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15 of the best easy rural escapes from UK cities

These UK nature sites, from a new book, Wild and Free, offer abundant wildlife within an hour’s drive of a city or town, making them perfect for a day trip<p>• Share your favourite wild UK escape in the comments<p>These locations have been chosen with several criteria in mind. They are all free to enter, …

Nature

5 Unique Ways to See the Nation on Your American Trip

Planning an American trip and don’t know where to go? America is a vast country with 50 different states to explore. Unfortunately, most travel …

Trains

The Ultimate Arizona & Utah Road Trip Guide: 15 Days Of Scenic Byways, Canyons, Hiking And Exploring

Arizona and Utah are amongst my favourite places on Earth. The stunning natural beauty speaks for itself. Jaw-dropping canyons, snaking rivers, rusty …

Hiking

Italy's 19 most beautiful villages

19 beautiful places in Britain you'd never thought to visit (but really should)

12 Top-Rated Hiking Trails in California

California is a hiker’s paradise, with an incredible diversity of landscapes. The nature sites are so sublime that simple descriptions only hint at …

20 great lake and mountain holidays in Europe

Summer holidays don’t have to mean sea and sand. We pick breaks amid mountains and by tranquil lakes to suit lovers of long hikes, high-energy activity – or just dreamy upland vistas<p><b>Trail running,</b> <b>Dolomites, Italy</b><p><b>Stay</b> Mountain huts<b><br>Suits</b> Hardened runners<br>It sounds easy: “Cruising over rocky passes and …

European Travel

As the crow flies: Where are the world's longest straight roads?

The Romans had the right idea. Why take the long and winding road when one straight as an arrow will have you there in half the time?<p>When it comes to road trips, the beeliners might not offer the same exhilaration as an ever-changing mountain pass, but they do offer an opportunity to relax and put …

Roads

16 of The Best Road Trips in the World

Best Road Trips in the World<p>#1 Wild Atlantic Way<p>It’s the longest Coastal Route in the World and Ireland has done an incredible job at marketing it as …

5 California Road Trips That'll Make You Fall in Love With the Golden State

Like many born-and-bred Californians, I would choose Joan Didion as my fantasy dinner guest and I feel more at home in my car than pretty much …

Virginia Road Trips

A patchwork of scenic natural beauty and abundant cultural and historic sites, Virginia offers many outstanding opportunities to enjoy a road trip or …

The Most Beautiful Drives in America, According to Long-Haul Truckers

Everyone who’s ever piloted a car for very long in this massive country of ours -- and its 4 million-odd miles of roads and highways -- will develop …

Study: Being forgetful can actually make you smarter

You can relax if remembering everything is not your strong suit. Recent research makes the case that being forgetful can be a strength — in fact, …

The Grand Tour of Switzerland

Though relatively small in size—roughly equal to New Hampshire and Vermont combined—Switzerland packs a big punch. It’s home to a dozen UNESCO sites, a topographic diversity that includes palm trees and glaciers (not to mention four languages to call them by), and some of Europe’s most modern …

12 Creative Road Trips You Didn’t Know You Could Take In The U.S.

With another heavy travel season around the corner, airports will once again become mazes of luggage and large traveling parties. Venturing out for a …

The Best Places in the World to Vacation If You Love Cheese

Is there anything better than cheese? After all, cheese pretty much goes with everything. It’s amazing on bread, with fruit and with vegetables, with …

Washington's Cascade Loop Scenic Driving Tour

Why You Should Do the Cascade Loop<p>The Cascade Loop is a scenic driving tour that takes you through diverse sections of the beautiful state of …

Top 5 Scenic New England Mountain Drives

See the Scenery From up High<p>If you think the New England scenery is spectacular at ground level, wait until you see it from up high. New England is …

The 15 most stunning places in the UK outside of London, according to Instagram

Whether you live in the UK or are planning your first trip, it can be easy to go back to the same London-centric spots when you're looking for a day …

22 European cities you'd never thought to visit (but really should)

On the other hand...

In a world of social media and polarised opinion, the stakes are now even higher. Time for a listening revolution<p>In the past week, the spectacle of the American gun lobby facing down the bereaved families of Parkland, Florida, has been difficult to watch. So close to the latest tragedy, the …

Psychology

We tested popular VPNs to see which was fastest. Here's what we found.

A VPN, or Virtual Private Network, is a way to add a layer of anonymity or privacy to your internet browsing.<p>But, it doesn't come for free.<p>VPN …

Wi-Fi

25 Must-see Spots in North America According to a Man Who Took a 22,000-mile Road Trip

From remote surf towns to fern-covered canyons and massive glaciers, here are some of the most incredible sights the U.S. and Canada have to …

North America

The secrets behind the US's happiest city

Boulder, Colorado is the happiest city in the United States.<p>That’s according to the 25 Happiest Cities in the United States Index, compiled by …

Happiness

Is this truly Britain – a land that spies on sick and poor people?

The demonisation of benefit claimants affects us all. We should help disabled people – instead we wrongly accuse them<p>David’s world was torn apart one morning by an envelope on his doormat. The letter was from the Department for Work and Pensions, and its wording was cryptic: “We need to speak to …

Disability

England's 27 most beautiful villages

Apache Trail: Scenic Drive

Driving the Apache Trail<p>A drive on the Apache Trail is one of the most scenic drives near the Phoenix area. This well-traveled road affords visitors …

Women are the stronger sex - and here's the scientific proof

Eleanor Roosevelt once quipped that a woman is like a tea bag. You can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.<p>So the former first lady would most certainly have approved of a new study which suggests women, far from being the weaker sex, are much more likely to survive a …

Scientists Make Coldest Liquid Water Ever, And It's Weirder Than They Imagined

You’re definitely familiar with water’s freezing point: 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 degrees Celsius). But that’s not the coldest water could be. …

Particles

Living on the edge: 21 of the world's most dramatic villages

European Travel