Looking towards the Eiffel Tower, Paris. Photograph: Thinkstock

Take the kids to Lapland, a spa break in Dublin and a first visit to Paris

Claim your BA Avios, which Hyatt are you, Emirates A380 to carry 615 passengers, more airline classes

Ethiopian workers on the Grand Renaissance Dam near the Sudanese-Ethiopian border. The $4.8 billion (€4.5bn) project will provide not just Ethiopia with power but also allow the exporting of energy to neighbouring countries. Photograph: Zacharias Abubeker/AFP/Getty Images

Energy-poor Ethiopia has begun building the biggest hydroelectric dam in Africa

Marriott movies, Airbus of the future, Iberia and TAM code share, experience Pan Am

Hotel tax for London? London City Airport plans disrupted, new Aer Lingus lounge at JFK and self bag-tagging

Aer Lingus business class, BA Avios hacked, Fly away Flybe, new hotels for Istanbul

Ryanair Transatlantic, Holiday Inn Express innovations, homing luggage, Qantas scam

Fearless flying, On-Air powers Solar Impulse connectivity, GoSleep in a pod, new hotels for Starwood

North Korean workers bow before  statues of the President Kim Il Sung and the General Secretary Kim Jung Il at the Mansudae Grand Monument in Pyongyang, North Korea

Going solo to North Korea, family resorts on Portugal’s Atlantic coast, spa hotels in the midlands

Have a spin in the Virgin Tesla, ASEAN Air Pass from AirAsia, Hotels.com HPI, DIATA welcome ICAO and 300 delegates

Looking for a bit of luxury in Prague

Prague with a pool, Marbella, Mallorca, or Mykonos for our 40s

AF-KLM hit by strike, apartment use growing and Dublin lands aviation safety conference

Granada: hotels in the city can be good value in September. Photograph: Thinkstock

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Lufthansa Ireland traffic grows, Starbucks in the air, Expedia acquiring more travel brands, robots to man hotel in Japan

You can take a 10-day tour along the Blues Highway, the route that brought the music of the south worldwide. It includes two days in Memphis with a full day at Graceland including a tour of Elvis’s home, museum and the Meditation Garden where he is buried, above.

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London City Airport gets £200m investment. Plus: room rates in Dublin up; fly business class with La Compagnie; Starwood open 74 (...)

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Claiming Avios, ICAO safety conference, Hyatt Centrics, EI back on Carrickfinn

Tourists on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Magic Kingdom, Disney World.

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Zamora, Spain

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The Lake District in northern England is a good spot for a family get together in late autumn

Ask Joan: your travel dilemmas solved: a venue for a 55-person family get together, taking a friend to Florence

 England face  Australia at the Oval in  August  2015. Photograph: Philip Brown/Reuters

Joan Scales answers your travel questions on inclusive breaks for cricket fans and holiday tours for singles.

A cruise ship is the one place where you will not find a cat

Cat phobia curbs couple’s holiday plans, and hotel prices hinder visit to Westminster

Things to see in Chicago  include the Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum of Natural History and the Art Institute of Chicago
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Springfield via Chicago, going to Herculaneum and finding specialist health insurers

Having dinner in someone’s home, visiting food markets with a local or joining a celebratory meal are just some of the latest foo(...)

Speedy Etihad, choose your own room, new United Airlines services, dangerous drones

On safari: African elephants in South Africa. Photograph: Thinkstock

On safari in South Africa and a murder mystery night in Ireland

Work off your Christmas feast with the Connemara Walking Festival

Great Kremlin Palace and Bol Kamenny Bridge, Moscow

Moscow on a budget, finding the best holidays deals and the Dingle Way

Cyprus  has extensive bike trails all over the island and hiking routes in the Troodos mountains. Photograph: Thinkstock

Activites for honeymooners, cruises from Nice and a good hotel for a family gathering

New Cathay Pacific route from Manchester to Hong Kong starts next month

Lufthansa profit warning, 400 new hotels for Hilton in China, new Cathay Pacific route, free wifi for Marriott Rewards members

Manchester United captain  Wayne Rooney in action. A number of travel agents  arrange trips to see the team play at Old Trafford.  Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA
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Seeing Man United, exploring Canada, doing the Fat Duck

Sunday is the best day for Brick Lane Market, where you can browse for unusual clothes, jewellery and bric-a-brac and and be tempted by the huge selection of ethnic foods
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London for fashion and food, finding the craic in Ireland

Tourists gather on Poon Hill to watch the sunrise over the Annapurna Himal, in   Annapurna,  Nepal. Photograph: Getty Images
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Trekking in Nepal and getting to Slovenia

 The Christmas tree lighting ceremony during the traditional Christmas market at the medieval Old Town Square in Prague
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Finding the Sylvanians in London, Prague Christmas markets

Almunecar in Spain is a pleasant place to enjoy some winter sunshine

Wintering in Europe, Orlando for next summer and a gentle walk on the Camino

 Visit vineyards in  Bordeaux during harvest time on a wine tour

Wine tours in France, getting to Strasbourg, sun holidays in September

The Russian carrier S7.ru operates a direct service on Saturdays from Dublin to Moscow during the summer. Photograph: Thinkstock
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Travelling alone to Asia, getting to Thomas Land, and Russian cities from Ireland

 Trulli houses in the centre of Alberobello, Puglia, Italy
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Exploring Puglia by public transport, the Northern Lights and skiing in Norway

