Visiting Costa Rica this winter holiday? Here are 10 helpful tips to keep in mind

Waiting to explore the lush and wild world of Costa Rica? Here are a few things to keep in mind. One of the most ecologically rich destinations in the world, Costa Rica is a relatively small Central American country with an abundance of environmental attractions. The country’s imposing volcanoes, tropical forests, wildlife, botanical gardens, stunning river valleys, and hundreds of beaches along the Pacific and Caribbean coasts make for an enchanting journey. The rich sights and sounds of this dream vacation spot are sure to amaze you and help you…

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7 ways to weatherproof your winter holiday travel

A White Christmas can quickly turn blue for unprepared travelers. Last year, storms created major headaches for people traveling through the West, Midwest and Northeast around the Christmas holiday, causing more than 620 flight cancellations across the U.S. That was nothing compared with 2010. A holiday blizzard in the Northeast caused nearly 10,000 flight cancellations, while a separate Christmas Day snowstorm in Atlanta contributed to 500 weather-related cancellations. Blizzards aside, during the late fall and early winter many parts of the country — such as the Upper Midwest and Rocky Mountain states — have upwards of…

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Head to Goa this winter to get a taste of its Portuguese heritage with films, food and music

It’s always celebration time in Goa. A two-month-long celebration of Goa’s colonial tryst with Portugal, “Semana de Cultura Indo-Portuguesa”, got underway in the coastal state on Friday, with a Portuguese film festival. Over a period of two months, Goa will celebrate its colonial past with the Lusofonian state via the three-day film festival, fusion foods and wine and musical galas in order to promote cultural ties between the two regions. Organised in association with the Portuguese consulate in Goa, the film festival got underway in Panaji on Friday and features…

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10 of the best winter city breaks in Europe: readers’ travel tips

Winning tip: Tobogganing in Zurich The best way to see Zurich is from the top of its own mini mountain, Uetliberg, from where you get a view of the whole city, the lake and the countryside with mountains in the distance. It’s particularly magical in winter when everything is dusted with snow and the toboggan run is open – two miles of downhill fun from Uetliberg to Triemli! You can hop on a direct train from Zurich main station to the mountaintop, which takes just 20 minutes and costs CHF8.60…

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Jamaica’s Round Hill Invites Discerning Travelers with Winter Specials

With frigid temperatures in the forecast Jamaica’s Round Hill Hotel and Villas has introduced several winter escape options for discerning travelers. Enjoy the understated classic elegance of this exclusive Caribbean resort and its Ralph Lauren designed oceanfront rooms or private villas (deluxe villa pictured above) with dedicated staff. Winter Warmth Book your next stay at Round Hill and get a free night with the 5th night free and free Wi-Fi offer. Winter Sunshine With 100 tropical acres to explore a 7-night stay is ideal.  Book 7 nights and get 1…

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Ryanair launches Newcastle winter schedule

Ryanair has launched its biggest ever Newcastle winter schedule, with two new routes to Lanzarote and Tenerife, a new winter service to Malaga, and more flights to Alicante and Dublin, with further growth planned. The schedule is expecyed to deliver 330,000 customers per year and support 250 jobs at Newcastle Airport, as Ryanair doubles its Newcastle traffic. In Newcastle, Ryanair’s Head of Communications, Robin Kiely said: “We are pleased to launch our biggest ever Newcastle winter 2016 schedule, which includes 2 new routes to Lanzarote and Tenerife, a new winter…

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