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Where to Go in 2018

Plenty of cities are always worth a visit. But when destinations are in the midst of an evolution—bursting with new, standard-setting hotels and …

National Parks

Galicia coast holiday guide: the best beaches, bars, restaurants and hotels

Lush green valleys and rugged mountains, sheer cliffs and wild, frothing, slate-grey seas. Bagpipes, baroque cathedrals and the smell of grilled seafood. The architectural grace of Santiago de Compostela and the industrial churn of Vigo. Galicia, the north-west corner of Spain, is a diverse region, …

Meera Sodha’s tomato curry recipe

In India, tomatoes tend to be used as a background ingredient, with the odd, and very tasty, exception<p>Last year I moved house and finally got a patch of earth to call my own. The first thing I did was plant seeds of my favourite vegetables in every inch of soil. I soon learned, however, that …

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‘The East Village is one of the few places in Manhattan hanging on to some character’

As a struggling musician and native New Yorker, Tor Miller knows all the best dive bars and thrift stores – and the local deli where you can get breakfast for $3<p><b>The East Village is one of the few places in Manhattan that is hanging onto some character</b> and hasn’t been completely gentrified. A couple …

The world's best hidden beaches: Trang archipelago, Thailand

While popular Thai destinations such as Koh Samui and Phuket stagger under the weight of development, these southern islands retain a sleepy, tropical charm<p>Framed by jungle-draped limestone karsts, this small but striking bay has serene waters free of riptides, making it safe for families to splash …

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10 of the best things to do in Hamburg

The recent opening of the stunning Elbphilharmonie concert hall put the port city in the spotlight, but there is a host of other attractions, plus great cocktails, design hotels and totally delicious fish sandwiches<p>Hamburg has a great choice of stylish design hotels and hip hostels. The immense …

‘Dubrovnik is just as magical as when I visited aged 10’

The old Croatian city, which inspired Annabelle Thorpe’s first novel, weathered the war of the 1990s and has emerged as glamorous as before<p><b>Dubrovnik is as eternal as Venice.</b> There are those who say it has become a victim of its own success – flooded with cruise ships and Game of Thrones fans. To …

Bangkok city guide: what to do plus the best hotels, restaurants and bars

Skipping the temples and the backpacker hub of the Khao San Road, our writer focuses on the food, drink and arts scenes in the city’s vibrant neighbourhoods<p>Floods, protests, power struggles, a military takeover – Krungthep, known to the rest of the world as Bangkok, has endured more than its share …

Asia

Darjeeling’s new Himalayan cycle trail

As cycling grows in popularity among Indians, Darjeeling has opened the country’s first hill station bike path, with views of the world’s highest mountains<p>I am eating peanut butter straight from the jar with my hands. It’s not my finest moment but my body needs fuel: I have just cycled 20km at an …

'My best travel discovery of 2016'

Inspired by the surprises thrown up in our weekly A great little place I know series, we asked writers and adventurers to share their best discovery of the year<p><b>Peter Frankopan, historian and author</b><br>The world of 2016 is not all doom and gloom. In Asia, things are changing fast as the Silk Roads rise …

The Sanctuary in Koh Phangan: a novel balance between hedonistic and healthy

A resort in the Gulf of Thailand may be the inspiration for Alex Garland’s The Beach. <b>Brigid Delaney</b> takes a plane and two boats to check it out<p>This year it is 20 years since Alex Garland first published his backpacker classic The Beach. You couldn’t get on a plane or lie on a beach without seeing …

Yoga for beginners in the south of France

A trip outside the comfort zone can often feel a bit of a stretch. Our writer travels to an idyllic rural retreat near Toulouse with some concerns. As it happens, it proves to be a life-changing trip<p>The words “vegan yoga retreat” terrify me. I’m an internet, pulled-pork and sarcasm kind of guy. …

The bad habits you should give up if you want to be successful

Sometimes, to become successful and to get closer to the person we know we can become, we don’t need to add more things to our lives—we need to give up on some of them.<p>There are certain things that are almost universal. These things, if you give them up, will help you become more successful (even …

7 Simple Rules for Getting Lean in 2017

Seven rules so you can follow through on that resolution.<p>For 2017, over half of Americans will make New Year's resolutions to do things like lose weight, get fit, and eat healthier. But how many actually make it past January 17? The brutal truth is only eight percent will achieve their goals, which …

11 Classic Italian Sauces Everyone Should Learn How to Make

Few things are more comforting than a good bowl of pasta, and what makes it even better is a killer homemade sauce. If you've yet to master classic Italian sauces like basic tomato sauce, bolognese, and vodka sauce, now's the time! You'll thank yourself for learning these recipes that you'll turn …

