Road block: car hire confusion for Brits in Florida
Travelbag has a luxury escape to Miami staying at the Perry South Beach Hotel for £829 per person

British holidaymakers in Florida embroiled in bureaucratic bungling as they're told they'll need International Driving Permit - but won't be punished if they don't have one

It is believed that pressure from local tourism officials, the Foreign Office and motoring organisations triggered the abrupt change of mind

Travelbag has a luxury escape to Miami staying at the Perry South Beach Hotel for £829 per person

Driving law change alarms thousands of British holidaymakers heading for half-term holidays in Florida

But authorities say new legislation will not be enforced in the short term

Get me out of here: Austria, California, Sovalye

Now... Departing on 9 February, Inghams has a week skiing the slopes of Soll in Austria for £699pp. The deal includes accommodation at the Chalet Bichler with all meals, Monarch flights from Gatwick or Stansted to Innsbruck and resort transfers. Inghams.co.uk

Deals of the week: Marrakech, Andalucia, Sri Lanka

Less than £200... For £175, there's a three-night stay for two people at the Riad Chi-Chi in Marrakech. Set in the Medina, it offers a serene escape from the bustling souks, with a roof terrace and five light, airy rooms. Travel by 25 March, flights extra. i-escape.com/riad-chi-chi

Snow covers the Trocadero gardens in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris

Deals of the week: Paris, the Algarve and Northern India

Less than £200... Armed with The Independent’s latest 48 Hours in Paris, take  Eurostar from London St Pancras on 26 January for two nights in the French capital for £193 – including B&B at the two-star Hotel Americain, close to Place de la République. Upgrade the train for £104 per person. Crestaholidays.co.uk

Get me out of here: Edinburgh, Saint Lucia, South Africa

Now... Edinburgh by train gets one-third cheaper when you book East Coast advance fares through the capital's official website, Winterinedinburgh.com before 2 Nov. It covers travel from London King's Cross (from £23 return), York and Newcastle from 12 Nov to 20 Dec and again from 3-11 Jan.

Cycling: Former aide of Lance Armstrong claims she was used as a 'drug runner'

A former aide of Lance Armstrong has alleged she was used as a “drug runner” during her time working for the US Postal team.

Questions of Cash: We've still been hit for a bump despite collision waiver

Q. We have just returned from a lovely holiday in the Italian Alps to discover that the collision damage waiver included in our car hire with Holiday Autos is nothing of the sort and did not provide the cover we expected.

The best currency for Bulgaria and how much to change a long-haul flight?

Q. I'm off to Bulgaria for some end- of-season sunshine. What currency should I take? Should I also take one of those pre-paid currency cards? Andrea Dawes

Traveller's guide: Puglia

Dramatic coastlines, untouched nature reserves and some of the country’s best food and wine are luring more holidaymakers to Italy’s heel, says Kate Simon.

Don't let expensive ATM and mobile phone charges spoil your holiday

Keep a watch out for expensive travel tricks

Make sure you’re aware of holiday horrors before you head off for the sun, advises Simon Read.

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