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Our favourite things: October 2018

Editors' picks: each month we bring you a few of our favourite things

Our favourite things: October 2018
Image: Jay Beyer / Patagonia

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The road to change

This autumn, the Patagonia Adventure Activists Tour is addressing environmental issues through talks and films from activists trying to raise awareness through adventure. The tour’s stopping off in Scotland, Wales and London before ending at the Kendal Mountain Festival on 17 November. adventure-activists.com
Tamsin Wressell

In numbers: Bonfire night

413
years since the attempt to blow up Parliament

£479m
spent, on average, on Bonfire Night in the UK every year

60,000
spectators watched the Lewes Bonfire celebrations last year 

13
conspirators involved in the Gunpowder Plot — not just Guy Fawkes
Zane Henry

What: 15,000 free travel passes released in 2018 so far.
Tell me more: Under-18s have the chance to explore Europe via rail, bus, ferry and occasionally flights.
Details: Winners can visit between one to four countries with the trip back home included for a stay of between one and 30 days.
What do I have to do?: Check the website; more free passes will be released this autumn!
Maria Pieri

Floating five-star

If you like your food with a view, then you’ll want in at Alain Ducasse’s latest venture. The aptly named Ducasse sur Seine glides up and down Paris’ watery artery on a luxurious boat, serving plates from the lauded French chef with swoon-worthy backdrops of the Eiffel Tower and co.
Connor McGovern

Top 3: South Africa made easy

Visas
In an attempt to boost the economy through tourism, visa restrictions are being relaxed into the country, including the need to produce a full birth certificate for children.

Flights
After longer days and shorter nights? British Airways launched a direct service from London to Durban on 29 October — the only non-stop link from Europe.

Costs
A weak rand means you get real bang for your buck; Cape Town emerged as the best-value destination in the Post Office’s annual survey.
Pat Riddell

Where we’ve been drinking coffee…

El Mago, Trinidad, Cuba // Nicola Trup
Caffè Borsari, Verona // Connor McGovern
ARTExpresion, Tena, Ecuador // Tamsin Wressell
Cogito Coffee Shop, Zagreb // Stephanie Cavagnaro
Paper, MADE hotel, New York // Pat Riddell
Cafe at Kalemegdan Fortress, Belgrade // Jo Fletcher-Cross
Coffee Moffie, Baku // Farida Zeynalova

Published in the November 2018 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)