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Field of destiny: Waterloo battlefield, Belgium

It’s been two centuries since the climactic Battle of Waterloo, when the army of the French emperor Napoleon faced off against a coalition of British, Dutch and German forces in countryside outside Brussels. The site of this pivotal event in European history still draws visitors, and there’s plenty …

Belgium

The purrrfect cuppa: Taipei's best cat cafes

Taiwan is famed for its delicate teas and the capital, Taipei, teems with excellent cafes. The past decade has seen a craze in cat cafes (or cat coffee as they’re known in Taiwan). A cafe qualifies if it has one or more cats strolling – or more likely dozing – on the premises.

We’ve padded the …

Taipei

Outlaws, warriors & poets: five great Viking experiences in Iceland

During the Viking Age, fortune-seeking Scandinavians traded and marauded across Britain, France, Germany, Russia and beyond. Some of the heartiest Vikings settled on raw, uninhabited Iceland, forging farmsteads and leading adventurous, bloody lives. Today you can retrace their steps through ancient …

Iceland

Meet a traveller: Guy Stevens, marine biologist

As resident marine biologist at the Four Seasons Resort in the Maldives, Dorset-born Guy Stevens spends his days mingling with marine life in one of the most beautiful locations on earth. A defining underwater encounter left Guy with a particular fascination for manta rays, which have taken centre …

Asia Travel

The best beaches of the Albanian Riviera

Albania’s rugged coastline, with traditional villages nestled in isolated bays and golden beaches lapped by turquoise waters, was a revelation when travellers first started discovering the country a decade ago. Since then Europe’s last untouched beaches have changed almost beyond recognition, but …

Riviera

The new Hermitage

Fresh from celebrating its 250th birthday in 2014, St Petersburg’s Hermitage has completed the bold conversion of its General Staff Building, the neoclassical masterpiece facing the Winter Palace across Palace Square. This daring and exciting move has freed up enormous space to house the …

Art

Daytime Belgrade for beginners

Belgrade is not your typical European sightseeing destination, and it often gets overlooked by travellers. Alternatively the bad boy and the beacon of the Balkans, this intriguing metropolis offers more than just grand architecture and signature dishes: its staggering history, coupled with …

Belgrade

Best Queensland island escapes for small budgets

With around 7000km of coastline, more than 150 islands and the Great Barrier Reef spanning it all, Queensland is Australia’s most dreamed-about tropical destination. The trouble is, it ain't cheap. The cost of living in Australia is high: overseas travellers hoping for a cheap trip Down Under may …

Travel (Australia)

Boston by boat: harbor cruises, islands and whale watching

With its newly revitalized waterfront, Boston has flung open its front doors to the glorious expanse of the Boston Harbor and the sparkling sea beyond. Stroll down to the waterfront and climb on board a boat to feel the ocean breeze, taste the salty air, and get a glimpse of the city’s spectacular …

U.S. Travel

Wimbledon: how to get tickets for tennis's greatest tournament

The world's greatest tennis tournament may be known for elite athletes, celebrity spectators and strawberries and cream, but for many Wimbledon is also about queuing, tents and takeaways. It's one of the few sporting events that holds premium tickets to be sold on the day of play, and a little …

Tennis

On the Cajun music trail in Louisiana

A fiddle scratches out a sweet wail in a sweatbox dance hall. The wheeze of a button accordion adds a waltzing rhythm. These are the beginning bars of Cajun music, the aural legacy of rural southern Louisiana. It's a soundtrack that can alternately move you to tears or intense dancing (and …

New Orleans

Parks and recreation: fun things to do in New York City's green spaces

When the sweat's dripping down the back of your neck and the sirens and concrete canyons get all too much, New York's parks offer up open skies and flat, green – ahhh, just gimme some – space. Central Park may be the lungs of the city, but when summer rolls around, festivals, gigs, games and …

New York

Best Indigenous tourism experiences in Australia's Top End

Australia’s Top End offers a unique opportunity to discover, explore and interact with Australian Indigenous culture. The Top End encompasses a massive sweep of the country from Cape York in Queensland, through to the Kimberley region of Western Australia. The area was settled by Australia's …

Travel (Australia)

Lights, camera, Australia: a state-by-state guide to the best movie and TV sets

With its rugged good looks and effortless quirks, Australia was always destined for the screen. The country's pristine beaches, scorching deserts and eclectic cities have set the scene for a string of soaps, TV series and films, from homegrown cult hits to Hollywood blockbusters.

