Go on tour

Europe's best summer festivals for music lovers

Bestival, Isle of Wight: Slap bang in the middle of the Isle of Wight, Rob da Bank's brainchild promises secret stages, ambient forests and non-stop dancing. Supporting local businesses and vegetarian food choices, the ever-impressive line-up has welcomed the likes of Outkast and Elton John to its small site.

Natalie Paris   Like to plan your holidays around live gigs? You'll wanna book your ticket to these upcoming festivals on the other side of the world.

Food markets

10 markets every foodie needs to visit

LA BOQUERIA, BARCELONA: Get here early enough and you may spot some of Barcelona's top chefs picking out their ingredients for dinner. Later in the day, tourists and householders throng through this lovely Modernista-style building. Grab a seat at one of the handful of eateries to try Catalan favourites from percebes (gooseneck barnacles) and cargols (snails) to bacalla salat, or dried salted cod. See boqueria.info

Ute Junker   From San Francisco to Tokyo, if you're after a tasty insight into a city, you can't beat a local food market.

The must-knows that make travelling solo simple

Load up your iPad or Kindle with guidebooks so you can use them on the road.

Setting off alone might be daunting but it's never as hard as you expect.

Walking tours

20 city streets that were made for strolling

The Strip, Las Vegas, has an excess of excess.

Brian Johnston   From Paris to Venice, Vegas to New York and beyond, these pristine promenades are best explored on foot.

Heron Island

Heron Island: Australia's isolated tropical retreat

The shipwreck in front of Heron Island.

Liam Phelan   This island is home to one of nature's greatest miracles.

Travel: Italy

Inside Europe's most decadent delicatessen

A chef works in the kitchen at Peck deli shop.

Guy Griffin   More than a deli, more than a grocer, Al Peck in Milan is a must-visit on every foodie's bucket list.

Travel: Brazil

The most spectacular view in South America

There are no cars on Honey Island, or Ilha do Mel.

Jamie Lafferty   A tedious train journey eventually leads to an unforgettable paradise, on the way to Brazil's aptly named Honey Island.

Travel: Bora Bora

Going beyond the beaches of Bora Bora

Sunset over a Bora Bora lagoon.

Ute Junker   Take a trip to this laidback Polynesian island, where a session of sunset yoga could virtually qualify you for athlete status.

Travel: Taiwan

Is this the world's next foodie travel hotspot?

Transforming Taiwanese local produce: RAW's seven-course menu changes every month.

Classic street eats, a new wave of affordable fine dining, and abundant natural produce - if you like good food, you'll wanna travel to this Asian isle.

The other side of paradise

A dance group performs ion Bora Bora.

Ute Junker   Is there more to Bora Bora than sun and sand?

Travel eats

What are the world's best cities to eat in right now?

Tourists dining along Galata Bridge at night in Istanbul.

Ute Junker   Picking your next holiday destination with your stomach? These top chefs fill us in on the world's hottest up-and-coming dining scenes.

Magical homestays

England's dreamy boutique homestays

Doyden Castle, which Britain's National Trust rents to holidaymakers.

Pauline Webber   If you're a history junkie, England's boutique homestays can put you on a track to the past, writes Pauline Webber.

Past perfect

Doyden Castle, which Britain's National Trust rents to holidaymakers.

Pauline Webber   If you're a history junkie, England's boutique homestays can put you on a track to the past, writes Pauline Webber.

Ride the rails

Why you should take the train around Europe

Training in Switzerland.

Brian Johnston   For convenience, reliability, cost and scenery - railway romance is unbeatable.

So hot right now

Five northern hemisphere cities to escape the cold

People enjoying the sunny warm spring weather after a long cold winter in Montreal. At the base of Mount Royal around the statue people normally congregate to listen to 'tam tam' music, local musicians playing mostly percussion instruments.

Zach Mack   Keen to get out of our chill? The time's right to head across the equator to these hot cities.

Eating in

It's okay to eat at hotel restaurants again

The queue for high tea at the Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong starts an hour beforehand.

David Dale   "Never eat in your hotel" has long been a go-to rule for travellers. But c'mon, it's not that bad, writes David Dale.

Short breaks

8 quick local getaways for the whole family

Three heritage cottages sit below the lighthouse at Seal Rocks.

