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2017 travel planner: where to go on holiday and when

Whether you’re looking for a dream holiday or a last-minute city break, here’s the lowdown on how to find bargains and late deals for all types of getaway from now until December

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Algarve remains cheapest holiday destination for UK tourists

Of 44 resorts and cities surveyed worldwide, Portugal’s sunny southern coast offers the best-value, says ‘holiday costs barometer’

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The Distillery, Notting Hill, London: hotel review

With 100 gins on the menu, in-room cocktails and the chance to join a three-hour tasting, don’t expect a stay at London’s first gin hotel to be hangover free. At least it’s not far to stagger to bed

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‘It’s soulful … and the friendliest city in India’: Fiona Caulfield’s Kolkata

‘Strangers will invite you for a chai just to talk and exchange ideas.’ The guidebook writer says the West Bengal capital is very different from its City of Joy image