Christmas special: peppermint hot chocolate with a candy cane, available at Carters, Waterford. Photograph: iStock
Hot chocolate heaven

Spicy, cinnamon, mocha, mint, chili, caramel and nutella are some of the hot chocolate flavours for this winter

Bénédicte Duval, Air France and KLM general manager for the UK and Ireland, will oversee changes in the airlines’ operations in the Irish market.

Delta adds check-in utility to app, A4E calls for scrapping of EU passenger taxes

Live like a king or queen in Belleek Castle, Co Mayo

Great Escapes: The best travel deals this week at home and abroad

Ballyfin in Co Laois: the best hotel in Ireland.

Ballyfin in Co Laois voted best hotel in Ireland by readers of Conde Nast `Traveller' magazine

There are many reasons you can be denied an ESTA visa waiver to the US

The ‘Pod’ at Dublin Airport, where aircraft are allocated stands. Photograph: daa/Twitter

160 flights cancelled in Dublin. Duty-free has closed. Some parking costs are being waived

The Lost Letter: based on  letter to Santa  discovered up a chimney 100 years after it was written

Award-winning film inspired by Irish Times article about 1911 letter found in Dublin chimney

Dublin Airport’s Radisson Blu Hotel, meanwhile, is planning a six-storey extension, and planning permission has been granted for a seven-storey hotel in the front car park at the Radisson Blu

1,000 more rooms in the works for Dublin Airport, including new 402-bedroom hotel

The Asia Pacific region carried the largest number of passengers in 2016, but the top three airlines in terms of passengers carried were US carriers. Photograph: iStockphoto

Road Warrior: Stobart buys into Airportr, Hilton honours guests who book online

Take a five-day break in Westport this winter for €219

Dinner, B&B and no single supplement in Hotel Westport. The best travel deals at home and abroad this week

Shannon Airport has made it to the final three destinations in an X Factor-style competition to decide a new airline route from Cologne

Public vote today between 2pm and 3pm to introduce a new Cologne-Shannon route in 2018

Elon Musk, co-founder and chief executive officer of Tesla, speaks during at an event  near Jamestown,  Australia last week. Photograph: Photograph: Carla Gottgens/Bloomberg

Travel to US falls; scramble for Monarch pilots; fly London to Sydney in under an hour

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European city breaks from €160pps – so get sunkissed for Christmas from €359pps

A leafy street scene in tranquil Philadelphia.

Here are 10 things to do in one of America’s most celebrated and interesting destinations

Regency Hotel: crime-scene tape at the hotel in 2016; it is now the Bonnington. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Dermot Desmond among backers investing €28m in ‘Bonnington’ hotel

Villa Colonia, an eight-bedroom villa in Sitges, Spain, is for rent with Utopia Villas.

There are many reasons to hire a large holiday home for a group of family or friends

The US department of transport has granted Norwegian UK an air carrier permit to allow it to operate flights between Europe, the UK and the US. File  photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

More Yotels on the way, Netflix looks to boost in-flight wifi while Uber seeks forgiveness

A Ryanair aircraft prepares to land at Dublin airport. The airline has cancelled 462 flights from Dublin from November 1st to March 25th. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters.

Regular Ryainair flyers left in limbo following the latest cancellations

Spend the winter in the  Algarve, Portugal with prices from €176 for three weeks.

Great Escapes: This week’s best travel deals at home and abroad

Air France-KLM’s chairman Jean-Marc Janaillac with staff - in ‘casual urban’ clothing – of Joon, the new lower-cost airline.  Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images

Passengers will have digital access, organic food, free drinks. Crew will wear skinny jeans

South Africa is having a resurgence in tourism traffic and starting to reappear on the honeymoon destinations list

Addis Ababa is an excellent gateway to 75 routes on the continent – and no transit visa required

A  British Airways Boeing 777: the airline has launched an upgrade promotion called First. Photograph: Tim Ockenden/PA Wire

Airlines make $44.6 billion extra revenue; GoCar to expand around the country

Early ski deals include free skis and boots, or 50% off lift passes

Ski season is coming up and the best deals are booked in advance

Ryanair has cancelled flights between Dublin airport and nine other airports over the next six weeks. Photograph: Getty Images

The budget airline has cancelled flights between Dublin and nine other airports. We find alternative ways to get there

It is a sinking feeling when your baggage does not arrive at your destination.

