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48 hours in Vilnius

The Lithuanian capital, Vilnius, is the country's largest and liveliest city. It's been a Lithuanian centre of power for centuries, going back to the days of the Lithuanian dukes, but successive waves of Polish, Russian and Jewish influence have lent a cosmopolitan flavour that other large …

European Travel

10 of the world's best learn-to-dive destinations

Dreaming of getting your dive ticket? With a combination of idyllic conditions and reputable dive outfits, we’ve narrowed down the top spots to get certified – from the Caribbean to the Maldives, and everywhere in between.<p>Gili Trawangan, Gili Islands, Indonesia<p><b>The diving:</b> Indonesia boasts an …

Scuba Diving

National Geographic Travel

Travel

Offbeat winter breaks in the UK

Singing in Seahouses<b>,</b> Northumberland<p>Every winter, Mercury-nominated sisters Rachel and Becky Unthanks host six weekends of singing, eating and walking on the Northumberland coast. It’s unadulterated cold-weather bliss, surrounded by the striking beauty of the Farne Islands, Bamburgh Castle and the …

London's quirkiest cafes: mapped

<b>Cereal Killer Café</b><p>Britain's first cafe completely dedicated to cereal on <b>London</b>’s Brick Lane is open from 7am - 8pm. Customers are able to choose from a menu of 100 cereals from around the world for either breakfast, lunch or dinner. Cereal aficionados are also able to customise their bowl with 12 …

The world's 11 scariest bridges

If you're not already afraid of crossing bridges, you will be after watching these videos!<p>1. Trift Suspension Bridge, Switzerland<p><b>Where:</b> Trift …

Costa Rica

The 10 best places to visit in England - and where to stay

Our experts offer a guide to 10 of the best places and cities to visit in England for family holidays and couples, and the best hotels to stay when there, in locations including Yorkshire, Cornwall, Lake District, Bath, Cotswolds, London, Devon, Norfolk, Suffolk and Brighton.<p><b>1. Yorkshire</b><p>Visitors …

Sierra Nevada Protest Halts Production Of SpaceX And Boeing Space Taxis

If Sierra Nevada can’t build its vehicle, no one else can.<p>The Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) isn’t going down without a fight – and it looks like they’re taking their competitors down with them. Both SpaceX and Boeing have been told to halt production of their NASA-funded space taxis until the …

Cancer tumours destroyed by berry found in Queensland rainforest

Drug derived from the fruit of the blushwood tree kills cancerous tumours long-term in animals in 70% of cases<p>Scientists have managed to destroy cancerous tumours by using an experimental drug derived from the seeds of a fruit found in north Queensland rainforests.<p>The drug, called EBC-46, was …

Top 10 budget restaurants, cafes and pubs in York

With the York Food Festival in full swing, Tony Naylor returns to the city to update his 2009 budget eats guide, and finds 10 more restaurants, cafes, pubs and takeaways away from the tourist traps<p>Coconut Lagoon<p>A lot of Coconut Lagoon’s meat and fish dishes top £10 (various vegetarian dishes and …

Musilac, France's waterside music festival

The headline act at this festival in the French Alps is the beautiful waterside setting. But now the music is pretty good too. Plus five more French music festivals this summer<p>Sitting in a sunny spot, beer in hand, with views of a vast lake and towering mountains, the thudding sounds of a distant …

24 of London's most incredible historic pubs

As the Great British Beer Festival continues in London, we reveal our pick of the best historic pubs in the heart of the capital.<p>There are few more quintessentially English experiences than supping a pint of ale in a centuries-old public house, where the walls could tell you stories. London is …

The stuff of travel writers' nightmares

Travel nightmares touch us all to some degree. Despite a natural tendency to feel like we've been selected for special punishment as the nightmare unfolds, it's just part and parcel of the uncertainty that we implicitly agree to when we plan a trip.<p>When a travel writer suffers in the line of duty, …

Trespassing

10 best free things to do in Paris

Paris is one of the world's most beautiful cities – and one of the most expensive. So, from the walkway over the city to galleries and fashion shows, we pick the city's best free activities<p>• Is there anything we've missed? Tell us your favourite free things to do in Paris in the comments below<p>Make …

Eyewitness: Amsterdam, the Netherlands

First published on Mon 24 Mar 2014 06.13 EDT