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Hobbit-style accommodation arrives at Alton Towers

The Enchanted Village, hidden in the woods close to Alton Towers, opens this weekend<p>Alton Towers opens the doors to its newest accommodation this weekend - <b>The Enchanted Village</b>, which bears more than a passing resemblance to Hobbiton.<p>Set in woodland close to the Alton Towers <b>Hotel</b>, it includes …

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Revealed: The cheapest way to get from London to Amsterdam

Famed for its picturesque canals, bountiful bicycles and world-class cultural attractions – not to mention, of course, its hazy coffee shops and seedy red light district – Amsterdam is perennially one of Europe’s most popular destinations.<p>And at the end of 2017, the Dutch capital will be even …

The 10 worst tourism adverts of all time

Inspired by last month's awful effort from Singapore, here are 10 more embarrassingly bad tourism adverts<p>A contender for the world’s worst tourism advert emerged from Singapore last month.<p>The two-minute clip (shown above) was supposed to lure more Filipino visitors but ended up being widely …

Our top 45 free things to do in New York City

Seeing New York City's biggest attractions can mean spending a hefty chunk of your trip budget on tickets. Empire State Building? $36. The Guggenheim and the Whitney both go for $25. Even the Frick is $22. But there's a lifetime of fun to be had without ever handing over a cent, and not just by …

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Ten places to travel for a higher cause

Seeking some deeper meaning on your travels? Make your own pilgrimage to some of the world’s great spiritual sites.

Historical adventurers way more interesting than you

At the risk of starting on a bummer note, it's my sad duty to confirm that the age of groundbreaking, Earth-bound adventure is effectively over. Even virtually unknown destinations are now just a search away on Google, and they probably have an active Instagram feed. The only round-the-world …

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Secret Mediterranean islands where you can escape the crowds

There are more than 200 islands in the Med, yet 90 per cent of tourists stay on just 10 per cent of them. We’ve rounded up six lesser-known isles worth seeking out if you’re looking for a little peace and quiet.<p><b>Pantelleria, Italy</b><p>Boat at sunset by Luca Volpi. CC BY-SA 2.0.<p>Closer to Tunisia than …

Last Minute Hotel Booking: There Are Many Apps for That

Whether you are a super procrastinator when it comes to trip planning, or a victim of a <b>cancelled flight</b>/bus/train or unreliable friend, last minute hotel booking apps can save you from all sorts of misery, if your version of misery is sleeping in a car, on the airport floor, or not at all (Curbed …

How I quit my job to travel: The wedding photographer

Travel blogger Kirsten Alana explains how, and why, she left her life behind – without savings, much travel experience or even a backpack.<p>When I decided to quit my job to travel, I did the opposite of what I would recommend: I took the "just go!" quotes literally, read inspirational gobbledygook …

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Top 20 free things to do in Paris

City of love, fashion capital, literary paradise… Paris has many different guises. And while museum entry can be steep and fine dining comes at a premium, the French capital can also be a cheap date.<p>Whether you go weak at the knees for soaring church spires or want to rub elbows at an authentic …

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25 Books That Blow Minds

On a recent Reddit thread, readers commented on this very phenomenon.<p>Asked about the most mind-blowing books they'd ever read, users brought up dystopian novels like "1984" and "The Handmaid's Tale." But books that engender hope for the human spirit like "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "The Kite …

Best adventure travel for 2014

For those who like their trips to thrill, here’s our pick of the best places to feel pumped in 2014.<p>Mountain biking, Avoriaz, France<p>Avoriaz is one of 12 interconnected resorts in the Portes du Soleil region of the French Alps, where man-made bike trails and alpine tracks create a spectacular …

The 10 best treks in the world

These 10 classic treks are for serious walkers. All of them require a sturdy pair of lungs, fit legs and a good amount of preparation. However, if you choose to go on any of these trails then you will be rewarded with experiences that last a lifetime. In no particular order:<p>1. GR20, France<p><i>Image by</i> …

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Top 10 classic cocktail bars in London

To the uninitiated it might seem that London has suddenly embraced cocktails, yet the city has always been a quiet, constant bastion of the cocktail, and the birthplace of numerous classics: from the white lady, the collins and the hanky panky to modern staples such as the espresso martini, …

Totally...like... bogus: the world's worst travel advice

"Don't waste your money on bottled water! I just drank the tap water and I feel fine," brags a fellow hostel guest in Kathmandu. This person won't be seen again for three days, looking about 8lbs lighter.<p>"I never book a room before I get to a destination. It's better to visit all the hostels first, …

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Best apps and sites to plan, record and share your trips

Dreaming up a trip is the easiest part of every journey. All you need is a working imagination. The other bits before you go? Not so easy, or so much fun. You’ve got to book tickets, worry about accommodation, work out budgets, apply for visas…then you’ve got to plan your itinerary. And what about …

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A guide to street photography: Gavin Harrison's smartphone art

<i>Street photography is the purest, most spontaneous way to create art with a camera. No studios, no props, no poses; all you need is the right equipment and a street with people on it. In this original series for Engadget, we'll follow three seasoned street fighters and try to glean some practical</i> …

Beach towns close to Venice

<b>"Iain" writes</b><br>I'm looking for an attractive and authentic beach town - preferably somewhere within an hour or so of Venice. Can you help?<p><b>Tim Jepson, Italy expert, replies</b><br>Have a look at Caorle, around 35 miles (55km) northeast of Venice, on the vast curve of the coast as it swings round towards …

18 Cool Things to Do in London - Lost Scientist

<i>“Why, Sir, you find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for</i> …

18 free things to do in Barcelona

Barcelona has enough to keep the most voracious of culture vultures and self-indulgent of gourmands happy for weeks, but all those entry fees and tapas bills can mount up. Fortunately, help is at hand with a variety of ways to make your holiday budget stretch a little further.<p>In addition to the …

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19 free things to do in Singapore

Singapore may be one of the most expensive countries to visit in Southeast Asia, but there are plenty of free things to see and do to ease the pressure on your wallet. Here are some of our favourite Singapore freebies.<p>Get a taste of Peranakan history at Baba House<p>Baba House, the exquisitely …

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Tuscany's best restaurants, by Antonio Carluccio

Where Antonio would enjoy...<p><b>A typical brunch</b><p>Brac, a vegetarian cafe in Florence which doubles as a library, has a nice brunch menu with things like apple fritters, yoghurt with fresh fruit, pancakes and French toast with jams or honeys, perfect with a mid-morning coffee.<p><b>Brac</b> Via dei Vagellai 18r, …

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