Diana Watson

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The World's 30 Most Impressive Fortresses

Mighty military strongholds from ancient castles to modern innovations.<p>A fortress protects and gives military personnel a safe harbor from the enemy. But not all fortresses were created equal. And they certainly weren't all created the same. We look over time and distance to find the 30 most …

11 Addictive New Books to Keep You Warm This Winter

You're sure to find something on this list that will make you want to get snowed in.<p>When the snow falls (…and falls… and falls…) a good book seems not only like a solid idea, but a necessity. Whether you're up to your knees in the white stuff and bound inside, or just feeling like the drop in …

Beyond the Beach in Guadeloupe

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>“They’re calling, ‘Look at us, look at us dance,’” my guide shouts as she sways to the complex percussion rhythms and insistent call-and-response of the ten-man <i>gwo-ka</i> group that saturates this shabby sidewalk stretch in Pointe-à-Pitre, the principal city in <b>Guadeloupe</b>.<p>“This …

Latin America

24 of Europe's great walking routes

<b>Editor’s note:</b><i>These walking holiday recommendations were originally published in 2008 as part of the article “The world in 50 walks” in which the writer, Christopher Somerville, selected his favourite routes around the globe.</i><p><i>The details have been edited and checked for 2015, with tour operator and</i> …

Wake up early to see 5 planets align for the first time since 2005

Early morning risers will be treated to a celestial surprise for the next couple weeks, weather permitting.<p>Starting on Jan. 20, five bright planets — …

Two days in Ho Chi Minh City: a perfect Saigon itinerary

Ho Chi Minh City is the compelling commercial hub of modern Vietnam, with wide boulevards, grand colonial buildings, cultural sights, and a vibrant tangle of narrow laneways – all framed by a kinetic river of traffic. From noodle breakfasts to evening drinks, here’s how to make the most of two days …

Vietnam

11 hiking trails you've never heard of but should definitely try

<i>I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. — John Muir</i><p>When we first set out on our journey years ago, treks — especially of the long, multi-day variety — weren't a priority on our activity list. Sure we enjoyed hikes and …

Hiking

Tourism in 2015: the biggest winners and losers

International tourist arrivals rose by 4.4 per cent to 1.184bn last year, new figures have shown.<p>The United Nations World Travel Organisation released its latest Tourism Barometer on Monday, which revealed that - despite lingering instability in the Middle East and several attacks on holidaymakers …

Four American Airlines Trips to Book with Miles—Before Prices Go Up

In On Points, Brian Kelly, founder of The Points Guy, shares his strategies for getting the most out of your points and miles.<p>In the U.S., airlines …

Where to Find Pink Sand Beaches (and Black, and Green...)

You’re forgiven if your vacation destinations are heavily influenced by how beautiful they'll look in photos (and on social media). By far, the most photogenic are the world's vibrantly hued beaches—including pink, purple, even green. Colored due to special minerals spit out by nearby volcanoes …

I Spent A Year Exploring New Zealand To Bring Back These Photos And It Blew My Mind

My name is Johan Lolos, I’m a professional travel and adventure photographer, and I’m just back from New Zealand where I spent a whole year exploring …

The 50 greatest hotels in the world

The George V, Carlyle, Cipriani, Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, Sandy Lane... the fabulous properties that have not made our final cut reads like someone else's hot hotel list. But here at Telegraph Travel we maintain that absence makes the list grow stronger. Starting with a clean slate, our team of …

North Island

Yosemite a winter recreation wonderland after El Niño snowfall

When morning light illuminated Yosemite Valley this week, the upper tier of Yosemite Falls was a thin stream of silver, its edges cast in ice, and the first drop fell 1,400 feet to a jumble of boulders glazed in Arctic white.<p>Meanwhile, in the snowbound backcountry, wilderness ranger Laura Pilewski …

Trail of the Week: Linville Gorge Wilderness Loop, North Carolina

Photo: Max Willner<i>Our Trail of the Week feature is made possible through a partnership with Trail Run Project, a crowd-sourced collaboration by and</i> …

Hiking

100 Reasons the National Parks Remain America's Best Idea

Back in 1983, writer Wallace Stegner famously said "National parks are the best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they …

An insider's guide to visiting Durango, Colorado | Adventure Sports Network

The Arrastra Gulch to Silver Lake Trail in Durango. Photo: Courtesy of BoldBrew<p>“You can’t ask for a more dynamic or incredible place to live,” says …

Hiking

10 of the best adventure holidays in Europe

Walk, cycle, kayak or horse ride around some of the continent’s most stunning and remote corners<p>The Persians named Cappadocia “the land of beautiful horses” after its wild mountain ponies – and the striking landscape of deep canyons and strangely shaped rocks is perfect for an unusual horseback …

The Big Picture photography competition: the best of 2015

1 - Bangkok

The Thai capital became the first Asian city to top the MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index, edging out London, the previous No. 1, with 15.98 international visitors who generated an estimated US$14.4 billion. International visitor numbers rose a vigorous 9.8 percent in 2012. Bangkok's top …

Kuala Lumpur

50 Most Beautiful Cities in the World

We seek beauty in many forms: through art and architecture; from water views and mountain highs; in its people and its history. This list circles the globe, finding the most beautiful cities in the world from Italy to Iran. This gallery was originally published in 2016. It has been updated with new …

European Travel

Top 10 family adventure holidays in Europe

These family-friendly adventure holidays answer the call of the wild – but are perfectly doable for a wide range of ages<p>With dramatic mountains all around, this self-guided cycling holiday with Saddle Skedaddle starting in Fügen (closest airport Innsbruck, 40 minutes’ drive) is along quiet cycle …

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Long Beach, Vancouver Island

Long Beach is located in the Pacific Rim National Park on the Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. This gorgeous place in one of the finest …

Go Now: 5 Spectacular Fall Drives

(photo: Blue Ridge Parkway by NCBrian/Flickr Creative Commons)<p>America has so many breathtakingly scenic highways, it's no wonder that the family road trip is a national obsession. But summer isn't the only season to pack up the family and hit the pavement. With cooler weather comes the brilliance …

Hiking