Become a savvy Uber passenger.
Getting out of paying extra money to Uber during a period of surge pricing may be easier than you think.
A new study by researchers at Northeastern University has found that the pricing scheme, which Uber uses to raise rates for its car-hailing service during times of high demand, can sometimes last as little as five minutes.
The researchers created 43 Uber accounts and hailed cars across Manhattan and San Francisco over the course of four weeks. They found that surge pricing often last for a very short period. The boundaries that define the surge pricing area can also be surprisingly small, especially in Manhattan. Moving just a few hundred feet sometimes made it possible to hail a normally-priced car again.
“The vast majority of surges are short-lived, which suggests that savvy Uber passengers should ‘wait-out’ surges rather than pay higher prices,” the authors wrote in their study, according to ProPublica.
The study also asserts that surge pricing actually kills off demand for Uber cars, to the point that many drivers end up leaving the surge area to try to pick up more fares. This runs contrary to Uber’s claim that surge pricing helps entice drivers to pour
A destination steeped in history, rich in culture and filled with some amazing sights and attractions, Athens is a hugely popular holiday destination. This is a bustling city soaked in glorious sunshine, with breathtaking sights, exciting adventures, and thousands of years of heritage.
The capital city of Greece, Athens has been called the cradle of Western civilisation, which provides an insight into the length of its history. People flock to Athens for a variety of reasons, which means that visitors there are made up of people from all walks of life. Whether you are a history buff, a culture vulture, a sun-worshipper, or someone just looking for a great time with vibrant nightlife, you will find everything you want in Athens.
How to make the most of your three-day Athens trip
Not everyone who travels to Athens is able to stay for a lengthy period. For those who are only planning to be in the city for a few days, you need to make the most of your short time in this stunning destination.
Explore historic buildings
Day 1 – Explore the local area and enjoy taking in the nightlife
Once you arrive in
Just two and a half hours from London, Bridgend County offers great surfing, award-winning beaches, dramatic landscapes and peak-to-beach cycling.
It’s as much a draw for savvy holidaymakers as it is for television and film crews, with shows like Doctor Who and Torchwood scouting out captivating locations.
The extensive coast and Victorian promenade of Porthcawl are easy to reach, yet Bridgend County still remains a bit of a secret.
Here are five of the best things to see and do in Bridgend County:
Surf some of the best breaks in Britain
It may not be as well known as New Quay or Gower, but Bridgend County has some of the hottest surf breaks in the country, so much so that South African pro surfer Ingemar Cressey recently opened Cressey’s Surf Academy here.
Porthcawl Surf School and Adventures Wales also offer surf lessons throughout the year, while events and festivals extend the surf vibe into the county’s bustling towns.
We recently sent Jack Palfrey to Porthcawl to find out more.
Wander along the Wales Coast Path
The Wales Coast Path is a coastal trail that stretches right around Wales, but Bridgend County provides some of the route’s most unique landscapes. Along the way, try
For most people, the very thought of a trip to the Caribbean tends to conjure up images of turquoise waters, powder white beaches, sizzling sunshine and lush foliage. Happily, this is all quite close to fact. Include a laid-back atmosphere, tropical breezes, sumptuous local cuisine, and a diverse culture, and you’re pretty much spot on.
No matter where you go in the Caribbean, you’ll find yourself having unforgettable experiences and a holiday that will leave you feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and eager to come back and sample more of what the Caribbean has to offer. At The Co-operative Travel, you can choose from a great selection of fabulous Caribbean holidays, each of which has something unique and exciting to offer.
Three top affordable Caribbean holidays with The Co-operative Travel
Many people are keen to escape to a paradisiacal destination and get away from the stresses of daily life for a week or two. However, with the current financial climate the way it is, most people are having to be mindful about how much they spend on their annual holiday. At The Co-operative Travel you can choose from a great selection of affordable yet incredible Caribbean holiday experiences,
410 years on from the Gunpowder Plot, David Hillier heads to Lewes in East Sussex to watch the Prime Minister go up in flames among the chaos of Bonfire Night.
“Don’t go. You’ll probably die.”
Sentiments from former Lewes Bonfire Night attendees seem to burn. They also lick both sides of the pyre: “You’ve got to go, it’s a mad carnival of flame and drums and heathens – you’d fit right in.”
So with a healthy sense of trepidation, I stepped out upon the wet and wending toy box streets of Lewes, a small East Sussex town bunkered between the eponymous, rosemary-washed Downs.
What would I find at the UK’s most notorious Guy Fawkes Night? Sweet Sussex virgins having their maidenheads lopped off at every corner? The acrid smell of burning animal flesh billowing from windows and doorways?
Something far more exciting: I would see David Cameron go up in flames.
Many processions are in remembrance of fallen soldiers
A misconception of Lewes Bonfire Night is that it’s spooky or supernatural, Pagan even, and as a parade of burning crosses passes by, it’s easy to understand why. However, many of the processions are actually in remembrance to
Forget Auld Lang Syne and elbow room only, our alternative New Year’s Eve guide will take you from punch-ups in Peru to the bottom of a Siberian lake.
