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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

It’s no easy stroll … but a spectacular new Balkan trail provides soaring peaks, lake views and memories of friendly locals – and real endeavour<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 and howling winds. I’ve just leaned …

Hiking

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 …

Top 10

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 lakes of northern Germany are an idyllic setting for a watery adventure, but prove a stern test of Kevin Rushby’s boatmanship. Next destination: Bamberg Week one | Week two| Week three<p>The train south from the Baltic port of Stralsund first crosses rolling farmland, where the wheat is being …

Sailing

Portugal’s top 10 hidden beaches

Catch some late summer sun on Portugal’s stunning coast. The author of the new Wild Guide to the country, picks 10 beaches for adventure and solitude<p>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 …

European Travel

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

Incredible landscapes, delicious food and a timeless culture, Vietnam is one of South-East Asia’s most exciting destinations. Here’s how to …

Vietnam

Secret beaches around the world: readers’ tips

Whether miles from civilisation or just round the corner from more famous seaside haunts, these less-visited beaches chosen by readers offer beauty and seclusion and – sometimes – warm seas<p>Winning tip: <b>Es Coll Baix, Alcudia, Mallorca</b><p>The 6km-long main beach in Alcudia is one of the best and busiest …

Snorkeling

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, …

England

10 of the best lakeside towns and villages in Europe

You don’t have to be by the sea to enjoy beaches and watersports. These lakeside resorts offer sunbathing, boating, hiking and great views<p>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 …

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

Sea kayaking off Mallaig is a very different experience to gliding down a river in tropical Nicaragua but our tipsters have encountered wonderful scenery on all these adventures<p>Winning tip: Ometepe volcanoes, Nicaragua<p>Ometepe island, in Lake Nicaragua, must be one of the few places in the world …

Henry Viii

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, …

Hiking

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

National Parks house and protect many of the world’s natural wonders, from the peaks of Torres del Paine to the dragons of Komodo. Travel bloggers …

Britain's 50 greatest days out (perfect for half term)

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 …

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

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...

From 4X4 journeys across the Australian Outback to bike trips in Rwanda, Wanderlust.co.uk readers pick their most memorable journeys from around the …

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

Barcelona

10 Places That Deserve More Travelers

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 today–with …

The Incredible Italian Island You've Never Heard Of

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 the …

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

For those who like to keep things low-key, our writers recommend lovely, quiet coastal spots, cosy pubs and boltholes with superb views<p><b>BEACHES</b><p><b>Killard Point</b><b>, Ballyhornan, County Down</b><p>Walk out through orchid-studded meadows to reach this remote headland with sandy bays and skylarks. Swim in crystal …

Ireland

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 …

National Parks

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 …