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  • Camel safari to see golden city

    Camel safari to see golden city

    India’s city of gold derives its nickname from an imposing, honey-coloured fort overlooking sandstone dwellings hemmed in by the rolling dunes of the Thar desert. “Everything is golden,” said our driver as he took us around Jaisalmer in an...

  • Tomb with a view

    Tomb with a view

    Egypt’s Minister of Antiquities Mamdouh al-Damaty last week attended the reopening of two renovated tombs in the Giza pyramids, outside Cairo. One belongs to the priest of King Khufu while the other is that of his eldest son.

  • It’s a giant step for man...

    It’s a giant step for man...

    Northern Ireland sometimes gets neglected in favour of the Celtic tiger lying to the south, but with a third of the population under 25, it’s the perfect place for freewheeling backpackers to visit. It has spectacular hiking, wild beaches and...

  • Branson opens first Virgin hotel

    Branson opens first Virgin hotel

    Hotel rooms boasting free Wi-Fi, water and yoga mats, minibars stocked with shop-priced items and bathrooms with the right lighting for putting on make-up are just some of the amenities being promised by Sir Richard Branson as he throws open the...

  • Fireworks shows keep lighting up the sky this week

    Fireworks shows keep lighting up the sky this week

    The Malta International Fireworks Festival continues this week after its opening displays in Marsaxlokk last night. This year’s show has attracted competitors from Thailand and Italy, as well as the returning champions from the UK. Following on...

  • Budget flights to Caribbean

    Low-fare airline Norwegian is to start flying from Gatwick airport to the Caribbean. The carrier will begin twice-a-week services from the British airport to San Juan in Puerto Rico in November 2015, with the introductory fare being £269 one...

  • Hunt Nessie on Street View

    Hunt Nessie on Street View

    Nessie hunters can now use Google Street View to hunt for the elusive monster. When searching in the Loch Ness area, the usual yellow Google Pegman will change to a Nessie peg-monster, giving users the power to zoom into different areas of the...

  • Turks and Caicos contain TripAdvisor’s ‘best island’

    Turks and Caicos contain TripAdvisor’s ‘best island’

    Users of travel and hospitality review website TripAdvisor have ranked Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands to be the best island in the world. The latest chart released by the website listed the top 10 around the globe and also included...

  • Emirates adds more services in West Asia

    Emirates has increased its frequencies to Dhaka, Bangladesh, and Kolkata, West Bengal, to offer its passengers in Europe, the Middle East and the US more convenient connections to West Asia. Weekly flights to Dhaka and Kolkata have increased to 21...

  • Over-50s fancy an Ab Fab trip

    Over-50s fancy an Ab Fab trip

    Many over-50s would like to have an Absolutely Fabulous time when travelling, research has found. Thirty-five per cent of people in this age group told a poll that veteran British actress Joanna Lumley would be their favourite travel companion,...

  • Castle city celebrates Magna Carta

    Castle city celebrates Magna Carta

    Standing on the top of Lincoln Castle’s Observation Tower, I held on tight out of fear I’d fall off the narrow, circular viewing platform. It’s windy up there, but an unexpected hazard was all the children running around pretending to be guards...

  • Chicago’s a hot spot as winter loosens its grip

    Chicago’s a hot spot as winter loosens its grip

    Ask any Midwesterner, and they will tell you to hurriedly pack your bags – the season to visit Chicago is nigh. The Windy City, notorious for its bone-chilling winters and months-long deep freeze, blossoms in the late spring to become a beautiful,...

  • Living with tunnel vision

    Living with tunnel vision

    These days, they carry Amtex, not AK27s. They don’t wear khaki, they prefer crinolene, but Operation Rolling Thunder is still a major pull. War is still a big draw 40 years after the recapture of Saigon and the end of the Vietnam War. So, once you...

  • Riding high in the Well of Death

    Riding high in the Well of Death

    A stuntman rides a motorcycle inside the ‘Well of Death’ attraction during a fair in Bhaktapur, Nepal.

  • Watching jellyfish dance and redwoods reach high

    Watching jellyfish dance and redwoods reach high

    “The sea is as near as we come to another world.” That quotation glows beneath a giant tank of silvery, circling fish at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. I look at my kids, standing in awe as a vast bait ball spins above them and see that they’re...

  • Fireworks show is set to delight tourists, locals

    Fireworks show is set to delight tourists, locals

    Tourism authorities are hoping the 14th Malta International Fireworks Festival will attract thousands of visitors to the island this month. The annual event, which includes displays by both Maltese and foreign pyrotechnic companies, has previously...

  • Ryanair challenge to take wingsie for €100 voucher

    Ryanair challenge to take wingsie for €100 voucher

    Ryanair has marked its new Instagram account by offering €100 flight vouchers to five people who snap their best ‘wingsie’. The budget airline’s latest social media platform will offer behind-the-scenes images, snapshots of its 190 destinations...

  • Marsaxlokk in blogger’s top 10 undiscovered spots

    Marsaxlokk in blogger’s top 10 undiscovered spots

    Marsaxlokk has made it into a list of Europe’s top undiscovered beauty spots. Blogger @21andabroad, an anonymous British man in his early 20s, listed the fishing village in his top 10 posts on his website. The tourist-friendly destination was in...

  • British island of St Helena gets ready for guests

    British island of St Helena gets ready for guests

    Plans to develop tourism in one of Britain’s most far-flung outposts are proceeding fast. Following news that air services will begin to St Helena next year comes an announcement that a new hotel is to open on the remote South Atlantic...

  • Emirates premieres film about aeroplane history

    Emirates premieres film about aeroplane history

    Emirates has hosted the in-flight premiere of National Geographic film Living in the Age of Airplanes onboard one of its double-decker A380 planes. The film, intended for IMAX, giant screen, digital and other specialty cinemas, celebrates how...

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