Guardian climate pledge 2019: ‘With air travel, it’s best to take a flexitarian approach’ | Environment

We recently published a guide to Helsinki in which we gave details of how to get there and back without flying. In the comments below the article, a reader wrote: “I think you have to concede that it’s a little disingenuous to pretend that people will be going to Helsinki by train and boat … very few will be willing to allocate six days of the holiday just for the journey. It’s simply not a practical suggestion.”

The rise of low-cost flights over the past 20 or so years means we have become so accustomed to flying everywhere for our holidays and short breaks that the idea of taking so long over a journey has become unthinkable. We expect to maximise our time in a location and minimise our time in transit. But maybe that has to change.

Another reader put this into context: “In the 70s it was customary to travel around Europe by train (or bus, or hitchhiking). I’ve travelled between Finland and the UK many times by train, and it is quite a pleasant experience.”

Travel can have a magical transformation on individuals and communities. We hope through our pages to encourage people to explore the world, to discover, first-hand, locations they may only have read about in history books or novels; to open themselves up to new experiences and tastes; to meet people with different ideas and perspectives; to try out alternative lifestyles; to immerse themselves in beautiful landscapes; to have fun. Our writers tap into the joy of new experiences, whether it’s the exhilaration of swimming through a city, as our writer did in Basel, or the thrill of tackling Ireland’s Big Five adventures. And we know that our readers are adventurous and well-travelled because every week we feature their tips from around the world.

But we also recognise the need to help tackle the climate emergency by reducing the number of flights we all take. Environment journalist, John Vidal explored the dilemma that “people like me, cursed with loving travel” now face, when he reported on the Swedish concept of “flygskam”, or fly shame. And he referred to people applying the idea of the “flexitarian” diet – where they cut back on their meat consumption dramatically but not completely – to flying.

The majority of locations we feature in the Guardian’s weekly travel section do not rely on flying to get there, with most easily accessible by train and public transport. These range from Greek island-hopping odysseys to cycling holidays through Europe and city breaks served by train or ferries.

Our Local’s Guide series is one of the most popular and widely read features because each one is written by a local resident in the spirit of showing a visitor around their favourite affordable haunts, rather than the big-ticket attractions. Food and drink is probably the easiest way into another culture, and there can be no better recommendation for somewhere to eat and drink than from someone who lives there. We’ve been tapping in to local people’s tips since Twitter started more than 10 years ago, and have found bloggers all around Europe to compile lists of their favourite cheap places to eat and drink.

On our website, we have a long list of guides to alternative cities – Łódź, Genoa and Utrecht, Berne, Burgos and Bristol, for example – rather than perennial hotspots affected by overtourism, such as Barcelona, Amsterdam and Venice.

One of the benefits of flying less, of course, is the opportunity it affords to explore the rich and varied landscapes of our own islands. Over the summer, we ran a popular series of stories called car-free coast, in which the writer Phoebe Taplin explored the British seaside on foot and by bus. An avowed public transport enthusiast and non-flyer, Dixe Wills, shared 20 of his favourite campsites accessible by train and bus. And Kevin Rushby set out on a UK expedition to less-visited locations that would have been impossible or prohibitively expensive to get to by car.

We still occasionally run stories on long-haul destinations when there is an important initiative or project that benefits the environment or local community, such as the development of community-led tourism startups in Chilean Patagonia following the launch of new national parks in the world’s most ambitious rewilding project.

Tourism accounts for one in 10 of the world’s jobs and is vital to some destinations. Kevin Rushby, our principal travel writer, explains: “All around the world, people in disadvantaged communities have been working to set up projects that rely on tourism, and so flying. I’ve met hunters who’ve become wildlife guides, fishermen who are now diving instructors, farmers who get cash for showing visitors their land and life. In Kenya the great migration route has been saved by Maasai herders clubbing their land together as conservancies rather than selling to hoteliers and intensive farming interests. Those conservancies are reliant on overseas visitors who pay to see wildlife.”

The Travel website now also features a carbon calculator, and we have written about various carbon offsetting schemes – which allow people to balance out their carbon footprints by investing in clean energy projects such as solar or windfarms. Our travel section is printed and distributed in the UK but our articles online are read by a worldwide audience, so in some instances readers do not need to fly to the places we are writing about.

