Advert

Travel

  • Northern Lights top must-do trip list

    Northern Lights top must-do trip list

    A visit to the Arctic Circle to see the Northern Lights has topped a list of the greatest must-do travel experiences. More than 2,000 adults took part in a poll for Discovery Channel, which ranked a trip to the North Cape in Norway to see the...

  • High-flying dreams for decrepit Athens airport

    High-flying dreams for decrepit Athens airport

    After languishing for more than a decade as a wasteland of crumbling terminals and rusting aeroplanes, Athens’ sprawling former airport complex is set for resurrection as a glitzy coastal resort. The €7 billion plan to develop Hellenikon – a...

  • Elegant entertainment for classical music fans

    Elegant entertainment for classical music fans

    Forget sweaty crowds and dance DJs – summer is a great time to relax and hear an opera or a favourite jazz performer at festivals anywhere from the Swiss Alps to Johannesburg. Why not try picnicking at the UK’s Glyndebourne or tippling a Riesling...

  • Great locations for all budgets are in the bag

    Great locations for all budgets are in the bag

    Often associated with students, backpacking is not just an option for those trying to keep costs down. Many consider it a way to see the world in its most unpretentious, raw form. Travel website JoGuru lists some of the best backpacking...

  • New generation of guides

    New generation of guides

    Four years ago, I threw my last Lonely Planet out of the window. Dreaming about a “cosy atmosphere” and “unbelievably clean rooms”, the descriptions kept me going as I spent two hours lost on the streets of Kiev, Ukraine. Twelve hours of travel...

  • Losing heart and mind to Lisbon

    Losing heart and mind to Lisbon

    After a spell in the international spotlight while hosting the Champions League final, Lisbon casts its charms on Mark Strijbosch during his minibreak. Getting lost in Lisbon was the best idea and my feet still ache from all the improvised...

  • ‘City of the sun’ fills visitors with warmth

    ‘City of the sun’ fills visitors with warmth

    Malta and Sardinia, two Mediterranean islands that are quite different but with many similarities, particularly with regard to their history, both having been dominated by similar rulers and, most importantly, the warmth of their inhabitants. My...

  • Climate change threatens tourism as ski slopes start to thaw, seas rise

    Climate change threatens tourism as ski slopes start to thaw, seas rise

    Climate change is a growing threat to tourism, from thawing ski resorts to coral reefs hit by warmer seas, and the industry itself should do more to curb its soaring greenhouse gas emissions, a study showed. Tourism’s greenhouse gas emissions, on...

  • Germans’ love for short trips lifts European cruise industry

    Germans’ love for short trips lifts European cruise industry

    Europe’s cruise lines passenger growth rose in 2013 due to the popularity of the Mediterranean as a destination and Germans’ appetite for short trips in northern Europe, a lobby group said. A record 6.4 million Europeans booked cruises last year...

  • Christening date for Costa’s new flagship

    Christening date for Costa’s new flagship

    Costa Cruises will celebrate its new flagship Costa Diadema on November 7, during a special christening event in Genoa, the city where the company was founded and has its headquarters. This year, for the first time, a travel agent will be chosen...

  • Stop to smell the Malbec

    Stop to smell the Malbec

    The urge to rush around seeing as many sites as possible can leave tourists exhausted. Veronica Stivala asks would it be better to stay put and really explore one town? Not too long ago, one of the joys of travelling was sharing your photos with...

  • Atop London’s Shard, Becker serves treats

    Atop London’s Shard, Becker serves treats

    It’s been just over a year since chef Rainer Becker opened Oblix in the European Union’s tallest building, but he admits the mission is not quite accomplished. “It takes time for a restaurant to be there, where I have it in my head,” Becker said,...

  • Steering clear of car hire disaster when on holiday

    Steering clear of car hire disaster when on holiday

    Exploring a country at your own pace is made much easier by hiring a vehicle rather than navigating foreign public transport, but Helen Raine has a few tips for avoiding potential potholes. My husband enjoys a challenge, the latest being a...

  • A slower rhythm of life

    A slower rhythm of life

    Popularly known as the Egadi Islands, Favignana, Levanzo and Marettimo form part of a tiny archipelago off Sicily’s west coast. Though easily reachable within a few minutes by boat, hydrofoil, and ferry from Trapani or Marsala, the charm of these...

  • Emirates carries over 2m children

    Emirates carries over 2m children

    Emirates carried over two million children last year. With the busy summer holidays approaching, Skytrax’s World Best Airline is pulling out all the stops to keep children entertained in the air and on the ground. Before departure, complimentary...

  • Competition winner to visit Tuscany

    Competition winner to visit Tuscany

    Architect and interior designer Daniel Micallef Grimaud is the winner of a prize competition organised by YTC Travel and The Sunday Times of Malta. He chose a holiday at La Nuvola farmhouse in Tuscany. “The call from YTC was very unexpected – it...

  • New low-cost Russian airline makes maiden flight to Crimea

    New low-cost Russian airline makes maiden flight to Crimea

    The seats were cramped but the price was right, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev declared as he gave the Russian government’s blessing to a low-cost airline serving newly-annexed Crimea. State-run carrier Aeroflot announced plans to launch low-cost...

  • Apps help find gym when on the road

    Travellers who want to skip the hotel fitness centre in favour of local gyms that may offer better equipment, classes and amenities can turn to new apps on their smartphones to buy a day pass to a nearby gym. “Most hotel gyms are just a small row...

  • City Explorer Valletta GPS tour

    City Explorer Valletta GPS tour

    After three years of research, City Explorer has launched Malta’s first personal and audiovisual GPS guide, allowing visitors the freedom to experience Valletta at their leisure while simultaneously educating and informing them about the...

  • North Korea a visitor draw, but sometimes literally a tourist trap

    North Korea a visitor draw, but sometimes literally a tourist trap

    “Taking you to places where your mother would rather you stayed away from.” That’s how one Western travel agency advertises its tours to North Korea. The US government doesn’t want you to go there either. Three of its citizens have been detained...

Advert
Advert