Travel Advice: The first thing to do is report it at the airport and make sure you keep labels

Ryanair is cancelling flights to improve punctuality and to allocate leave to staff. Some 1,900 flights could be cancelled

Passengers on future flights will get a text a day or hours before to say their flight is cancelled and to apply for a refund

Ryanair says it intends to cancel 40 to 50 flights a day over the next six weeks because its staff need to catch up on holiday entitlement. File photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Airline warns of mass cancellations as staff need to catch up on holiday entitlement

One of Norwegian Air’s Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft. Photograph: Norwegian Air

Five thousand sci-fi fans bound for Dublin; hackers target boarding cards

Rocky Coast of Algarve,  Portugal

The best travel deals at home and abroad

The former Great Southern Hotel in Killarney, which will return to its former name in January 2016

Killarney’s best-known hotel will adopt name it held for more than a century

Storms clouds  over the skyline of downtown Orlando as Hurricane Irma makes its way up the Florida peninsula. Photograph: Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images

Hurricane Irma: What should holidaymakers do if they are in Florida or have a trip booked?

Pack sweets to suck or something to chew for take-off and landing, it relieves ear pressure which children are more prone to. Photograph: Istock

Pack toys and snacks: a bit of planning goes a long way when travelling with little ones

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Home Front: Interiors ideas for your home

Road Warrior: Emirate’s expand and United asks Alexa

Fishing boats in Olhao

This week’s best travel deals at home and abroad

From November 1st, passengers boarding  Ryanair aircraft will only be allowed to bring one handbag-sized bag into the cabin with them. All other bags must go in the hold. Photograph: Getty Images

All your questions answered about the new airline policy

The five-star Conrad Hotel  arguably offered the best deal: €270 for a Saturday night

Amid rising Dublin hotel prices, we went searching for a bargain. No joy

Fota Island Resort has a walking river and hydrotherapy area, ideal for strengthening legs and easing muscles

One Irish spa website lists 192 properties around the country, ranging from wellness centres to super-luxury hotels

United Airlines employees examining  Brooks Brothers’ uniform prototype. Photograph: Wayne Slezak

Road Warrior: IAG takes on-board payment options to a new Level

Bag-free travel reduces fares by €40 each way

A typical port scene in Malta

The best travel deals this week at home and abroad

Accommodation requests for Dublin Airbnb properties were 25% more likely to be ignored when they came from gay male couples, according to Dr Ronan Lyons and Mr Rishi Ahuja of Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Getty Images

Report found that 25% of requests for bookings made by gay male couple were ignored

The tents measure six by seven metres and include an ensuite bathroom

A new luxury ‘glamping’ experience in Dromquinna Manor will cost campers €450 a night

Indian schoolchildren in classroom. You can or combine a holiday with a taking part in a volunteer programme in dozens for interesting places around the world.
Travel Advice

Volunteering holidays are a great way to travel and help others

Your home can be a nice little earner

Renting out a spare room and opening a pop-up restaurant are just two options

Slane Whiskey will be made from barley grown on the Mount Charles’s estate,  and water  fed from the Boyne river

The Meath estate is just one of two major distilleries to open this week

Traffic through British airports will begin to fall as soon as next March, according to a report submitted to the UK government by Gatwick, Heathrow, London City, Manchester and Stansted airports.

Business travel falls in UK, Philly on rise and a new security system at Shannon

Take a city break to Prague for less than €200 this winter

This week’s best travel bargains at home and abroad

The Toronto skyline, viewed from one the city’s islands, which offer tree-filled picnic spots, car free streets, quaint old cottages and beaches.

The Taoiseach visits the Canadian city this week, so we’ve put together some top tourist tips for him – or for you

Before coming to the airport do a final check through your bags for prohibited items. Photograph: Getty Images

Travel advice: Beat the check-in queues and zoom to your boarding gate with these tips

Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport: Aer Lingus is increasing capacity to the US for winter.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Belfast, Cork and Shannon Airports to go forward in under 4m category in World Routes event in Barcelona

Get some late-summer sun during the last week of August in Gran Canaria.

