A guide to the Champagne region in France

Known the world over as the drink of celebration, Champagne is a delicious effervescent wine that comes from the region of the same name in northern France. Many have imitated this delightful fizz (and imitation is, of course, the best form of flattery), but nothing quite measures up to the original – and some might say best sparkling wine. While the alcoholic beverage might lure you to the region, there is plenty of other delights that await you in this historic area of France.

Secret guide: Porto

Glazed Majolica, panoramas studded with terracotta roofs, restaurants on the river and many (many) flakey ‘pastel de nata’ pastries: the unique personality of Porto will capture you in seconds. The ideal European destination for a long weekend away, here are some of our favourite things to do in this colourful city.

Prosecco Road: discovering liquid gold

A perfect example of how humans and nature can work together to create something close to perfection, the ‘Strada del Prosecco’ is not just a journey for an excellent glass of bubbles, but a pilgrimage to discover the centuries of passion and determination that go into every golden drop. A newly appointed UNESCO heritage site, the Prosecco hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene is an appropriate place to uncork a bottle of the region’s finest.

How to spend two days in Singapore

Located on the southern tip of Malaysia, mere hours from Bali, Bangkok and Phuket, Singapore is an ideal stopover before further adventures in Asia. Its vibrant culture is a melting pot of Malay, Indian and Chinese influences and offers an endless variety of experiences for the savvy traveller. If you’re visiting for just a couple of days, skip the tourist traps and see Singapore like a local.

A journey through Malaysia

Malaysia is a wonderful melting pot of cultures, food, art, beaches and nature. Split into two main regions, Peninsular Malaysia and Borneo’s East Malaysia, this diverse and enchanting country is a Southeast Asian delight. Spend a couple of weeks here and you’re bound to leave a piece of your heart behind. Here are six unmissable destinations to hit in Malaysia.

Two pagoda on the top of Inthanon mountain

Guide to Chiang Mai: temples, festivals & markets

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.