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What hotels won’t tell you

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How clean and safe is your hotel room? Quora respondents gave us the inside scoop on some of the industry’s most enlightening – and sometimes scary – secrets.
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Thirsty Explorer

Portugal’s anti-port

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Port might be Portugal’s most famous export, but with a more affordable price point and roots that are uniquely Portuguese, vinho verde is the wine to drink every day.
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South Asia’s new adrenaline capital

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Sri Lanka’s Central Highlands – a patchwork of waterfalls, craggy peaks and tropical jungles – is challenging Asia’s other great adventure capitals, including Pokhara and Leh.
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A new dawn for the Mezzogiorno?

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For the first time since the Grand Tour of the 18th Century, southern Italy is registering on savvy travellers’ radars.
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Worldwide Weird

Seas that glow like stars

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A bizarre natural phenomenon lights up the water off these three beaches, making the sea shine with a surreal blue light.
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Localites

Sydney’s ice rink on the beach

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Travellers heading to Sydney’s iconic beach are in for a surprise: until 13 July the iconic sandy coastline has been transformed into an icy wonderland.
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