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Moniker Artist Profiles – Eelus, Sickboy and Fin Dac

Three artists talk to Rob Sandall about their very different approaches to urban art

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, while Tel Aviv has the nightlife – that's what the brochures say, but is it the whole story?

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

Poland’s great outdoors

From glorious mountaintops to delightful beach towns, Poland’s virtually untouched countryside gives you ample opportunity to explore

Cyprus for foodies

With sun-kissed beaches, ancient ruins and tranquil villages, Cyprus offers an island escape to fit all – and it’s also a foodie destination in its own right

10 things to see and do in Wrocław

With a feast of baroque architecture and Poland's liveliest nightlife, Wrocław is a winning city for more intrepid travellers

An essential (and fun) guide to Oktoberfest

Don your lederhosen and start polishing your stein glass – Oktoberfest is just around the corner, and it’s going to be bigger and better than ever

Do you need a visa for Cuba?

The short answer is yes, but the process is easy (you can definitely do it yourself) and the cost is £17 for UK residents

Pucić Palace, Dubrovnik

Overlooking a cobblestone square in Dubrovnik's old town, this boutique hotel could be the perfect base to explore Croatia's historic city

London’s top 10 secret Shakespearean spots

From drinking dens and punch ups to prostitute graveyards and lost works, here are our top 10 secret Shakespearean spots in the city.

Which Greek islands are for you?

The Greek islands have it all - culture, clubbing, walking and water sports. The hardest thing is to choose which one to visit.

10 things to see and do in Sarajevo

From epoch-defining historical attractions to fine restaurants, Sarajevo has much to offer the discerning traveller.

How to build a city in 10 simple steps

We talk to city planners and architects to devise a checklist for building the perfect city in the 21st century.

10 of the best night trains in Europe

Night trains are becoming something of an endangered species on the continent. Gavin Haines explains why and rounds up the best of what’s left.

Fighting the tide in Nova Scotia

Tidal bore rafting is testament to the timeless appeal of mindlessness. Gavin Haines reports from the brutal Bay of Fundy.

Top 20 wonders of the underwater world

From barrier reefs and blue holes to seabed sculpture parks, we don our wet suits and explore 20 of the best underwater attractions.

Sleep with the ghosts? Hotels with unusual amenities

Unleash your inner rock star, commune with ghosts or hang out with a cowboy… some hotel extras really do offer something different for their guests

The Best Ice-Cream in London

The artisanal ice-cream industry is booming, and London has some world-class offerings. From gelato to sundaes, here are the best ice-creams in the capital

The Great American Eclipse

The first total eclipse of the sun for 100 years takes place in the USA in August, an event so astonishing it reduces many to tears. Here’s how it happens

Rwanda: open for business

After two decades of reconstruction Rwanda is blossoming as a beautiful country to visit.

Eight unique and quirky places to stay in South America

South America is one of the wilder continents and some of the places you can stay are equally outlandish. We choose 8 of the quirkier ones

The Best Street Art Tours

London, New York and Berlin have some of the most vibrant street art in the world. Why not take a tour?

From Coppola to Cliff Richard – six celebrity winery owners

There’s nothing so satisfying as sitting in the shade of your own vines with a glass of your own wine in your hand, a philosopher once said… these six celebrities would agree

Space tourism: Ground control to … anybody with a big enough bank balance

To date, only 559 people have gone into space, although rapid advances in technology mean we are getting closer a new era in space tourism

The 10 Best Brunches in London and beyond

Brunch has exploded in popularity recently, so we’ve rounded up the best places to check out in London, Berlin, Paris, New York and Los Angeles

The Magnificent Six: the world’s greatest train journeys

Train aficionado Tom Zoellner shares his passion for the railways and lists his six favourite journeys.

Big Bend National Park, Texas

It’s not easy to get to, but once you’re there, you’ll be transfixed by its beauty. Matt Kirouac discovers the delights of the Big Bend National Park

Bats for Tequila: how the greater long-nosed bat keeps the agave alive

We might be wary of bats, but this useful mammal is key to the health and diversity of the agave – and of tequila and mezcal. By World Travel Guide staff

For Your Eyes Only: hidden Soviet relics of Eastern Europe

Peer behind the iron curtain and follow a trail of secret Soviet agents and KGB spies that once operated across Eastern Europe.

Top 10 art and culture festivals around the world

From Cornwall to Adelaide and points in between, there’s a festival to cater for your tastes. Here are ten of the best this summer

Do you need a visa to the United States?

The short answer is yes, unless you are a citizen from one of the 36 countries listed in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) for stays up to 90 days.

Going off the trail in the Rockies

Banff in the Canadian Rockies is set to welcome a record number of visitors in 2017. Don’t worry about crowds though - this national park is still worth visiting - even in the summer months.

City Highlight: San Francisco

Distinctive neighbourhoods, a renowned food scene and world-class museums give this beautiful city an enduring appeal, despite rapid gentrification.

Five tips: beating boredom on a longhaul flight

Terrified of flying without your laptop or tablet? Here are five alternatives to plugging in and powering up.

The wild camping survival guide

Forget regimented campsites – wild camping offers the opportunity to really get away from it all. Our guide covers all you need to know before you set out.

Snorkelling in Antarctica and other wild swims

From snorkelling in Antarctica to swimming with horses in Argentina, Ian Belcher explores some of the world’s most extraordinary ways to take a dip.

Chefchaouen, the green city

In an ancient town painted almost entirely blue, all the locals are smoking the green stuff. Donald Twain finds out where it's grown and sees, up close, how it's made right for the pipe.

Norway: on the edge of the world

Chris Swindells ventures into the unspoiled Sognefjord and visits a real life fairy tale fjord village.

The 20 greenest destinations on Earth

As each passing year continues to break heat records, we round up 20 of the world’s greenest destinations – from self-sufficient villages in Italy to pioneering national parks in Rwanda.

10 travel restrictions you need to know

This guide to dishing out travel bans in 2017 doesn't just start and end with Donald Trump.

The fresh scent of spring: rose festivals around the world

We may not have travelled along a pathway of roses all of our lives, but we certainly can take time to find and smell some roses along the way.

10 fun facts about Vegas

What goes on in Vegas is supposed to stay in Vegas, but some of the crazier stories that originate from this hedonistic playground are just too good not to share.

Top 6 cities to escape the Easter hordes

Booking a last-minute bargain may be paradise for the frugal traveller, but it’s a stressful black hole of browser tabs and supposed cut-price deals for the rest of us. But when it comes to the Easter period, is finding a quiet break at bargain basement prices simply too much to ask?

The five most surprising places to celebrate St Patricks day

St Patrick’s Day is celebrated in many cities that boast large Irish populations, such as Dublin, Belfast, New York and Boston. It is, however, also celebrated in places you wouldn’t expect.

Finding Hemingway’s Havana

"Everything that you're about to see is exactly as it was when Hemingway left. When he shut the door, he expected to be back a few months later, but..."

The 10 best cities for digital nomads

Want to be a freelancer? Check out the 10 best cities for freelancers and digital nomads.

I still haven’t found what I’m looking for

Most tourists are just searching for a towel-free sun lounger by the pool, but there are still some real mysteries out there worth searching a little harder for.

The 10 strangest museums around the world

Our selection ranges from the bizarre to the macabre to the silly – are you brave enough to set foot in any of them?

