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The 2015 Cool List

Looking ahead at this year’s top trends, we ask our experts what they think will hit the headlines in 2015 Read more »

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Country collecting

From stamps to Twitter followers — as a species we just can’t resist collecting things. So should we dash around the world, purely to collect stamps in our passports? A growing number of clubs welcoming the world’s most travelled people… Read more »

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The secret seven: Lesser-known safari destinations

Think you know African safaris? Think again. While classic destinations such as Kenya, Tanzania and Botswana’s mega-bucks reserves grab the lions’ share of big game-spotting tourists, lesser-known nations are coming out of the bush with innovative walking safaris, regenerated game… Read more »

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The future of travel search engines

Scouring the web for travel inspiration can be daunting. But the rise of ‘semantic’ search engines and metasearch promises a new era, with the internet recast as an intelligent, intuitive ally that seems to knows what you want — even… Read more »

Winter sports holidays - Skiing in Verbier

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Let it snow: The winter sports guide

There’s more to snow holidays than gunning down a hill on skis. How about ice climbing in South Tyrol, dog sledding in the Finnish Arctic or being pulled through the snow by a kite? And if that’s all a little… Read more »

Round the world travel

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Round the world travel: The big ticket

A round the world trip is one of the greatest travel experiences there is. Multi-stop fares have come a long way, with a mind-boggling number of routes, destinations and deals on offer. Here’s the lowdown on getting up and away Read more »

Future hotels

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Hotels of the future

What will the hotel experience be like in the future? A Jetsons-style vision of space station motels, perhaps? Or rustic eco-inns, focused on local provisions and simple, ‘human’ service? Read more »

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Lourdes pilgrimage: In search of spirituality

Every year the French town of Lourdes buzzes with thousands of Catholic pilgrims searching for spirituality and hoping to bathe in the miraculous healing waters at the site of St Bernadette’s vision of the Virgin Mary. But what about non-believers?… Read more »