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Five of the world’s newest wonders

From a fuming Italian volcano to India’s land of kings, these natural and manmade marvels are the latest treasures to be honoured on Unesco’s World Heritage list.

Choose your own adventure in Turkey

Whether you are a weary beach bum or the ultimate culture connoisseur, out to splash the cash or in search of cheaper options, this diverse country has plenty of holiday potential.<p>More than 30 million tourists visited Turkey in 2012, cementing the nation's reputation as one of the world's top …

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Mystical tales from Transylvania

Stories of werewolves, witches and vampires still swirl among the peaks and forests of the Carpathian Mountains. Be guided through the country’s myths and legends by a Romanian count.<p>It’s a freezing midwinter evening just outside the Transylvanian village of Miklósvár, and the forest is eerily …

14 things you didn’t know about New Zealand

Maori legend holds that Fiordland’s magnificent inlets were carved by demigod Tu-te-raki-whanoa, who dug long valleys with an adze as shelter from …

10 Ghost Towns Around the World

TravelBest Of<p>Silent streets and derelict buildings offer a glimpse into the lives of once thriving communities.<p>With their silent streets, derelict buildings, and remnants of homes and workplaces, abandoned towns offer a haunting view into the lives of once thriving communities. Here’s a look at our …

If you had the chance to talk to your elected leader, what would you say?

Former Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg stepped out of his chauffeured BMW and into the driver’s seat of a taxi in June of this year. …

Pictures: Mirror Beams Light to Norwegian Town in Winter for First Time

Thanks to new big mirrors called heliostats, the town of Rjukan, Norway, west of Oslo, is getting sunlight beamed down to the square from surrounding mountains.

10 epic moments from a Greek island sailing trip

For seven days this summer I became a temporary yachtie, sailing around the Greek islands with The Yacht Week (TYW). I learnt the ropes of life on …

Getting to the heart and soul of hilly Sri Lanka

The island’s mountainous interior is a mystical, religiously significant region filled with tea trees, train tracks and possibly Buddha’s tooth.<p>The train toward Sri Lanka’s towering Sri Pada mountain moved slowly, spiralling up inch-by-inch through steep ravines lined on either side by lush green …

20 New Zealand experiences that will blow your mind

NEW ZEALAND IS synonymous with geographic diversity of fairytale proportions. You can ski in the morning and sunbathe in the afternoon; find yourself …

New Zealand

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The Caribbean is not all just yachts and cruise ports (or souvenir hassle). Here are a handful of the region’s hidden experiences that deliver unbeatable trips: http://bbc.in/17EoN1J

Wales’s varied terrain lends itself to a whole host of activities, from the relaxing to the rather vigorous. And whether you get on your bike, horse or surfboard, you are guaranteed a beautiful backdrop: http://bbc.in/17np1W0 What is your favourite outdoor activity?

Five unforgettable rail journeys

From a luxury odyssey through the Australian outback to traversing the peaks of the Ecuadorian Andes, here are some of the best ways to get on board.<p>There are few more memorable ways to travel than by train. From rail odysseys through the outback to day trips in Britain, here are five ways to get …

Under-the-radar cultural destinations

10 experiences you can only have in New Zealand

NEW ZEALAND. Also known as Aotearoa. Also known as that place that looks like Middle Earth.<p>Nobody needs convincing that New Zealand is one of the …

Living in: Tuscany

With a rich artistic heritage, stunning sea views and vineyard-crossed countryside, it is no wonder that many dream of living la dolce vita in this romantic Italian region.<p>One of Italy’s most romanticised regions, Tuscany’s rolling hills, varied coastline and postcard-ready towns have long …

Island hopping French Polynesia, without breaking the bank

Although these isolated and far-flung atolls have a reputation of being one of the most expensive holiday spots on earth, it is possible to island hop independently and affordably.<p>Think French Polynesia and you will likely envisage picture-perfect tropical islands with acres of blonde sand, palm …

French Polynesia