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Canada: virtuous Vancouver

Destination: Vancouver

Some love the beach, others adore outdoor pursuits and some of us can't resist a bit of shopping and celebrity spotting. In Vancouver you can do all of these things and more on any budget!

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A woman draped in traditional Cuban dress beckons me to take a photo for one peso

Havana good time in the Cuban capital

Destination: Havana

Salsa back in time to a city steeped in history, splashed with colour and filled with warmth and intrigue. A trip to Havana really is a must.

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The children’s parade on Karl Johan (© Nancy Bundt/VisitOSLO)

Join the celebrations in Oslo

Destination: Oslo

On Norway’s national day, in May, Oslo shuts down and is transformed into a sea of waving flags, national costumes and fluffy ice cream, making it the ideal time to experience Norwegian culture

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Cephalonia/Kefalonia - more than Corelli's island

Destination: Cephalonia

However you spell it, rest assured that while de Bernieres may have brought more visitors to Cephalonia, it remains a charming island that has avoided becoming a slave to the story of Captain Corelli

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Cafe Allard

From chic to cheap, my favourite restaurants in Paris

Destination: Paris

It's easy to work up an appetite strolling around the alluring city of Paris, but difficult to know where to eat. Read my guide to my favourite quaint and quirky eateries

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A lone swimmer sees out the day at the Dusit Island Resort in Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai: gateway to the Golden Triangle

Destination: Chiang Rai

If you want a change from Bangkok and beaches, why not head to Chiang Rai, Thailand's northernmost city, and see what's on offer?

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Guests can borrow the chateau’s bicycles to explore the surrounding countryside

Eco chic in the Czech Republic

Destination: Mcely

In the Czech countryside, just an hour from Prague, lies a fairytale chateau with romantic surroundings, luxurious decor and impressive eco credentials

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An example of Malaysia's fine food

Professor Jimmy Choo's Malaysia

Destination: Penang

Famous the world over for his exquisite shoes, follow in the footsteps of Jimmy Choo as he shares his favourite parts of Malaysia - his treasured homeland

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Mexico City slicker

Destination: Mexico City

From the rooftop Area bar, packed with beautiful people, to the ultimate boutique hotel (the Condesa DF) and the blue house once lived in by artist Frida Kahlo, Mexico City is madly fashionable

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Nightlife in Dubai: from clubbing to culture

Destination: Dubai

Despite what you may think, there are plenty of places to go on a night out in Dubai. Here are some of the best options from clubs to cultural offerings

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