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    Kelly of the Antarctic! TV presenter Lorraine Kelly fulfills the dream of a lifetime and sets sail on the trail of a legendary polar explorer

    Since I was five years old I’ve wanted to achieve two things – land on the Moon and visit Antarctica. My childhood heroes were Mr Spock from the Star Trek TV series and polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton.Sadly I have had to accept that travelling to outer space is but a pipe dream, but I could hardly contain my joy when I learned there was a trip to Antarctica which would follow Shackleton’s epic journey of just over a hundred years ago.Shackleton, known to his men as ‘The Boss’, was attempting to be the first to cross the entire continent ...

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    Former Wham! singer Andrew Ridgeley reveals his holidays of a lifetime, including a week streaking in the Wye Valley

    Continuing our series featuring the holiday memories of famous people, former Wham! star Andrew Ridgeley, 55, recalls his lifetime of adventures…My first holiday I remember: A two-week family trip to Swanage when I was five or six. I remember building sandcastles on the beach with my brother and the weather being nice. We stayed in a caravan and took a boat trip out to The Needles. Another holiday was to Devon and I remember driving along the A39 in my father’s laden-down, primrose-yellow Ford Anglia, which really struggled to get up the steep inclines.My first trip abroad: Was to the ...

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    EXCLUSIVE for MoS readers: Join the Escape To The Country star on a unique tour - See Britain's most beautiful gardens with Jules Hudson

    As last week’s Chelsea Flower Show reminded us, we are a nation of garden lovers, with an astonishing number of publicly accessible gardens dotted around.Whether or not you can tell your alliums from your echinaceas, this is a wonderful itinerary taking in some of the most idyllic gardens in the country.It will focus on a fertile spot in the South West of England, home to a remarkable array of garden designs. These will include the restored Knightshayes, magnificent Hestercombe, the vast, beautiful grounds of Dunster Castle and the extraordinarily romantic Cothay Manor, widely considered to be among Britain’s greatest gardens. ...

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    Lion around on our honeymoon: Rugby star Nick Easter discovers the thrills and beauty of Kenya and Zanzibar

    A honeymoon is meant to be a memorable, once-in-a-lifetime experience – and ours certainly delivered. After an eight-hour flight, Kerry and I were met in Nairobi by our beaming driver who took us through the chaotic city to the grand elegance of House of Waine, an 11-bedroom hotel set in gardens, 20 minutes from downtown Nairobi in the quiet suburb of Karen.Our room had a four-poster bed covered in rose petals and there was a bottle of champagne waiting for us. Our candle-lit, private dinner was by an open fire.Early the next morning, we boarded a small propeller plane for ...

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    The city break... Discover why majestic Palma is the stunning jewel of the Mediterranean in just 48 hours

    The capital of Majorca is usually bypassed by the throngs landing at its airport on their way to beach holidays – but what a gem they are missing.Palma is a fabulous city to rival its mainland neighbour Barcelona, but without the crowds or inflated tourist prices. The charm of the Old Town, with its soaring seafront cathedral, makes it a year-round, city break destination. Saddle up: Cycle routes along the seafront make it easy to get around the cityDAY ONEMORNINGGet under the skin of the city on a free walking tour. Guides share their love of Palma and its history on ...

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    An Inspector Calls... The Pig in Devon is an idyllic countryside retreat - but has the brand of shabby-chic hotels become a commercial cash cow?

    A kite (the bird variety) circles high above the chimney tops, as a cock pheasant walks daintily across the gravel drive. The evening sun floods the honeyed front of the Grade I-listed Elizabethan manor house; a few guests are inspecting the walled kitchen gardens, a father pushes his daughter on the swing. Everyone seems thrilled to be here.Certainly, we are. Bagging a room at any of The Pig hotels is an achievement at this time of year. We’ve done it by choosing a Monday and kick ourselves for not arriving at lunch rather than tea-time.It would have given us more ...

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    Such a dishy city! Searching for the perfect paella in Valencia - the city that is a scrumptious mix of ancient and modern

    On the final evening of our three-day cultural tour of Valencia, dolled up and festive, we went for a slap up dinner at the swish Marina Beach Club.Clearly the club is a place to see and be seen. This great barn of an upmarket seaside restaurant was packed with beautiful young Valencian nouveau riche shouting happily at each other.The noise was incredible. And yet it was at this popular restaurant that we had the worst dining experience of our entire lives. Magnificent: Valencia (above) by night. The Celebrity Rave's Jeremy Clarke took a three-day cultural tour through the Spanish cityThe ...

