Jennifer Barker

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30 places in Europe you must see in your lifetime

The 16 Most Romantic Places to Stay in the World

Secluded beaches. Cozy cottages. These retreats offer a mix of ambiance and amenities that will surely up the romance factor on your next vacation.<p>Belmond Hotel Cipriani, Venice, Italy<p>George Clooney's hotel of choice for his wedding guests in 2014, it's far from the crowds of San Marco (yet only a …

Napa Valley

Where to go on holiday in 2016

Every new year brings a host of reasons to choose a destination. We pick new flights, new openings, anniversaries and special events for 2016’s hotlist<p><b>Australia’s reefs</b><p><b>To the Barrier … and beyond</b><br>With Sir David Attenborough espousing its delights in his latest BBC documentary series, the Great …


Holiday guide to lesser-known Thailand

They’re getting harder to find, but there are still corners of rural and coastal Thailand relatively untouched by tourism. We pick unspoilt islands and stunning national parks away from the crowds<p>Readers’ favourite Thai islands<p>Many come to Thailand with visions of empty, palm-lined, white beaches …

Asia Travel

Best places to travel in November 2015

Choose to travel in November and you’re in for a treat – this penultimate month is packed with quirky festivals, sporting events and wondrous wildlife-spotting opportunities.<p>Don your cowboy boots and indulge in a little gaucho culture in Argentina; stand in awe of nature’s marvels in autumnal Japan …


24 hours in Lausanne, Switzerland

One of Switzerland’s prettiest cities, Lausanne, located on the shores of glimmering Lake Geneva, can easily be covered in a day though it's better to take it slow and spend the night.<p>The steep hills and cobblestones may appear daunting (good walking shoes are handy) but all hotels provide guests …

European Travel

The world's best city skylines

Climate Change

The European cities you should take your child to before they're 18

City breaks are the perfect family bonding experience – they’re a great low-stress option for half-term - and Europe is full of child-friendly restaurants, hotels and activities. Here are our favourite cities for children of all ages.<p>1. London<p>With playgrounds and glorious parks in every …

Hanoi in three days: holiday itinerary

Hanoi is noisy, busy and motorbike-clogged but it’s still a joy to experience the serene views, street-food scene and culture – and to explore even more on one of the city’s numerous walking tours<p>• Top 10 boutique budget hotels in Hanoi • More from our holiday itineraries series<p>DAY ONE: THE OLD …


The world's greatest walking trails

Life in fabulous first class

Air Travel

A Spanish road trip - by Vespa

“What do Charlton Heston, Marlon Brando and John Wayne have in common?” asks Lee. “They all owned Vespas. Some people laugh at them for not being as macho as other motorbikes, but this is seriously one of the coolest ways to travel. They’re so much fun … you’ll see.”<p>It is the first evening of our …

European Travel

A perfect weekend in Québec City

With its four centuries of French heritage and irresistible ‘walled city’ charm, Québec City is among North America’s most unique and appealing destinations. Divided into Upper and Lower Towns, its scenic historic core offers plenty of variety, yet remains compact enough to explore within 48 …


Adventures in Barcelona: a day trip escape for inspiring city views

One of my favourite things about visiting famous, beautiful cities is escaping from them for a different perspective.<p>I love Barcelona – who doesn’t? – the architecture, the bustle, the energy. But there’s a great place not far away to get a totally different vibe. Jump on a train from central …