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EasyJet to introduce allocated seating

From November, EasyJet passengers will be allocated a seat when booking, while those wishing to change their seat can do so for an additional charge of £3. This moves follows a trial this summer on selected flightswhich was reported as being very popular. 

Foreign office launches gap year guide

The Foreign Office has launched a new guide to advise young people who are travelling abroad. The guide, which is called Plan. Pack. Explore, was launched earlier this summer and covers everything from vaccinations, local laws and customs and insurance. 

Vietnam new favourite for British travellers

According to new research, the number of Britons visiting Vietnam has significantly increased this year. It is thought that the introduction of a Vietnam Airlines service from Gatwick to Hanoi, earlier this year, may have contributed to this rise. 

Foreign Office issues warning over Costa del Sol fires

The Foreign Office has issued warning to Britons in the Costa del Sol, after forest fires forced the evacuation of thousands of residents. Fires have been confirmed in forests around Barranco Blanco and between Mijas Costa and Coin in the Malaga area, and are thought to be spreading towards the popular resort of Malaga.

Mass massage in Thailand sets new Guinness World Record

In an aim to promote the nation's massage and spa industry, 641 Thai therapists have massaged volunteers simultaneously for 12 minutes, in Bangkok, in order to set the world record for the largest mass massage.

Tuesday found to be cheapest day to fly

A major study from consumer group Which? has found Tuesdays are the cheapest day of the week to fly out of Britain. The study, which analysed 1,174 flights across the three biggest airlines in the UK, also found that on average Sunday is the most expensive day to return home. 

Tropical Storm Isaac 

Parts of the United States are under hurricane warnings as Tropical Storm Isaac moves through the region. Isaac is expected to strengthen to a Category 2 hurricane, with winds of 105mph. States of emergency have been declared in Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

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