John Vidal’s article about reducing the number of flights we take quotes Kevin Anderson, professor of energy and climate change at the Tyndall centre in Manchester: “I don’t have a no-fly policy, but rather a fly-less one … If we are going to fly, it should be for truly extraordinary and important reasons. Otherwise we shouldn’t go, or we should take a slower form of travel and arrange for a longer visit.”

Returning to that article on Helsinki, there’s another Scandinavian lifestyle trend that has emerged as a positive counterbalance to “flygskam”, and that is “tagskryt” (train brag). Another reader of the article captured its spirit perfectly in the comment: “The journey is the holiday. Just think of all the places you see along the way.”

Because, of course, we’ve been doing long-distance slow travel since the 1970s, as was pointed out. That was the decade when the Interrail scheme was launched. And, as Wills said when he revisited the Interrail experience this summer after a 30-year gap: “How many of us have cherished memories of zipping inexpensively across Europe – delving into new and thrillingly esoteric cultures, befriending the locals, mangling their language beyond all comprehension, and enjoying all manner of mind-broadening episodes.”

That is the spirit of adventure we hope you take away with you after reading the travel section.

Ultimate guide to best UK holiday destinations

Going abroad can be a real treat but, if like us, you enjoy exploring the beautiful places we have right here at home, you’ll want to know the best UK holidays to experience at least once in your life.

Providing you with quaint villages, sublime countryside and dramatic mountains, not forgetting beautiful cities beyond London and Edinburgh, the best UK holiday destinations leave you with memories you won’t make anywhere else in the world.

If you’ve always dreamed of taking to the Scottish Highlands and riding the legendary Jacobite train, or going on a luxurious dog-friendly break in the Cotswolds, you’ll want to read on for inspiration to tick these getaways (and more) off your travel bucket list.

And because we don’t do things by halves at Good Housekeeping, we’ve brought you a selection of bespoke UK breaks and hotel offers in these wonderful locations, which you can book safe in the knowledge that you’ll travel with like-minded readers. Here are the best places to go on holiday in the UK, from Snowdonia to Norfolk.

1. Have a dog-friendly break in the Cotswolds

          Travellers from across the world make their way over to the UK just to see this picturesque corner of Britain and, lucky for us, we don’t need the long-haul flight to see the chocolate box villages and mesmerising hills of the Cotswolds. From the ‘prettiest village in England’ Castle Combe to scenic waling trail the Cotswolds Way, there’s plenty to see and do here.

          Best UK holidays - Cotswolds

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          Make it a trip to remember by bringing your pooch along for one of the best dog-friendly holidays in the UK, with a stay at the luxurious Lucknam Park. You and your four-legged friend will have acres of grounds to stroll, while close to villages like Castle Combe. There’s also Michelin-starred dining that gourmands won’t want to miss. Grab a room with our dog-friendly hotel offer. FIND OUT MORE

          2. Explore the lush grounds of County Down and Country Antrim

          Possibly the UK’s most underrated country, Northern Ireland is home to vast estates, delightful gardens and cosy, period hotels. In County Down, 18th-century mansion Castle Ward is a must-see for its eccentric architecture (and not just for Game of Thrones fans, where it was filmed). A trip to County Antrim should also be on your list to see the gem that is Antrim Castle Gardens.

          Best UK holidays


          Next year, we’re taking a tour of the most beautiful rural spots with garden designer Diarmuid Gavin and we’re inviting you to join us. There’ll be a look inside County Down and Country Durham’s private gardens, the chance to browse the National Trust’s Mount Stewart and a stay at a former paper mill. FIND OUT MORE

          3. Head for the Scottish Highlands for a ride on the Hogwarts Express

          Harry Potter fan or not, you’ll be seriously impressed by the beauty of the Scottish Highlands and one of its most breathtaking attractions, the Jacobite steam train. Making its way across the 21-arch Glenfinnan Viaduct, which was a star in the Harry Potter movies, this magnificent railway journey takes you close to Ben Nevis, Loch Morar and Loch Nevis.

