• Grape harvest season is here: 10 wine holidays to celebrate
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    Grape harvest season is here: 10 wine holidays to celebrate

    The time has come for this year's wine harvest (in the northern hempisphere at least), and we've unearthed some of the best spots to go and sample grapes.

  • 8 boutique boltholes in Manchester, including former textile warehouses and quirky cocktail bars
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    8 boutique boltholes in Manchester, including former textile warehouses and quirky cocktail bars

    Manchester is a city with a swagger that isn’t afraid to do things differently. It's known for its outstanding music and sport, arts venues that host innovative events such as the Manchester International Festival, its thriving restaurant scene that offers everything from fine dining to a hip hop chip shop, and its trendy neighbourhoods are bursting with creativity. This originality is shown in its imaginative independent hotels too, where the personal touch will make a stay feel special. From an indulgent retreat with an infinity spa-pool and a glitzy theatrical hotel, to a trendy former textile warehouse with treats galore, here’s our pick of Manchester’s finest boutique hotels.

  • The stand-up comic turned cruise director whose show is making waves
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    The stand-up comic turned cruise director whose show is making waves

    "The bottom-line moral of the story is you don’t give up,” Vicki Van Tassel, the Colorado-born cruise director of Viking Jupiter tells me while we sail under Norway’s midnight sun.

  • Hotels to sigh for: 30 incredible places to stay with star quality
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    Hotels to sigh for: 30 incredible places to stay with star quality

    I have only ever cried on leaving one hotel. Granted, it was my honeymoon, and granted, I had planned the entire trip around whether or not I could book a ­couple of nights at what had become, in my mind, the pinnacle of all hotel stays. I spent many nights in the doldrums of ­wedding accounting, dreaming about the day it would all be over and I could finally dip my feet in the legendary swimming pool of La Colombe d’Or in Provence with a glass of rosé in hand. And I had to dream about it, because the hotel has never had any social ­media presence, and its website gives nothing away, save for a phone number and email address (the only method of booking). It more than lived up to expectations: I sunbathed next to a modern art sculpture, drank champagne on the roof, and ate soufflé under twinkling lamp-strewn trees wearing my backup wedding dress. I stayed at another beautiful hotel on my honeymoon, but it wasn’t the same. It too was a cool, classy and totally romantic place to stay, but everyone was documenting how cool, classy and ­totally romantic it was to post on Instagram – and it ruined the vibe.

  • From cosy corners to country kitchens: 10 stylish hotels that feel like home
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    From cosy corners to country kitchens: 10 stylish hotels that feel like home

    Why would you go on holiday just to feel like you are at home? It's a reasonable question, yet an increasing number of stressed-out travellers are seeking out places to stay that are undoubtedly sleek but manage to evoke that warm, comforting feeling of being at home - the stillness, the privacy, an atmosphere that encourages you to spread out, find a quiet corner or wander into the kitchen and help yourself to treats from the fridge. Hotels are plugging into this trend by focusing on cosy common areas, connecting with their building’s history or even doing away with traditional payment methods. Here, we round up hotels that capture that elusive feeling of total relaxation, from a quietly elegant riad in Marrakech to a deluxe one-room concept hotel in Tokyo. It's time to make yourself at home.

  • Ryanair strikes: how do I know if my flight is affected and can I claim compensation?
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    Ryanair strikes: how do I know if my flight is affected and can I claim compensation?

    Ryanair passengers across the UK are on tenter hooks as they await news of whether their flight will be disrupted by the industrial action of the carrier's British pilots.

  • Five creative ways to spend £1,000 on your next holiday
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    Five creative ways to spend £1,000 on your next holiday

    You've got itchy feet and £1,000 to burn. Here are five very different ways to do it...

  • Head for heights? 10 of the world's most exhilarating aerial adventures
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    Head for heights? 10 of the world's most exhilarating aerial adventures

    Death-defying and spectacular, we select 10 great rides to try in Europe.

  • How Saga's Spirit of Discovery made for a decadent voyage around Britain
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    How Saga's Spirit of Discovery made for a decadent voyage around Britain

    Dressed in sequined cocktail dresses, bow ties and tails, the crowd on the upper deck gazed towards the elaborate fireworks display that heralded our departure before Dover’s white cliffs began to fade behind into the distance.

