• The best Christmas books for travellers
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    The best Christmas books for travellers

    From journeys along the Yukon to unexpected flights of delight, Michael Kerr suggests some inspirational holiday reads.

  • Poetic landscapes on the forgotten Canary Island
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    Poetic landscapes on the forgotten Canary Island

    I’d been hiking for 40 minutes and had found myself in Yorkshire. Except it didn’t quite resemble the neighbouring county to my native Newcastle. I was surrounded by rich forests, sea cliffs, lava features and an exuberant coat of vegetation. There was also the North Atlantic Ocean stretching out before me.

  • Mariella Frostrup returns to her Caribbean childhood stamping ground after 30 years
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    Mariella Frostrup returns to her Caribbean childhood stamping ground after 30 years

    There’s a unique sumptuousness to a West Indian morning; waking heavy with sleep, after a night of vivid dreaming, the tropical heat leaving a sheen of sweat on the skin. It felt deliciously familiar as I lay in torpor, the filtered, silvery sunlight reflecting the palm fronds through shutters on to white sheets in my Bequia Beach Hotel room.

  • The small cathedral city that became an unlikely hipster hub
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    The small cathedral city that became an unlikely hipster hub

    Winchester is a small city stacked with history, as Telegraph readers are no doubt aware. For those in need of a reminder, let me run you through its milestones (deep breath): 

  • On the trail of the sloth-eating eagles of Panama
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    On the trail of the sloth-eating eagles of Panama

    It is mid-morning in Darién National Park, Panama, and I’m wilting in the rainforest heat. Three hours ago, with the ramshackle border town of Yaviza still asleep, we had boarded our motorised dugout and nudged out into the swift, dark current. Now the humid air hums with insects and sweat trickles down my back. 

  • WOW service to LA makes surprise stop in Canada as struggling airline runs out of planes
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    WOW service to LA makes surprise stop in Canada as struggling airline runs out of planes

    It has been a rollercoaster week for WOW air, the Icelandic carrier trying to make a fist of low-cost long-haul travel. Yesterday it launched its inaugural service to Delhi, making it the first budget airline to fly from Europe to India. The route, from Reykjavik to the Indian capital, was announced in May, but didn’t take off until Thursday (the first service departed 34 minutes late, but - thanks to the wonders of schedule padding - arrived 27 minutes early).

  • Paris shuts up shop for weekend of protests – but is it safe to visit?
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    Paris shuts up shop for weekend of protests – but is it safe to visit?

    Paris’s key tourist attractions will close this weekend as the prospect of fresh disturbances in the French capital looms.

  • The hidden highlights of a cruise to Canada and New England
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    The hidden highlights of a cruise to Canada and New England

    When it comes to autumn cruises along coastal New England and Maritime Canada, destinations such as Boston, Quebec and Montreal tend to hog the limelight. But, cruise companies stop at more than 30 ports, from busy cities and fishing harbours to remote off-shore islands. The reason? Because each has a tale to tell. Here are a few to pique your interest.

  • 10 of the best beach breaks with culture
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    10 of the best beach breaks with culture

    It's sometimes hard to please everyone when choosing your next holiday. Some want to lounge around in the sun all day while others want to get out and explore the local culture. Some want to do both. So if you're finding it hard to pick the perfect destination, here are ten of the best trips that combine both. 

  • Parents should still carry birth certificates despite relaxed rules, warns South Africa
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    Parents should still carry birth certificates despite relaxed rules, warns South Africa

    Parents travelling to South Africa should still carry the unabridged birth certificates of their children despite a relaxation of rules intended to end the bureaucratic nightmare endured by thousands of British families.

  • Fine food and waterside delights in France’s most civilised city
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    Fine food and waterside delights in France’s most civilised city

    Head to underrated Strasbourg for fine art, half-timbered houses and the world’s best restaurant, says Anthony Peregrine. 

  • Croatian Islands cool: 12 amazing places to stay
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    Croatian Islands cool: 12 amazing places to stay

    An insider's guide to the best hotels for Croatian Island holidays, including the top resorts, boutique and budget hotels on Brač, Hvar, Korčula and Krk.

