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Expert guide to the Maldives

Essential information<p><b>Currency:</b> the Maldivian currency is the Rufiyaa but tourists have no need of it. Resort bills are best paid by plastic at the end of the stay and other expenses, such as tips and purchases when on excursion, are best paid in dollars<p><b>Emergency Contacts:</b> you can rightly feel safe …

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First 24 hours in Prague, Czech Republic

Look through the crowds of Prague to discover a city full of striking architecture, hearty cuisine and absorbing history that few places can</b> …

Expert guide to Edinburgh

Essential Information<p>The VisitScotland website (visitscotland.com) is a useful source of information on where to stay and what to do while you are in Edinburgh. The main Edinburgh VisitScotland Information Centre is at Waverley Mall, 3 Princes Street, EH2 2QP; call 00 44 131 473 3868. There is also …

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How to plan your trip to China: 5 great itineraries

Blimey, it’s big. But don’t be deterred: China is also wild, bustling, ancient, modern, scenic and full of surprises. Get your head around it all …

Western Balkans: Europe’s new adventure playground

Outdoors aficionados and adrenaline junkies, take note: there are still uncharted grounds to conquer only a few hours’ flight away from London, Paris or Berlin. The ‘other Europe’, Europe’s ‘wild west’ (or rather, southeast) – the Western Balkans may have featured in news headlines of past decades …

Breaking the Ice in Tokyo

Several years ago, I found myself working temporarily in Tokyo. I lived alone in a cramped room with a sink in the corner. I had no friends in the …

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"Sense of Place" Story and Pictures

Story ?<p>Sense of Place<p>Published <b>Sep 26, 2014</b> | View the Assignment | Features Photos From <b>24 Contributors</b><p><b>24 photos</b> selected by<p><i>Director of Photography, National Geographic Travel</i><p>View Slideshow<p>I must say that it was quite a job to look through all the photos submitted to the Sense of Place assignment. …

21 reasons why museums are great

Respond to our travel stories and you could collect a pair of Wizz Air flights from London Luton to Ljubljana. Here, Claire Hayward, objecting to an article by Oliver Smith, shares her love of museums ...<p>While Oliver Smith, in his article “21 Reasons Why I Hate Museums”, identified a number of …

Holiday guide to Calabria, Italy: the best beaches, bars, restaurants and hotels

Italy,Beach holidays,Summer holidays,Cultural trips,Heritage,Food and drink,Italian food and drink,Travel<p>Italy’s heel has hogged Brits’ attention recently, but that leaves the coast, hills and pretty towns of Italy’s toe of Calabria just waiting to be discovered<br>• Highlights of Calabria, Italy: …

Free Things to Do in Tokyo

With a population that simultaneously embraces unapologetic trendiness and centuries-old traditions, Tokyo presents travelers with paradoxical experiences at every turn. Kimono-clad women amble past contemporary architectural masterpieces. Well-dressed young professionals enjoy a tea ceremony …

Cheap city breaks – flights for under £50: Girona, Spain

Flights with Ryanair from Bournemouth to Girona cost from £46* return, including taxes, for the weekend of 17-19 October. The company also flies from Bristol, Stansted, Luton and Manchester.<br>* <i>Fares correct on 30 September, according to skyscanner.net</i><p>What to do<p>A highlight of Girona is its modernist …

Expert guide to Sydney

Local laws and etiquette<p><b>Tipping:</b> there is no set etiquette around tipping in Sydney. However, I suggest 10 per cent in restaurants and for table service in cafés, and rounding up taxi fares to the nearest A$5<p><b>New alcohol laws:</b> licensed venues in Sydney's CBD Entertainment Precinct must observe a 2am …

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Are you an Irresponsible Traveller?

A peek inside new book The Irresponsible Traveller – celebrating the worst of travel's “d'oh” moments<p>New book <i>The Irresponsible Traveller</i> honours the …

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Road Trip: Maui's Hana Coast

Travel<p>Maui's Hana coast delivers black-sand beaches, plunging waterfalls—and a doozy of a drive.<p>A restorative for mind and body, Maui's Hana coast delivers black-sand beaches, plunging waterfalls—and a doozy of a drive.<p>Peel a fresh mango purchased from a roadside stand, get ukulele music going on …

20 Icelandic adventures

Iceland is one of the most remarkable landscapes on the planet – but what to do while you're there? And where to start? Experience geysers, lagoons, …