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Christmas shopping in London: the best hotels

Christmas shopping in <b>London</b> can be hell. But if you take your time, book a base in the city for a night or two, and alternate shopping with a show, a dinner, a museum or a skating session, a trip to the capital can become a Christmas highlight.<p>Here is our selection of the capital’s most welcoming …

The Changing Face of Travel

<i>Traveler</i>‘s 30-year history coincides, roughly, with the rise of travel as a widespread phenomenon. As we celebrate the magazine’s anniversary, I asked a dozen movers and shakers in the Nat Geo Travel family to share the biggest changes they’ve seen in the past three decades—and their hopes for the …

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14 Destinations For Your 2014 Travel Bucket List

The new year is rapidly approaching and we're making resolutions and wish lists for the year of travel ahead.<p>If you crossed some adventures off your 2013 travel bucket list, surely you'll need some new additions. Check out these awesome, under-the-radar destinations you should add to your list for …

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These Are the World's Best Historic Hotels

We recently announced the launch of Conde Nast Traveler's Gold List for 2014—showcasing the very best hotels and cruise lines across the world, chosen by our readers. Today, we're highlighting hotels that we think are historic gems.<p>This week, we announced the launch of <i>Condé Nast Traveler</i>'s Gold …

These 20 Hotels Are Modern Masterpieces

Yesterday we announced the launch of Condé Nast Traveler's Gold List for 2014—showcasing the very best hotels and cruise lines across the world, chosen by our readers. Today, we're highlighting hotels that we think are modern masterpieces.<p>Yesterday we announced the launch of <i>Condé Nast Traveler's</i> …

Colin Suttles's answer to What are the most surreal places to visit?

I'd break this question into two parts, (1) naturally surreal places, and (2) man made surreal places.<p><b>(1) NATURALLY SURREAL PLACES</b><br>On the natural …

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The World's 10 Most Mesmerizing Views

From the freedom of wide open spaces to glittering of big city lights, our world is filled with thousands of breathtaking panoramas just waiting to be enjoyed. With the variety of natural wonders and stunning cities throughout the world, finding the best views can be somewhat of a daunting task. …

42 Places You'd Rather Be Right Now

Summer has officially started, but here you are, back at work after an amazing three-day weekend. If the thought of meetings, deadlines, and any sort of responsibility whatsoever is bringing you down this morning, let these exotic locales inspire a little daydreaming about warmer climes, sandy …

25 Unbelievable Travel Destinations You Never Knew Existed

These are the kinds of places friends and family expect travelers to go.<p>But there are plenty of places to see that are under the radar; often known only by locals.<p>Inspired by this Quora list asking about the best travel destinations most people never knew existed, we put together our own list of …

French Polynesia

The world's best sunrises

Kicking back on a beach, cold beer in hand while watching the sun go down is one of travel’s finest pleasures. But there’s something far more rewarding about heaving yourself from bed in the pitch black and blearily traipsing to the top of a mountain or the edge of a cliff to see the sun rise in …

European hotels for indulgent breaks: four of the best

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The 60 best holidays in Spain for 2017

Spain summer holidays guide<p>Planning a holiday to Spain? Read our guide to the best regions, including expert advice on where to go in Catalonia, Aragon, Valencia, Andalusia, the Balearic and Canary Islands, as well as recommendations on getting there. By Annie Bennett, Telegraph Travel Spain expert.<p>…

European Travel

Rome: readers' tips, recommendations and travel advice

<b>This week's winning tip</b><p><b>Friends in high places</b><p>Not everyone is fortunate enough as to have a family relative who is a priest in Rome to be their guide. Our recommended guesthouse is the Cielo Vaticano (cielovaticanoguesthouse.com) . This gem only has four rooms, is inexpensive and welcoming. St …

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Paris in winter: what to see and do

In winter <b>Paris</b> transforms from City of Lights to City of Fairylights. Even the Champs-Elysées comes into its own with Christmas illuminations in the trees, fir trees at the Rond-Point and a Christmas market in wooden chalets along its lower reaches. Stay warm with hot chestnuts sold in the street …

France

Last-minute deals: Where to ski this Christmas

Thousands of British holidaymakers who have booked Christmas ski holidays in Europe next week are worrying this weekend about whether to pack their skis or their hiking boots and golf clubs. So will it be a white Christmas across the Alps? Yes, is the answer, although it’s been too close for …

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Readers' travel tips: must-go festivals and events of 2014

Are you planning your 2014 travel diary already? Are there any events – be they music, cultural or religious – that you simply aren't going to miss?<p>Did you go to an event or festival anywhere in the world last year that you will definitely attend in 2014? Or have you be planning one for ages and …

Turkey: in search of Saint Nicholas

After a dream-like day of swims, sweetmeat snacks and sultry temperatures, it seemed counterintuitive to be driving along Turkey’s Turquoise Coast in search of Father Christmas.<p>Had I ever known that Father Christmas – referred to in these parts as Saint Nicholas – hailed from here, then it had long …

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Turkey to introduce mandatory e-visas

The e-visas, which must be acquired before arrival in Turkey, are already up and running but will replace the existing visa-on-arrival system entirely from April 10, 2014, it has been announced.<p>The cost of the multiple entry visas, which are valid for 90 days, will remain at £10 per person, but …

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Price rises top fines for term-time holidays

New legislation aimed at dissuading parents from allowing their children to miss school for a family holiday was introduced earlier this year, with fines of up to £60 per child possible for those who ignore the rules.<p>But, according to research by the consumer watchdog Which?, the extra cost of …

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Step Into the Void Above the French Alps

High up in the French Alps, on the top terrace of the Aiguille du Midi mountain peak, sits a new five-sided glass structure called the Chamonix Skywalk. The installation was inspired by the Grand Canyon's glass skywalk, but it takes the concept to the next level. Instead of looking out over a …