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  • Following in the Dalai Lama’s exiled footsteps

    Following in the Dalai Lama’s exiled footsteps

    It is the last prayer before lunch at the monastery, and novice Buddhist monks are giggling and fidgeting with their bowls in a hall overflowing with maroon robes. Flatbread and vegetable soup are soon served, even to visitors, and the chatter...

  • The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach...

    The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach...

    I have two great loves in my life. My husband, James, is my first love and priority, and it’s Valentine’s Day, so I can’t wait to spoil him. Which brings me to my second love, a love we both share: food. It’s not by chance that we’re spending a...

  • Half-price companion fares for Emirates business class

    Half-price companion fares for Emirates business class

    Emirates is offering 50 per cent off a second business class airfare if two people travel together. Travellers from Malta who buy two tickets to one of 34 selected destinations to the Far East, Middle East, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and...

  • Fast-track a spring trip

    Fast-track a spring trip

    European rail ticket seller Interrail is knocking 15 per cent off the price of its global passes bought until March 31. The spring promotion passes can be used in 30 countries for trips that begin before May 17 and can last up until June 15 this...

  • Mersey ferry set to razzle-dazzle

    Mersey ferry set to razzle-dazzle

    A Mersey ferry is getting a pop art makeover from Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band artist Sir Peter Blake. The Snowdrop, which carries passengers across the river and along the Manchester Ship Canal, will be repainted with a distinctive design...

  • British hotelier criticises travel review websites

    British hotelier criticises travel review websites

    Review websites such as Trip-Advisor are littered with “warped and twisted criticism” which threatens the livelihood of bona fide businesses, UK travel guru and hotelier Alex Polizzi has said. Polizzi said those posting reviews about their stays...

  • Fourth Oasis cruise liner for Royal Caribbean

    Fourth Oasis cruise liner for Royal Caribbean

    Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas and the third Oasis-class ship will soon have a new sister to welcome to Royal Caribbean’s Oasis family. Last week marked the steel cutting for a fourth Oasis ship, scheduled to be delivered in 2018. The steel...

  • EasyJet’s new look ahead of 20th birthday

    EasyJet’s new look ahead of 20th birthday

    EasyJet has revealed its new aircraft livery, the first change to the look of the airline’s white and orange fleet since easyJet.com replaced the call centre number on the fuselage in 1998. There are two main design changes, with easyJet’s...

  • Romance weekend at Hotel Phoenica

    Hotel Phoenicia is offering a weekend of romance for Valentine’s Day, on the back of being ranked in Malta’s top six most romantic hotels in TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards. Guests can start Saturday evening with a special themed dinner in...

  • Eiffel Tower snaps the top spot for selfies

    Eiffel Tower snaps the top spot for selfies

    The Eiffel Tower is the most popular spot in the world to take a selfie, according to new statistics. Tourist attraction site AttractionTix analysed social media to find mentions of travel hotspots alongside the world selfie, and compiled a list...

  • Two’s a crowd

    Two’s a crowd

    Valentine’s Day is traditionally not kind to single people. All those relentlessly lovey-dovey couples block-booking restaurants and clearing out the flower shops is enough to tip even the most stable singleton over the edge. There is a way out,...

  • Tourists from across the world visit ancient peak

    Tourists from across the world visit ancient peak

    A mystic, flat-topped mountain on the Venezuela-Brazil border that perplexed 19th century explorers and inspired The Lost World novel is attracting ever more modern-day adventurers. Once impenetrable to all but the Pemon indigenous people, several...

  • Holiday in the home town of a Hollywood heart-throb

    Holiday in the home town of a Hollywood heart-throb

    The premise of our Italian break was romance. A celebration of marriage. Something special to mark an anniversary. So we had discounted the container port of Taranto and a hand-in-hand walk around Bari airport shopping facilities. It was consensual.

  • As Ebola ‘fear factor’ eases, African tourism edges back

    As Ebola ‘fear factor’ eases, African tourism edges back

    From the jungle-clad slopes of the Great Lakes to the game parks of South Africa, tourism is beginning to recover as the Ebola outbreak in a corner of the continent ebbs and foreigners overcome their fear of the virus. The epidemic has been...

  • Surviving a Full Moon Party

    Surviving a Full Moon Party

    Travel loosens my inhibitions. I’ve left my quiet self at home, and instead of watching patchy Thailand jungle and traffic through the window, I’ve struck up a conversation with the fellow globetrotters sharing my taxi. The next thing I know,...

  • Mobile roaming fees should stay to 2018 – report

    Mobile roaming fees should stay to 2018 – report

    Mobile operators such as Vodafone and Orange would be allowed to continue levying roaming charges over the next three years, according to an EU document, defying European lawmakers’ proposal to scrap the fees by the end of this year. Ending...

  • Oil fuels easyJet fare cuts

    Oil fuels easyJet fare cuts

    Low-cost airline easyJet has said the fall in oil prices could knock as much as €2.70 off its average fare this year. The Luton-based airline, which flies to seven European destinations from Malta, estimates that the slump in oil prices by more...

  • Dubai airport hits top spot for 2014 passenger traffic

    Dubai airport hits top spot for 2014 passenger traffic

    Dubai International Airport was the world's busiest for international passenger traffic last year, it said last week, taking that title for the first time from London's Heathrow Airport, which has been running into capacity constraints. The Dubai...

  • Break up a long flight with 48-hour stopover in Dubai

    Break up a long flight with 48-hour stopover in Dubai

    Dubai is a place that many travellers would love to visit. If you are travelling from Malta to any destination on Emirates’ worldwide network and would like to turn your transit into a 48-hour stopover to see Dubai, here are some places of...

  • Interrail pass will now work on water

    Interrailers have more opportunities to explore Europe by land and water. A new, one-country Attica Pass gives travellers the chance to hop between Greek islands by ferry and Swiss boat services on Lake Brienz and Lake Thun are now completely...

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