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  • Jet-setting children travel at earlier age

    Jet-setting children travel at earlier age

    Children are travelling far more widely, and earlier, than their parents did when they were young,a survey has shown. As many as 69 per cent of British parents said their children travelled overseas more often than they had at the same age, the...

  • Take a 9,000-year trip back in time

    Take a 9,000-year trip back in time

    Michael Roddy follows in film-makers’ footsteps to discover one of Unesco’s 2019 European Capitals of Culture, where locals still live in cave houses carved out of the limestone hillside... Italy is teeming with places that make you feel like you...

  • Best place on the market

    Best place on the market

    Looking at a map of Vietnam, you will realise that the best way to see the country is starting in one half and making your way to the other, either north to south or vice versa. Besides mainland Vietnam, visitors can always extend their stay to...

  • Charity can begin far from home

    Charity can begin far from home

    University students Chiara Testone and Matthew Cassar tell Claire Caruana how their volunteering experience abroad left an indelible impression on them. Come June, most students will be eager to get their final exams out of the way and settle into...

  • Working up a thirst on the Viking battlefield

    Working up a thirst on the Viking battlefield

    We touched horns and dedicated our deaths to St Olaf. It is good to get well and truly slaughtered now and then. Heroic, virile and unsoftened by luxurious living, the Norsemen pointed their storm-tossed sea ploughs down the great rivers of Russia...

  • Island hopping

    Island hopping

    What do you get when you mix a bit of France with exotic ingredients? A ticket to the fantasy islands of Guadeloupe, French Polynesia and Reunion Island. Mention the name of a place and our mental projector start whirring with images. It’s like a...

  • Cunard liners return to Liverpool

    Cunard liners return to Liverpool

    Thousands of people are expected to line the shores of the Mersey today as Cunard’s three flagship liners sail down the river framed by the magnificent Liverpool skyline. The Three Queens spectacle celebrates the famous shipping line’s formation...

  • Passing 48 hours in Madrid

    Passing 48 hours in Madrid

    Madrid welcomes me with an evening fiesta, the streets packed with singalong students as I land in the capital. It’s holiday time – not that the locals ever need an excuse to stay up late – and old men slumber on cafe terraces, their empty red...

  • Cruise ship hits Bermudian reef

    Cruise ship hits Bermudian reef

    A Norwegian Cruise Line ship ran aground on a reef last week after leaving Bermuda but no one was injured and the vessel was later floated off at high tide, the company said. The Norwegian Dawn was on a week-long Boston to Bermuda cruise with...

  • Ash study aims to avoid air chaos

    New discoveries about ash clouds could help predict where planes can safely fly following volcanic eruptions, researchers have said. Scientists have studied ash grains recovered from recent and previous Icelandic eruptions to compare...

  • Legoland Florida throws grand opening for hotel

    Legoland Florida throws grand opening for hotel

    Legoland Hotel at Legoland Florida Resort has opened, marking the expansion of the resort to become an immersive, multi-day experience for families. The grand opening featured thousands of colourful Lego minifigures blasting out of cannons on top...

  • Airbnb’s setback scare on rules over length of guest stay

    San Francisco may become the second California city in a month to limit length of stays arranged by accommodation services such as Airbnb, which matches people wishing to rent out all or part of their homes to temporary guests. A city committee...

  • Historic homes at risk as Nepal begins demolition

    Historic homes at risk as Nepal begins demolition

    Thousands of centuries-old homes could be demolished in Nepal’s historic cities as its government begins the long process of tearing down buildings rendered unsafe by last month’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake. More than 600 temples, statues and...

  • Think twice about best way to give a helping hand

    Think twice about best way to give a helping hand

    Volunteer Melanie Vella, who worked in Nepal before last month’s quake, explores the benefits and challenges of do-gooders entering disaster-struck areas. Devastation ripped through a country. Thousands of people lost their lives. Many more were...

  • Living history

    Living history

    Warwick Castle brings together the best of ancient and modern, marrying the history of one of England’s most famous landmarks with the best of up-to-date entertainment. Originally built by William the Conqueror in 1068, Warwick was developed in...

  • Eurovision can make the tourists go round...

    Eurovision can make the tourists go round...

    It has induced thousands of Maltese to throw Twistees at the TV when the colossal talent of our national contender is not recognised, so here’s the high notes for travellers to the five most recent song contest hosts... Vienna, Austria (2015...

  • House boat

    House boat

    Accommodation website Airbnb has set a fully-functioning floating house travelling up the river Thames. Weighing in at 70 tonnes, the home has two bedrooms, a living room, working bathroom and even a garden complete with real grass, a doghouse and...

  • Getting out of fast lane to put on the cruise control

    Getting out of fast lane to put on the cruise control

    No one reacted as the sound of a mighty horn ripped through the air:  not the swimmers, the sunbathers and certainly not the two young boys jumping into the same jacuzzi in which I was trying to relax. Lifting my sunglasses, I realised the blare...

  • TUI prepares 50-year-old travel firm for retirement

    TUI prepares 50-year-old travel firm for retirement

    The world’s largest tourism and leisure group is going to retire one of Britain’s best-known travel brands to use a single name to promote its holidays. The Thomson name, which dates back to 1965, will be ditched along with First Choice as part of...

  • Nintendo theme parks

    Mario, Donkey Kong and Link from the Zelda universe could all jump off the screen and have their own rides after Nintendo and Universal announced a collaboration. The Japanese video game maker’s popular characters and worlds will inspire future...

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