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    EXCLUSIVE: Meet Afghanistan's first female SKIERS, who are learning to snowplough in an area that was once a Taliban stronghold

    'In 2013,' said ski instructor Henriette Bjorge, 'women in Afghanistan had no idea what skiing was.'MailOnline Travel is listening to the Norwegian speak at Expedition Finse, a sort of festival for adventurers in Norway. She is explaining how she went about introducing Afghan women from an impoverished rural community in a former Taliban stronghold to snow ploughing and parallel turns.At first she had to do all of this while her students were dressed in completely inappropriate gear because they didn't have access to technical kit. For their first lesson, a group of Afghan women turned up armed with handbags, their ...

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    Disney reveals its new Toy Story Land at the Hollywood Studios Park in Florida will open on June 30

    The long-awaited Toy Story Land at Walt Disney World in Florida is to open on June 30, it has been announced.The attraction, the largest expansion in the theme park’s history, will be an 11-acre extension of the Hollywood Studios park and based on the lovable characters made famous by the 1995 movie and its sequels.Guests visiting Toy Story Land will feel as though they are in Andy's back yard with oversized versions of Woody, Jessie, Buzz, Rex and Mr Potato Head. The long-awaited Toy Story Land at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, which is set to open on June ...

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    The top 20 most-filmed movie and TV locations in the world revealed: From New York's Central Park to the UK's South Bank, these are the places you’re most likely to see a star

    The most-filmed TV and movie locations around the world have been revealed - and New York's Central Park is the place you're most likely to see a star.A new study has revealed that it's US locations that make up most of the top ten filming locations  - perhaps not surprisingly - with Venice Beach, California, in second place followed by New York destinations Greenwich Village, Astoria and Williamsburg completing the top five.The most filmed location outside of the US is the University of British Columbia in Canada, which is the ninth most popular location, while the most popular spot for ...

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    Unique stays: Cool, quirky and unusual hotels in Lisbon

    Lisbon is a very cool city with plenty of unusual tourist attractions to experience alongside the more traditional ones. The same applies to its hotels, with a wide range of unique places to stay on offer to travellers. Whether you want to live like football star Ronaldo, have a disco in your room or stay in an architectural marvel, the Portuguese capital has the hotel for you. Get a bit of sightseeing in from the comfort of your bed, by booking a room at an eye-catching hotel like Almalusa Baixa/ChiadoPestana CR7 LisboaRating: Pestana CR7 Lisboa is the result of a ...

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    Norwegian sets transatlantic speed record AGAIN: Dreamliner races from New York to London in just 5 hours and 9 minutes thanks to monster jet stream that pushes it to 799mph

    Norwegian has broken its own record for the fastest subsonic transatlantic flight from New York to London, completing the journey in just five hours and nine minutes.The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner registered as G-CJGI and captained by Martin Wood  beat the record set in January by four minutes after reaching 799mph on the crossing.The flight left JFK on Thursday February 8 and was able to touch down at Gatwick airport around an hour ahead of time thanks to a ferocious jet stream. Norwegian has broken its own record for the fastest subsonic transatlantic flight from New York to London, completing the journey in just five ...

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    Couple clock up 45,000 MILES across 36 U.S states and Canada in a tiny 130-sq-ft house on wheels

    An adventure-hungry couple has told how they've racked up 45,000 miles on the road in a tiny house on wheels - and they have to plans to stop driving.Alexis Stephens, 33, and Christian Parsons, 42, from North Carolina, sold all of their possessions and hit the road in their kooky trailer-style abode more than two-and-a-half years ago and they have since travelled through 36 U.S. states and one Canadian province.They said when they first moved into their DIY home they 'had to get used to sharing such a tiny space' and life has become a bit of a 'choreographed dance' with ...

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    Rome deluxe: Five-star hotels in the Italian capital

    Rome has no shortage of great hotels, and if you’re looking for something really special then you’re spoilt for choice in the Eternal City. From exclusive boutique lodgings to grand hotels with sprawling gardens and sun terraces, Rome has it all when it comes to five-star luxury. For those who want to treat themselves, Rome Cavalieri offers a penthouse suite with a wildly extravagant roof terrace with hot tub and views across the entire Rome skylineHotel de RussieRating: The perfect place to unwind after a long day of exploring Rome, Hotel de Russie is located on the Via Del Babuino near the ...

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    New app lets travellers get bargain air fares by bidding for empty seats on planes (but there is a catch, of course)

    A new app has been launched that allows travellers wanting to bag bargain flights to bid for empty seats on planes.New tech start-up Air Ticket Arena, which is based in the UK, allows passengers to pay for flights for just a fraction of the price.The only catch is travellers can only choose their flights up to two weeks in advance and only find out if they have a seat on the plane just 48 hours before take-off. New app Air Ticket Arena allows travellers wanting to bag bargain flights to bid for empty seats on planesTo bag a cheap ticket, ...

