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Two days in Odesa, Ukraine’s Black Sea coast boom town

You might think it’s tough to compete with the ancient sights and urban culture of Kyiv, or to rival Lviv’s Mitteleuropa charm, but Odesa – Ukraine’s third-largest city and cosmopolitan Black Sea port – is catching up. Its string of beaches make the country’s number-one summer destination, while …

European Travel

Exploring historic Rīga on a budget

Latvia's capital is not only incredibly charming, but also highly affordable. With a wealth of history and culture to explore, Rīga is an ideal option for travellers looking to discover somewhere new without breaking the bank – here's how.<p>Explore colourful cobblestone streets<p>Rīga's Old Town is a …

European Travel

Azerbaijan – The Maiden Tower, Baku

It was my fourth visit to Azerbaijan and great to be back in Baku, the city, the capital. Personally it is one of my favourite cities to visit. Those …

Archaeology

Eight scenic days in the Slovenian Alps

A fortress of sheer stone guards Slovenia’s hidden valleys, each brimming with quiet glacial lakes, wooden shepherds’ huts, and deep gorges cut by cool, crystalline ravines. And not only do the mountains and hills overwhelm the landscape, they dominate the local psyche as well. Hiking is …

Hiking

5 reasons to visit Medellín right now

Word is officially out: Medellín has wholly transcended its unfavorable reputation and undergone a veritable renaissance. Yet somehow, it's failing to land on many travel bucket lists.<p>Still an unsung corner of South America, there’s a lot to love about Medellín, past and present – make your move …

South America

Eastern Europe on a budget: bargains from Poland to Montenegro

With its quieter beaches, pristine castle-dotted countryside and idyllic islands, eastern Europe is becoming popular for more than just city breaks<p>Poland’s peaks and forests<p>While Kraków remains Poland’s top destination, with Wrocław increasingly drawing attention as a hip alternative, the country’s …

European Travel

10 of the best lakeside towns and villages in Europe

You don’t have to be by the sea to enjoy beaches and watersports. These lakeside resorts offer sunbathing, boating, hiking and great views<p>Ohrid, Macedonia<p>Straddling the border between Albania and Macedonia, Ohrid sits on the lake of the same name, one of the deepest in Europe. The Church of Saint …

European Travel

18 of the world’s best rail journeys

Some of the world’s wildest and most beautiful scenery is best enjoyed from a train window. From Lhasa to Lima, we choose brilliant and great value routes • Top rail trips from the Man in Seat 61<p><b>UK</b><p><b>London to Fort William</b><p><b>Duration: 419 miles/13hr<br>Price (single): From £45</b><br>The Caledonian Sleeper, one of …

Trains

Best Places To Visit In Eastern Europe In Spring

Best Places To Visit In Eastern Europe In Spring<p>Before the influx of the summer hoards hit us here in Europe, we first get to enjoy Spring.<p>Springtime …

Best countryside detours from Bogotá

One of the best things about Bogotá is its central location – you don’t need to travel too far to find pretty <i>pueblos</i>, high <i>páramo</i> wetlands and real cowboys. So once you’ve visited the capital’s tourist sights, stick around and make Bogotá a base to explore the gorgeous and diverse countryside that …

South America

Palermo: Sicily’s multicultural capital

Palermo is a beguiling city, set like a jewel in the fan-shaped Conca d’Oro plain between two rocky promontories. For almost three millennia, empire after empire has colonised the place, depositing fragments of language, art, architecture, cuisine and customs that make it a fascinating mirror of …

Malta – Marsaxlokk, the colourful fishing village

It was lunchtime, the sun was out high above, and it was time to head for Marsaxlokk. A beautifully colourful fishing village in the south east of …

Derbyshire to Nottinghamshire, A Tranquil Canal and Riverside Walk

If you appreciate nature and love to take a stroll by the riverside this may well be a perfect location for you to explore. All can be gained via …

Azerbaijan – Old City Baku

Sunset over Baku<p>I love to arrive at a new destination to wonderful surprises. Azerbaijan and its capital Baku here is doing more than opening my mind …

Sicily’s idyllic Aeolian archipelago

Clustered in the blue-green Mediterranean an hour’s boat ride north of Sicily, the Aeolian Islands are one of Europe’s most visually stunning and historically intriguing archipelagos. Each of the seven volcanic islands has its own distinct character, allowing for an enticing variety of activities …

