National Geographic Journeys and G Adventures have joined forces to launch70 'experiential group trips' for 2016 / G Adventures

Where to go and what to know

Meet & greet

National Geographic and G Adventures have launched 70 “experiential” group trips for 2016. They will be led by local guides and travellers will be able to interact with people living in the places they visit. The options include a 14-night trip to Costa Rica (from £1,429pp) with more destinations to be announced on 15 December. nationalgeographic

Eye say

The glare of the sun is magnified when reflected off snow. Eyewear brand Silhouette has a new collection of sunglasses perfect for the ski season, with anti-glare polarised protection and UV and blue light protection. Prices start at £200.


Nosy fliers can now use Google Street View to snoop around BA's business class-only service from London City to New York. Visitors to the website can explore the private BA lounge, “walk” to the aircraft and even look inside. BA runs the twice-daily service to New York from City. 

Tiger, tiger

Tigers, elephants and rhinos are some of the photographic subjects of Endangered '15 – an evening at the Royal Institution in central London presented by wildlife photographer Paul Goldstein on 11 November. Tickets are £15 with proceeds split between the Exodus tiger project and FGM charity Safe.

Take a bite

The National Trust is running a series of events to celebrate apples throughout October. They include tasting different apple varieties at Morden Hall Park, in London, on 4 October, cider tasting at Gibside in Tyne and Wear from 10 and 11 October, and juicing at Bateman's in East Sussex on 18 October. Most events are free. 


At last: Brussels

Like Mondays

Eurostar passengers can now arrive in Brussels before 10am – but only on Mondays. The first departure from St Pancras to Bruxelles-Midi now leaves at 6.13am, arriving at 9.27am. Change in the Belgian capital and you can get to Amsterdam by 11.42am.

Clock watch

Three European countries will not be putting the clocks back on 25 October, when most nations end daylight saving. Belarus, Iceland and Russia will all stay in their existing time zones, meaning Reykjavik will be on GMT, while Moscow will be three hours ahead of London.

Est express

On 3 April next year, the line from Paris to Strasbourg accelerates with the completion of the TGV Est line. The journey time from Gare de l'Est, in the capital, to Strasbourg falls to 1h 53m – one-fifth faster than at present. The Paris-Munich journey falls to 5h 30m.