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  • Make the most of Cordoba

    If you enjoy combining cultural history, good food and wine with a stroll through pretty old streets and some olive groves, then the province of Cordoba in Spain’s southern region of Andalusia is the perfect itinerary. Cordoba city is less than...

  • How to strike a balance when travelling for work

    If you get irked by travelling for work, you are not alone. But don’t let yourself get bogged down by the quotidian; savour a Valrhona chocolate–dipped doughnut or rave at 7am, says Veronica Stivala. The antidote to combating that common...

  • ‘Look beyond Cairo’

    Recent incidents in Cairo surrounding the third anniversary of the uprising should not overshadow Egypt’s world class appeal as a tourist destination, argues the national tourist board. “While there have been incidents in Cairo, they have been in...

  • ‘Be a traveller not a tourist’

    Name: Fiona VellaAge: 42Occuption: Writer My earliest travel memory… I remember this quite clearly because I was 18 when I travelled for the first time. My younger brother had been invited by his pen-friend from Yorkshire to spend a week with her...

  • Help or hindrance?

    Quit the job, packed the bags, and set off around the world... and what could placate worried parents more than a photo of the happy traveller volunteering in a Third World orphanage? Often sandwiched somewhere between skydiving and beach bumming,...

  • Would you dare to bare?

    A study last summer revealed that women spend over a third of the cost of their holiday on a new wardrobe. The average cost of a cupboard-busting collection of four swimsuits, six dresses and three pairs of shoes was €300. Well, Americans Tony and...

  • Above and below wild North Island

    The platform on which I stood, 22 metres up a giant 500-year-old rimu tree, swayed alarmingly beneath my feet as a wind gust whirled through the lush New Zealand forest. Below me was the forest floor – far, far away. Thanks to the solid steel line...

  • New Rome routes

    Easyjet has announced the launch of five new routes from Rome Fiumicino. They are year-round services to Montpellier, Thessaloniki and Belgrade along with summer services to the islands of Menorca and Rhodes. This move continues Easyjet’s...

  • Fares to Sicily slashed

    Virtù Ferries has slashed its fares for the winter months but kept the number of trips it makes. There are departures every day except Tuesday and double trips three times a week. For holiday-makers after snow, Mount Etna is a one-hour-plus...

  • Russians learn to smile for Olympics

    It may not come naturally to all Russians and, in the run-up to the Winter Olympics, Sochi hotel managers are getting crash courses in how to smile. In line with President Vladimir Putin’s efforts to show Russia’s modern face at the $50-billion...

  • Make the most of Sochi

    The main roads and boulevards of Sochi have been plastered over with Olympic Games posters, slogans in Cyrillic and billboards welcoming sports fans to the Russian Black Sea resort. But for most visitors, the real Sochi will be what they find when...

  • In St Paul’s footsteps

    This year the feast of St Paul’s Shipwreck (February 10) falls on a Monday – with a long weekend in store. Syracuse offers a fitting getaway – it was St Paul’s first stop on his departure from Malta, commemorated to this day by a beautiful statue...

  • Historic tourism splits Holy Land

    On an ancient hill dotted with 1,000-year-old olive trees, Israelis are busy excavating in search of the first palace of King David in the heart of the West Bank. The Jewish settlers who started the dig with the help of Israel’s Antiquities...

  • The art of running away

    Whoever said you can’t run away from your problems, clearly did not know where to run to. Whether you are a die-hard romantic, or heart-dead cynic, Veronica Stivala thinks getting away is a good idea and has three suggestions for what you can...

  • Tea with a tribal chief in al-Qaeda territory

    Wearing a shalwar kameez and a nervous smile, Stephen Bailey visits Peshawar with a tour company that specialises in places most Westerners run away from. There’s something about the title tribal chief that evokes images of grey beards,...

  • Brits spend over €12 billion on holidays in January alone

    Brits desperate to escape the rainy weather have spent more than £10 billion (€12.12 billion) on holidays already this year, a new study has revealed. Research has tracked the spending habits of people desperate to escape the dark and cold winter...

  • Emirates signs Zambia deal 

    Emirates and Proflight Zambia have signed an interline agreement that will make it easier for international passengers to reach domestic destinations throughout Zambia. Popular Zambian attractions such as the Victoria Falls – one of the Seven...

  • Pint-sized Dublin

    Fitting the great city of Dublin into a short weekend was never going to be an easy task, especially since you have to ask the locals to repeat every sentence twice or three times to make sure you’ve understood the amazing accent. As far as...

  • Tea house trekking in the Himalayas

    From the window of an alpine plane I watch the Himalayas rise to attention, the succession of peaks stretching beyond the horizon. Beneath me is a white blanket, occasionally punctuated by a dominant peak rising like an unruly bully. To the east...

  • All eyes on Rio in 2014

    Sun and samba capital Rio de Janeiro has been named the top city to visit in 2014 by Rough Guide, a world renowned guidebook publisher. All eyes will be on Rio this summer as Brazil is set to host the Fifa World Cup. And away from the samba and...

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