  • Bed down in Buenos Aires: The best hotels for a romantic break in the 'Paris of Latin America'
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    Bed down in Buenos Aires: The best hotels for a romantic break in the 'Paris of Latin America'

    Argentines take amor very seriously and BA is not short on romantic places to sleep, eat and drink; indeed, there’s a whole category of hotel, known as the 'albergue transitorio' (short-stay guesthouse) designed for lovers in need of a room for two hours or more. The following highly selective list is intended for those who want to spend time with their partners at their hotels as well as out and about in the city. All have sumptuous suites and either gardens or patios that are quiet and secluded, and deliver excellent wine and food or know where you need to go. While some hotels might look flashy, they're ideal for fun-loving couples who like a bit of heavy velvet and bling. Ask for the older, grander rooms if you choose the Duhau – they have the architectural edge on those in the newer tower across the lawned terraces.

  • London to Sydney flights step nearer as Qantas runs tests on human impact
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    London to Sydney flights step nearer as Qantas runs tests on human impact

    Quantas will test run direct flights from London to Sydney and New York to Sydney later this year to see how the lengthy journeys will affect crew and passengers.

  • How flying can make you ill - and 4 ways you can avoid catching a bug
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    How flying can make you ill - and 4 ways you can avoid catching a bug

    It’s a holiday tale as old as time. A longed-for break is planned, security queues navigated, you even manage to squeak past a surprise cabin baggage weight check - then you land in sunny Spain with the sniffles.

  • How my 'friend's' Amazon dream trip became a move to Prague
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    How my 'friend's' Amazon dream trip became a move to Prague

    I have a slightly unfortunate friend called David. This friend David – not his real name – always had on his desk a little motto: “CONTROL YOUR DESTINY, OR SOMEONE ELSE WILL!”

  • Sleek white spaces and roof terraces: The best boutique hotels in Malaga
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    Sleek white spaces and roof terraces: The best boutique hotels in Malaga

    From Picasso to the Pompidou to the portside street-art-savvy Soho area, Málaga’s blossoming arts scene has firmly established itself as a highlight among Andalucía’s cultural riches. Meanwhile, terrific age-old tapas haunts and weathered seafood shacks mingle with glossy Michelin stars and avant-garde espresso specialists on the city’s always-lively food-and-drink scene. Fittingly, a flurry of originally designed boutique-inspired properties now offers a stylish, personal introduction to Andalucía’s sunniest city – whether your vibe is a minimal-chic, won’t-break-the-bank poshtel, a jazzed-up Art Deco jewel or an intimate bolthole overlooking Roman ruins. Here's our pick of the best boutique hotels in Málaga.

  • The Amazon is burning: Why South America’s leaders are wrong about the 'lungs of the planet'
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    The Amazon is burning: Why South America’s leaders are wrong about the 'lungs of the planet'

    Artisanal fishermen sat patiently on their dugouts through the heat of the afternoon, waiting for something in the murky brown waters to shift: an eddy here, a telltale bubble there, a flash of interest from a beady-eyed egret. Some repaired nets. A few took naps in the shade of a cecropia tree. Others hewed the armour-plated catfish they’d caught earlier, scraping out what flesh they could for soup.

  • Funchal, gateway to the 'green pearl' of the Atlantic – an expert guide
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    Funchal, gateway to the 'green pearl' of the Atlantic – an expert guide

    The ‘Garden Island’ of Madeira is a lush subtropical paradise like no other and it was a firm favourite of Winston Churchill, who came here to paint and to escape. Cruise into the capital of Funchal and explore a graceful city that is the perfect gateway to the island’s bountiful charms.

  • Ryanair strikes: how do I know if my flight is affected and can I claim compensation?
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    Ryanair strikes: how do I know if my flight is affected and can I claim compensation?

    Ryanair passengers across the UK are on tenter hooks as they await news of whether their flight will be disrupted by the industrial action of the carrier's British pilots.

