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In the midst of Winter, it's hard not to lose yourself in dreams of someplace warm and far-away. While the Summer holidays are still a while off, it's never too early to start planning.
We've compiled 10 of our best city travel guides to give you a head-start on your trip preparation.
Italy's industrious, caffeine-fuelled northern city Milan is famous for fashion, design and the beautiful game.
Like a tropical New York, Hong Kong's sultry mix of skyscrapers, islands and superb shopping makes for a fabulous, fast-paced break.
New York City
From bustling crowds in Midtown, to hidden gems in the Village, there is plenty to indulge in during the off-the-clock hours. Wherever you are, New York City is always on, and the volume cranked all the way up.
Whether you're in London to work or play, base yourself in stylish, central Soho, ideal for accessing all areas.
France's fabulous capital Paris is nothing if not chic, with easy-on-the-eye architecture, romantic cafés and beautiful boutiques.
Buzzing with stylish stays, vertiginous rooftop bars and gourmet grazing, Thailand's capital Bangkok is the ultimate spot to mix business and pleasure.
The ultimate 21st-century city, Shanghai boasts a striking skyline, glam dining and a seductive shopping scene.
San Francisco has evolved from the fog of the hippie 1960s to a city that now likes to celebrate diversity with a serious amount of glitter. Wherever you go in San Francisco, you can bet on these two things: "quirks" and "hills".
New Zealand's buzziest city, North Island hot spot Auckland offers a striking harbourside setting, cultural cool, and smart wining and dining.
This piece was first published on December 24, 2012