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  • 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...

  • Savouring summertime in Seattle

    Savouring summertime in Seattle

    First tip: Don’t visit Seattle in March or April. Last March was the rainiest month on record, while April started just as wet. Seattle gets less rainfall overall than New York and Washington DC, as any local will tell you. But there’s no use...

  • Devil’s Nose train journey captures amazing scenery

    Devil’s Nose train journey captures amazing scenery

    Discover the most scenic route in Ecuador aboard the ‘Tren Crucero’, originally constructed in the late 1800s to connect a country separated by its majestic mountains. The train’s renovations have just been completed, offering visitors the...

  • Industry peers to discuss Mediterranean cruising

    The future of the Mediterranean as a top cruise destination continues to look very healthy, with nearly one out of five choosing a cruise in the region. Seatrade Communications chairman Chris Hayman said: “As one of the world’s most sought-after...

  • Living in the past

    Living in the past

    We live in an ever-smaller world, with business and technology connecting people in ways that were inconceivable a few generations ago. But does globalisation come at the cost of losing cultural identity? Travel website JoGuru lists six ethnic...

  • Where the caravan camels roam

    Where the caravan camels roam

    On a short break to north Africa, Stephen Bailey steps out into the Sahara Desert with only an uncomfortable, grumpy, hairy dromedary to guide him. Hamu looks at me and grunts, clearly unimpressed by my sweeping adoration of the landscape. He...

  • Beckham not recognised in the rainforest

    Beckham not recognised in the rainforest

    It took 12 days of travelling 800 miles into the Amazon rainforest, but finally David Beckham found what he was looking for: a whole village of people who had no idea who he was. The ex-England captain, one of football’s biggest stars, said his...

  • Czech out these unknown places

    Czech out these unknown places

    A city practically unknown outside the Czech Republic has topped a list of Europe’s 50 best “secret spot” locations. Contrasted with the tourist hotspots of Prague and Cesky Krumlov, the city of Olomouc (olla-moats) is “emerging as the travellers’...

  • Air Malta micro site condenses 40 years

    Air Malta micro site condenses 40 years

    Highlights of Air Malta’s 40-year history since it started flying operations on April 1, 1974, are celebrated in a new micro website. An interactive timeline lists the national airline’s milestones split over the four decades, with a video clip...

  • Useful tips for a worry-free summer

    Useful tips for a worry-free summer

    With holidaymakers planning trips across Europe and beyond, here are a few pointers on how the European Union can help if you get into difficulty or have any questions about your overseas travel. I’m travelling outside Europe but my country has...

  • How to cope when illnesses cripple your travel plans

    How to cope when illnesses cripple your travel plans

    An outbreak of cholera or malaria can destroy your holiday. Do you trust to luck and set off anyway, do you cancel everything or do you get every injection you can? Veronica Stivala seeks advice from seasoned travellers. Thomas Morgan knows a...

  • Living in a state of Grace

    Living in a state of Grace

    Princess Grace Patricia née Kelly may have grown up in East Falls, near Philadelphia in Pennsylvania, but she ended her life as the personification of Monaco, Le Petit Province, down the French Riviera from Nice. Her Serene Highness is still...

  • Fun in the midnight sun

    Fun in the midnight sun

    Get hip in the capital The old quarter of Reykjavik is full of cheerfully painted wooden houses with cool cafes and pubs to enjoy as the afternoon turns to evening and the sun still shines. The inhabitants are into design, so expect some...

  • Travel briefs

    Travel briefs

    Ryanair carried 300,000 more passengers in May than in the same month a year ago, the budget airline’s traffic statistics showed this week. This was a four per cent year-on-year increase from 7.9 million in May 2013 to 8.2 million this year, while...

  • The Westin Reef Club opens its doors

    The Westin Reef Club opens its doors

    The Westin Reef Club has opened its doors for the summer. Seasonal members can avail themselves to complimentary parking as well as a 20% discount when ordering from the Sun Bed Menu.  Membership details and further information about The Westin...

  • Paradise island hopping

    Paradise island hopping

    Five-star resorts in Tahiti offer luxurious getaways, but for backpackers wanting to explore, Helen Raine explains the best way to make your way around the French-owned country scattered across the Pacific. You’ve heard of Tahiti and Bora Bora.

  • Lufthansa hosts world’s highest Caipirinha party

    Lufthansa hosts world’s highest Caipirinha party

    Last weekend, the highest Caipirinha party in the world took place on a flight from Frankfurt to Rio. During the aperitif service shortly after take-off at 10.15pm, 352 passengers, hosted by 14 flight attendants, enjoyed the Brazilian national...

  • Turkish Airlines marks first anniversary of Malta flights

    Turkish Airlines marks first anniversary of Malta flights

    Turkish Airlines has celebrated its first year of operations to Malta by handing out roses to passengers. Founded in 1933 with five planes, Turkish Airlines has grown into one of the world’s leading airlines with a fleet of 250 aircraft, serving...

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