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News recently reached the Daytripping desk that a friend of the Duke of Sussex is planning to turn a small town or, truth be told, large village on the Isle of Wight into a British counterpart to St Tropez.
Crossing the Atlantic has always carried a certain romance. It seems remarkable that only 10 years after Orville Wright took to the air for 12 seconds in 1903, the world was spurring on aviators to tackle the vast ocean between Europe and America.
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Cartagena, a World Heritage listed city on the Caribbean coast where Gabriel Garcia Marquez set the luscious, evocative ‘Love in the Time of Cholera’, is the jewel in Colombia’s already overcrowded crown.
Regionalism is a powerful factor in Mexican cuisine. Oaxaca does its own variety of mozzarella. The chile poblano – a mild green pepper used in chiles en nogada, the de facto national dish – takes its name from Puebla. Tequila was a place before it was a drink. From Yucatán comes the pit-oven technique known in Mayan as p’ib – as in the al fresco fiesta classic, cochinita pibil (slow-roasted pig seasoned with annatto seeds). The epicentre of culinary experimentation is Mexico City, but it’s also the place to try food from street vendors and in fuss-free taquerías and cantinas specialising in botanas (snacks) and boozing.
The beginning of the year in Britain is not a time of year anyone relishes: a time of diets and failed resolutions, of short, dark days and dreary weather. No wonder, then, that many of us are online looking at images of exotic, far-flung places, planning holidays to give us something to look forward to. And many of us, myself included, will feel the urge to head somewhere different, another part of the world where everything is unfamiliar and exciting.
Staying safe when skiing or snowboarding in the mountains is crucial – an important part of that is being aware of the risk of avalanche where you are, being prepared when heading off piste, and knowing what to do should an avalanche happen.
While locals quaff tapas on sunny terraces in northern Spain this summer, beneath them, in dank caves about a mile underground, wannabe space tourists will be shuffling around in the dark, pretending they’re on Mars.
Enjoy the great outdoors, tuck into organic Michelin-starred cuisine and relax in a holistic spa at these four stunning places to stay.
With its landmark Pitons – a pair of green volcanic fangs rising out of the ocean – and a mountainous interior coated in rainforest, St Lucia is one of the Caribbean's most dramatic-looking ports of call. It also has lovely beaches, but such is St Lucia's beauty it would be a shame to just flop about under a parasol all day. A relaxing and popular way to take in the scenery is on a boat trip down the west coast. For the more active, hiking or zip-lining in the rainforest, or climbing a Piton, is also highly recommended.
For the majority of travellers airline food is a necessary evil that must be endured given the limits to catering options at 35,000 feet.
Southampton is by far and away the busiest cruise port in the UK, handling over two million passengers a year. It's primarily a departure (and arrivals) point for no-fly cruises, though it also serves as a port of call on some British Isles and northern Europe itineraries.
After a morning’s pampering in the Atlantis Spa on board Boudicca, I floated back to my cabin in a fluffy robe and slippers (hoping nobody would notice my shiny face and crazy hair) and then managed to lose my sense of direction, finishing up in a corridor lined with rare vintage Hermes scarves. No detox dream, this was simply my good fortune to have taken one set of stairs down, rather than up. I examined each of the exquisite silk squares on deck three until a passenger asked if I was lost.
More than 7,000 individual islands, including 13 sovereign nations and 12 dependencies, make up the sun-soaked Caribbean – so picking just one is a tricky task. Some suit beachgoers, while others are made for adventure. There are islands for history buffs, naturalists, night owls and lovers of luxury. St Lucia - which celebrates 40 years of independence today - offers a little of everything, making it the perfect option for first-time visitors to the region.
Last September, on a tiny Aegean island shaped like a peanut husk, that I tasted summer distilled into dessert form. The dish? A swirl of tart Greek yogurt, crowned with a dollop of fragrant rosehip and honey. I ate it while beads of salty seawater dripped from my hair to the ground. The setting? The terrace of Irene’s, a friendly village café in the middle of Folegandros. Trucks and cars, jeeps and mopeds whizzed past so closely we could feel the vibrations at our table.
Known for its steamy-hot summers, mild winters and sultry operatic gypsy heroine Carmen, Seville is a bijou city whose fabulous food, extraordinary Mudejar, Gothic and Renaissance architecture, and exotic flamenco rhythms never fail to charm and seduce. History oozes through its very pores, with ancient Moorish walls, Roman ruins and Baroque churches at every turn.
Amanda Huggins wins our weekly travel writing competition, and £250, for her tale of a trip on one of the world’s most eccentric trains.
A Virgin Atlantic jet set a new speed record on Monday, flying from LA to London in just over nine hours, after a powerful jet stream propelled it faster than the speed of sound.
America’s newest national park - its 61st in all - is a 15,000-acre expanse of rolling dunes, freshwater beaches and oak savannah that’s home to scores of rare plants and more than 350 species of bird. It’s also got a rather amusing name.
This year marks 200 years since Sir Stamford Raffles arrived in the Garden City, and with a host of birthday celebrations happening around the island city-state, there has never been a better time to go.
There is no doubt that Ernest Shackleton’s endeavours between April and August 1916 – when he sailed a lifeboat 800 miles across the southern Atlantic Ocean, crossed the remote frozen outcrop of South Georgia and returned to the even more distant Elephant Island to rescue his marooned crew – were among the most incredible feats of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration.
The Faroe Islands will close to visitors for a weekend of “maintenance” to highlight the archipelago’s delicate ecosystem and desire to protect itself from a blossoming tourism industry.
The Swiss resort of Crans Montana has declared a week of mourning following the death of a ski patroller in an avalanche that crossed a piste. There will also be a minute’s silence at 2:23pm today.
I first fell in love when I was eight years old. It wasn’t really what the grown-ups called love. More like the secret joy of being with a friend who had touched my heart. And I only first recognised it for what it was the moment it was gone.