Great Escapes: Plus €520 off a Maldives holiday, and a luxury break for dogs

Residents of La Barceloneta neighbourhood protest against “drunken tourism” in their neighbourhood, in Barcelona on August 12, 2017.  AFP Photo/Josep Lago

Airport security are on strike, and locals are protesting against tourist overcrowding

Travel can be stressful when things go wrong. Above, a scene from Midnight Express

Here’s how Irish consular services can help in the event of a death or arrest overseas

The state-owned carrier has been losing money for the past seven years. Photograph: Udo Weitz/UDO

New Hyatt hotels, Qatar wants visitors, US carriers denied fewer passengers

The Langhe region of Piedmont, Italy, home of Barolo wine. A chauffeur-driven tour will enable you to sample the best of the vineyards

We find the very best travel deals at home and abroad this week

Irish tour operators such as Cassidy Golf arrange trips abroad to competitions such as the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship

Irish soccer fans make a huge impact on sports travel to Britain

Practise putting up a tent in the back garden and make sure to bring all pegs and ropes
Go camping in the wild

Travel advice: From Coillte’s seven sites in its forests to more structured camping and glamping, the choice is all yours

Air France has announced the launch of Joon, a new carrier due to begin services from the autumn. Photograph: Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images

Passengers using European hubs face immigration delays of up to four hours

No Irish airport has automated EU passport contol machines

Four automated border control gates closed in April

CasaVecchia at Montebuoni, near Siena, is reduced to €567 for a week.

We find this week’s bargains on breaks in Mexico, New York, Italy and beyond

A pet hate at reception is people checking in too early and looking to check out late

Clicking fingers, stealing food – hotel staff reveal the behaviour they find most annoying

Already this year 500,000 Irish passports have been processed, an increase of 11 per cent on last year. Photograph: Alan Betson

It’s peak season for the Passport Office. Is yours in date and in order? If not, read this

Escape from it all. Photograph: Getty

Travel advice: Escape the noise by travelling alone

Lord Scoundrel winner of the Galway Plate 2016

Galway comes alive next week with seven days of top class racing, fashion, fun and entertainment. We’ve got the lowdown

Actor Gillian Anderson is among the celebrities seen auditioning in sketches in front of comedian Asim Chaudhry for BA’s new safety video. Photograph: Stephane Cardinale/Corbis/Getty Images

Gillian Anderson among figures in video supporting charities via Comic Relief

Escape the autumn blues with blues of another kind at the St James Club, Morgan Bay St. Lucia

Our weekly look at the best travel deals, from St Lucia to the Camino, villas in the Algarve, family fun in Dublin, the bay of Nap(...)

Cruise ship passing on the River Danube in Passau, Bavaria, Germany

Travel Advice: You can cruise from the North Sea to the Black Sea, across Northern Italy, down the Rhone and along the Douro and G(...)

The five-star Pestana Vila Sol, where couples can save €600 on a week’s luxury in the sun

Holiday savings and travel deals at home and abroad

Airlines looking up: The highest airfare rises will be in eastern Europe (7.1 per cent) while the lowest increases will be found in the US at 2.3 per cent. Photograph: Getty

Pilots agree to new Air France low-cost airline as automated planes become a reality

 Chefs Romuald Bukaty,  Killian Crowley and Michael Tweedie

Thousands entered the S. Pellegrino talent search for young chefs

The Great Barrier Reef off the coast of the Whitsunday Islands, among the locations being damaged by climate change. Photograph: Sarah Lai/AFP/Getty Images

From the Great Barrier Reef to Venice, many tourist destinations are under serious threat

Ceiling detail at the Conrad hotel just off St Stephen’s Green, Dublin

Irish hotels are looking good again after the dowdy years of recession

Lufthansa announced recently that it is to add a fourth daily service on its Dublin to Frankfurt route this winter. Photograph: Getty Images

Lufthansa doing well, virtual reality whiskey, drop the big bag, insurance sales up

The  entrance hall of the Adare Manor

JP McManus’s Adare Manor is staffing up with recruitment days in advance of November opening

Tune out to tune in: just stop for a minute – notice the sights, the scents, the local people<NO1> we can do is stop and enjoy the views<NO> going about their business. Photograph: Danita Delimont/Getty Images

Being culturally and socially aware is the start of being a responsible traveller

With the Citystasher app you can store your luggage in hotels or small shops. Photograph: iStock

