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  • Everest tragedy ‘changed climbing in Nepal forever’

    Everest tragedy ‘changed climbing in Nepal forever’

    Blogging from Everest base camp after 16 Sherpas were killed by an avalanche, American climber Ed Marzec lamented: “I am shamed by our greed and embarrassed by our lack of compassion.” Expressions of sympathy and regret were not enough, however,...

  • Cycling tour over hill and dale this summer

    Cycling tour over hill and dale this summer

    Cycling fans will be glued to their TV screens when the Tour de France starts in Yorkshire in two months’ time, but Dave Higgens thinks the British county’s scenery may be more eye-catching than the competitors. When the Tour de France goes to...

  • Taking the Pope for a ride in the Merc, Seat, Ford...

    Taking the Pope for a ride in the Merc, Seat, Ford...

    Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI liked his Mercs, BMWs and air-conditioned M-class limousines. Pope Francis has slightly simpler tastes and more street cred: he has his own Ford Focus and his favoured mode of transport is now a battered, white 1984...

  • Is the travel agent dead?

    Is the travel agent dead?

    As more people go online to book their holidays, traditional travel agents are being hit hard. Veronica Stivala asks if the profession’s days are numbered. With the relative cheapness and flexibility of booking travel online, travel agents have...

  • Travel briefs

    Travel briefs

    A tourist jumps inside an upside-down house at Fengjing Ancient Town, Jinshan District, south of Shanghai. It was built as a tourist attraction using everyday household items and furniture. (Reuters) Lufthansa charges for seats German airline...

  • Mud, gold and the perfect massage

    Mud, gold and the perfect massage

    Although Turkey has made global headlines for its political conflicts over the past few months, Natalie Bowen avoids the demonstrations and seeks out some unusual forms of pampering on the country’s southwest coast. Being covered in thick,...

  • Vienna flights won at Amitex

    Vienna flights won at Amitex

    Belgium expat and Malta resident Betty Van de Maele has won two free return flights to Vienna. She beat some 300 participants in a competition held during Amitex 2014. The tickets are in economy class and sponsored by flyNIKI, a group member of...

  • Be charmed by Marzamemi fishing village

    Be charmed by Marzamemi fishing village

    One of the contenders for Sicily’s quaintest fishing village is Marzamemi, which is full of bright blue doors and windows, potted red geraniums and multi-coloured wooden boats. The colourful, one-storey houses are interrupted by the tonnara – the...

  • Passengers turn ‘pilot’ at Emirates attraction

    Passengers turn ‘pilot’ at Emirates attraction

    Visitors to The Dubai Mall can now find out what piloting a plane is really like, thanks to Emirates. His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, chairman and chief executive of Emirates Airline & Group, has launched the newest Emirates store...

  • World Cup boosts tourism

    World Cup boosts tourism

    Brazil’s tourism sector will enjoy a significant boost during the FIFA 2014 World Cup year according to the World Travel & Tourism Council, which has unveiled its Economic Impact 2014 report for the country. WTTC is the global authority on the...

  • Briton deported for her Buddha tattoo

    Briton deported for her Buddha tattoo

    Sri Lanka has deported a British tourist for having a tattoo of Buddha on her arm which a court said was an insult to the island’s main religion. Legally, there is no ban on a Buddha tattoo in Sri Lanka, but the predominantly Buddhist nation is...

  • Two-thirds book holidays while at work

    Nearly two-thirds of workers book their holidays while in the office, according to UK research. Nearly three-quarters (72 per cent) of the 1,000 people polled researched their holiday options at work, while 63 per cent booked a break in the...

  • Eurostar sees its profits rise

    Eurostar sees its profits rise

    A surge in business travellers has helped Channel Tunnel high-speed train company Eurostar record increased sales in the first part of the year. Sales revenue from January to March reached £227 million (€276 million) – a seven per cent increase on...

  • Everest ascents are cancelled after avalanche

    Everest ascents are cancelled after avalanche

    Several foreign climbing expeditions have called off attempts to scale Everest earlier this week following an avalanche that killed at least 13 local guides, meaning Nepal faces an entire season without a single ascent of the mountain for the...

  • Better get on your bike!

    Better get on your bike!

    Twenty years since she last rode a bicycle, Nicky Getley bravely hops on two wheels to explore the Dutch capital Amsterdam, where cyclists rule, OK? Amsterdam is quirky, bohemian, charming, interesting, entertaining and tolerant, home to around...

  • All the world’s a stage in the Bard’s masterpieces

    All the world’s a stage in the Bard’s masterpieces

    England’s greatest playwright’s 450th birthday was on Wednesday, but William Shakespeare let his imagination roam as widely as his characters. Macbeth – Scotland “Something wicked this way comes.” The oft-quoted words of the three witches before...

  • Facing up to travel fears

    Facing up to travel fears

    Travelling may seem an adventure, a luxury, a hassle or a necessity, but for some it is a frightening experience – although perhaps not for the reasons you might expect. Website JoGuru gives a synopsis of four unusual phobias. Hodophobia (fear...

  • Safari so good in the Ngorongoro Crater

    Safari so good in the Ngorongoro Crater

    As morning mist rolls away, Stephen Bailey tries to look in every direction at once while on a safari trip in East Africa – but can he outstare a hungry lion? In the early morning mist, Ngorongoro looks magical, clouds dancing inside the stark...

  • Movie magic

    Movie magic

    Ever heard of Savoca? Virtu Ferry will give your brain a nudge with its new trip, The Godfather Excursion. This experience combines the affluence of Toarmina with Savoca, a typical Sicilian hilltop hamlet made famous by Francis Ford Coppola’s The...

  • UK tour operators drop

    The number of British travel companies and tour operators that have closed down has risen by 45 per cent over the past year, figures have shown. As many as 77 travel agencies and tour operators went insolvent in the 12 months to March 2014,...

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