If you want to ski like an aristocrat or oligarch, there’s no shortage of luxury locations

Chicago is the birthplace of the skyscraper

For a family-run experience, head to the Guesthouse Hotel in artsy Andersonville

Solis Lough Eske Castle in Co Donegal welcomes dogs, who are allowed anywhere on the grounds – which provide ample opportunity for walks and runs.

If you can’t leave your canine pal behind, here are some hotels with the bow-wow factor

The number 28 vintage, aka tourist, tram. You’ve seen the pictures. Just buy the postcard.

What to see, where to eat, sleep and drink, and the tourist tram worth avoiding

Belfast City Hall. Lonely Planet said the city has undergone a makeover, and is now ‘full of hip neighbourhoods that burst with bars, restaurants and venues to suit all tastes.’

Lonely Planet Best in Travel list ranks regions, countries and cities to visit in 2018

The Nyhavn neighbourhood, which was originally a busy commercial port, is now a pretty neighbourhood filled with waterside bars and restaurants.

The Irish team is off to Copenhagen, so we find out how to get there, and the best places to eat, sleep, drink and explore

In Ireland, we dodge ladders, black cats and magpies, but other cultures have their own seemingly senseless superstitions. Photograph: Getty Images

On the unluckiest day of the year, we find 13 unusual beliefs from other countries and cultures

Forty per cent of respondents to a recent survey said they now feel pressure to take “more adventurous” holidays

Survey finds 30% of people book trips to induce envy in others. Is that good for your head?

Meeting Place statue on Liffey Street, Dublin, which is part of the Talking Statues initiative. Photograph: talkingstatuesdublin.ie

A slew of famous voices are bringing 10 of Dublin’s best-known monuments alive

This toilet, located in the Venture North safari camp on the Cobourg Peninsula in Garig Gunak Barlu National Park in northern Australia, has been named toilet with the best view

A toilet on the Cobourg Peninsula in Australia’s Northern Territory has been voted as the best loo with a view. We test it out

Belfast: the big yellow gantry cranes built by shipbuilder Harland & Wolff

There is a vibrancy to this city, with a lively food, drink, art and music scene – plus an exchange rate that makes it a steal

The five-star Sheen Falls Lodge in Kenmare

From whale-spotting in West Cork to cosy nights in Connemara there’s plenty on offer

 Sheela na Gig carving on White Island, Lough Erne, Co Fermanagh. Photograph: Getty Images

Whether a bit of bling on castle walls or a potent fertility symbol, a new map helps to find these ancient carvings at home and fu(...)

The foyer of the new Titanic Hotel, Belfast. The hotel  has been designed to reflect its shipping past, as the headquarters of Harland & Wolff ship builders. Photograph: Press Eye/Darren Kidd

Shipbuilder’s former headquarters gets new lease of life as luxury hotel

Conor McSweeney from Tramore, Co Waterford. We’re all winners down here in Stradbally Photograph:  Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Galway and Waterford fans were united around screens big and small at the picnic

Psychologists at Spain’s University of Granada describe Post Holiday Syndrome as the gloom you feel after going away and the subsequent anxiety and upset of having to do some work again

Feeling tired, anxious and unable to concentrate? It could be down to Post Holiday Syndrome

The new Oscar Wilde bar which has opened in New York, after a $4 million investment by Irish duo Frank McCole and Tommy Burke

Literary haunt is home to the longest bar in New York

Copenhagen, Denmark has been named the most bike-friendly city in the world for the second year running. Photograph: Getty Images

Copenhagen most bicycle-friendly city for second time

The two-night ‘Ashford Castle Fairytale experience’ includes private chauffeur, afternoon tea, falconry and lots, lots more - if your pockets are deep enough to afford the €4,350 to €6,350 price tag

New ‘Michelin guide’ for luxury travel picks top global holidays and experiences

Achill, Co Mayo on the Wild Atlantic Way, which is the 2,750km route from Kinsale in Co Cork to Malin Head in Co Donegal. Photograph: Tourism Ireland

Causeway Coastal Route joins Route 66 in Lonely Planet’s list of 50 ‘Epic Drives of the World’

Applicants who make it to the short list will be sent on a 10-day trip around the world in October

Forget your dream job. Here’s a job interview that involves globetrotting for 10 days, whether you win the role or not

There are lots of ways to avoid the dreaded middle seat on planes, from checking in early to making the seating system work for you. Photograph: Getty Images

As plane seats continue to shrink, here’s how to avoid the dreaded middle seat

The temperature on planes plummets after take-off, with many of us reaching for a blanket to stay warm. Photograph: Getty Images

As up to 100,000 people a day travel through Dublin airport in summer, we answer this and other travel questions

Cashel Palace Hotel: celebrity visitors have included Ronald Reagan, Jacqueline Kennedy, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor.