The 10 best pilgrimages for modern travellers

Searching for spirituality or moral sanctuary? We unearth 10 of the best pilgrimages to cleanse the modern soul.

Okinawa: Japan’s forgotten paradise

From whale sharks to coral reefs, Japan's Okinawa prefecture is full of surprises. Joe Minihane discovers a new side to the country.

The 10 most romantic destinations in Europe

Romance is a deeply personal expression of love. It means different things to different couples.

Love: a year-round affair

Do you cringe when you see a Valentine's Day ad popping up on your screen? You aren't alone.

The 10 best stargazing sites in the world

Our ancestors used to look at the stars every night, making a deep connection with nature that's now lost to a generation of city-dwellers. Happily, though, there are still plenty of places where you can see nature's most dazzling show, and not all of them are remote. Here are ten of the best.

Top six tips: how to travel solo

Ditching your companions and hitting the open road on your own is one of the fastest growing travel trends of the 21st century.

Three wonderfully bizarre Mexican festivals

Public celebrations have always been a central part of everyday life in Mexico, acting as a way for communities to express themselves socially and artistically.

Masroor temple, India’s undiscovered wonder

India's most intriguing temple may also be one of its least understood. With architectural and stylistic similarities to Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Paul Stafford discovers Masroor Temple and the insights into India's foggy history etched into its walls.

Chinese New Year 2017: celebrating the year of the rooster in Singapore

The year of the Rooster begins on Saturday 28 January. Chinese families in all nations celebrate this colourful and joyous event with big family reunion dinners, heartfelt greetings of “Gongxi” and the gifting “HongBao” (money in red envelopes) to children and younger relatives.

The 10 most scenic self-guided walking holidays in England

Blessed with ancient woodlands, rolling meadows, mystical moorlands and a rugged coastline, England’s stunning and varied landscape offers excellent walking opportunities.

Bolivia’s wrestling cholitas

Fronting a fierce spectacle of body-slamming, bowler hats and petticoats, Bolivia's wrestling women have not only been winning fans around the region but also changing the conversation on equality in the country, as Sarah Gilbert discovers.

The 10 most romantic spots to kiss in England

With a diverse range of heart-achingly beautiful landscapes, England can be an incredibly romantic destination offering many gorgeous backdrops for romantic couples to embrace and share a special moment.

Living like a local in the Maldives

As the Maldives opens its inhabited islands to tourism, Heidi Fuller-love Island hops and meets locals in three remote destinations.

Kazakhstan, a mesmerising fusion of east and west

The former Soviet Republic of Kazakhstan is today stepping boldly into the future, its space age capital emerging from large swathes of land still virtually untouched by tourism, as Gilly Pickup discovers.

Mbalax and boomboxes: searching for a Senegalese tune in Dakar

On a trail of musical discovery, Darren Loucaides tries the road less travelled in the Senegalese capital Dakar and learns a valuable lesson in the process..

The best clubs for people who don’t like clubbing

Tired of BPM-obsessed bores, queue-jumping liggers and fascist security? Looking for a new clubbing experience? David Hillier explores ball pools, bondage gear and spa parties to find the best alternative club nights across Europe.

Bhutan or bust: selling shangri-la at a premium

Is the world's most expensive visa fee a way for tourists to pay for Bhutan's road to riches? Or is Bhutan truly the last Shangri-la? Kara Fox investigates.

Bio healing in Bled

Following Noel Edmonds' claims that a magnetic pad can cure cancer, Jane Alexander explores whether Zdenko Domančić's bio-energy healing weekend in Bled Slovenia makes for miracle cure or esoteric bullshit.

Going underground

Built in 1976, the Sonnenberg bunker in Lucerne, Switzerland, is one of the world’s largest civilian nuclear shelters, once intended to protect 20,000 people against nuclear threat at the height of the Cold War. Forty years on, Caroline Bishop imagines what it might have been like to be holed up there for two weeks with 19,999 others.

Your next travel buddy could be Bear Grylls

If you want a holiday that isn’t just good but spectacular, you should perhaps put more thought into who you go with. And Mike Peake suggests that the ultimate travel companion is a world-famous guide or explorer…

How to: Cycle around the world

Want to quit your job and go travelling but too skint or scared to take the leap? Take inspiration from Annie Londonderry, the first woman to cycle around the world. Coralie Modschiedler recounts her stirring tale.

The illegal tattooists of South Korea

40 years on from the Sex Pistols' Lesser Free Trade Hall gig, Sirin Kale kicks off our Punk Week by delving into the inky underbelly of South Korea's illegal tattoo scene.

PMU bars, Piaf and protesting: The definitive guide to Paris

Jeremy Allen walks us through Paris proper with natural plonk, forgotten Piaf and plenty of spirited bonhomie.

Lluvia de Peces: Visiting the town that rains fish

Once a year, fish reportedly fall from the sky in the town of Yoro, Honduras. Is it a palpable example of divine intervention or is something fishy going on? Jack Palfrey investigates.

‘They’ll burn your boat’: Paddling against the patriarchy

Almost all of Venice's Gondolieri are men. Paula Hardy meets Jane Caporal, the renegade sticking her oar in to change all that.

The best travel photos of April 2016

From the Ghats of Varanasi in India to the beaches of Lithuania, we pick our favourite 10 photos submitted by our Instagram followers this month.

An afternoon inside Dublin’s anarchist squat

An autonomous arts hub or a squat for sore eyes? James Hendicott spends an afternoon inside the Grangegorman anarchist space that's dividing Dublin.

Dublin: A history through 10 peculiar objects

Spread across just four rooms, the Little Museum of Dublin retells the offbeat history of the Irish capital through an assortment of quirky items donated by residents. James Hendicott has a poke around.

The 9 quirkiest places to stay in Ireland

Looking for lodgings with a difference? From a self-catering pub to a coastal defence tower, we round up the most unusual places to spend the night in Ireland.

Drink, drugs and debauchery: The definitive guide to Dublin

Look, we couldn't knowingly send you to Temple Bar. Instead, local rapscallion James Hendicott drags us through the real Dublin - drink, drugs, debauchery and all.

The eerie world of dark tourism

With a new book in the making, photographer Rebecca Bathory takes David Hillier through her favourite dark tourism spots.

The best travel photos of March 2016

From the waterfalls of Selfoss, Iceland, to the Kepler Track in New Zealand, we pick our favourite 10 photos submitted by our Instagram followers this month.

12 of the best British seaside towns

The Great British beach holiday is back in vogue. Ruth-Ellen Davis rounds up the best coastal resorts for a summer staycation.

The 20 craziest festivals in the world

Fancy yourself as a champion tuna thrower or perhaps you’d be better at wife carrying? Whatever your bag, we’ve got it covered in our weird festivals roundup.

Getting high: 15 of the best adrenaline activities

Our pursuit of new highs has spawned a glut of adventure activities. From horse boarding to storm chasing, we round up our favourites.

Does voluntourism do more harm than good?

Volunteer holidays might seem virtuous, but they can create more problems than they solve. Should you volunteer abroad? Jack Palfrey investigates.

10 of the best coffeeshops in Amsterdam

Smoking a legal joint is a popular pastime in Amsterdam, but where are the city's best coffeeshops? Our roving reporter, Gavin Haines, has the enviable task of finding out.

20 islands you never knew existed

From an islet inhabited exclusively by pigs to an atoll made of seashells, we round up 20 of the quirkiest islands you never knew existed.

