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    Grab that cheap flight now - it may be your last chance! Forty years ago, the airline revolution set us loose to explore the world. But our freedom to roam could disappear just as quickly

    Forty years ago this month, the world shrank. On Monday, September 26, 1977, Laker Airways began operating its low-fare Skytrain service from Gatwick to New York. By the way, at a time when the news is dominated by reports of people having to wait two or three hours at an airport, it’s worth noting that the first Skytrain passengers were happy to queue for three days simply to get their £56 one-way ticket to New York.Before Laker, few people could afford to fly on scheduled flights to America. After Laker, the world began to open up to ‘ordinary’ people. Louche and ...

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    Sun of a beach! The pop-up hostel on Australia's Gold Coast that's made entirely from SAND

    Most people love to find a hotel near the beach.But, for those travelling to Australia's Gold Coast, they may never need to leave their bedroom - if they opt to choose in one of the region's quirkiest new venues.The aptly-titled Sand Hostel, in Kurrawa Beach, has caused a stir with holiday-makers, this week, after they learned it's built entirely from sand. Innovative: The Sand Hostel's private double room is an impressive architectural achievementConstructed using 24 tonnes of local grains, the two-metre-high inn was built in just three weeks thanks to a team of specialist builders.The finished result boasts one private double ...

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    The world’s best museums revealed: New York’s Metropolitan scoops top honours in TripAdvisor awards with the UK’s V&A and Paris’s Musee d'Orsay in the top 10

    The world's very best museums have been revealed in a definitive new poll.From America and Europe to Russia and beyond, some of culture's greatest destination points have been ranked by millions of visitors from around the globe.And, once again, Manhattan's Metropolitan Museum of Art has scooped the top accolade in TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards today - for the third consecutive year. Success: Manhattan's Metropolitan Museum of Art has scooped the top accolade - for the third consecutive yearFounded in 1870, NYC's Met - which is located on the city's Upper East Side - scored peak position thanks to its varied collection spanning ...

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    Is this finally the end of bumpy flights? Boeing to trial a long-distance LASER that will spot pesky clear-air turbulence up to 10 miles away

    It's probably the most unpleasant part of aviation.But turbulence could be a thing of the past thanks to new technology that promises to predict the type that lurks unseen - and steer planes around it.That's according to Boeing, which will be trialing remote-sensing technology that can detect clear-air turbulence early next year. New era in flying? Boeing will be trialing remote-sensing technology that can detect clear-air turbulence early next yearThe concept, which they hope could be rolled-out across all commercial carriers, comes from a seven-tear collaboration with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and has huge potential for travellers.According to ...

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    Not so shabby: With its new pier and a sumptuous B&B, spruced-up seaside town Hastings makes a stylish retreat

    Hastings was once a health resort. In the 19th century people came to take the waters and enjoy the soot-free country air.Pre-Raphaelite model Elizabeth Siddal took lodgings in what is now the Old Town, hoping to improve her failing health. She was joined by her lover, the artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and the couple later married in the town.Hastings' fortunes have waxed and waned since then. But, for the past decade, it's been resolutely on the up, while still being a stalwart for slot machines and pots of winkles. Expansive views: Breathe in the fresh sea air on a stroll ...

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    Sicily at its swishest! Following on the heels of Emma Watson and Prince Harry to one of Italy's hottest luxury resorts

    Did Hermione really stay in our room?’ yelped my ten-year-old daughter Alice, eyes like saucers. For a Harry Potter nut like her it was almost too much to contemplate.I’d just discovered that a week before we arrived at the Verdura Resort on the west coast of Sicily, the entire place had been hired by the top brass at Google and Emma Watson (who played Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films) was one of the guests along with Elton John and Prince Harry.It was a coup for the hotel, and I got the feeling those stellar guests would have left ...

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    A family stay in Rudyard Kipling's Vermont home is Just So... instantly enchanting

    When I was ten, my father challenged me to learn Rudyard Kipling’s ‘If’ in exchange for a pound. I memorised all four verses. Fast-forward 30-odd years and I’m in Mr Kipling’s southern Vermont home with my three children. I’m at the desk where he wrote the Jungle Book next to a shelf with dozens of first editions: Captains Courageous, Kim, Just So Stories — it’s goose-bump inducing.Better still, this isn’t a whistle-stop visit. The Landmark Trust USA now allows the public to stay, and we’ve booked three nights. Jo Kessel stayed at Rudyard Kipling’s house with her family. The Landmark Trust USA ...

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    Tokyo is revealed as the cheapest long haul destination with a slap-up dinner costing £35 - while Brazil will cost more than THREE TIMES as much

    Tokyo has been revealed as the cheapest long haul destination, with an evening meal for two and wine averaging out at £35.02.The local costs of everyday items in 30 resorts or cities were compared for the annual Post Office Long Haul Holiday Report to reveal where the pound will stretch furthest. Japan's capital came out on top, while Rio de Janeiro was deemed one of the pricier places with a dinner for two coming in at £107.85. Other costly items in the South American city included lager - an average of £4.07 a bottle - and wine at £6.79 a glass. Tokyo ...

