• The Mekong river cruise guide
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    The Mekong river cruise guide

    At 4,350 km (2,703 miles), the Mekong river is the longest in south-east Asia. The Upper Mekong rises in China’s Qinghai and flows through the eastern part of the Tibet Autonomous Region and Yunnan province. The Lower Mekong forms part of the border between Myanmar (Burma) and Laos, and between Laos and Thailand.

  • 'Imagine losing your job because you got married' – 93-year-old Ethel Pattison recalls a lifetime in air travel
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    'Imagine losing your job because you got married' – 93-year-old Ethel Pattison recalls a lifetime in air travel

    If you have the strength to have made it to 93 years old, you are likely to have seen a lot in your lifetime – the waxing and waning of eras, fresh tastes in music and fashion, the rise of new technologies to replace devices that were once themselves clever innovations.

  • Discover the best of Shanghai: 10 amazing things to do
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    Discover the best of Shanghai: 10 amazing things to do

    Shanghai has a pulse-quickening energy like no other Chinese city – and more than enough attractions to keep you busy for a week, or maybe even two. Here Telegraph destination expert Lee Cobaj tells you how to get the best out of your break, from strolling the Former French Concession in search of dim sum and going on the hunt for a spouse in People's Park, to insider tips on scaling one of the world's tallest buildings to what to do on a rainy day.

  • A fifty-something mum on how she survived her first ski holiday - in the wake of her teenage son
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    A fifty-something mum on how she survived her first ski holiday - in the wake of her teenage son

    My first lesson was a nightmare. I couldn’t get the skis on without falling over, I couldn’t do the most basic first task of pushing myself across the snow with my poles and, being a woman with a traditional figure, when I fell over, I couldn’t get up (those videos I had watched of how to expertly lift yourself off the piste with the grace of Darcy Bussell using only a sneaky push of the ski poles are a cruel fantasy).

  • Why you should visit Alexandria, the new home of Amazon
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    Why you should visit Alexandria, the new home of Amazon

    Lisa Schumaier hands me a bright red gum ball and watches as I chew. It softens and I pluck it from my mouth. It’s now an earthy pink.

  • France steps up security at Christmas markets – but is it safe to visit?
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    France steps up security at Christmas markets – but is it safe to visit?

    Security at Christmas markets in France will be bolstered over the festive period as the country raised its terror alert to the highest level in the wake of a shooting in Strasbourg.

  • 48 hours in . . . Paris, an insider guide to the City of Lights
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    48 hours in . . . Paris, an insider guide to the City of Lights

    The uniform sandstone of the Haussmann buildings, the abundance of gilded historic monuments, and the glimmering Seine and its elegant bridges have arguably made Paris the most recognisable and romanticised cityscape in the world. But though the city wears its history – of monarchy, revolution, revolt and artistic innovation – with characteristic style, it is also increasingly looking to the future and outwards to the rest of the world.

  • Britain has more coastline than Brazil – but which country has the most seaside?
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    Britain has more coastline than Brazil – but which country has the most seaside?

    Love to be beside the seaside? Then you won't be disappointed in the destinations that appear in darker colours on the map below – they boast the longest coastlines in the world.

  • 19 cool budget hotels in London, from Soho to Shoreditch
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    19 cool budget hotels in London, from Soho to Shoreditch

    Staying in London doesn't have to mean splashing out - nor comprimising on quality. Gone are the days of tired hostels: say hello to 18 of the best budget hotels — priced at less than £150 per night — in the capital, with everything from rooftop terraces and pools to stylish bedrooms and proximity to central London, in locations including Bloomsbury, The City, Shoreditch and Wimbledon.

  • The 14 best places to visit in Spain – and where to stay
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    The 14 best places to visit in Spain – and where to stay

    An insider's guide into the top places and cities to visit in Spain – and where to stay while you're there – including the best for couples and families, in locations including Madrid, Barcelona, the Costa Brava, Seville, San Sebastian, Andalusia, Valencia, Marbella and Pamplona. 

  • 10 of the quirkiest family stays in Britain
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    10 of the quirkiest family stays in Britain

    Ace any family break by staying somewhere that looks like it’s popped out of a storybook. Even if you’ve only got a few days, the UK has some out-there accommodation that makes for an unforgettable trip, whether you’re tiger spotting, sleeping in a castle prison or a space-age geo-tent, and it doesn’t have to break the bank.

  • The most in-demand destinations of 2018, according to Google
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    The most in-demand destinations of 2018, according to Google

    Football was the driving force behind this year’s most-searched-for travel destinations, according to Google’s end of year report.

  • Victoria cruise port guide
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    Victoria cruise port guide

    The provincial capital of British Columbia is one of Canada’s most charming small cities, a mountain-backed, waterfront gem with a quaint old centre and a medley of worthwhile sights and attractions that are easily seen by cruise visitors with a morning or more to spare.

  • A womb with a view: Is this the most disturbing hotel room ever conceived?
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    A womb with a view: Is this the most disturbing hotel room ever conceived?

    The hotels industry has taken a turn for the Freudian with the launch of a ‘womb room’ in East London.

  • Five of the best Mekong river cruises for wildlife fans
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    Five of the best Mekong river cruises for wildlife fans

    Are you keen to encounter South East Asia’s vast variety of wildlife? The Greater Mekong area has 1,200 species of bird, 800 species of reptiles and amphibian and 430 species of mammal. Since 1997, 1,300 new species have been discovered.

