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  • Things are getting hairy

    Things are getting hairy

    In the morning, the ancient city of Jaisalmer glowed gold. By the afternoon its sandstone Jain temples, libraries and balconies had a tawny, ginger tinge. At sunset the famous Sonar Kila fort on Meru Hill had faded into a mellow yellow. All the...

  • San Francisco’s the spot to be starting up something

    San Francisco’s the spot to be starting up something

    If you've ever dreamed of starting the next billion-dollar company, look no further for inspiration than San Francisco, home to thousands of technology businesses from Twitter to Pinterest. Visitors can get a taste of the booming startup scene,...

  • Valley climbers go above and beyond

    Valley climbers go above and beyond

    After a pair of free climbers inspired the world with their ascent up El Capitan in Yosemite, Simon Alden recalls Malta Climbing Club’s trip to conquer the crags of Verdon. Choosing a holiday destination can be an arduous task of juggling...

  • TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards 2015: Guests pick top hotels in Malta

    TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards 2015: Guests pick top hotels in Malta

    A boutique, bayside hotel has been named the best on the island after receiving top ratings from visitors over the past year. Hotel Juliani in Spinola Bay, St Julian’s, came top in the 2015 Travellers’ Choice Awards, compiled by travel website...

  • Mum wins Oz flights contest

    Mum wins Oz flights contest

    Josephine Farrugia of Mosta has won the trip of a lifetime to Australia. The 65-year-old will get to visit her many cousins Down Under thanks to Emirates and The Sunday Times of Malta. Farrugia was the luckiest of hundreds of readers who took part...

  • Emirates cuts long-haul fares

    Emirates cuts long-haul fares

    Emirates has an early-bird offer of special economy class fares to cities across the Far East, Middle East, Africa, Australia, New Zealand and the Indian subcontinent. All-inclusive economy return fares from Malta start at €190 to Cyprus; €617 to...

  • Valletta up for tourist accolade

    Valletta up for tourist accolade

    Voting has opened for the title of European Best Destination 2015 ­– and Valletta is among the 20 nominees. Members of the public can vote for their favourite city before February 10. Even if Malta’s capital does not win the award, it still stands...

  • Strong dollar threatens impact on tourists to US

    Strong dollar threatens impact on tourists to US

    New York restaurant owner Jeremy Merrin has seen business droop in recent weeks at his Havana Central eatery in Times Square. The reason: not enough international tourists. “We're fighting a double-whammy,” said Merrin, who owns three restaurants...

  • Living on the highway

    Living on the highway

    North America is such a huge continent, there is no chance of seeing it all in one trip – but you can still make the airfare worthwhile. Helen Raine looks at three RV road trips that would take you its length and breadth. Taking a motorhome for a...

  • Amid ancient temples, golf grows in Myanmar

    Amid ancient temples, golf grows in Myanmar

    Two Buddhist temples act as bookends to the small waterway where my golf ball has just landed, instead of dropping as it should have on to the 12th fairway. Despite my gestures of protest, my caddie rolls up her lime-green uniform and wades in to...

  • QM scale model to anchor collection

    QM scale model to anchor collection

    A scale model of the famed ocean liner Queen Mary, carved about 80 years ago from a 200-year-old white mahogany log and exact in every detail, will be the centrepiece of a new gallery on the ship that was the epitome of luxury travel in its...

  • Simpler ferry firm policies benefit travellers

    Simpler ferry firm policies benefit travellers

    Children under 14 may travel to Sicily for free under changes to Virtu Ferries’s travel policies. The company is waiving the fare for up to two youngsters when accompanied by two paying adults. This is one of several measures announced last week...

  • Isle be back

    Isle be back

    Taking three generations of family members away for a holiday isn’t easy, but Helen Raine discovers this Caribbean island offers something for all ages. Puerto Ricans know how to party. I woke up at 6am under a lazy fan in the surfing capital of...

  • Tourists urged to ‘see more’ using sustainable travel

    Tourists in Malta have been targeted by a campaign to promote sustainable transport over the past two years. During 2013 and 2014, the Local Councils’ Association used tourist information offices in Malta and Gozo to distribute an information pack...

  • Free-climbers conquer El Capitan for first time

    Free-climbers conquer El Capitan for first time

    Two Americans have completed what was long considered the world’s most difficult rock climb, using only their hands and feet to scale a 3,000ft vertical wall on El Capitan. The forbidding granite pedestal in California’s Yosemite National Park has...

  • Put your best foot forward... the world over

    Put your best foot forward... the world over

    Those of you who hate resolutions raise an arm, then the other, and lunge. Want to get fit this year? Veronica Stivala looks at more interesting places to run than a treadmill. The art of running Where: Venice Beach, California Running is all...

  • Skiing can be child’s play

    Skiing can be child’s play

    1. Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis (Austria) The Tyrolean ski region around Serfaus, Fiss and Ladis is one of the most child-friendly within the Austrian Alps. Attractions such as the kid’s snow Alp, Berta’s kids land, the Murmlipark, an Indian land, a...

  • Ballon d’air

    Ballon d’air

    A hot air balloon floats upwards during the International Balloon trophy in the village of Filzmoos. More than 35 hot air balloons from all over Europe participated in the week-long event in the middle of the Austrian Alps.

  • 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...

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