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Travel review: A Christmas break in India

Christmas doesn’t have to be all turkey and tinsel. Stephen McClarence heads to India for a very different festive break.

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Travel review: Skellig Michael - the home of the Last Jedi

With the latest Star Wars film just released, Nick McAvaney travels to Skellig Michael to find out why The Last Jedi made it his home.

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Santa on the beach.

Travel: Escape the mayhem and enjoy warmer climates during Christmas period

Mistletoe pinned conspicuously above doorways, snow-capped rom coms splashed across cinema screens... when it comes to lonelier than thou holidays, Christmas comes a close second to Valentine’s Day.

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TOTALLY WILD: The Maasai Mara.

Travel review: Africa uncut

Maasai women are rallying for change and their future is looking bright. Sarah Marshall discovers how tourists are supporting a key Kenyan community.

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Christmas at the Gendarmenmarkt.

Travel: A sparkling taste of Christmas in Germany’s capital city of contrasts

As the snow began to fall and the sparkling lights glistened on the wooden roofs it was easy to see why thousands of people visit the continent’s Christmas markets each year to add festive sparkle to the seasonal celebrations.
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Glasgow at Christmas

Travel review: Glasgow - a festive city break

Crisp, cold air, bustling streets filled with festive shoppers and the soft twinkle of golden lights lining the city’s Style Mile. Glasgow, a city transformed, is an ideal spot for a Christmas break.

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The Seven Dials area of London, with the Radisson Blu hotel (left).

Travel review: Fancy a Christmas shopping spree in London?

Fancy a Christmas shopping spree in London, but put off by thoughts of the Oxford Street crush? Relax, says Sarah Freeman, and make a beeline for Seven Dials.

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Travel review: A group getaway in Devon

A group getaway can ease the pressure of rifts during the festive period. Fiona Webster heads to Devon.

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Sample the delights of fine food and drink in London.

Travel: Food glorious food and luxury living in the capital

London has been on our ‘to do’ list for a while.

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Buying Christmas presents in New York could save you money

UK travellers jetting off on a Christmas shopping break in New York can save money on four out of five gifts compared with buying them in London, according to a new study.

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Cesky Krumlov.

Travel review: Southern Bohemia - the Czech Republic’s main tourist route

Simon Jenkins steers off the Czech Republic’s main tourist route for a week of culture and adventure in Southern Bohemia.

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The beach at Hafan y M�r.

Travel review: Hafan y Môr - the perfect staycation break for families

It was once part of Billy Butlin’s empire but has now been given a new lease of life. Lee Sobot discovers Hafan y Môr is the perfect staycation break for families.

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Lancaster House Hotel

TRAVEL: Rolling out the red carpet for a warm welcome at Lancaster House

The red carpet may have been intended for the arrival of the wedding party, but it had nothing on the real warm welcome that greeted us at our weekend retreat.

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Chirk Aqueduct and railway viaduct.

Travel: Peace and quiet reigns in border country where battles once raged

The first clue that we were going to enjoy our stay in the borderlands of rural Shropshire was the discovery of a farm’s cheese vending machine en-route to our self-catering cottage near Ellesmere.
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Thje picturesque hamlet of Les Cleves 
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Travel review: A natural high in Switzerland

If you need a blast of the great outdoors, head to Switzerland says Adam Jacot de Boinod, but just make sure you pack your head for heights.

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Morecambe Sailing Club.

Travel: Morecambe on comeback trail to reclaim title as ‘Naples of North’

There was a time when Morecambe was known as the Naples of the North.

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View down the Royal Mile from the Old Town Chambers.

Travel review: Edinburgh’s Royal Mile

The Royal Mile runs from Edinburgh castle to Holyrood Palace, but is it possible to discover the heart of the city on one of its most famous streets? Sarah Freeman finds out.

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Travel review: -30C and a pioneering voyage through the ice

Summer cruises are popular in the Arctic, but what about winter? Sarah Marshall braves minus 30C temperatures to embark on a pioneering voyage through the ice.

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The modern extension at the rear of the castle

Travel review: Stepping back in time at a Northumbrian castle

THERE’S nothing quite like curling up in front of a roaring log fire to make you feel regal - especially in the surroundings of a 14th century castle, as Lindsay Pantry discovered.

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The Sensimar Arona Gran Hotel and Spa, Tenerife.

TRAVEL REVIEW: Tenerife - the perfect place for an idyllic winter escape

As the nights darken and the air grows crisp, a yearning for the heat of the sun becomes something of a British past time.

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