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Seven of London's most spectacular ice rinks

One of the best things about the approach of Christmas is that it heralds the return of London’s ice rinks. Located throughout the city, the selection varies from well-established rinks encased by royal palaces to more recent additions bordered by some of the city's most impressive landmarks. …

Britain’s best one-day walks

For such a small island, there’s a lot of Britain to explore. Yes, you could drive across it in a day – but then you could also spend several lifetimes walking its paths and absorbing the essence of each hill, dale and cove.<p>With well over 240,000km (150,000 miles) of off-road paths, more than …

Secret Mediterranean islands where you can escape the crowds

There are more than 200 islands in the Med, yet 90 per cent of tourists stay on just 10 per cent of them. We’ve rounded up six lesser-known isles worth seeking out if you’re looking for a little peace and quiet.<p><b>Pantelleria, Italy</b><p>Boat at sunset by Luca Volpi. CC BY-SA 2.0.<p>Closer to Tunisia than …

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Visit These Places in India While You're Still Young & Free

(Last Updated On: May 30, 2018)<p>Here is a fun bucket list of the best places to visit in India before you turn thirty. They are not just destinations …

Family activities for a rainy half term

<b>London</b><p>Nobody, whatever they think of contemporary art, could walk into the Turbine Hall at <b>Tate Modern</b> (020 7887 8888, www.tate.org.uk) on Bankside, and fail to be impressed by its sheer scale. The world’s most popular modern art gallery is building an extension to accommodate its huge numbers of …

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Scotland’s wild isles: a nature-packed tour of the Southern Hebrides

You only need watch the fictional Hogwarts train chug over the real Glenfinnan Viaduct or stare at an airbrushed shortbread tin to get a sense of the astonishing beauty of Scotland’s Highlands and islands. Get up close to the real thing, and you’ll find that the grand landscapes, appealing …

30 Books You Should Read Before You're 30

The best books aren't static stories, but living entities with meanings that change and grow along with you. That's why we strongly recommend rereading the classics that were assigned to you in high school; you may find that they're nothing like they were before.<p>Still, some books are best …

Scotland: the world's adventure capital?

The new edition of Lonely Planet’s 1000 Ultimate Adventures, which is published this month, mentions the country on more than a dozen occasions.<p>Authors of the book have compiled 100 top 10 lists suggesting the best trips for adrenaline-lovers around the world.<p>Scotland is mentioned for its great …

The 10 best treks in the world

These 10 classic treks are for serious walkers. All of them require a sturdy pair of lungs, fit legs and a good amount of preparation. However, if you choose to go on any of these trails then you will be rewarded with experiences that last a lifetime. In no particular order:<p>1. GR20, France<p><i>Image by</i> …

My Oxford: our expert's favourite places

Oxford is one of the most beguiling medieval towns in England; small enough to explore on foot or by bike yet with the buzz and cultural offerings of a big city. It’s a place of dim alleyways, cobbled courtyards, golden-stone colleges, rivers and ancient meadows. Each season has its allure: mellow …

Clubland UK: the state of the nation Vice correspondent Clive Martin has spent the last year at the clubbing coalface. Here, he reflects on rave culture – and its many contemporary forms http://www.theguardian.com/music/2013/sep/13/nightclubs-clive-martin-vice-dance-music

A road trip through Scotland's intoxicating Isle of Skye

Like the finest single malt whisky, the Isle of Skye is an intoxicating distillation of all that is great about Scotland’s Highlands and islands. Its dramatic landscape embraces everything from bleak, wind-scoured mountains to sheer sea cliffs and edge-of-the-world, seashell-strewn beaches. Throw …

Ten hidden gems of Europe

There’s no place like Paris, Barcelona or Rome - but Europe has untouched corners that match the big hitters on beauty and charm, and with far fewer tourists. Take the road less travelled with these ten hidden gems of Europe.<p>1. Burg Satzvey, Germany<p>Whisper it: this fairytale castle is a short ride …

Best Brunch In London

<i>StyleNest roundup the best brunch in London to add a touch of indulgence to your weekend and ensure you get the correct start to your day.</i> <i></i><p>It’s the …

Explore every day

Make every day an adventure in 2018<p>Win either a Maldives dhoni cruise, wild hiking trip in New Zealand or an encounter with Ugandan mountain gorillas.<p>ENTER NOW<p>The Best Moment of Your Life<p>What’s the best moment of someone’s life? For travel lovers, chances are it’ll be an experience from the road, …

