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    Don't get a health insurance headache! Fred Mawer offers some expert advice on holiday cover if you have a medical problem

    A holiday may well be just the ticket if you have or recently had a health problem. But if we’re talking about something serious, such as cancer or a heart complication, then the cost of travel insurance can be astronomical, and some insurers will refuse to provide cover.The big issue is ‘pre-existing medical conditions’. Insurers define these as pretty much any illness or disease you currently have, or have had in the past, requiring medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.While that may seem very wide ranging, and more minor conditions – perhaps mild and well-controlled asthma – may not result in ...

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    Blown away by Barbados! Discovering history, beauty (and rum punch) on the island's windy side

    The west coast of Barbados is very enticing with its white sandy beaches, turquoise seas, smart restaurants and the chance of a sighting of Simon Cowell. These are the reason why most Brits head straight there and stay there.But it has none of the drama of the rugged east coast. We are immediately rewarded for hauling ourselves off our sunloungers to head east. The wind whistles through sugar canes, the sea sparkles through palm trees, while huge Atlantic rollers crash into rocks, sending waves high into the air.Sea breezes have sculpted the landscape. While some windswept palm trees sway in ...

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    Our pick of the best cheap coffee shops in Amsterdam

    Beyond its fame for flowers and museums, Amsterdam has a thriving boho café culture, where locals and tourists sit back and watch the world go by over a mocha and a pastry or stroopwafel. Relax, take your time, and enjoy a delightful hot beverage in one of these coffee shops. The ultimate guide to the best coffee that the Czech capital has to offerBest when visiting the Anne Frank House – Coffee and JuicesWest of the centre, one canal away from the Anne Frank House, is this oak-floored treasure trove for local coffee lovers, found by only a smattering of ...

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    From water slides to laser tag: New footage shows the stunning features on Independence of the Seas being put to the ultimate test... by 100 kids (who were given free reign of the ship)

    One of Royal Caribbean's most popular cruise ships - Independence of the Seas - has undergone a multi-million pound makeover and is now decked out with attractions perfect for children, from water slides to laser tag. And new footage has emerged of 100 youngsters operating in a parent-free zone and being given free reign to put the stunning features to the ultimate test.The pack were unleashed onboard in order to film their experiences on GoPros.  New footage has emerged showing 100 youngsters putting the stunning features on Independence of the Seas to the ultimate test. This part shows one child trying ...

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    Morning bites: The best places to grab breakfast in Amsterdam

    Amsterdam is jampacked with amazing attractions that are well-worth waking up early for. Before your day of sightseeing and strolling along the city’s picturesque canals really begins, why not set yourself up with a delicious breakfast at one of these fantastic venues? An insider's guide to the most scrumptious breakfasts in the Dutch capitalOmeleggProudly describing themselves as the country’s first ‘omelettery’, it’s pretty obvious what cosy Omelegg specialises in. From classic cheese omelettes and ones stuffed with salmon and crème fraiche, to sweeter variations with banana and peanut butter, it has over 10 flavour combinations to choose from that you ...

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    Hawaii's Kapalua Bay tops 'Dr. Beach's' best beach in America list for 2018 (but don't worry, it's on a different island from the lava-spewing volcano)

    A crescent-shaped beach on the Hawaiian island of Maui got the top slot Thursday on the list of best beaches issued annually by a Florida professor known as Dr. Beach.Kapalua Bay Beach topped the list released by Stephen Leatherman, a coastal science professor at Florida International University in Miami.And don't worry about that lava-spewing volcano impacting visits to the Kapalua beach. The Kilauea volcano is on a different Hawaiian island, the Big Island. A view of the Kapalua coastline in Maui, Hawaii. Kapalua Bay Beach is No. 1 on the list of best beaches for the summer of 2018 compiled ...

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    Blackpool's £16million roller coaster opens to the public tomorrow with stunning new pictures and video showing what a treat visitors are in for

    Blackpool Pleasure Beach's new £16.25million roller coaster is set to open tomorrow - and hair-raising new images and point-of-view footage of the ride show that it'll be heaven for thrill-seekers.The Icon has been five years in the planning and when it opens, it will be the UK's first double-launch roller coaster.The new pictures and video were taken on the day that the coaster was launched to the press and show riders experiencing its Formula 1-level acceleration and high-speed twists and turns.  New hair-raising images show some of the first thrill-seekers to try out the new Icon roller coaster at Blackpool ...

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    When the animal kingdom gets SUPER-SIZED: Staggering images show fish, crocodiles and bears dwarfing humans

    Casting a shadow on their human companions, looking at these big beasts might inspire a shrinking feeling.MailOnline Travel has scoured the world for a range of super-sized animals, from giant sunfish in Portugal to great white sharks off the coast of Mexico.In New York state, Jim Kowalczik is dwarfed by his domesticated Kodiak bear Jimbo, who stands at 9ft tall and weighs over 1,400lbs.Meanwhile, in Australia Cassius Clay is the biggest captive crocodile in the world, measuring 18ft in length and weighing a scale-busting 2,200lbs.There's a big rat too - a 4ft monster discovered two years ago in east London.Scroll down ...

