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Talking point: how much do online reviews influence your holiday choices?

Fawlty Towers: charming, perhaps, but could it have survived in a world with online reviews? Photograph: BBC-1 It may seem obvious that good reviews are good for business. And if we’ve learnt anything from the various battles between hoteliers and Tripadvisor over the years it’s that bad reviews can be pretty bad too. Now a

Top 10 budget restaurants, cafes and pubs in York

York Minster at sunset, York. Photograph: Mark Sunderland/Robert Harding World Imagery/Corbis Coconut Lagoon A lot of Coconut Lagoon’s meat and fish dishes top £10 (various vegetarian dishes and dosas start at £6.45), so it may take some juggling over a jug of tap water to keep a meal for two at under £20. But make

Ha Long Bay – world natural heritage photo contest launched

Ha Long Bay – world natural heritage photo contest launched

On the occasion of 20 years of Ha Long’s UNESCO recognition (December 1994 – December 2014), a photo contest was launched on September 8 in Hanoi to honor the unique beauty of the world heritage. A corner of Ha Long Bay The contest has been jointly organized by has been organized by the Vietnam Association

Final stretch of New York’s High Line complete

A view of the High Line’s latest section looking west along one of the rail track walks. All photographs: Iwan Baan/The High Line The final stretch of New York’s High Line opened on Saturday, completing a 15-year project that has transformed the once derelict overhead railway into an urban park. Starting at Gansevoort Street, in

Art in the Arctic: SALT festival, Norway in pictures

SALT festival is a unique arts festival that takes place on the beach of a small island in the Arctic Circle. These photographs reflect the remoteness of the site, the creativity that is on display – and the spectacular landscape that surrounds it all• Read the article on the SALT festival The northern lights glow

Swiss hostel turns on five-spa treatment for budget travellers

The wellnesshostel4000 in Saas Fee, Switzerland is fitted out with a private spa and swimming pool. Photograph: Maxime Schmid/EPA A youth hostel fitted out with jacuzzis, herbal steam baths and hydromassage facilities has opened in a Swiss alpine village, declaring itself the first “wellness hostel” in the world. WellnessHostel 4000, in the glacier village of

Frozens Let It Go voted best song to keep kids happy on car journeys

We’re all white … Frozen has a grip on the imaginations of its young audience. Photograph: Disney/imagenet “Let it go, let it go …” Any parent of young children will know what comes next. Disney’s Frozen has a grip on the imaginations of its young audience, many of whom know the lyrics to its most

Top 10 family-friendly city apartments around Europe

This Barcelona apartment comes with cartoon doodles on the walls, toy boxes and an indoor hammock Barcelona With a comic-strip-print sofa, cartoon doodles on the walls, toy boxes, and an indoor hammock, this small but sleek apartment has been designed with kids in mind. There’s no television, but the owner Mavi runs mammaproof.org, a blog

The lure of the Loire: where to stay, eat, drink and more

Château de Chambord. Photograph: Ludovic Letot Originating in the rugged central Ardèche region of France and emptying into the Atlantic near the shipbuilding port of Saint Nazaire, the 1,000km-long Loire river is as French as the Mississippi is American. This is the river the French love best: for the soft green beauty of the regions

Travel tips: the Baztán Valley in Spain, and the weeks best deals

On the right track: the Baztán Valley, in Navarre, Spain. Photograph: Getty Images Take me there Why go? In the foothills of the Spanish Pyrenees, just north of Pamplona, this valley is a stronghold for Basque culture and cuisine. Forget the over-priced Michelin-starred restaurants of San Sebastian and the Basque coastline, here you can dine