Something To Declare: Caracas for under £500; Senegal; Go west from Southend; Latin American double

 

Bargain of the week: Caracas for under £500

Venezuela's capital has been largely off the map since direct flights from the UK ended, but it could be back this spring thanks to a new "Tempting Fares" promotion just launched by Air France. Flights from Birmingham to Caracas are available for £486 return.

You can also fly from any of Air France's UK airports: from Manchester it is £489; from Heathrow it's £499, Aberdeen £519 and Bristol £540.

The conditions and travel dates are constrained: you must book online at airfrance.co.uk by 14 April and complete travel by the end of June. Test bookings suggest that the lowest fares are available only for outward departures from 14 May – which is when the wet season is just getting into its stride in Venezuela.

Sub-£600 fares are available to Rio, Sao Paulo and Lima for the same booking and travel dates.

Warning of the week: Senegal

The former French territory at the western extreme of Africa now has "potential for unrest and civil disturbances", says the US State Department. The reason: the second round of the presidential election on 25 March.

The Foreign Office says the last bout of campaigning resulted in clashes between protesters and police with "stone throwing, water cannon, tear gas and tyre-burning".

Help could be provided by a new information service run by the French embassy which provides important security updates to all EU nationals, including UK citizens.

You can sign up for it through the British embassy in Dakar: the email address to use is britembe@orange.sn.

Destination of the week: Go west from Southend

The Essex airport is soon to get a connection to Dublin, with impressively flat fares. From 21 May, three flights each day to and from the Irish capital (pictured) will be operated by Aer Arann on behalf of Aer Lingus Regional. The trip is operated by propeller aircraft, with a flying time of about 100 minutes.

Test bookings made at aerlingus.com suggest that the weekend fare (Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays) is £41 each way, with other days at £31; in the unlikely event that you can pay with a Visa Electron card, you can deduct £6 from these fares.

The new service allows travellers to emulate BA's prestigious link from London City via Shannon in Ireland to New York – for a fraction of the fare. Travelling in economy from Southend to Dublin and connecting to Aer Lingus business class to New York costs just £922 one way, compared with £4,068 on British Airways.

On 2 April, easyJet opens a base in Southend, from which it will serve nine destinations. Simon Calder's latest travel film features the airport: view it free at independent.co.uk/southair.

Prize of the week: Latin American double

For a second year, the Latin American Travel Association's prestigious travel writer award has been won for a story in The Independent Traveller. Chris Leadbeater was given the prize for his article "High season: Wild and wonderful in Chile", published here last October. You can read the winning story at ind.pn/CLprize. Last year, Mike Unwin won with a story from Brazil.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Travel
ebookHow to enjoy the perfect short break in 20 great cities
Independent Travel Videos
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Amsterdam
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Giverny
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in St John's
Independent Travel Videos
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Travel

    Recruitment Genius: Car Sales Executive - Franchised Main Dealer

    £30000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a great opportunity for...

    Recruitment Genius: Group Sales Manager - Field Based

    £21000 - £22000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Located on the stunning Sandban...

    Guru Careers: Email Marketing Specialist

    £26 - 35k (DOE): Guru Careers: An Email Marketing Specialist is needed to join...

    Recruitment Genius: Tour Drivers - UK & European

    Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity to join a is a...

    Day In a Page

    Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

    Isis hostage crisis

    The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
    Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

    The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

    Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
    Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

    Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

    Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
    Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

    Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

    This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
    Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

    Cabbage is king again

    Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
    11 best winter skin treats

    Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

    Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
    Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

    Paul Scholes column

    The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
    Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

    Frank Warren's Ringside

    No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
    Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

    Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

    The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
    Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

    Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

    Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
    Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

    Homeless Veterans appeal

    MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
    Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

    Comedians share stories of depression

    The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
    Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

    Has The Archers lost the plot?

    A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
    English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

    14 office buildings added to protected lists

    Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
    Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

    Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

    Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee