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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...

A new EU initiative has been announced to give up to 20,000 18-year-olds European interrail tickets for free. It gives you the chance to discover a whopping thirty countries across an entire continent without paying a penny for the journey. Not bad for something worth around £415. 

How to get a free interrail ticket for your 18th birthday

A new EU initiative has been announced to give up to 20,000 18-year-olds European interrail tickets for free. It gives you the chance to discover a whopping thirty countries across an entire continent without paying a penny for the journey. …

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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 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? 

Cities with Beaches: Six of the Best

Cities with Beaches: Six of the Best

There is something really special about a city that’s on the sea. You get the best of both worlds, with beach life jamming straight up against city life, and the two melding perfectly together. You can be shopping one minute …

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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? 

What does the British Embassy do (and how could they help you)?

What does the British Embassy do (and how could they help you)?

Nobody likes to think of the unexpected happening to them on holiday. Yet thanks to a global network of embassies, high commissions and consulates, help will always be available to British nationals who get into difficulties abroad.  Happy holidays? Most …

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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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travel insurance cost

How much would Santa’s travel insurance cost?

He sees you when you’re sleeping. He knows when you’re awake. Armed with such celestial powers, Santa presumably has a trick or two up his sleeve for dodging travel troubles. The thing is, travel can be unpredictable - especially when …

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