With its fragrant spices, vibrant fabrics and otherworldly landscapes, the Middle East holds plenty of hidden treasures within its ancient walls, all of which are yours to discover on this enchanting trail. So grab your car keys, buckle up and lose yourself in the beguiling charm of this captivating part of the world.
As the world grapples with the effects of climate change and the global population becomes ever more clued-up about our impact on the environment, it’s hardly surprising that talk is swiftly turning towards how to travel more sustainably. Whether you’re planning to reduce your carbon footprint in 2020, want to make more environmentally-friendly travel choices or are just ready to become a more socially conscious traveller full stop, we’ve pulled together a list of the very best destinations for an eco-savvy city break.
Contrary to the evidence of many light-pocketed tourists leaving Sin City, a trip to extravagant, flamboyant, downright infamous Las Vegas doesn’t have to entail spending the weekend sat at a blackjack table counting your losses. There are literally thousands of things to do in and around Vegas, and the iconic strip is truly just the beginning.
Take it back to basics, before the skyscrapers of Bangkok and the oxygen tanks for deep sea-diving, and venture north to Thailand’s second city, Chiang Mai. Discover a land of temples, jungles, ruins and mountains, of festivals and celebrations – and, of course, markets. The former capital of the Lan Na kingdom, Chiang Mai has stayed true to its heritage whilst embracing the modernism of today.