  • 48 hours in. . . Austin, an insider guide to the weird and wonderful capital of Texas
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    48 hours in. . . Austin, an insider guide to the weird and wonderful capital of Texas

    The capital city of Texas is a lively and eclectic metropolis, where tech entrepreneurs rub elbows with musicians and artists, and hippies who have lived here since the Sixties sit on barstools next to recent hipster transplants. They have one thing in common: a mission to 'Keep Austin Weird'. Situated in the heart of Texas Hill Country, the city is cradled in a beautiful natural environment that draws outdoors lovers, especially bikers, hikers and watersports enthusiasts.

  • 48 hours in . . . Sicily, an insider guide to Italy's island of rich history, food and culture
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    48 hours in . . . Sicily, an insider guide to Italy's island of rich history, food and culture

    Through the ages Sicily has been a crossroads and crucible of Mediterranean culture. The island today is a fascinating palimpsest, its history and abundant natural wonders ensuring that there’s something for everyone: the historic cities of Palermo, Catania and Siracusa; the Etna region with its volcanic landscapes, fertile wine country and picture-perfect Taormina; Ragusa, Modica and the other honey-hued Baroque towns of the south; the Greek temples of Agrigento, Selinunte and Segesta; Roman sites like Piazza Armerina; miles of sandy beaches and secret rocky coves. And don’t get us started on the food – from the couscous of Trapani to the pastries of Noto, it’s a reason to visit in itself.

  • 48 hours in. . . Corfu, an insider guide to the queen of the Ionian
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    48 hours in. . . Corfu, an insider guide to the queen of the Ionian

    Corfu has long enticed conquerors and holidaymakers with its intoxicating mix of historical monuments, lush hillsides, blue skies, sand and pebble beaches and calm, azure waters. British and French influences can be seen in Corfu’s atmospheric Old Town – however, it’s obvious that the Venetians, who stayed around for 400 years, exerted the greatest sociocultural impact on the island.

  • 48 hours in. . . Devon, an insider guide to the land of coasts and countryside
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    48 hours in. . . Devon, an insider guide to the land of coasts and countryside

    Holidays in Devon are simple, wholesome and old-fashioned. A visit here mixes two of life’s loveliest pleasures: delicious food and the great outdoors. Most visitors are drawn to the magnificent beaches on the north and south coasts, but inland has its appeal, too: Dartmoor and Exmoor are vast rocky plateaux offering solitude and big skies, while the gentler, Friesian-filled fields of mid-Devon hide clusters of thatched villages, meandering rivers and thickly wooded cleaves.

  • 48 hours in . . . Mykonos, an insider guide to Greece's most glamorous party island
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    48 hours in . . . Mykonos, an insider guide to Greece's most glamorous party island

    It feels as if the wider world has only recently ‘discovered’ Mykonos, now mentioned in the same breathy terms as Ibiza or Miami – yet it has appealed to A-list celebrities and those who embrace an alternative lifestyle since the Fifties and Sixties. Back then, those stars included Brigitte Bardot and Jackie Onassis; today you’re more likely to find Kim Kardashian and Lindsay Lohan. But despite being commonly held to be among the most expensive, and exclusive, Greek islands, it holds enduring appeal.

  • 48 hours in. . . Cornwall, an insider guide to England's wild west
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    48 hours in. . . Cornwall, an insider guide to England's wild west

    Cornwall is on everyone’s lips these days. Those lingering shots of wild moorland, Grecian blue sea and soft pale sand in every episode of the BBC’s Poldark have drawn visitors from around the world. Despite such popularity the county retains its cloak of tradition and sense of isolation. Yet hidden behind the stone walls of farmhouses and fishermen’s cottages are stylish apartments and restaurants where acclaimed chefs serve up the finest seafood.

  • A timeline of overtourism: key moments in global battle between locals and travellers
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    A timeline of overtourism: key moments in global battle between locals and travellers

    In the past two years, the problems surrounding mass tourism have intensified at major destinations (as well as some less expected ones) around the world, prompting Telegraph Travel’s successful campaign for dictionaries to shortlist “overtourism” as their 2018 Word of the Year.

  • Luxury cruise ship puts in huge order for Greggs sausage rolls as a 'culinary highlight' of British food
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    Luxury cruise ship puts in huge order for Greggs sausage rolls as a 'culinary highlight' of British food

    Greggs’ famous sausage rolls have become a culinary delicacy – a must-try for foodie travellers, it would seem.