          Best UK holidays


          For the trip of a lifetime, combine the epic train journey with the lochs and castles of Scotland, where you’ll visit the majestic Inveraray Castle, sail Loch Katrine on a steam ship and marvel at the incredible Falkirk Wheel. Try our five-day Jacobite steam adventure next summer. FIND OUT MORE

          4. Get your craft on with a sewing break in Bath

          Creative types looking to pick up a new skill while discovering one of Britain’s most picturesque cities should head to Bath, where honey-coloured Georgian architecture and natural thermal hot springs (the only ones in the UK) provide all the relaxation and inspiration you need. From browsing the independent boutiques along the cobbled streets to immersing yourself in the world of Jane Austen, Bath is simply a delightful spot for a mini-break.

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          Next spring, you can make it a short break to remember by combining the sights with a sewing course, where you’ll be joined by Great British Sewing Bee judge Esme Young. Grab a spot on our exclusive trip with the BBC star and learn new techniques with textile designer Jo Hill. FIND OUT MORE

          5. Retreat to a blissful spa in Leicestershire

          Spa breaks are one of our favourite ways to spend a staycation and with an array of spas up and down the country, it can be hard deciding on the right place for that well-earned R&R – but there’s one place spa lovers should know about. Nestled in the glorious Leicestershire countryside, Ragdale Hall Spa makes for a heavenly rural escape, with facilities that go far beyond those found at your average spa.

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          Ragdale Hall

          Housed in an attractive Victorian manor house, Ragdale Hall boasts a total of six pools (yes, really), including a rooftop infinity pool, treatments that range from massages to manicures, fitness classes and cosy rooms to make you feel right at home. Whether you’re looking for a treat to gift someone or fancy going away with your partner, you’ll want to check out our amazing deal for a two-night spa break. FIND OUT MORE

          6. See the beauty of Norfolk from its charming trains

          With its royal connections, wildlife spotting opportunities and lovely river scenes, Norfolk is an absolute must-see. Sandringham Estate, the Norfolk Broads and villages like Wroxham and Horning are some of the sites you won’t want to overlook.

          Best UK holidays - Norfolk

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          You can drink in the amazing landscapes – from unspoilt countryside dotted with windmills to pretty market towns – with relaxing train rides on the Bittern Line, Poppy Line, Bure Valley Railway and the Mid-Norfolk Railway. Experience them all during a five-day summer break. FIND OUT MORE

          7. Discover the prehistoric wonder of Wiltshire

          One of Britain’s most mysterious sites is found in Wiltshire, where 100 enormous upright stones sit in a circular layout. UNESCO-protected Stonehenge transports visitors back thousands of years and is a site like no other. While here, you’ll want to check out Wiltshire’s other attractions, such as the nearby village of Salisbury.

          Best UK holidays - Stonehenge

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          Here, you can enjoy lazy afternoons at historic pubs, visit Salisbury Cathedral and enjoy walks along the River Avon. Spend a mini-break in Salisbury and visit Stonehenge with a great hotel offer. FIND OUT MORE

          8. Take in the beauty of England’s gardens in Kent and Sussex

          When the temperatures rise and Britain is in bloom, nothing says summer more than a visit to a quintessential English country garden and some of the loveliest ones are found in Southeast England, with the likes of Sissinghurst Castle Gardens, Great Dixter, Scotney Castle and Lullingstone Castle providing stunning displays of English roses and lavender.

          Best UK holidays

          White Garden. National Trust Images/Andrew Butler

          Much-loved garden designer Sarah Raven will host a special four days of exploring England’s gardens next summer, inviting you into her own garden, toasting the season with some sparkling English bubbly at an after-hours evening at Sissinghurst and joining you for afternoon tea. Be part of the once-in-a-lifetime summer experience by booking a spot on the trip. FIND OUT MORE

          9. Reset and recharge in Surrey on a wellness break

          Just an hour from London lies one of Britain’s top wellness retreats, Grayshott Spa, where you can bliss out in the Surrey countryside on a relaxing spa break. The spa sits among 47 acres of manicured gardens, with views from the bedrooms facing the lake, pool or garden – how’s that for serenity? A spa break here is about wellness with an indulgent twist – think healthy yet delicious meals created by a dietitian and a whole host of treatments, from reflexology to detoxifying body scrubs.

