The ultimate guide to ethical wildlife encounters
Wildlife encounters can be incredible experiences – but how can you be sure they're ethical?
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Tricky Travel Quiz: October 2016
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Cities often change completely in winter, making it a great season to explore somewhere new or see a different side of a favourite destination. With deals available for under £99 per person, including accommodation and flights, it’s also a fantastic time to save money. As with all these deals we source, take a look on the site yourself to find more offers for the dates and departing airports that suit you. Berlin How much: £92pp, flying from Manchester on December 13 Residents of Europe’s coolest city right now don’t shy away from the cold – in fact, Berlin seems to fully embrace it. From the mass of Christmas Markets that spring up in December and a gigantic snowball fight in January, to the Berlinale film festival in February, there’s always something going on in the city during winter. You won’t find quiet, deserted streets either. Despite the city’s chilly temperatures, Berliners pack cafés, bars and clubs and keep warm the old fashion way – with a drink in hand. The deal: £92pp. Flying from Manchester with Ryanair, staying at Leonardo Hotel Berlin on a room-only basis. Booking with Ebookers. Dates: Dec 13 – 15. Compare cheap city breaks in Berlin Venice How much? £93pp, flying from Edinburgh on December 12 During the winter months, Venice’s famous canals become far less crowded, the piazzas fall quiet, hotel prices drop considerably, and the city takes on an eerie beauty that you won’t find during the summer. Even in the off-season, you can still marvel at St Mark’s basilica (with less of a wait to get in), take a foggy gondola ride and indulge in all your favourite Italian foods. Mixing with the locals is easier too. Towards the back-end of the year Venice hosts a number of cultural events for residents, such as plays and musical performances, which tourists are welcome to attend. The deal: £93pp. Flying from Edinburgh with Easyjet, staying on a room-only basis at the Ca’ Bragadin e Carabba hotel. Booking with Ebookers. Dates: Dec 12 – 14. Compare cheap city breaks in Venice Dublin How much? £68pp, flying from Liverpool on December 13 Dublin’s legendary craic pulsates through the city all year, and the winter is no exception. If anything, using the cold weather as an excuse to duck into the nearest toasty pub works in your favour – there’s no shortage...Read More
With Oktoberfest in full swing, there’s no better time to head over to Germany for a rowdy snapshot into Bavarian life. But don’t worry if you haven’t had the chance to book tickets to the famous beer festival this year; you can don your lederhosen and delve into some of the region’s more authentic watering holes. David Hewitt rounds up some of Bavaria’s best beer tours, beer halls and brewhouses – prost! The white sausage equator Wolfgang Steppes pauses, sets his glass down, twiddles his moustache and looks me in the eye. “Never, ever, venture north of the white sausage equator,” he finally says. As travel tips go, they probably don’t come any stranger than this. And yet, for most Bavarians, this is sage advice indeed. For them, nowhere north of the River Main do they know how to make their favourite meaty snack. And, more importantly, this arbitrary line divides Germany into two zones: one with the best beer in the world, the other with inferior offerings. In their defence, when it comes to beer, the Bavarians know what they’re talking about. In 1516, Duke Wilhelm IV issued the Beer Purity Law (the Reinheitsgebot), ruling that beer could only be made from four natural ingredients: water, hops, malt and yeast. While other laws may have come and gone, this remains the benchmark right across Germany and producers still proudly advertise their adherence to the legislation. Now, 500 years on, Bavaria is raising a glass to celebrate the law credited with making their beers the toast of the world. Compare cheap hotels in Germany Born and bred Bavarian For Wolfgang, a portly, jolly, born-and-bred Bavarian who, for more than 20 years now, has proudly preserved the tradition of crafting wooden barrels by hand, there’s only one place to join the natives in marking this momentous year, and that’s the historic heart of Munich. A short stroll from the main marieplatz lie two of Munich’s oldest brewhouses: rivals, but nevertheless united in shunning modernity and, horror of horrors, flavoured beers. Most famous of all is the huge Hoftbrauhaus (Platzl 9, Munich 80331; +49 89 290136100). Dating to 1589, it’s everything you could want from a German drinking den. Open the massive doors and you’re greeted with raucous crowds sitting at long tables, a lederhosen-clad band...Read More