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    Inside the cab of a Crossrail train: Fascinating clip shows a never-before-seen driver’s-eye-view of the new Elizabeth line being tested

    A fascinating clip has emerged showing a never-before-seen driver's-eye-view of a  new Crossrail train as it undertakes line tests beneath London.The new trains are currently being tried out on a section of track between Abbey Wood in south east London and Canary Wharf in the city on what will be called the Elizabeth line.The tests are intended to check the line's new automatic train control system, which operates in the central section of the route. A fascinating new video has emerged showing new Crossrail trains being tested in tunnels on the brand new Elizabeth line  The new trains are currently ...

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    These 10 picture perfect scenes include golden sandy beaches, picturesque villages and jungle-like waterfalls – but you'll be amazed where they are

    Candidates for exotic sun-soaked holidays usually include the likes of the Mediterranean, the South Pacific and the Indian Ocean.But beautiful beaches, turquoise waters and jungle-like waterfalls, it turns out, lie in the most unexpected of places, as these pictures prove.Can you guess where they are?  Among them are a stunning salt-water swimming pool, a secluded cove and golden cliffs.Scroll down and feast your eyes on the pictures.Their locations are revealed at the very bottom of the article.1.  This beach boasts swaying palm trees, deep blue seas, colourful buildings and a pretty harbour2.  Visitors to this beach are treated to an expanse ...

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    Revealed: Infant flights can cost more than FOUR TIMES an adult ticket and changing a name can cost 26 times the fare

    Taking an infant on a flight can cost more than four times as much as an adult ticket, according to research.Analysis of budget airline fares and fees by travel search engine Kayak.co.uk found that Ryanair offers flights from £5.99, but charges a flat fee of £25 if an infant is sitting on its parent's lap.EasyJet charges £22 – about the same as many of its cheapest flights – while the fee on Jet2.com is£20. Taking an infant on a flight can cost more than four times as much as an adult ticket, according to researchOut of the four low-cost carriers assessed, Flybe ...

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    Jet2 beats Premier Inn to become the first airline to win the Which? travel brand of the year award

    Low-cost airline Jet2 has seen off competition from Premier Inn to be named the first travel brand of the year at the Which? awards.The Leeds-based carrier was awarded the accolade after impressing experts who work for the consumer group, who said on the whole it had been a disastrous year for airlines.Jet2, which also offers package holidays, was praised in particular for its customer service and quality as well as offering cheap tickets and timely compensation. Low-cost airline Jet2 has become the first airline recipient of the Which? travel brand of the year award And in addition to the accolade, the ...

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    My fantasy island really does exist! Falling for the Antiguan resort that boasts the perfect mix of champagne, celebrities and sunshine

    A holiday in the Caribbean should be like something out of a fantasy: nothing but blue skies, hammocks slung between shady palms on golden sands and a cast of larger-than-life characters. So our stay at Antigua’s Curtain Bluff resort could not have got off to a better start with some extremely strong rum punch served by a mate of the Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards, and an invitation to a cocktail party up at the big house that night.The impromptu bartender and friend to the stars turned out to be the resort’s charismatic managing director, Rob Sherman.  Shore winners: The Curtain Bluff ...

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    Mauritius is famous for its exclusive beach resorts, but follow in the footsteps of Charles Darwin and head into the jungle and mountains and you'll find the very height of luxury

    Sheer delights: The 272ft Chamarel Falls in Mauritius away from the busy beach resorts The path wound through thick, damp rainforest. Monkeys howled among brightly coloured plants and unfamiliar exotic birds screeched from the treetops. I stumbled over tangles of tree roots while trying not to step on thousands of tiny black frogs, scurrying around in the undergrowth.My brilliant hike through the wilderness of Mauritius seemed a million miles from the pristine comfort and stylish restaurants of the five-star resort where I was staying.This tropical holiday island is famous for luxury beach hotels lining its coastline of white sand, coral ...

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    Exploring vibrant Venice time and again: 10 reasons we keep returning to the City of Canals

    Few places have been as romanticised as Venice – the picturesque waterways and ornate architecture, singing gondoliers in stripes, cobbled streets and hidden campi. There’s something special about Venice that draws people back to it, time after time. There’s so much to see, do and taste that every visit, you’ll fall in love with the city all over again. The ultimate guide to Venice filled with insider tipsThe locationVenice is just two hours from London by plane (and can cost as little as £15 each way) and once you land, you’re only 40 minutes from the city centre. It’s also ...

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