11 unique experiences that only exist in Japan

Japan is a compact and spiritual country that is brimming with unique experiences you won’t see anywhere else. Classic samurai and elegant geishas, ​​Onsen baths and the celestial Mount Fuji, temples, shrines and tea ceremonies are just the tip of the iceberg. Here we dig even deeper; how about roaming the Japanese Alps or enjoying a traditional Kaiseki meal? These 11 highlights bring you closer to the real Japan.

Secret guide to: must-see destinations in Oxfordshire

Although one of Oxfordshire’s most alluring destinations is its capital, the City of Dreaming Spires is just the tip of its appeal. Yes, the honey-stoned buildings of Christ Church and Trinity College ooze grandeur, but there’s another pull towards this characterful county. Sitting merrily in the Cotswolds, you’ll find sprinklings of ivy-clad cottages, churches and abbeys with a notable history and some of the finest British food around. Grab the keys and start your engine, and roar into the Cotswolds to see these prettily perfect villages for yourself…

Nine charming small towns you need to visit in the South of France

When sunshine, incredible food and compelling landscapes call your name, add these small French towns to your must-visit list: from a hilltop spot overlooking the whole of the French Riviera to the canal-filled Venice of Provence, these underrated and lesser-known destinations promise all the trimmings of a classic Southern French getaway – minus the buzzing crowds. Èze For a quiet and scenic break away from …

Verona to Venice: sea mists and deserted side streets

Whatever springs to mind when you think of Italy – hearty bowls of pasta, canals dotted with gondolas, mountains of creamy gelato or tumbling historic ruins, it’s a given that the country has left a powerful imprint on everyone’s imaginations. With the promise of beauty, romanticism and bohemian allure at every turn, a short getaway seemed like the perfect antidote to the bleakness of British …

An outdoor-lover’s guide to the glorious South Welsh coast

The gorgeous South Wales coast has an otherworldly edge to it that rivals even the prettiest of far-flung seaside escapes. It’s heaven on earth for lovers of nature and the great outdoors, thanks to its abundance of beautiful Blue Flag beaches, cherished National Trust treasures, quaint fishing towns and wonderful wildlife. The ‘land of mystery and enchantment’ remains unspoiled, and we’ve rounded up the best …