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.

Thomas Cook announced plans to axe 2,500 UK jobs

Simon Calder: So Thomas Cook branches are closing - but travellers who book holidays on the internet instead will miss their expertise

The internet is made for travel, connecting millions of people with billions of combinations of flight seats, hotel beds and rental cars. You can understand anyone with a broadband connection concluding that, as they have access to the same products as the traditional travel agent, they too must be a travel agent.

Egyptians stand by the site where a hot air balloon exploded and plunged to earth

Egypt hot air balloon company used by Thomas Cook 'was involved in previous crash' 18 months ago

Pilots and operators say travel company used Egyptian agent that put profits before safety

Thomas Cook investors in new protest on bosses' pay

Investors have flexed their muscles again in a protest vote against Thomas Cook's executive pay.

You've seen them going wild on TV - but is this what student holidays are really like?

You’d be lying if you said that you’d never woken up the morning after a rough night out, cringing over your wild antics the night before. But what’s worse than being bantered into the ground by all your friends for your drunken frolics? The stone-cold look on your parents' faces when they tap you on the shoulder and tell you they’ve been watching your every mucky move on TV.

Thomas Cook merges European airline businesses

Thomas Cook has set out plans to merge its German, British and Belgian airline businesses, with a new airline management board overseeing the single outfit.

Flight disruption at Gatwick airport due to volcanic ash

Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk: How can I find out about train travel in Europe?

Q I'm having real trouble trying to find any useful websites for train travel in Europe! I only want to know how much, roughly the individual tickets will cost me compared to buying a rail pass. but I just can't find any websites that will help me. Can you recommend anything?

Alice Robeson

Deals of the week: Prague, Barcelona, Sharm el-Sheikh

Less than £200... Book by 31 January and Flight Centre is offering two nights in picturesque Prague for £199 per person. The package includes British Airways flights from Heathrow for travel between 1 and 22 March and B&B accommodation at the Hotel City Inn. Flightcentre.co.uk

Travel Challenge: Half term in Tenerife

Each week we invite three companies to offer us their best deal for a specific break. Today: a trip to Tenerife during the February school half term. Prices are for a family of four (two adults, two children), with a week's accommodation and flights from the UK to Tenerife South on 16 or 17 February.

Travel in 2013: Holidays for cruise-goers

Shorter cruises are all the rage, says leading cruise line P&O (0843 374 0111; pocruises.co.uk), which is adding nine new two- to five-night sailings to the Channel Islands, Belgium and the Netherlands, all departing from Southampton. A two-night cruise on Azura to St Peter Port, Guernsey, costs from £199pp, including meals and entertainment. Departs 16 April.

Market Report: A sunny year for the market newcomers

Christmas week is upon us and how much we are spending on the high street will be closely watched by punters exposed to retail stocks. Investors with shares in shops will be hoping consumer sink every last penny today on the last shopping day before Christmas.

James Moore: Follow different routes with these fellow travellers

Investment View: The damage was from the customer's description of having a bad experience

Thomson worker tells customer who complained about her holiday to 'shut the f*** up'

The customer is always right. Or so they say...

One Thomson worker forgot the classic mantra when they sent a series of rather rude emails to someone who had booked a holiday with them - and dared to make a complaint.

The troubled travel firm blamed the loss on “marketing and licensing costs” for package deals that offered guaranteed tickets for the Games.

Thomas Cook reports £17m loss after disastrous attempt to cash in on London 2012

Thomas Cook has revealed an unwelcome Olympics legacy: a £17m hole in its accounts after a disastrous attempt to cash in on London 2012.

What to expect on a winter visit to the Canary Islands: sun within easy reach

Q. We would like to travel to Lanzarote in mid-January. Is it a good time of the year to go there? Philipp Mandel, London

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Pompeii, Capri & the Bay of Naples
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Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence
Lisbon, Oporto and the Douro Valley
Lake Garda, Venice & Verona
Spain
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee