The sordid secrets of the Loire chateaux – and how to visit the area in style

It is constructed in the shape of a cross containing 12 symmetrical apartments accessed from a central staircase. This is a double-helix formed of two intertwining stairs, which allow you to go up one flight and come back down the other. In truth, there is an elegant mathematical logic to it, but in practice it … Read more

The Twenty Two London, hotel review: ‘A clubby-but-cool Mayfair members’ club’ | Travel

What’s the story? Grosvenor Square has always attracted the powerful and wealthy. As the second biggest square in London (after Lincoln’s Inn Fields), and the heart of the Duke of Westminster’s estate, it has been home since the 1700s to royalty, prime ministers, American presidents — and Oscar Wilde. By reinventing No 22 as a … Read more

Man shares joy of booking business class tickets for parents, desi folks understand the pride

For Indian middle-class, traveling by first class or business class can be quite the luxury experience. Recently, one NRI man shared a sweet story about booking business class tickets for his parents as they traveled from India to the US, and the thread left many desi children emotional online. Gaurav Sabnis, an Associate Professor living … Read more

SFO welcomes first new domestic airline in 15 years

In the latest air travel developments, low-cost Breeze Airways starts flying to San Francisco next week; JetBlue scraps San Jose-Boston route for the summer; United boosts SFO-London schedule; international route news from Turkish Airlines, Condor, Virgin Atlantic and Delta; Alaska Airlines CEO explains to customers why the company’s schedules haven’t been reliable lately; Spirit Airlines … Read more

When Will Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Norwegian Drop Vaccines, Testing?

The cruise industry got hit by a perfect storm when the covid pandemic hit. For an industry vulnerable to storms in general, it was a terrible combination of events that left the industry shuttered, while hotels, theme parks, arenas, and other venues all remained closed for much less time. That’s because the United States government … Read more

The new order of St Barths

As we bank towards the famous runway, meters from the beach of Saint Jean, the visions that float across my mind are of Henri Matisse’s colour-saturated paintings. It’s my 15th visit to St Barths in 20 years but the visual explosion of the arrival – frothy neon-blue sea, acid-green vegetation, brilliant-red roofs – still makes … Read more

Eco-friendly travel tips: How to ‘green’ your vacation

(CNN) — As pandemic-related restrictions start to lift, and we emerge from the lockdown shadows, one thing is returning to the minds and spending of many people: travel. If the current travel chaos is anything to go by, we’re all dreaming of a vacation right now. There’s just one problem. The climate crisis hasn’t gone … Read more