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Christmas markets.

Christmas Markets in 48 hours

A mid-week visit to Europe’s Christmas Markets is a chance to combine an indulgent city break with shopping for truly individual gifts. Travel writer Simon Heptinstall – who once drove through 12 European countries in one day – reveals five of the continent’s best cities to soak up the fairy-tale festive atmosphere.

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Europe’s hidden ski resorts.

Europe’s hidden ski resorts

The world’s top ski resorts can come with vast crowds and hefty price tags. The alternative? Satellite resorts – smaller mountain villages that are linked to major resorts, but offer a retreat from the masses. They are a fraction of the cost and still have great amenities. Here are seven of the best that Europe has to offer.

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Where to travel in November.

Where to travel in November

Looking to get a last-minute break in before the Christmas rush or perhaps you fancy a spot of early winter sun? We’ve gathered together our top picks for where to go in November, from Peru to Poland, Costa Rica to South Africa.

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Where are the world’s best beaches?

Where are the world’s best beaches?

It’s one of the questions that travel experts get asked most, so we thought we’d ask our own global panel of holiday pros where they think the best beaches are around the globe. Here’s the lowdown on the top eight.

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Ten of the best wild swims.

Ten of the best wild swims

From a secluded Icelandic hot spring pool to underground swimming holes to cool off from the Mexican heat, Kate Rew, director of the Outdoor Swimming Society, picks her ultimate spots for wild swims.

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LA: where to soak up the sun.

LA: where to soak up the sun

Glorious weather is one of LA’s most reliable assets – it is one of the US’s sunniest cities, after all, with temperatures balmy enough for year-round jaunts to the beach. But there are other ways to enjoy the al fresco Angeleno lifestyle beyond California’s golden coast. Here are six insider ideas.

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How to make the most of your trip.

How to make the most of your trip

Why visit one holiday hot spot when you can squeeze two into your holiday? It’s never been easier to fly into one great destination and out of another, meaning it’s time for a road trip. Chris Leadbeater picks six epic adventures.

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Things to do in France.

Things to do in France

It’s not without good reason that we have a romanticised idea of France, with its picture-postcard villages, swathes of rolling countryside, quaint cafés and glorious coastlines. But from Paris to Montpellier and Lyon to Bordeaux, France is also bustling with creative modernity in everything from food to fashion.

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New York’s best live music venues.

New York’s best live music venues

The city that brought you Lou Reed, Lady Gaga and Jay-Z has never been short of venues. Whether it’s blockbuster bands or hot new talent you’re after, Edmund Vallance suggests eight of the best places to hear live music.

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Prague for arts and culture.

Prague for arts and culture

Prague has always boasted fairy-tale castles, ornate palaces and historic museums, but it has also developed a sharp and happening arts and culture scene. Harriet Cooper uncovers the Czech capital’s bohemian sights and hangouts.

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