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Phuket events

An insider's guide to the best festivals and events in Phuket, including the King’s Cup Regatta, Loy Kratong and where to celebrate Thai and Chinese New Years. By Lee Cobaj, Telegraph Travel's Phuket expert.<p>Calendar of festivals and events<p>Chinese New Year<br>February<p>Expect streams of swinging red …

London Marathon: spectators' guide

The London Marathon is one of the greatest spectacles in a city with its fair share of magnificent sights – and as ever, this year promises to be a festival of outlandish speed, costumes, pained celebrities and extraordinary stories.<p>No fewer than 55 world records will be attempted by participants …

Top 10 free things to do in New York

Outdoor pools<p>New York can be stiflingly hot and humid in the summer but the city also has the perfect remedy: free open-air swimming. A network of dozens of outdoor public pools across all five city boroughs open for the summer months (usually closing around Labor Day weekend in early September). …

Budget hotels and B&Bs in New York: readers' tips

Winning tip: The Jane Hotel, West Village<p>The Jane is probably the best hotel experience I have ever had. In the heart of the most wonderful NYC neighbourhood – Greenwich Village – it has rooms inspired by vintage train cabins and a history of sheltering Titanic survivors. Its prices are affordable …

Winter sun accommodation: readers' travel tips

Winning tip Hotel Abertih, Mirleft, Morocco<p>Mirleft is a tiny town deep in southern Morocco with three beautiful beaches (amazing rock arches), stunning sunsets and the friendliest people on the planet. We stayed at Hotel Abertih, right on the main street, with bags of character and freshly caught …

Where is it hot now? Use our destination finder tool

Want to find the perfect hot spot to relax? See where in the world is warm and sunny today (or at any other time of year) and get inspiration from the Guardian for a perfect holiday.<p>Double click the map to zoom in, hit the refresh button in the top right corner of the map to zoom out Continue …

Readers' travel tips: affordable accommodation in NYC

A 24-hour city like NYC is going to play havoc with your wallet anyway, so saving on your accommodation could go a long way to leaving you with spare pennies to enjoy yourself. Do you have a tip for a place to stay that’s affordable?<p>Up for grabs is a £200 voucher from Hotels.com which should help …

Should I take a separate camera on holiday?

Smartphone cameras are catching up with compacts, helped by improvements in lens technology and an army of apps. For most people, they have high enough resolution and large enough apertures for general use on holiday.<p>But not all smartphone cameras are created equal. The best for more serious …