• The Game of Thrones effect – how the TV series changed how we travel
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    The Game of Thrones effect – how the TV series changed how we travel

    Few television series have had such a profound impact on tourism as HBO’s fantasy epic Game of Thrones.

  • Can Scotland really make it as a whale-watching destination?
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    Can Scotland really make it as a whale-watching destination?

    The notion of four seasons in a day has no bearing in western Scotland. Four seems far too few. I have just arrived on Mull, the second largest island of the Inner Hebrides, and already I’ve experienced a spectrum of weather in less than an hour.

  • Share your memories of a holiday in Portugal for the chance to win a £500 GIC The Villa Collection voucher
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    Share your memories of a holiday in Portugal for the chance to win a £500 GIC The Villa Collection voucher

    This Sunday's print cover story celebrated the varied coastline of Portugal. We'd like you to tell us about your own travel experiences in this diverse country, whether it was a beach, golf or sailing holiday in the Algarve, a cultural trip to Lisbon, a wine tour in the Douro Valley, a river cruise from Porto or a culinary journey in the Alentejo. The reader who sends in the best entry wins a £500 voucher.

  • Tourism in Hawaii has reached 'tipping point', say experts
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    Tourism in Hawaii has reached 'tipping point', say experts

    Tourism in Hawaii has reached “tipping point”, experts from the University of Hawaii have warned, as annual visitor numbers reach ten million on the small Pacific archipelago.

  • Where is Fleabag filmed and can I visit the guinea pig cafe?
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    Where is Fleabag filmed and can I visit the guinea pig cafe?

    We're halfway into the long-awaited second series of Fleabag, with fans deeply invested in Phoebe Waller-Bridge's central character as she meanders around London, flirting, stealing, cackling and crying.

  • 48 hours in... Mexico City, an insider guide to this good-time megalopolis
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    48 hours in... Mexico City, an insider guide to this good-time megalopolis

    Mexico City, familiar to all as the most populous city in the western hemisphere, is a lot more than that. The crossroads of ancient cultures, it has a storied past, with Aztec ruins embedded in the modern city’s fabric. The key northern seat of the Spanish conquest, it has a cultural and historical heft rarely encountered in Latin America: its mighty cathedral, many churches, civic palaces and grand plazas have survived earthquakes and waves of urban reinvention. It’s home to some of the most impressive art galleries in the Americas, a world-class archaeological museum, stunning modern and contemporary architecture and a thriving nightlife. Mexico is famed for its rich culinary traditions, and the capital offers visitors the very best street food, cantinas and fine dining.

  • San Francisco, California's Golden City – an expert guide
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    San Francisco, California's Golden City – an expert guide

    Romantic and beautiful, San Francisco has been the backdrop for many of the world’s favourite films, such as Bullitt and Mrs Doubtfire. The reality is even better, from the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz to cable cars and fog. With great restaurants, shopping and museums, this is a five-star destination.

  • Almost 60 years after Rudolf Nureyev's dramatic defection, where hosts the best ballet – Russia or Paris?
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    Almost 60 years after Rudolf Nureyev's dramatic defection, where hosts the best ballet – Russia or Paris?

    Last week I saw a preview of Ralph Fiennes’ new film about Rudolf Nureyev. The White Crow – which went on general release today – focuses mainly on the dancer’s early career in Leningrad and his tour to Paris with the Kirov ballet, which ended with his dramatic defection at Le Bourget airport in 1961.

  • The curious and chequered history of cities named after people
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    The curious and chequered history of cities named after people

    It can be tricky when someone is leaving a job they have done for a long time. They have been an important member of the team, putting in long hours, and making important decisions at key moments. You want to mark the fact that their departure is going to drive a big hole through the day-to-day functions of your place of work.

  • Cruise ship review: MS Fram
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    Cruise ship review: MS Fram

    A nimble expedition ‘basecamp’ designed to bring guests closer to nature and named after the famous 19th-century wooden schooner Fridtjof Nansen and Roald Amundsen used on their polar expeditions. It has a 318-passenger capacity and 127 cabins.

  • A welcoming coastal city and a cultural powerhouse – an expert guide to Santos and São Paulo
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    A welcoming coastal city and a cultural powerhouse – an expert guide to Santos and São Paulo

    Latin America’s largest port, Santos is all about container ships. A map shows the proximity of São Paulo (50 miles inland), a major economic and cultural powerhouse. Santos is an easily overlooked but welcoming coastal city. If you embark or disembark here or get the chance to stop for half a day, enjoy its lively promenade, beaches and football and coffee museums.

  • The world's greatest delivery service? How Mumbai's dabbawalas send home-cooked meals to 200,000 a day
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    The world's greatest delivery service? How Mumbai's dabbawalas send home-cooked meals to 200,000 a day

    Like millions who come into Mumbai to work each day, Santosh Apte’s life is pretty humdrum. In fact, a bit of actual humming or drumming might enliven it. Apte works in India’s commercial megalopolis for a company exporting saris. 

