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Ladies Beach in Kusadasi

When Turkey is just like home

It was supposed to be a low season, holiday bargain, but Kusadasi proved to be a welcome surprise for Margaret Scully.

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Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia is as good an indicator as any of Tunisia's slow comeback as a tourism destination.

Why Tunisia is making a comeback

With beautiful beaches, a sunny climate and cheap prices, Tunisia is winning tourists back.

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The MS AmaBella, a luxury ship running a seven-day schedule from Budapest to Prague on the Danube.

When a river runs through it, why not take a boat?

With river cruises reaching the cities and countryside ocean-going ships cannot, it’s little wonder they’re enjoying a boom, says Pól Ó Conghaile 

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New Zealand: Flying for the long haul with two kids in tow

Five flights in 45 hours via five countries with two kids under four, all heading to New Zealand. Caroline Hennessy presents her ‘long haul travel with kids‘ survival guide.

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Taking in the view at Malin Head.

Wild Atlantic Way: the Ultimate Guide

The world’s longest coastal touring route has just been unveiled — and it’s right on our doorstep. Pól Ó Conghaile and Tommy Barker map the Wild Atlantic Way. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Northern Ireland's Westeros could be a Game of Thrones tourism goldmine

Game of Thrones could do for tourism in Northern Ireland what Lord Of The Rings has achieved for New Zealand. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Glenorchy, on Lake Wakatipu in New Zealand, one of the locations for The Lord of the Rings.

Why Hollywood is the best travel agent in town

Tomorrow’s Oscars won’t just inspire cinema audiences. They’ll inspire countless holidays and city breaks too. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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The Ace Hotel on Shoreditch High Street in London.

Shoreditch: London's hipster hangout

In honour of London Fashion Week, Claire Droney hangs out in the city’s coolest spot — Shoreditch.

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A little girl takes in the delights of one of the countless purveyors of chocolate in the Belgian city of Brussels.

Head over heels for food of love

It’s Valentine’s Weekend, another great excuse for chocoholics to indulge. But for serious commitment to the cocoa bean, Belgians are the ones to beat.

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Top tips for travel for the year ahead

Pól Ó Conghaile has just been named the Travel Extra Travel Journalist of the Year, awarded for “his exceptional body of work” including articles written for the Irish Examiner and the National Geographic.

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The Edgewalk on the CN Tower in Toronto, Canada, is pretty awesome.

Top overseas destinations for 2014

From budget breaks in Bodrum to direct flights to Canada, Travel Writer of the Year Pól Ó Conghaile picks his top overseas destinations for 2014.

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Family fun in the sun

I HAVE a theory.

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Amazing Thailand doesn’t disappoint

An invite to stay in a top Bangkok hotel, watch some former All Blacks try and train an elephant, and soak up the calm of Hua Hin was enough to lure Barry Coughlan back to Thailand’s shores.

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A panoramic view of the city of Macau at night.

Living on the edge of a cultural divide

Rejecting the adrenalin junkie option of hurling herself from the top of one of the world’s tallest buildings, Isabel Conway takes a multicultural tour of Macau’s many attractions.

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The beach at Saint Jean de Monts, France. The holiday combined Vendee for the sun and Paris for Disney.

St Jean de Monts, France is a must

Combining the sunny Vendee with the joys of Disneyland Paris, Vickie Maye took the family on an ambitious 3,000km road trip through France.

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Bright lights and big cities: inspiring plans for the year

Need inspiration for your holidays in 2014? From city breaks to family getaways to adventure destinations, Isabel Conway has 10 of the best at home and abroad.

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Aria hotel in Las Vegas. Hotels are embracing technology and incorporating it into the guest experience.

Welcome to the holidays of the future

Sarah Connolly discovers that hotels all over the world are tuning in to the needs of tech-savvy travellers with up-to-date gadgets.

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El Celler de Can Roca, the restaurant that replaced Noma as San Pellegrino's World's Best Restaurant, is run by three Roca brothers (including Joan — pictured) in Girona in Spain.

Fantastic foodie destinations

Looking for a gourmet getaway? Pól Ó Conghaile tips the world’s top foodie destinations, with a smorgasbord of suggestions on where and what to eat when you get there.

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Christmas dinners to go

Pól Ó Conghaile's quick guide to some restaurants where you're guaranteed to get into the Christmas spirit ...

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Christmas markets just a flight away

With the festive season well underway, Christmas markets are striking up all over Europe... and beyond. Pól Ó Conghaile has a stocking full of travel tips.

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Panoramic view of Tofino, Vancouver Island, Canada, the surfing and whale-watching lodestar on the west coast.

Walk on the wild side of Canada

IF YOU’RE thinking Canada’s west coast, for once don’t do the predictable things. Break away from the crowd. Hire a car.

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