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Russia’s 21st-century oligarchs have nothing on their imperial predecessors. With assets of around $250-$300 billion (£190-£230 billion) in today’s money, were he alive now the last tsar – Nicholas II – would be worth more than all of contemporary Russia’s top 20 billionaires combined. And their image of unrestrained excess? Nicholas outdid them all. Among the tsar’s
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Why go? Portland Port is ideally placed for taking in Dorset’s natural coastal wonders. Cruise ship visitors have the option of keeping things local – one end of Chesil Beach, a remarkable 18-mile-long pebble strand, is in walking distance, while the pleasant classically English seaside resort of Weymouth lies just across the bay. Other sights
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Cycling the 93-mile (150km) Otago Central Rail Trail through the heart of New Zealand’s South Island was a ­revelation. Quite apart from the perfect pace to appreciate the landscape and the frequent stops to chat to people from a dozen countries, it made me realise how local activism can save an area on its beam
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Why go? Sun-lapped and reef-clad, Cozumel is Mexico’s premier Caribbean island, a microcosm of the best of the Mayan Riviera: great resorts, crystal white beaches, Mexico’s best diving and a jungle rich with Mayan ruins. With port facilities to rival the Caribbean’s best, Cozumel is fast becoming an essential stop on any Caribbean cruise. Cruise
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Why go? Vancouver is the starting point for cruises to Alaska via the spectacular Inside Passage running along British Columbia’s west coast. Rated as one of the world’s most liveable cities, with a great food scene, this relaxed, culture-rich city is surrounded on three sides by water, with impressive mountain views. Cruise port location Vancouver’s
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Futurist Richard Watson correctly predicted the global financial crash and knew that we would one day pay for things with our mobile phones. He also forecasted the emergence of drone-delivered pizzas and the dawning of ‘bug burgers’ (yes, they both exist). Which got us thinking: what does he think the future holds for our holidays?
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