Five essential Lisbon experiences to bookmark for later

Lisbon is one of Europe's most charming capitals. It boasts appealing neighbourhoods, great food and a long maritime history. Add to that warm sunny weather for a large part of the year and you have a must-do city break. Keen to see what the fuss is about? Here are five…

Future bucket list destination: Mauritius

The Indian Ocean island paradise of Mauritius appears on many travellers' bucket lists and with good reason. American author Mark Twain, visiting at the end of the 19th century is often quoted: "From one citizen you gather the idea that Mauritius was made first, and then heaven; and that heaven…

6 Places I’m Going When This is All Over

Life will return to normal after we tame the Covid virus. I’ve done my homework while I’ve had spare time on my hands, what with the airlines mothballed and the restaurants closed. These are the six places I’m going when this is all over. Chill on Gam Island in Indonesia's…

Boxed Vacations – a travel-inspired craft project to try at home

We’re all in the same boat now, or perhaps it's best we are not given current limitations. So feeling deprived of our usual travel therapy, what can we do without leaving home? If like us you have travel photos languishing unseen on your laptop or in an album, here are…

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…