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The world's best secret islands

Looking for a romantic spot that's (almost) all yours? Here’s a list from our brand new <i>Best in Travel 2011</i> guide to reignite your love affair with desert islands, with picks from across the globe.<p>1. Torres Strait Islands, Australia<p><i>Image by Killer White Fluff</i><p>As far as you can go in Oz without …

Mother City markets: where to shop 'til you drop in Cape Town

The fervour for markets in South Africa's Cape Town has a long history, but the city's market scene has experienced a renaissance in recent years, with artisan foods, craft beers and designer goods drawing crowds across the 'Mother City'.<p>In the late 18th century in cobbled Greenmarket Square, the …

The world's best high teas

Sipping tea in rarefied surroundings is a simple treat that can turn a fun city break into something truly memorable. High (or afternoon) tea, involving delicate cakes, buttery scones and the occasional glass of bubbly, is an English tradition dating back to the 1840s. So it’s unsurprising that the …

France sans frontières: the best French border towns

Looking for a new angle on the well-trodden paths of France? Then travel to its borders. These three melting-pot cities showcase the best of France while giving a tantalising glimpse into the rest of Europe - Lille skims the Belgian border in the north; to the east, Strasbourg grazes Germany; and …

Where to find the best bird's-eye views of London

Hold on to your hats - these are the most awe-inspiring places from which to check out London from on high.<p>1. The Shard<p>London’s latest icon offers the capital’s highest viewing platform. From the first viewpoint at The View from The Shard (www.theviewfromtheshard.com), at dizzying level 69, you’ll …

Top 10 unusual places to go wine tasting in the US

Think wine in the US only comes from the west coast? Intrepid and weather-defying vintners are beating the odds and producing wines across this diverse land, from the bucolic shores of Vermont’s Lake Champlain to the volcano-filled Hawaiian islands. Even cactus-country Arizona, home to the Grand …

Ireland's best drives

Whether or not you're used to getting into the driver's seat from the right, and driving on the left, Ireland's (often pot-holed) two-lane roads make up some of Europe's most scenic drives. Particularly going village to village, pub to pub, on and off the rugged coastal drives of western and …

Bora Bora beyond the beach

Bora Bora is world-famous for its glinting turquoise lagoon, dazzlingly white sandy stretches of beach and luxurious resorts. With such a dreamlike setting, this magical island is, unsurprisingly, a great spot to decompress. But there’s much more to do than simply sipping a cocktail on your chaise. …

How to plan a round-the-world trip

Itʼs the ultimate trip: circumnavigating the planet, and stopping off wherever takes your fancy. Great for travellers who want to see it all, or who are just plain indecisive. But booking a round-the-world (RTW) trip can be a complex business. Hereʼs our guide to getting started.<p>How to do it<p>The …

Ten enchanting travel experiences in Greenland

So you think Greenland is a far-flung travel dream? Pinch yourself. This Arctic country might be huge, but a trip to western Greenland can take in a breathtaking range of sights, from Disko Bay’s iceberg studded waters to valleys so vast you’ll feel like the last hiker on Earth. Start with these 10 …

Viva vinyl in Seattle: finding Emerald City’s music through its record stores

In May 2014 Sub Pop, the record company that launched the careers of grunge bands Nirvana and Mudhoney in the late ‘80s, opened up a music store at Seattle’s Seatac Airport. Selling t-shirts, rock memorabilia and old-school phonograph discs, the new store was the mark of a trend. In the midst of …

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 …

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The magic of Machu Picchu: readers’ travel writing competition

Edward Tew, winner of the history category, savours the epic views and Inca ingenuity at Machu Picchu<p>The Incas had three laws by which they tried to live: don’t steal, don’t lie and don’t be lazy. The first two are ubiquitous across most cultures but the third is, perhaps, more unusual. To have …

Insider Guide to Portugal’s Southern Coast

<b>Portugal</b> is made for wanderers. From the top of the Moorish remnants of Castelo de São Jorge, Lisbon cascades downhill in all directions, new paths beckoning at every turn. Surf camps dot the 215-mile stretch south of the storied capital city. Part of the region known as the <b>Alentejo</b>, this shore is …

Top 10: Photos: World's Best Picnic Spots

Have a snack while you're soaking in the sights. Here are some of the most beautiful spots for a picnic.

Irena’s Prague

<b>Irena Schlosserová</b> is a Prague local, through and through. In fact, she’s only spent nine months outside of her beloved Czech capital. While Irena currently works in the field of gastronomy, she finds time to indulge her hometown pride via Spotted by Locals. Irena admits that there are many tourist …

Shoe Shop: quality cooking comes to Tufnell Park – Now. Here. This. – Time Out London

Posted at 3:30 pm, September 6, 2014 in Food & Drink<p>© Jamie Lau<p>Whatever happened to the Giaconda Dining Room? It won a coveted Time Out Award for …