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Paradise found in Malaysia


Trek through the Langkawi archipelago’s luscious rainforest, get a feel for Penang Island’s bustling local life and find an urban oasis in one of Kuala Lumpur’s 52 shopping centres.

Festival lights around the world


From Hogmanay in Scotland to Nepal’s Balachaturdashi, light plays a starring role in holidays across the globe, brightening skies, spirits – and travel itineraries – alike.

In the footsteps of greatness


Follow a route through the life of Nelson Mandela, a man who epitomised forgiveness and reconciliation – and inspired the world.
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Our favourite images of the week

Extraordinary photos from across the globe, capturing free diving and fairy tales in Mexico, Arizona’s spectacular stormy skies and illuminated festive cheer in Europe.


One day only: Music takes over NYC


On 21 December, New York’s urban cacophony of bleating car horns and wailing fire trucks will take a backseat to public bursts of music as part of Make Music Winter 2013.
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Reader Q&A

Reader Q&A: Where to celebrate Christmas and New Year


BBC Travel reader Sarah Morrison wants to spend the winter holidays in Europe. In the lead up to the festive season, our Facebook fans share their destination ideas.
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