          Best UK holidays - Surrey

          Grayshott Spa

          On a short break to the retreat, you’ll stay in a comfy room, enjoy tasty meals, treatments, guided walks and access to the on-side professionals, such as nutritionists and holistic practitioners. Indulge in a two-night break at Grayshott Spa with our exclusive offer. FIND OUT MORE

          10. Reach new heights in Wales with a trip to Mount Snowdon

          Take in the awe-inspiring scenery of North Wales as you climb up mighty Mount Snowdon to witness one of Britain’s most magnificent views. A ride on the Snowdon Mountain Railway will lift you 1,085 metres above sea level for a journey up England and Wales’ highest peak.

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          The Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways stretch for 40 miles through the Snowdonia National Park and allows you to explore pretty villages, rolling countryside and natural attractions, such as waterfalls and lakes. Take a trip to Wales’ beauty spots with a five-day rail adventure. FIND OUT MORE

      Daywatch: CPS strike is officially on, investigation into Chicago cop’s death ignored evidence and marijuana zoning rules get OK’d by City Council

      People gather in Uptown Circle for an open house and hiring event, Oct. 13, 2019, hosted by electric truck startup company Rivian, who will begin producing their inaugural line late next year at the former Mitsubishi factory in Normal, Ill. (Camille Fine / Chicago Tribune)

      How to visit the Spanish region of soaring mountains and beautiful villages – but no tourists

      If you’re looking for an enchanting corner of Europe that mass tourism hasn’t discovered, you could do far worse than Aragón. Tourists, from Britain or elsewhere, are few and far between in this huge inland region in the northeast of Spain. Indeed, you might well see no one at all – it has some of the least populated areas in the country. 

      Bigger than Switzerland, this is a region that rewards multiple trips – unless you have at least a month to spare – as there is an immense variety to see and do, from skiing in the Pyrenees to birdwatching and canyoning. History and architecture lovers come for the Romanesque churches and Mudéjar monuments, or just to mooch around some of the prettiest villages in Spain. With a distinctive cuisine and some excellent wines, Aragón has a lot to offer visitors who don’t mind making a bit more effort when organising their holidays. 

      Infographic: Guide to Sustainable Travel

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      Being more sustainable to ensure a better climate for future generations is at the forefront of socio-political debates. Activists such as Greta Thunberg are inspiring people — not only of her generation but of all ages — to be more considerate of the potential problems that our current way of living is causing. Whether that means to be more sustainable in your everyday life or when you’re travelling.

      Many of us travel regularly — and humans as a whole travel much more frequently today than ever in history. Unfortunately, there is a lot of pollution that occurs when people travel.

      Airplanes can emit up to several tons of carbon emissions into Earth’s atmosphere. And unfortunately, it doesn’t get better when travelers end up at their destination. Many tourist activities unintentionally endanger local cultures and communities. And these communities may already be threatened by big corporations that care more about profits than the state of local communities.

      Do you want to be more sustainable, but aren’t really sure where to begin? Check out this infographic from GreenMatch. It highlights what it means to be a sustainable traveler and the consequences of unsustainable traveling, and why some people might not yet be fully committed to sustainable travel.

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      Infographic courtesy of Adel-Alexander Aldilemi from Greenmatch

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      Local travel agency and guide sectors “suffering” due to HK protests – Tourism Office Director

      The Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) Director, Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, said today that the local travel agency and tour guide sectors have “suffered” due to the on-going protests in Hong Kong and that requests for financial assistance have been made by these sectors to her department.

      “We have heard from the travel industry sector that they have quite suffered due to the incident because there is a sharp decrease in what we used to call the traditional Hong Kong-Macau tour groups,” Ms. Fernandes said during this year’s Global Tourism Economy Forum.

      More specifically, the MGTO director stated one request for financial assistance from the travel agency sector has been sent with several opinions from both sectors sent to the tourism authorities on how assistance could be provided.

      “These proposals are very general and we have to analysis them in much more detail because there’s not a solid mechanism through which to provide or execute those proposals, or either those proposals are feasible,” Ms. Fernandes added

      Hong Kong has seen a high number of public protests for about four months, on several occasions disrupting the city’s transport infrastructure, from ferry services, the metro to its international airport, and leading to the closure of several businesses.

