Travel Cyprus bill: costs rise out of term time

Some parents of children at independent schools like to calculate the cost per day of their offspring's private education – usually upwards of £60. For the benefit of all parents, I can now reveal the cost per day of the school holidays: £70, or even more.

Get me out of here - Cumbrian cottages, Marakech, Antigua

Now... Cumbrian Cottages has a selection of discounts this month. Examples for a week's rental from 26/27 July include Foxgloves near Windermere or Plum Corner near Hadrian's Wall, both sleeping two, for £390. bit.ly/CumbriaCots

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Thomas Cook to end European Rail Timetable

After 140 years, number 1,526 will be the last

Thomas Cook's European Rail timetable reaches end of the line

After 140 years, number 1,526 will be the last

British teenager dies after plunging 10 floors from a hotel balcony in Bulgaria

Liam Davies, 19, was on a package holiday with friends

£1.6bn refinancing lifts the debt cloud for Thomas Cook

Travel giant Thomas Cook today took a huge step towards recovery with a £1.6 billion refinancing of its vast debt pile, just 18 months after the 172-year old company veered close to collapse.

Thomas Cook fast-tracks shop sales

Travel agent is set to outsource property team to make the most from high street closures

Thomas Cook Airlines Flight 149 landed safely in Hamilton after the alert

Thomas Cook jet heading for UK makes emergency landing in Bermuda

A charter passenger jet made an emergency landing Tuesday in Bermuda after the captain reported a possible fire in the cabin, officials in the British island territory said.

Where to go on an affordable, sunny family holiday this summer?

Q. We are a family of four, including two girls of 12 and 14. Work duties mean we can only go away for a week in August. The girls are determined that we take them abroad this year to experience some sunshine and the thrill of going on a plane! We are at a loss as to where to go. Ideally we want somewhere with culture, shops and a pool, but also with places of historical interest close at hand. Corinne, Ashford, Kent

Case study: avoid queues with day before check-in

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Am I weird for being a student who hates clubbing?

People seem to think that every student likes nothing more than hitting the club of a Friday evening. Eleanor Doughty is tired of that particular cliche...

Angry voters deluge MPs with air tax complaints

Ministers have received more than 12,000 complaints from constituents opposing today's hike in air passenger duty (APD), although the Government still opted to push through the rise.

The Great Escape: Busiest travel weekend of the year so far gets off to shaky start

In the build-up to Easter, the travel industry has talked up the number of British travellers seeking sun abroad after the coldest March in 50 years

The Great Escape: Millions of Britons have holiday plans this weekend

The Great Escape: Britons brave bad weather and travel disruption over Easter weekend

Cross-channel ferry strike has been called off, but roads are expected to be busy this evening and tomorrow morning

Thomas Cook announced plans to axe 2,500 UK jobs

Thomas Cook promises hi-tech focus on city breaks after news of agency closures and redundancies

Thomas Cook promised to become more “high-tech and high-touch” today as it rolled out its turnaround strategy with a bigger focus on city breaks.

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