Italy

Diving into South Korea's best hole-in-the-wall restaurants

Quieted away, around the corner from one of South Korea's grandest hotels is a great food secret: Gwanghwamun Jip. Its worn-out blue sign gives away the restaurant’s long history, and with one spicy spoonful of the signature kimchi stew, it’s clear why droves of locals queue up here at …

Eastern Hokkaidō: adventures on the edge of Japan

Japan’s northernmost island of Hokkaidō is best known for two things: winter sports and Sapporo beer. But the little-known eastern side of the island is a dream escape at any time of year for the adventurous visitor, whether you’re into beer or not.<p>In eastern Hokkaidō wildlife wonders abound (is …

National Parks

South Korea's beautiful gardens and landscape design

For over 2000 years Koreans have been shaping the landscape around them into pleasing contours and vistas. The arrangement of rocks is a crucial element of local garden design, as is a more natural appearance than the equally venerable styles of gardens in China and Japan.<p>Korean gardens also tend …

South Korea

A literary tour of Russia

Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries Russia produced towering figures of world literature, including Pushkin, Chekhov, Tolstoy and Solzhenitsyn. Many of their former homes and places associated with these literary titans have been turned into museums or are tourist attractions in their own right. …

Why You Should Consider Putting Moldova on Your Itinerary

When I left the US to travel the world, I didn’t even know about Moldova as a country. When I finally made it there as a way-stop between Romania and …

Moldova

Places You Should Visit in 2018 Before They Get Too Popular

For every primo travel destination, there’s a sweet spot to find it. Visit too soon -- say, before the airlines start offering half-decent service …

Comic Books

Two days in Ho Chi Minh City: a perfect Saigon itinerary

Ho Chi Minh City is the compelling commercial hub of modern Vietnam, with wide boulevards, grand colonial buildings, cultural sights, and a vibrant tangle of narrow laneways – all framed by a kinetic river of traffic. From noodle breakfasts to evening drinks, here’s how to make the most of two days …

Vietnam

Street scenes of Giudecca, Venice

In the last post looking out along the waterfront of Giudecca I promised to show some of the scenes within this isle and tell you a bit more before …

Tokyo in winter: what to see, do and eat

Tokyo's winter charms are one of the city's best-kept secrets. This means that as well as a festive atmosphere and crisp, clear days perfect for soaking in hot springs and spotting Mt Fuji, visitors get to enjoy all the city has to offer with far fewer crowds.<p>Just keep in mind that many attractions …

Japan

Life-changing Trips for Couples

1 of 15<p>Bali, Indonesia<p>Advertisement<p>2 of 15<p>Santorini, Greece<p>3 of 15<p>Safari in Tanzania<p>Advertisement<p>4 of 15<p>Tulum, Mexico<p>Advertisement<p>5 of 15<p>Whistler, …

Skinny lattes, prosecco, Piece Hall - and affordable homes: Why Halifax is booming

Estate agents are tipping Halifax to be Yorkshire's next property hotspot.<p>The former mill town's revival has seen major companies relocate there, the …

Housing

Top 10 places to shop in Tokyo: a neighbourhood guide

Tokyo shopping has it all: high-end and offbeat fashion, traditional crafts, vintage wares, all manner of only-in-Japan souvenirs, and that gadget you didn't know existed but now desperately want.<p>Whether you prefer department-store browsing or rummaging for secondhand treasures, there’s a Tokyo …

Discover eating out in Japan

Loneliness

Tokyo in autumn: the best things to see and do

From seasonal sights and arts events to traditional festivals and tech expos, there is a lot happening in Tokyo from late September through to December – making the autumn months a great time to visit.<p><b>See the leaves change</b><p>Tokyo’s parks and gardens are a treat any time of year but especially when …

48 hours in Yerevan: how to spend two days in Armenia's capital city

Yerevan can be perplexing. Its neoclassical squares conjure Vienna, while its wide boulevards brim with Parisian élan. There’s no escaping the sprawl of brutal high-rises that shoulder its Soviet past, yet recent investment has embalmed the city’s rougher edges with glinting streets, a cable car …