New South Wales

It's …

Travel (Australia)

Greece with children: top experiences

Greece is one of the best countries in the world for travel with children. Rather than just catering to kids with entertainment parks and special menus, the Greeks will welcome them with true warmth and a natural sense of inclusion in all activities. Expect locals to make a friendly fuss over your …

Greece

Bali shopping guide: what to buy and where

Bali's shopping is legendary. Not only are visitors spoiled for choice by the variety of goods on offer, there's also a rich array of shopping venues and styles. From sorting through hand-painted batiks at a local market to purring over designer duds in air-conditioned malls, shopaholics are sure …

Bali

New Zealand's unmissable aquatic adventures

With the world’s tenth longest coastline and an interior riven with more than 180,000km of charted rivers, it’s no surprise that New Zealand’s cup is overflowing with watery adventures. Surfing, kayaking, rafting, diving, snorkelling, sailing, and even swimming with dolphins or seals, there’s …

Travel (New Zealand)

Following in royal footsteps: Romania’s ‘Prince Charles Walk’

Over a decade ago, Prince Charles developed a particular interest in Romania’s countryside. During various visits he added a strong voice of dissent to a proposed ‘Dracula Land’ amusement park and toured several villages, commending their dedication to heritage and traditional lifestyles. In 2003 …

Prince Charles

Romania’s top five World Heritage Sites

Romania’s tourism profile has been slow to rise since EU membership and discount airlines both arrived in 2007. But with the country’s incredibly diverse, rewarding and relatively affordable offerings, that’s gradually changing. Among the singular attractions currently drawing only modest crowds, …

Europe Travel

Driving Egnatia Odos, Greece’s modern ancient highway

One of the most fascinating drives across Greece is the 670km journey from the Turkish border crossing of Kipi in Thrace to Igoumenitsa on the Ionian Sea. Known as the ‘Egnatia Odos’, after the ancient Roman Via Egnatia which conveyed tradesmen, armies and regular travellers across part of its …

Greece

A guide to Budapest’s thermal baths

Budapest sits on a patchwork of almost 125 thermal springs, and ‘taking the waters’ has been a part of everyday life here since people walked in togas. No baths still operating date back to Roman times but some are a legacy of the Turkish occupation, others are Art Nouveau marvels and there are …

Guides

Top 10 traditional cheap eats in Istanbul's Bazaar District

Many of the merchants, artisans, porters and local shoppers who spend their days in Istanbul Old City’s world-famous bazaars are committed chowhounds. Having taste-tested their way through the district, they are the best possible guides when it comes to identifying the district’s freshest, fastest …

Istanbul

Beijing on a budget

China’s breakneck rise – in 2014 it became the country with the world’s biggest economy – means that it’s no longer quite the budget destination it used to be. Indeed, the latest comparisons for costs of living put Beijing in the top 20 most expensive cities in the world.

That doesn't mean that you …

Beijing

The best of wild Cyprus

We’ll let you in on a secret: away from the resort Shangri-Las, Cyprus brims with empty hillside trails and some of the Mediterranean’s best dive sites. Sure, you could just flop out on the beach with the crowds, but the rugged terrain of this sunshine-splashed island just begs to be explored. From …

Outdoors

Seductive southern Crete

Although Crete hosts one-quarter of Greece’s annual visitors, it’s still possible to escape the crowds by heading south. Thanks to the rugged mountains that stretch across much of the island’s spine, southern Crete remains a place apart.

Known for their hospitality, traditional music and healthy …

Crete

Forget the Greek islands, head north instead

Greece’s vast north is unmatched for geographical, cultural and even culinary diversity. Here, great stretches of mountains, lakes, forest and coastline remain to be discovered. With terrain stretching from the azure Ionian Sea across the rugged Epiros mountains to the Thracian plain and the …

Greece

Russian Arctic: Exploring the Kola Peninsula

The 24-hour daylight gives the forested landscape an otherworldly sheen as the train rattles north, past several white-water rivers. Having previously explored the country of my birth from east to west, I am headed north, drawn by the romantic images of the Russian Arctic I’ve entertained since …

Russia

The best of hidden Berlin

Splashy signage? How gauche! Many of Berlin's most evocative bars, restaurants and sights are actually hidden from view behind unmarked doors, in nondescript buildings or recycled breweries, under railway bridges and even in wartime bunkers. Here's our pick of the top clandestine hot spots around …

Berlin

How to have a budget break in Iceland

‘Iceland is too expensive to visit if you’re on a budget’. Along with ‘don’t eat the street food – it will make you ill’, this is one of the great travel myths. And it could lead you to miss out on some amazing experiences.

True, Iceland can be eye-wateringly pricey, but with some planning it is …

Iceland

Lucha libre – an introduction to Mexican wrestling

There’s nothing quite like Friday night fight night at the Arena México. This long-standing venue in central Mexico City is the place to see one of the country’s most raucous and dramatic sporting events, lucha libre.

Mexico’s version of professional wrestling (the term literally means free-style …

Mexico