How to: Survive on a desert island

Though somewhat inconvenient, becoming a castaway needn’t be a harrowing experience. Heed the lessons of Alexander Selkirk, a sailor who survived alone on an islet for over four years. Jack Palfrey retells his tale.

Camping in England’s churches

Could camping in a church, affectionately known as “champing”, be one of 2016’s more unusual travel trends? The Churches Conservation Trust certainly hopes so.

Last tango in Buenos Aires

John Malathronas retells the story of Ireland's Rebecca O'Laoire, who went from dancing for pesos on Plaza Dorrego to become one of the best tango artistes in Argentina.

Forging new narratives in Cape Town

It was once described as an "apartheid dumping ground", but Cape Town's Langa Quarter has become one of the city's most exciting and optimistic districts. Chris Clark witnesses the revolution.

Las Fallas: Burning Valencia to the ground

Ever seen a city burn to the ground? Karl Webster relives Valencia going up in flames around him as part of the fiery Las Fallas festival.

Sahara Desert: A marathon of resistance

Our correspondent, Beccy Allen, explains why she just ran through a refugee camp in the Saharan Desert.

18 of the best live music venues in London

From the subterranean theatres of Waterloo to the sticky dancefloors of Camden, we round up the best live music venues and performing arts spaces in London.

Strange skiing: Off-piste in… Pakistan

A decade after being destroyed by the Taliban, Pakistan’s only ski resort is attempting a miraculous recovery. Christoph Schrahe straps on a set of very old skis and investigates the story of Malam Jabba.

Can pit parties save London’s music scene?

Over 40% of London's live music venues have closed in the last 10 years and gig prices have rocketed. Pit parties could offer an affordable alternative. Daniel Fahey seeks out the solution.

Is London losing its soul?

London's feted pubs, live music venues and independent shops are being replaced with bland flats and boring chains, turning a once-vibrant city into a monotonous metropolis. At least that's what the critics think, but do they have a point? Gavin Haines reports.

How to: Hike solo across Africa like an absolute hero

Yearning for adventure but hampered by the fear of flying solo? Take inspiration from the tale of Emily Hahn, a revolver-carrying, cross-dressing receptionist who single-handedly crossed the Congo on foot. Ailsa Ross reports.

Michelin scarred: Dining in San Sebastián’s worst-rated restaurant

In a city renowned for its culinary prestige, Jack Palfrey heads to San Sebastián’s worst-rated restaurant to test how deep the city’s gastronomic vein really runs.

Top 10 things to see and do in San Sebastián

From surfboards to cemeteries, via a nibble on a pintxos or three, we select the best activities to sample in San Sebastián, the European Capital of Culture 2016.

Strange skiing: Off-piste in… Kyrgyzstan

In the penultimate entry of our strange skiing series, Tristan Kennedy hits the slopes of Kyrgyzstan, sampling fermented horse milk and the bloody sport of buzkashi as he goes.

Surviving the Battle of the Oranges

In this pithy piece, Karl Webster squeezes the juicy gossip from Italy's Battle of the Oranges, so citrus yourself down and take in a slice of the action.

Wrocław, through the eyes of an artist

“Everybody can draw and paint,” muses Katarzyna Śmigielska, leading me along Wrocław’s cobbled streets. “The process is important, not [the] final result.”

Strange skiing: Off-piste in… Afghanistan

Afghanistan is in the newspapers, but never the travel pages. It’s surreal to step off a plane and feel safe.

Palma: Dancing with the devil

Fire-wielding men dressed as the devil chase Gavin Haines through the streets of Palma de Mallorca. The festive season is upon us.

In pictures: Geilo Ice Music Festival

Next month, Norway will host a festival dedicated to the dulcet sounds of 'ice music'. Marie Peyre gives us a preview of what's to come.

Hamburg’s XXX-mas market

Christmas isn't Christmas without pubic toupees and porn karaoke. So says Stuart Forster, who groans his way around Europe's "sexiest" festive market (in Germany, obviously).

Strange skiing: Off-piste in… North Korea

In the second of our strange skiing series, Tim Neville reports from the propaganda-lined pistes of Masikryong, North Korea’s best (and only) ski resort.

Mystery holidays: Are we really that bored of holidaying?

Daniel Fahey jets off with Mistrip, a company that keeps the location and itinerary secret until the last minute. But are we really that bored of holidaying?

Eat, spray, love: Top 10 red-light districts

Many guides gloss over red-light districts, which is a shame because they provide unique and titillating insights into a city's character. We take a peek at the colourful underbellies of 10 very different cities.

Amsterdam: A tour with the whores

Two of Holland's most famous hookers give Gavin Haines the ultimate introduction to Amsterdam's red-light district.

Burning the Prime Minister in Lewes

410 years on from the Gunpowder Plot, David Hillier heads to Lewes in East Sussex to watch the Prime Minister go up in flames among the chaos of Bonfire Night.

A postcard from Western Sahara

It’s 40 years today since Western Sahara was annexed by Morocco, but life goes on in this disputed and forgotten land. Campaigner, Beccy Allen, recalls her first visit to the territory.

Rocking with Ottery’s rollers

Every 5 November, residents of a small town in Devon risk serious injury by carrying flaming tar barrels through the town’s streets. We send Emilee Tombs to find out why. 

Strange skiing: Off-piste in… Georgia

In the first of our new strange skiing series, William Everett drinks brandy, eats khachapuri and gets fondled on the slopes of Gudauri, Georgia.

Last orders? London’s 12 best historic boozers

Rejoice! Recent heritage statuses and some sterling community work mean that the 12 historic London pubs featured in this article won't be turned into flats anytime soon.

Why Ecuadorians thrash their children with nettles

Gavin Haines meets the traditional healers of Quito, who flay children with herbs and do strange things with guinea pigs.

Is spontaneous travel dead?

Armed with just a toothbrush, a worn passport and £150 in cash, we send Jack Palfrey to investigate if it's still efficacious to travel on a whim.

In pictures: The Last Iceman of Ecuador

Our photographer, Gavin Haines, chronicles the extraordinary life of Baltazar Ushca, who climbs Ecuador's highest mountain every week to collect ice from its glacier. Fridge-freezers have all but killed his trade, but he makes the perilous journey regardless.

Keeping old traditions alive in Ecuador

Gavin Haines scales Ecuador's highest peak with Baltazar Ushca, a local celebrity defiantly plying his trade in a defunct industry.

A new way to explore Amsterdam

Having a backie with a local is the latest way of getting around Amsterdam. Gavin Haines goes for a hair-raising ride across the Dutch capital.

Why are Amsterdam’s coffeeshops closing?

One of Amsterdam’s most popular coffeeshops ceased trading yesterday, as the crackdown on the red-light district continues. Gavin Haines reports.

The best travel haikus revealed

We were inundated with entries in our recent haiku competition, but there could only be a handful of winners. Here we reveal the prize-worthy prose.

Should we visit indigenous communities?

Visiting an indigenous community can offer an insight into local customs and cultures, but who is benefiting from ethno-tourism? And is it ethical? Daniel Fahey investigates.

The 10 most dangerous cities worth visiting

Pack lightly and forget about the travel insurance, here are 10 of the most dangerous cities in the world worth risking your life to visit.

