Feb 13, 2017

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11 of the most inspirational places on Google Street View...

11 of the most inspirational places on Google Street View

Wanderlust can be a terrible affliction. Sitting at your desk, dreaming of that far-off holiday; it’s enough to send you over the edge. Luckily, the Internet Gods at Google HQ saw fit to bestow a wonderful tool upon us, one that can sate your thirst for travel, if only for a little bit. Since its creation in 2007, Google Street View has gone from a useful, functional feature to a window into some of the world’s coolest, most exotic places. From Greenland to the Graian Alps to Cambodia and back, here we take you around the world without leaving the office. Ilulissat Saavat, Greenland Remote and serene, the Ilulissat Iceford in Greenland is not easily accessed by your everyday tourist. Don’t worry though: through Google Street View you can see the UNESCO World Heritage Site and its remarkable icebergs up close and personal without getting frostbite. View Ilulissat Saavat on Google Maps Taj Mahal, Agra, India To see the Taj Mahal up close is the only real way to appreciate its magnificence, but Google Street View is a close second. The ultimate sign of enduring love, Mughal emperor Shah Jahan built the ivory-white palace to house the tomb of his favourite wife – what did you get for Valentine’s this year? View the Taj Mahal on Google Maps Samburu National Reserve, Kenya A vast park (165 km²) on the edge of the Ewaso Ng’iro river in Kenya, Samburu is home to a wide variety of African mammals, including several elephant herds. Above, the Hardwoods Family, a core group in the park, are seen thriving within its safe boundaries. View the Samburu National Reserve on Google Maps Chichén Itzá Probably the most well-known of all Mexico’s incredible ruins, Chichén Itzá has been around since 600 AD. Found in the Yucatán state, not far from Cancun, the temple complex is one of the most-visited ancient sites in the world. View Chichén Itzá on Google Maps The Dawn Wall, Yosemite, USA The chap scaling this near-sheer wall is Tommy Caldwell. One day, Tommy decided he was going to climb the Dawn Wall, which is widely regarded as one of the hardest big wall climbs in the world. After seven years of planning and 19 hours consecutive climbing, Tommy eventually got to the top in one piece January 2015. Well done sir. View the Dawn Wall on Google Maps Stonehenge,...

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Feb 13, 2017

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The best Irish pubs for St. Patrick’s Day in Britain...

The best Irish pubs for St. Patrick’s Day in Britain

Whether you’re actually Irish, pretending to be Irish or just fancy sinking several pints of Guinness in a green hat, St Patrick’s Day is the perfect excuse for a party. If you’re not lucky enough to be in Ireland on the day, we’ve rounded up some of the best Irish pubs in Britain where you can raise a glass to St Paddy this year. So, in the words of Oscar Wilde: “Let’s knock a couple back and make some noise!” Let us know in the comments if you have a favourite Irish haunt you think people should know about. The Auld Shillelagh – London If you’re in London and want to celebrate St Patrick’s Day in style, make it The Auld Shillelagh in Stoke Newington. Voted the best Irish pub in the world outside of the Emerald Isle by the Irish Times, the pub’s Guinness-pouring credentials and mighty craic are second to none. Fiddles and folk music are common, but the star draw for the Shillelagh is its laid-back, welcoming atmosphere. It’s this feature, according to Timeout London, that makes the pub an authentic Irish pub and not just another ‘themed pub’ – the difference is crucial. The Grapes – Sheffield When the Irish Times likens a pub to “a wee corner of Ireland”, you know you’ve found somewhere authentic. The Grapes is in the heart of the Irish community in Sheffield, complete with JFK memorabilia, Irish language lessons and a great pint of Guinness (what else?). With a great reputation for live music – the Arctic Monkeys played their first gig here – and for celebrating Irish culture, it’s fair to say a St Paddy’s Day party here will not be a quiet one! Seamus O’Donnell’s – Bristol Seamus O’Donnell’s operates by a simple mantra: “you can’t take it with you, so you may as well drink it now.” Besides the Guinness, Bristol’s original Irish bar stocks a large array of Irish whiskeys, and if you’re feeling particularly brave this Paddy’s Day there’s also ‘Poteen’ (pronounced pucheen) – a 70% ABV triple distilled spirit that’s so strong, it’s limited to one shot per person. Mulligans – Manchester Last year, Mulligans went all out for St Patrick’s Day, with a three-day festival of live sport, traditional Irish music and – wait for it – a Q&A with...

