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9 Most Breathtaking Europe Train Journeys

It’s a heady experience to take on a Europe train journey – you travel through spectacular landscapes and glorious architecture in luxury and style. …

Trains

Mountain highs: trekking without borders in the Balkans

Welcome to the Accursed Mountains. This is where the fun really starts Ardit, Albanian guide<p>It’s an Arcadia of limestone, with colossal blades of silver rock jagging above its meadows<p>The views from Kosovo’s highest peak are incredible. Or so I’m told. It’s a tricky thing to confirm in blanket murk …

Trekking

The five places on Earth every cyclist needs to visit – by the man riding around the world

Mark Beaumont is poised to break the record for cycling around the world in 80 days, surpassing the existing holder by a month and a half.<p>He is currently on day 68 making his way across Canada and looks set to cross the Atlantic and cycle up through Portugal and Spain to finish in Paris in less …

Why Havana and Lisbon are among the top trending destinations for fall

As summer ends and temperatures begin to drop, travellers can at least start planning a trip to the hottest cities – though maybe not the warmest – as Kayak releases its top trending destinations for the season.<p>Havana has come out on top for year-over-year searches, as the Cuban capital continues …

22 things you didn't know about Slovakia, a beautiful country with a terrible slogan

England play host to Slovakia at Wembley tonight. So why not learn a little something about the visitors?<p>1. It’s the world’s (joint) eighth newest country<p>Slovakia and the Czech Republic have been two separate nations since January 1, 1993, after the Velvet Revolution was followed by the Velvet …

Messing about in boats on Germany's lakes – and barely a tourist in sight

The train south from the Baltic port of Stralsund first crosses rolling farmland, where the wheat is being harvested. In patches of grass I spot tall cranes busy hunting for frogs, fattening themselves up ready for migration. Summer is nearly over, the weather unpredictable – not perhaps the best …

Portugal’s top 10 hidden beaches

Beach map<p><b>NEAR PORTO</b><p>1. Praia Forte do Paço<b>,</b> Viana do Castelo<p>In Portugal’s north-western district of Viana do Castelo, an hour north of Porto, wooded hills give way to a coastline of coves, dunes and secret beaches, of which Praia Forte do Paço is the best. The 800-metre stretch of sand gets its name …

Top 10

9 extraordinary journeys that take you to Vietnam's hidden corners

With incredible landscapes, delicious food and a timeless culture, Vietnam is one of South-East Asia’s most exciting destinations. From cycling to …

Secret beaches around the world: readers’ tips

Winning tip: <b>Es Coll Baix, Alcudia, Mallorca</b><p>The 6km-long main beach in Alcudia is one of the best and busiest in Spain. Yet at the end of the headland, several kilometres away is one of the best and loneliest in Spain, Es Coll Baix. It’s a big expanse of Robinson Crusoe-style beach below cliffs of …

Readers’ Tips on London

London's suffered some hard times this summer, but you can't keep a great city down. Here, Wanderlust.co.uk readers celebrate the city's best walks, …

10 of the best lakeside towns and villages in Europe

Ohrid, Macedonia<p>Straddling the border between Albania and Macedonia, Ohrid sits on the lake of the same name, one of the deepest in Europe. The Church of Saint Jovan Kaneo teeters on a cliff above a harbour full of brightly coloured fishing boat, and there’s a scattering of small beaches. A few …

European Travel

Unspoilt Cambodia: An introduction to the country's lesser-known sights

Storm clouds were gathering over Angkor Wat. The temple looked eerily majestic, its five great towers spectacularly offset by a leaden sky. With palm trees swaying ominously around its base it seemed more brooding presence than building. Standing by the main entrance, I gazed spellbound as the …

Great canoe and kayak trips around the world: readers’ travel tips

Winning tip: Ometepe volcanoes, Nicaragua<p>Ometepe island, in Lake Nicaragua, must be one of the few places in the world where you can kayak between two volcanoes. After a fairly strenuous paddle across the lake (or a tow by motor boat if you’re feeling less energetic), you enter the calm estuary of …

10 Best Places Around the World to see Gorgeous Fall Colours

With summer coming to a close, it’s time to greet the autumn sun! From lush greens, nature transforms itself into a natural canvas of painted reds, …

14 of the world’s greatest National Parks, from Sagarmatha to Galapagos

1: Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal<p>Debra Corbeil (The Planet D)<p><i>Mount Everest Base Camp Trek (The Planet D)</i><p>You may not recognize the name Sagarmatha, …

National Parks

Britain's 50 greatest days out (perfect for the bank holiday)

