Money is a powerful tool when you travel, especially in developing nations, and it is up to those spending it to be aware of this and use it wisely. Photograph: iStock

When it comes to travelling the world, the classic fantasy is spinning a globe at random or throwing a pin on a map, then gallivanting off to wherever(...)

Hong Kong-listed Fosun, already Thomas Cook’s biggest shareholder,  has submitted a preliminary approach, the UK company said on Monday

Thomas Cook surged as much 24 per cent after confirming it received an offer for its tour-operator business from Chinese investor Fosun International.(...)

Kusadasi in Turkey. The country  can be summed up as a country where every taste can be catered for. Photograph: iStock

Ginalicious in the Ross The Ross Hotel in Killarney has the biggest collection of gins in the country, including their own house developed gin. The b(...)

Carvoeiro beach, Algarve, Portugal.

Family sun holidays in June Algarve Clube Praia da Ora from €425pps, Salou Cye Holiday Centre €442, Cosa de Almeria June 5th hotel Indalo €363pps. St(...)

People look at an artwork depicting Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, in Doha. Since the imposition of a boycott of Qatar by other Gulf states, Tamim has become the object of a fervent personality cult. Photograph: Naseem Zeitoon/Reuters

For the emir of Qatar, there has been little that money can’t buy. As a teenager he dreamed of becoming the Boris Becker of the Arab world, so his par(...)

 Pope Francis  speaks to journalists aboard his flight to Italy at the end of his visit to South America on Monday. Photograph: EPA/Luca Zennaro

Pope Francis has apologised to victims of clerical sex abuse on Sunday, acknowledging he had “wounded many” in comments defending a Chilean bishop wh(...)

Conor Pope in Val d’Isère: “I start barrelling down the final slope on my final day in the French Alps in a style and manner which –I presume – makes me look the spit of James Bond fleeing baddies and try to banish the unwelcome thoughts of crunching teeth.”

As the gentle swish of powdery snow is suddenly and alarmingly replaced by the hard crunch of skis sliding over compacted ice, it brings to mind the s(...)

Resorts such as Aime La Plagne Club Med in France offers kids’ clubs and activities such as sledding to keep little ones amused. Photograph: Getty Images

Best for friends St Anton, Austria St Anton is famed for its snow conditions, off-piste, night skiing and its après scene. Skiing here can be challe(...)

The Cavanagh brothers celebrate with the trophy after winning the Ulster final on Sunday. Photograph: Inpho

“Hot sunny days in Clones is a memory for me,” beams Sean Cavanagh as he stands in the sunshine with his daughter in his arms. “ I remember standing (...)

This early in the snow year it’s easy to fool yourself into thinking you’re more adventurous than you are.

As obnoxiously self-satisfied moments go, being on the ski slopes on the very first day of the season is hard to beat. The off-piste has barely a carv(...)

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