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Why anyone wanting to hike the Inca Trail in 2017 needs to book now

The majestic Inca citadel of Machu Picchu Credit: © Anna Stowe Travel / Alamy Stock Photo/Anna Stowe Travel / Alamy Stock Photo Hazel Plush 16 December 2016 • 12:28pm Travellers planning to explore Machu Picchu via the Inca Trail next year are being urged to book their trip this week, or risk losing out due […]

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59 amazing facts about Russia

The name Red Square has nothing to do with communism, but derives from the word “krasnyi”, which once meant “beautiful” Credit: ALAMY 16 December 2016 • 12:30pm To mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Soviet Union, we’ve been digging out strange facts about countries including Belarus, Latvia and Moldova, and remembering some […]

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Is it safe to visit Jordan? Latest advice for travellers

On Sunday, a fatal shooting took place at Karak Castle, in western Jordan Credit: alamy Hazel Plush, travel writer 19 December 2016 • 12:38pm On Sunday, ten people were killed in a shooting in western Jordan. The fatalities included a Canadian tourist and police officers, and at least 27 other people were wounded. The four […]

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Fancy going off-grid? Applications open for two of Britain’s most remote jobs

The successful applicants will be the island’s sole two inhabitants Credit: alamy Hazel Plush, travel writer 20 December 2016 • 12:33pm This has been a year of unprecedented drama, shocking headlines and utterly bizarre goings-on – best summed up, perhaps, by Merriam-Webster’s Word of 2016: “Surreal”. But if you want to recoil from this “post-truth” […]

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Berlin, Germany’s most tolerant and multicultural city, was ‘expecting’ terror attack

Berlin is mourning its dead, but police are concerned the suspect is still at large Credit: Getty Paul Sullivan, Berlin 20 December 2016 • 4:22pm Heavy mist and gunmetal-grey skies seemed to reflect the mood in Berlin this morning as the city reeled from the impact of last night’s tragic attack, in which a truck […]

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Remote Indonesian island subjects tourists to ‘walk of shame’ for alleged theft

The pair were made to walk through the streets with signs around their necks Credit: agungwiryawan/Instagram Hugh Morris 21 December 2016 • 11:47am Villagers on a trio of remote Indonesian islands have developed their own unusual way of dealing with suspected criminals. Two Australian tourists are the latest to fall victim to the innovative justice, […]

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Airbnb strives for travel domination with new flight booking service

Should existing flight-booking sites be worried? Credit: AFP or licensors/JOHN MACDOUGALL Gavin Haines 21 December 2016 • 12:06pm Airbnb plans to spread its wings into air travel, pitching the home-rental startup against the likes of Expedia, Skyscanner and Google. At least that’s according to Bloomberg, which claims the new flights service is still in the […]

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Why Dublin is the perfect place to be on New Year’s Eve

Dublin finishes the year with an Irish Hogmanay-on-Liffey Credit: PA Neil Hegarty, Destination expert 21 December 2016 • 12:30pm Dublin for New Year? There was a time when such a phrase would not, perhaps, trip so lightly off the tongue: the Christmas build-up collapsing into a frenzy of holiday sales, boozing – and frankly, not […]

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Airlines accused of dumping human waste during a flight – but is it even possible?

Your bog-standard airplane toilet Oliver Smith, Digital Travel Editor 22 December 2016 • 12:15pm An environmental court in India has introduced fines of up to £600 for airlines that deposit the contents of their toilets on unsuspecting houses below. The move came after a retired army general claimed that airlines were frequently leaking human waste on his […]