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    The UFO hotel that'll leave you starry-eyed! Stunning renderings emerge of spaceship-style lodge that's set to open beneath a glacier in the Arctic Circle

    You'll be left starry-eyed at this UFO-style hotel, set to touch down in the Arctic Circle.  Incredible renderings have emerged of the spaceship-style lodge, which is scheduled to open in 2021 in northern Norway just above the Arctic Circle.The images show how hotel Svart will sit in a breathtaking location at the foot of Svartisen - Norway's second largest glacier - and it will be set above the water on stilts. Architects went about crafting the unusual structure so it will use 85 per cent less energy than a regular hotel would. Scheduled for a 2021 opening, hotel Svart will sit in ...

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    Premier Inn housekeepers 'use the same guest towel to clean the entire bathroom, including the TOILET, and work unpaid extra hours'

    An undercover investigation has shown a housekeeper being told to use the same guest towel to clean entire bathrooms - including the toilet - at one of Britain's biggest hotel chains.Covert filming by Channel 4's Dispatches team at a Premier Inn branch near London Bridge revealed the unhygienic cleaning practices using an undercover reporter called 'Irina', who was also told to take on unpaid work in order to meet room-cleaning targets, meaning she was paid below the national living wage.The shocking revelations emerged after she joined the housekeeping team at the London Bridge property in December 2017. She was employed ...

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    America's golden oldie: Hipsters have replaced hippies on San Francisco’s Pier 39 but you’ll still feel the love

    On San Francisco’s famous Pier 39, sauce-stained children slurp huge bowls of clam chowder. In the background, Alcatraz’s foreboding, mist-shrouded silhouette rises from the ocean.The nearby gift shop is doing a roaring trade, churning out striped underpants and replica prison-issue toiletries bearing the tag line, ‘don’t drop the soap’, all to a soundtrack of the pier’s famous blubbery, barking sea lions.But the waterfront — with its many fresh crab restaurants — will soon look very different. The green-fingered team behind New York’s urban High Line has now turned its attention to the Presidio — a beautiful, sprawling park overlooking the ...

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    Are these the most stylish holiday homes ever? From Palm Springs California to a remote bay in New Zealand, 10 jaw-dropping retreats revealed

    The stresses and strains of life mean that it's easy to dream about retreating to a secluded yet stylish holiday home.But for anyone short on material to ponder, a new book provides plenty of material to lust after.It contains eye-catching photos of over two dozen amazing houses, curated by travel journalist and blogger Sebastiaan Bedaux, who has been globetrotting for 10 years.On his travels he has found stunning properties that are all elegant hidden gems surrounded by nature, from thick woodland to mountain landscapes.And incredible pictures of the grandly designed homes form part of Mountain View: The Perfect Holiday Homes.Mr ...

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    From hunting knives to firecrackers: Passengers reveal the dangerous items they have managed to accidentally sneak through airport security

    Packing your carry-on bag in a rush before heading to the airport often means you can't be sure exactly what is inside.But most people would expect that security agents would automatically pick up any dangerous items lurking in their luggage.However, from hunting knives to scissors and even firecrackers - travellers have been revealing the dangerous items they have managed to accidentally sneak on to flights. Travellers have been revealing the dangerous items they have managed to accidentally sneak on to flightsThe revelations came after a Reddit user took to the online forum to ask Transport Security Administration (TSA) workers in the ...

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    Revealed: Airport check-in screens have over 1,000 times more germs on them than TOILET SEATS

    Self-service check-in screens at airports have over 1,000 times more bacteria on them than toilet seats, a new study has revealed.The report found that the kiosks, which many airlines encourage their passengers to use, are riddled with viable germs and fungal cells, and are the dirtiest surfaces in airports.Researchers conducted 18 swab tests across six surfaces at three major US airports and on aeroplanes. An infographic showing the dirtiest surfaces in airports and how much bacteria are living on them compared to household surfaces They then sent their swabs to a lab to establish how many colony-forming units (CFU) of bacteria ...

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    From farmers' markets to flea markets, here's our guide to the best markets in Prague

    Prague is an ideal city in which to spend time browsing markets. As well as several farmers’ markets where you can buy interesting local produce, there are also quirky flea markets selling everything from vintage clothes and souvenirs to furniture, as well as some seasonal markets. These are some of our favourites. An insider's guide to the best markets in the capital city of Czech RepublicHavel’s MarketDating back to 1232 and close to Old Town Square, this ancient market started selling produce. Over the years it has evolved into a great place to pick up souvenirs and gifts such as local ...

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