      Meanwhile, the flow of visitors from mainland China to Hong Kong dropped 55 per cent during the Golden Week holiday period between October 1 and 7, with Chinese tourists representing the largest percentage of visitors to Hong Kong and Macau and with tour companies usually including the two SARs on their travel packages.

      According to the MGTO Director although the number of travellers using travel agency companies has decreased that deficit has been covered by an increase in individual travellers.

      “From the statistics that we are getting so far about visitor arrivals since the Hong Kong protests started we have still seen a steady increase in the number of arrivals when compared to last year.

      “We are seeing more individuals travelling from Macau either from Mainland China or other places […] some of them come for shopping, to participate in events or for different reasons so I think there is a continuous structural change,” Ms. Fernandes added.

      A total of 27.3 million visitors travelled to Macau between January and August of this year, an 18 per cent year-on-year increase, having gone up 11 per cent year-on-year to 984,996 during the Golden Week holiday period.

      Ms. Fernandes noted that a stable growth rate in visitors has been recorded since the opening of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge in October, 2018.

      The decrease in travel group visitors was also said to not have materialised in lower hotel occupancy rates, which were said to still be over 90 per cent, with no decrease in overnight visitors

      Ms. Fernandes even noted that the number of visitors from Hong Kong to Macau has increased considerably during the period of the protests, by about 30 per cent year-on-year and even by 40 per cent during the Golden Week.

      Therefore the MGTO Director concluded that the final number of tourist arrivals for 2019 should still reach the estimated 40 million number or be very close to that.

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      ALCS: N.Y. Yankees at Houston, Game 2, 6 p.m., FS1

      NBA Preseason: Cleveland at Boston, 1 p.m., NBA

      NBA Preseason: Milwaukee at Washington, 4 p.m., NBA

      NFL: Carolina vs. Tampa Bay, 7:30 a.m., NFL

      NFL: Philadelphia at Minnesota, 11 a.m., FOX

      NFL: Houston at Kansas City, 11 a.m., CBS

      NFL: Tennessee at Denver, 2:25 p.m., CBS

      NFL: Pittsburgh at L.A. Chargers, 6:20 p.m., NBC

      College women: IOwa at Penn State, 10 a.m., BTN

      College women: Northwestern at Rutgers, noon, BTN

      European Tour: The Italian Open, final round, 4 a.m., GOLF

      PGA Champions: The SAS Championship, final round, 11:30 a.m., GOLF

      PGA Tour: The Houston Open, final round, 2 p.m., GOLF

      FIG World Championship, 9 p.m. (same-day tape), NBCSN

      Belmont park Live, 11 a.m., FS2

      NHL: Vegas at Los Angeles, 8 p.m., ROOT

      Chicago Marathon, 9 a.m., NBCSN

      NHRA: Carolina Natonals, noon, FS1

      NASCAR: Monster Energy Cup Series, The 500, noon, NBC

      PBR Greensboro Invitational: 4 p.m., CBSSN

      World Cup: Japan vs. Scotland, Pool A, 4:30 a.m., NBCSN

      UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier: Wales vs. Croatia, 12:30 p.m., ESPN

      College men: Michigan at Indiana, 1 p.m., ESPNU

      College women: Vanderbilt at South Carolina, 1 p.m., SEC

      College women: Texas A&M at Auburn, 3 p.m., ESPNU

      ATP: The Shanghai Masters, singles final, 2:30 a.m., TENNIS

      ATP: The Shanghai Masters, singles final, 4 a.m., TENNIS

      USTA: Men’s Pro Circuit singles final, noon, TENNIS

      College men: ITA All-American Championship, 7 p.m., ESPNU

      College women: ITA All-American Championship, 5 p.m., ESPNU

      ATP/WTA: The Stockholm, European, Luxembourg Open & The Kremlin Cup, early rounds, 2 a.m., (Monday), TENNIS

      ATP/WTA: The Stockholm, European, Luxembourg Open & The Kremlin Cup, early rounds, 4 a.m., (Monday), TENNIS

      College: Yale at Princeton, 11 a.m., ESPNU

      College: Florida at Texas A&M, 11 a.m., SEC

      College: Minnesota at Wisconsin, 2 p.m., BTN

      College: UCLA at Colorado, 2 p.m., ESPN2

      ALCS: N.Y. Yankees at Houston, Game 2, 6 p.m., KBLG (910 AM)

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      London Underground: The ultimate tourist’s guide to using the Tube

      For anyone visiting a city the size of London, getting around quickly is key.

