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Washington State

From the viewing platform on the 605ft tall Space Needle we gazed across the still waters of the Puget Sound towards the glacier-capped peak of Mount Rainier. It took just…

Burma

As I bent down to put on my shoes after leaving the temple, a little girl approached, and shyly held out a bunch of wild flowers picked from the grassy…

The Wachau Valley

Standing at the top of the stone steps overlooking the fountain in Salzburg’s Baroque Mirabell Gardens, I am about to be transported to my childhood. Below us Elisabeth von Trapp…

Consider a craft holiday to the Atlas Mountains

So many crafts to try, so little time… If that’s how you feel, why not try a creative holiday? Whether you want to build on existing skills, or try a…

Mauritius beach

Located in the Indian Ocean, and just 40 miles long by 28 miles wide, Mauritius has more than 90 miles of white beaches, which are sheltered from the choppy waves…

Greenland

Exploring Greenland, the biggest island on Earth, should be on everyone’s bucket list. It’s among those ‘once in a lifetime’ adventures that will remain etched in your memory forever. The…

The Hague

Holland is synonymous with bikes. In fact, the Dutch are so crazy about pedal power that there are an estimated 18 million cycles in the country – that’s more than…

Loire river

There was a distinct feeling of déjà vu as we walked towards the towering turrets of Château d’Ussé, one of more than 1,000 royal and aristocratic palaces that line the…

Bahamas

Rum and beer have long been used for medicinal purposes,’ explains our guide Murray Sweeting, although with the sun climbing in the clear blue sky, we need little encouragement to…

Discover Newfoundland in Canada

The slim silhouettes of gannets plunge 150ft into the white-crested waters as, alongside our boat, the waves are sliced apart by a breaching humpback. Aboard, I can’t help but jig…

High fell walk is the best route for thrill-seeking hikers © Alamy

Best lakeside walk in Buttermere Owned by the National Trust, Buttermere lake nestles amid the Western Fells. It’s surrounded by some of Lakeland’s most beautiful scenery, particularly the run of…

Lisbon Tram (c) iStock

Sprawling across seven hills with spectacular views of the Tagus estuary, Lisbon – Europe’s westernmost capital city – isn’t simply a gorgeous destination, but a historic one, too. Antiquated trams…

Aarhus, Jutland (c) iStock

‘You’re listening to Always Elvis Radio,’ announces the DJ as we climb the steps to Graceland and another hit from the King of rock ’n’ roll fills the air. Nearby,…

On wildlife safari in Zambia (c) Alamy

What? Polar bear, whale, walrus Where? Arctic Ocean Situated on the southern fringe of the frozen Arctic Ocean, remote Spitsbergen is the natural habitat of the polar bear, and on…

Alnwick Castle boast splendid staterooms and artworks (c) Alamy

Many people hurriedly drive through Northumberland on their way to or from Scotland. They don’t know what they’re missing. Despite being one of the most beautiful and unspoilt corners of…

Ushuaia harbour and the mountains of Isla Navarino (c) Alamy

Located at the very tip of South America, Cape Horn, at the edge of Chile, has long been a major milestone for sailors seeking to circumnavigate the world. A cruise…