  • Uzbekistan's €100m new ski resort already in trouble before it's even open
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    Uzbekistan's €100m new ski resort already in trouble before it's even open

    Plans to open a multi-million-Euro ski resort in Uzbekistan are already in jeopardy as the country’s fragile infrastructure poses problems for organisers, despite the ski season being about to start.

  • Porto cruise port guide
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    Porto cruise port guide

    Situated at the mouth of the Atlantic Ocean, it was from Porto that Prince Henry the Navigator set out in 1415 bound for Africa, heralding the Portuguese ‘Age of Discovery’. Modern-day Douro sailings begin and end in Portugal’s second city, which is divided in half by the waterway named ‘River of Gold’ by the Romans.

  • Hanoi cruise port guide (Halong Bay)
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    Hanoi cruise port guide (Halong Bay)

    Hanoi, Vietnam’s northern powerhouse, is a city of stark contrasts: a cacophonous riot of motorbikes competes with the idyllic calm of Confucian lake temples; Brutalist war memorials sit alongside ancient Buddhist pagodas; and Vietnamese street food spars with classic French cuisine. One of the most enchanting stops on any South East Asian cruise itinerary, Hanoi is a super-charged adrenaline fix offering a deep dive into the rich culture of Vietnam’s magnetic north.

  • Airlines warned they must put passengers on rival carriers if flights are cancelled
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    Airlines warned they must put passengers on rival carriers if flights are cancelled

    The governing body of Britain’s skies has written to the UK’s major airlines to remind them of their responsibility to pay for passengers impacted by cancellations to travel on the next available flight - even if it’s on a rival carrier.

  • 10 reasons to explore Britain's wildest corner
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    10 reasons to explore Britain's wildest corner

    Earlier this week, Airbnb revealed their top 19 destinations to visit for 2019 and among far-flung destinations such as New Zealand’s Kaikoura and the USA’s Great Smoky Mountains, sits Scotland’s Outer Hebrides.

  • 10 reasons to explore Britain's wildest corner
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    10 reasons to explore Britain's wildest corner

    Earlier this week, Airbnb revealed their top 19 destinations to visit for 2019 and among far-flung destinations such as New Zealand’s Kaikoura and the USA’s Great Smoky Mountains, sits Scotland’s Outer Hebrides.

  • Why not switching your phone to flight mode could cost you hundreds of pounds
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    Why not switching your phone to flight mode could cost you hundreds of pounds

    Air passengers have been warned they face bills of hundreds of pounds if they fail to switch to their phone’s airplane mode while in flight.

  • Everything you need to know before buying a pair of snowboard boots
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    Everything you need to know before buying a pair of snowboard boots

    From buying tips to FAQs to explanations of technical terms, here's our complete guide to snowboard boots. If you're ready to buy, check out this season's must-have snowboard boots.

  • Why the best way to absorb the culture of Vietnam and Cambodia is cruising this river
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    Why the best way to absorb the culture of Vietnam and Cambodia is cruising this river

    Vietnam and Cambodia offer a colourful culture, poignant history and verdant landscapes. These countries are ideally suited to travelling by water as many of the most rewarding experiences are tucked away in the countryside through which the Mekong River passes.

  • How conservative Malta became Europe's top LGBTQ destination in under a decade
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    How conservative Malta became Europe's top LGBTQ destination in under a decade

    In the first edition of my guidebook to Malta published in 2010, I wrote: “Malta is conservative... Attitudes to women, race, homosexuality and the disabled are all similar to those in Britain a few decades ago.” It was the only country in the Europe (excluding the Vatican City), and one of just two in the world, not to allow divorce, and I felt obliged to warn gay couples to be discreet.

  • Caribbean cruises: the ultimate guide
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    Caribbean cruises: the ultimate guide

    Essential advice for planning a Caribbean cruise on where to go, when to go, how to book, who to book with, and shore excursions.

  • Caribbean cruises: the ultimate guide
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    Caribbean cruises: the ultimate guide

    Essential advice for planning a Caribbean cruise on where to go, when to go, how to book, who to book with, and shore excursions.

  • Which city did you name the greatest on Earth?
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    Which city did you name the greatest on Earth?

    The votes have been counted, the results are in. We can reveal that the greatest city in the world is a coastal gem, lying in the shadow of a cloud-hugged mountain. Here wine flows, penguins waddle and – not too far away – majestic beasts roam.