Best overseas breaks at Christmas and new year: readers travel tips

Our tipsters go cold turkey on the traditional British Christmas in search of ice hotels, a lantern festival, exotic wildlife and traditional markets, from Brittany to the Japanese alps Winning tip: east African wildlife trip Last year we spent 25 December in Ethiopia to celebrate the Orthodox Christmas on 7 January in the Bale mountains, …

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Los Angeles is the globe in a small space: author Ryan Gattis

LA is the most diverse city in the US, says the thriller writer. And with regeneration, areas like Downtown are fizzing with cultural mashups and food fusions When I moved to Downtown LA in 2007, it felt abandoned. Going out at night was a bit like being in a zombie movie it was so empty. …

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10 of the best attractions in Emilia-Romagna: readers travel tips

Fast cars, slow food, hilltop castles and open-air art galleries Our readers pick their highlights of Emilia-Romagna classic Italy without the crowds Winning tip: open-air gallery, Dozza On a hilltop between Bologna and Imola is Dozza, a handsome village of classic medieval appearance, with an unexpected twist. The entire village is an eight Unesco heritage …

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16 Rules That Every Kind, Smart and Compassionate Traveler Follows When They Fly

American Airlines recently announced a campaign to encourage better etiquette and kindness between travelers. The thinking being: hey, if we can encourage our passengers to act a little bit less like animals, maybe theyll hate flying less and be willing to pay a bit more for it. This is great thinking because passengers do act …

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The Final Definitive Case For Why You Should Never Recline Your Seat On An Airplane

My high school sat on a well-trafficked two-lane road with a stop sign near the entrance to the parking lot. Cars on that road that were not headed to the high school typically drove in the left lane, headed straight, while those full of, or driven by students, would take the right lane in order …

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Clean room, no beetles wanted: how a young Kafka hoped to write budget travel guides

Before writing his best-known works, Franz Kafka hoped to make millions with a series of on the cheap guides to European travel Years before penning Metamorphosis, considered by some to beKafka: The Early Years, published in translation (by Shelley Frisch) last month. The ahead-of-its-time idea (considering the popularity of budget travel tips today) sought to …

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20 Greek islands you may not have heard of

The dazzling colours and great food of Greeces famous islands extend to these lesser-known sand-fringed destinations, which boast wonderful places to stay especially for late- or out-of-season breaks Despite its many crises in the past few years, tourism is booming in Greece. Most travellers, however, still rarely venture beyond the more famous islands and a …

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Lonely Planet names new attractions worth visiting this year

A rare quokka appeared!Image: flickr/ruerto42 It’s safe to say there’s an abundance of choice when it come to place to visit in Australia from urban landmarks like the Sydney Opera House to natural ones like Uluru or the Great Barrier Reef. But according to Lonely Planet’s New In 2017 list, there are two stand-out destinations …

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No, there’s no ban on carrying comicsor any other type of booksin checked bags

Spoiler: People weren't happy.Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock Comic-Con attendees freaked out after a tweet warned that United Airlines was forcing fliers to remove comic books from checked bags. Turns out that’s not really a restriction, according to the TSA and the airline. SEE ALSO: United accidentally puts rapper and his dog on separate flights A Twitter user …

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Koh Samui Travel Guide

(CNN)Gazing on the developing island of today: Five-star hotels. Upmarket dining scene. Plentiful shopping. While the isle’s built-up northern and eastern coasts increasingly cater to the tourists, in the south and west locals still stick to the simple life, and traditions that brought backpackers on rickety fishing boats from the mainland to this island paradise …

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