The pound to euro exchange rate stood at 1.1260 this morning.This is slightly down from where it stood as the markets closed on Friday evening.But with new data being released all the time, what will be affecting both sterling and the euro this week?TorFX currency analyst Laura Parsons explained why the pound might have a better week than it has been having.Speaking to Express.co.uk, she said: “The pound was able to rocket higher against most the majors on Friday amid reports that the Spanish and Dutch Finance Ministers are keen to support a Brexit deal that sees the UK retain close ties with the EU.“However, GBP/EUR exchange rate gains were limited as the euro also broadly strengthened.“While the common currency continued deriving some support from the European Central Bank’s (ECB) lat
The pound is currently trading against the euro at 1.1222, a drop from yesterday’s 1.1296 figure.Sterling has not had a good week, and the exchange rate has been affected by both positive news in the Eurozone and negativity in the UK.While recent manufacturing figures from the UK have been good, they have not been enough to boost British currency.And movement may be limited today, with no new data expected which could affect figures.Speaking to Express.co.uk, TorFX currency analyst Laura Parsons said: “The euro surged on Thursday as the minutes from the European Central Bank’s (ECB) last policy meeting proving surprisingly upbeat, and the GBP/EUR exchange rate closed out the European session down 0.5 per cent from the day’s opening levels.“The minutes showed that policymakers are deba
The most powerful passport in the world for 2018 has been revealed. Determined by Henley Passport Index, it determines how many countries the holder can enter either without a visa or instead receiving a visa upon entering the country. In 2018, one country now has 177 countries in which they can travel to without needing a visa. The European country has held onto the title for a fifth year in a row. Germany is considered to own the strongest passport for 2018. Last year, it has 176 countries it could enter visa-free and has since increased to 177. This is after Belarus changed their visa policy in February 2017 to allow five days without a visa, including 80 countries in the changes which Germany was part of. Coming in a close second was Singapore, who had ...
The Top Travel Destinations for 2018 Can you believe it’s nearly 2018? Neither can we! As the world’s largest accommodation search engine, we know a thing or two about what and where you are looking to stay. We’ve rounded up the top five countries to travel to in 2018, from exploring Colombia’s Caribbean coast, through to eating unique and wonderful foods in South Korea, here are the top destinations of 2018. Add them to your wish list and get planning: 1. Colombia Colombia is a country that has it all, from Caribbean beaches to stunning mountains, hip cities and luscious, green coffee fields. The country has had a remarkable turnaround over the last few decades and the world has clocked onto its potential as a top tourist destination. It’s still one of the cheapest countr
Customers who book a flight on Tuesday with the airline will be offered a free place on its Flying Without Fear course.The money they spent on their plane ticket will be returned if they are not cured in time for their trip.The company said they are offering the course because "nothing should hold anyone back from seizing the day in 2018".Nearly one in six people in the UK have a fear of flying, according to market research firm YouGov.Virgin Atlantic chief commercial officer Shai Weiss said: “We want everyone to be able to say 'screw it, let's do it' and try something different, fly somewhere new.“Hopefully by guaranteeing to cure people of one of the main things holding them back, we can inspire Britain to choose something more positive than the cliched 'Blue January' nonsense.“Nothin
The brace position is one of the most important things to remember when watching the safety demonstration on a plane.In the case of an emergency, passengers are required to place their feet flat on the floor whilst bending forward with their hands clasped behind their head.This is widely believed to be the best way to survive a plane crash but could it really be doing something else?Conspiracists believe it is for a much darker reason.Some of the conspiracies behind the brace position are that it is actually so that passengers die more quickly.According to The Odyssey Online, they believe that the "head will smash into the seat in front of you and instantly break your neck”.Even more gruesome, is it is so the teeth remain in place so bodies can be identified.Myth busters calculated that
Ryanair is requesting the domestic air license from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to allow them to still fly from within the UK after Brexit.The UK is expected to leave the EU in March 2019, meaning flight routes could be affected.The Irish airline is classed as a foreign airline, and CEO Michael O’Leary repeatedly warned that flights could be grounded post-Brexit.A UK Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) would allow them to still fly between their UK bases in London, Scotland and Ireland.A statement earlier today confirmed: "Ryanair today (2 January) confirmed that a subsidiary company Ryanair UK filed an application on 21 December last for an Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) with the Civil Aviation Authority in the UK."This may be required for Ryanair's three UK domestic routes in th
These are known to be the most dangerous places to visit around the world, from California’s Death Valley to Tanzania’s red coloured Lake Natron. Death Valley, USADeath Valley National Park, a desert valley in Eastern California, is known as one of the hottest and driest places in the world.Despite the hostile environment, Death Valley is said to have 300 permanent residents including employees of the National Park Service and members of the Timbisha Shoshone tribe.Snake Island, BrazilSnake Island, also known as Ilha da Queimada, is an island inhabited by a high concentration of deadly snakes.It is said to be infested by 2,000 and 4,000 golden lance head vipers, known to be one of the most dangerous snakes int the world. A bite from one of these vines can kill a human in less than an ho
GettyHolidays 2018: Where to book now according to expertsThe best holiday destinations to travel to in 2018 have been revealed by some of the top travel experts.Forget France and Spain; from 100th anniversaries to world events, many of the destinations are off piste for next year to add to the bucket list.RussiaRussia is the home of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, with many wanting to flock to the country in light of the popular event.The country is welcoming the fans, by waiving the high visa fees that tourists usually pay for anyone attending the World Cup in June.Related articles Getty/ExpressHolidays 2018: Where to travel next yearMaltaDespite being pipped to the post of best city to visit next year (beaten by Newcastle, surprisingly) Valletta in Malta is the European Cap...
A traditional Christmas dinner in the UK is made up of turkey, potatoes and vegetables.This will be served with side dishes such as stuffing and pigs in blankets, along with heaps of gravy and cranberry sauce.However, it is a different story in households around the world, with people abroad feasting on everything from kale stew to herring cake on Christmas Day.Here are five of the strangest Christmas meals around the world.JapanKFC, or Kentucky Fried Chicken, is a popular choice for well-off Japanese families at Christmas time.This has been the case ever since 1974, when the fast food giants launched a “Christmas Chicken” campaign in the country.The fried chicken fast food is eaten together with champagne and a dessert of cake. PortugalIf you are eating a Christmas Eve meal in Portuga