1) Dive with a tree in Siberia
Lake Baikal is the scene of one of the more bizarre New Year’s celebrations. The Siberian tradition sees local divers cut a hole in the lake’s icy surface, don their dry suits and plunge into the frigid waters… with a Christmas tree. The divers descend to the bottom of the lake, before emerging to face temperatures of -20°C (-4°F). Only certified divers (and nutcases) can take part, but anyone can watch.
This frozen lake hosts one of the quirkier New Year traditions
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2) Spread New Year cheer in Scotland
Are you tall, dark and handsome? Then do something charitable this New Year, by first-footing a random in Scotland. Folklore dictates that the first person to enter a house (or ‘first footer’) on New Year’s Day will bring good fortune for the year ahead – providing they fit the aforementioned description. First footers should also bear gifts such as coal, bread and whisky.
From secret Portuguese islands to belated Hogmanay parties, liven up your January with a timely trip to one of these destinations.
For beach bums…
Short haul: Porto Santo, Portugal
If you want to treat your pallid skin to some sun and wander upon sandy shores this winter, but can’t face going long haul, ponder Porto Santo.
One of the lesser-known islands in the Madeira archipelago, this balmy bolthole is crowd-free and clement come January – and the flight takes just three hours from chilly London.
Lauded for its beaches, Christopher Columbus used the pint-sized island as a hideaway between voyages and his stone house is a museum today. That’s about it for attractions, but then you don’t come here for culture.
If it’s good enough for Columbus, it’s good enough for us
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Long haul: Puerto Rico
The Caribbean shores of Puerto Rico are now just a (reasonably priced) flight away from Britain thanks to… Bruce Forsythe, actually.
Well, sort of. The veteran TV host and his Puerto Rican wife helped launch the UK’s only direct service to the island this month (operated by low-cost carrier, Norwegian, not Brucey), opening up the Caribbean’s beaches and salsa scene to British
Two of Holland’s most famous hookers give Gavin Haines the ultimate introduction to Amsterdam’s red-light district.
Aptly, I meet the hookers on a street corner. They’re dressed identically: navy jeans, red leather overcoats and scarlet boots, with baby blue berets perched atop their wispy white hair. I flash them an awkward smile and their painted lips part to reveal pearly white teeth.
Martine and Louise Fokkens are identical twins and have the dubious distinction of being the most famous hookers in Holland. At 73 years old, they’re also probably the most experienced, having racked up a century in the trade between them. The self-styled ouwehoeren (‘old whores’) have reportedly pleasured some 355,000 men during that long career, which is greater than the population of Belize, though the girls claim they never kept a tally.
Today they have promised to show me a good time in Amsterdam’s red-light district, but first: money. They want some. Cue Elard Jan, who works with the Fokkens and interjects to explain the virtues of offering journalists a freebie. It will be good publicity, he tells them, or words to that effect. The girls acquiesce and we set off for their brothel.
Now I probably
Rejoice! Recent heritage statuses and some sterling community work mean that the 12 historic London pubs featured in this article won’t be turned into flats anytime soon.
If £5 pints weren’t bad enough, property developers looking to earn a quick buck are cheerily smashing through a number of celebrated London boozers and remodelling them as flashy, unaffordable flats.
However, thanks to Heritage England and some rather touching community efforts, these 12 Silk Cut-stained sup houses have been saved from the sledgehammer. We’ll drink to that.
1) The Palm Tree, Mile End
With many genuinely great East End boozers stubbed out like unwanted Woodbines, The Palm Tree holds sway in Mile End with its island bar, tobacco-varnished interior and wipe-the-dust-to-reveal-the-celebrity photos.
Marooned behind the mounds of Wennington Green since 1666, and with an unofficial beer garden that stretches along the canal, The Palm Tree is an oasis of authenticity, a fact compounded by its sweeping live jazz nights.
The Palm Tree is an oasis of authenticity in Mile End
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2) The Royal Oak, Shoreditch
Don’t let the gastropub tag put you off; The Royal Oak is a venerable wood-panelled boozer built in the 1920s that doesn’t
Every 5 November, residents of a small town in Devon risk serious injury by carrying flaming tar barrels through the town’s streets. We send Emilee Tombs to find out why.
I’m sitting at the bar in the Volunteer Inn. It’s a traditional Devonshire pub: local ales and ciders on tap, dark-wood floors and a selection of lapping regulars perched at the bar with dogs snoozing at their heels.
But something is disrupting this bucolic scene, not the barman swiping his smartphone or the flickering flatscreen TV, but the troubling images adorning the walls.
I become mesmerised by one in particular: a burning mass with a distinctive pair of male legs sprouting from the bottom. Five men in Michelin Man-style layers of clothing are gathered around this walking fireball with one reaching out towards it, waiting to receive what looks sure to be a slow and painful death.
“That’s me and my son,” says a voice behind me. “We’re just about to exchange the barrel at that point. Nobody ever seems to get a picture of my face when I’m doing it but I can assure you I’m quite happy.”
This is Mike Down, the owner of the Volunteer Inn