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  • It’s a ski-for-all

    It’s a ski-for-all

    Not so long ago, ski holidays were largely considered affordable only by the rich and famous. Since the millennium, however, times – and ski resorts – have changed. The advent of quick and inexpensive flights to top ski destinations in France,...

  • Time travel in Transylvania

    Time travel in Transylvania

    I had always wanted to visit Transylvania in Romania to record its amazing history, architecture and people, particularly its northern region of Maramures. My husband and I flew from Luton directly to Cluj Napoli, commonly known as Cluj, a...

  • No double trouble in Grand Harbour

    No double trouble in Grand Harbour

    Malta will welcome 510,000 cruise passengers by the end of 2014, with 269 cruise calls by December, according to the tourism minister. Next year is set to beat that number with an expected 525,000 passengers from 270 calls from all cruise...

  • Free Wi-Fi on planes will be ‘standard’

    Free Wi-Fi on planes will be ‘standard’

    Free Wi-Fi on-board planes will become standard practice for future air travel, according to Emirates. More than half a million passengers have connected to the internet on its planes since the airline launched the in-flight service three years...

  • Manchester tops list of UK airports

    Manchester Airport has been crowned UK Airport of the Year. The airport beat competition from Heathrow, Gatwick and Birmingham to win the category for best airport with more than six million passengers a year. The industry award was given at the...

  • MSC Armonia back in action

    One of the ships in the MSC fleet will leave a shipyard bigger and better tomorrow after spending 11 weeks being refitted ahead of a one-off inaugural cruise. The MSC Armonia will sail out Fincantieri shipyard in Italy as the first vessel to...

  • Bridging tower gap with glass

    Bridging tower gap with glass

    Visitors to one of Britain’s most famous bridges, in London, will get a better view of the attraction thanks to a €1.268 million improvement. The money has been spent on a new glass floor across Tower Bridge’s high-level walkways 138ft above the...

  • Few Russian skiers chill Alpine hosts

    Few Russian skiers chill Alpine hosts

    A sharp drop in Russian visitors is sending an icy chill through Alpine ski resorts that have previously profited from free-spending eastern tourists. Moscow’s standoff with the West over Ukraine and a weakening economy, which has seen the rouble...

  • Bizarre queries for hotel workers

    Can I borrow your socks, is the beach new or old and is Brighton where the tunnel to France starts? are just some of the odd questions customers have asked hotel staff. More unusual requests by people staying at Brighton’s two Travelodge hotels...

  • German nuclear bunker may be visitor attraction

    German nuclear bunker may be visitor attraction

    Hidden away in a forest near Berlin lies a huge, abandoned Cold War-era bunker, built to withstand a nuclear attack, which enthusiasts hope can become a new magnet for tourists visiting former East Germany. The 7,750-square-metre, three-storey...

  • Thailand prepared for heavy tourist dip

    Thailand expects to receive around 25 million tourists this year, down a million on 2013, the government said last week, thanks in part to months of street protests in the capital that ended with a coup. Two unsolved murders of two young British...

  • Living the simple life

    Living the simple life

    Pokhara is one of the main tourist hot spots in Nepal. Budget travellers and more upscale visitors gather before and after treks and adventures to soak up the sun, relax by the lake and plan their next trip. Joined by my three best friends...

  • Scribbling out of a suitcase

    Scribbling out of a suitcase

    I found Malta seeping history from every balcony, palace and decadent building, with Valletta being the treasure trove of the island’s vast history and rich cultural legacy. While going there is to see the melting pot of cultures shaped by the...

  • Beginner’s guide to working across the EU

    Beginner’s guide to working across the EU

    As an EU national, you generally have the right to work for an employer or as a self-employed person in any EU country without a work permit. Some restrictions are in place for Croatian citizens in some countries, and for some EU citizens in...

  • Sax and the City

    Sax and the City

    Dinant on the Meuse river in Belgium is the place for sax maniacs looking for a weekend break. It’s the birthplace of Adolphe Sax, the inventor of the saxophone. La Maison de Monsieur Sax on Rue Sax is an “interpretative centre” offering an...

  • Meeting the Aboriginals

    Meeting the Aboriginals

    Stephen Bailey joins a Queensland ‘mob’ to hunt crab for his dinner in a mangrove, have a go at traditional art and get better appreciation of Uluru. “Keep stabbing the holes,” my Aboriginal guide shouts through the mangroves, unimpressed by my...

  • A fair choice for Malta’s cruisers

    A fair choice for Malta’s cruisers

    Two cruise fairs are being held in close succession, giving potential passengers the perfect opportunity to research and book trips for next year. The Cruise Fair, held at Magazino Cruise Terminal at the Valletta Waterfront, ends today after...

  • Bittersweet end to holiday pals

    Bittersweet end to holiday pals

    Holiday friendships rarely last beyond the end of the trip, according to a survey of UK travellers. Some on a break even give fake phone numbers to avoid being pestered by their new-found friends once back home, the poll by Hotels.com found. Of...

  • Winter brochure full of inspiration

    Flyaway Tours has launched its brochure for winter 2014-15, offering mini breaks and packages to escape Malta’s chilly season. The company, ­which specialises in exhilarating vacations, has many mountain resorts available or can help customers...

  • Grand Harbour suits Diadema

    Grand Harbour suits Diadema

    Eight Maltese ‘knights’ waving colourful flags, a drummer, trumpeter and a ‘Grand Master’ bid farewell to Costa Cruises’s newest ship after it paid a brief visit to Malta on its vernissage voyage. The Diadema – nicknamed the Queen of the...

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