The Midlands<p><b>1. Alton Towers, Staffordshire</b><p>Among the stomach-churning highlights are Nemesis, Air and Oblivion (a vertical drop of more than 180ft). This year saw the launch of the first “virtual reality” rollercoaster, “Galactica”, where riders use headsets to experience a space adventure.<p><b>Price:</b> on …

Eight incredible rail journeys through Canada

How about this for a dilemma… you’re crossing the Atlantic to spend time in a country of epic, pristine beauty and want to take a train journey through the stupendously scenic Rocky Mountains. Problem is there are two options – the Rocky Mountaineer and The Canadian – both very tempting.<p>To help you …

45 fun things to do in London this August

While you’re waiting for Carnival to come around, get yourself to some of the other parties, openings and festivals taking place this August. There …

England

The Spanish cities you'd never thought to visit (but really should)

Salamanca<p>Toledo<p>Córdoba

What to do in Cornwall in the rain

You know the school holidays have begun when it starts to rain in Cornwall. Kernow in the sun is close to perfection; in bad weather it’s best to …

32 of the world’s most incredible journeys - by bike, car, train, boat...

<i>Wanderlust.co.uk readers pick the most memorable journeys from their travels…</i><p>Rowsie: Perth, Australia to Ningaloo Reef in a 4x4 jeep. Cooking outside …

Britain's 31 World Heritage Sites – how many have you visited?

1. The Lake District<p>2. Gorham's Cave Complex<p>3. The Forth Bridge<p>4. Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal<p>5. Cornwall and West Devon mining landscape<p>8. Saltaire<p>9. Derwent Valley Mills<p>11. Dorset and East Devon coast<p>14. Heart of Neolithic Orkney<p>16. Maritime Greenwich<p>16. Gough and Inaccessible Islands<p>17. Old …

Cycling and cava in Catalonia – a bike trip with bubbles

Great scenery, ancient lanes and sparkling wine combine on a tour south-west of Barcelona, on which it’s not only the hill climbs that make this cyclist feel dizzy<p>Metres ahead, up on the ridge, the air seems to be wobbling in the midday Catalonian sun. It is only when I reach the peak of the …

Sparkling Wine

Alberta, Canada, Is Your Unexpected New Summer Destination

Canada has a lot to celebrate as of late—besides ringing in its 150th birthday this year, Alberta, one of its 10 provinces, is currently celebrating Stampede, a Summer rodeo festival held in Calgary, one of Alberta’s largest cities. The festival, which first launched in 1912 to honor soldiers …

10 Places That Deserve More Travelers

Travel<p>Willing to take a bit of risk and go the extra mile? Then turn your attention here.<p>With tragedy and violence dominating the news, the world may seem like a more dangerous place than ever. But media narratives can be deceiving.<p>In many ways, the world is a safer place than ever to explore …

Silk Road

The Incredible Italian Island You've Never Heard Of

Travel<p>Plan a visit to Ischia, but don't let the secret out.<p>There are places you go to get away from it all. And then there’s Sant’Angelo.<p>To get to this Italian village, you take an hour-long ferry from Naples to the volcanic island of Ischia, nestled a few waves’ breadth from Capri in the heart of …

Angela Merkel

The best secret beaches, pubs and places to stay in the UK

United Kingdom holidays,Food and drink,Beach holidays,Walking holidays,Hotels,Bed and breakfasts,Travel,Pubs,Food & drink,Life and style<p>For those who like to keep things low-key, our writers recommend lovely, quiet coastal spots, cosy pubs and boltholes with superb views

Scotland

The world's greatest road trips - according to you

This week's winning letter<p>Explore Namibia with just the wildlife for company<p>For British motorists, driving in Namibia in January is good for the soul. At the airport you hire a rugged four-wheel drive and away you go.<p>Windhoek has its share of darting minibuses and jaywalkers, but outside the …

How to Visit Tanzania and Avoid the Crowds

Step one? Don't be afraid of the rainy season.<p>The acacia-filled savannas of Tanzania are among the most biodiverse spots on earth, and you are almost guaranteed to see the Big Five. But you’ll also face skepticism from travel vets, as this classic has become the go-to place for first- and …

The London walk with the greatest views

Nicola Perry's new book, <b>33 Walks in London that you Shouldn't Miss</b>, highlights some of the best ways to explore the city on foot. Here's one of her favourites, taking in some of the capital's finest vistas.<p><b>Best time:</b> Spring or autumn<p><b>Distance:</b> Approximately 6 kilometres<p>No place in North London tops …