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A chance to take in a seaside destination famed for its palm trees? I was certainly swayed, says Steve Reed… Steve Reed is an expert in the world of group travel and runs Steve Reed Tourism with his wife Judith. He’s the new Champion of Travel World Association (see...

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Darren Calpin sets off on the South Wales stretch of the M4. His mission? To use this teasing conveyor belt as a gateway to the region’s hidden gems Did you know that South Wales is less than 150 miles from both London and Nottingham? Indeed, most people living in...

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Nantes is located in the upper Brittany region of western France, on the Loire, the longest river in France. The city is accessible by Eurostar via Paris, which is around two hours away, and the city’s airport is served by a number of low-cost airlines. A vast tram...

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“It doesn’t look any different,” says Mum, looking out over Scarborough’s arcing South Bay from our hill top car park. This is quite a statement considering it’s been well over 30 years since we were last here. “What, not even a little bit?” I press. She takes another...

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Lake District

England’s largest and most visited national park, with its highest peak and biggest lake, if you haven’t yet planned a visit to the Lake District, let us inspire you Where do you begin when describing the Lake District? You could start with hard facts: it’s England’s...

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 One city, two cathedrals Squeeze in a visit to one of the city’s two (yes, two) cathedrals – St Marie’s Cathedral and Sheffield Cathedral. St Marie’s has fine carving, sculptures and stained glass windows to be discovered, while over at Sheffield Cathedral highlights...

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South West

Anyone who has an English Heritage card will tell you how fantastic its sites are across the country, but top of the charity’s list has to be its blockbuster site Stonehenge – and thanks to a host of improvements, the Wiltshire attraction is now more visitor-friendly...

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Park City lies east of Salt Lake City in the western state of Utah. Framed by the craggy Wasatch Range, it’s bordered by the Deer Valley Resort and the huge Park City Mountain Resort, both known for their ski slopes. Utah Olympic Park, to the north, hosted the 2002...

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The Portuguese phrase ‘viajou na maionese’ – literally to ‘travel in the mayonnaise’ and meaning to live in a dream world – summed up well my experience of the romantic charm of Lisbon. Like Istanbul and Rome, two other centres of far-reaching empires, it’s set on...

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There’s a huge smile on the face of Birgit, my tour guide. We’ve just arrived in the DomRömer Quarter in the very heart of Frankfurt’s old town. “There you are,” she says, “isn’t it magnificent!” She has a point. A €200 million construction project has brought...

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Isle of Man

“Currently it’s 16° and raining,” announced the pilot as the twin-engine propeller aircraft buzzed north like a happy bumblebee to the Isle of Man. Having left London on one of the hottest days of the year it was almost good news, and the rain soon stopped. “Hello...

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Take the High Road

516 miles of what are, arguably, the UK’s most epic views… Darren Calpin tours the North Coast 500 to see if it deserves its ‘Top 5 Coastal Routes in the World’ billing   Launched in 2015 as a way of encouraging tourists to visit Scotland’s more remote regions,...

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