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    Dream family holiday turns into a nightmare after Thomas Cook makes flight booking blunder on £7.5k trip

    A dream family holiday turned into a nightmare for one group of travellers after Thomas Cook messed up their booking. Annette Musgrove, from Cramlington, Northumberland, was horrified when she discovered her brood were booked on to different flights following a trip to Disneyland Paris.As a result of the blunder, she was forced to fork out £2,500 on top of the £7,500 she'd already paid for the trip so everyone could be sat together. This was especially important, she said, as two of the passengers were aged three and four.  Travel woes@ Annette Musgrove and her family, including four grandchildren, planned and ...

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    Choices, choices! 3,300 islands, one million square miles and a ship - but Sicily, Corfu, Malta and Gibraltar get the vote

    A modern-day cruise is about the closest we get to the old Blue Riband days of stately ocean liners. If you choose carefully, you can still sample some of that lost gentility. My wife and I are intermittent rather than inveterate cruisers. Our last foray was to the Mediterranean, that sea of almost one million square miles and more than 3,300 islands, of which we visited four. Land ahoy: During a 17-night Mediterranean cruise, the Mail on Sunday's Stephen Robert's hit four different spots (above, Malta’s Valletta harbour seen bustling with boats)Messina, in Sicily, is notable for its clock tower, but the ...

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    Only flying with kids can hurt like this! Paloma Faith brands Gatwick Airport 'the worst EVER' in online rant over priority access for parents

    Celebrities often seem to enjoy luxury, problem-free travel.But singer Paloma Faith has publicly dispelled that myth - after confessing she suffers the exact same frustrations we do.Specifically, the chart-topper, 36, took aim at London's Gatwick Airport, last week, when she branded them 'the worst that ever existed'. Gripe: Paloma Faith, 36, bemoaned the busy transport hub to her 600,000 Twitter followersTaking to Twitter where she boasts more than 600,000 followers, the eccentric performer didn't hold back with the 4am missive.The barbed message garnered a handful of re-tweets and more than 390 shares, but seemed to be stemmed by the airport's ...

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    'Just 90 minutes on Eurostar and I was at de Gaulle's birthplace (shame it was closed!)': Author Hunter Davies takes a bargain weekend break to Lille by train

    Over the tannoy at St Pancras Station came a message telling Eurostar passengers that they could upgrade to standard premier for only £39 – and get a free meal on board. Sounded good. After all, I was on a bargain trip. I could afford to splash out.I could hardly believe the deal when a friend came across it – £254 for two people for one night in a four-star hotel in Lille, plus return tickets on Eurostar.I suspected the hotel would turn out to be a pension on a roundabout, but as I had never been to Lille, I thought ...

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    A home for the holidays! Snuggling up at a spectacular treehouse in Somerset - which even has a hot tub

    In the latest in our occasional series on the best places for a staycation, Giles Milton checks out a spectacular treehouse in Somerset…WHERE: Nestling between the Quantock Hills and Exmoor National Park, the Tree House near Taunton is surrounded by breathtaking natural landscape. There are plenty of country pubs nearby too.THE PROPERTY: The Tree House lives up to its name. Suspended in a tree, built from wood and extending over two floors, it’s a mix of luxury and cosiness.  Eccentric and unusual, Giles Milton says the Tree House offers cosiness and comfort, even though you’re halfway up a treeThere’s a wood-burning ...

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    The pedalling gourmet! One writer (that's him at the back) works up an appetite for a Michel Roux feast by riding 100 miles in the glorious Alps

    'We’re really going to turn it on, Neil. We’re going to give them an evening of gastronomy they will never forget,’ says the chef known as the godfather of cookery.With equal measures of passion and wisdom, Michel Roux Senior describes, in salivating detail, what he and his team of chefs – imported especially from his family-owned, three-Michelin-star Waterside Inn at Bray – will serve to guests on a gourmet cycling trip in Switzerland’s Crans-Montana next weekend.‘I look forward to meeting them and showcasing the rich diversity of ingredients there is in this fertile region,’ says Michel. Bringing up the rear: ...

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    'Here is the news from the BBC - this is my kind of town!' North America news editor Jon Sopel hits Chicago for river tours and rooftop dinners

    There’s an old Zsa Zsa Gabor comment about money, love and happiness, which goes: ‘I’ve been poor and I’ve been rich, and I’d rather be rich and unhappy than poor and unhappy.’ Well, let me rework that to apply to Chicago. I’ve been to the Windy City in winter and been happy, and I’ve been to Chicago in summer and been happy – and let me tell you, summer is better.Unless, that is, you want to test how effective your 11-tog, down-lined coat really is, or discover how long it takes before your jaw starts seizing up.  Cheers! cheers: BBC news correspondent ...

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Everyone went outside to smoke cloves and bitch about having to stay after for the State.

Jon Stewart on events following Charles — January 19, 1999