Luggage lockers in London, an airport workout, 18 Irish hotels change hands

Ed Sheeran: hotel price rises around dates for seven Irish concerts in 2018. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

Hotels in Belfast, Cork, Dublin and Galway are almost full for Sheeran’s 2018 tour dates

Pippa Middleton and  husband James Matthews: stayed at the Eccles Hotel, Glengarriff,  for the wedding of  college friend Camilla Campion-Awwad to Oliver Jenkinson. Photograph:  Provision

Celebrity couple treated ‘just like any other guests’ at €150-a-night Glengarriff hotel

Child-free zones: a wide range of options for those who prefer to holiday with adults. Photograph: Getty Images

A guide to the best child-free holiday destinations, both in Ireland and abroad

The traditional notice period for cancelling a hotel room had always been 24 hours. Now Marriott International is changing the period to midnight 48 hours before arrival

Send your baggage ahead, 48 hours to cancel hotel rooms, Etihad drops chauffeur service unless you pay for it, United’s Washington(...)

American Airlines and the Transport Security Administration are testing a new type of scanner at Phoenix Airport.

New scanners to speed up security, new routes from Ireland, Airport Distillery.

Lucinda Kelly of Popertee: “Many people shop online, and pop-ups are a way for brands to meet their customers.”  Photograph: Shane O’Neill Photography.

New online firms bring commercial landlords and temporary tenants together

In Brazil, the sign for okay means an intimate part of the body and in Mexico to sex, in France it means zero

Travel advice: Mind your manners when travelling abroad

Renting a car can be vital for holidays so persist in finding the terms and conditions; they can be surprising

Travel advice: take due care and be aware of the bottom line

Most airlines charge for wifi, or it may be free in business class. Photograph: Getty Images/Westend61

Travel Advice: Some airlines offer high-speed wifi and allow for mobile calls to be made

KLM  offers travellers booking confirmation, check-in notification, boarding passes and flight status updates in 10 languages on Twitter and WeChat. Photograph:  Xtra Koen Suyk

Road Warrior: KLM speaks in tongues, with status updates in 10 languages

The London Pass includes entry to more than 70 attractions

Travel Advice: Cards offer a range of discounts for tourists

An Alitalia aircraft taking off. Etihad, the Abu Dhabi-based carrier, is a 49 per cent stakeholder in the airline but is not expected to invest further. Photograph: Getty Images

An airline on the market, and Dublin and Cork airports in the running for awards

‘If the price of a property looks too low then there is a reason.’ Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Travel Advice: Bear these tips in mind before booking accommodation online

The Saint Carthage will bring available Aer Lingus transatlantic seats to 2.5m this year over 11 routes

High-speed wifi at BA, Ryanair making friends and Cuba’s first luxury hotel

Reginald Street in the  historic Liberties area of Dublin. The Trips tour here brings visitors  on the hunt for the best sausage roll in Dublin. Photograph: Frank Miller

The accommodation website launches service providing tours and activities

Driving abroad means you need to comply with the regulations of that country.

Regulations can vary from country to country, so be prepared and aware

Laptop X-ray:  It is estimated that 60-90 per cent of passengers carry  large portable electronic devices and a ban would require additional security staff at airports.  Illustration: Srdjan Zivulovic/Reuters

Fierce competition over routes ahead of Brexit and the robot suitcase that follows you

Repositioning cruises are  usually in spring and autumn. Photograph: Istock

Usually out of season and less crowded, repositioning cruises are priced below the normal rates

Road Warrior

Air France vs Porsche Cayenne, less baggage lost, Dublin 13th for conferences

Joan Scales with a GoCar.  The cars are a variety of Ford and Hyundai superminis and hatchbacks, and also a few  BMW i3 electric cars. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Opting for alternatives like GoCar, mytaxi and Dublin Bikes have proved cost-effective

Alltech co-founder Pearse Lyons at the Pearse Lyons Distillery in Dublin.  Photograph: Conor McCabe

Old St James’s Church the latest site as €10m-plus centre set to open in summer

The pool deck on Silver Muse.

With a butler at her disposal, Joan Scales is one of the first guests to try out a new cruise ship

Qantas will fly the first non-stop from London to Perth next March. The route will be the world’s third-longest.

Attend the IATA Hackathon, fly London to Perth and cycle around hotel rooms

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