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  • A city of culture and the Commonwealth Games

    A city of culture and the Commonwealth Games

    If you are lucky enough to be in Glasgow during the Commonwealth Games, why not take the opportunity to explore more of what the city has to offer? Veronica Stivala puts together a three-day itinerary for an engaging visit. This year will see the...

  • To infinity and beyond... well, as close as possible

    To infinity and beyond... well, as close as possible

    Forty-five years ago today, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin of the Apollo 11 space flight landed on the moon. Since then, humanity’s obsession with the final frontier has grown, with Virgin Galactic due to take its first tourists into zero-gravity...

  • Sleeping with the fishes

    Sleeping with the fishes

    Dress codes are usually fairly relaxed around the US but at the Emerald Lagoon on Shoreland Drive in Key Largo, they will not let you in unless you are wearing flippers and a snorkel. The man at the door denies access to those not in Speedos and...

  • Blown away by windswept islands

    Blown away by windswept islands

    Completing her travels around Sicily’s coastline, Fiona Vella explores the ancient Aeolian archipelago, whose rough beauty has been recognised as an Unesco World Heritage Site. The Greeks were inspired by the mythological god of the winds Aeolus...

  • Handmade villas ‘tiki’ all the boxes

    Handmade villas ‘tiki’ all the boxes

    A Floriana hotel has brought a little bit of the Philippines to Malta by creating its own ‘tiki village’ for the summer. The Grand Hotel Excelsior has set up 10 ‘villas’ close to the marina, which guests can rent to enjoy harbour views while...

  • Costa cruisers back neoRiviera’s service

    Costa cruisers back neoRiviera’s service

    This spring, the Costa neoRiviera obtained the company’s highest performance through its customers’ eyes. During the summer the Costa neoCollection is offering ‘slow cruising’ to top destinations in the Mediterranean and northern Europe. In spring...

  • Low-cost Lufthansa?

    Lufthansa may launch low-cost, long-haul flights under a new brand as part of plans by the company’s new boss to battle competition from Middle East carriers and no-frills airlines. The long-haul plan would mark a big shift for the company that...

  • Flight offer for Cyprus

    Emirates is offering special fares to Cyprus for tickets purchased by July 22. Economy Class fares to Larnaka start from €220 for outbound travel bet­ween August 15 and September 30, and €239 for outbound travel until August 14. A €20 surcharge...

  • Six of the best from Emirates

    Six of the best from Emirates

    Emirates is offering exclusive economy fares to business and leisure travellers from Malta to six destinations in the Middle East, Africa and India until July 21. Travellers can save money when they fly from Malta to Nairobi from €551, to Khartoum...

  • Malta is ‘best overseas group destination’

    Malta is ‘best overseas group destination’

    The Maltese islands have been awarded ‘Best Overseas Destin-ation for Groups’ after a vote by the 10,000 readers of Group Travel Organiser magazine. Malta triumphed over the other finalists Germany, Amsterdam, Austria, Belgium, Jersey and Lake...

  • Ryanair is recruiting

    Last week budget airline Ryanair launched a digital and IT innovation hub based at its Dublin Office Campus in Swords as part of its aim to recruit 200 staff to develop an online travel platform. It is seeking to fill a range of roles at Ryanair...

  • Discounts for families

    Discounts for families

    Air passengers travelling with children can now get discounts on additional services with Ryanair. While the base prices of flights remain the same, those who book travel insurance, allocated seats, checked luggage or priority boarding will get 50...

  • UK airlines will pay to post uncharged devices

    UK airlines will pay to post uncharged devices

    The UK’s two major trans-Atlantic carriers, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic, will foot the bill for sending on any uncharged electronic device to passengers prevented from flying with them under new regulations. Initially Virgin said...

  • Kick off a journey to beat the post-World Cup blues

    Kick off a journey to beat the post-World Cup blues

    For those readers who haven’t spent all their money on a month-long stay in Brazil or who have oodles left to spare, Veronica Stivala looks up some other sporting destinations that are worth paying a visit. Great rideWhat: Tour de FranceWhere:...

  • You can’t board with that!

    You can’t board with that!

    Stringent airport security controls have forced travellers to part with many bottles or pairs of tweezers, but some passengers have tried to smuggle far less innocent items on to their planes. Search engine Jetcost lists its top 10. 1. A turtle in...

  • Feeling ‘lush’ in Tenby

    Feeling ‘lush’ in Tenby

    Invited to West Wales for a wedding, Mark Strijbosch goes exploring and comes across some unexpected residents: an island of seals and monks! The seaside town of Tenby just has to be one of Wales’ best-kept secrets. Getting to the coastal areas of...

  • Travel briefs

    Honeymoons are becoming ‘buddymoons’, with an increasing number of newlyweds taking friends away with them, according to a British survey. As many as 20 per cent have shared their post-nuptial travels with pals, the foreign exchange company...

  • Tiki Village at Excelsior hotel

    Tiki Village at Excelsior hotel

    The Grand Hotel Excelsior has set up the Tiki Village by the water’s edge close to the marina, offering its guests a unique eating experience, with light snacks available at lunchtime and platters in the evening. Each of the 10 ‘villas’ seats six.

  • ‘Where we are going, we don’t need roads’

    ‘Where we are going, we don’t need roads’

    Breathing in crisp Himalayan air, Melanie Vella dons her hiking boots for the six-hour roadless trail to Khreeganga hot springs in the Parvati Valley. In the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh nestles the spiritual pilgrimage site...

  • Phone use charges slashed across EU

    Phone use charges slashed across EU

    Surfing the internet on mobile phones when travelling within the European Union was made 50 per cent cheaper last week under EU-mandated cuts, in time for the summer holidays. Fees for calls and text messages will also be reduced although not by...

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