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  • Falling hard for foliage

    Falling hard for foliage

    As autumn turns deciduous trees from green to brown via red, yellow and orange, Kevin Pilley discovers the world of obsessive ‘leaf peepers’. “I’m a mixed hardwood guy,” Greg confessed. “I’m really into my sumacs especially. And the wife’s just...

  • Remembering 9/11

    Remembering 9/11

    A woman watches the Tribute in Light illuminated on the skyline of lower Manhattan during events marking the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Centre in Jersey City, New Jersey, US, earlier this week. Until a few months ago,...

  • Travel briefs

    Travel briefs

    UK tourists are flocking to destinations where the pound is strong against the local currency, according to a survey. Based on currency sales, Brazil, Vietnam and Hungary are the most-popular spots for holidays, the survey from Post Office Travel...

  • Love and laughter come for free

    Love and laughter come for free

    Volunteers Ryan Callus and Maria Stivala did not know what to expect during a three-week missionary trip in Kenya, but found themselves welcomed with smiles and open arms, which gave Ryan a romantic idea… It’s a quiet, sunny afternoon and we are...

  • Air Malta safety video is all right thanks to knight

    Air Malta safety video is all right thanks to knight

    A Knight of St John is the star of Air Malta’s new in-flight safety video, rolled out onboard its Airbus A320 and A319 fleets. The cartoon knight, clad in silver armour, takes passengers through all the procedures that ensure safety aboard,...

  • Summer boost for low-cost airlines

    Summer boost for low-cost airlines

    Rival low-fare airlines easyJet and Ryanair both carried an increased number of passengers last month. More than 6.61 million people travelled on easyJet flights in August 2014 – an 8.4 per cent rise on the total for August 2013 – while Ryanair’s...

  • Nature groups glad ‘Boris Island’ UK airport ditched

    Nature groups glad ‘Boris Island’ UK airport ditched

    British nature experts have hailed the decision last week to drop plans for an airport in a “wildlife hotspot” which is home to tens of thousands of birds each winter. The move by the UK government-appointed Airports Commission to reject the...

  • No more ‘bucket list’ for Malaysia Airlines

    No more ‘bucket list’ for Malaysia Airlines

    Malaysia Airlines has changed the wording of an online contest called ‘My Ultimate Bucket List’ after internet users derided the campaign as insensitive following two disasters suffered by the airline this year that claimed 537 lives. A bucket...

  • Virgin to axe four long-haul routes in profit bid

    Virgin to axe four long-haul routes in profit bid

    British airline Virgin Atlantic Airways is to scrap some routes as part of a long-term plan to achieve record profitability by 2018. The plan also sees a new daily service starting between London and the US city of Detroit, as well as increased...

  • Enjoy plain sailing from one season to the next

    Enjoy plain sailing from one season to the next

    Autumn in the US is renowned for its gorgeous colours, as trees shed their leaves and make streets look like film sets. While the sun continues to shine on Malta well into October, cruisers can see mother nature put on one of her best shows with...

  • More than a thriller in Manila

    More than a thriller in Manila

    Despite recent typhoons, volcanic eruptions and unrest in the south, Helen Raine encourages budget travellers to consider the Philippines with an exciting four-week itinerary. The Philippines is often overlooked as a backpacker destination, making...

  • Feather in his snap

    Feather in his snap

    An “extraordinary” shot of a greylag goose under a stormy London sky has won this year’s British Wildlife Photography Awards. The picture, by Lee Acaster from Wortham, Suffolk, captures the goose in close-up by the Thames with part of the London...

  • Living history in Lebanon

    Living history in Lebanon

    Some travellers want to see history, others want to live it. In Lebanon, a slice of land between the Mediterranean and war-ravaged Syria, you can do a lot of both. At the Roman ruins of Baalbek, some of the best-preserved in the world, you can...

  • Eat, pray, dance, surf and then fall in love with Bali

    Eat, pray, dance, surf and then fall in love with Bali

    In a backpacker’s not-so-budget dream, where adventure meets Asian luxury, Melanie Vella explores the land of sacred sites and sandy beaches. After spending four months backpacking through India on a shoestring budget, the Indonesian province of...

  • Air show boosts orders for planes and engines

    The British aviation industry orders have reached record levels last month, boosted by the Farnborough Air Show. Firm orders for a total of 650 aircraft and 1,000 aircraft engines were made in July; an all-time monthly high, said aerospace,...

  • Cornish town is priciest UK seaside spot

    Cornish town is priciest UK seaside spot

    Cornwall is home to the most expensive seaside resort in the UK, according to a survey from Cheaprooms.co.uk. The poll specifically established the 20 most expensive destinations in the UK based on the cost of lodging during August, the main...

  • Half-price flights to Dubai and Cyprus with Emirates

    Half-price flights to Dubai and Cyprus with Emirates

    Emirates is offering half-price return economy fares from Malta to Cyprus and Dubai for the next fortnight. Business and leisure passengers can save 50 per cent on flights to Larnaca and Dubai between tomorrow and September 15, on the condition...

  • Capital’s shabby-chic charm

    Capital’s shabby-chic charm

    Following friendly advice, Michel Rizzo is mesmerised by Lisbon’s ‘old Europe’ appeal and immediately gets the impression something great once happened there Lisbon, or Lisboa in Portuguese, had been on my ‘want to visit’ list for a long time,...

  • Scents in the city

    Scents in the city

    Cities, some more than others, have their own distinct odour. Veronica Stivala explores the pongs and shares some tips on how to enjoy ‘smell travel’. Anyone who has ever visited Edinburgh will recall the distinct smell of hops as you enter from...

  • Travel briefs

    Travel briefs

    Ryanair has targeted corporate travellers by launching its version of ‘business class’ earlier this week. Benefits of the budget airline’s new Business Plus fares include the flexibility to change tickets on the day of travel, 20kg check-in bag...

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