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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Mike Pickup and his wife weren’t entirely sure where they were even going when they signed up to a trip to Kazakhstan - and even had to open the Atlas to check, as he reveals.

Roger Hermiston and Eileen Wise found more riches than they could have imagined exploring the Northern Spanish coast.

Switzerland is a land of contrasts. And this year the Swiss are celebrating the completion of one of the world’s greatest engineering projects that connects two strikingly different parts of the country, writes James Marston.

The main streets are littered with designer names including Dior, Prada and Chanel, the pavements are heated and only the best champagne is served.

Amid the tears, tantrums, snotty faces, tense negotiations, inane chatter and bribery, lies a beautiful concept, writes Naomi Gornall.

When the weather is as glorious as this, you want to do nothing more than sit back and relax.

So many holidays can seem ruined before they even begin because of airport hassle. So, why not chill out and try a no-fly cruise? Just drive to the cruise terminal and hand over your un-weighed cases. 
Your holiday begins with lunch on board your ship, and you’ll be amazed where you could end up. The main departure points are Southampton, Dover and Tilbury. You don’t have to get there until after mid-day so no need to be up at the crack of dawn either.

Let’s start with the fun bits, writes Mike Pickup after a trip to Budapest, in Hungary.

We hadn’t flown from Southend before and were pleasantly surprised at its peaceful, laid-back atmosphere compared to the stress and hassle of Heathrow and Gatwick, writes Mike Pickup.

With temperatures soaring into the 50’ – that is Celsius – in Rajasthan at present, you could be forgiven for thinking that it is a place to be avoided!

Squeezing as much as we possibly could out of our holiday time, we were going away over the popular Easter period, writes Andrea Powell.

If you love Lakes and Mountains holidays then you will adore the Azores. But why? asks Andrea Powell.

Sitting in a bubbling vitality pool with a glass of prosecco in hand, and surrounded by nothing but the picturesque rolling hills of Staffordshire, reality seemed but a distant memory.

Disembarking our cruise ship and all its comforts, we were quickly on board the “luxury” bus that was to drive us through the thick, green, overgrown forests of the Costa Rican countryside, writes Andrea Powell.

It’s called Gross Domestic Happiness, writes by Roger Hermiston and Eileen Wise

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