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Driving up costs: tourists face taxes in Mexico

Simon Calder: Pack extra pounds if you're off to the sun

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Vibrant Guangzhou

5 ways to... enjoy an exotic stopover on the way to Australia

Adjust your body clock and explore an exciting city en route, says Simon Calder

Hub cap: the expansion debate continues

Simon Calder: Transit traffic and the airport problem

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Water feature: the Jet d’Eau is a city icon

48 Hours In: Geneva

This handsome lakeside city, financial centre and gateway to the Alps, is gearing up for carnival season, writes Simon Calder

Cockpit safety will be a big issue in 2014

Simon Calder: A safety record that is the envy of the world

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Go Dutch: Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum finally opened in 2013 after years of refurbishment

Simon Calder: In the air, on the tracks: we live in turbulent times

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Howard's end: no more 'stacking' for planes

Simon Calder: Ho, ho, ho! Christmas cheer to report

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The Stonehenge site

Stonehenge: no more going round in circles

After decades of delay, Stonehenge's new visitor centre finally opens to tourists today. So has it been worth the wait? Simon Calder takes a tour round this gateway to the Neolithic past

Simon Calder: Sir Howard Davies has tight-rope walked the line between Cameron and Boris over airport expansion

Ruling out all Thames Estuary options at this stage would have fuelled that political battle rather than allowing the Airports Commission diligently to evaluate each of the three short-listed options

Standstill: Gatwick trains are due to be disrupted

Simon Calder: Welcome to Gatwick. Now get lost

The man who pays his way

African skies: Tourists have flocked to Cape Town in the post-apartheid years

Simon Calder: How Nelson Mandela gave South Africa back to the world

Something to Declare

Christmas lights: Wow vouchers fly you to Iceland

Simon Calder: The gift of travel – with strings attached

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Simon Calder: The gift of travel – with strings attached

The man who pays his way

Simon Calder: Norway pushes the boat out for ferry holidays

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Canada fly: WestJet will link Dublin and St John's

Simon Calder: 10 years after Concorde – newfound landings

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