Travel Bulletin - Eco-tourism is on the rise in Finland

Eco-tourism is on the rise in Finland Natalie Chalk visits Helsinki to find out how the country plans on being a world leader in sustainable travel by 2025. The happiest country in the world has taken on the challenge of becoming one of the most eco-friendly on the planet. Finland aims to be the leading country of sustainable travel by 2025. That was the pledge set at The Matka Nordic Travel Fair, the largest travel industry event in Northern Europe, which saw a record 68,300 visitors in Jan

Year of the Safari

Visitors could make 2016 the ‘year of the safari’ by heading to Africa where prices have plunged to among the lowest for five years. With Sterling riding high against local currencies, travellers can expect to double their return on currency exchanges in some destinations. The costs of food, drinks and travel are among the lowest since 2011 - discounting an unusual surge last year which brought Sterling to a seven-year high. Now is one of the best times to hit the African continent as the val

Parents spend £1.7 BILLION a year on home tutors

Parents are spending an extraordinary £1.7 billion a year on home tutors for their children. A quarter of pupils are said to have extra lessons out of school, at an average cost of £34.22 an hour. But some so-called ‘super-tutors’ are able to command far higher fees of up to £200 an hour. Mandarin is the most expensive subject, with tutors costing an average of £53 a hour, followed by physics (£47.50) and chemistry (£45.80). The cheapest is history, at £32. The figures come as campaigners ca

Cremant, a fizz from France, is about to burst the prosecco bubble

It’s the fabulous festive fizz from France that’s about to burst the prosecco bubble. Cremant, a French sparkling wine made the same way as champagne but selling at half the price, is being described by industry experts as ‘one of the best-kept secrets in wine’. But with word now getting out, sales are rising. Total exports of cremant to Britain have almost doubled in a year, making it an increasingly popular alternative to champagne and other sparkling wines for bubbly-loving Britons. In fac

Experience Denmark's second city, Aarhus, the joint 2017 European Capital of Culture

And it will keep us looking upwards in 2017 but it won’t be sophisticated Copenhagen grabbing our attention but arty Aarhus, the country’s second city. This seaside spot is European Capital of Culture 2017 alongside Paphos in Cyprus. It’s also European Region of Gastronomy shared with East Lombardy in Italy and Riga and Gauja in Latvia. There’s a beach, forests and a harbour to explore. It also has the world’s fi rst open-air museum, Scandinavia’s number one shopping hub and a burgeoning Michel

Going wild in South Africa

It may not sound as if we’re heading out on a wild South African adventure but this is how our safari begins. We’re wrapped up all warm and cosy in a Land Cruiser while our guide, wearing nothing more than shorts and a T-shirt, turns and asks what we want to see. Lets go find some cats, we say. As the sun rises we bound off into Kruger National Park on a jeep convoy. Thousands of animals roam this vast space, an area roughly the size of Scotland. While the park is home to 147 species, the main

Best 'view on a loo' on the planet

While the cubicles aren't five-star the scene you see while washing your hands is paradise. Holidaymakers spend a penny just to take in the breathtaking view of the sparking blue Aegean Sea watching the boats come an go. The lavatory belongs to Bourtzi Cafe in the heart of the Greek island Skiathos. The port town itself is one of the most scenic on the island with the cafe high on a peninsula next to a 13th century fortress. The entrance to the restroom is down a cobbled path that follows a r

Ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss Kahn 'taken care of' by eight women in hotel, court hears

Dominique Strauss Kahn was allegedly 'taken care of' by eight women We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights. Sign up fornow and never miss the top politics stories again. “I was shocked - I didn’t want to get involved in this carnage,” Sandrine Vandenschrik said in a police interview, as she recalled the sordid scene at the four star Murano. The testimony is part of the prosecution evidence being

Living in Lima

On my first day in Lima, I woke to the sound of beeping horns, droning engines and men shouting in the street below. From my window I could see swirls of thick black smog pumping out from the colourful old combis - mini-buses that were lining up to collect passengers. It was rush hour and there were dozens of these combis jamming the avenue, the drivers shouting over each other, encouraging passengers to get on their buses. I went to Lima a year ago to teach English in a British language instit