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Unspeakably beautiful wilderness at Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race

Today a dog race begins at the top of the world in mind-numbingly freezing conditions, writes Jo Kerrigan.

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De-camping to Brittany with the kids

Looking for the perfect family holiday? Esther N McCarthy enjoys some quality time with the kids in Brittany.

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New year, new you after visiting Thailand

Alexander Fitzgerald visited Thailand for a seven-day detox of juices and clear soups. His verdict? He’ll be back.

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Visiting Iceland in the footsteps of St Brendan

Rory Boland chases the Northern Lights and experiences the culinary delights of Europe’s latest foodie destination.

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A letter from paradise on the Greek island of Skyros

An oasis of peace on a Greek island proved the perfect environment for Claire Droney to practice her writing skills tutored by a Man Booker author. 

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Sousse looking rebound from Tunisian terror attacks

Six months after the attacks, Tunisia is trying to rebuild its broken tourist industry, says Eoghan Corry.

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A magical trip to Lapland is a once in a lifetime experience

Vickie Maye experiences Lapland, the magical winter wonderland that’s home to Santa, on a one-night trip of a lifetime.

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The best options home and abroad for a 'Twistmas' break

The period between Christmas and New Year is fast becoming peak season for holidays. Ciara McDonnell has the best options at home and abroad for a “Twistmas” break    

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Our list of the best holiday destinations for Christmas sun and skiing

More and more of us want to get away for the festive season — whether it’s for a sun-drenched Christmas, a cruise, or the ski slopes, says Ciara McDonnell.

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Enjoy the northern lights of Glasgow

Glasgow has become an arts powerhouse in the UK capable of challenging London’s reputation, says Ed Power. 

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Latvian capital Riga is a wonder in winter

Clodagh Finn samples the joys of the Latvian capital, Riga, a winter wonderland through the festive season.

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Where's the best place in Europe to shop this Christmas?

With so many wonderful Christmas markets throughout Europe, how do you choose the right one? Catherine Murphy has a few suggestions.

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Family skiing: Hit the slopes on shoestring

Want to take the family skiing but don’t have the budget? Not to worry – Conor Power has DIY, low-cost advice for affordable fun on the slopes.

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Stepping back in time in Transylvania

Transylvania has a way of life lost in the rest of Europe. Just in time for Halloween, Darina Allen paid a visit.    

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Falling for foliage in New England

Nowhere does autumn like New England says Jo Kerrigan – the US northeast leaves a lasting impression.

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Island life on Caribbean island of Nevis

If one could bottle and sell the moment I saw a bank cashier and security guard laugh so hard (while at work) that the latter collapsed on the floor in a contorted heap, this island would be far more known than it is.

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Here’s how to keep the kids amused for the mid-term

It’s just one week until the kids break for mid-term. Áilín Quinlan has the lowdown on some of the best activities around the country to keep them entertained.

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Schloss Neuschwanstein in Bavaria was once a setting for 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'.

We found the perfect hiking destination in Austria

 

Walking clubs are increasing in popularity – and Catherine Murphy is convinced she’s found the perfect hiking destination in Austria.

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Live Like Gandhi and stay at his ashram in India

Gandhi was born 146 years ago this weekend. Kevin Pilley follows in his footsteps and visits the birthplace and family home of the influential leader in Porbandar, Gujarat.

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Zurich, Switzerland, is the perfect destination for a break away from the norm

Although it may be of a similar size to our own capital, Zurich has a distinctly different feel, with royal blue trams criss-crossing the centre against the backdrop of bridges, clock towers and the beautifully preserved buildings, writes Arlene Harris.

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There’s one place like home in Newfoundland, Canada

Newfoundland feels like Ireland 20 years ago, when people left their doors unlocked, hitchhiked without fear and took time to stop and chat. Jennifer Hough feels right at home in the Canadian province.

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