50 best adventure holidays

Adventure offerings, including kayaking in Turkey, diving in the Maldives or swimming with Californian sea lions Adventures for softies 1 Wild kayak in Turkey  Base yourself at the lovely Ece hotel on the waterfront of Sovalye , a pedestrianised island in the Gulf of Fethiye, and you can sign up for a two-day kayaking tour, […]

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The Lonely Planet looks rather empty from up here in cyberspace

Long hair, dusty backpacks, dirt roads and a blue-spined travel bible: for more than 40 years thousands of young adventurers have relied on Lonely Planet guidebooks to navigate themselves through unfamiliar countries. News that the Australian publisher is to make about 80 of its 450-odd staff redundant prompted a tsunami of blubbing from travellers who […]

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50 top websites for travel

Where to go to find inspiration for your travels, pick up great deals and get the best advice before you leave See the first two instalments of our list: 50 top websites you can’t live without 50 top websites for fashion and beauty Five of the best for travel deals 1. Skyscanner.com  Flight price comparison  This […]

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Cheaper holidays to the Caribbean

Passengers flying to the Caribbean and Asia will pay lower aviation taxes from next year, the Chancellor announced, but airlines urged him to scrap a tax which they claim is damaging the tourist industry and wider economy. Mr Osborne announced a streamlining of Air Passenger Duty rates, criticising a “crazy system where you pay less […]

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50 things you should do before you die

Never mind the Taj Mahal or Grand Canyon – try diving with whale sharks or stargazing in Utah instead. Travel experts tell Lisa Grainger what’s on their bucket lists 1 Sail round Ha Long Bay, Vietnam This is one of the most affordable ways to see a natural wonder of the world – an all-in […]

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Travel tips: Join an adventure tour

Real adventure travel For great bragging rights around the dinner table, join one of the tours to Bangladesh or Angola being launched by the adventure company Exodus (0845 8639601, exodus.co.uk) for next year. Bangladesh takes travellers to the citadels of Bagerhat, tea plantations, mangrove cruising in the Sundarbans National Park and the possibility of tiger spotting. […]

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Sri Lanka’s 20 best boutique hotels

Sri Lanka has bounced back from tsunamis, travel warnings and civil war. Here’s our pick of the best places to stay It has been ravaged by civil war, badly hit by the Boxing Day tsunami of 2004, and had travel warnings imposed on it for 30 years by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. But Sri […]

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