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  • Entertainment vs ethics at SeaWorld park

    Entertainment vs ethics at SeaWorld park

    I swore I wouldn’t go to SeaWorld during my San Diego visit. The amusement value of watching a trainer ‘ride’ a dolphin is non-existent for any educated person and ditto to seeing ethereal beluga whales in a pool barely bigger than a swimming...

  • Cruise tips to float your boat

    Cruise tips to float your boat

    Twenty-seven per cent of cruisers are last-minute planners, booking within weeks of their trip, while 33 per cent book a few months out, according to a poll. More than a third of respondents (40 per cent) are more organised and make reservations...

  • Feeling long in the tooth

    Feeling long in the tooth

    Horror stories of receiving health treatment in India means that the experience is not on most travellers’ bucket lists, but Melanie Vella relates the crowning glory of her unavoidable visit to a rural dentist. Initially, the slight pain at the...

  • Latitude’s on the right lines

    Latitude’s on the right lines

    Music-lover Natalie Bowen spent a weekend at a music festival to see some top bands, comedians, storytellers... and its famous multi-coloured sheep. “Please don’t rain, please don’t rain, please don’t rain” was the mantra running through my head...

  • Virgin, Emirates reroute over Iraq

    Virgin Atlantic has joined Emirates and some other airlines in deciding not to fly over Iraq due to safety concerns. The UK carrier’s move follows fears that insurgents could strike again at passenger planes following the downing of the Malaysia...

  • From Paris to Barcelona

    From Paris to Barcelona

    Wearied by planes, Stephen Bailey explores two of Europe’s most attractive cities in a single day by travelling on a high-speed train – and enjoys the view with a bottle of red. The TGV accelerates out of Paris, leaving the city of romance behind...

  • Flying through an underwater forest

    Flying through an underwater forest

    Scuba diving through a kelp forest is a unique experience, not unlike flying through oversized grass. As the currents make the long, green tendrils of this massive form of seaweed sway and dance, small fish dart out of their hiding places and a...

  • Tips for hoteliers: what about bad evaluations?

    Tips for hoteliers: what about bad evaluations?

    Hotel evaluations on the internet are gaining in importance in the final selection of a planned travel destination. Very often a negative evaluation online means that the person looking to book decides on an altern-ative hotel. The international...

  • A stronger pound cuts hotspot prices

    A stronger pound cuts hotspot prices

    A stronger pound and price cuts in foreign resorts are making family trips to European hotspots up to 31 per cent cheaper this summer, says a Post Office Travel Money survey. Best-value holidays are to Spain’s Costa del Sol and to Bulgaria, while...

  • Paris, London and Kylie

    Paris, London and Kylie

    Magnum is celebrating its 25th birthday by giving out 25 prizes in a summer-long online competition called Magnum Moments, the ultimate prize being a trip for two to Paris and then London to watch Kylie Minogue in concert in September. “Pop...

  • Singapore tells airlines to review conflict zone risk

    Singapore tells airlines to review conflict zone risk

    Singapore’s civil aviation authority has asked airlines based in the city-state to review their risk assessment of conflict zones following the shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines jetliner over Ukraine last week. The deaths of nearly 300...

  • 2m Britons to join summer getaway

    2m Britons to join summer getaway

    More than two million Britons are heading overseas as the summer holiday getaway gathers pace. Spain is the number one destination for those hitting continent-al hotspots, according to travel organisation Abta. Bookings to Greece and Turkey have...

  • Air Malta, Etihad Airways extend code-sharing deal

    Air Malta, Etihad Airways extend code-sharing deal

    Air Malta and Etihad Airways have expanded their code-share agreement to provide tra-vellers with improved connections between Europe, the GCC region and Australia. The two airlines extended their partnership to coincide with the recent launch of...

  • Emirates launches its fourth daily flight to S. Africa

    Emirates launches its fourth daily flight to S. Africa

    Emirates will be introducing a fourth daily flight between Dubai and Johannesburg from October 26, lifting to seven the number of daily flights to South Africa. The addition boosts Emirates’ total number of scheduled flights between the two...

  • Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Yoga

    Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Yoga

    Rishikesh is a spirituality sweet shop, with enough ashrams, yoga schools, white-water rafting companies and vegan restaurants to satisfy all tastes. Melanie Vella followed in the footsteps of The Beatles, who stayed in Rishikesh in the 1960s to...

  • A savvier Santiago puts itself on the tourist map

    A savvier Santiago puts itself on the tourist map

    Ignored for years, Chile’s capital is finally starting to open up to the world and offer something to curious visitors, as Alexandra Ulmer discovers. The city of Santiago, tucked under the towering Andes, cut off in the north by the world’s driest...

  • War and beauty aren’t Poles apart in Poznan

    War and beauty aren’t Poles apart in Poznan

    Death and destruction haunt its history but Stephen Bailey finds Polish resilience is fortified by prayer and vodka when he explores one of the country’s oldest cities. Incense seems to be seeping through the walls, filling the baroque church with...

  • Sunny weather draws tourists

    Sunny weather draws tourists

    Tourists and office workers in Festival Gardens enjoy the warm weather as they eat their lunch in the shadow of St Paul’s Cath-edral, London.

  • A Maasai family and me

    A Maasai family and me

    Doing volunteer work with children while living with a Maasai tribe can be a life-enhancing experience for everyone involved. Svetlana Busuttil shares the story of her unforgettable time in Africa with Melanie Vella. From an early age, Svetlana...

  • Youths’ project will blast into orbit

    Youths’ project will blast into orbit

    Hundreds of young Scots have taken part in a week-long space school run by former Nasa astronauts. About 200 pupils aged 14 to 17 from Renfrewshire joined Mission Discovery, an international educational programme brought to Scotland for the first...

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