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Best Summer Trips 2015

Make this a summer to remember by snowboarding in the Australian Alps, stargazing in a Sedona red rock canyon, or exploring a volcanic Global Geopark in South Korea. Whether you’re craving adventure or relaxation, our editors’ list of ten Best Summer Trips—plus one reader’s choice—offers a world of …

What America taught my children

Melanie Gow reflects on an epic journey across the USA with her young boys, and the lasting effect it had on how they view the world<p>It is no secret …

Holidays you thought you couldn't take with kids

Having children doesn't mean the next few years of travel are all about two-week package holidays, self-catering accommodation, and strategic locations near gaudy play centres.<p>Read on to find out why the Maldives isn't just for blissful couples and whether safaris and toddlers really can mix.<p>Safaris<p>…

Where to party in Jamaica after dark

From reggae to dancehall, few countries are so defined by their music as Jamaica. For its size, the country produces more music than any other place on earth, and its beats and bass lines have been drawing visitors looking for a good time for decades. So put on your dancing shoes, take a sip of rum …

Top 10 Island Cities

These unique, water-bound metropolises redefine urban living.<p><i>This list was first published in the National Geographic book</i> The World's Best Cities<i>.</i><p><b>Trogir, Croatia</b><br>Take an afternoon stroll with gelato in hand through the medieval maze of streets. Blessed with stunning nature and an easygoing pace of …

European Travel

The cool beyond the castle: Edinburgh's top local experiences

The glories of history – think the Royal Mile, Edinburgh Castle and Royal Yacht Britannia – are an undeniable part of Edinburgh's appeal. But Scotland's capital is something else too: cool. There's an array of excellent bars, boutiques, coffee shops, restaurants and contemporary galleries, and …

10 of 2015's Most Highly Anticipated Albums

With 2014 officially over, it is time to start looking forward at what we can expect from this coming year. There are plenty of big names planning on releasing albums we can all expect to be rather large, and a handful of newer stars that have a lot to prove with upcoming works. Here are ten albums …

Rap & Hip-Hop

The hot list: where to travel in 2015

Stuck for new travel ideas? We've got our eye on 10 different places – read on for our inside scoop on the best emerging destinations for …

A perfect day in Chiang Mai: exploring the 'rose of the north'

The laid-back city of Chiang Mai is an endearing mix of old and new: the moated, walled old quarter shelters ancient temples, while a traveller-friendly scene caters to everybody from culture vultures to the party set. Many visitors decide to call the city home for as long as possible during their …

Travel Awards 2014: the winners

Favourite UK city<p><b>Winner</b> Newcastle upon Tyne<b><br>Second</b> Bath<b><br>Third</b> Edinburgh<p>Overseas city<p><b>Winner</b> Venice<b><br>Second</b> Tokyo<b><br>Third</b> Singapore<p>European country<p><b>Winner</b> Iceland<b><br>Second</b> Malta<b><br>Third</b> Czech Republic<p>Long-haul country<p><b>Winner</b> Japan<b><br>Second</b> Botswana<b><br>Third</b> New Zealand<p>UK hotel<p><b>Winner</b> YHA<b><br>Second</b> Marriott<b><br>Third</b> …

Iceland through an Instagrammer's eyes

Our readers have voted Iceland their favourite European country – drawn by its epic vistas, otherworldly remoteness. It’s a landscape that Icelandic graphic designer Siggeir Magnús Hafsteinsson – aka sigvicious – never tires of sharing with his 24,000 Instagram followers<p><b>• Follow us on Instagram at</b> …

<b>Treehouse, Koh Rong</b><br>Cambodia’s second-largest island, Koh Rong, is under an hour from chaotic Sihanoukville by fast boat, yet it’s still so undeveloped that there’s neither mains water nor electricity. Prices are high for Cambodia – but you get to stay in a treehouse on a tropical beach. Rustic …

Travel Italy's Most Scenic Stretch of Coastline

The Amalfi Coast is a treasure trove of natural and cultural marvels.<p>The Amalfi Coast is the playground of the social elite and well-heeled, but don’t let that throw you. The Italians love kids and this area puts everyone at close quarters.<p>“My family has been here for generations,” says Antonio …

Italy

Tower of London: how to see the poppies

Time is running out to see Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, the installation of ceramic poppies at the Tower of London which commemorates the 100th anniversary of the First World War. Here's how to dodge the crowds and get the best view<p><b>Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red</b>, the installation of …

England

Family booths, child-free zones, and iPad-enabled cabin crew: Is there a flying revolution in the air?

Flying as a family may soon be an experience parents can almost look forward to – at least if the new vision of Thomson Airways is to be believed.<p>The company has revealed a five-year plan for its products and services, promising to “change the face of holiday flying” with several innovations.<p>Among …

Peru travel guide

Chris Moss, our expert, offers a guide to Peru, including what to do and where to stay.<p>The heartland of the great Inca empire and the centre of operations for the Spanish conquest is no longer sold as a low-budget, backpacker destination with just one significant activity – namely trekking to Machu …

10 cities you will love to leave behind

Narberth: a rare bit of Wales

One of my favourite – if rather wallet-emptying – short walks is down the high street of Narberth, Pembrokeshire. I start at Ultracomida, probably the best Spanish deli this side of the Bay of Biscay, and stock up on olives, anchovies and Welsh and Iberian cheeses. If I’m lunching, I go through to …

The future of travel: 11 unlikely destinations tipped for a tourism boom

The world's 20 oldest cities