Cash in: hedge your bets when buying euros

Should I buy euros for my summer holiday before or after the election?

The prudent policy is to hedge your bets

Valentine's Day in Japan extends into March

When it comes to gifts, some cultures keep on giving

Giving gifts has always varied greatly depending on where you are in the world.

Japan's 'floating' maglev train sets new world speed record again after hitting 603 kilometres per hour

The magnetically levitated train beat its own record, which it set last Thursday during a test run

Picture dated September 8, 2010 shows an El Al Boeing 747 landing at Ben Gurion airport, outside Tel Aviv.

Plane forced to make emergency landing in Israel after 'part of wheel falls off'

The flight from Tel Aviv to Prague did a U-turn as it flew over Turkey

Passengers should learn to trust pilots again after the Germanwings tragedy

Why flight crews must work as a team: Flying after the Germanwings tragedy

Those in the cockpit and the cabin remain the people who keep me safe in the air

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We look at the food offerings across the classes on two of the world's best airlines, and Samuel Muston looks at the turbulent history of mile-high dining
France handles more flights than any other country in Europe, including almost all flights between the UK and western Mediterranean destinations

French air-traffic strike: Planned industrial action called off

The striker's Italian counterparts have also called off a four-hour stoppage planned for 21 April, apart from controllers at two airports

Roman holiday: Mark gravitates towards Trastavere

Mark Radcliffe: My life in travel

'It takes quite a lot for me to feel at home somewhere, but there’s something about Rome'

Travel agenda

From colourful animal art collections in Marrakech to talks explaining how to scale Mount Blanc

Double trouble: infrastructure in Britain is not built for two-tier trains

How double-decker trains would improve Britain's railways

The man who pays his way

Wheel luxury: One of its rides through Dorset

Get on your bike: Great British cycle rides

From a vintage cycle race to a luxurious Dorset retreat, Nicola Trup spins through some two-wheeled adventures

Commuters wait to squeeze on to the next train to Victoria Station at Clapham Junction on February 5, 2009 in London

London Bridge delays: Thousands of commuters caught in fresh chaos during rush hour

Services already restricted by years of engineering work were delayed and diverted because of a series of signal failures in London

Brand new: Hotel companies are investing millions in the ‘lifestyle’ category

Travel companies must focus on lifestyle to survive: Something to declare

Brands now wield creative content and seductive images to sell a lifestyle - driving customer engagement and sales far outside the traditional travel cycle

Hackers target online holiday bookings and steal over £2 million

The average loss per holiday maker targeted was £889

People queue at Nice's airport, southeastern France

French air-traffic strike: Seven more days of strikes planned

Members of the SNCTA union are striking in protest against proposals to raise their retirement age from 57 to 59, and moves to rationalise European airspace

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