Why the Swiss are such good sports

By Barry Toberman, July 17, 2015

Chocolate, cheese and clocks. None too shabby a triumvirate, granted. But what else does a major Swiss city have to offer? Quite a lot, as I discover after arriving in Lausanne, a 40-minute train ride from Geneva airport.


A Greek tragedy . . . Or just an inconvenience?

By Sharron Livingston, July 10, 2015

As Greece decides what to do about its €323 billion debt and whether to abandon the euro, hotels are facing a drop in last-minute bookings, and holidaymakers who have already booked are wondering whether to go.

Whatever you decide, the most important piece of advice is: don't rely on ATMs - they may not all be topped up regularly - and take enough cash for your stay as well as your cards.


Forgotten Caribbean: why you should holiday in Haiti

By Judith Baker, July 8, 2015

Haiti has always been a Caribbean destination with a difference. Although the country has all the trimmimgs of a tropical paradise - the beaches, the weather, the flora and fauna - a series of disasters, both political and natural, have meant it has not enjoyed the mass tourism of its neighbours.


Think you know Israel? Some unexpected suggestions for the seasoned tourist

July 3, 2015

Many readers have such a strong connection to Israel that they hold all their simchas there or regularly nip over to visit friends and family. Yet this tiny land has lots more to offer your inner tourist, so why not mix it up and try something different? Here are our suggestions:

Adventures in the Golan


How to stay out of trouble when abroad

June 29, 2015

Last week a Brit was jailed forposing naked on a sacred mountain in Malaysia. It wasn't that long ago that a couple kissing publicly in Dubai faced a similar fate.

Indeed if you even swear on Whats-App while in the Emirates you could be fined £45,000. And if you are contemplating debauched drunken behaviour in Magaluf this summer you may end up forking out €3,000 for the privilege.


Crystal-clear memories of Ireland

By Rosa Doherty, June 25, 2015

As a child I was dragged year after year on a two-week summer holiday to Ireland where it rained often. I bemoaned my parents for choosing our "cheap and boring holiday" while classmates jetted off to sunny climes.


Lords of the Ringstrasse: 150 years of Vienna's grand boulevard

By Beverley D’Silva, June 20, 2015

Last month Vienna hosted the Life Ball, an Aids benefit and Europe's biggest charity event. The streets around City Hall were rammed with revellers, dressed as fantasy creatures, angels and fairies daubed in gold (this year's theme) like Klimt paintings. The festivities, crazy music and transgender catwalk shows went on beyond the early hours.


A view to dine for

June 15, 2015


Forget cocktails in a hammock, instead go for a lofty lunch in the Treehouse of the Viceroy Maldives. As well as a view overlooking the Indian Ocean, you can enjoy a meze or simply sip your favourite tipple as the sun sets.



Bullet-riddled buildings and locals who aren’t afraid to mention the war

By Anthea Gerrie, June 15, 2015

Had Archduke Franz Ferdinand kept his date with the Chief Rabbi of Sarajevo, the First World War might never have been. Such is the city's legacy, given its position at the crossroads of Europe, with tensions that have brought this east-meets-west metropolis much more than its fair share of suffering.


A royal tour of New Zealand

May 28, 2015