  • Beat the currency slump: 10 destinations where your pound will go further in 2019
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    Beat the currency slump: 10 destinations where your pound will go further in 2019

    British holidaymakers with an eye on exchange rates would be right to worry about how far their pounds will stretch if heading abroad next year. This week sterling hit a 20-month low against the dollar and slipped to just €1.10 against the euro. With more political uncertainty on the horizon, there are likely to be further slumps to come.

  • In their own words: how solo travel transformed the mental health of these teenagers
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    In their own words: how solo travel transformed the mental health of these teenagers

    While some see travel as a means of escape, others see it as a way to heal wounds. Working on projects and meeting people overseas certainly proved to be cathartic for these teenagers.

  • Avignon cruise port guide
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    Avignon cruise port guide

    Called 'The City of the Popes', between 1309 and 1378 Avignon was the hub of Roman Catholicism and home to seven successive popes. The Unesco-listed Palace of the Popes is one of Europe’s largest and most important medieval Gothic buildings. Another landmark is the 12th century Pont Saint Bénézet bridge immortalised in the song Sur le Pont d’Avignon.

  • Taj Mahal entry fee increased by 400 per cent in attempt to deter visitors
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    Taj Mahal entry fee increased by 400 per cent in attempt to deter visitors

    Entry to the Taj Mahal - unquestionably one of the world's most exquisite landmarks, and thus also among the most visited - has soared in price for Indian residents as part of an ongoing government initiative to bring visitor numbers down.

  • Lost Londinium: What I learnt walking the route of London's ancient city wall
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    Lost Londinium: What I learnt walking the route of London's ancient city wall

    Yesterday morning I walked the circumference of London in just over two hours. Not London as we know it now, of course, bursting at the seams and spilling out towards the M25, but London as it was nearly 2,000 years ago; Londinium, if you will.

  • Spend the night with... Elizabeth Day at The Whitby, a free-spirited New York hotel where comfort is a naked ambition
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    Spend the night with... Elizabeth Day at The Whitby, a free-spirited New York hotel where comfort is a naked ambition

    First things first. The Whitby, despite its name, is not actually in Whitby, North Yorkshire. The Whitby is a swanky hotel in upper midtown Manhattan two blocks from Central Park. This is confusing for a literal-minded person such as me, who rather expected to find greasy fish-and-chip wrappers littering the entrance and cawing seagulls circling the lobby as soon as I arrived. But it turns out The Whitby has very little to do with its British namesake, at least in terms of aesthetic. You see, The Whitby is very arty. 

  • How an obscure Portuguese city is trying to become famous
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    How an obscure Portuguese city is trying to become famous

    The small Portuguese city of Viseu boasts everything you want in a tourist destination: friendly people, clean streets, mountain sunsets, Roman remains, an incredible cathedral, and more parks than you can shake a stick at. Historically, the only thing missing has been... tourists. Today, that’s changing. Since 2013, the number of overnight visitors has doubled to more than 250,000 per year.

  • Travel on Trial: With Iceland's banned TV advertisement shining a light on the plight of Asia's orangutans, James Litston traverses Borneo in search of its animal icons
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    Travel on Trial: With Iceland's banned TV advertisement shining a light on the plight of Asia's orangutans, James Litston traverses Borneo in search of its animal icons

    Nothing says Christmas 2018 like a Rang-tan in your bedroom. If that sounds like nonsense, you must have missed the supermarket Iceland’s festive advert (and no wonder: its supposedly political slant – it was originally commissioned by Greenpeace – saw it banned from TV, only to rack up more than five million views and counting online instead). It’s the animated story of an orphaned baby orang-utan seeking refuge in a child’s room when its own forest home is destroyed. “They’re burning it for palm oil,” says the doe-eyed Rang-tan sadly, “so I thought I’d stay with you.”

  • Hotel Hit Squad: Inside Rosewood London – a peaceful refuge from the West End's Christmas scrum
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    Hotel Hit Squad: Inside Rosewood London – a peaceful refuge from the West End's Christmas scrum

    During the festive season, London scintillates like a sparkly bauble. The windows of department stores pout like postmodern pageant theatre sets; fashionistas strut the high streets in their sequin skirts; and the dark, cold streets are bathed in the warm glow of fairy lights. But very quickly, it can get all too much: the hail-spattered rush-hour scrums, Fairy Tale of New York blaring from every public speaker until the opening chords slam in your head on a loop; and the joyless trudge from shop to shop, looking for an out-of-stock juicer, as per sister’s unforgivingly specific Christmas list.

  • The curious tale of XXXX Island – from beer-soaked man cave to tropical idyll
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    The curious tale of XXXX Island – from beer-soaked man cave to tropical idyll

    It’s dusk, and I’m standing alone on the highest point of this scrap of earth in the Southern Great Barrier Reef. Below, my tiny cottage is snugged down on the tail end of the island at Pebble Point, its hammock-strung private deck and tiny plunge pool overlooking rocks and ocean. I’m contemplating a quiet, contented evening of throwing a juicy steak on the Weber barbecue, and cracking open a bold Australian red while listening to the waves on the shore as the sky turns orange then black and the lights of the mainland twinkle and glow on the horizon – knowing there’s absolutely no one else around. Between here and there is just ocean and the other 16 islands of the Keppel archipelago, uninhabited apart from low-key Great Keppel Island.