Tracey Spicer   Looking to chuck some stuff in the back of the family sedan and dart away for some brief holiday time with the kids? Tracey Spicer has some suggestions.

Dream hotels

10 amazing hotel experiences you'll never forget

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Ute Junker   Ever slept in an ice cream parlour? Dined in a tree-pod? You need to see these dream hotels.

Picnic parks

10 best picnic spots in the world

Nothing beats spreading a blanket in a foreign city.

In the mood for a rug-ready rendezvous overseas? Head to these picture perfect parks.

Travel: Austria

Biking the boulevards of Vienna

Take in the view of the Ringstrasse and Palais Eppstein.

Kerry van der Jagt   The best way to see this classic European city is on two wheels and in tight underpants, says Kerry van der Jagt.

Travel: Sicily

Take a scooter road trip around Sicily

Isola Bella, Sicily.

Ben Groundwater   It's frightening and exhilarating, electrifying and petrifying. You want to hold your arms high in the air and shout, 'I'm king of the world!'

Travel: Switzerland

Take a trip to a real-life Sound Of Music

A hiking trail around Oeschinensee.

Diane Armstrong   With its yellow meadows, snow-capped mountains and tall church spires, the picturesque Swiss town of Kandersteg will have you yodelay-hee-hoo-ing.

Travel: Mexico

Mexico: Blue seas and Baja bravado

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A family holiday among weird rock formations, outlandish creatures and malevolent plants turns out to be a surreal voyage of discovery for John Gimlette.

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What does it mean to be 'well-travelled'?

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Benjamin Law   "Occasionally, some people are aghast over what they see as my travel blind spots," writes Benjamin Law.

Travel: Netherlands

Tiptoe through the tulips in Keukenhof

Keukenhof in the Netherlands is the world's largest floral display, featuring nearly eight million bulbs.

Brian Johnston   Springtime in the Netherlands colours your cheeks and adds a new jaunt to your step, writes Brian Johnston.

Travel: Turkey

Inside the mesmerising caves of Cappadocia

"I think it might be my favourite place on earth," writes Tatyana Leonova.

Tatyana Leonova   Looking for a destination that's unlike anything else? Head to this strange wonderland in Turkey.

A strange wonderland

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Tatyana Leonova   Sculpted by erosion and honeycombed by human hands, the moonscape of Cappadocia is a remarkable sight.

Travel: Canada

Fall for the other Niagara

Niagara vineyard.

Steve Meacham   Have an aversion to too many tourists? Pay a visit to Niagara-on-the-Lake, a picturesque town down the road from the falls.

Travel: Los Angeles

You need to go shopping at LA's wonderful Time Travel Mart

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Tim Richards   Robot toupees, Soviet soap and Victorian iPods are for sale at this wacky LA shop, that's actually a front for a not-for-profit helping kids' literacy.

Travel: New Zealand

A tale of two cities

Looking out over Oriental Parade to Wellington Harbour.

Pauline Webber   It's hard not to fall in love with a harbour city and New Zealand has two of the best, says Pauline Webber.

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Pauline Webber   It's hard not to fall in love with a harbour city and New Zealand has two of the best, says Pauline Webber.

Travel: London

Hitting the canals in London's new East End

Graffiti art on The Lord Napier pub in Hackney Wick.

Max Anderson   The former gangster hub is now a pop-up paradise for foodies, aesthetes and art-dorks.

Travel: Italy

Stay among the lemon groves of Sorrento

A grove of luscious lemons in Sorrento.

Rachel Olding   Forget Vesuvius and the Blue Grotto - there's an earthy new trend that's driving people to the Amalfi Coast.

Solo travel

Why don't more hotels consider women travellers?

Peninsula Hotel, New York is ahead of the game, boasting some clever female-friendly amenities.

Lee Tulloch   "What about a full-length mirror? A power point for the hairdryer somewhere I can see what I'm doing?", asks Lee Tulloch.

Travel: Mauritius

Why Mauritius is the ultimate place to unwind

Emerald green: Seas off Mauritius.

Brigid Delaney   Besides its beautiful streets lined with orange blossoms and jacarandas, this jewel of the Indian Ocean is a fascinating melting pot that moves at its own languid pace.

Travel: Los Angeles

Visiting the hippest market in Downtown LA

Wexler's Deli is one of the new eateries that have helped turn Los Angeles' dowdy and under-used Grand Central Market into a drawcard once more.

Stephanie Wood   "Two more sluts" is an order you'll hear loud and regularly at LA's mouthwatering Grand Central Market.

Best of Turkey

A food-lover's guide to Turkey

Gaziantep Ulu Cami, the Great Mosque.

David Dale   Affordable and delicious delicacies make Turkey a food-lover's paradise.

The grown-up gap year

Carmel England, Isle of Skye, Scotland.

Evelyn Lewin   Evelyn Lewin speaks to three women who donned their backpacks and came away transformed.

Magic on the Nile

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Pauline Webber   Step onto the paddle steamer that inspired Agatha Christie's famous novel: nothing will have prepared you for the real thing.

Travel: Cuba

Why you should visit Cuba before it changes forever

The charming architectural decay of Old Havana may soon be a thing of the past.

Catherine Marshall   The Caribbean island is finally throwing open its doors to the US – and here’s what it means for the rest of us.

Travel: Uruguay

Is this South America's next big thing?

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Kerry van der Jagt   Uruguay might be dwarfed by its bigger Latin neighbours, but it has spirit and culture to match, finds Kerry van der Jagt.

Travel: UK

Britain's new 'cool city' will surprise you

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Keith Austin   Vintage shops and street food stalls are popping up all over Birmingham, England's 'second city'.

Travel: Port Fairy

This tiny Victorian coastal spot has been called the world's most liveable town

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Sue Williams   Despite its glowing reputation overseas, Port Fairy remains hugely under-explored at home.

Love is in the air

Tahiti's Bora Bora.

Want to sweep that significant other off their feet? Michael Gebicki lists the destinations that will leave them breathless.

Leading lights

Byron Bay's Cape Byron lighthouse.

Michael Gebicki   Heading for the great outdoors but love your creature comforts? These great Australian destinations truly have it all.

Travel: Canberra

Ever wanted to sleep in a zoo?

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Andrea Black   If you're brave enough, you can take a bath on the wild side at the Jamala Wildlife Lodge at Canberra's National Zoo.

Travel: Portugal

Hiking through Portugal with a donkey

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Kate Armstrong   Don't pretend you've never thought about it.

Travel: Caribbean

Between the border of the Dominican Republic and Haiti

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Julia Alvarez   Julia Alvarez travels the fascinating boundary that separates her homeland from its neighbour.

Top ten beaches

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Michael Gebicki   It takes more than sun, sea and sand to make it into our list of the world's top beaches. By Michael Gebicki.

Travel: Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka, the world's most seductive island

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Christina Pfeiffer   The island nation enchants visitors with its remarkably rich cultural heritage.

Travel: Japan

Tokyo, the world's best small bar scene

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Ben Groundwater   When it comes to finding the coolest and cosiest places for a drink, nothing beats Tokyo.

Travel: Turkey

Why everyone you know's going to Turkey

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Denise Gadd   Grand bazaars, exotic spice markets, and Byzantine architecture - no wonder Turkey's the travel destination du jour.

Travel: Europe

Northern noel

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Michael Gebicki   With its cold climate and centuries-old traditions, Christmas in Europe could come straight out of a children's storybook.

Northern noel

A wintery scene in Strasbourg.

Michael Gebicki   With its cold climate and centuries-old traditions, Christmas in Europe could come straight out of a children's storybook.

Air travel

'Emotional support' pet pig kicked off US Airways flight

The pig was initially allowed on the flight as it was classes as an 'emotional support animal'.

Barney Henderson   An American woman has been forced to get off a plane after bringing a 70-pound pot-bellied pig on board for 'emotional support'.

Travel: Dubai

Dubai, the dazzling city

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Fiona Carruthers   With its outrageous opulence, Dubai is a modern Arabian Nights fantasy.

Family holidays

Last-minute family summer holiday ideas

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Tracey Spicer   Itching for a family getaway this summer but left it slightly late? No probs, Tracey Spicer has some ideas.

Travel: Malaysia

Penang, the secretly hip city

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Michael Gebicki   An inspiration to authors, artists and filmmakers, this tiny island city captures in miniature the colour and flavour of the whole Malaysian experience.

Travel: Canada

Four reasons to put Eastern Canada on your to-visit list

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Daniel Scott   Shaped by salty Atlantic winds and heaving ocean swells, Canada‚Äôs eastern provinces are a world apart.