9 things you probably didn’t know about Las Vegas
Sin City’s reputation for debauchery overshadows most of Vegas’ earthy charms. But, boasting a stunning national park, quirky museums, America’s most innovative dining scene, and hopping watering holes well off the Strip, Nevada’s desert gold mine’s underground allure is alive and kicking!
Revealed! The cheapest summer city break destination is…
Fancy a summer city break that won't break the bank? We crunch the numbers to reveal the cheapest cities to visit this year.
In pictures: 9 of the biggest and best national parks and gardens worldwide
From quintessentially English landscape gardens to wild American national parks, we take a trot around the globe to reveal the open spaces you need to visit.
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You’ve spent weeks planning your holiday, weighing up all of the options to find the perfect break for you. You’ve finally booked. Now what? It’s time to buy your travel insurance. OK, so this might not be the most exciting part of your getaway but it is essential to take out a comprehensive policy as soon as you book so you’re covered for everything from medical costs and lost possessions to cancellation. And it’s a false economy to simply opt for the cheapest policy. Instead, pay attention to the fine print and make sure you have a policy that suits your needs. Here are 10 potential travel insurance exclusions that you should be aware of and how to prevent any nasty surprises should you have to make a claim. 1. Always declare pre-existing medical conditions When we ask for readers’ holiday questions, a common theme is often travel insurance with pre-existing medical conditions. One reader, Edward, asked: “Are there any travel insurance companies that do not charge an arm and a leg for a healthy 70-year-old who had a stent fitted eight years ago, with no history of heart attacks or any other problem?” And while it can be tempting to hide pre-existing conditions from your insurer to keep costs down or to assume that, as you haven’t had problems for a while you don’t need to disclose them, it is essential to give your insurer a true picture of your medical history. If not and something were to happen while you were away causing you to claim, your insurer has the right to request access to your medical records. If they find anything that you haven’t declared, your claim could be deemed invalid. And, while travellers like Edward may start to feel frustrated at some of the policy prices that can be quoted, there is no need to pay an arm and a leg for cover. TravelSupermarket has a specialist channel for those looking for travel insurance with pre-existing medical conditions so you can compare prices and policies in one place. 2. Check your policy limits Losing a bag or having your money stolen on holiday is extremely frustrating but it would be even worse if you were to make a claim on your travel insurance only to find out you weren’t covered. To prevent any unwanted surprises, find...Read More
From a green bus in the middle of a field to a fort in the middle of the ocean – take your pick from these weird and wonderful accommodation options, writes Simon Heptinstall. 1. A water tower Where: Sandringham, Norfolk How much: From £500 for four nights (sleeps four) Queen Victoria had this 60ft (18m) octagonal water tower built on the edge of her Sandringham Estate, topped by a 32,000-gallon (145,500-litre) cast-iron water tank and viewing platform. Now you, too, can stay like a queen – the octagonal tower is available for hire. You’ll find three modernised rooms beneath the huge water tank. Book it: Appleton Water Tower Compare hotels in Norfolk 2. A big green bus Where: Chiddingly, East Sussex How much: From £320 per night (sleeps six) Literally take a busman’s holiday aboard this double-decker bus parked in a field next to a wood. A carpenter bought the number 2464 Coventry bus for £4,500 on eBay, then created this barmy holiday home. You’ll spot original seats, metal stairs and rubber-framed windows, but the used chewing gum and discarded tickets have been removed. Book it: The Big Green Bus Compare hotels in Sussex 3. A rooftop retro trailer Where: St Nicholas Street, Bristol How much: From £90 a night (sleeps two) From below this appears to be just a smart three-storey guesthouse in central Bristol. What you can’t see is the trailer-park’s worth of retro shiny steel American caravans parked high up on the roof. The sleeping options had to be hoisted into position using a 30m (100ft) crane, giving guests anything but a trailer-trash view across the city rooftops. Book it: Brooks Guesthouse Compare hotels in Bristol 4. A giant pineapple Where: Dunmore, Stirlingshire, Scotland How much: Four nights from £237 (sleeps four) Who are you calling a fruit loop? Just because you want to spend your holiday in a 14m (45ft) stone pineapple. The Fourth Earl of Dunmore had heard that Scottish sailors would display one of the then-exotic tropical fruits to announce their return home. So, returning to Scotland himself, Dunmore went large on the custom, so to speak. Very large. Oddly, The Pineapple (as the accommodation is called) has no internal doors, so you have to go outside to get from one room to another – a bit of a...Read More