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  • Mt Everest ‘isn’t officially closed’ following quake

    Mt Everest ‘isn’t officially closed’ following quake

    Mount Everest remains open to climbers, a senior official at Nepal’s tourism department said last week, despite avalanches after last month’s devastating earthquake destroyed much of the established route to the summit of the world’s highest...

  • Mandela house opens to public

    Mandela house opens to public

    Just a few hours’ drive north of Johannesburg, in a vast landscape of pristine African bushveld, is Shambala Private Game Reserve. There, amid the quiet and peace, is a place for contemplation and inner reflection. A place that personifies the...

  • Artsy vibe gives a lift to Tampa’sslow image

    Artsy vibe gives a lift to Tampa’sslow image

    Sunshine and more than 57 kilometres of white-sand beaches have long lured tourists to the Tampa Bay area on Florida’s Gulf of Mexico coast, where an infusion of arts and hipster-friendly culture is livening up options once you hang up your...

  • Minack’s performances are always cliffhangers

    Minack’s performances are always cliffhangers

    Outdoor theatre is an exciting way to watch a play, but David Walding advises visitors to this west Cornwall venue to take along some soup... Togas billowed. Wind whistled up canvas loincloths and howled under a few gladiatorial greaves. The camp...

  • Caring while in captivity

    Caring while in captivity

    Zoos allow visitors to see exotic species, but their existence is controversial. Helen Raine looks at four that juggle conservation with ethical tourism. Many of us were put off visiting zoos as children, after seeing too many bare, concrete cages...

  • Sounding out the best of island’s life

    Sounding out the best of island’s life

    The first thing to strike us walking out of Larnaca Airport on a misty Monday evening was the smell, the smell of fresh air, trees, plants and flowers. You just have to take in a deep breath and instantly feel relaxed. Around 30 minutes later, we...

  • Hotels cash in on Mayweather/Pacquiao fight

    Hotels cash in on Mayweather/Pacquiao fight

    Hotels across the US desert city of Las Vegas hiked up their room rates as thousands of fans flooded in for last night’s hugely anticipated boxing match between American Floyd Mayweather Jr and Filipino Manny Pacquiao. The BBC had reported that...

  • Nepal ‘will take years to recover’

    Nepal ‘will take years to recover’

    Nepal will be dependent on foreign aid for years as it begins a slow recovery from the devastating earthquake that could last a decade, a disaster expert has said. Andrew Lee, a lecturer with the University of Sheffield inBritain, who has...

  • Dead fish cause stink all across the Broads

    Dead fish cause stink all across the Broads

    With their pretty villages and miles of waterways, the Norfolk Broads in Britain attract a million tourists each year, but there are fears the smell of dead fish could be getting up visitors’ noses. While recent temperatures topping 20˚C (68˚F)...

  • Emirates sponsors series on wildlife

    Emirates sponsors series on wildlife

    Emirates airline has signed up to sponsor a three-part documentary series featuring the United Arab Emirates’ rich biodiversity. The Last Wilderness of the UAE will focus on the ecosystems of the mountains, wadis, deserts and seas. It will provide...

  • Tips for hire car drivers

    Tips for hire car drivers

    Hiring a car while travelling abroad this year? It can be a stressful experience. As well as needing to adjust to unusual road habits, drivers need to make sure they know local law and familiarise themselves with the workings of their temporary...

  • Riding the crest of a wave with no one to share it

    Riding the crest of a wave with no one to share it

    Eager to learn the techniques of surfing, but wishing to avoid the mockery of the ultra-cool elite, Stephen Bailey heads to the isolated shores of West Africa. On Ghana’s West Coast, the waves curl like a magician’s fingers. Atlantic Ocean rollers...

  • Buying, selling and eatingfugu is real fishy business

    Buying, selling and eatingfugu is real fishy business

    Under the lights of the waterfront warehouse, tails twitched and bodies arched and writhed in death throes. The clock overhead showed it was 3.15am. The floor was awash with seawater. Yanagawa moved down a line of 20 boxes, each containing about...

  • Camel safari to see golden city

    Camel safari to see golden city

    India’s city of gold derives its nickname from an imposing, honey-coloured fort overlooking sandstone dwellings hemmed in by the rolling dunes of the Thar desert. “Everything is golden,” said our driver as he took us around Jaisalmer in an...

  • Tomb with a view

    Tomb with a view

    Egypt’s Minister of Antiquities Mamdouh al-Damaty last week attended the reopening of two renovated tombs in the Giza pyramids, outside Cairo. One belongs to the priest of King Khufu while the other is that of his eldest son.

  • It’s a giant step for man...

    It’s a giant step for man...

    Northern Ireland sometimes gets neglected in favour of the Celtic tiger lying to the south, but with a third of the population under 25, it’s the perfect place for freewheeling backpackers to visit. It has spectacular hiking, wild beaches and...

  • Branson opens first Virgin hotel

    Branson opens first Virgin hotel

    Hotel rooms boasting free Wi-Fi, water and yoga mats, minibars stocked with shop-priced items and bathrooms with the right lighting for putting on make-up are just some of the amenities being promised by Sir Richard Branson as he throws open the...

  • Fireworks shows keep lighting up the sky this week

    Fireworks shows keep lighting up the sky this week

    The Malta International Fireworks Festival continues this week after its opening displays in Marsaxlokk last night. This year’s show has attracted competitors from Thailand and Italy, as well as the returning champions from the UK. Following on...

  • Budget flights to Caribbean

    Low-fare airline Norwegian is to start flying from Gatwick airport to the Caribbean. The carrier will begin twice-a-week services from the British airport to San Juan in Puerto Rico in November 2015, with the introductory fare being £269 one...

  • Hunt Nessie on Street View

    Hunt Nessie on Street View

    Nessie hunters can now use Google Street View to hunt for the elusive monster. When searching in the Loch Ness area, the usual yellow Google Pegman will change to a Nessie peg-monster, giving users the power to zoom into different areas of the...

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