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Lost Cities, Home Renovations and Fireworks Displays

We now have twenty great submissions for our winter photo competition and we’ll be sharing them in an article early next week: watch this space!

This week, as always, we have a load of useful information for you. For example, what if you want to go away for a while but aren’t sure what to do with your house and pets while you’re away? Here’s how to find a great housesitter.It’s December now, so we’re allowed to get into the festive spirit. Speaking of which: take a look at our articles on the best fireworks displays and Christmas traditions from around the world.

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This is not my house (although sometimes it doesn't feel far off)

If you’re anything like me, you might have moved into a bit of a “project” house and then discovered that there’s an awful lot of work to be done. If you want to avoid that and do it the sensible way, here’s a guide to renovating your first home.

Lastly, if you’ve got a touch of the wanderlust, here are a few places you might want to move to in 2016. And here are ten lost cities you can actually visit, plus a bonus guide to the islands of the UK, if you’re looking for the quiet life off the coast of Britain.

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