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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 fishing group in Järva County, central Estonia
©JD Cook

Baltic castaway: fishing in Estonia

Ian Thomson explores gloriously wild, trout-filled rivers

©Matthew Cook

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 Alaska Railroad
©Daniel Wildey

The wilds of Alaska

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

Sophy Roberts’ son diving off Petit St Vincent

Scuba-diving for kids in the Caribbean

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

Covers from some of the new breed of independent travel magazines

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

Walmer Castle and Gardens
©Matthew Cook

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

Back to Tunisia

John McDermott finds Tunis in resilient mood, with museums and beaches full and a magical new hotel

Postcard from . . . a Scots Highland bothy

Sharing these shelters with minimal intervention has worked well

Short cuts: updates from London and Miami

Shangri-La in the Shard; Royal Caribbean’s growing fleet

New York, and all that jazz

The 80th anniversary of the Village Vanguard coincides with a resurgence in New York’s jazz scene

Eurostar’s fast train to the Med

A new direct high-speed train service brings Marseille within easy reach of London

Postcard from . . . Roubaix

After a 12-year restoration, Villa Cavrois is about to open to the public

Short cuts: Cuba, New York and Connecticut

Ferry to Cuba; new Edition hotel; ‘Stay Independent’ campaign

On board but far from bored

A new mega-ship offers simulated skydiving, surfing and endless fun — can Lucy stand the pace?

Spirited away on Peru’s pisco trail

Discover a desert oasis and coastal villages on a vineyard tour of the country’s national drink

Postcard from . . . Burgos

Spanish city aims to become a leading gastronomic destination

On location: Far from the Madding Crowd

Thomas Hardy’s fourth novel is retold for a new audience

The Colombian beaches cars can’t reach

A remote coastal village founded by fugitive slaves is opening up to tourism

New architecture in the Hebrides

A ‘third wave’ of innovative holiday homes is reinvigorating the Scottish islands

Postcard from . . . California

A vintage bike festival aims to recapture the spirit of the sport’s golden age

Short cuts: travel updates

All Nippon Airways; Soho House; British Airways; Cheval Blanc

Hiking for softies in southern Spain

A self-guided walking tour of the Alpujarras

Inside an Icelandic ice cap

A man-made cave deep inside Europe’s second-largest glacier is about to open to visitors

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