Chinese visas, Wizz Air, and Museums at Night: Travel agenda

Where to go and what to know

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Red tape

The Chinese Embassy in London will be closed for the first five days in October, which will disrupt the normal visa process. The Travel Visa Company urges prospective travellers to "submit all Chinese visa applications at your earliest opportunity to avoid any unnecessary delays".

Go East!

Wizz Air continues its growth from UK airports with a new Birmingham-Poznan link, starting on 18 December, and routes from Aberdeen and Bristol to Warsaw, commencing next May. All these services will operate twice-weekly, and are on sale now.

Forest forays

The New Forest Walking Festival will be on for a fortnight from 17 October. The event, which is led by the New Forest National Park Authority, will offer a number of free and discounted walks, including wildlife walks, history hikes, accessible walks, and family friendly adventures. Routes are available to download.

Wild in Wales

Carmarthenshire has launched a series of self-guided "Travellers' Triathlons" comprising three suggested routes for active visitors. The routes, the Pendine Path, the Coastal Challenge, and the Riverside Route, can be explored by bike, on foot, or by water, and are free to

Museums across the UK will stay open after hours over Halloween weekend in the second Museums at Night festival of the year

Culture club

Museums across the UK will stay open after hours over Halloween weekend in the second Museums at Night festival of the year. The National Gallery, the V&A, the Peterborough Museum, Blackpool's Grundy Art Gallery and others will host events including murder mysteries and ghost walks.

Gain access

Accomable, a website that launched this summer, lists accommodation for travellers with mobility issues. It currently lists 120 hotels and rentals in 14 countries, including an apartment in London and a number of fully adapted properties in Barcelona.

Sulu Sea alert

A group of tourists was kidnapped this week from a diving boat near a resort on Samai Island in the southern Philippines. After the incident, the Foreign Office warned: "Kidnapping could occur anywhere, including on coastal and island resorts and on dive boats and sites in the Sulu Sea. Foreigners have been targeted in rural, urban and coastal areas in the past."

Jetlag help

A new app Entrain (for both iPhone and Android) helps travellers align themselves more quickly to a new time zone by prescribing the optimum schedule of light and darkness. "We can simulate your body's clock and make recommendations for behaviour," says the team at the University of Michigan."