A postcard from the World’s Most Dangerous City

It’s February 15, 1493. A 41-year-old Christopher Columbus lounges on the deck of the Niña, a small Portuguese sailing ship, as it cuts through the Atlantic Ocean.

On his knee rests a letter, addressed to the monarchy of Spain, detailing the findings of the first voyage to the New World.

Britain’s 10 quirkiest attractions

As the enigmatic street artist, Banksy, opens his own bemusement park in Weston-Super-Mare, we take a look at some of Britain's other weird attractions.

Why Wales loves bog snorkelling

As part of a tradition dating back 30 years, Jack Palfrey goes snorkelling… in a bog.

The remaking of Rwanda

It was once a synonym for strife, but Rwanda has become one of Africa's most exciting destinations. Gavin Haines reports from its colourful capital, Kigali.

Paws for thought in St Petersburg

The labyrinthine catacombs of the Hermitage Museum are home to an army of felines, whose story is as colourful as the exhibits they guard. Gavin Haines reports.

Absinthe: Notes on a mind-altering drink

100 years ago, absinthe was banned across much of Europe. Daniel Fahey heads to its birthplace, Val-de-Travers in Switzerland, for a taste of its underground distillation scene.

Top 10 poetry pilgrimages

From Shakespeare's Stratford to Borges' Buenos Aires, we explore the destinations that inspired our greatest poets and examine the marks they left behind.

Mallorca: A poet’s pilgrimage

Gavin Haines heads to the Mallorcan mountains, which inspired prodigious prose from one of Britain's seminal writers.

5 of the best conservation holidays

From monitoring wolves in the Carpathian Mountains to waxing historic floors, options abound for benevolent travellers.

Surviving Nepal’s earthquake

 A Nepalese tour guide recounts his experience of the April earthquakes and tells James Hendicott how residents are coping in the aftermath.

Navigating Nepal, now the dust has settled

Two months after catastrophic earthquakes devastated communities and brought sacred landmarks to the ground, Ruth-Ellen Davis looks at whether it's time to go back to Nepal.

Can citizen science help save our oceans?

Gavin Haines explores the protected coral reefs of Tioman Island in Malaysia – all in the name of science.

Is the party over for France’s oldest street festival?

Facing budget cuts and a shift in cultural identity, is it curtains for Le Panier's raucous street party? Chris Allsop, mojito in hand, investigates.

In pictures: A seaside town reborn

After years of neglect Britain's seaside towns are enjoying a renaissance and Margate is blazing the trail. Gavin Haines finds out more from the bohemian coastal town.

Medellín: A cocaine capital in rehab

Decades of violence saw Medellín ranked as the world's most dangerous place, but now Colombia's second city has staged a remarkable comeback. How did it do it, asks Darren Loucaides.

The other Congo: Brazzaville rising

The little-explored Republic of Congo is striving to move away from the shadow cast by its difficult history and notorious neighbour, the DRC. Christopher Clark heads to Congo's fast-growing capital, Brazzaville, to meet the young artists helping their country step into the light.

Azerbaijan: Beyond the Games

As tourists flock to Baku for the inaugural European Games, Jack Palfrey goes in search of the Azerbaijan you won't see on TV.

La Jeune Rue: An improbable feast

Last year a French property tycoon bought an entire street in Paris, hoping to turn it into a foodie haven. But were his eyes bigger than his belly? Daniel Fahey finds out.

Which Singapore are you?

Singapore is a boring business city with less culture than a low fat yogurt. Or is it? Gavin Haines finds out.

Going underground: The world’s best subterranean sites

As the world's largest underground zip line opens in Wales, we round up the world's best subterranean attractions - from crystal caves in Mexico to buried Sri Lankan temples.

The secret world of cheese rolling

With competitors set to chase a cheese down one of the steepest hills in Gloucestershire again, we send Daniel Fahey to Cooper's Hill to find out more.

Has English whisky finally come of age?

Gavin Haines sinks a few drams in Norfolk, where the great English whisky revival is gathering pace.

10 things to see and do in Baku

From bubbling mud volcanoes to revolving sky bars, we seek out some of the more surprising highlights of Azerbaijan's little-visited capital.

In search of Barbizon, the bohemian village

After unearthing three etchings in a soggy car boot sale, David Middleton goes in search of the place they depict and discovers Barbizon, France's bohemian village.

Frontier spirit: A dispatch from the Whisky Trail

Chris Allsop treks Speyside's Malt Whisky Trail, once the stomping ground for smugglers and illicit distillers, now the beating heart of Scotland's whisky industry.

Christiania: Is this the end of Denmark’s free town?

10 years after the Danish government began 'normalising' Christiania, Alex Fahey heads to Copenhagen to see what has become of the free town.

Norway’s nomads: Life as a Sami reindeer herder

Chris Allsop makes his way to snow-blanketed northern Norway to see how the Sami people are using tourism to maintain their ancient way of life.

Tech and San Francisco: CTRL, Alt, Delete?

We sent Lillian Marx to San Francisco, smartphone in hand, to see how technology is transforming the city and the tourism industry.

SpOILed brat: Is Baku destroying its heritage?

Ahead of the inaugural 2015 European Games in Azerbaijan, Jack Palfrey goes in search of an authentic slice of Baku in a city that fiercely divides opinion.

The 20 quirkiest places to stay in Britain

Looking for lodgings with a difference? Then have a look through our guide to the most unusual accommodation in Britain.

Finding adventure in unlikely places

Your genitals might go numb and you may have to skip a fence or two, but wild adventures abound in London. Gavin Haines finds out more on the River Lea.

The 9 best coffee pilgrimages in the world

From the home of coffee to the grandest coffee houses of Europe, we round up the nine best coffee pilgrimages on the planet.

From vandalism to masterpiece: Malaysia’s street art revolution

Malaysia's urban art scene is booming. Street artists who would have once been arrested for vandalism now count amongst the country's rising creative stars. Lauren Razavi reports from the streets of Kuala Lumpur.

Discovering the spirit of Istanbul in Berlin

In the wake of Berlin’s annual Spirit of Istanbul Festival, Emilee Tombs ventures to Kreuzberg to find out how a “temporary” Turkish community has rooted itself into the German capital.

15 of the best lost cities

Lost cities are always fascinating. This post is about the world's best abandoned cities.

Over and Alps: Can artificial snow save skiing in Europe?

Rising temperatures and inconsistent snowfall turned some skiing vacations into hiking holidays this season, so is artificial snow the answer?

Licence to drill: Fracking our green and pleasant land

They inspire artists, provoke poets and generate $600bn a year through tourism, but are some of the world's most cherished national parks under threat from fracking? Corinne Elliott investigates.

Welcome to Britain’s most radical city

We explore Bristol, the European Green Capital for 2015, and find a world of innovation, ethical living and a bus run on poo.

Is it the end of the line for InterRail?

Inter-railing around Europe has been a rite of passage for backpackers since the 1970s, but is its appeal waning? Our resident rail anorak, Gavin Haines, investigates.

10 things to see and do in Mons

Van Gogh came here to be a preacher and every year locals slay a dragon. Welcome to Mons, says Rudolf Abraham, European Capital of Culture 2015.

The 15 weirdest wellness retreats

From psychedelic shrubbery in Gabon to sobbing seminars in Japan, we round up the world's weirdest wellness retreats.

Returning from the End of the World

A valley near Engelberg in Switzerland is known as the End of the World. Wondered what's there? Daniel Fahey went to find out.