      You hardly want to spend your precious hours here walking for miles along main roads or stuck in traffic in a Black Cab.

      So the London Underground is your best friend.

      We’re blessed with one of the best transport systems in the world here but it can be pretty daunting.

      There are 11 different lines all zig-zagging across the city with some strange interchanges and even stranger stations.

      So here are 17 things you need to know if you’re visiting London for the first time and are going to take on the Tube.

      1. Get yourself an Oyster Card

      The ultimate pass to get around London

      The Oyster Card is your master key to London, your VIP access to the best city in the world.

      You pay a £5 deposit (which can reclaim at the end of your trip) then just top up however much you need. When you get to the barriers you tap in and then you’re charged the other side when you tap out.

      Remember to check how much money you have on your card because there are few things more annoying than going to follow a friend through the barriers only to be told ‘Insufficient funds’.

      2. Stand on the right on escalators

      This is gospel and you don’t want to making enemies on your first trip here.

      When you’re on the escalators there are two lanes – standing and walking.

      Some people are in a rush so won’t have time to enjoy the adverts along the way. Stand on the right and let them pass.

      3. Don’t be intimidated by the map

      Your map to the city

      The London Underground map is iconic but it can be confusing if you’re not used to it.

      Figure out where you need to be, where you are and then figure out the best line to take.

      You will rarely need to change twice to get there so pick a sensible route.

      4. Bring some water

      It can get hot on the Tube, especially in the summer and that applies double to the Central line.

      Bring some water to hydrate yourself. You don’t want to be a fainter.

      5. Ask someone if you need help

      There are plenty of people willing to help

      Despite people keeping to themselves on the Tube if you need it people will be more than happy to help.

      Worried you’re not on the right platform? Can’t work out the best route?

      Just ask.

      6. Don’t stop in the middle of the walkway

      There are hundreds of thousands of people moving through narrow tunnels beneath the streets of London.

      If you suddenly stop in the middle of tunnel you’re getting in loads of peoples’ way.

      Get yourself to the side or just find a quieter spot to do whatever you needed to do.

      7. Take your rubbish with you

      Thanks to London’s fairly chequered history for a long time you would never be able to find bins on the Underground.

      In some stations you now can but don’t count on it.

      If you have rubbish take it with you.

      8. Get your Oyster card ready before getting to the barriers

      The easiest way to cross Londoners

      Another sure way of annoying Londoners is getting to the barriers and faffing while you find your Oyster Card. It’s a little pedantic of us but you’ve got to roll with it.

      This tweet sums it up nicely.

      9. Don’t eat a horrible takeaway on the Tube

      The trains are enclosed, mostly unventilated spaces.

      There’s nothing worse than someone eating a horrifically smelly meal on an overcrowded Tube line.

      Have a nibble of a snack or a sly bit of fruit by all means but definitely no hot food.

      10. Get a transport app

      There are a bunch of really helpful travel apps which knows all the best routes to get you exactly where you want while factoring in delays, closures and shortcuts.

      CityMapper, Google Maps or Tube Tamer are all good bets.

      11. Move inside the train once you get on

      It can get packed on the trains (stock image)

      Especially at busy times, make sure you move up inside the train once you’ve got in.

      People who stand right by the doors are preventing others from getting on.

      Imagine you’re just one piece of a human game of Tetris.

      12. Don’t use it during rush hour

      Rush hour from 7-9am and then 4.30-7pm is absolute chaos in Central London stations as literally millions of people try and get home for supper.

      People end up packed like sardines and often you might be queuing just to get into the station.

      If you can, try to avoid using the Tube during these times.

      13. Don’t play music out loud

      It might seem ridiculous but people often think its okay to play rubbish music out of even worse phone speakers.

      Use headphones or just don’t listen to music. End off.

      14. Take up as little space as possible

      Again the Tetris analogy works well.

