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Andy Murray's Cromlix House Hotel in Kinbuck, Perthshire, has been crowned the Scottish Hotel of the Year
Southbound: the Tijuana-San Ysidro border post

Simon Calder: Mexican stand-off over cancelled flight

The man who pays his way

Flybe starts autumn fares war on domestic travel – that could make planes cheaper than trains

Flight from London to Exeter could cost as little as £23 – which is up to £95 cheaper than the rail fare

Simon Calder: Until this disaster South Korea's ferry safety record fared well compared to its Asian neighbours

Death tolls are typically high on Asian ferries, but the peninsular nation had developed an efficient system

Visa vision: Turkey has tricky new entry rules

Simon Calder: Turkish delights get tangled in red tape

The man who pays his way

Bright lights, big city break: by starting your trip in Europe, you could fly to Los Angeles for less

Cross-border ticketing: Make your mini-break go further

Treat yourself to a weekend in a European city and you can also cut the cost of a long-haul trip. Simon Calder explains 'cross-border ticketing'

Storm force 10: the Great Western line at Dawlish

Simon Calder: How InterCity makes the going ... slower

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Jumbo journey: Gatwick to Indonesia

Simon Calder: It's a long haul from Gatwick to Jakarta

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Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 Q&A by Simon Calder: How far could it have travelled? Who was responsible and what would their plans be? And how can a plane just vanish?

One week on Simon Calder runs through what we do – and what we do not – know about the disappearance of the Boeing 777

Brighton early? Probably not on Sundays

Simon Calder: Green signal for the 'red book'

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Grieving families of passengers on the flight know little other than the aircraft had flown routinely for two hours before losing contact

Missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 Q&A: What do we know about what happened?

What happened to Malaysia Airlines MH370?

Missing Malaysia Airlines plane: Despite expected death toll we must remember air travel has never been safer

The total 239 presumed dead aboard the flight is barely more than the number killed on Chinese roads every day

Malaysia Airlines MH370: the missing aircraft, and what investigators will be looking for

The aircraft apparently lost over the South China Sea was a Boeing 777. This twin-jet entered service in 1995, and it has become one of the world’s most successful aircraft - as well as one of the safest.

Swiss air: Geneva is the pick of BA's day trips

Simon Calder: If life's too short, how about a BAwayday?

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Coiled in spring: western diamondbacks

Simon Calder: Snakes alive, but not for long – in Texas at least

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