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Great places to stay on the world's loveliest islands

Don’t waste precious travel time dragging your flip-flopped feet to the beach. We’ve rounded up ten places to stay on some of the world’s most beautiful islands – and they’re all a stone’s throw from the beach. Best of all, you don’t need to sell your granny to enjoy an island getaway, we’ve picked …

Beaches

Comoros Islands: tropical charm off the beaten path

Here’s a challenge for you: could you place the Comoros Islands on a map?<p>Named after the Arabic word for ‘moon’, <i>Qamar</i>, this poetically named but little-known archipelago is located between Madagascar and Mozambique.<p>It was an important trading post for Arab, Persian, African and European traders …

East Africa

Europe's eight best night trains

The midnight thump and clunk of railway carriages being uncoupled and shunted in a station somewhere in central Europe is not in itself romantic. But add in that this is the night train between Paris and Venice, and that you’re tucked up in bed six feet off the floor, and everything’s somehow more …

Walking through the parks in Paris

Thanks again for the great PhotoWalk in Paris!<p>I FINALLY got around to editing this photo below. It was so fun to meet everyone there – we’ll have to …

Volcano Wine in the Azores

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>Soon after arriving in the <b>Azores</b> in the 1430s and digging into the rich volcanic soil, Portuguese settlers planted Verdelho wine grapes.<p>Six centuries on, travelers are increasingly exploring the vineyards of the Azores, especially <b>Pico Island</b> (the archipelago’s second …

Sign Language 3: this year's best odd signs spotted by readers

The Monuments of the Earth

Benedict Cumbarbatch-athon<p>So, ever since I started recently watching the BBC Sherlock, I’ve become a huge fan of Benedict Cumberbatch. Either you …

How To Combine A Full-Time Job With Long-Term Travel

Nowadays, we are all bombarded by various inspiring travel quotes:<p>Quick Navigation<p><b>“Quit you job and travel the World”</b><p><b>“Buy one-way ticket and never</b> …

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The Waterfalls of the Lost World

A backdrop from Lost<p>You might recognize this scene below if you were a fan of Lost! I miss that show — I liked it quite a bit. Now I’m into Fringe, …

Fire and ice: adventures in Iceland

You could be forgiven for mistaking Iceland's scenery for a sci-fi movie set. Boiling water blasts out of geysers, and cracks in the earth belch steam. Arid plains and mustard-coloured rocks stretch endlessly into the distance. Volcanoes lurk menacingly under a covering of snow.<p>Iceland is …

Heathrow is Now the Most Family Friendly European Airport . . . After Being the Least

Rethink your travel plans families: if you’re adventuring with children, the best airport you can travel to, from and through in Europe is London …

National Geographic’s 125th Anniversary

I love National Geographic.<p>It’s not a secret. Like most of us, I was obsessed as child. I read (or flipped through), every single issue of <i>National Geographi</i>c and <i>World</i> magazines. I grew up watching <i>National Geographic Explorer</i> on television, reading National Geographic books, and competing in the …

How to choose between Thailand’s classic gulf islands

With hundreds of dreamy tropical islands scattered along Thailand’s extensive coastline, choosing your ideal island escape can be overwhelming. Each one of those specks in the ocean is a tantalising composition of turquoise water, lush jungles and divine beaches – so how's a traveller to …

Ten things you need to know before visiting Transylvania

Transylvania is best known as the mysterious land of bloodthirsty vampires and howling wolves. Some may think it’s fictional, but this central Romanian region <i>is</i> a real place. And it’s pretty special, too. Bordered to the east by the Carpathian Mountains, ‘the land beyond the forest’ still feels …

Ten of the world's best city hikes

Stretch your legs over hours or days, without leaving some of the world’s biggest cities. This article is adapted from Lonely Planet's <i>1000 Ultimate Adventures.</i><p>Tijuca Forest, Rio de Janeiro<p>Aerial shot of Rio de Janeiro surrounded by the Tijuca Forest. Image by Paddy Eckersley / Digital Vision / …

