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  • The emergency codes you’re not supposed to know about

    Some announcements, in airports and on cruise ships, signal a serious emergency. Others simply inform staff that a queasy passenger has thrown up on the top deck. Here we reveal the meaning behind the codes.

  • 10 facts you probably didn't know about Windsor Castle

    After the magnificent pomp of her funeral, Queen Elizabeth II now lies at rest with her husband and close family in the tiniest royal annexe imaginable.

  • The most romantic way to cross Europe, and why it's having a renaissance

    Snuggling between crisp clean sheets, reading by the glow of your berth light as steel wheel swishes on steel rail beneath you – for over a century, the sleeper train has been the most romantic way to cross Europe. Once commonplace, they’ve struggled in the shadow of budget airlines since the 1990s. Their nadir came in 2016, when the largest operator, Deutsche Bahn (German railways), pulled the plug on its City Night Line sleeper network, claiming it was impossible to make sleeper trains work co

  • The Portuguese city with everything – except tourists

    Lisbon might be the main draw for visitors to Portugal, but just to the east lies an alternative city break with just as much dazzling architecture, enthralling history and fine food – and a fraction of the tourists.

  • Why this Atlantic outpost is the most underrated winter-sun destination in the world

    Some countries shine brightly on the map of the world. Your eye is drawn to them before your brain has clicked into gear. The US is one of them. So is France. So is Italy, as it dangles its shapely leg down into the waters of the Mediterranean.

  • 'I blew £360k on a motorhome with its own Porsche garage'

    “I had owned a yacht for 25 years, drawn to boating because of the complete freedom it gives you,” says motorhome convert Jonathan Blizard, 59. “On a boat you have your own facilities and you don’t have to check in and out of a hotel room, so travelling life becomes much easier.”

  • The truth about American tourists

    Britons hoping to visit the US have been handed a blow after the pound fell to an all-time low against the US dollar.

  • 11 photogenic places that are still inexplicably undiscovered

    The slim crust of a new moon and the starry sweep of the Milky Way arcs above us. Slowly, wisps of cloud start to streak across the sky. “Here they come,” whispers Geir Notisnes, our photography guide. We raise our cameras in readiness and snap a long exposure at the sky. On the screen appears ethereal ribbons of emerald silk.

  • Mapped: 123 great European cities you can reach by train from London in a day

    It has been a bad few years for rail travel. Back in the heady days of February 2020, The Telegraph was touting train journeys as the perfect way to explore Europe: more enjoyable than flying, better for the environment, and increasingly efficient – with our research uncovering 124 fantastic cities that could be reached from London in a single day.

  • Introducing the most charming capital in Europe – with barely a tourist in sight

    I’m nosing around Albert Einstein’s old apartment, in the historic heart of Bern, when I have a remarkable eureka moment, a bit like Archimedes in his bath. In this humdrum flat, now converted into a small museum, Einstein came up with his theory of special relativity, which transformed our idea of time and space. Until today I’d never been able to make head nor tail of it. But here in the room where he conducted his famous thought experiments, this mindboggling concept suddenly makes perfect se

  • The reality of travelling in the most expensive country on Earth right now

    Rather than spend our spare money on new kitchens or bathroom suites, my wife Rosemary and I have long since chosen to blow what we’ve saved in full-time work by travelling. It’s an invigorating way to spend our later years, now our sons have grown up. Our favourite activity by a country mile is road trips in the extravagant beauty of the American West.

  • The best après ski in Whistler

    Whistler’s après scene starts at the bottom of the mountain once the lifts close at around 4pm, in lively places at Whistler, Blackcomb and Creekside serving big plates of snacks alongside a large variety of local beers. This is also the time to try a rye whisky and ginger ale – a Canadian classic. Cocktails are often served by the pitcher and extremely good value. Later on Whistler Village is the main focus of nightlife, and there are both rocking bars with live music, and more sophisticated wi

  • How a sailing holiday helped our autistic son overcome his fears

    As we cruised slowly towards the pontoon, leaving behind the bustling harbour filled with boats of all persuasions, from modest dinghies to Bond-style yachts and huge ferries, the Beach Boys (my request) blasted out at full volume and I watched our 10-year-old son Eddie, who is autistic, lean over to touch the glistening waves. New experiences can be difficult for autistic children and we hadn’t got off to the best of starts on our trip to the UK Sailing Academy (UKSA) on the Isle of Wight.

  • The best ski hotels in Kitzbühel

    Old coaching inns converted into four- and five-star hotels vie for space in Kitzbühel’s ancient streets alongside smart fashion boutiques and wickedly expensive cafés. But despite the resort’s diamond-studded image, the cost of a stay here can be a pleasantly reasonable surprise. Staying in the neighbouring villages of Kirchberg, Reith, Jochberg or Aurach can see prices drop even further.