Is Aberdeen Scotland’s most dismal city?

Aberdeen has just been named Scotland's most dismal place, but are things really that bad? Nick Bruno investigates.

Has Nicaragua been sold down the river?

Protests, precious rainforest and one of the world’s poorest countries – Darren Loucaides asks if the Nicaragua Canal will turn out to be a poisoned chalice.

A dispatch from the Haggis Hurling Championships

David Hillier heads to Robert Burns' cottage in Alloway, South Ayrshire to take part in one of the UK's weirdest sports – haggis hurling.

Paradise Lost: Can the Philippines preserve Siargao Island?

A little-known surf paradise in the Philippines is about to get a big wave of tourism. Emilee Tombs asks if Siargao can preserve the very thing that attracted people to it in the first place.

Cracks in the ice: why the race to the North Pole isn’t over

As Denmark becomes the latest country to formally claim ownership of the North Pole, Daniel Fahey recounts the bizarre tale of Arctic exploration so far.

Road trip: Argentina’s undiscovered northwest

An otherworldly land of volcanoes, salt flats, blue lagoons, deserts and canyons – Coralie Modschiedler reports from north Argentina's undiscovered Salta province.

WTG Readers’ Travel Photo Competition: The winners

In our first readers' travel photography competition, we asked for your best travel snaps of 2014. From bustling cityscapes to unusual sights and animal encounters, we reveal our top 3 readers' photos of 2014.

10 things to see and do in Plzeň (Pilsen)

A rugged, working class city best known for making cars and brewing beer, Plzeň will take its crown as European Capital of Culture in 2015. Gavin Haines finds the Czech city a worthy heir.

Competition: Readers’ best photos 2014

Send us your best travel photos from 2014 for your chance to win £75, plus a host of other top prizes.

An alternative itinerary for Australia’s East Coast

From Cairns to Canberra, then maybe onto Melbourne, many backpackers discover Australia’s legendary East Coast using a hop-on, hop-off bus ticket from the Greyhound bus company.

Castaway on Lady Elliot Island, Australia

Basking near Australia's continental shelf, Marie Barbieri loses herself among marine creatures of all colours and contours on Lady Elliot Island.

The 19 strangest places to ski

Hitting the slopes this winter? Then have you considered the pistes of Algeria, Pakistan or Iran? Didn't think so. But perhaps you should - some of the best skiing can be found in the unlikeliest of places.

Walking with dragons in Indonesia

While Komodo Island is internationally famous for its dragons, few tourists ever visit neighbouring Rinca Island. Mark Eveleigh reports from what could be the most spectacularly dramatic predator territory on the planet.

Taking a walk on the wild side in Zambia

With its bountiful wildlife, new lodges and crowd-free parks, Zambia is one of the world's hottest safari destinations, says Lauren Jarvis.

Uncovering Mexico City’s culinary identity

Lucy Purdy has her taste buds seduced in a city whose rich and interwoven culinary heritage is just one way it is rewriting a reputation for danger.

How Helsinki sparked a restaurant revolution

Gavin Haines visits an abandoned abattoir in Helsinki, which is changing the concept of eating out for millions of diners.

Truffle hunting in Italy

In Piedmont's gastronomic wonderland, the white truffle is king. Chris Allsop travelled to an oak grove in northwest Italy to unearth his own fungal jackpot.

The 10 weirdest restaurants in the world

If you've never been spanked by your waitress or dined in a public toilet, then you're not eating at the right places. We round up the world's weirdest restaurants.

Drink like a local in Prague

From neighbourhood boozers to backstreet breweries, Gavin Haines sidesteps the stag-dos to unearth the best bars in Prague.

Editor’s pick: Travel deals of the month

From European ski breaks to Indian Ocean beach holidays, we round up this month's top travel deals.

Trekking Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains

Morocco's spectacularly diverse High Atlas Mountains are not just a favourite with seasoned trekkers. City gal Coralie Modschiedler explores the well-trodden Berber homeland in search of her inner mountaineer.

Eating with the Egg People, China

Daniel Fahey makes a reservation at one of the most unique restaurants in the world: aboard a buoyant bistro run by the Egg People of Hainan Island, China.

7 travel stories you shouldn’t miss this week

From giants in Patagonia to Japan's condom cookbook, we round up this week's 7 best travel stories from around the world.

When travel goes wrong: I was rescued by the Bolivian Air Force

When travel goes wrong: the incredible story of Jennie Wagstaff, whose jeep got stuck in the middle of Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia.

Flagstaff: A shining star on Route 66

Nestled amongst the pine forests of Arizona, Flagstaff is more than just a quick stop en route to the Grand Canyon. William David Wilson peels off Route 66 and discovers a beguiling city with Old West charm and bountiful natural wonders.

Exploring Saskatchewan, the Land of the Living Skies

The longhorn reared its enormous head and eyed me knowingly. ‘Please don’t charge,’ I uttered politely. All the reassurance that had come with my authentic cowboy hat had shattered, and as the bull's legs began to start up, like a plane propeller kicking into life, I realised how dangerously under qualified I was for this role.

15 microadventures to try this weekend

Bored? Skint? Get out there and try one of our top 15 microadventures this weekend.

I visited Buzludzha, an abandoned Communist Party HQ

David Hillier unwittingly stumbles upon Bulgaria's Buzludzha, the ex-Communist Party headquarters in the clouds.

Unlocking the secrets of St James’s Way

From headless saints to homicidal poets, David Middleton unlocks the secrets of St James's Way, Europe's most famous pilgrimage route.

Learning to surf at the Gate of Hell

We sent Daniel Fahey to the very cusp of the known world to catch some Chinese monsters. Here's how he got on.

Searching for whale sharks in Utila, Honduras

Samantha Wilson heads to Útila in Honduras in search of Old Tom, the legendary barnacle-encrusted whale shark who has plied the waters for decades.

Smooth sailing in new look Panama City

Sarah Gilbert takes a trip down the Panama Canal on its 100th birthday – but it's a rejuvenated Panama City that really floats her boat.

Finding hidden treasures in Palau

Samantha Wilson dons her snorkel gear and slips beneath the waves in Palau, where UNESCO listed reefs, WWII wrecks and friendly jellyfish await.

Island hopping in the Sporades, Greece

Self-professed musical enthusiast Jack Palfrey visits the Greek Sporades, setting of 2008 hit film <em>Mama Mia!</em>, only to leave with more than he bargained for, including one hell of a hangover.

Bozcaada: the Turkish island where time gave up

I stopped writing love letters a long time ago. Perhaps I stopped falling in love. Yet here I sit, foolish with infatuation, attempting this torturous art form again.

Falling hook, line and sinker for Lofoten, Norway

The Lofoten Islands in Norway offer epic vistas, remote art installations and the best fish burgers Rudolf Abraham has tasted. But the archipelago faces an uncertain future.

How Bermuda is reinventing itself

Labelled as an island for 'newly-weds and nearly deads', Estella Shardlow investigates whether Bermuda has anything new to offer the modern traveller.

Scared witless in Wales

Daniel Fahey heads to Wales for a weekend of downhill mountain biking and gorge walking in Owain Glyndŵr country.

The 20 best bars and restaurants in Sao Paulo

As the World Cup kicks off we send our roaming gourmand, Daniel Fahey, to find the best bars and restaurants in São Paulo.