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Feb 8, 2017

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The world’s most unusual UNESCO World Heritage sites...

The world’s most unusual UNESCO World Heritage sites

The UAE might be best known for its man-made islands and record-breaking skyscrapers, but it has also recently been granted its first UNESCO World Heritage site – the palm-filled Al Ain Oasis. To celebrate the occasion, Tamara Hinson has rounded up some more of the most unusual UNESCO sites around the globe. Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump, Alberta, Canada Yes, that really is the name of this Albertan UNESCO site. Thousands of years ago, native tribes would hunt buffalo by...

Feb 8, 2017

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How to do Berlin on a budget

How to do Berlin on a budget

Germany’s capital tells a tale of two cities. One grand, boasting imposing landmarks and pristinely-kept parks, and the other gritty, where graffiti is celebrated as an art form and parties pop up on every corner. Both sides of this split-personality city are equally beautiful and easy to experience on limited euros. Roxanne Wells advises on how to enjoy the best of Berlin on a budget. Where to stay on a budget The central Mitte area is where you’ll...

Feb 8, 2017

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Central and South America: Fine dining, natural wonders and excitement...

Central and South America: Fine dining, natural wonders and excitement

It’s an exciting time for Central and South America, with several airlines launching direct flights from the UK to countries which were once much more tricky to get to. To help you get to grips with the area, Tamara Hinson outlines where’s best for eating out, getting off the beaten track, partying, and connecting with nature. Dine in style Chile BA to Santiago British Airways launched their Santiago flights in January, creating the first direct route between the UK...

Feb 6, 2017

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Tricky Travel Quiz: February 2017

Fancy yourself as a bit of a travel trivia whizz? Put your knowledge to the test! Don’t forget to share with your friends to find out which of you is the true master of travel...

Feb 6, 2017

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How to book your next holiday with confidence...

How to book your next holiday with confidence

When it comes to buying a holiday, financial protection can be confusing. However, making sure you have the right cover is vital should something go wrong.   So, to help you prevent any holiday disasters, we’ve put together some simple tips to ensure you can book your next break safely and securely. How should you pay for your trip? These days, many of us look out for charges being added to our bookings when we pay by card,...

Feb 6, 2017

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10 things to do in Benidorm

10 things to do in Benidorm

The quintessential sun, sea and sand destination, Benidorm has been doing the trick for budget-conscious Brits for decades. With a reputation that precedes it and a loud, lively nightlife, the resort makes no apologies to anyone – but that’s the joy of Benidorm! If you’re after good fun, hot weather and low prices, you can’t go wrong with this Spanish classic. Hit the beach With three to pick from, Benidorm takes some beating for beaches. Award-winning Levante and...

Feb 6, 2017

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10 things you must do before you go on holiday...

10 things you must do before you go on holiday

Many of us will remember the classic moment in the film ‘Home Alone’, when Kevin’s mother realises that, in all the hustle and bustle of going on holiday, she’s forgotten her eight-year-old son. While this may seem a little far-fetched, if you aren’t prepared, pre-holiday stress can make you forget even the most obvious and important items. So, to help you if you’re jetting off soon, we’ve put together this handy checklist to make sure you’ve got everything covered. Then all you...

Feb 3, 2017

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How to do Croatia on a budget

How to do Croatia on a budget

Croatia has soared in popularity among travellers over the past few years, with visitors flocking to wander the streets of its marble Old Towns, party on its picturesque islands and paddle in the aquamarine waters of the Dalmatian Coast. There’s plenty to do and see in this sunshine destination, writes Caroline Howley, and it’s easy for travellers from the UK to make the most of it on a budget. Where to stay on a budget The Old Town...