Tel Aviv: New York's mini-me?

By Jan Shure, September 27, 2011

The last time I stayed in Tel Aviv was in 2008. So driving to the seafront from the airport, through the formerly sleepy tributaries of Jabotinsky, Arlosoroff and Ibn Gvirol, and seeing the sheer quantity of new residential and office buildings and the scale of gentrification of the older, inner-city neighbourhoods, was breathtaking.


Real Mallorca

By Sarah Dranes, September 22, 2011

I packed my bags for Island life in Mallorca in May 2009 but I am not new to Spain - far from it. Marbella guided me from my 20s through to my 30s but I reached my seven-year itch and I had to move on.


Time for sharing a hideaway?

By Gloria Tessler, September 15, 2011

A luxury villa in a beautiful secret location may not suit the adventurous globe-trotter. But if you hanker after - and can afford - an exclusive beauty spot with your own concierge and a private chef, a Hideaways Club villa could be an option. Less of a time-share, they say, than an investment.


On track across the Rockies

By Jan Shure, September 8, 2011

Perhaps it helped to be travelling in the slipstream of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.


Chennai: Where life is enshrined

By Liz Gill, September 1, 2011

There can't be many places where you can be blessed by an elephant and buy a beautiful new handbag in the same afternoon. But this is Chennai in India, land of extraordinary contrasts, ancient and modern.


In search of the golden fleece

By Judith Baker, August 25, 2011

Stretching from The Black Sea to the Caucasus Mountains and lying on the cusp of Christian Europe and Islamic Asia, Georgia is an enchanting mix of old and new, with a pretty landscape that combines mountains and a pretty coastline.

In the space of just a few days you can ski in the mountains, swim in the Black Sea and embrace an amazing culture in the churches, castles and cave-towns, enjoying


Lava at first sight

By Daralyn Danns, August 18, 2011

I was enjoying lunch on top of a volcano. In the distance were the Bálsamo mountains, the Pacific Ocean and the city of San Salvador, glistening in the sun.

There are 23 volcanoes in San Salvador. Santa Ana, which last erupted in 2005, is the highest in the Pacific volcanic chain. Happily, my volcano is no longer active.


Oasis in the desert? Let's drink to that

By Jenni Frazer, August 11, 2011

Israel's president, Shimon Peres, who can turn a phrase or two, turned to his hosts with a huge smile.

"This," he declared, "is the Taj Mahal of the Negev."

Since the Taj Mahal is famously Shah Jehan's architectural declaration of love to his wife, the president might have exaggerated slightly.


Trust me: just jump

By Jessica Elgot, August 4, 2011

My Sunday mornings aren't usually cliffhangers, unless I'm trying to remember the night before.

I'm more at home drinking strong coffee in my local greasy spoon.

But this particular day, with the wind whipping my hair, swaying above the deep azure sea, I am actually cliff-hanging. On the edge of a cliff in northern Jersey.


Panama: More than just a canal

By Daralyn Danns, July 28, 2011

With its skyscrapers and coastal setting, Panama City, the capital of the Republic of Panama, looks a little like Miami.

But, look a little closer and you discover that Panama is still a Third World country in the throes of reinventing itself as a hot spot for tourists and a financial hub.