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Descending: filming the world's best dive sites

To mark the launch of Descending, a new television series on diving, we round up the best sites for seeing everything from great whites to seahorses.<p>Descending is a new diving documentary series that follows friends Scott Wilson, Ellis Emmett and cinematographer Andre Dupuis as they set out to dive …

The UK's best national park campsites

Cairngorms: The Lazy Duck, Nethy Bridge<p>Half a mile up a forest track, with hammocks strung between trees and red squirrels darting around the wildflower garden, the Lazy Duck is as close to a Scottish camping idyll as you're likely to get. Only four tents can occupy this Elysian glade, which means …

Top 10 hotels and B&Bs in Britain's national parks: readers' tips

WINNING TIP: <b>Pen-y-Gwryd Hotel, Caernarfon</b><p>This is my all-time favourite place to stay in the UK. Set in a beautiful mountain pass in Snowdonia, this is a walkers' and mountaineers' hotel, with memorabilia from the 1953 Everest team, who trained there. The rooms are clean and traditional. The …

Beautiful Games: wilderness skiing

Shot on some of the most remote slopes in the world, including those of Antarctica, these images by American photographer and adventurer Jim Harris are rather spectacular. The combination of pristine snow, beautiful vistas and daredevil skiing is enough to make us envious of his career. His pics …

Top 10 UK coastal walks

Knoll Beach, Studland, to Lulworth Cove, Dorset<p><b>Distance</b> 23½ miles/38km<b><br>Time</b> 11 hours/1-2 days<br>The Dorset coast offers extremes: from safe, sandy beaches to plunging cliff paths. The Dorset and East Devon Coast was England's first natural world heritage site, and it is said that in 95 miles you can …

Gap year case study: a sponsored career break

As I paddled down the Slocum River in Southern Massachusetts with the grandson of President Franklin Roosevelt, I thought, “there must be worse ways to spend a Tuesday morning”.<p>What had brought me here? I’d applied for and been selected to receive an award of money and flights to travel around …

Ten top forests for cycling

<b>Cardinham Woods</b> in Cornwall only opened its new mountain-biking trails – including the fearsomely named Bodmin Beast and Hell's Teeth – this year, but it's already becoming a favoured spot among informed and experienced mountain bikers.<p><b>Leigh Woods</b> <b>and Ashton Court</b> in Bristol are perfect for a fast …

The world's great diving adventures

It’s always hard to pick a list of favourite dive sites. Some are good because they are beautiful or dramatic; some are intriguing because they are hard to visit or special because they offer a good chance of seeing a rare and charismatic species. Sometimes it’s personal, emotional associations …

Italy's top attractions: taking the 'trap' out of tourist trap

Across the globe, lucky souls are packing for Italy to explore the famed marvels of ancient Rome, find romance along Venice's teal-blue canals – and well-meaning friends are still trying to talk them out of it. 'You're going where? When? But it's a tourist trap!' they gasp.<p>This popular wisdom may …

Tiny countries that pack a big punch

Size isn't everything. Here are ten of the smallest countries in the world. Some of them are rarely visited, except by travellers collecting visa stamps. Most are islands, often far flung. Their wealth varies, from nearly the highest per capita GDP to nearly the lowest, but all still manage to …

National Park focus: Loch Lomond and the Trossachs

<b>Where</b><p>North-west of Glasgow (50 per cent of Scotland's population lives within an hour's drive).<p><b>Landscape</b><p>From rolling lowland landscapes in the south to the mountainous north, with many lochs, rivers, forests and woodlands.<p><b>When was it formed?</b><p>July 24, 2002<p><b>Size</b><p>720 square miles<p>View Larger Map<p>Insider …

UK beach hopping: three great coastal tours

North Cornwall<p>Northern Cornwall is home to dozens of beaches with lots to recommend them – not just their famous surf. You could discover plenty more …

Searching for the perfect beach – in Pembrokeshire

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky, and all I need is a neoprene wetsuit, an inflatable kayak, a telescopic fishing rod, …

Diving holidays: readers' tips, recommendations and travel advice

<b>This week's winning tip</b><p><b>Getting adventurous in Aruba</b><p>If you’re an adventurous, independent, or just restless snorkeller, then you will love Aruba in the Caribbean. It’s the perfect do-it-yourself snorkelling destination. Pack your own gear, rent a car and drive straight to the western coast of the …