Issue: November 08, 2010   (Archive)
Tuesday, May 5, 2015   




Light as air
Finnair is offering more hand-baggage only fares on flights to Europe and the Middle East.

Water feature
Alba Spa Hotel in Vietnam's royal city of Hue has a unique selling point: its water.

History round every corner
You learn new English words as a tourist, even when most people around you are speaking Czech. Prior to my visit to Prague - a storybook warren of castles, ancient bridges and cobbled streets, all of which were lucky enough to escape the bombs of World War II - I'd never known the definition of the word "defenestration."

Share your secrets
What's the one thing that you always pack in your hand luggage? Do you spend your time on long-haul flights sleeping or catching up on the latest movies? What type of passenger behavior annoys you the most?

Tales of the South Pacific
There's nothing quite so blue - vibrantly, rivetingly, blindingly blue - as the blue of the lagoon on Tikehau, an hour's flight from Tahiti, in French Polynesia. Unless you're suspended above it, looking down.

Taking the plunge
On our second morning in Rajasthan, we awoke to the sound of birds chattering, vendors barking and taxis beeping below our hotel window. It was the din of an Indian city waking up. Rolling over, we resolved to take the morning off from being tourists.

Hard shell
Have you started packing for your Easter holiday yet? Before you shell out on luggage, check out Rimowa's colorful suitcases from the Salsa Air series.

Getting out and about
As part of its program to inspire guests to keep fit, Swissotel has launched Vitality Guides. The digital, interactive maps show key attractions within walking distance of the hotels.

The hills are alive
Salzburg marks 50 years of The Sound of Music this year. The Hollywood film has been watched by about a billion people, with 300,000 fans making the pilgrimage to the city every year in order to visit its shooting locations.

Polar express
If it weren't for the red flags marking the tundra trail to the glacier, some of us - passengers on the Hurtigruten cruise ship MS Fram, sailing out of Spitsbergen - might have been tempted to leave the slowpokes behind and bushwhack across country.



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