A chef’s guide to eating and drinking in Salvador

We chat to Brazilian chef Edinho Engel, who reveals the best bars and restaurants in sultry Salvador, Bahia.

The thrill of the chase: Pamplona

Forget jumping out of a plane – if you need an adrenaline rush, test your mettle at the Running of the Bulls. Damien Gabet reports from Pamplona.

Hunting with Bushmen in Namibia

As Ruth Styles discovers, a trip into the wild with Namibia’s San people means swapping air-conditioned safari vehicles for survival skills and poison-tipped arrows.

Can a festival cure life’s common complaints?

Whether you’re wracked with remorse or wrecked by workplace worry, our resident Festival Doctor can offer a cure through festival form.

Maalam and me: the power of Gnaoua

Master musicians send Darren Loucaides into a trance at Morocco's Gnaoua World Music Festival.

An insider’s guide to Belfast

We chat up three distinguished locals to unearth the best bars, restaurants and shops in Belfast.

Whisky, walking and wild living in Scotland

Daniel Fahey tackles the barrelled bounties of Galloway Forest Park with little more than a bottle of whisky.

Grape Escape: England’s best vineyards

As English wines grow ever more popular, winning numerous awards and being stocked in supermarkets, it seems Britain's in the grip of an unlikely love affair with the plonk. Jane Duru silences her inner sceptic with a tour around the Three Choirs Vineyard.

The 20 best beaches in Britain

There’s never been a better time for a Great British beach holiday. Gavin Haines grabs his bucket and spade.

Rwanda rediscovered

It's been 20 years since the end of the civil war that rocked Rwanda. But now the country is emerging out of the shadows, and with tourism on the rise, the time is ripe for uncovering what this corner of Africa has to offer.

A chef’s guide to the best restaurants in Shanghai

World Travel Guide catches up with celebrity chef and man about town, Paul Pairet, for a culinary tour of Shanghai.

How the world changed forever in Sarajevo

It’s nearly a century since events in Sarajevo changed the course of history. Gavin Haines learns more in the Bosnia and Herzegovina capital, a city defined for better and worse, by its tumultuous past.

Searching for the best beer in Brooklyn

After touring New York's most famous brewery, a still thirsty Joe Minihane goes in search of the best beer bars in Brooklyn.

A bore no more: Washington loosens up

Long perceived as the staid domain of fat-cat politicians, dusty old museums and dry monuments, Washington, DC is slowly transforming, as hip new bars and chic boutiques move in. Drop the jacket and loosen that tie; Washington's got a new spring in its step.

Where to find the best chocolate in Brussels

Lauren Razavi learns the art of chocolate making and reveals the best places to try and buy chocolate in Brussels.

Rome in a day? To 753 BC and back by bedtime

British Airways is launching day-return tickets to six European cities. Our super-mini guides explain how to get the most out of these destinations.

Ten of the best things to do in Budapest

As Wes Anderson’s latest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, hits the big screen, we round up the best things to do in the Hungarian capital.

Riga vs Umeå: Capitals of Culture go head to head

We pick apart this year's Capitals of Culture. Who will win - Latvia's dazzling capital, Riga, or the Arctic Circle splendour of Sweden's Umeå?

Beautiful fusion: Gourmet skiing in Italy

Inspired by the Winter Olympics, Gary Noakes hits the slopes of Alta Badia in Italy, where his athletic ambitions are shattered by the resort’s gourmet offerings.

Trips and tips for single travellers

From dating holidays to group vacations, we round up the best trips and tips for solo travellers.

Sochi under the spotlight

The Winter Olympics has put Sochi firmly on the international travel map, but what'll be there for visitors after the Olympic circus leaves town?

Review: Photography tour, Santiago

Budding snapper, Cherry Casey, gets a new perspective on Santiago during a photography tour of the Chilean capital.

Cruising gets cool

If you thought cruising was for old people then think again – record numbers of twenty-somethings are taking to the waves.

Life on the edge

If you get a kick from living life on the edge, then you'll enjoy our round up of some of the world's most intrepid travel adventures. Just make sure you take out insurance before you try any of the following stunts.

Beyond St Lucia’s beaches

Looking for a winter sun destination with beautiful beaches, majestic scenery and activities? Try St Lucia. Situated only 322km (200 miles) north of Venezuela, between the islands of St Vincent, Barbados and Martinique, this tropical haven may be small, but the diversity of its scenery certainly won't leave you disappointed.

Christmas in Zurich

Often wrongly perceived as a boring financial hub, Zurich is in fact an exciting, confident city with a surprisingly edgy shopping and nightlife scene. Come December and Switzerland's largest city transforms into an enchanting winter wonderland filled with Christmas markets, lights and music – a perfect time to experience the two wildly different sides of Zurich.

Unwinding in Izmir: a Turkish delight

If you're in need of some late season sunshine and relaxation, Izmir makes a great place to unwind, says Jane Duru.

Cruising the Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands are the most extraordinary archipelago on the planet and if you're planning on visiting, then do it soon. Gavin Haines explains why, when and how after dancing with a sea lion.

A gourmet’s guide to Argentina

Argentina is famous for its beef – arguably the best in the world – but that's not all it's good for. Jane Duru takes a culinary tour outside the capital of Buenos Aires to discover what foodie experiences lie beyond.

All aboard The Ghan

Between tropical Darwin and arid Adelaide, The Ghan scythes along Australia's red heart on one of the world's most iconic train journeys. Words and pictures by Marie Barbieri.

On safari in Sri Lanka

Enjoy a jungle glamping safari holiday in Sri Lanka where abundant elephants mean you don't have to wait long to get close to the wildlife, says Hannah Lindon.

Gaudí’s Barcelona

Antoni Gaudí's beautification of Barcelona earned him the moniker 'God's architect', but his masterpiece remains unfinished after 130 years in the making. Gavin Haines finds out why on a Gaudí-themed tour of the city.

Scilly season: Exploring the Isles of Scilly

The Isles of Scilly are a wildlife-spotter's dream in summer, with nesting puffins, seals and bats among the species to be discovered on these charming islands off Cornwall, finds Caroline Bishop.

Hidden Andalucia

Andalucia's grand treasures of Granada and Seville are well touted so Cherry Casey decides to hire a car to tour other parts of the region, encountering a stubborn horse, deserted beaches and time-honoured traditions en route.

Firths and fortresses: A drive in the Scottish Highlands

Peppered with majestic lochs, magical castles and abundant wildlife, the Scottish Highlands provide a true insight into ‘real’ Scotland. Patrick Thorne gets behind the wheel to explore this mystical area on an all-encompassing road trip.

Summer in the city: Gothenburg

Midnight sun, chilled out vibes, cool summer hangouts, and one of Sweden's most exciting dining scenes: when it comes to summer city breaks with an edge, Gothenburg is the place to be. Coralie Modschiedler heads up north with bmi regional to uncover the highlights of Sweden's emerging cultural and culinary hotspot: Gothenburg.

Adventures in Alentejo

Sprawling across one third of the country, Portugal's Alentejo region offers wild, empty coastlines, shimmering lakes and rolling hills - a picturesque playground for adventure lovers. Tina Banerjee tests her mettle with some outdoor pursuits.

Glorious Dalyan

Nourish your body on a yoga break in the beautiful Turkish town of Dalyan but you'll find that turtle spotting and mud baths are therapeutic too, writes Lorenza Bacino.

