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Europe's cheapest cities

We list the best places in Europe for an affordable city break, and the cheapest cities to visit for New Year and Valentine's Day<p>• Share your budget Europe tips – places to stay, eat, attractions, getting around etc – in the comments below<p>Fancy a city break that won't strip your savings to the …

Tour de dessert: Europe’s most delicious pastries, cakes and tarts

American cafe culture has come a long way in the last two decades: corporate coffee has spawned near two generations of independent cafes that offer more than the old standby of roadside diner joe and pie. But in Europe, grand salons with wrap-around pastry cases have more in common with jewellery …

Five travel adventures by cruise ship

Forget floating hotels with shuffleboard and showtunes – <i>Lonely Planet Traveller</i> magazine brings you five cruises to the world’s most beautiful corners, in a style even the cruise-adverse will enjoy.<p>Antarctica: the one for wilderness<p>Antarctica is the last truly wild frontier, barely changed since …

Backpacker diaries: a pretty pass on the road to Leh, north India

Crossing the world's second-highest motorable pass, Tanglang La in north India, is an endurance test of dust, fumes and sleepless nights, with great views<p>I admit that riding a small motorcycle solo across the Himalayan deserts of Ladakh is an unintelligent pursuit for an octogenarian who has …

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6 Beautiful Canals You'll Probably Want To Visit Soon

You know about the Panama Canal and the Grand Canal in Venice, but the Corinth Canal kind of beats them both.<p>It cuts between the Peloponnesian peninsula and mainland Greece, and its walls are ridiculously high -- 300 feet above sea level, to be exact.<p>People have been trying to build a canal like …

How to travel around the world in 80 days

In Jules Verne's classic adventure novel, Phileas Fogg had a devil of a time trying to travel around the world in 80 days. But in the 21st century, circumnavigating the globe has become a bit of a breeze: all you need is a round-the-world (RTW) ticket. In fact, a dedicated (if masochistic) …

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Bali best value for a long-haul holiday – with South Africa hot on its heels

Bali is the best-value destination for long-haul holidaymakers from Britain, with South Africa becoming much more affordable, according to a survey by the Post Office.<p>But there's bad news if you are heading down under, with Australia and New Zealand the priciest destinations.<p>Tourists can expect to …

How to eat like a local on Italy's Amalfi Coast

Naples, Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast are a culinary Valhalla, where produce and well-trained taste buds have created one of the world’s most envied culinary landscapes. Whet your appetite with the following Italian food essentials, straight from the pages of Lonely Planet’s latest <i>Naples, Pompeii &</i> …

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Virginia, USA: falling for autumn glories

Three years ago this October, I experienced my first Southern autumn.<p>My wife and I drove five hours from New York to spend a weekend with a friend who owned a cottage in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. This being the Appalachians of the American South, I half expected …

Ten offbeat experiences on New Zealand’s South Island

Mountains, lakes and glaciers all conspire to make the South Island of New Zealand a superbly scenic stage for active adventure, but once you’ve bungy jumped, hiked and mountain biked to a stellar collection of souvenir T-shirts and DVDs, slow down with these equally engrossing alternative …

Michael Buerk's Göcek: My Kind of Town

The television and radio presenter Michael Buerk loves the Turkish town of Göcek, which is surrounded by beautiful scenery.<p><b>Why Göcek?</b><br>It’s the Turkish equivalent of Dartmouth or Salcombe, and is a real magnet for sailors such as myself. Göcek is surrounded by mountains and stunning scenery, boasts …

Telegraph Travel Awards 2013

The Telegraph Travel Awards 2015-16 give you the chance to reward those operators, people and places that continue to surpass your expectations. These awards have long been the most trusted in the industry. Why? Because they are voted for entirely by Telegraph readers, who are among the most …

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Caribbean travel guide

When to go<p>There are three factors to consider when choosing your Caribbean holiday: weather, cost and crowds.<p>The weather in the Caribbean is generally best – namely driest, with low humidity and pleasantly cool nights – December through to April. Summer and autumn are stickier, a few degrees warmer …

Eurostar to launch direct service to Amsterdam

The cross-Channel rail operator will start the non-stop service in December 2016, it announced on Friday, after reaching an agreement with Dutch rail authorities.<p>Currently British travellers heading to Amsterdam with Eurostar must change trains in Brussels.<p>The development will bring the journey …

Amsterdam attractions: what to see and do in autumn

Forget what the songs tell you about tulips and spring – autumn is the time that <b>Amsterdam</b> really blossoms. As the trees shed their leaves, historical gables emerge from behind the foliage, and the canal views surpass those of summer. Amsterdammers really like to savour any last moments of warm …

Hamburg, Germany: a cultural city guide

Schadenfreude on my first evening in Hamburg. My taxi driver told me that the Elbphilharmonie, the brand-new concert hall, is massively over budget and not going to open on time. At first, I put it down to the usual problems of large-scale municipal works, but then I remembered I was in Germany, …

Top 10 Eastern European getaways

For years Eastern Europe was the undiscovered half of the continent - but things have changed. The diverse highlights of Eastern Europe are now drawing travellers by the trainload. Here are our top 10 Eastern European getaways.<p>1. Julian Alps, Slovenia<p>The Julian Alps form Slovenia's dramatic …

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Ten reasons to travel in October, 2013

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