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  • Shop around for the best look at life on the streets

    Shop around for the best look at life on the streets

    Bartering for luxe goods or testing your taste buds with an unusual snack is a must for all visitors, says Fiona Vella in the first of a series on her travels in the Land of the Rising Sun. Beijing and Shanghai are definitely a mecca for...

  • Qantas is the world’s safest airline, finds rating website

    Qantas is the world’s safest airline, finds rating website

    Qantas has topped a list of the world’s safest airlines for 2015, compiled by a safety and product rating website. The Australian carrier has a fatality-free record in the jet era, noted AirlineRatings.com, which monitors 449 airlines. Making up...

  • Cruise around the world in 115 days

    Adventurous cruisers set off around the world on a four-month itinerary aboard the Costa Deliziosa last week. The ship sailed out of Savona in Italy on Tuesday, carrying some 2,500 passengers who will eventually cross the Atlantic and follow the...

  • Speed festival will celebrate UK motor racing triumphs

    Speed festival will celebrate UK motor racing triumphs

    The 60th anniversary of two historic British motor racing triumphs will be celebrated at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed. The four-day event in Sussex, starting on June 25, will pay tribute to the 1955 Mille Miglia victory of Sir Stirling Moss...

  • ROCS wins agents award

    ROCS wins agents award

    ROCS Travel has won Lufthansa’s Travel Agents Award, which acknowledges its achievement in leisure travel services, quality assurance and committed customer care. Pictured is ROCS group director Rachel Vella (centre) with Lufthansa’s regional...

  • Places to make most of the post-Christmas lull

    Places to make most of the post-Christmas lull

    The first months of the year are traditionally the cheapest for holidays, with everyone skint after Christmas and staying home to review their ruined bank accounts. If you do have some spare cash, it’s a great time to find a bargain. Here are a...

  • Leipzig plans celebrations for a year of anniversaries

    Leipzig plans celebrations for a year of anniversaries

    A quarter of a century after the German reunification, Leipzig counts among the most dynamic and popular cities in Europe. The East German commercial and cultural city will be commemorating several major anniversaries in 2015. Under the motto “We...

  • New Year’s Eve is far from scot-free in Edinburgh

    New Year’s Eve is far from scot-free in Edinburgh

    Edinburgh was the most expensive city in Europe in which to spend New Year’s Eve, according to a survey from Cheaprooms.co.uk. The survey compared 30 major European destinations based on the cost of their lodging for December 31, 2014. In...

  • Resolutions to walk more will drive up fitness

    Many motorists are resolving to walk more and drive less often in 2015, according to a breakdown service poll. Despite the recent big fall in the price of petrol at the pumps in the UK, as many as 12 per cent intend to drive more economically in...

  • Lufthansa award for top seller

    Lufthansa award for top seller

    German airline Lufthansa celebrated its 30th anniversary of scheduled flights to Malta in 2014. It held a Travel Agents’ Award Night at the Corinthia San Ġorġ towards the end of the year. Pictured from left are top selling agent FCM Malta and...

  • Alternative countdowns to the start of a new year

    Alternative countdowns to the start of a new year

    Fed up of squeezing into sequin dresses or stiff suits for boozy parties on New Year’s Eve? Veronica Stivala sources some different activities and some unusual spots where you can welcome in the beginning of 2015. Great balls of fat Join in the...

  • Booking website defends security after data leak con

    Booking website defends security after data leak con

    One of the world’s biggest hotel booking websites has insisted its customers’ details are safe after a whistle-blower revealed how he helped fraudsters use personal data to trick thousands of people. It emerged last month that con artists obtained...

  • TripAdvisor fined for misleading reviews

    Online review behemoth TripAdvisor has been fined €500,000 by authorities in Italy after having been found to have published misleading reviews on its website. The site, which claims to be the largest travel domain in the world, denies the...

  • Iceland’s Lights require patience, warm clothes

    Iceland’s Lights require patience, warm clothes

    It is nearly midnight in late November and an anorak-clad crowd several hundred strong is stamping its feet in a field of tussocky grass in the north of Iceland, scanning the horizon and hoping for a break in the cloud. A chance of seeing the...

  • Holidaymakers budget for summer 2015 trips

    Holidaymakers budget for summer 2015 trips

    Record numbers of Maltese passengers have booked summer flights with Ryanair before this year is even over. This year, the budget airline opened bookings for summer 2015 three months earlier than in 2013. It was the first airline serving the...

  • Stay in a super cool hotel

    Stay in a super cool hotel

    The regulars at the IceHotel in Jukkasjarvi – 100 miles into Swedish Lapland and 150 miles beyond the Arctic Circle – tend to be travelling spruce salesmen needing somewhere to stay in Europe’s last wilderness. The 1999 IceHotel (formerly the...

  • A Rocky start to Christmas Day

    A Rocky start to Christmas Day

    Until last year, I could not imagine spending Christmas Day in any place but my mother’s house. Making the trek back home had become almost a tradition in itself. But I discovered that, constrained by my younger brother’s term times, my family had...

  • Airline offers helicopter ski resort transfers

    Airline offers helicopter ski resort transfers

    Skiers will be able to reach European slopes even faster this winter as Lufthansa launches a helicopter service. Rather than lengthy transfers by road, resorts in Germany, Austria and Switzerland can be reached far more quickly. Whether it’s...

  • Canadian man picks stranger with same name as his ex for world trip

    A Canadian man will travel the world with Elizabeth Gallagher. Just not the same Elizabeth Gallagher he used to date. Jordan Axani, 28, and his former girlfriend booked the three-week trip in May, including stops in Italy, France, India and Thailand.

  • Staying online in the sky

    Staying online in the sky

    More than 200,000 people have used Emirates’s free on board internet since October – up 35 per cent of its passengers. On most of the airline’s Airbus A380s travellers can access 10MB of free data, enough to e-mail, blog, tweet, post on Facebook...

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