Road-trip guide: Lake District

This uniquely wild landscape has long proved an irresistible draw. Piercing crags fall dramatically to vast, shimmering lakes, setting a dramatic scene that beguiles visitors. It’s no surprise that the Romantics had a long established love affair with the area – discover its beauty for yourself. Lowther Castle In the land of Romantics, this grandiose folly seems rather apt. Built in the 19th century, its …

Five inspiring railway journeys across the UK

Between train, plane and automobile travel, climbing aboard the former is without doubt the most relaxing – when it’s not part of your daily commute, that is. Skip the long check-in lines and veer away from traffic, and you’ll wind up chugging along a railway route that’s both seamless and scenic – particularly if you’re headed on one of these five quintessentially British journeys… Snowdon …

48 hours in: Berlin

From WWI and WWII to the split of the city into East and West, Berlin has had more than its fair share of turmoil and tragedy. World-famous street art links in seamlessly with hip bars and history-marked buildings, showcasing the city’s torrid past whilst also creating a vision of its unified future. Whatever your interests, Berlin has something for you – but it wouldn’t be …

Chasing Prague – a traveller’s account

I stood watching Kafka’s face metamorph, glistening, from something recognisable to something wholly the opposite; layer by layer, David Černý’s playful ode to the city’s greatest writer perfectly captured the absurdity of the writer’s prose. I was in Prague and up to this point was rather taken aback at the city’s beauty; to give birth to such existential angst in a young Kafka, to be …

Secret guide to: Venice

A seemingly impossible, wholly mystifying destination, Venice sits resplendent in a moody lagoon. The audacious Venetians built palaces of marble, hiding labyrinthine streets and creating a unique culture that still permeates everyday life. From the rich offerings of the lagoon providing a feast of seafood, to the secrecy and opulence of the Baroque Carnivale and the pioneering Renaissance publications of the Ghetto, Venice has always …

A snapshot of Bruges

Bruges is a beguiling medieval delight, a chocolate-box town filled with romantic scenes at every turn. It’s one of Europe’s best-preserved, old-world centres, a step-back-in-time, with an indulgent lifestyle to tap into and hidden depths that dive into a world of art and craftsmanship. Under the shadow of the (leaning!) Belfry, discover a maze of medieval streets, marvel at magnificent architecture, take a boat trip …

Amsterdam city guide: where to shop, eat, stay and more

It could be said that Amsterdam holds the key to idyllic laid-back living. From minimalist coffee hangouts to hip boutiques, grand canal houses to some of the world’s greatest artworks, the city is an endless treasure trove of secrets and it’s the perfect size for a weekend break – much to explore but not overwhelming. Amsterdam always has its loyal visitors running (or peddling) back …

Island-hopping around the Caribbean

Is there anywhere on the planet more synonymous with paradise than the Caribbean? A tumble of islets and cays between Florida and Venezuela, this beauteous region evokes images of powder-soft sands, absurdly clear waters, good humoured locals and a no-worries vibe. Some of the world’s best thriving reefs are here, not to mention acres of virgin rainforest to swing through and hidden waterfalls to clamber …

Corsica’s natural beauty is an enviable sight

Corsica is one of the most naturally beautiful islands in the Mediterranean. Wild forests and jutting mountains dominate the interior, but where the land meets the sea, gorgeous beaches await. Discover what each can offer below, for a truly beguiling outdoor escape. The Interior Corsica is a sublime landscape for outdoor lovers. Though the beaches may get plenty attention, the mountains, river valleys and ancient …