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  • Discovering the Sami life of the frozen north

    Eager for culture shock, Fiona Vella visits the indigenous people of Finnish Lapland, where spring days last 16 hours and reindeer is always on the menu Spring tends to bring with it an inherent wish for renewal, a longing to experience something...

  • Mellieħa hotel’s got a winning approach

    HolidayCheck.com has ranked the Seabank Resort and Spa in Mellieħa as the best in the Beach Holiday category in its 2014 Awards. It has also ranked it as one of the most popular hotels in the world. The HolidayCheck.com Awards are based on the...

  • Bavaria’s ethereal lake with a magical museum

    What I love about Munich is that it is so easy to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life in the city centre. The parks are extensive and numerous and hopping on to a train can get to you a wealth of natural gems in a short time. Lake...

  • Travel briefs

    Los Angeles Airport’s police chief has backed recommendations to beef up security after a deadly shooting rampage. Patrick Gannon said he read the Transportation Security Administration report and airport law enforcement officials agreed with the...

  • New website focuses on living in Malta

    A newly launched website, www.firstmalta.com focuses on real life experiences of living in Malta and guides to popular tourist hotspots. “We want to build a sense of community and that is why we allow our users to talk about their experiences of...

  • Exploring the heart of the Alps

    Hanging at the Prado Museum in Madrid is a self-portrait that Albrecht Dürer painted in 1498, when he was 26. In this second of his three self-portraits, the German painter/engraver is seen in front of an open window and, in the background, is a...

  • Moving to the music

    Going on a road trip, or just setting off for your daily commute to work? Veronica Stivala shares notes on the best music to listen to when travelling. Hit the road, Jack... walking I sometimes like to pretend I’m the protagonist in a film and...

  • Long-haul flight tax cut announced in UK Budget

    UK passengers on long-haul flights will benefit from an overhaul of the much-hated Air Passenger Duty (APD) airport departure tax. Announcing changes in the Budget last Wednesday, Chancellor George Osborne admitted the current system was “crazy...

  • Ancient tranquillity in Sicily countryside

    Spending a long weekend in Sicily is an easy way to get away with the family with minimal fuss, and now is the best time to enjoy the Sicilian countryside. Take advantage of off-season prices with Virtù Ferries to relax or explore the beautiful...

  • Well-being with Westin hotels

    The Westin Dragonara in St Julian’s is joining nearly 200 worldwide hotels and resorts in holding an open house event today as part of the brand’s Well-being Movement. Westin Hotels & Resorts launched the €11 million campaign designed to enhance...

  • Sail like a Zambian queen

    Few places have not been touched by cruising, from the Arctic to the Amazon. Now a spectacular African river is also host to a cruise ship, The Zambezi Queen. Manager Andre Barnard tells Helen Raine what you can expect. What is the concept? The...

  • Direct Venetian delights for Air Malta passengers

    Air Malta will start flying to Venice, one of the world’s most romantic cities, three times a week from June 2. Situated in northeastern Italy, the city of Venice along with its lagoon is listed as a World Heritage Site. It is known for its...

  • Bright lights of the big city

    Dubai has a reputation for decadence, but there is more to the Emirate’s capital than luxury boutiques. The city is easily accessible with year-round sunshine, offering great outdoor activities in the cooler months, indoor activities in the...

  • Travel briefs

    Ryanair Holdings Plc last week announced that it received a BBB+ rating (modified from A-) from Standard & Poor’s, making it the highest rated airline in the world. It said the rating reflects the fundamental strength of its business model, which...

  • Jetset globe like 007

    A couple who are not satisfied with merely watching James Bond on the screen and who have about €586,500 to spare could live something resembling the life of the fabled Agent 007 with a 21-day, seven-country luxury tour. The package comes complete...

  • Dwarf hunting in Wroclaw

    While marvelling at Poland’s most charming city, Stephen Bailey is in a race against time to find 50 dwarfs or he’ll face a forfeit: copious amounts of vodka. Dwarfs have always had a reputation as cheeky souls, but the one in front of me is...

  • Slowing down to enjoy the flavours

    Fine food and a more relaxed pace of life are two hallmarks of the Mediterranean and Costa Cruises has combined the two to offer an unusual summer programme. Its Festival of Mediterranean Cuisine uses a smaller ship to get to less-frequented...

  • Family-friendly paradise

    The Maldive Islands have long been a popular destination for honeymooning couples and luxury getaways for adults, but families have not been a target market. This may be changing as Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is opening two-bedroom family...

  • Emirates launches service to Boston

    Emirates has chosen the city of Boston to become its eighth US destination with a daily, non-stop service from Dubai. The state capital of Massachusetts is the 142th city in the airline’s international network. First class, business and economy...

  • Oslo ski jump marks St Patrick’s Day

    The Holmenkollen ski jump in Oslo will be lit in green floodlights until tomorrow, to commemorate Ireland’s National Day, also known as St Patrick’s Day, in a campaign organised by Irish tourism authorities.

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