Active in Annecy

Getting fit doesn't have to mean pounding the treadmill at the gym. Instead a fitness holiday may be just the ticket to boost your health. Lucy Fry puts her body to the test amid the stunning French scenery of Lake Annecy.

Hidden splendours: Genoa

Known primarily as a bustling port and believed to be the birthplace of explorer Christopher Columbus, Genoa is overlooked by many visitors to Italy. Discover a captivating city boasting a plethora of historic palaces. Words and pictures by William David Wilson.

An epicurean feast through Ecuador

Any chef worth their salt will tell you the key to good food is fresh produce – and Ecuador has plenty of that. Its mountainous haciendas and tropical plantations offer rich pickings for gourmets, who are reinventing Ecuadorian cuisine and establishing this small nation as the gastro capital of South America. Gavin Haines grabs a fork.

Glorious Guernsey: Britain’s offshore beach paradise

Just a short hop, skip and a jump away from the UK, Jane Duru discovers that beneath Guernsey's picturesque surface lies a quirky gem full of historical sights and excellent beaches.

Pure shores: World’s best beaches

Dust off your shades and dig out your sandals – we've rounded up the best beaches around the world, from quintessential paradise to bare-it-all glam.

Fort Myers: Discovering the alternative Florida

Shell-strewn beaches, artist enclaves and old-world charm mark Fort Myers and the surrounding islands off Florida’s Gulf Coast as a laid-back alternative to the state’s skyscrapers and theme parks, says Jonny Payne.

Senegal: A shortcut to the tropics

From beaches and birdwatching to hedonism and history, Europeans are falling for Senegal’s many charms, as Gavin Haines did while discovering the diverse West African nation at first hand.

Joining the jet set in Bodrum

Bodrum was once seen primarily as a package holiday destination, but diamond-encrusted watches are replacing all-inclusive wristbands in the Turkish resort as it grows in popularity amongst the jet set, says Jonny Payne.

A foodie’s guide to Japan

From delicious ramen and exquisite sashimi to mouth-watering street food and moreish cakes, Japan is a foodie’s paradise and quite possibly the ultimate gourmet destination. Whether you’re visiting Tokyo for a few days or venturing off the beaten track, experience fantastic food and local delicacies with Coralie Modschiedler’s Japan food guide.

Alaska: The last great wilderness

Abundant in wild animals that roam vast lands and icy waters, Alaska is where imagination is surpassed by reality. Samantha Wilson avoids the well-trodden cruise ship trail and goes behind the wheel to explore the state's unspoilt landscapes.

An encounter with Jack the Ripper’s East London

2013 marks the 125th anniversary of the crimes committed by notorious serial killer Jack the Ripper. Julianna Flamio steps back in time on a tour of the East End to find out more about the streets terrorised by the unidentified Victorian murderer.

Burma (Myanmar) uncovered

Buzzing with amazing new hotels, vast temple ruins and stunning ethnic cuisine, Burma is South East Asia's newest hotspot. With political reform finally on top of the agenda, now is the perfect time to go, before development really begins to take hold. Joe Minihane uncovers Burma's most breathtaking sights.

Back to Beirut

Beirut may bear the scars of its tumultuous past but the Lebanese capital is on the up again. Gary Noakes returns to the city after 15 years and discover that you need plenty of stamina to live like a local.

Beyond the glitz and glam in St Moritz

St Moritz might be famous for its glitz and glamour – and it does offer plenty of that – but the Swiss resort also has a lot more for curious winter sports enthusiasts, from snowkiting and bobsleigh runs to night skiing and partying on the slopes.

Sliding through God’s own country

Journey along Kerala's sleepy waterways in style on the Oberoi's Motor Vessel Vrinda and discover a land so lush and beautiful that it's known as 'God's own country'.

Botswana: A tale of two safaris

From lion-tackling to hunting with bows and arrows, ancient traditions still endure across wildlife-rich Botswana. Lesley Stones journeys to the sprawling Kalahari and flooded Okavango Delta for two spectacular safaris, minus the crowds.

Lions amongst the fynbos: South Africa’s Garden Route safari

If spectacular footage of South Africa during David Attenborough’s BBC series Africa has somehow failed to inspire an African adventure, maybe the lure of an up-close-and-personal safari off the popular Garden Route will do the trick. We sent Jonny Payne to explore Gondwana Private Game Reserve near Mossel Bay.

Exploring the Portes du Soleil ski region

Ski resorts the world over have a wealth of attractions off the slopes, none more so than the Portes du Soleil region on the French-Swiss border. Mark Frary discovers traditional villages, artisan industries and foodie delights during a visit to the wide-ranging area.

Iceland: Land of fire and ice

A day or two's drive from the much-visited Reykjavík, north Iceland's beautiful Mývatn area epitomises this volatile land of contrasts, especially in winter. Words and photos by Caroline Bishop.

Paradise isle: Madeira

A volcanic island that juts majestically out of the ocean, the geographical tapestry of Madeira is amazing; sheer cliffs, ancient laurel forests, a jagged and rocky coastline and mountain tops cloaked in mist. Best of all, it's cheap and easy to reach. Ankita Mahabir checks out the scenic isle.

Lapland beyond the Northern Lights

Lapland and the Northern Lights is one of those lifetime trips on everyone's travel wishlist. And with 2013 announced as one of the best years in over a decade to see the lights, now is a fantastic time to go. But is there more to Lapland than this weather-dependent natural phenomenon? Coralie Modschiedler finds out.

Learning to dive in Tobago

With its coconut palms and white sand beaches, Tobago is the quintessential Caribbean island. In its cerulean waters are some of the world’s best diving sites replete with marine life. Ruth Styles is keen to take the plunge but faces one small problem: a fear of fish.

California: Kingdom of Giants

Staggeringly beautiful and literally scraping the skies, California's ancient redwoods are amongst the tallest on the planet. Louise Hanzlik enjoys a unique perspective of these spectacular goliaths on a scenic drive along the Redwood Highway.

Volcano trekking in Panama

Climbing up a volcano and seeing two oceans at once when you reach the top is what adventure is all about. With little in the way of fitness but thirsty for adventure, Coralie Modschiedler attempts the climb of her life in Panama. Little did she know how challenging it would be…

Snowboarding for beginners: Cervinia

What could be so difficult about planting two feet on a skateboard without wheels and gliding effortlessly down a snowy piste? A lot, as it turns out. Jane Duru harnesses the power of positive thinking, with a beginner's snowboarding trip to Cervinia in the Italian Alps.

Undiscovered Mexico

Head off the beaten track on a road trip through Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula, and discover the true home of the Maya.

Designer’s delight: Shopping in Cape Town

Sun, sea, surf - Cape Town has them all in spades. But as the city holds its tenth year of fashion week, Jane Duru goes shopping in search of the burgeoning fashion scene that's turning the Cape into Africa's coolest sartorial capital.

Stylish beach resorts

Beach holidays aren’t all about lazing on the sand with a book and a mission to tan. Proximity to the sea also means great diving opportunities, fresh seafood and peaceful solitude. Whether you’re a night owl or a sporting enthusiast, here’s a range of beach resorts that offer more to satisfy your appetite than just a brief paddle in the surf.

Spotlight on Brazil

Brazil is training up for a busy couple of years. Football mania is set to take over the country during 2014’s World Cup, and then it will be time for Rio to shine in the 2016 Olympics. Get to know this booming country’s best cities before all the action starts.