      If you’re wearing a backpack take it off and put it between your legs. Otherwise you’re blocking someone from using that space.

      If you’ve got luggage make sure it’s tucked away.

      15. Give your seat up

      Always keep your eyes open for someone who needs the seat more than you

      The Tube is used by people of all ages and abilities.

      If someone gets on who could really do with your seat if they’re pregnant, elderly, have a disability or are injured, give it up.

      Keep your eyes peeled because not all disabilities are visible so they might be wearing a badge letting you know they need to sit down.

      16. Don’t rely on the WiFi

      We have got a new WiFi but it isn’t always the most reliable connection.

      Also certain networks can’t use it so make sure you get all your essential browsing done above ground.

      17. Enjoy it

      You’re travelling on the oldest Underground railway system in the world. It might not seem so amazing when you’re staring into someones armpit but it honestly is.

      We’ve set up a new WhatsApp group so you can receive the latest London headlines straight to your phone.

      To receive one message a day with the main headlines, as well as breaking news alerts, send one of the following to 07900 342671 on WhatsApp, depending on where you want to receive news from:


      Then add the number to your phone contacts book as ‘MyLondon’. You must do this or you will not receive the messages.

      You will receive one message a day. You can reply with the word STOP at any time.

      Your phone number won’t be shared with other members of the group.

      Marvel at the fact you’re hurtling beneath the ground in a metal tube.

      Enjoy it.

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      The world’s first travel guide is on display at the British Museum

      We’re all about the travel guides here at Lonely Planet, so we’ll be among the visitors heading to the British Museum to see the world’s earliest example of one.

      The central hall of the British Museum is a large round white space flooded with light from the glass ceiling
      The earliest example of a travel guide is on display at the British Museum © Chris Hepburn/Getty Images

      The 500-year-old guide, Peregrinatio in Terram Sanctam, is on display as part of the exhibition, “Inspired by the east: how the Islamic world influenced western art.” It was written by Bernhard von Breydenbach in 1486 and illustrated by artist, Erhard Reuwich, after their pilgrimage to the Holy Land. In the exhibition, the book will be displayed on the ‘pull-out’ map of Jerusalem, the first-ever printed map of the city, with the Dome of the Rock at its centre.

      Holy Land detail from Peregrinatio in Terram Sanctam
      The Holy Land from Peregrinatio in Terram Sanctam © The Trustees of the British Museum

      Because of its accurate depiction of the Holy Land, the guide quickly became sought after by pilgrims and was reprinted in new editions for decades. The version on display at the British Museum is a first edition and is in the museum’s collection. It is one of only a handful to still survive around the world. These few surviving copies are rarely displayed due to light sensitivity to the historical document.” Before this book, most of the depictions of places such as Jerusalem or Venice were totally made up,” says Giulia Bartrum, curator of German prints at the British Museum.

      Venice from Peregrinatio in Terram Sanctam
      Venice from Peregrinatio in Terram Sanctam © The Trustees of the British Museum

      “Very few people in Europe had ever visited these places so they had no realistic idea of what they looked like until this wonderfully detailed guidebook came along. In some ways, you can trace all the familiar trappings that tempt us to travel today, such as Rough Guide or Lonely Planet guides, Tripadvisor and even Instagram, back to this book, as they all offer tantalising glimpses of what wonderful places are out there in the world to see. But Peregrinatio in Terram Sanctam did it first.”

      Crete from Peregrinatio in Terram Sanctam
      Crete from Peregrinatio in Terram Sanctam © The Trustees of the British Museum

      Charting the fascinating history of cultural and artistic interactions between East and West, the exhibition explores the impact the Islamic world has had on Western art for centuries. Objects from Europe, North America, the Middle East and North Africa highlight a centuries-old tradition of influence and exchange from East to West. The diverse selection of objects includes ceramics, photography, glass, jewellery and clothing, as well as contemporary art, showcasing how artistic exchange influenced a variety of visual and decorative arts.

      The exterior of the British Museum in London
      The exhibition is on at the ​British Museum © The Trustees of the British Museum

      Conceived and developed in collaboration with the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, the exhibition will also go on display at the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, from 20 June to 20 October 2020. The London exhibition runs from 10 October to 26 January 2020, and further information is available here.