Darren Cowan

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Sri Lanka: nirvana for beach lovers

Sri Lanka overwhelms the senses. The air is heavy with the scent of jasmine, the food richly spiced and the landscape one of utter beauty; the radiant green rice paddies, forests of swaying palm trees and mountains puckered in tea plantations are utterly bewitching. But for many people Sri Lanka …

Lonely Planet's top 10 best value stays for 2014

Amazing experiences aren’t reserved for unlimited budgets. These characterful places to stay around the world offer comfort and charm in superlative settings - all of them are well under US$100 per night, and plenty have dorm beds for only a few dollars. Here are our top 10 wallet-friendly hotels …

Buyer beware: 10 common travel scams

While you’re often safer overseas than you are in your hometown, a few scams seem to pop up all over the world. Repeat the mantra: if it looks too good to be true, it must be too good to be true…<p><b>1. Fake police</b><p>Sometimes also the real police, they’ll demand to see your passport and find something …

Round the world with kids – what to know before you go

Fed up with the stresses and strains of a working life in London that left little time to spend with our two boys (then aged 6 and 3), my partner and I decided to do the modern equivalent of running away to join the circus: we let the apartment and took the kids travelling the world for a couple of …

Top tips for first-time family travel

The first time you contemplate hitting the road as a family can feel fraught with potential disaster – you envisage being stuck without vital wet wipes, or seeing your precious toddler getting sucked into the chaos of a Turkish bazaar. Relax. It will be okay. It’s actually very satisfying exploring …

The 10 best family holiday destinations

Who says that successful travel <i>en famille</i> means a week in the company of a certain famous mouse? In this excerpt from <i>Lonely Planet's 1000 Ultimate Experiences,</i> we've got some suggestions for a trip your brood will never forget.<p>1. Sing a rainbow in the desert, Rajasthan, India<p>It might be dry but …

Great places to stay on the world's loveliest islands

Don’t waste precious travel time dragging your flip-flopped feet to the beach. We’ve rounded up ten places to stay on some of the world’s most beautiful islands – and they’re all a stone’s throw from the beach. Best of all, you don’t need to sell your granny to enjoy an island getaway, we’ve picked …

FORMER DEPUTY CIA DIRECTOR: If Putin Wanted To He Could Take A Third Of Ukraine

Former CIA deputy director Michael Morell said Sunday that with the tens of thousands of troops Russia has amassed on the Ukrainian border, Russia could take "one-third" of Ukraine if President Vladimir Putin "wanted to."<p>"The capabilities of those troops would be to take perhaps a third of Ukraine …

Caught Between Russia And Ukraine, Border Cities Share Only Worry

The deployment of tens of thousands of Russian troops along their country's western border with Ukraine worries the new government in Kiev and its Western allies, including President Obama.<p>In a phone call Friday, he asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to pull those forces back, a demand likely …

Gloucester's Nigel Davies praises team's tenacity after win at Exeter

Gloucester and Exeter may both be rebuilding, but dreams of retaining a place at the top table of European rugby next season have all but vanished for both clubs. While the Heineken Cup quarter-finals are being played next weekend Gloucester will be twiddling their thumbs while Exeter ride around …

Leicester and Owen Williams kick on as Northampton cracks start to appear

Leicester are timing their run perfectly. Having stumbled in the first half of the campaign, they extended their unbeaten run in the Premiership to eight matches and continued their impressive recent record against their East Midlands rivals. The Tigers have teeth again and the two sides are on …