Win a £50,000 superyacht holiday

From 100ft sailing sloops to 330ft superyachts, Edmiston sells, charters and manages some of the most prestigious yachts in the world. Every yacht is different – some have swimming pools and Jacuzzis, others have their own Michelin-star chefs on board and even a 40-flavour ice-cream fridge. But …

Opening up the secrets of southeastern Sicily

Packed with Unesco World Heritage sites, sandy Mediterranean beaches, and hills striped with dry stone walls and dotted with carob, almond and olive trees, the southeastern corner of Sicily has a character all of its own.<p>Despite the presence of several glorious cities - Ragusa, Modica, Scicli and …

China: readers' tips

This week's winning tip<p><b>A time to dance</b><p>Been to Beijing twice. the first time in the mid-Eighties when it was just opening up. Travelled to the Wall in a creaky old bus bouncing across fields. Climbed up the “hard side”; On the second visit, went in an air-conditioned bus on a dual highway. Not half …

China

The world's best places to see autumn colours

The dog days of summer are over. But despite the chill in the air, there’s no need to be downhearted. Autumn is the most spectacular season, a last hurrah before the bitter winds of winter take hold.<p>Pull on your walking boots and head to one of these stunning destinations to witness glorious autumn …

Spring in Australia: what to do around the country

Spring at last! With Australia finally emerging from a particularly cold winter, Lonely Planet’s Asia Pacific editor, Shawn Low, gives you ideas on where to go and what to do with the warmer weather.<p>Racing in Melbourne, Victoria<p>Where else does a horse race justify a public holiday?<p>From 29 …

Great Continental Railway Journeys: Michael Portillo gets back on track

I'm on trains almost every day of my life, but until now they had never taken me to go flamenco dancing with a horse or Scottish country dancing in Sweden. I've just done both for a second series of <i>Great Continental Railway Journeys</i> for the BBC.<p>When we're deciding where to go on our railway …

Win a luxury holiday in Bali

Alila Hotels and Resorts is one of the most dynamic hotel groups in Asia. Its beautifully designed hotels in Bali include Alila Villas Uluwatu, on the southern tip of the island, and Alila Villas Soori, on the untouched west coast.<p>Both award-winning hotels overlook the ocean and are set amid …

Cappadocia from the ground and from the sky

From above, the curvaceous landscape of Cappadocia spools out to the horizon in rippling waves of rock tinged shades of blushing pink. Hot air ballooning may be big business in this geological wonderland, but don't make the mistake of thinking this is the only way to view it.<p>Ballooning companies …

Telegraph Travel Awards 2013

The Telegraph Travel Awards 2015-16 give you the chance to reward those operators, people and places that continue to surpass your expectations. These awards have long been the most trusted in the industry. Why? Because they are voted for entirely by Telegraph readers, who are among the most …

The nerd's guide to Hawaii's Big Island

There’s nothing wrong with the classic beach-and-umbrella-cocktail Hawaiian vacation. But nerds know that you can only read so much classic sci-fi on the balcony before your brain gets itchy for new input. Curiosity kicks in and you start to wonder…how are Hawaiian skies different? What’s the story …

Mauna Kea

Cool holiday cottages on the Essex coast - in pictures

Explore the Essex coastline and you'll discover beautiful cottages close to the beach, including the gingerbread-style sweetness of an Osea Island hideaway and a 300-year-old former farmworker's house on Mersea Island, called Monkey Beach Cottage

Stylish Stockholm: top tips from design blogger Emma Fexeus

Restaurant Lux, Lilla Essingen<p>The former Electrolux factory by Lake Mälaren (Sweden's third-biggest) is home to Restaurant Lux. Chef and owner Henrik Norström shows off his genius with a modern Swedish menu featuring only local products (and a biodynamic wine list). I go for the fish and always …

Five great mountain walks

Kokoda Track, Papua New Guinea<p>This 60-mile trail through the Owen Stanley mountain range was a battleground between Australian and Japanese forces in the second world war. It is now a rough track through tropical jungle and remote villages, from Owers Corner to Kokoda (or vice versa). The highest …