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    'It's like a playground on wheels': Swiss rail operator - which has carriages with creches - is named the best in Europe

    A train company that has creches on board trains and carriages especially for families has been named the best in Europe.Swiss national rail operator SBB took top spot in the 'Great Train Comparison' report that compared 16 services operated across the continent.Following close behind is German rail operator Deutsche Bahn and OBB, which operates in Austria. No UK firms were placed in the top three.  A Swiss national rail operated SBB train. It came top of a ranking of 16 train operators across Europe  The SBB trains feature creches, pictured, as well as family only carriagesThe report, published by Loco2, looked ...

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    The luxury Maldives resort that lets guests take a private SUBMARINE tour of reefs 120ft below the surface

    If James Bond ran holiday tours, they might look something like this.The Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru has recently launched a private submarine tour of the local reefs for its guests.Those staying at the uber-luxury hideaway can climb aboard a Super Falcon 3S, built by DeepFlight, and descend to 120ft to gawp at the local sea life.     Reef encounter: The Four Seasons Resort Maldives in Landaa Giraavaru has launched submarine excursions for its guests The submarine can take up to two guests at a time down into the waters around Landaa Giraavaru - for $1,500 One of the ...

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    Revealed: British families are paying up to £1,400 more for a seven-night stay at Center Parcs resorts in the UK compared to its parks elsewhere in Europe

    British families are paying up to £1,400 more to stay at Centre Parcs resorts in the UK compared to its equivalent holiday parks elsewhere in Europe, research has revealed.The study compared the cost of holidays and family activities in Britain against similar locations on the continent.And it found that in many cases those staying at home during the May half-term holidays will spend more than if they went abroad. The Center Parcs holiday centre at Oasis Whinefell Forest in the Lake District. British families are paying up to £1,400 more to stay at Centre Parcs resorts in the UK compared to ...

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    Revealed: How airliners are guided across a vast area of the Atlantic that’s out of radar range (and why a new satellite tracking system will transform UK to North America flights)

    If you thought that when you crossed the North Atlantic on an airliner that you were, reassuringly, a blip on a radar screen somewhere, then we’ve got news for you – you’re not.Radar stations in the UK and North America have ranges of roughly 250 miles, so for a great deal of the journey, no one can see your aircraft.So just how are the thousands of planes that make this voyage daily marshalled safely? It’s a system known as the North Atlantic Tracks – like motorway lanes at 38,000ft and it relies on pilots updating controllers with their position.  Planes ...

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    The very heart of Rome: Centro Storico is the place to be for the Pantheon, piazzas and impressive hotels

    Roam the cobbled streets of Rome’s Centro Storico – historic centre – and discover a district of stately renaissance palaces, baroque churches and elegant squares filled with café terraces. It’s an area made for rambling – taking you past the Pantheon, one of finest ancient buildings not just in Rome but of all Europe.Your wanderings will also lead you to Piazza Navona, with fountains and cafés that make it one of the most attractive squares in the city. And right on the edge of the Centro Storico is the superb morning market at Campo de’ Fiori – a sight not ...

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    Keep the arm rest down and don't mix alcohol with sleeping tablets: FBI issues advice to help prevent sexual assault on planes - and it's revealed some victims are as young as EIGHT

    The FBI has issued advice to air passengers to help prevent sexual assault on planes.FBI special agent David Gates, who is based at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), said in an official release that the agency is seeing more reports of in-flight sexual assault than ever before with victims being as young as eight.The agency's tips include keeping the arm rest down at all times and never mixing alcohol with sleeping tablets.   The FBI has issued advice to air passengers to help prevent sexual assault on planes (file image)It also recommends sticking to aisle seats where there is greater visibility. Agents ...

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    Several airlines defy Chinese government orders and hold off listing Taiwan as part of China

    Several international airlines still listed Taiwan as a separate country on their websites on Friday despite a deadline set by Beijing for carriers to refer to the self-governed island as a Chinese territory.The Chinese Civil Aviation Administration sent a notice to 36 foreign airlines last month, asking them to comply with Beijing's standards of referring to Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau as Chinese territories, in a move described by the White House as 'Orwellian nonsense.'According to a copy of the letter circulating on Chinese social media, it was dated April 25 and gave carriers 30 days to comply, indicating a ...

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    The ad-VAN-tages of life on the road! Adventure-hungry couple spend $15,000 transforming a Ford Transit into a slick home on wheels

    An adventure-hungry couple have told how they converted a humble Ford Transit van into a slick home on wheels for Aus$15,000 (£9,000, US$11,000) and they are loving the more relaxed pace of life.Dancer and henna artist Demi Jenkins and electrician Eli Telesnitsky, both 26 and from Brisbane, Australia, decided to pack their life into a van after realising they'd explored more countries abroad than their homeland.Stunning photos show them out on the road, relaxing in their new tiny home, cooking on the beach and feasting on spectacular views en-route.    Stunning pictures show dancer and henna artist Demi Jenkins and electrician Eli Telesnitsky, ...

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