A voyage through Guilin’s Yangshuo County

Guilin - located in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in the southeast of China - is renowned for its unique karst landscapes and bounteous opportunity for outdoor pursuits. Biju Sukumaran explores Guilin’s awe-inspiring Yangshuo County by cycle, raft and on foot in an unforgettable journey.

Dalmatian jewel

Twenty years after being ravaged by war, Dubrovnik has become one of the world’s most beautiful seafront cities drawing food-lovers, island-hoppers and cultural nomads, all keen to sample a taste of this Adriatic pearl.

A thrilling taste of Arabia

Oman’s moody, jagged mountains, vast untamed desert and rugged coastline inspire adventure. From shark diving to mountain biking, Jade Bremner enjoys some of the best thrills Zighy Bay has to offer.

Jump aboard the Orient-Express

Immortalized in an Agatha Christie novel, the Orient-Express proudly evokes travel from a bygone age. With lavish carriages and extravagant cuisine, the train attracts rail and history buffs and fans of fine dining. US visitor Tessa ten Cate jumps aboard for a day trip through the English countryside to find out whether the allure lives up to the hype.

Jibs and gybes: Learning to sail in Falmouth

The sailing event may be held in Weymouth and Portland during the London 2012 Olympic Games, but competitors had to undergo a gruelling qualification process that ended in the pretty Cornish town of Falmouth. We sent Jonny Payne to find his sea legs.

From spies to saunas: a weekend in Tampere

Fancy a city break in Finland? Then look beyond the bright lights of Helsinki's big city, and head up north to the lakes region. Here, amongst the surrounding splendour of the lagoons, bays, and creeks, you'll find quirky Tampere, a city which has managed to repurpose the old into the new, and regenerate a charm all of its own.

Gourmet Traveller: A taste of Wales

If you thought Welsh food just meant leeks, think again. A growing number of producers are focusing on locally sourced, organic fare ranging from cheese to breads and meat. William Dave Wilson whets his appetite on a culinary tour of Wales.

Luxury apartment stays

Going abroad and seeking home comforts combined with hotel chic? Book a stay in a luxury apartment, says Jane Duru, and enjoy a holiday in which you get to live like a well-heeled local, but with none of the cleaning up to do when you leave.

Unlocking the secrets of Basilicata, Italy

Love Italy but tired of tourist-packed cities and overcrowded beaches? Head south to the country's last undiscovered region: Basilicata. Never heard of it? That's why you should go, says Coralie Modschiedler. Away from the crowds, discover rock cities, cave hotels, the highest and fastest zip wire in the world, and Francis Ford Coppola's stunning new boutique hotel.

A rail journey into the heart of Mongolia

Gavin Haines waves goodbye to Russia, climbing on board the Trans-Mongolian Express for his latest rail adventures. Staying with nomads, he discovers stunning landscapes, freezing temperatures, and even Jeremy Clarkson....

A cultural odyssey through Marrakech

Marrakech is a shopper's paradise but the hassle of the souks can wear down even the most hardened fashionista. Swap the markets for the cultural gems that the city has to offer, says Jane Duru, and you'll be handsomely rewarded for your effort.

Summer adventures in Switzerland

Thought Switzerland was only about skiing and snowboarding? Think again - the mountains of Interlaken have plenty more to offer adrenaline junkies in the summer, says Jane Duru. Just don't forget to pack your courage...

Golfing hotspots

Love golf? Adore travel? Then combine the two and head for some of the hottest fairways to sporting heaven. If you’re looking for somewhere away from the well-travelled golfing areas, tee off in Tunisia, try Tallinn in Estonia, or perhaps revisit Europe’s recent equivalent of golfing gold rush territory, Turkey, says Kevin Nash.

A design weekend in Helsinki

Design has always been part of Helsinki’s DNA. Every inch of this city on the sea is filled with examples of cutting-edge architecture and trendy boutiques, but this year, Helsinki’s design credentials have been well and truly made official as it’s been appointed World Design Capital for 2012. That, and the fact it ranked second in The New York Times list of the top 45 places to visit, establishes the city as the design destination of choice. All year long, Helsinki will be celebrating its status with festivals and exhibitions to bring the capital alive - so now is the time to visit for a city weekend break with a difference.

Discovering the charms of America’s heartland

When travellers think 'America', they think of sunny California or the crisp charms of New York. Yet America's heartland – that chunk of country wedged right in the centre, brimming with prairies and farmland – attests to the untapped potential of 'real' America. From Omaha's indie music scene to Minnesota's 10,000 lakes, discover America's hidden heartland with our insider tips.

Solo travel for women: Insider’s guide and tips

Travelling solo might be daunting, especially for women, but it can also be one of the most exhilarating experiences of your life. We celebrate International Women's Day with an insider's guide to solo travel for women. Follow our tips and set off on an adventure of a lifetime…by yourself!

The Only Way Is Essex: An insider’s guide

Essex; home of birds, booze and boobs or so ITV docu-soap The Only Way Is Essex would have you believe. The series, which follows a cast of real life twenty-somethings, has prompted a spike in hotel bookings to the county. We dig deep to uncover what the real Essex has to offer.

Travel to Iran

Iran has been branded with the Axis of Evil label but is one of the friendliest countries in the world. Jini Reddy debunks the myths about this Middle Eastern pariah state.

Unforgettable Delhi

As Delhi prepares to host the Commonwealth Games in six months, we explore some of the city’s most colourful attractions from sari shopping to Bollywood dancing.

Spring beach breaks

If you can't wait until summer to get your sun and sand fix, here are some ideas to help you enjoy the beach without the crowds or the searing heat.

Adventure holidays

Blaze a trail along ancient Inca routes in Peru or raft the mighty Nile river in Uganda as we discover some of the world’s best adventure holidays.

Alternative Swiss ski holidays

When you've this many slopes it would be a shame to waste them. Catherine Quinn discovers why the Swiss have cornered the market on outlandish ways to travel downhill.

Bitesized guide: Cliché-free Valentine’s breaks

This Valentine's, escape the candlelit restaurant, soppy music and champagne glasses, and be inspired, with our five unusual and original ideas to celebrate Valentine's Day in the UK.

Skiing holidays for beginners

Know the difference between a mogul and a piste? Between a traverse and a schuss? Learn to ski with our guide to the world's top ski resorts for novices and you'll sound like an expert in no time.

Timbuktu: City of legend

Consider yourself to be an adventurous traveller? A visit to the remote, semi-mythical African city of Timbuktu proves that real travel is all about the journey as well as the destination, as Greg Cook discovers.

Bitesized guide: Cayman Islands

Arrive

The national airline is Cayman Airways, which flies direct from Miami, with connections from London and other European cities. British Airways flies direct from London.

Peru: Secrets of the Amazon

The lively jungle port of Iquitos, Peru, is the world's most inland seaport. Lying 90 minutes' flight from Lima over a limitless green ocean of dense, primeval rainforest, this frontier town is the jumping off point for expeditions into the vast Amazon basin.

Bitesized guide: Cape Town

Colourful, vibrant and cosmopolitan, Cape Town is the perfect destination for a winter city break. We pick out some of the highlights.

Cambodia: Beyond the temples of Angkor

As home to the truly incredible Angkor Wat, it is not really surprising that many tourists overlook the rest of Cambodia.