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Please note: This article was last updated on January 20, 2017 The declaration of a state of emergency in the Gambia has prompted the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to update its advice regarding the West African country. As the Gambia is now considered less safe, the FCO advises against all but essential travel to the country, with thousands of Brits currently being repatriated as a result. What is the situation in the Gambia? The political situation in the Gambia has become unstable since presidential elections on December 1, with “potential military intervention” a possibility, according to the FCO. Incumbent President, Yahya Jammeh, has refused to leave office, and continues to contest the election, prompting The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to intervene. The situation is reportedly calm at the moment, but the FCO is advising against all but essential travel to most parts of the country, and against all travel to the capital, Banjul, due to the unpredictable nature of the state of emergency. What should I do if I am in the Gambia? To ensure their safety, all UK citizens currently in the Gambia are advised to leave by commercial means as soon as possible. If you booked our holiday as a part of a package, you should speak to your tour operator immediately to find out the next steps to take. For example, Thomas Cook has deployed extra flights to bring home 985 package customers over the next 48 hours, while 2,500 flight-only customers have been contacted with details of their extraction. A spokesperson for Thomas Cook said: “Whilst the current situation in The Gambia remains calm we will be working with the FCO and airline partners to offer pre-emptive repatriation flights back to the UK. “We are dispatching a special assistance team with our first flight from the UK to provide additional support at Banjul airport for our customers. “Our colleagues on the ground in Gambia will proactively contact all customers on holiday with us as soon as possible to prepare for return to the UK.” If you are travelling with any other company, you should contact them for further advice. Remember, there is no need to panic as the situation remains calm at the moment. What should I do if I have plans to visit the Gambia? If you are due to...Read More
As the post-summer blues kick in, autumn presents the perfect opportunity to get over it by getting your holiday fix with a quick city break. With that in mind we’ve rounded up ten cracking cities, both across the pond and closer to home, that really come into their own as temperatures cool and the leaves start to turn. 1. Paris Paris is a classic city break destination, and after a hot and sleepy August, the city comes alive again in September. There’s plenty going on to keep you entertained, such as the Autumn Festival which sees a variety of dance, music, film and theatre acts flood the city. The Montmartre Wine Harvest will please foodies when it runs from October 5-9, while culture vultures can enjoy ‘White Night’ on October 1. This event features a number of galleries, museums and other buildings throughout the city opening late into the night, showcasing special exhibits and events. In addition, of course, there are all the classic sights to enjoy too. Take your pick from catching world-class exhibitions at the Musée D’Orsay and the Louvre, relaxing on a river cruise down the Seine or taking a trip to the famous Eiffel Tower by night when it impresses in all its glittering glory. Compare cheap city breaks to Paris 2. Montreal Between September and November, mild temperatures settle in, hotel rates drop and Montreal’s green spaces start to explode with brilliant autumnal colour. There’s no shortage of ways to keep busy in Montreal, either: wander around the magnificent Notre-Dame basilica, explore the Botanical Gardens or indulge in the city’s world-class foodie scene in the vibrant Latin Quarter. Remember too that no visit to Montreal is complete without a visit to Schwartz’s deli, a city institution which has been serving hot meat sandwiches to hungry locals and tourists for over 80 years. While it’s true that with its curious mix of French and North American flavours there’s no bad season to visit this city, you’re much more likely to get a cheaper deal in the autumn. Compare cheap flights top Montreal 3. Ljubljana Visit Ljubljana in autumn for the chance to see Europe’s Green Capital turn a fiery golden orange, the same colour as Slovenia’s delicious signature wine. Speaking of wine, Ljubljana tends to go a little crazy for...Read More