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Travel: A very different Christmas

Travel: A very different Christmas

Yet to confirm your holiday plans? Join the club. Sarah Taaffe-Maguire seeks out a range of alternative ways to spend the season

Uncovering Uzbekistan

Uncovering Uzbekistan

Remote terrain, mountain treks, vodka at the dead of night and Tashkent’s magnificent metro are just some of the wonders of one of the world’s newest tourist attractions. Just don’t try talking politics in Uzbekistan

Travel: Plastic fantastic

Travel: Plastic fantastic

When it comes to authentic tourist attractions, Qatar may be all hat and no ranch – but what a hat!

Travel: Natural highs in the Swiss Alps

Travel: Natural highs in the Swiss Alps

You don’t have to be a thrillseeker to find fun high in the Swiss Alps, as Isabel Conway discovers while hiking, foraging and eating her way around Verbier

Travel: The sights, sounds and flavours of colourful Lisbon

Travel: The sights, sounds and flavours of colourful Lisbon

As if the fine weather and the gregarious inhabitants weren’t enough to recommend it, the Portuguese capital is a true treat for any self-respecting foodie, writes Gillian Nelis

Bucking trends: Alberta's Calgary Stampede

Bucking trends: Alberta's Calgary Stampede

Harking back to the Wild West, ‘bull n bronc’ riders demonstrate a hardcore attitude to their own health and safety as they take on angry bulls, wrestle steers and ride bareback

Streets for feet: The world’s great walking cities

Streets for feet: The world’s great walking cities

Good urban design is about making a city as walkable as possible, which affects us more deeply than we know. Neuroscientist Shane O’Mara writes in praise of the world’s great walking cities

Make me an island in the sun: Gillian Nelis takes a trip to Fuerteventura

Make me an island in the sun: Gillian Nelis takes a trip to Fuerteventura

All-inclusive holidays aren’t to everyone’s taste, but you’ll struggle to find a better one than in the resort of Corralejo on Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands.

Spanish steps to heaven: City-hopping in Andalucia

Spanish steps to heaven: City-hopping in Andalucia

A trip to the scenic, sun-baked and culinarily rich region of Andalucia is just the tonic for the senses

Cut through to the Steel City

Cut through to the Steel City

Often overshadowed by its more historically famous neighbours of Philadelphia and Washington DC, Pittsburgh has undergone something of a reinvention and is a revelation to travellers who make the effort to get there, writes Daniel Murray

Southern comforts: The charms of Charleston

Southern comforts: The charms of Charleston

Isabel Conway visits the South Carolina city of Charleston, where the Irish-linked traditions are long-enduring and the history hangs heavy in the air

Get your kicks on Portugal’s Route 66

Get your kicks on Portugal’s Route 66

Isabel Conway takes the slow road through the enchanting Alentejo region, whose charms are often missed by tourists in the race to the sunbeds of built up coastal resorts

A place less ordinary: The reinvention of Castle Leslie

A place less ordinary: The reinvention of Castle Leslie

The breathtaking Castle Leslie Estate is a place that spills over with history, charm and a feeling of home. It has just undergone an expansion, allowing it to welcome more guests with 21st-century comforts and its own unique atmosphere

A Far Eastern refuge from the rat race

A Far Eastern refuge from the rat race

If you suffer from rising stress levels and deteriorating sleep, could a week-long wellness holiday in a luxury Thai resort prove to be just what the doctor ordered? Alexander Fitzgerald investigates

The sweetest escapes: Ireland's stellar hotel suites

The sweetest escapes: Ireland's stellar hotel suites

In need of some summer rest and relaxation? Take a break in an Irish suite