How to haggle around the world

Haggling is alien to many of us. Frankly, it used to make Thomas W. Hodgkinson curl up with embarrshow assment.  But when he haggled his way around five major cities, he learned you can negotiate over almost anything, from taxi rides to accommodation. A fixed price is rare and there’s nothing like reaching a compromise … Read more

Ancient sphinx sculpture with head of a ram discovered at 3,000-year-old abandoned workshop in Egypt

Ancient sandstone sphinx with the head of a ram discovered at 3,000-year-old abandoned workshop in Egypt linked to King Tut’s grandfather Researchers discovered ancient abandoned workshop at Gebel el Silsila in Egypt There, they found a ram-headed sphinx, hieroglyphic fragments, ancient texts They say it dates to the 18th Dynasty during reign of pharaoh Amenhotep III  … Read more

Dipping below the surface at the Burj Al Arab to discover the luxury hotel’s TURTLE hospital 

Most visitors to the United Arab Emirates go to enjoy the glitzy hotels, round-the-year sun and glamorous nightlife. But only yards away from the holidaymakers, there is a major campaign in progress to try and protect one of the planet’s most endangered marine species. At the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah hotel, with its iconic sail-shaped … Read more

A review of the Mamilla Hotel in Jerusalem just a short walk from the most revered sites on earth 

Holiness is perhaps an under-rated quality in a hotel. What with the worldly trappings of room service, valet parking and chocolates on pillows – not to mention the Satanic temptation of mini-bars – they are normally unabashed temples of fleshly delights. The Mamilla Hotel in Jerusalem, however, is different. Don’t get me wrong: as a … Read more

How to explore Lisbon on a shoestring budget

Lisbon is one of the coolest and most exciting capitals in Europe. And there’s so much to see and do from monuments and museums to quirky places to eat and stay. Here are some tips on how to make the most of a budget-friendly city break… WHERE TO STAY  Casa do Barao, Bairro Alto Snazzy: … Read more

The world’s best horse-riding holidays

Horse riding is a great way to explore scenic vistas. Whether you are a keen novice or a seasoned eventer, there is an equestrian adventure to suit all levels and experience.  Scroll down for our guide to the best horse-riding holidays… A VERY STATELY RIDE Grandeur: Pictured above is Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire Don’t miss … Read more

The world’s best all-inclusive holidays

Bored with signing for every drink or ice cream?  Then an all-inclusive holiday will fit the bill, whether you’re looking for action, romance or a family break.  Put your wallet away and plan your happy days . . .   BEST FOR ACTION Go all in: An incredible in-ocean villa in the Maldives Yoga, pilates, tai … Read more

Here’s the proof it always pays to book direct

Online hotel booking websites are good at making you think you’re getting a bargain. And they want you to move fast because, as they put it, ‘there are only two rooms left’ and the hotel is experiencing ‘high demand’. But last week, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced that it will take ‘enforcement action … Read more

Is this New York’s hippest hotel? The Hoxton in Brooklyn is certainly a contender

If you’re looking for New York’s most hip area, Williamsburg is surely a strong contender for the crown. It’s no wonder it’s the location for boutique chain Hoxton’s first ever hotel in the US. With its cool lobby decked out in millennial pink furniture, trendy staff wearing jeans and trainers and a gorgeous rooftop bar, … Read more

The stunning winning entries from the Mobile Photography Awards revealed

The stunning winning entries from the Mobile Photography Awards revealed (and there’s not a selfie in sight!) Eighth annual Mobile Photography Awards attracted over 7,000 entries from photographers in 65 countries Grand prize winner was Polish snapper Dominika Koszowska a graphic designer and fine art photographer The awards founder says most entries are taken on … Read more