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Dawlish, in Devon, is served by direct trains from Dundee

The 6.32 from Dundee: All aboard the Anglo-Scottish seaside special

The man who pays his way

Eleanor Hawkins

Malaysia tourist arrests: The woman caught posing naked on top of Mount Kinabalu should have respected local customs

Don’t rely on touristic immunity - it's their nation, their rules

Back to drachma? Greece is still an enticing prospect

Is it a bad idea to book a last-minute holiday to Greece?

What happens if it leaves the eurozone?

Seasons greetings: the award to Qatar of the 2022 World Cup could disrupt Christmas and New Year travel

Qatar World Cup: Why flight 2022 could leave you grounded

The man who pays his way

Airlines cancelled flights after Rome's Fiumicino airport caught fire

Travel insurance: Is it a fiddle when Rome airport burns?

The man who pays his way

British Airways' airplanes sit on the runway at London City Airport on March 17, 2010 in London, England

Bangkok cheaper to fly to than Benidorm at half-term after surge in Mediterranean air fares

On Ryanair it will cost more to reach Portugal than New York

Third time lucky: easyJet passengers finally reached Madeira after a 4,500-mile trip

Madeira mixup: Finding a Porto Santo in an Atlantic storm

The man who pays his way

Thomas Cook apologises to parents of the children who died on holiday in Corfu

'I, on behalf of Thomas Cook, want to reiterate our deepest sympathy and sorrow.'

Time travel: Thomas Cook has been trading since 1841
The accident in Pennsylvania has prompted a debate on rail safety in America

Amtrak Philadelphia crash: 'US rail passengers don't need seatbelts – they need confidence that the trains in America are safe'

Rail travel in the US is still seen as a novelty – which part of the reason behind such a lack of investment

Butlin's has pulled down some of its old chalets and replaced them with accommodation that has the look and feel of an upmarket housing estate

New-look Butlin's takes the holiday firm back to its roots after a £16m makeover

Exclusive: Revamped design has echoes of Sir Billy Butlin's original concept

The Butlin's makeover takes us back to a time before cheap flights enticed us south to Spain and Greece

Forget Hi-de-Hi: Butlin's is modernising its image by harking back to a bygone age

The firm's brave investment could help to brighten the future of the British seaside

From Marseille you can continue along the Côte d’Azur

France by rail: A new train service connects London to Marseille

Simon Calder looks at exciting new ways to explore this Continental favourite

Greek ATMs are working fine, but travellers may have trouble paying by credit card
The Freedom Tower in Downtown Miami

Miami: Little Havana has a lot of charm

Miami's South Beach may have all the glamour, but the rest of Florida's largest city rewards exploration, says Simon Calder

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