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9 Awesome Travel Destinations That Won't Break the Bank

World-renowned travel guide book publisher Lonely Planet offers its picks for the best-value travel destinations of 2013. <b>Lonely Planet took</b> …

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Travel tips: swimming in Scotland and adventure holidays for kids

<b>Take me there: swimming in Loch Lomond</b><p>What better antidote to the recent heatwave than to dive into the cool waters of a Scottish loch? To mark its …

The magic of Mersea Island

If you've heard of Mersea and you're not from Essex, the chances are it's because of the Company Shed. Until it was discovered by restaurant critics …

The world's best alternative theme parks

Yes, you might have visited Six Flags and Disneyland in all its iterations (in Paris, Tokyo, Hong Kong and come 2015, Shanghai).<p>But what about all the other weird and wonderful theme parks out there? Here's a small selection of delightfully different theme parks, to give your travels an offbeat …

Travel

Taiwan: the last outpost of old China

Sometimes, small is everything. In Taipei’s exceptional National Palace Museum, I chanced on a case containing a carved olive kernel. It was an unlikely exhibit, the kind that had people tilting their heads one way, then the other, before peering in closer. Shaped by the evidently steady hands of a …

Freshwater Creatures Less Affected by Dino-Killing Asteroid

Organisms living in rivers and lakes had certain advantages over marine counterparts.<p><b>The large asteroid that crashed into the Earth 65.5 million years ago is best known for killing off the dinosaurs, but it also triggered a mass extinction in the oceans. Curiously, though, organisms living in</b> …

The world's great diving adventures

It’s always hard to pick a list of favourite dive sites. Some are good because they are beautiful or dramatic; some are intriguing because they are hard to visit or special because they offer a good chance of seeing a rare and charismatic species. Sometimes it’s personal, emotional associations …

Caligula's ancient hideaways

Try to imagine a Roman emperor’s palace. A vision of unbridled luxury – from jewel-encrusted walls to revolving dining rooms (that was Nero’s brainwave) – is bound to come to mind. But frustratingly it’s hard to find remaining traces of this kind of extravagance, even in the city of <b>Rome</b> …

Cheap summer destinations for 2013

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Top things to do in Rome

Few cities evoke the sheer wonder and amazement of Rome. Ancient history, outstanding art and religious icons are around every corner and when it all gets too much you can just join the locals in sipping espresso in one of the city's many squares. With so much to see and do, the real test will be …

Italy

Indoor ski centre planned for East London

The London Mayor said the £200 million snow dome would be the double the size of any other indoor ski centre in the country and comparable with the Ski Dubai facility in the United Arab Emirates.<p>Westfield Stratford City will submit a planning application to London Legacy Development Corporation …

Ski resorts in surprising places

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Country diary: Lake District: Great Gable: Who would steal a memorial to climbers killed in war?

"Is nothing sacred?" a fell walker was heard to say on reaching Great Gable's summit last week to find the tablet affixed to the rocks gone. "Metal …