• The 10 best things to do in West Hollywood's Design District
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    The 10 best things to do in West Hollywood's Design District

    Yeah yeah, Los Angeles is all about entertainment. Not so in the West Hollywood Design District, a compact, bohemian neighbourhood that includes sections of Melrose Avenue, Robertson Boulevard and Beverly Boulevard, where residents pray at the altar of Poggenpohl and Helmut Lang rather than that of the Kardashian clan. This artsy neighbourhood is home to the highest concentration of furniture shops on the American West Coast, and it’s walkable: not something you usually say about Los Angeles.

  • Scammed in India, mauled by a lion – the worst holidays we've ever had
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    Scammed in India, mauled by a lion – the worst holidays we've ever had

    Being a travel journalist isn't all frills and five-star hotels. Telegraph Travel's regular contributors reveal their worst holiday experiences.

  • Instagram travel blogger criticised for posting ‘dangerous’ selfie on train tracks
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    Instagram travel blogger criticised for posting ‘dangerous’ selfie on train tracks

    Travel influencer Patricia Alejos Monzon is the latest to come under fire for such behaviour, after posting a picture of herself in front of a moving train on Instagram. Monzon uploaded a photo in which she is standing on the tracks at Maeklong Railway Market in Thailand. It’s become a popular attraction, shown by the fact that everyone else in the photo has their phones out, attempting to photograph or film the moving train carriage.

  • 14 fabulously festive pop-ups at London hotels this winter
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    14 fabulously festive pop-ups at London hotels this winter

    Let it be said that London hotels are best dressed in winter. When temperatures plummet, the appeal of stepping inside somewhere cosy and adorned in festive decorations suddenly multiples. Some have magnificent Christmas trees, sparkling lights, and wintery drinks, but it’s the hotels with themed pop-ups that will really get you in the spirit. Favourites this year include a kitsch bar with plenty of nostalgic décor, rooftop igloos with views across the capital and a woodland glade with whisky cocktails. Don't be a Scrooge, get stuck in.

  • How a running tour of a Cape Town township showed me another side of South Africa
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    How a running tour of a Cape Town township showed me another side of South Africa

    “The only stories that you hear about our hood are negative, but we have so many positive stories,” says guide Vincent Ntunja as we begin our 10km run outside Mzoli’s, famous for its barbecue meat South Africa-wide, on a Saturday morning. The Gugulethu township may not be the first place that springs to mind when you think of doing a running tour of South Africa. “Sight running”, or urban running tours, have popped up in some of the globe’s major cities, designed for serious and recreational runners.

  • Flybe up for sale as airline struggles with high oil prices
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    Flybe up for sale as airline struggles with high oil prices

    Europe’s biggest regional airline, Flybe, is seeking a buyer as it struggles with weak demand and high oil prices. The carrier, which has a busy network of UK and short-haul international flights, has announced “a comprehensive review of the various strategic options open to it to address the current challenges facing the airline industry and maximise value for shareholders”. Flybe’s chief executive, Christine Ourmières-Widener, said: “There has been a recent softening in growth in the short-haul market, as well as continued headwinds from higher fuel and currency costs.

  • The most heroic airline pilots of all time
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    The most heroic airline pilots of all time

    An Air Astana pilot was hailed as a hero this week after managing to safely land a malfunctioning aircraft.

  • Train operators criticised for 'serious underlying problems' with complaints system
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    Train operators criticised for 'serious underlying problems' with complaints system

    Train firms are failing to handle passenger complaints effectively and courteously: that is the conclusion of the consumer group Which?, after analysing data from the Office of Rail and Road (ORR). The study suggests fewer than half the 500,000 people who complained about rail services in the year from April 2017 were satisfied with how their complaints were dealt with by train companies. For three operators – Northern, Govia Thameslink Railway and Great Western Railway – only one in five passengers said they were satisfied with the outcome and/or handling of their complaint.

  • How a warehouse in Manchester is the key to Team GB’s future winter medal hopes
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    How a warehouse in Manchester is the key to Team GB’s future winter medal hopes

    Graystone isn’t about marginal gains,” says Billy Morgan, the bronze medal-winning snowboarder at the 2018 Winter Olympics, “It’s about huge gains.”

  • Brexit: UK visitors to Europe will not need visas – for now
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    Brexit: UK visitors to Europe will not need visas – for now

    The College of Commissioners – the political leadership of the European Commission, effectively the EU’s cabinet – has announced how British visitors to the EU will be treated in the event of a “no-deal” Brexit.

