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Houses of the Holy: 5 remote religious sites around the world

Combining adventure, ancient architecture and worship, these remote religious sites might be a challenge to get to - but if you want pure escapism and deliverance from the trappings of modernity, they won’t be beaten. 

This lush planet: a spherical smorgasbord of delicious delights, ready to be sampled by the curious adventurer. Tried the Turkey yet? 

Pamukkale: why Turkey’s perfect pool hangout should be on your bucket list

This lush planet: a spherical smorgasbord of delicious delights, ready to be sampled by the curious adventurer. Tried the Turkey yet? 

Some people believe the name Easter harks back to German pagan traditions celebrating the goddess Eostra. She was revered for bringing spring and fertility on the spring equinox, with rabbits used to symbolise her.

Where does the Easter bunny live? (It’s closer to home than Santa.)

You know where St Nicholas lives. That’s well documented. As for the Easter Bunny? Hmm, that’s a tough one. But we’ve got a hunch - and it’s closer to home than Lapland. Let’s take a look at the evidence...

5 of the world’s most spectacular wetlands

5 of the world’s most spectacular wetlands

Early February marked World Wetlands Day, a day that recognises the 1971 Convention on Wetlands in the Iranian city of Ramsar. Since then governments and local groups have used the date to bring awareness and education to their respective nations …

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8 alternative places to visit in China in 2018

8 alternative places to visit in China in 2018

From the Great Wall to the Forbidden City, you’ve heard all about China’s hotspots. But sometimes you have to go off the tourist track to really get to know somewhere. To celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Dog, …

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Everything you shouldn’t do on 16th February 2018

Everything you shouldn’t do on 16th February 2018

Many a faux-pas is committed on Valentine’s Day. But it’s 16th February when you should really be on your guard - unless you take perverse enjoyment in tempting fate. 

Everything you need to know about Chinese New Year 2018

Everything you need to know about Chinese New Year 2018

Chinese New Year 2018 is upon us. But what is it? How is it celebrated? And are you among the unlucky few who should be worried about the Year of the Dog? 

What is Burns Night – and why does it matter?

What is Burns Night – and why does it matter?

It’s one of the biggest nights in the Scottish calendar. But what is Burns Night – and why has it been celebrated so passionately for more than 200 years? 

20 weird new year traditions from around the world

20 weird new year traditions from around the world

Popping a bottle of bubbly? A smooch with your special someone? Fireworks in your back garden? However you saw in the new year, we’re willing to bet your celebrations weren’t as peculiar as some of the hi-jinks that took place …

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Europe’s best Christmas markets

Europe’s best Christmas markets

There’s something special about wrapping up snug and toasting the arrival of Christmas while glugging a warm glass of glühwein. ‘Traditional’ Christmas markets have become incredibly popular in towns and cities across the UK. But for a more authentic experience, …

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