Travel insurance ‘will not cover’ cancelled Sri Lanka holidays

Travel insurance ‘will not cover’ cancelled Sri Lanka holidays

Policies would pay out only if Foreign Office warned against travel, though airlines and tour operators ‘will consider’ requests to postpone• Sri Lanka bombings: latest updates Holidaymakers who want to postpone travel to Sri Lanka in the wake of the bomb attacks that killed 290 people will not be covered by their travel insurance. The UK Foreign Office (FCO) updated its travel advice for Sri Lanka on Monday to include details of the nationwide curfew and pending state of emergency. However, the Guardian understands it is unlikely the FCO would…

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Wild weekend: Kayaking around Estonia’s Pakri islands

Wild weekend: Kayaking around Estonia’s Pakri islands

These almost uninhabited islands near Tallinn are full of wildlife – and also plenty of reminders of Estonia’s cold war history It’s well past midnight on the tiny Estonian island of Suur-Pakri and the sun is just setting, casting a pink hue over the sea. We’re camping close to the water’s edge – and nipping between the intense heat of our improvised sauna and the freezing waters of the Baltic. Kessu, our guide, has rigged up a heavy-duty tent with a hole for a chimney and we’ve collected firewood. With…

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10 great conservation-led places to stay around the UK

10 great conservation-led places to stay around the UK

To celebrate Earth Day, here’s our pick of eco-hotels, campsites and cottages that use tourism to fund conservation, promote biodiversity and protect endangered species Conservation comes first at the UK’s only family-owned and -managed national nature reserve. Elmley’s 1,335 hectares (3,300 acres) of freshwater grazing marsh, salt marsh, hay meadows and newly planted woodland on the Isle of Sheppey allow birdlife to thrive. Sightings of marsh harriers, short-eared owls and merlins are commonplace, but the success story is ground-nesting birds: 463 lapwings fledged at Elmley last year, which is 400…

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