Tricky Travel Quiz: October 2016
Fancy yourself as a bit of a travel trivia whizz? Put your knowledge to the test!
How to do Dublin on a budget
Find out how to enjoy this unique European capital without breaking the bank.
The world’s safest countries
Simon Busch takes a look at some of the countries deemed to be the safest for travellers.
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If dusty cabinets filled with medieval artefacts and moth-eared manuscripts bore you to death, don’t despair! From a German museum dedicated to curry-flavoured sausages to Britain’s very own tribute to the humble lawnmower, Tamara Hinson outlines some of the more unusual places to explore while on your travels. Currywurst Museum, Berlin, Germany If you’re in Berlin and find you can’t get enough of Germany’s famous curried sausages, this German museum might just sate your appetite. It’s a truly interactive affair, with spice-sniffing stations, currywurst-making sessions and a huge ketchup bottle which – honestly – plays currywurst-themed songs. “No other fast food has ever been such an inspiration for songwriters, authors, comedians and artists,” claims museum spokesperson Bianca Wohlfromm. “It’s an expression of our social and cultural identity. 800 million portions of currywursts are consumed every year in Germany, with 70 million currywursts eaten in Berlin alone.” Compare cheap city breaks in Berlin Leprechaun Museum, Dublin, Ireland Even if you don’t believe that every rainbow has a pot of gold at the end, the Leprechaun Museum provides a fascinating insight into Irish mythology. You’ll learn about the first ever leprechaun sighting (which was in the eighth century, if you were wondering) and, with the help of super-sized everyday objects, you can experience what life would be like as a tiny leprechaun. You’ll also find out about some of the creatures’ famous fans, including Walt Disney, who visited Ireland in the 1950s prior to creating his leprechaun-themed feature film, Darby O’Gill and the Little People. Nope, I’d never heard of it either. Compare cheap city breaks in Dublin Museum Vrolik, Amsterdam, Holland The Museum Vrolik gets the gold medal for gruesomeness. Established at the end of the eighteenth century by an anatomy professor from Amsterdam, this Dutch museum’s carefully preserved exhibits include skeletons, foetuses and cyclopean babies. It’s not for children or the easily shocked, but it’s undeniably one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of anatomical specimens, and its exhibits are still studied by medical students at the University of Amsterdam. Compare cheap city breaks in Amsterdam Dog Collar Museum, Leeds Castle, UK That worn scrap of leather around Fido’s neck will suddenly look rather pitiful after a visit to the Dog Collar Museum. Its 100 exhibits span five centuries and were donated to the castle in 1977 by a Mrs Gertrude Hunt, whose late husband was for some reason a keen dog collar collector. One of...Read More
Cancún – the colourful east coast resort which has put Mexico on the holiday map – is easy for Brits to reach and awash in tropical-themed party palaces. But go a little further afield and you’ll discover lesser-known resorts with fewer skyscrapers and more charm on Mexico’s Caribbean coast, or consider flying to the west coast to discover the more mature Pacific resorts which have been drawing fans for more than 50 years, writes Anthea Gerrie. Compare cheap holidays to Mexico Playa del Carmen The ideal resort, Playa del Carmen is walkable, buzzy and strangely European in feel, thanks to the mainly Italian ex-pats who have set up restaurants cooking the authentic cuisine of home. As with St. Tropez, the beach – just OK compared with the neighbouring sands of the Riviera Maya – is not the thing so much as posing and perusing the chic shops of the main drag, Quinta Avenida. Day trippers can cause overcrowding when the cruise ships are in, but the town just keeps growing to accommodate extra visitors, making Playa an upmarket rival to Cancún as an entertainment centre for singles and couples. Cozumel This island off the coast of Playa del Carmen is a long-established holiday playground and a renowned diving and snorkelling centre. But above the waves it can get busy when the tourist life around San Miguel, the main centre, buzzes a little too loudly. Luckily, there are many forms of escape from jungle trails to secluded lagoons, tropical botanical gardens to their underwater equivalent, reachable by submarine as well as snorkel. Only 6% of Cozumel has been developed, and there’s plenty for families to enjoy. Compare cheap flights to Mexico Isla Mujeres The original laid-back alternative to Cozumel, Isla Mujeres remains surprisingly rustic and unspoiled, with spectacular beaches turned pink by crushed coral making an idyllic picture postcard against the calm, almost unbelievably turquoise ocean. Avoid the pier area which attracts day-trippers, many clutching snorkels to take advantage of the crystal-clear waters, and stay over a night or three to enjoy the relaxed dining and nightlife scene at better prices than the mainland. This is principally a couples’ resort with its romantic vibe. Tulum Once a spectacular Mayan city, this coastal archaeological site has been beautifully integrated with its surroundings, the ruins connected to the beach and sea gardens...Read More