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The world's best places to see autumn colours

The dog days of summer are over. But despite the chill in the air, there’s no need to be downhearted. Autumn is the most spectacular season, a last hurrah before the bitter winds of winter take hold.<p>Pull on your walking boots and head to one of these stunning destinations to witness glorious autumn …

Holiday of the day: October half-term in Morocco

Morocco is hugely popular as a family destination, and these two guided trips into the desert and Atlas mountains – by camel or mule – will appeal as much to adults as kids<p>Morocco has become such a popular family destination that virtually every major travel company now offers some variation on an …

Vietnam tips: a first-timer's guide

Vietnam's long-held position as a travel icon is more than deserved. In no other country is the collision of Southeast Asia's past, present and future so stark. At times, this clash can seem so confronting and confusing as to send even experienced travellers fleeing for the nearest luxury hotel. …

Top travel sites: Globalhelpswap.com

We profile a site that offers free or low-cost volunteer placements around the world<p>"Got a spare few thousand pounds? You too can work for free!" This might as well be the tagline for many companies offering volunteering placements abroad. One site trying to do things differently is …

Skiing holiday advice: the best time to book

Late August may seem a little early to be thinking about booking your ski holiday. But much of the better accommodation at Christmas, New Year, February half-term and, to a lesser extent, the Easter holidays, has already sold out, so you need to book now to have a good chance of finding the holiday …

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Bangkok in three days: holiday itinerary

Where to stay<p>For old town charm, check into canalside B&B The Asadang (+66 8 5180 7100, B&B from £66); in Chinatown, Shanghai Mansion (+66 2221 2121, B&B from £50) has a courtyard dripping with coloured lanterns and nightly Thai jazz; while in hip Thong Lor, Salil Hotels (doubles from £35) is handy …

Lviv, Ukraine: a cultural city guide

In the far west of Ukraine, just 40 miles from the Polish border, lies Lviv, a grand old dame of a city worthy of its Unesco World Heritage status. Not only is it Ukraine’s most cultural and elegant city, it’s also its most tourist friendly, where prices are considerably lower than in the capital, …

Classic Paris: a fresh look at the City of Light

Just because you’ve visited a city’s top sight, does that mean you should never return again? Here, <i>Lonely Planet Traveller</i> tours the star sights of Paris, from the heights of the Eiffel Tower to the depths of the catacombs, and reveals some of the secrets that you may have missed the first time …

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Best-value destinations in Europe for 2013

Offering some of the world’s most iconic sights, best museums and superb cuisines, Europe is always an attractive and exciting destination, though overpriced hotels, extortionate entry fees and eye-wateringly priced restaurants in many parts of the continent can make travel here feel less than a …