Food & Dining

This Roasted Cranberry Sauce Practically Makes Itself

Most importantly, it makes a superior condiment for sandwiches the next day.<p><i>Welcome to Cooking Without Recipes, in which we teach you how to make a dish we love, but don’t worry too much about the nitty-gritty details of the recipe, so you can create your own spin. This is recipe editor Liesel</i> …

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Sour Ale Sourdough (Starter & Bread Recipe)

If you close your eyes, and take a second, you can put the taste of sourdough bread side-by-side with a sour ale. The flavor is liquid sourdough, the …

15 Italian Cooking Secrets That Will Change Your Life

The beauty of learning how to cook Italian food the right way is that you don't have to go to a restaurant every time the craving strikes. From making the perfect pasta to having the essential pantry staples on hand, there are a few secrets Italian cooks always have up their sleeves that come in …

Simple Lemon Rice | Unique Recipe

1<p>Boil rice in a deep pot and set it aside to cool down. Meanwhile, take a frying pan, heat it, add oil and splutter mustard seeds. Add Bengal gram, …

Greek Fava: Heaven In A Bowl

Holy smokes. This is pretty much my favourite recipe of 2016 so far. Who'd have thought - a simple dish of boiled split yellow peas with a few …

10 of the best swimming holidays around the world

Whether it’s wild swimming in lakes and fjords, a sea ‘safari’ in Crete, or a 6km swim in the warm waters of Mexico’s Baja peninsula, this selection of swims (and stays) is a stroke of genius<p>With water temperatures of 27C, the Sea of Cortez is so warm that, as SwimTrek puts it, “you’ll feel like …

‘I’m in love with a whole continent’ – Colin Thubron on his passion for Asia

The continent that ‘both invites and resists understanding’ has always fascinated the travel writer. And his favourite country is today the saddest: Syria<p><b>To be in love with a whole continent seems extravagant.</b> But since childhood, Asian cultures – whether still living, like that of Japan’s Kyoto, …

10 of the best surf locations in the world

From Mozambique to Mexico, via Cornwall, here are great places to ride waves, find a bed close to the beach and eat drink and party after a day on the water<p>A decade ago, Canggu was just a black-sand beach with one food shack, rice paddies as far as the eye could see and a fantastic reef break for …

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Canada unplugged: near Vancouver … but away from it all on Galiano Island

A camping lookout above the natural beauty of little-visited Galiano Island, near Vancouver, offers wildlife, meteor showers – and a landscape full of affable locals<p>One of the many joys of travelling is that brief period of disorientation immediately after waking in a strange place. However, when I …

The easy life in Laos: sip, read and relax at L’Etranger Books and Tea

Books to buy or swap, tea in proper pots, film nights and green curry … this is a spot to treasure in Luang Prabang<p>L’Etranger Books and Tea is a great little treehouse-style refuge from the heat of the day. The city’s first licensed bookshop, it was founded in 2001 by Québecois filmmaker Isabel …

Argentina still sets the heart – and engine – racing for Emilio Scotto

The adventurer is Guinness world record holder for longest journey by motorbike but loves his home country’s wild spaces as much as anywhere he has visited<p><b>I travelled 735,000km in 10 years</b>. This is almost as much as travelling from Earth to the moon and back. Starting in 1985 and arriving back in …

Moreish and Moorish: a foodie tour of Andalucía

An insider’s tour of Andalucía reveals the secrets behind the region’s delicious ham and tuna – while taking in top notch sherry, tapas and beautiful scenery<p>In the back streets of Seville, out of the sun, away from the crowds queuing for the Alcazar and cathedral, my girlfriend and I were put to …

Seaside style: relaxing at Sri Lanka’s coolest new surf shack

‘Dirty little beach’ is an odd slogan for a surfing cafe, but The Shack has become a clear favourite on Dewata beach, near Galle<p>“Here,” said the tuk-tuk driver, and we clambered out onto a particularly scruffy stretch of the busy Matara road, the coastal drag running south of Galle, southern Sri …

House Made of Rocks – An Open Float Between Interior and Surrounding Nature

The majestic beauty of nature combined with local traditions, minimalist contemporary charm and unexpected solutions give this project of Create + …

Off-season in Andalucía: escape the crowds and save money

Travelling out of season to sunny southern Spain can make for a superb short break, as our writer discovers when he explores Andalucía’s hill towns<b><br>Plus: off-season breaks to Corsica, Portugal and Italy</b><p>The roads were calm and uncluttered, minutes passed before another vehicle appeared. On the …

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