  • Troubled times have no borders – so it's time we returned to Egypt
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    Troubled times have no borders – so it's time we returned to Egypt

    Two weekends ago, I climbed into a car on the west bank of the river Nile in Cairo, and embarked on what I knew might be a dangerous journey. It was 6am when I stepped out of the hotel, but the morning smog that often cloaks the Egyptian capital was already there, scratching at my every breath.

  • 40 amazing facts about Big Ben – as its clock takes on a new colour
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    40 amazing facts about Big Ben – as its clock takes on a new colour

    The latest development in the ongoing renovations of Big Ben is a colour swap – changing the clock face from black to blue in keeping with its original design.

  • Avalanche reports: what is the risk in the French Alps this week?
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    Avalanche reports: what is the risk in the French Alps this week?

    Staying safe when skiing or snowboarding in the mountains is crucial – an important part of that is being aware of the risk of avalanche where you are, being prepared when heading off piste, and knowing what to do should an avalanche happen.

  • The Falkland Islands' very British capital – an expert guide to Port Stanley
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    The Falkland Islands' very British capital – an expert guide to Port Stanley

    The UK’s most eccentric colonial outpost, Stanley is the very British “capital” of a wild archipelago in the South Atlantic that looks a lot like Argentine Patagonia. Wind-lashed in winter, it’s pleasantly temperate in the main cruise season (November to April) and has historic attractions as well as homely pubs and places to eat.

  • Europe's first underwater restaurant has opened in Norway – and is fully booked for six months
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    Europe's first underwater restaurant has opened in Norway – and is fully booked for six months

    You can do pretty much anything you like in Europe. Ski, surf, sandboard, explore Roman ruins, climb volcanoes, admire fine art in the company of cats, sleep in a castle, and spot bears, wolves, whales and dolphins. Now you can also eat in an underwater restaurant.

  • 6 unmissable London hotel pop-ups for spring, from Mother's Day brunches to cherry blossom cocktails
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    6 unmissable London hotel pop-ups for spring, from Mother's Day brunches to cherry blossom cocktails

    Springtime is when London hotel pop-ups kick into high gear, embracing warmer weather, longer days and special occasions such as Mother’s Day and Easter. Some hotels have opened up their rooftops for brunching, while others have transformed their afternoon tea menus to match the blooming nature outside. Here are six events you shouldn’t miss, whether you’re looking for a Mother’s Day treat or simply to celebrate the new season.

  • 10 incredible boutique hotels in Edinburgh, from riotously Rococo bedrooms to Michelin-starred restaurants with rooms
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    10 incredible boutique hotels in Edinburgh, from riotously Rococo bedrooms to Michelin-starred restaurants with rooms

    Edinburgh thoroughly deserves its reputation as one of the most beautiful and fascinating cities in the world. Of course, you can’t think of Edinburgh without thinking of the International Festival, Fringe and Hogmanay, but it also has its year-round thriving café culture, vibrant and varied nightlife, great shopping and a strong contemporary arts scene. Charming too, are the independent hotels that invite visitors to enjoy the intimate and more personal side to Scotland's vibrant heart. From Gothic-revival love nests and Art Deco ships, to Michelin-starred restaurants with rooms, here's our pick of the Edinburgh's finest boutique hotels - perfect for those who like the small things in life.

  • 48 hours in . . . Barcelona, an insider guide to Gaudi's playground
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    48 hours in . . . Barcelona, an insider guide to Gaudi's playground

    Barcelona combines everything that is most charming about Mediterranean cities – a relaxed pace, months of endless sunshine, unbeatable food – with the cultural and design clout of almost any city in the cold north.

  • 15 music festivals worth travelling for this summer (and with tickets still available)
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    15 music festivals worth travelling for this summer (and with tickets still available)

    The best rock and pop festivals on foreign shores, including options in Spain, France, Portugal and Scandinavia.

  • Auschwitz forced to ask visitors not to use railway tracks as 'balance beam'
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    Auschwitz forced to ask visitors not to use railway tracks as 'balance beam'

    The Auschwitz Museum has issued a plea to visitors to the former concentration camp to respect the memory of the dead, chastising people who upload photos on social media of them balancing on the railway.

  • How to surf down a volcano - and other notes from dazzling Nicaragua
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    How to surf down a volcano - and other notes from dazzling Nicaragua

    Black howler monkeys grumbled in the soursop tree. Long-toed jacana and purple gallinules padded around the lilies. Herons and egrets squabbled in the frothing tideline on the lake’s edge. No ordinary lake, mind you – Lake Nicaragua, only slightly smaller than Titicaca and, when we visited, a wind-worried inland sea of rolling waves.

  • Flat Earthers plan 'big, bold' cruise to ‘edge of the world’
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    Flat Earthers plan 'big, bold' cruise to ‘edge of the world’

    Conspiracy theorists are organising a cruise to Antarctica to prove that Earth is flat. Details are vague at the moment but it is understood the voyage will be a round trip.

  • Eurostar warns passengers not to travel to France until April
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    Eurostar warns passengers not to travel to France until April

    Eurostar has warned passengers not to travel to Paris until next month as the chaos caused by work-to-rule industrial action by French custom officials looks to stretch into April.