Sanjiv Patel

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21 Best Beaches in the World

Find perfection in these places where land meets water.<p>Ask true beach lovers to name a favorite swath of surf and sand, and the answer changes with the tides. Luckily our planet is covered in oceans, seas, and lakes, which means there’s a beach to indulge any whim. From pearly crescents covered in …

West Sussex

Mapped: The European cycle route network

IF YOU LIKE traveling but the idea of flying everywhere and increasing your carbon footprint makes you uneasy, we’ve got a solution for you. Eurovelo …

10 must-have experiences in Venice

Here are little-known delights to make you fall in love with La Serenissima<p><b>1. Find the best view without the crowds</b><p>The tower at San Giorgio Maggiore …

17 Stunning Images Show the Most Incredible Bike Paths in the World

Ernest Hemingway once wrote, "It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast …

Ho Chi Minh City

How to enjoy Venice without destroying it

<b>Why go now?</b><p>Masks at the ready – the Venice Carnevale, or carnival, takes to the streets from 11-28 February. Events are largely on weekends, which …

National Geographic Travel

Beat jet lag: top tips for travellers

You notice the warning signs - red eyes, irritability, heart-pounding wakefulness in the dead of night. It strikes without warning, transforming travellers into dead-eyed, shuffling automata. Once you glimpse your gaunt reflection in the hotel mirror, the transformation is complete.<p>Have you joined …

Jet Lag

Gothenburg city guide: what to visit plus bars, restaurants and hotels

With its sun-dappled islands, waterways, cobbled streets and laid-back vibe, Sweden’s second city is a must-visit in spring and summer<p>More on Sweden: Stockholm city guide<p>What used to be passed over as a nondescript port city is now one of Europe’s most sought-after weekend destinations: last year, …

European Travel

Top 10 traffic-free cycle rides in the UK

The National Cycle Network, which features more than 14,000 miles of walking and cycling paths across the UK, is celebrating its 20th anniversary. To provide some pedalling inspiration we’ve selected 10 of the best car-free routes from a new guide to the network<p>Riccall to York, North …

Scotland

101 free things to do in London

Give your credit card a rest with these 101 fabulous London freebies.<p>Free museums<p>1. Come face-to-face with a roaring T-Rex and experience the …

England

How to Troubleshoot a Skipping Derailleur

National Geographic Travel

Auroras Reveal Buried Ocean on Jupiter’s Moon Ganymede

Auroras wrapped around Jupiter’s moon Ganymede, the solar system’s largest moon, have confirmed that a salty ocean hides beneath the world’s surface.<p>The observations, made with the Hubble Space Telescope, add Ganymede to a long list of places in the solar system where water is abundant. They also …

Top 10 London Art Exhibitions To See In March

<i>We look ahead to London art openings for March and select 10 must-see exhibitions.</i><p>Roman Signer: Slow Movement @ Barbican (4 March-31 May)<br>This …

England

Have Astronomers Finally Found Dark Matter?

It’s been a mystery for 80 years—but gamma rays from a dwarf galaxy could finally tell scientists what dark matter is really made of.<p>It’s too early to say for certain, but astronomers may have picked up a new clue to the nature of dark matter—invisible cosmic stuff with at least five times the mass …

Why 2015 is the year of saving hundreds of pounds on holidays

After more than seven years of belt-tightening by British travellers in Europe, sterling is at last back to more familiar territory against the euro and several other currencies. It has been a rough ride. At its nadir in December 2008, the pound dropped to near parity with the euro, before bumping …

Hawaii: a beach bum's guide

You don't have to pay to fly all the way to Tahiti or Bora Bora to nab your own Polynesian paradise. Hawaii can be a better bargain – and that's true whether you're a twenty-something backpacker, a honeymooning couple or a family with a gaggle of kids tagging along. Here are our top tips for …

Flying

Top 10: the best Dublin hotels for St Patrick's Day

An insider's guide to the best places to stay in Dublin for St Patrick's Day celebrations, including the best for rooftop bars, a party atmosphere, traditional Irish cuisine, open fires and views of the river Liffey, in locations near Merrion Square, Grafton Street and Grand Canal.<p>The Merrion …

Ireland

What to eat in Beijing

Mongolian lamb, Sichuan-style chilli-spiked crayfish and flaky flatbreads with sweet wafts of fried spring onions cooked before you. Beijing showcases the best of China's (and neighbouring) flavours, with a few surprising additions of its own. You’ll find Beijing’s food is as headstrong as its …

Food & Dining

Lifespan of consumer electronics is getting shorter, study finds

Investigation of built-in obsolescence for German environment agency finds percentage of products sold to replace defective ones has increased remarkably, reports ENDS Europe<p>Electronic product life spans are getting shorter, an investigation of built-in obsolescence for the German environment …

Manufacturing

Why I try to teach my children that life isn’t all about money

Being too concerned about cash is a kind of sickness<p>My attitude to teaching children about money is pretty straightforward. I don’t. As I don’t consider everything in family life a “teaching tool”, I simply give my children a bit of pocket money and let them save it or spend it as they see fit. …

Kids

Supermoon solar eclipse: Two celestial events to coincide with Spring equinox

Sky-gazers will be in for a celestial treat before the Spring Equinox, as the deepest solar eclipse since 1999 will coincide with a Supermoon - a …

One of the most Earth-like planets in our galaxy Gliese 581d 'really does exist,' astronomers say

Astronomers have found new evidence of the existence of an Earth-like planet that lies a comparative stone’s throw away from our solar …

Mediterranean diet better than exercise at preventing heart disease, regardless of your age or gender, study finds

You've heard the evidence before but one can never be too sure – yet another study has shown that adopting a Mediterranean diet is good for your …

Holistic Medicine