travel

  • The 10 best walks in the Chiltern Hills – all starting and ending at a characterful pub

    For keen walkers, the Chilterns offer the promise of an adventure playground on the doorstep of the nation’s capital, just an hour from central London. They are also a haven for flourishing wildlife populations including muntjac and fallow deer, badgers, exotic birds and butterflies (including a healthy population of the endangered Duke of Burgundy) and rare species of wildflowers.

  • Europe's best luxury camping holidays for summer 2022

    Few sectors of the travel industry are booming like glamping. Increasing numbers of us want the immersive outdoor experience without having to compromise on creature comforts (or Instagrammable hot tubs). According to a report from Grand View Research, the global glamping market was valued at $2.35 billion (£1.87 billion) in 2021 and is estimated to rise to $5.94 billion in 2030.

  • If you haven't flown Ryanair in a while, we have a few words of advice

    While British Airways is enduring something of an annus horribilis – featuring long queues, last-minute cancellations and even a two-week period when it stopped selling tickets – for Ryanair, things have rarely looked better. Disruption has been rare, so too those once commonplace PR hiccups, and this week it was able to get one over its old rival by announcing, hours after Heathrow extended its flight cap until October 29, 500 more services to and from its main hub at Stansted over the same per

  • I'm done with overpriced Center Parcs – I saved more than £1,000 by going to France instead

    Claps of thunder rolled around the valley and dark rain clouds stayed just a few hundred metres ahead of us as we walked past a small yellow sign telling us we had entered the Vanoise National Park in the French Alps. Far ahead of us we could see the Lac de la Plagne cupped on a ledge and beyond it the Grande Motte glacier above Tignes. To the south, the seriously steep scree of the Sommet de Bellecôte towered above the valley that leads down to the villages of Nancroix and Peisey.

  • The best restaurants in Marseille

    Being a port city, it makes sense that Marseille’s signature dish is the overwhelming bouillabaisse fish stew. It should be tackled at least once – as long as you like fish. Avoid cheap versions: anything under €35 (£30) counts as cheap. Other local dishes are of a similarly sustaining nature: daube, a beef stew in wine; and le grand aioli, which is warm cod flanked by a full floor show of vegetables, shellfish and, of course, garlic mayonnaise. It requires a cooled bottle of Provençal rosé – or

  • 'I couldn't get an appointment with a UK dentist – so I flew to Nepal to get five fillings instead'

    Head tilted back, with various buzzing instruments wiggling near my tonsils, I heard something worrying.

  • The 15 best ski resorts you can reach by train: how to get there and when to book

    In recent years taking the train to the slopes of Europe has become an increasingly popular choice for British skiers and snowboarders looking for a more enjoyable alternative to airport queues or long drives.

  • 10 underrated beach holidays to rival Greece – for a fraction of the price

    My first eye-opening insight into this enthralling region was as a teenager, when I hopped on a ferry from Corfu to Sarandë – on Albania’s Riviera – set on the dazzling Ionian Sea. I was captivated by its beaches, which could easily rival Greece or the Bahamas. Backed by magnificent mountains and gently lapped by warm waters, these serene spots offered the perfect combination of wild beauty and holiday comforts in spades – reasonably priced iced coffee, local beers and restaurants serving up zga

  • The Spanish cities with wonderful food and World Heritage Sites – but hardly any tourists

    Hoards of British holidaymakers flock to the Spanish costas each year – their long-stretching sands and family-friendly resorts have long been staples on the holiday calendar.

  • 10 glorious German rail journeys for under £10 (total) in summer 2022

    Travelling by train is the best way to discover Germany – its integrated rail network criss-crosses the country, connecting big cities and remote villages, traversing some stunning scenery along the way. And this summer it’s even better. Tickets on Deutsche Bahn, Germany’s national rail operator, have always been good value, but in June, July and August they’re virtually giving them away. You can buy a “9-Euro-Ticket” which gives you unlimited travel throughout Germany for just £7.66 per month (

  • Why you must act now if you want to escape Britain for October half term

    Already this week, there has been both good and bad news for families planning a break during the October half term. On the one hand, Heathrow Airport extended its cap on numbers until October 29, which takes it to the end of the holiday week. This is likely to restrict availability and also put upward pressure on airfares, especially on BA flights and for long-haul destinations generally.

  • The swanky corner of Greece that’s luring A-listers (and Boris Johnson)

    Stretching from chic yachties’ hangout Palaio Faliro to the marble-pillared splendour of Cape Sounion, the Athenian Riviera is where well-heeled Greeks go to escape the city during sweltering summers – but has long been overlooked by tourists.

  • 10 secret spots in Cornwall to avoid the summer crowds

    As I sat in St Ives earlier this summer, looking out over Porthmeor Beach, it didn’t look in the least bit overcrowded. Yes, it was a gloriously hot weekend, but once you settle into a Cornish resort you’ll find there really is space for everyone in these tourist havens. The problem is getting there.

  • Nine British seaside hotspots and how they're changed – for better or for worse

    We love our seaside towns. We must do; there are loads of them. An official government source lists 108 seaside towns in England and Wales. Wikipedia, which includes villages and suburbs with beaches, pushes the number up to 213 for the whole of the UK.

  • The rail journeys that Telegraph readers will never forget

    Our story on iconic rail journeys last week focused on price, but it is the scenery the trains pass through that makes them special. We asked readers to send us their most scenic train rides. Here are the most inspiring entries.

  • Flight cancelled or delayed? Here's how to claim compensation

    Flight cancellations and delays continue to affect British holidaymakers, making it more important than ever to know your rights when it comes to compensation, refunds and rebooking options.

  • I had to visit this corner of Britain after finding my grandmother's wartime diary

    My grandmother Virginia came of age during the Second World War. In her later years, she would reminisce about an era in which a humble girl from Penzance could make friends with people from places as far-flung as Winnipeg and Reykjavik; find independence through war work and throw herself into dances with a joie de vivre borne of a knowledge that bombers could raze the white cliffs on any given morrow.

  • 10 beautiful British hotels that show true style is ageless

    When is a traditional hotel timeless – and therefore endlessly appealing and touched by magic; and when is it merely timeworn – and therefore seedy, drab and no fun at all? The answer is not entirely straightforward, for timeless hotels can be as much a state of mind as a set of rules, and they vary in style and type, from classic to cosy. You are either an aficionado of such hotels or you aren’t; if you are, this is for you.

  • The beautiful corners of France that the French don't want you to know about

    France attracts more international tourists than any other country: nearly 90 million visitors a year, putting Spain in second place and the US in third. Less well-known is that it also attracts more domestic tourism than any other place in Europe; of those French people who take holidays, some 80 per cent do so in their own country. This shouldn’t be a surprise – if the whole world reckons your home is attractive, why go elsewhere?

  • Why spending winter abroad could be the answer to your soaring utility bills

    It’s hard to keep up with the bad tidings about the rising cost of living. But latest figures suggest that utility bills could head north of £4,200 a year for the average British household come January, while energy giants rake in bumper profits.