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How to pack light: tips from a master packer

Packing small is essential for any globetrotter committed to embracing the chaos of travel. With a small pack, you can chase down your Japanese train as it unapologetically departs on time. You can squeeze in to (or on top of) the only bus to the next village in India.<p>Or, as we learned, when your …

Top 10 hotels, B&Bs and hostels in Scotland for walkers

Culdearn House, Grantown-on-Spey, Morayshire<p>This small, efficient hotel in an elegant Victorian villa feels more like a luxury guesthouse; one to wallow in if you’re tackling the Speyside Way, which runs through the town. Great beds, open fires and a 60-strong whisky selection are a hit with …

My £5,683 car hire horror story

<b>Nancy Marshall writes</b><br>On September 12 last year, I was driving our hired VW Golf near Puglia when a Lancia Ypsilon, travelling in the opposite direction, cut across and ploughed into the side of our car. There were no witnesses and nobody was hurt.<p>We telephoned the police and our rental agent, …

Lloyds Bank

Travelling in China with your family: what to know and where to go

China may not spring immediately to mind when choosing a destination for a family trip, but the Middle Kingdom is full of places that suit families with children of all ages.<p>Many visitors underestimate how generally safe and easy it is to travel with a family in China. Most destinations are linked …

Loneliness

Best Trips 2014

TravelBest Of<p>National Geographic Traveler presents the New Year's must-see places. From Argentina to Oz, the final lineup reflects what’s authentic, culturally rich, sustainably minded—and, of course, superlative in the world of travel today.

Know your gompas

One of the most surprising things about the Himalaya is how this desolate, almost monochrome landscape has produced so much vivid colour. From Kathmandu to Dharamsala and Lhasa to Ladakh, Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, or gompas, guard a treasure trove of religious art, executed in an almost …

What to eat in Beijing

Mongolian lamb, Sichuan-style chilli-spiked crayfish and flaky flatbreads with sweet wafts of fried spring onions cooked before you. Beijing showcases the best of China's (and neighbouring) flavours, with a few surprising additions of its own. You’ll find Beijing’s food is as headstrong as its …

Food & Dining

Is this the world's worst car hire horror story?

<b>Kate Rogers, Stourbridge, writes</b><br>I do so wish I had read your report on the case of Nicholas Heath's encounter with the infamous Monica in Goldcar's office on Madeira (Telegraph Travel, April 2) before I rented a car from her company.<p>I had reserved a estate vehicle suitable for a family of five …

The Irrawaddy river cruise guide

Until recently a visit to Burma was still seen as fairly remarkable - now the country is fast becoming one of Asia's most popular river cruise destinations. Major changes to the political regime (which was under a fierce military regime for much of the 1980s and 1990s) has caught the attention of …

Mandalay

Machu Picchu

<b>Site</b>: Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu <b><br>Location</b>: Peru <b><br>Year Designated</b>: 1983 <b><br>Category</b>: Cultural <b><br>Criteria</b>: (i)(iii)(vii)(ix) <b><br>Reason</b>: Machu Picchu is one of the most important archaeological sites in the world.<p>* * *<p>Machu Picchu is tangible evidence of the urban Inca Empire at the peak of its power and …

Asin’s Kathmandu

<b>Asin Sharma</b> is a Kathmandu native whose love for her home city has only grown over time. To be sure, this passion drove Asin to pursue a career as a writer for NepalAdvisor.com, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t indulge her wanderlust once in a while. “I love traveling alone with a map in my …

Lonely Planet's top 10 best value stays for 2014

Amazing experiences aren’t reserved for unlimited budgets. These characterful places to stay around the world offer comfort and charm in superlative settings - all of them are well under US$100 per night, and plenty have dorm beds for only a few dollars. Here are our top 10 wallet-friendly hotels …

12 of Australia's most surreal landscapes

Lake Hillier, Western Australia<p>Bay of Fires, Tasmania

I Made a Super Sauce Created by a Supercomputer

The Plate<p><b>There’s an app to help us lose weight, an app to help us find love, and loads of apps that promise to help us cook.</b><p>As a digital designer who lives in the kitchen, I use cooking apps at an appalling rate: almost never. Could there, out there, be an app that truly helps cooks in the kitchen? …

10 of the best budget stays in Penang

23 Love Lane<p>This tasteful 200-year-old mansion is an oasis of calm right in the heart of bustling George Town. Not only has the architecture been perfectly preserved, but the owners have furnished the property with a mix of eye-catching modern artworks and vintage 1930’s furniture. Rooms are bright …

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India's most magnificent forts

India with our experts: Telegraph Tours

Telegraph readers are being offered an opportunity to sign up for a luxury 12-day tour of India, featuring insights from William Dalrymple, the acclaimed writer and historian, and Dean Nelson, the Telegraph’s south Asia editor.<p>This exclusive tour takes you from Old Delhi to the tranquil lakes of …

Holiday planning guide: 12 steps to a stress-free break

Most of us don’t have too much trouble making the most of our holidays once we arrive. But getting there and getting home again can be one of the most stressful experiences of the year – especially if you travel in peak season and with the family. As the schools break up, here is our step-by-step …

Eagle shot wins drone photography competition

<b>The arrival of cheap drone technology - and small, light high-quality cameras - has given rise to a new genre of beautiful aerial photography and film-making.</b><p>A new competition, sponsored by National Geographic, has highlighted some stunning examples of drone photographs taken in the past year.<p>The …

Drones

Working holidays: my volunteering breaks and the lessons learned

"Jalovik is a big village, but many houses are abandoned. A lot of land is left uncultivated. The elders died and the youth left. But these two came here ..." The two in question were Viv and Bou, the German-Dutch couple who owned the self-sufficient farm in rural Serbia where I was …

The return of Kashmir

Newfound peace comes to a divided paradise, where life’s pace is set by echoing calls to prayer and the gentle paddling of colourful canoes in glistening Dal Lake.<p>In India, miles of concrete dominate the crowded urban landscape. But in the remote northern region of Kashmir, the summer capital of …

Kings Park & Botanic Garden

The main road leading into the park, Fraser Ave, is lined with towering lemon-scented gums that are dramatically lit at night. At its culmination are the State War Memorial, a cafe, a gift shop, Fraser's restaurant and the Kings Park Visitor Centre. Free guided walks leave from here.<p>It's a good …

Hiking

Top 5 hiking areas in Japan

Hiking Japan is one of the hiking world’s best-kept secrets. You can go hut-to-hut in the Japan Alps, traverse the 'Big Snow Mountain’ of Hokkaidō, climb volcanoes in Kyūshū, or saunter the hills around Kyoto. Wherever you go, you probably won’t be alone: the Japanese are very keen hikers.<p>1. …