18th-century Tipperary hotel purchased for €2.25m is set to reopen with 61 rooms in late 2019

U2 perform during their Joshua Tree Tour, at Twickenham Stadium, London on July 8th. The tour comes to Dublin on July 22nd. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

Hike in hotel prices reflected in Airbnb rentals, with one host charging €150 for a night on a couch

Kit Harington as Jon Snow in ‘Game of Thrones’. Season seven begins on July 17th. Photograph:  Helen Sloan/HBO/AP

Follow a route that visits the filming locations in Northern Ireland

Look into each form of yoga to see what really suits you

This is a game of evasion with lots of running – and it’s addictive

Horse riding beats running, gym-ing, swimming and any other -ing when it comes to wellbeing

A chatbot can mimic human conversation within limitations that are increasingly being expanded. Photograph: EyesWideOpen/Getty Images

As AI improves, bots that help travellers plan and book trips are coming to the fore

Allow extra time to get through the airport terminal

It’s family holiday time – whether you’re going by car, boat or plane, avoid tantrums, boredom and bickering with our ultimate gui(...)

The bright lights of Chicago, where shopping is the visitors’ favourite sport. Photograph: Getty Images

Where to shop, eat and hang out in the Windy City

Want to catch all the Trump Clinton action? It’s time for tactical thinking

If you can’t bear to miss a minute of Clinton Trump action, here’s how to stay alert

Can selfies actually make us happy? Should we all start taking them?

Taking photos of yourself is often thought to be unhealthy. Or is it actually good for you?

Women’s bodies do not tolerate alcohol as well as men’s, because they have a higher fat to water ratio and  smaller livers.

Change partly the result of sweeter products aimed at young women, say campaigners

Do I have a cold? The flu? A virus? Or...what?

Seasonal health: We ask GP Muiris Houston for his diagnosis and cold/flu expert advice

A US study has found that sex in later life could make men twice as likely to have a heart attack, while it brings health benefits for women.

Having sex frequently is good for older women, but it's not the same for men

A long hot bath might be the easiest way to burn calories because it increases energy expenditure levels by 80 per cent burning 126 calories per hour.

A long bath burns as many calories as a half-hour walk and reduces blood sugar levels – study

Registration for the 2016 SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon has closed earlier than many runners anticipated due to unprecedented demand for places. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Registrations for 2016 Dublin Marathon have closed after reaching capacity in record time

Australian research found that working full time after the age of 40 is too much, for your brain at least. Photograph: istock

Working 60 hours a week is worse for your brain than doing nothing – survey

Hummus, made predominantly from chickpeas, also contains on average 280 calories per 100g – more than 10 per cent of the recommended daily intake for women, the Cash study found.

Three-quarters of hummus products have a traffic light label red warning for fat

The Lancet authors urged anyone spending hours at their desk to take a five-minute break every hour, as well as exercise at lunchtimes and evenings.

Sedentary lifestyles posing as great a threat to public health as smoking

The ice bucket challenge was a phenomenon in the summer of 2014. People dunked a bucket of iced water over their heads in order to solicit donations before nominating others to do the same. Photograph: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

Money raised funds breakthrough in identifying a key gene linked to motor neurone disease

Lorenzo Da Luca from Italy on Ensor de Litrange Lxii,  winner of the Longines Grand Prix during his round on the final day of the Dublin Horse Show in the RDS Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Gutsy club riders give spectators as much of a thrill as the professionals

Alcohol study sparked renewed calls for regular drinkers to be encouraged to take alcohol-free days and for alcohol packaging to carry warning labels.

No ‘safe level’ of drinking and supposed health benefits of alcohol ‘irrelevant’

One-third  of hay fever sufferers claimed they “get no sympathy whatsoever” from their boss.

Avoid certain food, such as cheese, to alleviate hay fever but don’t expect sympathy in work

We need to drink eight glasses of water per day - fact or fiction?

Does cracking your knuckles lead to arthritis? Can you get an STD from a dirty toilet?

