.Send us your tips by filling in the form below, with as much detail as you can (including prices, etc) in around 100 words. We are sorry, but for legal reasons, you must be a UK resident to enter this competition.Photographs are welcome if they are high-quality and you are happy to share, but it is the text that our judges will consider. If you do send photographs please ensure you are the copyright holder.The best tips will appear on the Guardian Travel website and may also appear in print in Guardian Travel. The winner, chosen by Tom Hall of Lonely Planet, will receive a £200 hotel voucher from UK.hotels.com.If you’re having trouble using the form, click here. Read terms of service here.Read the terms and conditionsCloses Tuesday 7 May 2019, 10am BST
Female cabin crew at a popular airline are being forced to wear heels unless they have a doctor’s note. Women who work as flight attendants for Norwegian Air are not allowed to wear flat shoes on the plane unless they have a medical letter. The company’s 22-page dress code document – which states that heels must be at least 2cm high – has come under fire.