Lyon is known for its restaurant and cafe scene
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Provincial French cities, Bordeaux, Lyon, Toulouse, taking the dog on a woodland holiday

Tel Aviv and Jerusalem in autumn and Camino from Burgos to Sahagun via Madrid

Aylesford bridge at Sunset

A day out in the English countryside, avoiding the holiday crowds in August

Book club travels to Marrakech, getting to Autun and walking in Devon/Cornwall

 Houses on a canal in St Petersburg

Tallinn to St Petersburg and the battlefields of the first World War

World’s end: You can’t just jet off to the Antarctic as a tourist, but you could join an expedition cruise.  Photograph: Guy Wenborne

Choosing between an expedition to the North or South Pole, and a river cruise to the Rhine or the Danube

Lake Van: there is a train from Tehran to Ankara, in Turkey, the Trans Asia Express which takes two nights and includes a crossing of Lake Van. Photograph: Thinkstock

Kuwait to Cork by land and sea, driving from North Dakota to Oklahoma

 Hit the beach at Barceloneta as well as the bars and clubs in the city on a post-Leaving-Cert holiday

Things to do in Barcelona in June after the Leaving Cert and a nice hotel in Ireland for a spring break

 Put Krakow on your itinerary in Poland

Exploring Poland and a seaside break in Sardinia

A golden autumn in New England: the region covers six states, most of the north east of the US, and is bordered by New York, New Brunswick and Quebec
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The fall foliage of New England and discovering St. Andrews

Italy, Campania, Ischia Island, Aragonese castle  Lifelong friends choose Ischia in Italy to visit Lady Walton’s garden

La Mortella, a garden of music on Ischia, Mexico in January and train tripping around Europe

The Metropolitan Opera House in New York
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Opera at the Met in New York, the right holiday for a person with special requirements, going it alone in Asia and South America(...)

 Istanbul in April, with a beach holiday add-on

Country house comfort in Ireland, honeymooning in January, and can we combine Istanbul with a beach holiday in April

Sardinero Beach in Santander

Yonkers for value New York stays, living it up in Santandar and a place for 25 to stay

Cooking, horsemanship, relaxation and baby sitting too; Grand Central Terminal; the siege of Stalingrad

Chicago Skline and Lake Michigan from North Avenue Beach
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A Road trip around the Great Lakes or the Blues Highway, hiking in Ireland and how to go it alone

 Toronto for a family visit. Photograph: Getty

Canada, Santa Monica, cross border travel from Spain

 Austria for a family gathering in summertime
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Crete or Austria, Cote d’Azur or Playa de Palma, hotels in Nice near the Opera

Chania, Crete, Greek Islands   Creative image #:  dv685148

Walking in Greece, friends and families sharing nights on the terrace, getting to San Sebastian

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The business of travel

Cara Leigh Doyle (5) with Jonathan Howard (7) from Dublin atT he Holiday World Show Dublin. Photograph:
:Michael Donnelly

Representatives of 50 countries exhibit at RDS including new stands for Sri Lanka and Oman

The Eden Project near St Austell, Cornwall. Photograph: ConstructionSkills/PA.

Cargo ship travel, the Eden Project, yoga and hill walking

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Duty free from Iceland, going back to the DR,where will we go for mid term

 Amphawa floating market in Thailand. Photograph: Getty
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Gourmet getaways

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Holiday for a family of seven, B&Bs in Dublin, London and Bath, by the sea in New Zealand

 Aer Lingus has added Pula to its destinations, bringing the Istrian peninsula and pretty towns such as Porec within easy reach for short breaks and holidays
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Pula and the islands, Harry Potter in a day, and Fiji

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Bringing the worldwide family together, see Europe by train, London after 50 years

Sailing in the Caribbean
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Safari and sunshine in the Indian Ocean, Munich for the family and Caribbean or the Med for sailing

Take a boat trip down the Mekong Delta in Vietnam
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Exploring Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos; I want to be alone on New Year’s Eve

 Bordeaux, France for a 50th birthday celebration
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Bordeaux for the ladies, winter sun from Shannon, New York at twixmas

 Take a cruise on Danube in Budapest

A break in Budapest, painting and cooking in France or Italy and the Canaries for three weeks

The Nice coastline can be good for family groups. Photograph: Getty Images

White nights in St Petersburg, Tallinn in summer, cheap hotels in Paris and a big house for all the family

South Africa, Cape Town, aerial view of Table Mountain

USA and Canada, Dublin at Christmas, and travel insurance for over 80s

 Christmas at Solis Lough Eske

Winter sun in thde Canaries and Amelia Island, Christmas in Ireland

Jal Mahal, Jaipur, India.  Photograph: Michael Busselle
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Christmas in India or Cuba, swimming in salt water, Disneyland Paris in spring

Appalachian Trail: this historic route is more than 30,000km long. Photograph: Getty

Driving the Applachian Trail, Nice is nice in winter, self-catering in London

The Royal Crescent in Bath. Photographs: Getty
Avon calling

From street art to gracious Georgian squares – Bristol and Bath couldn’t be more different, though they’re minutes apart by train

 Batu Cave is the biggest Hindu temple outside India

Kuala Lumpur, Lankawi, big family fun in Ireland, taking a scissors on holidays

Taktsang Dzong monastery in Paro, Bhutan
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Bhutan land of the Thunder Dragon, rural romance, and Legoland Billund

Trevi fountain in Rome. Photograph:  Thinkstock
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Amsterdam, Rome and London for family fun

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Miami beach, off-beat Spain and the Northern Lights

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