Queen Mary 2 arrives in New York on Cunard’s 175th anniversary sailing in July
©Jonathan Atkin/Cunard

Carry on cruising: 175 years of Cunard

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

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
Santa Cecília
©Dani Rovira/Museu de Montserrat

Sean Scully’s hymn to high art in Spain

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

Sarah McMenemy's illustration of Cliftonville
©Sarah McMenemy

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

The Mirror Wall, Greenland

Short cuts: travel updates

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

Mitaki-en Restaurant
©Caroline Daniel

Beyond the bullet train: the heart of rural Japan

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

The terrace at The Chequit, on Shelter Island, off the north coast of the Hamptons
©Jane Beiles

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

Illustration of the Lewa marathon in Kenya by Sarah McMenemy
©Sarah McMenemy

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

Notes written in Lithuanian by Mark Vanhoenacker’s mother

I never leave home without . . . 

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

The Yemaya Island Hideaway on Little Corn Island
©Chris Bryant

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

Illustration by Sarah McMenemy of Soma-Nomaoi festival in Fukishima
©Sarah McMenemy

Postcard from . . . Japan

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

The poet-preachers of Tamil Nadu

Is a centuries-old tradition about to end in a corner of southern India? William Dalrymple reports

Hotel insider: the Gainsborough, Bath

Almost a decade in the making, a new hotel is the first to tap into the city’s thermal waters. Tom Robbins reports

Postcard from . . . Louisiana

Visitors to Angola Prison Rodeo come to see ‘the wildest show in the South’

Rebranding Norfolk’s Broads

How do you reinvent a very British holiday spot that has changed little in decades?

Hotel insider: Le Domaine des Etangs, France

The daughter of one of France’s wealthiest men has turned his former holiday home into a lavish retreat

Postcard from . . . Alpe d’Huez

The climb up this summit is an exuberant spectacle of squalid, manic hedonism, the Glastonbury of sport

I never leave home without . . . chillis

Robert Macfarlane explains why his rucksack is never without his favourite snack

Peace and prehistory in Somaliland

Warmth and intimacy set the country apart from its troubled neighbour Somalia — and make it an antidote to modern tourism. By Stanley Stewart

Baltic castaway: fishing in Estonia

Ian Thomson explores gloriously wild, trout-filled rivers

Postcard from . . . Snowdonia

A new underground assault course has opened in an abandoned Welsh mine, featuring bridges, ladders — and nine zip lines

Short cuts: updates from London, Zurich, Devon

KidZania’s new European flagship, Swiss abandons free ski carriage, and a new ‘Pig’ joins the litter

The wilds of Alaska

Matthew Engel explores the wildlife, glaciers and ghost towns of the 49th state

Scuba-diving for kids in the Caribbean

Jacques Cousteau’s son has opened a diving school ideal for children. Sophy Roberts takes the plunge

The new breed of travel magazines

Rather than killing off print, the web has helped foster an unlikely boom, writes Tom Robbins

On location: ‘The Third Man’

More than 60 years after the film’s release, the landmarks that appear in it still attract legions of fans

Stately home to rent for the weekend

Why a sumptuous stately home is available for you and your family to live like lords

Postcard from . . . Kent

Walmer Castle — the Duke of Wellington’s seaside home

Short cuts: Rome

Alitalia relaunches, with new livery and cabin designs

Mountain biking in the Guatemalan jungle

Cycling to the ‘lost’ ancient city of El Mirador — a Mayan treasure that few tourists get the chance to see

Where’s the party?

The super-rich are staging ever more lavish events overseas — and flying all their friends out too

Postcard from . . . Bavaria

Schloss Elmau is a cultural retreat designed to inspire the mind and feed the soul

Short cuts: updates from Italy, UK and the US

Europe’s largest cable-car project, new tourist attraction at Auckland Castle

Mandela’s South Africa safari hideaway

Nelson Mandela’s former retreat in Limpopo province, built for him by one of the country’s richest men, is now available to rent

A night in the past at Swiss historic hotels

A network of hotels lets visitors explore Switzerland while experiencing its history

On location — ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’

The post-apocalyptic road movie was relocated to Namibia

Moldova: tourist-free escape

A new tour operator launches holidays to Moldova, Europe’s least visited country

St Kitts’s five-star farm

Kittitian Hill strives to offer an alternative to bland Caribbean resorts, offering a cultural hub and golf course-cum-organic farm

Postcard from . . . Skye

How the Scottish island became a cherished retreat for Alexander McQueen

Short cuts: updates from Geneva, Florida and Mecca

A fireplace for private jets, resort for Lego lovers and the world’s largest hotel

Canadian islands on a ‘boutique’ cruise ship

A refitted tugboat is a perfect way to explore the coast of British Columbia, writes Caroline Eden

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