British climber didn’t know world was on lockdown until getting to Everest base camp

Brian Mcalpine reached Everest base camp to find the world had gone into lockdown A group of British climbers were left stranded on Mount Everest for three days during the coronavirus lockdown. After completing a gruelling ten-day trek in Nepal last week, the 14 climbers reached Everest base camp only to find they had to stay there for three days due to a lockdown to prevent the spread of the disease. The group – which included ex-serviceman Brian Mcalpine who was raising money for the British Heart Foundation – battled…

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Women forced to break record for cycling around the world as coronavirus closes global borders

Catherine and Rachael were determined to complete the challenge before the borders closed (Picture: Catherine Dixon / SWNS) Two women in their 50s have smashed the world record for tandem cycling around the globe by 19 days – after pedalling over 18,000 miles in 263 days in order to beat the closing borders. Catherine Dixon, 53, and Rachael Marsden, 55, raced against the clock after the global outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic meant countries started closing their borders. So if they weren’t quick, they never would have completed the challenge…

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EasyJet flights grounded: How long is the fleet grounded for and can you get refunds for cancelled flights?

EasyJet have grounded their entire fleet of planes in response to airport closures and a collapse in reservations due to the global coronavirus pandemic. (Picture: Sean Gallup/Getty Images) Budget airline EasyJet announced today that it has now grounded its entire fleet of aircraft due to the ‘unprecedented travel restrictions’ in place worldwide because of the coronavirus pandemic. The airline decided to ground ‘the majority’ of their aircraft from Tuesday 24 March, but has now confirmed it has ‘fully grounded its entire fleet of aircraft’ as of Monday 30 March. EasyJet…

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EasyJet flights grounded: How long is the fleet grounded for and can you get refunds for cancelled flights?

EasyJet have grounded their entire fleet of planes in response to airport closures and a collapse in reservations due to the global coronavirus pandemic. (Picture: Sean Gallup/Getty Images) Budget airline EasyJet announced today that it has now grounded its entire fleet of aircraft due to the ‘unprecedented travel restrictions’ in place worldwide because of the coronavirus pandemic. The airline decided to ground ‘the majority’ of their aircraft from Tuesday 24 March, but has now confirmed it has ‘fully grounded its entire fleet of aircraft’ as of Monday 30 March. EasyJet…

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Coronavirus UK: When will it be safe to travel again?

Can we start planning our summer holidays? (Picture: Getty Images) Coronavirus has most of the world grounded, with lockdowns and quarantines affecting countries from China – who have promisingly just reopened the city of Wuhan, the place where coronavirus began – to here in the UK. With so many of us struggling with staying in lockdown, it might be useful to look ahead to a more hopeful time, when we can plan our holidays and travels again. When will we be allowed to travel again, and can we start booking…

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Coronavirus UK: When will it be safe to travel again?

Can we start planning our summer holidays? (Picture: Getty Images) Coronavirus has most of the world grounded, with lockdowns and quarantines affecting countries from China – who have promisingly just reopened the city of Wuhan, the place where coronavirus began – to here in the UK. With so many of us struggling with staying in lockdown, it might be useful to look ahead to a more hopeful time, when we can plan our holidays and travels again. When will we be allowed to travel again, and can we start booking…

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Coronavirus UK: If you’re stuck abroad, does travel insurance cover your home journey amid Covid-19 pandemic?

Brits are struggling to get home amid the coronavirus pandemic (Picture: Getty Images) If Brits at home are starting to get sick of coronavirus and the lockdown rules, spare a thought for those stuck abroad. There are plenty of stories coming out of Brits stranded abroad who have to follow the strict travel restrictions of both the UK and the country they were visiting. If you or someone you know is trying to get a flight home, will travel insurance cover your flight? Will travel insurance cover flights back to…

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Andy Murray’s mum Judy tells coronavirus tourists ‘go home idiots’

Judy Murray told visitors to stay away from rural areas in Scotland (Picture: PA) Tourists are being told not to visit the Scottish Highlands during the coronavirus crisis. Scotland’s Tourism Secretary Fiona Hyslop told people to stay where they are and not to add pressure to remote communities. Judy Murray, mother of tennis stars Andy and Jamie Murray, tweeted a simple message to ‘those relocating to the countryside’ – a picture of a car and trailer with ‘Go home idiots’ and ‘Covid-19’ painted on the side. The Road To The…

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Andy Murray’s mum Judy tells coronavirus tourists ‘go home idiots’

Judy Murray told visitors to stay away from rural areas in Scotland (Picture: PA) Tourists are being told not to visit the Scottish Highlands during the coronavirus crisis. Scotland’s Tourism Secretary Fiona Hyslop told people to stay where they are and not to add pressure to remote communities. Judy Murray, mother of tennis stars Andy and Jamie Murray, tweeted a simple message to ‘those relocating to the countryside’ – a picture of a car and trailer with ‘Go home idiots’ and ‘Covid-19’ painted on the side. The Road To The…

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Tui cuts 10,000 workers’ salaries by up to 50% amid Covid-19 crisis

Tui is the latest travel company to make serious cuts to cope with the outbreak (Picture: Alamy) More than 10,000 Tui employees are set to have their salaries cut by up to half as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The company has become the latest travel operator to make drastic changes, as the industry faces ‘unprecedented pressure’. However, bosses pledged to maintain a minimum wage of almost £17,100 for staff. From April, staff required to work will receive a 30 per cent reduction in basic pay and contracted hours,…

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