Something to declare: Seattle, via Vancouver; card tricks around the world; Bilbao by ship; Galapagos

Destination of the week: Seattle, via Vancouver

Next Saturday marks the 40th anniversary of the death of Jimi Hendrix. The musician died in the Samarkand Hotel in Notting Hill, west London, on 18 September 1970. But he is most prominently celebrated in his home town, Seattle, with a memorial site for him at Greenwood Memorial Park, a park in the city in his honour, and a statue of him on Broadway north of Pine Street.

The city of Hendrix's birth is at its most appealing in September. However, the only airline with non-stop flights is British Airways. And because of heavy demand, the cheapest fare for flights outbound next Friday, 17 September, returning a week later, is £1,546 (including World Traveller Plus on the outbound leg).

The leading cut-price alternative is on US Airways from Gatwick via Charlotte, North Carolina; a fare of £524 is available through Opodo.co.uk. Or fly non-stop from Gatwick to Vancouver, just north of the Canadian border, for as little as £298 return on those same dates, on a Thomas Cook Airlines jet sold through Canadian Affair (canadianaffair.com).

The onward journey to Seattle takes about three hours by rail or road.

Warning of the week: Card tricks around the world

The proportion of British travellers reporting a lost debit or credit card is higher in Australia and Thailand than in any other country. The Independent Traveller has analysed Foreign Office data and research from the identity and fraud-prevention experts, CPP, and can reveal that one in 2,000 visitors to these countries report a lost or stolen card.

South Africa takes third place with one in 3,000, followed by Spain, where one in 8,000 report a misplaced or snatched card; this is also the country with the most losses in absolute terms, because of the large number of British visitors it attracts. Portugal (one in 9,000) and Italy (one in 10,000) look slightly safer, while the risk in France, Germany, Greece and the US is much lower.

Bargain of the week: Bilbao by ship, quick

Just as the Basque separatist group, Eta, declares a cease-fire, the ferry link between Portsmouth and the capital of Spain's Basque region is about to be axed.

The Pride of Bilbao finishes on the route on 27 September. You can take a mini-cruise before then for just £56 per person. The price includes cabin accommodation, with five hours ashore in this fine city.

Tip of the week: Galapagos

Access to Ecuador's magnificent Pacific archipelago improves from Wednesday 15 September when Lan Ecuador, an offshoot of Lan of Chile, starts flights from the capital, Quito, to the main airport in the Galápagos: Baltra, on Santa Cruz. Fares booked at lan.com are typically around £250 return. The other carriers to the Galápagos are the military airline TAME and the private carrier Aerogal, both of which also fly to San Cristóbal, the most easterly of the islands.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Travel
ebookHow to enjoy the perfect short break in 20 great cities
Life and Style
Powdered colors are displayed for sale at a market ahead of the Holi festival in Bhopal, India
techHere's what you need to know about the riotous occasion
Arts and Entertainment
Larry David and Rosie Perez in ‘Fish in the Dark’
theatreReview: Had Fish in the Dark been penned by a civilian it would have barely got a reading, let alone £10m advance sales
News
Details of the self-cleaning coating were published last night in the journal Science
science
News
Approved Food sell products past their sell-by dates at discounted prices
i100
News
Life-changing: Simone de Beauvoir in 1947, two years before she wrote 'The Second Sex', credited as the starting point of second wave feminism
peopleHer seminal feminist polemic, The Second Sex, has been published in short-form to mark International Women's Day
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: Product Advisor - Automotive

    £17000 - £23000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Due to the consistent growth of...

    Recruitment Genius: Sales Administrator - Automotive

    £18000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An opportunity exists for an ex...

    Recruitment Genius: Renewals Sales Executive - Automotive

    £20000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An opportunity exists for an ou...

    Recruitment Genius: Membership Sales Advisor

    £18000 - £26000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The fastest growing fitness cha...

    Day In a Page

    Homeless Veterans campaign: Donations hit record-breaking £1m target after £300,000 gift from Lloyds Bank

    Homeless Veterans campaign

    Donations hit record-breaking £1m target after huge gift from Lloyds Bank
    Flight MH370 a year on: Lost without a trace – but the search goes on

    Lost without a trace

    But, a year on, the search continues for Flight MH370
    Germany's spymasters left red-faced after thieves break into brand new secret service HQ and steal taps

    Germany's spy HQ springs a leak

    Thieves break into new €1.5bn complex... to steal taps
    International Women's Day 2015: Celebrating the whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

    Whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

    Simone de Beauvoir's seminal feminist polemic, 'The Second Sex', has been published in short-form for International Women's Day
    Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

    Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

    Why would I want to employ someone I’d be happy to have as my boss, asks Simon Kelner
    Confessions of a planespotter: With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent

    Confessions of a planespotter

    With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent. Sam Masters explains the appeal
    Russia's gulag museum 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities

    Russia's gulag museum

    Ministry of Culture-run site 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities
    The big fresh food con: Alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay

    The big fresh food con

    Joanna Blythman reveals the alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay
    Virginia Ironside was my landlady: What is it like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7?

    Virginia Ironside was my landlady

    Tim Willis reveals what it's like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7
    Paris Fashion Week 2015: The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp

    Paris Fashion Week 2015

    The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp
    8 best workout DVDs

    8 best workout DVDs

    If your 'New Year new you' regime hasn’t lasted beyond February, why not try working out from home?
    Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

    Paul Scholes column

    I don't believe Evans was spitting at Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible
    Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

    From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

    Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
    Frank Warren column: Amir Khan ready to meet winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao

    Khan ready to meet winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao

    The Bolton fighter is unlikely to take on Kell Brook with two superstar opponents on the horizon, says Frank Warren
    War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

    Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

    Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable