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

Balandra beach on the Sea Of Cortez north of La Paz Baja Sur Mexico with its clear waters and famous mushroom rock. baja california, Mexico. story by John Gimlette, the Telegraph. CREDIT ALAMY

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

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

cr: James Brickwood
Benjamin Law, columnist photo for Good Weekend

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

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

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

Downtown LA

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.

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.

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?


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


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


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

Travel: Canberra

Ever wanted to sleep in a zoo?


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


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

Travel: Caribbean

Between the border of the Dominican Republic and Haiti


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

Top ten beaches


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


CHRISTINA PFEIFFER The island nation enchants visitors with its remarkably rich cultural heritage.

Travel: Japan

Tokyo, the world's best small bar scene


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


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

Travel: Europe

Northern noel


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


FIONA CARRUTHERS With its outrageous opulence, Dubai is a modern Arabian Nights fantasy.

Family holidays

Last-minute family summer holiday ideas


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


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


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

Airline unveils 'family booths' design for new planes

Thomson Airways

Jolyon Attwooll Thomson Airways unveils series of innovative cabin concepts for the new Boeing 737 Max plane.

Travel: Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City, a city for coffee lovers


Nicola Graydon Vietnam's traditional 'ca phe sua da' - literally, "coffee, milk, ice" - is more than just a delicous drink, finds Nicola Graydon.

Are you ever too old to go backpacking?

Back view of a group of backpackers in the street.

Dom Knight Dom Knight's days of shared bathrooms and bedrooms are behind him.

Travel: New York

How to go perfume shopping in New York


Catherine du Peloux Menage Whether it's niche indie scents or underground perfumista events, New York is the home to today's perfume culture.

Luxury hotels

A guide to the world's most expensive hotel suites


Brian Johnston Just what exactly does a $72,000 a night for a hotel room offer?

Secret spots

20 unique travel destinations you need to know about


Didn't pay attention in geography class? No matter. A bunch of travel writers are here to point you off the beaten path.

Secret island

Now you can holiday at a 15th-century Montenegrin village


LEISA TYLER Leisa Tyler visits a Montenegrin village that has been transformed into a resort.

Hidden beaches

The best tourist-free beaches in Italy


Krisanne Fordham Beyond Italy's famous shorelines, there are spectacular hidden beaches that you can have all to yourself.

The top end

Darwin will surprise and delight you, if you just give it the chance

Lone Tall Mangrove

Catherine Best Vibrant, funky and brimming with cosmopolitan cred, Darwin has turned its laid-back lifestyle into an art-form, says Catherine Best.

Travel: Hong Kong

20 reasons to visit Hong Kong


SALLY WEBB From vintage markets to traditional high tea to harbourside glamour, Hong Kong is an aesthete's paradise.

India's Little Tibet

Where India touches heaven

Beautiful landscape in Norther part of India

MICHAEL GEBICKI Everything about "India's little Tibet" evokes memories of the exotic Land of Eternal Snow.

Travel: Italy

Experience the romance of old Sicily


Caroline Baum The elegant home of an Italian author, located in Palermo's charming baroque quarter, has just had its doors opened to guests... and it's spectacular.

Travel: Thailand

Bangkok, for the literary-minded


Catherine Marshall You need to visit the legendary Mandarin Oriental Hotel. It's like a Wes Anderson wonderland for aspiring writers.

Travel: Bali

A place for women to ride waves in Bali


NINA KARNIKOWSKI A surf and yoga retreat for women in Bali is the perfect place to face your wipeout worries, says Nina Karnikowski.

Secret Fiji

The lesser-visited islands of Fiji


CAROLINE GLADSTONE Caroline Gladstone encounters life in the lesser-visited islands of Fiji.

Travel: Thailand

How to relax in Phuket


DAISY DUMAS Relax? In this tourist hotspot? Yes, we didn't believe it either, but it's possible.

Travel: Colombia

How to see Colombia on any budget


Sheriden Rhodes Go for the coffee, stay for Bogota's bustling city life and tasty empanadas (mmm, empanadas).

Eastern Europe

Discover the ancient lands of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia


Isobel King Wanna see moccasins dating back to 3500BC? Then the Caucasus is calling.


10 underrated US cities you should visit


DAVID WHITLEY There's more to an American holiday than New York and LA.


Travel trends

Dream hotels around the world


LANCE RICHARDSON In the 21st century, 'hospitality' is taking on new colours, writes Lance Richardson.

Hola San Antonio!

Tex meets Mex in the Lone Star State's most appealing city

san antonio

UTE JUNKER "Neon-coloured fairy lights, draped over every wall, are migrating to the ceiling, while glittering star-shaped piñatas hang in flocks overhead."

Travel South America

The 20 best things to do in South America

South America

BELLINDA KONTOMINAS From surreal sunsets to ancient ruins, Brazil's neighbours enthral Bellinda Kontominas.

Magical Budapest

Why Budapest should be on your to-visit list


Tatyana Leonov This enchanting city is going through a modern-day revival, enticing visitors with its casually elegant vibe.

GoT-themed travel

Indulge your Game of Thrones obsession with a trip to beautiful Ireland

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland, County Antrim, Ballintoy harbor and coast

Thousands of tourists are crossing the globe to visit a land where giants, dragons and vengeful queens roam.

Magic in Mauritius

Life is good in this prosperous piece of paradise


Pat Ingram White sand beaches, turquoise water, swaying palms … this Indian Ocean island has it all.

Breathtaking travel

30 breathtaking travel locations: The most pinned places on earth


Brace yourself for some serious wanderlust.