Ice and isolation in Pakistan

With two friends — and 42 porters — Matthew Green treks over the remote Hispar Pass

Destination inspiration

Rose Cottage at Dormy House
Hotels and holiday homes that are perfect for a short break from the city
The open road in southwest Iceland ©Luz Photo
Sail into deepest Myanmar or drive the route of Italy’s Mille Miglia road race: the world’s best road trips and river journeys
Joe Kidd takes his fatbike over some rocky outcrops on the Oregon coast ©Tim Neville
From a ‘fatbike’ tour of Oregon’s coast to heli-biking in New Zealand and a cycle trip through the Bhutanese Himalayas
The Amandira, a 52-metre boat modelled on an Indonesian ‘phinisi’ and offering luxury and fine dining on board

Aman’s new floating hotel

The latest offering from the Aman group isn’t a hotel but a sleek sailing boat

K2’s summit, at 8,611m, is 237m lower than Everest’s

Climbing: Is K2 the new Everest?

Commercial expeditions are coming to the world’s second-highest peak

Joe, an Inuit staff member at the park

Inuit-led adventure in Canada

Exploring one of the world’s least-visited national parks

The Tweed river in New South Wales
©Jochen Schenkler/Corbis

A tasting tour of Tweed Shire

Hidden between surf spots on Australia’s east coast is a region distinguishing itself with something else — food

PeriniNavi Cup reggata
©Stefano Gattini

Postcard from . . . Sardinia

The story of what is perhaps the world’s most exclusive sailing regatta begins with a humble roll of tissue paper

Short cuts: updates from New York, Marrakech and Courchevel

America’s priciest hotel room; Mandarin Oriental’s Africa property; ski jump for charity with Eddie Edwards

Molly’s Camp, on Cow Island
©Ash Ranpura

Escape to a cabin in New Hampshire

Susan Elderkin finds the perfect rural retreat — on a tiny island off the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee

©Matthew Cook

Postcard from . . . Castel Gandolfo

The papal summer residence opens to tourists with access to the gardens and views of the volcanic lake and surrounding hills

Children jump from the water-bus station on the island of Sant’Erasmo
©Giacamo Cosua

Escaping the tourists in Venice

A new cruise company is offering intimate, expert-led trips to rarely visited parts of the lagoon

Hotel insider: Shangri-La, Mongolia

A new skyscraper from the company behind the hotel in London’s Shard is the latest marker of Ulan Bator’s transformation

Postcard from . . . Norway

A ‘Glastonbury meets Glyndebourne’ festival brings opera to a remote former dairy farm

Short cuts: updates from Cannes, Alps, Australia and London

Birth of the ‘mega-tender’; cuts to the Ghan train; dispute over world’s longest ski run; first direct flight from London to Lima

Kayaking with whales in Canada

A week-long kayaking expedition offers the prospect of paddling alongside killer whales and humpbacks — but only if you’re patient

Balearic bites

A new generation of chefs is rediscovering Mallorca’s gastronomic heritage

Postcard from . . . Cyprus

As extremists destroy historic sites in Syria and beyond, one important shrine is thriving in relative obscurity, just outside Larnaca

On location: ‘A Walk in the Woods’

Following in Bill Bryson’s footsteps on the Appalachian Trail

I never leave home without . . . 

Author Paul Theroux explains why he never travels without his shortwave radio

Walks amid the watchtowers of the Mani

William Dalrymple explores the wild mountains and ancient churches of Greece’s far south

By bus to the ‘ghost village’ of Imber

For one day a year, buses run to an English village with no residents. By Matthew Engel

Postcard from . . . Kuala Lumpur

By day it’s a working helipad on the roof of a tower block — by night it’s a bar in the sky

On holiday with hunter-gatherers

A chance to live alongside the nomadic Hadza tribe

Scotland’s new £294m railway

A new rail line will offer a fast track to the region that inspired Sir Walter Scott

I never leave home without . . . 

Cameraman Keith Partridge on why he never travels without a roll of duct tape

Skiing in China

Choice of Beijing as 2022 Winter Olympics host shocked many. What’s skiing there like, asks Jamil Anderlini

Postcard from . . . Valencia

On a broiling Mediterranean afternoon, there is nothing quite as refreshing as a glass of iced horchata

Reinhold Messner: king of the mountains

The world’s greatest living climber has completed his series of mountain museums with a bold new building by Zaha Hadid

Surf Snowdonia brings the wave to Wales

A revolutionary surf centre has opened on an artificial lake eight miles from the sea. India Ross takes the plunge

Postcard from . . . Louisiana

On the banks of the Mississippi, the Whitney Plantation is America’s first museum dedicated to slavery

Short cuts: Updates from Liverpool, Riyadh and London

A floating artwork along Manchester Ship Canal; direct flight linking LA and Riyadh; and a new boutique hotel in Notting Hill

Carry on cruising: 175 years of Cunard

Ian Thomson joins a celebratory cruise recreating the 1840 voyage that changed ocean travel forever

Sean Scully’s hymn to high art in Spain

An ancient, mountaintop church near Barcelona has been transformed by the painter

Postcard from . . . Cliftonville

The return of the sea-bathing machine is a sign that the tide is turning for this down-at-heel town on the Kent coast

Short cuts: Updates Greenland, Japan, Seychelles and UK

British ascent of the Mirror Wall; Aman group’s new hotel; Mini Moke’s relaunch; World of Wedgwood opens

Beyond the bullet train: the heart of rural Japan

Caroline Daniel explores the villages hoping that arts, crafts and tourism will provide a lifeline

Hotel insider: the future of B&B

After designing and managing some of the world’s hippest hotels, two industry veterans have turned their attention to the humble bed and breakfast

Postcard from . . . Kenya

The Lewa marathon is one of the world’s toughest, thanks to heat, high altitude — and the risk of running into lions, leopards and cheetahs

I never leave home without . . . 

Pilot Mark Vanhoenacker explains why he never flies without two handwritten pages in Lithuanian

A no man’s island in the Caribbean

Living out a castaway fantasy is easy on Little Corn, off the coast of Nicaragua, writes Chris Bryant

Postcard from . . . Japan

Next weekend, around 200,000 people are expected at the ancient samurai horseracing festival held near the Fukushima exclusion zone


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