  • The best après-ski bars in Kitzbühel

    Compared to the likes of Italy and France, Austria is the undisputed Alpine king of après, and one of the big attractions of Kitzbühel is its buzzing nightlife scene. During January’s Hahnenkamm races weekend, the atmosphere is particularly boisterous, with, if regulations permit, street parties and live music stages popping up within the medieval walls.

  • The best après-ski bars in Courchevel

    Whether it’s a quiet drink, a sophisticated cocktail or the chance to dance the night away, everything is possible in Courchevel. Most of the four- and five-star hotels in 1850 have sophisticated lounge bars for a quiet – if pricey – drink and it is quite possible to blow the holiday budget quickly if straying unawares into one. However there are plenty of affordable places too, in all the base villages.

  • 50 small and lovely UK hotels for less than £150 a night

    You wait two years for a minibreak then two come along at once. First, a multi-generational get-together in the Cotswolds at the Swan Inn, stone the colour of honey and set on the dreamy banks of the Windrush beside an absurdly comely bridge. The barman walked us to our room, which felt like home only nicer – roll-top bath, homemade biscuits, window flung wide on the whole delightful scene. In the morning, the rescue hens had laid eggs for breakfast.

  • 20 of Britain's loveliest holiday cottages for couples

    If you want to get away from the world for a week or two, nothing beats the sheer escapism and independence that you can find in a holiday cottage. You have no one to answer to but yourselves. You can use it as a base to explore, or a bolthole to which you can retreat. Depending on the season, you can batten down the hatches and fire up the wood burner or throw open the windows and let the country air pour in. You can cook up a storm, pick up a takeaway, or walk down to the local pub for supper.

  • The best crowd-free hikes in the UK

    Ben Nevis, Snowdon and Scafell Pike: these three soaring British peaks, the highest mountains in Wales, Scotland and England respectively, offer soul-stirring views, dramatic landscapes and a real sense of achievement when you’ve reached their summits. There's just one problem – everyone knows about them.

  • The most beautiful villages in England

    A lovely cobbled square, thatched roofs, dry stone walls, gardens brimming with rose bushes, a medieval church, the sound of a trickling steam or lapping waves at the harbour, a tea shop serving fresh scones, a friendly pub and bucket loads of community spirit – all make up the recipe for a quintessential English village.

  • The 10 best walks in the Chiltern Hills – all starting and ending at a characterful pub

    For keen walkers, the Chilterns offer the promise of an adventure playground on the doorstep of the nation’s capital, just an hour from central London. They are also a haven for flourishing wildlife populations including muntjac and fallow deer, badgers, exotic birds and butterflies (including a healthy population of the endangered Duke of Burgundy) and rare species of wildflowers.

  • The undiscovered Irish market town you need to visit

    Perched on the banks of the River Inagh in northwest County Clare, the pretty little market town of Ennistymon has long charmed all lucky enough to stumble upon it. And yet where most tourists are concerned, it remains one of western Ireland’s great undiscovered gems, which is particularly odd when you consider its neighbours: the Burren – the spectacular karst landscape that sprawls, lunar-like, for 200 square miles – and the Cliffs of Moher, both major tourist draws along the Wild Atlantic Way

  • The best après bars in Zermatt

    Expect a fun and lively après and night-time scene in this full-on resort. The action starts towards the end of the slopes in cute huts, and continues into the bustling town with everything from traditional to cosmopolitan drinking spots.

  • The best après bars in Val d'Isère

    It’s strange that the country that invented the word 'après' is generally so bad at it. Val d’Isère, however, does have the original incarnation of the on-mountain cabaret experience that is the Folie Douce. It's also home to Dick's Tea Bar, the iconic venue founded by Dick Yates-Smith in 1979.

  • The plummeting pound is a disaster for travellers – and not just those heading to the US

    Last night the pound fell almost 5pc against the US dollar to $1.0327 – its lowest position since 1971. It has recovered slightly since, to about $1.075 at the moment of writing, but it looks set for a long period of weakness against the currency. Anyone who has a holiday booked to the US in the next few weeks will obviously suffer a hefty dent in their budget. But what else will this slump in sterling mean for our holidays?

  • The paradise island nation that rivals the Maldives – but with a fraction of the tourists

    To think of the Indian Ocean is to think of a calm, turquoise sea lapping a white-sand beach. To think of a holiday there, these days, is to think of overwater villas and influencer-friendly swings. It is to think of the Maldives.