  • Who needs Machu Picchu? UK alternatives to the world's greatest adventures
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    Who needs Machu Picchu? UK alternatives to the world's greatest adventures

    You don’t need to jet off to the other side of the planet to embark on an adrenaline-charged adventure. In fact, there may be more to keep you entertained on this tiny isle than you first thought. So save those air miles, and leave those passports nestled safely in the bedside draw – the UK is taking on the big boys.   

  • The story of London's lost palace of luxury
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    The story of London's lost palace of luxury

    On the north bank of the Thames, right beside Cleopatra’s Needle (with its sphinxes that face the wrong way), there’s an Art Deco treasure. Unveiled in 1931, Shell Mex House, the former London headquarters of Shell-Mex and BP, is an imposing masterpiece, boasting 49,900 square metres of floor space and crowned with the biggest clock face in London (wags dubbed it “Big Benzene”).

  • California wild fires: Should I cancel my holiday?
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    California wild fires: Should I cancel my holiday?

    Holidaymakers due to travel to California have been reassured that much of the state remains unaffected as the death roll of the region’s deadliest ever wildfires rose to 42.

  • 10,000 tourists for every resident: Overtourism reaches Holland's 18th century windmills
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    10,000 tourists for every resident: Overtourism reaches Holland's 18th century windmills

    The pretty Dutch village of Kinderdijk has come up with a novel way of tackling a recent wave of mass tourism.

  • Prague cruise port guide
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    Prague cruise port guide

    Known as “the golden city of 100 spires”, the capital of the Czech Republic combines magnificent medieval architecture, Gothic churches and a deep-rooted musical heritage with a modern café culture and lively bar scene. Prague straddles both sides of the Vltava River – most notably linked by statue-lined Charles Bridge.

  • Burundi cancels new flight route to Kenya because there’s no business class on board
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    Burundi cancels new flight route to Kenya because there’s no business class on board

    A new flight between Bujumbura, Burundi and Nairobi, Kenya has been cancelled by the Burundi government because there is no business class on board the airline’s aircraft. Jambojet, a low-cost subsidiary of flag carrier Kenya Airways, was due to start flying the route between the two African capitals on Wednesday 7 November, having already obtained permission on 13 September.

  • Linz cruise port guide
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    Linz cruise port guide

    Linz, a former European Capital of Culture spliced by the Danube, is dominated by its steel industry yet entertains with quirky character. 

  • Paris taxi driver charges tourists €250 for journey from Charles de Gaulle airport
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    Paris taxi driver charges tourists €250 for journey from Charles de Gaulle airport

    Tourists have been warned to beware taxi scammers in Paris after a couple were charged nearly €250 for a journey from Charles de Gaulle airport to the French capital. The pair were charged nearly five times the actual fare – official Paris cabs have a flat fee of €50 or €55 from the airport to anywhere on the right bank or left bank respectively. The video shows the couple questioning the fare and refusing to pay, while the cab driver claims, “Taxi in Paris is not fixed price – it’s by meter”.

  • Six of Europe's most surprising festive river cruises (Christmas markets not included)
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    Six of Europe's most surprising festive river cruises (Christmas markets not included)

    So you’ve toured Europe’s Christmas markets, had your fill of mulled wine, bratwurst and steiners – now how about something a little different to get into the festive spirit?

  • What people in the 19th century thought travel would look like today
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    What people in the 19th century thought travel would look like today

    Predicting the future of travel is no easy task – but that rarely stop people trying. Just last month a self-styled ‘futurist’, Richard Watson, told us that paper boarding passes are on the way out (well obviously), Instagram will fall from fashion (really?), and passenger drones will one day transport people from one city to another (yeah right). He went on to suggest that Westworld and teleportation “are not completely impossible” – cue plenty of raised eyebrows. 

  • 10 incredible trips to the most remote places on Earth
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    10 incredible trips to the most remote places on Earth

    From a secret Canadian island to the far south of Patagonia, we outline 10 ways to escape the daily grind. 

  • Why can't Brazilians take their eyes off you?
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    Why can't Brazilians take their eyes off you?

    The body beautiful – it’s supposed to be a Brazilian speciality. The ease of motion, the perfect tan, the walk with a samba sway. Plus the clothes, the hair, the amount of effort that goes in to looking effortlessly gorgeous.

  • 20 beautiful budget hotels in the Italian Lakes
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    20 beautiful budget hotels in the Italian Lakes

    The glamorous Italian Lakes, long a favoured destination of the famous and fabulous throughout the centuries, doesn't immediately conjure up images of affordability. That said, there is a way to stay in the region without blowing your budget. Sprinkled along the shorelines and tucked away inland are a number of reasonably priced hotels, b&bs and hostels.