My favourite travel souvenir: readers' tipsThese mementos of bygone trips come from all over the world and each has a story to tell, from the ‘discovery’ of a sport in Vietnam to a 1970s overland trip to Iran
The ride that always delivers: cycling the Postman's Path, Isle of Harris. This route once connected a remote village to the outside world. Our writer rides the spectacular mountain biking trail and meets the former postman who walked it three times a week
Barbados isn't especially known as a destination for a spa-focused holiday, but nonetheless it has hotels with enticing spas to suit most tastes and budgets. Whether you're looking for a spa (and a hotel) with just about every conceivable facility under the tropical sun; or perhaps one of the island's interconnected, all-inclusive Sandals properties; some pampering at a more intimate property; or a supremely elegant, lavish experience, here's our pick of the best spa hotels in Barbados.
10 of the best travel documentary filmsThese documentaries offer journeys of discovery from Antarctica and the Himalayas to Borneo, the Amazon – and even Woodstock in 1969
Coronavirus travel updates: which countries have restrictions and FCO warnings in place?. Foreign Office advises UK nationals against all non-essential travel. Plus latest travel bans and repatriation information across the globe, updated as the situation changes
Send us a travel photo and the story behind it for a chance to win £200 towards a Sawday's stay. Whether it’s a spectacular shot or a fun picture that captures a special moment, we want to see your best travel snap and hear the story behind it
Whether you’re looking for budget accommodation or five-star resort facilities – including the best for family-friendly activities, direct beach access, garguantuan swimming pools, relaxing spas, watersports and tennis courts – look no further than Turkey, where a spoiling array of hotels and resorts can offer you everything you need for a fabulous adults-only or family holiday with the whole caboodle paid up-front. Here's our pick of the best all-inclusive hotels in Turkey, in areas including Belek, Sarigerme and Özdere. Hillside Beach Club, Fethiye The Hillside Beach Club is a big, cheerful resort set around secluded Kalemya Bay with its clear blue waters and densely wooded hills. Rooms, three restaurants and eight bars, plus leisure facilities are cut into the hillsides in the form of several chalets, and there are three sandy beaches (two of them adults-only) with a shuttle boat service. Regular fitness classes and wellness programmes are designed for active guests, as are diving and sailing lessons, and a mini football field. A few dining options include a food court-style restaurant which serves buffet breakfasts (with a healthy eating and gluten free section), lunches and dinners, and there’s a coffee shop where you can take roasting lessons, plus cookery and cocktail-making workshops.
The Dunkirk spirit was invoked by the coronavirus crisis, when a small 25-cabin cruise yacht helped 19 Cuban crew from a mega cruise ship return to their homeland. Variety Cruises’ vessel Panorama made a special 14-day diversion in the Caribbean to repatriate the group from MSC Preziosa. Panorama’s captain Vasilis Mazarkis came across the plight of the Cubans when his ship called into Barbados to refuel ahead of a transatlantic crossing after a winter season spent cruising off the coast of Costa Rica and Panama. Panorama was empty other than her crew. She berthed near MSC Preziosa, a super-sized cruise ship that carries up to 4,360 passengers and 1,300 crew. Nineteen healthy staff were keen to return home but given the constraints of Covid-19, had no realistic option for doing so. Following a request from the Cuban government, Mazarkis agreed to repatriate them to Havana, a journey which took the cruise yacht seven days. The Cuban government covered the cost of the fuel but Variety Cruises made no other charge for their brotherly act. Health declarations were provided by the Captain of MSC Preziosa and the Barbadian medical authorities, and the new passengers were thermo-scanned prior to boarding and on every subsequent day of the journey. After disembarking his charges in Havana on April 4, Mazarkis said: "During these difficult times we are facing, it is important to help each other. Knowing that we were helping fellow seafarers by getting them back to their families makes us all happy. We wish and hope that all stranded crew and passengers alike manage to get home to their loved ones and that the world will return to normal soon."
Flocking to ewe tube: farm webcams live stream animals in actionSpring is here and it’s time to spy on fluffy newborn lambs, sleepy kids and even sunbathing piglets! It’s cuteness overload on these farm cams
A virtual walk in Welsh mountains – with just an OS map and my imaginationKevin Rushby explores the Berwyn range’s contours and landmarks from the comfort of his home – finishing the hike with a well deserved, but fantasy, pint
There’s a flurry of problems facing the travel industry at the moment, not least the question of its survival in a time of lockdowns and travel bans. But to their credit, industry leaders are still finding innovative ways to help where they can, as is currently being demonstrated by four hotels on the Amalfi Coast in Italy. Recognising that weeks of isolation are only fuelling wanderlust, Le Sirenuse and Il San Pietro in Positano, Palazzo Avino in Ravello and Hotel Santa Catarina in Amalfi, unaffiliated but for location, have clubbed together to do their bit by selling holidays in order to raise money for medical research.
Continuing our series, Chris Leadbeater enjoys a virtual holiday in Sin City. Previous articles include New York, Rio and Venice
Postcard from the future – a journey to Moscow. Award-winning author Marcel Theroux looks forward to revisiting his friend’s dacha in the countryside near Moscow
10 of the best virtual tours of the world's natural wondersIf you’re bored of lockdown strolls in the local park, try these online hikes to Everest and Patagonia and a jaw-dropping ascent of El Capitan• 10 virtual tours of the world’s most famous landmarks
Bored in lockdown? Try learning how to tango onlineOur writer tries to recreate the buzz of a Buenos Aires dancehall in his UK living room with a selection of tango classes on YouTube
A local's guide to virtual VeniceVenetian photographer Giacomo Cosua takes us on a tour of La Serrinimisa, through films, music, books, podcasts and virtual reality
‘I live alone at sea. Here's how to be happy in isolation’. Our lives have changed radically but we can adapt, says a former Guardian journalist who has lived solo on a boat for three years – and learned to love it Living alone in the wild
Naturalists flock to Chris Packham's DIY 'Springwatch' on Facebook. The presenter’s daily Self-Isolating Bird Club draws on wildlife footage caught by enthusiasts on mobile phones in their gardens. Packham calls it ‘Dad’s Army makes TV’
Trekking to Everest base camp – by climbing the stairs at home. Virtual expedition team ascends 5,364 metres over five days in indoor mountain climbing challenge
Where would you rather be right now? It’s a question many of us are asking ourselves, our friends and our families on loop. I’m currently living in an alternative universe: this weekend, I was supposed to be scooting around the streets of San Francisco with a friend before driving to Napa Valley. When I’m not lamenting that trip, I’m daydreaming about past memories, like sunbathing in secret coves in Menorca or Greece, or driving, windows down, around the back lanes of Cornwall on a summer’s evening. My reality, as is everyone’s at the moment, is much different.
I feel I’ve got to know Ben Curtis and Marina Diez pretty well over the past eight or nine years. He’s from Oxford and she’s a Madrileña — a native of Madrid, the city where they are raising their two children.
With school cancelled, and adults stuck at home, what better time to show off (or improve) your geography knowledge? Every Friday lunchtime, until the Government releases us from our lockdown, we will be publishing a new travel quiz. So, without further ado...