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World Travel Guide


Editorial Foreword

  The World Travel Guide (WTG) is the flagship digital consumer brand within the Columbus Travel Media portfolio. Available in English, German, French and Spanish versions, the WTG provides detailed and accurate travel content designed to inspire global travellers. It covers all aspects, from cities to airports, cruise ports to ski and beach resorts, attractions to events, and it also includes offbeat travel news, stories, quizzes and guides for adventurous travellers.

Travel Features


It’s not just Banksy who’s bankable

Urban art is growing fast - and many artists make seriously good investments . Rob Sandall looks at the favourites at this week’s Moniker Art Fair

Israel's tale of two cities: Tel Aviv and Jerusalem

Jerusalem's got the monuments, whilst Tel Aviv has the nightlife – that's what the brochures say. But it's definitely not the whole story. Whether you want culture, shopping or nightlife, both cities have plenty to offer. Ruth Styles uncovers the secret spots that will clear your preconceptions.

City Highlight: Phnom Penh

Authentic and exotic, Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia, dazzles visitors with its riverside walks, colourful markets and amazing street food

Top 7 beaches for non-swimmers

You don’t need Olympic gold medallist Rebecca Adlington’s front crawl skills to make the most of a holiday by the sea.

Celebrating the Festival of Lights

Every autumn, millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world get ready to celebrate Diwali

Food and Drink


Penfolds releases the latest Grange - at over £500 a bottle

The celebrated Australian wine producer Penfolds has just released its latest collection of wines – with the £575 Grange 2013 at the pinnacle of a eye-catchingly expensive range

The best hotel turndown services

From home-baked cookies to snake-shaped hot water bottles, Guy Woodward assesses an essential feature of the hotel stay - the turndown

Across America in 9 Hotels

Ian Belcher climbs into the convertible for his very own coast-to-coast journey to the heart of the American dream

Is the British boozer heading for extinction?

Hundreds of pubs close for good every year, faced with an impossible tax burden and changing habits

Hove, Actually: 6 great restaurants on the south coast

Brighton’s sister town is getting a reputation for a dynamic and exciting new food scene. Barnaby Eales takes a look

City Guides



Greece may be undergoing a difficult period, but Athens will forever remain a European centre of culture, with stunning classical sites and world-class museums


Cracow is one of the most perfectly preserved old cities in all Europe, and although it stands as Poland’s second largest, it rivals Warsaw in any claim to be the country’s cultural capital


There are few cities in Europe as downright beautiful as Prague, but its famous old-world looks are just one element of its layered appeal


Shanghai, where cloud-piercing corporate towers intermingle with sepia-tinted memories of the 1920s and 1930s, has always been a place of its own


The national beauty sweepstakes may have been won by Cracow years ago, and Gdańsk still claims the endless Baltic Sea, but neither matches Warsaw for its culture, verve and variety

Country Guides



Bahrain means ‘Two Seas’, a fitting name for an archipelago of 33 islands in the Gulf, which defines itself in relation to the water that surrounds its shallow shores


Easily one of best safari destinations in Africa, Botswana is a wild and dramatic land characterised not only by its bountiful wildlife, but also by its extraordinary scenery


A complicated but fascinating country with some of the most enduring historical monuments on Earth, Egypt stands as an unforgettable travel destination


Though Ethiopia’s reputation remains somewhat tarnished by its turbulent history, tourists are returning to the country in increasing numbers, eager to explore


A blend of Indian, African and European influences, Mauritius might be known for luxury beach breaks, but this destination will dazzle even the most discerning traveler