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  • Kick off a journey to beat the post-World Cup blues

    Kick off a journey to beat the post-World Cup blues

    For those readers who haven’t spent all their money on a month-long stay in Brazil or who have oodles left to spare, Veronica Stivala looks up some other sporting destinations that are worth paying a visit. Great rideWhat: Tour de FranceWhere:...

  • You can’t board with that!

    You can’t board with that!

    Stringent airport security controls have forced travellers to part with many bottles or pairs of tweezers, but some passengers have tried to smuggle far less innocent items on to their planes. Search engine Jetcost lists its top 10. 1. A turtle in...

  • Feeling ‘lush’ in Tenby

    Feeling ‘lush’ in Tenby

    Invited to West Wales for a wedding, Mark Strijbosch goes exploring and comes across some unexpected residents: an island of seals and monks! The seaside town of Tenby just has to be one of Wales’ best-kept secrets. Getting to the coastal areas of...

  • Travel briefs

    Honeymoons are becoming ‘buddymoons’, with an increasing number of newlyweds taking friends away with them, according to a British survey. As many as 20 per cent have shared their post-nuptial travels with pals, the foreign exchange company...

  • Tiki Village at Excelsior hotel

    Tiki Village at Excelsior hotel

    The Grand Hotel Excelsior has set up the Tiki Village by the water’s edge close to the marina, offering its guests a unique eating experience, with light snacks available at lunchtime and platters in the evening. Each of the 10 ‘villas’ seats six.

  • ‘Where we are going, we don’t need roads’

    ‘Where we are going, we don’t need roads’

    Breathing in crisp Himalayan air, Melanie Vella dons her hiking boots for the six-hour roadless trail to Khreeganga hot springs in the Parvati Valley. In the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh nestles the spiritual pilgrimage site...

  • Phone use charges slashed across EU

    Phone use charges slashed across EU

    Surfing the internet on mobile phones when travelling within the European Union was made 50 per cent cheaper last week under EU-mandated cuts, in time for the summer holidays. Fees for calls and text messages will also be reduced although not by...

  • N. Korea flights hint at possible tourism boost

    N. Korea flights hint at possible tourism boost

    North Korea will reopen some of its domestic scheduled air routes for the first time in years, a China-based tour operator said earlier this week, another sign of moves to bolster tourism in the isolated country. North Korea suffers from chronic...

  • Selfie welcome to Orly airport

    Selfie welcome to Orly airport

    Since last week Aéroports de Paris has started a giant task: decorating the whole façade of Orly Airport’s south terminal. Over a huge surface area of more than 3,200sqm – the equivalent of more than 16 tennis courts – the decoration will be made...

  • Air Malta pilots ditch paperwork

    Air Malta pilots ditch paperwork

    Air Malta pilots will no longer be seen boarding the aircraft with a 25-kilo document-filled suitcase as the paperwork has been replaced with an iPad. Cockpit crew used to carry charts and manuals that included details on airways and airports.

  • River cruise trends take guests inland

    River cruise trends take guests inland

    With more than 30 ship launches, 2014 is proving to be a big year for river cruising. Cruise lines continue to expand their fleets and interest is strong, according to surveys from CruiseCritic.co.uk. More than 60 per cent of those polled said...

  • Bizarre requests made by travellers

    Bizarre requests made by travellers

    An airline upgrade from cargo to first class for a cat and the best way of warding off vampires are among the more bizarre requests made by travellers. One customer complained that the beach was not smooth enough, while another asked if he could...

  • Brazilians overtake Brits as Florida’s top tourists

    Brazilians overtake Brits as Florida’s top tourists

    Forget those stay-at-home, World Cup-obsessed Brazilians. Feeling flush in a growing economy, Brazilian tourists have dethroned the British as Florida’s largest group of overseas visitors by country of origin. Orlando was by far the most popular...

  • St John’s Co-Cathedral on TripAdvisor excellence list

    St John’s Co-Cathedral on TripAdvisor excellence list

    Valletta’s striking St John’s Co-Cathedral has been recognised as a top attraction by travel review website TripAdvisor. The baroque building, which was commissioned by Grand Master Jean de la Cassière for the Knights Hospitallier in the 1570s,...

  • Disneyland shows it still has the magic… mostly

    Disneyland shows it still has the magic… mostly

    Planning a single day in the American children’s paradise with military precision is the best way to experience the spectacle, finds Helen Raine, even if an adult’s cynical outlook can make it more hassle than heaven. I can pinpoint when I first...

  • Striking out into the Med

    Striking out into the Med

    Always wished to navigate across the beautiful Mediterranean but never quite knew where to start? Veronica Stivala speaks to three experts and puts together an all-you-need-to-know guide to setting sail from Malta. Where to start? Sailing is about...

  • Walk down Diagon Alley

    Walk down Diagon Alley

    Step into the emerald-green fire, throw some Floo powder, state where you want to go in a clear voice and bam: you’re there! If you’ve been following the contemporary magical fantasy scene in the past 10 (and more) years, then you’ve probably...

  • ‘Russelling up’ a trip to explore Montana’s Wild West

    ‘Russelling up’ a trip to explore Montana’s Wild West

    Kevin Pilley satisfies his desire to combine culture with the great outdoors by using the paintings of renowned artist Charles M. Russell as his guide. “Wanted: healthy, robust men to explore the Missouri River. Must be willing to risk death.

  • Mein Schiff 3 sails into its new home port: Valletta

    Mein Schiff 3 sails into its new home port: Valletta

    When the elegant Mein Schiff 3 of TUI Cruises sails into Valletta this morning, it will be the first new liner of that size based in Malta. The ship is registered in Valletta and therefore flies the Maltese flag. After the successful launch of the...

  • A royal opening for Heathrow’s new T2

    A royal opening for Heathrow’s new T2

    Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II was hailed as the “inspiration” for Heathrow’s new terminal as she officially opened the £2.5 billion facility last week. She joined the Duke of Edinburgh for a tour of the Terminal 2 building, which is named the...

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