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Overseas holidays

Cute Costa Brava‏ town Begurs belief

No wonder more and more airport travellers are checking the routes to the cute, quaint medieval town of Begur. A spectacular 12th-century castle dominates this hill settlement in Costa Brava. Serpentine roads leading to the old town that seems to have been lost in time are dotted with ancient towers, secret alleyways and fishermen's huts. Spanish holidaymakers can best get there by travelling from a host of southern English airports to Barcelona International Airport.

There are four daily direct return connections from this airport to Begur. Tranquil relaxation spots await you on your arrival to the town and all the surrounding Costa Brava areas. These include the whitewashed houses of surrealist master Salvador Dali’s beloved town of Cadaqués, to the 575 BC ruins of the Greco-Roman town of Empúries, to historic coastal villages such as Pals and Peralada.

Costa Brava, with its Mediterranean gastronomy, prides itself on its fine cuisine, with fresh seafood and olive oil. Local restaurants pay the same attention to detail as fine-dining establishments. Tales of great-grandmother’s expert recipes or the contested origins of traditional dishes abound here. Superb scuba-diving and kayaking opportunities are provided in the crystal-clear water around the uninhabited Medes Islands. Cyclists journeying from village to village can enjoy particularly gorgeous pink and blue skies at dusk along paved over the Vias Verdes (“Green Ways”) Project's former train tracks.

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Don't miss the bus for Burma cruise

Travellers with a love of cruise and safari holidays should be checking airport transfers to Burma in time for the end of next year. That's when Sanctuary Ananda, cruise and safari specialist Sanctuary Retreats’ newest ship, is due to set sail. Burma's largest airport is Mandalay, which has buses to shuttle you directly or near to your hotel or intended destination. The all-suite ship will offer guests a chance to share Burma's fresh tourism experience now that the country is opening itself up to the rest of the world.

Named after Bagan's stunning Ananda Temple, Ananda also translates in Sanskrit as “extreme happiness” - one of the highest states of being. The ship offers eight exciting itineraries, including three, four and seven-night discovery cruises between Bagan and Mandalay. It also boasts seven, 10 and 11-night exploration cruises which give guests more time to explore the Upper Ayeyarwady river towards the gorges and Bhamo. The ship offers lots of time to mix must-see sights with smaller villages to meet the indigenous peoples and see local crafts being fashioned first hand. Tourists can savour the fun of local transport, such as horse-drawn carts, trishaws and small boats. Sanctuary Ananda can accommodate up to 48 guests in 20 spacious suites.

Guests can enjoy choosing between international cuisine and a variety of delicious local dishes chosen to mirror the eclectic nature of Burma's cuisine from one of its 135 ethnicities.

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Holiday luggage packed with tech

Brits pack more than £2,500 of possessions into their suitcases when they go away, usually much more than the cost of their holidays, a new survey suggests. LV= travel insurance polled 2,004 adults and found that travellers typically take £700-worth of electronic gadgets such as digital cameras, tablets, smartphones and laptop computers away with them, £400 of clothing and shoes and £350 and £100 in accessories and toiletries respectively.

The research discovered that the value of items packed in luggage has risen by more than two-thirds in just five years and even children, some as young as three, take hundreds of pounds worth of goods with them. On average they take around £550 worth of stuff, including £151 in gadgets and £149 worth of clothes. It seems many are not being careful with their money, as 15% of respondents said they had at least £500 in cash in their suitcases. Others are being wasteful, with 18% saying they don't use everything they pack and 17% having so much luggage that they are forced to pay excess baggage charges while checking in at the airport. On average the charges amount to £84 each and a total in the region of £412 million in the last five years.

With all these possessions, some are inevitably going to end up lost or stolen. Electronic gadgets, sunglasses and items of jewellery are among items commonly stolen from holidaymakers. The value of items people take with them often adds up to more than the actual cost of their holiday, according to LV= travel insurance managing director Selwyn Fernandes.

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The jewel in South Africa's crown

The richest city in South Africa is becoming a hotspot for tourists who like a cultural edge to their holidays as well as breathtaking wildlife. Johannesburg (‘Jozi’ or ‘Jo’burg’) offers both glamour and sites of historical interest, including the Apartheid Museum, telling a tale you will never forget.

Soweto, where many of the workers of the goldmines set up home, as well as Lesedi Cultural Village, provide a peak into Africa’s mystical traditions, including dazzling dance displays and other hi-octane cultural activities. Johannesburg’s jewel in the crown is perhaps its wildlife, with the breathtaking Kruger National Park sprawling two million hectares, hosting hundreds of spectacular species including the ever-popular big cats. Johannesburg Zoo is also huge, housing around three thousand animals and 320 species in its beautiful grounds.

The city also boasts South Africa’s tallest building, the Carlton Centre, where, from the fiftieth floor, tourists can soak in the Johannesburg landscape. With the ease of hopping on an airport bus or coach, travellers can now access the riches of an area benefiting from a large-scale trade in gold and diamonds. Johannesburg is the capital of Gauteng, South Africa’s wealthiest province. With regular and frequent airport transfers from its two airports - O.R Tambo International and Lanseria International - Johannesburg is an easily accessible destination that will not disappoint.

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Bangkok to dance to drum beat

A two-day International Drum Festival is set to light up the National Theatre in Bangkok next month.

Artists and musicians from all over the world, as well many as Thailand itself, will descend on the city between 5-6 July, producing an exotic beat for visitors to dance to. The festival is designed to build global friendship and cultural harmony by showing the important role of the many different kinds of drums in enlivening global music. Numerous free performances and demonstrations will be held at the theatre, also demonstrating how drums have been used for festivals, weddings, processions, ceremonies and other national, religious, cultural and state events.

“This is part of our effort to promote Asian and ASEAN social and cultural integration by highlighting the spectacular role and uses of drums in many aspects of life,” commented Tourism Authority of Thailand Governor Suraphon Svetasreni. “It will also go a long way towards enhancing the role of Thailand as a centre of arts, music and culture. Visitors will be fascinated by how many different kinds of drums there are.” Tourists flying from South-East England airports to the country will see drums including the Tabla from India, Lunba Cajon from Peru, Batucada from Brazil, Taiko drums from Japan, Djambe drums from Africa, and many more.

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