The heating is on. The leaves are gone. Darkness is descending before tea time. Basically, winter is upon us, and the temptation to curl up and hibernate is strong. But resist. Not only is there plenty of fun to be had in the great British outdoors right now, despite the chill, it’s important for your mental and physical health too.
Following in the spirit of the many continental wine hotels that have popped up over the years among southern Europe’s grapevines, the prolific Denbies Wine Estate is set to open its first vineyard hotel in the UK.
From quirky to downright weird, a guide to the most unusual places to stay around the world, featuring the world's best spaceship treehouses, ice suites, underwater hotels and glass igloos.
Black Friday is almost here. The annual orgy of high street sales and bickering shoppers is now only days away, but the discounting has already started in earnest. Here are some of the deals that have caught our eye. We'll be posting more offers here as and when we get them. See our guide to spotting the best deals here. All offers are subject to availability.
This charming Unesco World Heritage city, split into two halves by the Danube, is a veritable open-air museum with a dizzying 1,500 listed buildings, some of which date back to Roman times. As well as history and scenery par excellence, it also offers a fabulous array of culture, regional cuisine and even lively nightlife.
The Japanese Association of Travel Agents (JATA) was challenged to come up with 30 smaller European destinations to promote to holidaymakers. This is what they came up with (and there is only one in Britain).
Shocking footage emerged from Tenerife over the weekend as powerful storms battered the Canary Islands, creating waves up to 40 feet high.
We are in the midst of an air travel revolution. Between ultra long-haul flights and biometric boarding, the way we fly is changing at a faster pace than ever before. That’s now, but what about in five, 10 or 20 years? We take a look.
Of all of the challenges of life with young children - and there are many - flying in an aeroplane is the very least of your worries.
Whizzing smoothly towards the Alps with scenery gliding by out the window… and no need for airport queues or tedious transfers. Rail travel to the Alps certainly holds advantages for skiers and snowboarders – and here’s why.
With Brexit negotiations reaching fever pitch, there are more bristling Britons looking to skip the country perhaps than usual. But where to go?
Victoria Gilbert wins our weekly Just Back travel writing competition - and £250 - for her account of an exquisite and unexpected view of Porto.
Whether you're a culture vulture or an outdoorsy type, Budapest has a host of things to see and do, from blockbuster collections of classical fine art and archaeological finds gathered over centuries, to sightseeing cruises on the Danube and narrow-gauge railway rides into the forests of the Buda Hills. It's worth remembering that Monday – rather than Sunday – tends to be the day when certain attractions like galleries and museums are closed, so do check in advance.
The days when children were not seen, let alone heard, on river sailings have become a thing of the past. Once the sole preserve of mature travellers and baby boomers, cruises on the Rhine and Danube – Europe’s two most popular rivers – are increasingly becoming family affairs.
Until relatively recently, many restaurants in Budapest seemed to 'suffer' customers rather than welcome them. Hungary's proud culinary tradition withered on the Communist vine, and in the immediate aftermath the food remained stodgy and the waiting staff sullen. But all that has changed. Now you'll find restaurants catering to all tastes and budgets. Menus are imaginative, service is good, there is a sprinkling of Michelin stars, and vegetarian options go beyond breaded mushrooms and cheese fried in animal fat. Raise a fork and get stuck in.
You have to look hard to discover the best of Oxford’s nightlife: hidden down narrow alleyways, in cobbled back streets and behind medieval city walls. Avoid George Street with its chain pubs and restaurants and noisy crowds, and instead hunt down quirky pubs and bars. You'll find a few scattered around the city centre but others require a bit of a walk, either northwest to trendy Jericho or east to edgy Cowley Road.
One of the joys of Seville is wandering its higgledy-piggledy streets, stumbling upon tiny hidden squares with orange trees shading tiled benches. You can find plenty of ways to experience the best cultural and historical offerings the city has without spending a penny. All you need to know is where to go.
It takes just under 20 hours to fly from the UK to the Micronesian archipelago of Palau, but when you touch down at Roman Tmetuchl International Airport, with sunglasses perched on head and toes twitching in flip flops, there is one more thing to do. You must sign a pledge.
Airline passengers may be getting larger, but the onboard toilets are getting smaller as the industry looks at ways of packing in even more fare-paying passengers.
We are two couples in our 50s and 60s travelling to Costa Rica in May next year. It will be my 60th birthday while we’re out there, so we want to find something special to do to celebrate. We like good food and a drink but are also quite active. Do you have any suggestions?
How many uses are there for rotten fish? Powering cruise ships might not immediately spring to mind, but that’s exactly what Hurtigruten, the world’s largest expedition cruise line, has planned.
For anyone who likes their history, London’s transport network has plenty of curious, lesser-known quirks in its back catalogue. Lately, we’ve delved into the Tube - the world’s oldest underground railway network - and the unique tiling that varies between stations, as well as the famous stop that commuters can no longer use.