Our favourite travel podcasts

During this unprecedented global crisis, the ramifications of COVID-19 mean travel in the usual sense is off the table. But for those of us who can't bear to confine ourselves to our own local areas, we continue to travel vicariously through books, the big and small screen and the internet.…

St Petersburg: Tips for getting the best out of Russia’s Tsar attraction

Russia's most European city can be somewhat daunting for travellers. Though the main sights are for the most part concentrated into a compact part of the city centre, their popularity - and in some cases vast scale - can make them a challenge when it comes to itinerary planning. If…

Five great travel books to inspire you

Countries around the world are increasingly being forced to take steps to isolate their populations. If you are now confined at home as part of efforts to tackle the spread of Coronavirus, why not get inspired through one of these great travel books? Jeffrey Tayler: The Lost Kingdoms of Africa…

How to travel without leaving home

As the COVID-19 virus spreads across the globe, these are troubled times for the travel industry. Airlines are grounding flights, governments are closing borders and travellers are being forced to rethink plans for dream trips they can no longer take - for the time being at least. At some point,…

Bolivia: explore this fascinating corner of South America

Bolivia is one of only two landlocked countries in the Americas (the other is Paraguay, if you were wondering). Though it's often described as an Andean nation, its landscapes encompass desert and rainforest as well. 40% of the world's species are found here and the country's diverse human population means…

Travel off the beaten track: Senegal

While neighbouring Gambia is an established package holiday destination and millions of visitors flock to Morocco not far to the north, Senegal struggles to find its visitor niche. Popular with French tourists thanks to its colonial connections and a steady stream of visitors drawn to find out more of its…

5 Lakes in Switzerland You Really Must See

Landlocked Switzerland sits at the heart of Europe. Boasting a diverse landscape, it reputedly has over 1,500 lakes - although we haven’t counted them all personally. Lakes Geneva, Constance and Maggiore are the largest, though the latter is more commonly associated with Italy. However, there are many smaller treasures that…

Need to go, need to know: Big Island, Hawaii

The Hawaii archipelago of 137 islands – eight inhabited permanently - spreads out in the Pacific Ocean across 1,500 miles. It formed during a period of intense volcanic activity. New islands continue to form as the tectonic plate beneath the Pacific very slowly moves northwest. The newest one, Hawaii, is…

Essential Ecuador

The South American country of Ecuador is a fraction of the size of neighbouring Peru and receives half the number of international tourist arrivals. But that's not to say you shouldn't visit. With historic cities, bustling markets and some of the most spectacular scenery on the continent, you should certainly…

Iceland: why this mid-Atlantic destination remains as popular as ever

Iceland's popularity, both as a short break destination and a vacation spot for longer trips, shows no signs of waning. Around 2 million international travellers chose to holiday there in 2019, most commonly for a week-long visit. So what is it that appeals to tourists and what should you do…