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1. Time travel

Depart Gibraltar at 1.45pm, arrive in Tangier 1.25pm – that is the opportunity next summer with Royal Air Maroc's new link across the mouth of the Mediterranean. Flights will operate on Tuesdays and Sundays, using ATR72 aircraft. It will connect with flights from the UK to Gibraltar. royalairmaroc.com

Lovely Lucca: 'We went for a day and ended up living there'

Maggie O'Farrell: My life in travel

'At check-in we were given leech socks to wear if we went for a walk. We didn't'

Family: £1,159, Inghams

Ski week in France: Make me an offer

One holiday, three ways.

Fly into the Grand Canyon

Sightsee by helicopter: Five ways to reach secret spots

More than just a mode of transport, travelling by chopper can take you to places away from the crowds, says Nicola Trup

Simon Calder checks in to the Broadway Hotel

Broadway Hotel review: ‘Filthy hovel’? Our man in Blackpool has seen a lot worse

"The public areas look stranded in the Seventies, as do the prices"

Cairngorm Reindeer Centre

Alternative festive days out in Britain

From Norwegian wreath-making to Victorian cooking, there's plenty on offer that'll give an added sparkle to the Christmas season

Once bitten: mosquitoes spread chikungunya virus

Should I be concerned by reports of a virus in Barbados?

Q. We have booked to go to Barbados in January, but are concerned as to whether we should go after hearing chikungunya virus is prevalent there. Peter Brigg, Warrington

French connection: Eurostar is offering discounts on journeys to Paris, as well as Lille and Brussels

Winter sun in Morocco, Berlin's Christmas market, and a North American cruise: Travel deals

Get me out of here

Now... Winter sun in Morocco

Enjoy a last-minute holiday in the sun before the festive season takes hold. British Airways is has flights from Gatwick to Marrakech, along with four nights' accommodation at the Riad Baraka & Karam on 9 December for £161pp, including breakfast. ba.com

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Winter sports cover could leave you out in the cold

Read the small print when buying travel insurance for your annual ski holidays

In the age of Isis, how vigilant do UK tourists need to be?

Video: Simon Calder looks into the Foreign Office's call for UK tourists to be more vigilant abroad

On the hoof: Santa and his reindeer in Lapland

Christmas in Lapland and New Year in Italy: Great getaways

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You can visit the La Palma observatory, but only by day

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