“If it’s a bright day, summer or winter, it’s a good idea to use sunscreen whenever you’re outdoors – (or)if you sit (inside)by the window.”

We know the advice – always wear sunscreen. So, why are we so bad at doing it?

The ketogenic diet can be absolutely life-changing for patients with epilepsy when it works and helps to reduce seizure activity.

It can be life-changing for people with epilepsy, but what does keto involve?

Are we looking at a “Robbie Generation” baby boom after the Euros? Photograph:James Crombie/Inpho

From baby booms to heart health - the Republic of Ireland’s campaign is sure to have an impact

Research from a travel insurance company (Compare travel) claims you are 100 times more likely to catch a cold during a flight. Photograph: iStockphoto

If you’re flying off this summer, take a moment to find out what it does to your body and how you can minimise the effects

Be energised by the sun and help your circadian rhythm on the way.

Moderate sun exposure does have health benefits

Back on dry land after our lesson it is time for a well-deserved beer. Hiding from the 30 degrees heat we look out at the view.

This Caribbean gem offers sun, sport, sand, great food and board at affordable prices

The study found that 60 seconds of arduous exercise was comparable to 2,700 seconds of gentler exercise in terms of physiological effects.

The case for the one-minute workout is getting stronger, according to new interval training study

Loyal followers: fans watch Loughmore-Castleiney play. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

We’re on the hunt for Ireland’s best sports club, and we want you to help by nominating yours. The winner of the competition – and(...)

The bad news is that there is no miracle hangover cure. The stumbling block for inventing one is research.

Even after one evening of drinking, the body is left in a withdrawal state for 24 hours

When you drink excessively, the liver stops producing glucose in order to process and clear alcohol from the body. This results in hypoglycaemia, which can send your cravings through the roof.

We look at some of health impacts of drinking too much

Light throws the body’s circadian rhythm out of whack so switch off your phone before bed. Photograph: Thinkstock

Sleep is vital for our health. The more you avoid your phone at night, the better

Researchers have found the a gene responsible for greying hair for the first time, confirming that going grey is not just influenced by environmental factors.

There’s a gene for that: straight or curly hair, monobrows, beard and eyebrow thickness

Study finds fat penguins fall over more than slimmer penguins. And they cheat

Coffee chains Costa, Starbucks and Cafe Nero are being pulled into the spotlight because of that “staggering” 20-25 spoonfuls of sugar found in some of their offerings.

What do you think makes that venti caramel macchiato taste so sweet?

The treatment first requires the patient to wear a headset that projects a life-sized image of themselves through a virtual reality mirror.

Study involves a patient embodying themselves in an avatar of a crying child

The condoms do not lose any strength despite being 30 per cent thinner than existing products. Photograph: Pederk/E+/Getty

The latex condoms do not lose durability despite being 30% thinner than existing products

The pregnant woman’s Fitbit was showing her heartbeat being consistently high and high levels of fat burning.

Woman finds out she is pregant from her fitness tracker

Sign up now to learn to swim for a mile with our Get Swimming programme, in association with Swim Ireland

Learn to swim a mile with our 12-week Get Swimming programme, in association with Swim Ireland

Leonie Corcoran tests out an electric scooter for her commute. Photograph: Sara Freund

Faster than walking, easy to lug around, the electric E-Skoot is as fun as it looks

Mind map, with Tony Buzan in the centre, taken from tonybuzan.com

Taking note of how to use doodles, key words, images and connections can lead to success in all areas, according to Tony Buzan

A rider and a horse at the Tattersalls International Horse Trials and Country Fair at Fairyhouse, Co Meath.

Dogs have the run of Fairyhouse as owners mingle at equestrian gathering

Residents look for their belongings among the rubble of their destroyed homes in Nepal after the recent earthquake. Photograph: Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images

A new generation of tech-savvy humanitarians are busy categorising data coming from affected areas

Katie Walsh celebrates with her father, Ted, after winning the Irish Grand National on Thunder and Roses at Fairyhouse. Photograph Cyril Byrne

Katie Walsh ensured it was a gloriously good day for the ladies at this Irish Grand National

Gebremedhin Woldegiorgis, senior potato researcher at the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research, and Denis Griffen, potato breeder at Teagas, inspect potato plants at the Teagasc Research Centre in Oakpark, Carlow. photograph: dylan vaughan

Spuds are nutritious and hardy, and a research centre collaboration is helping defeat hunger in Africa

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