Glorious gardens, blossom trails, food festivals, cosy inns and country houses
Glorious gardens, blossom trails, food festivals, cosy inns and country houses
We round up the most stylish, great-value all-inclusives in Europe and beyond
My guide to where to stay and eat for less
Most hotels receive many requests for complimentary accommodation from bloggers or social-media influencers. Deciding which ones to accept can be difficult...
Replete with Mediterranean charm, the French island of Corsica is a force to be reckoned with, finds Richard Mellor.
Worried about how much foreign cash your sterling will buy in these uncertain times? Here's the answer...
A Cornish cottage, a barn in Cumbria, or a designer pad by the sea — Richard Mellor has the top places to book now for summer
Tucked away from the tourist trail, the home of Persephone has a mythical past, making Elefsina an ideal day trip from Athens
See beaches and rainforests along Australia's Great Ocean Road or admire the glaciers on Canada's Icefields Parkway - these six driving holidays offer marvellous views and great adventures
A network of old footpaths, mapped by a local vicar to form a new long-distance trail, is dotted with reminders of a spiritual past
The Italian's capital's best ice-cream shops – and where to get really, really fat on holiday this year. Photo credit: flickr.com/inju
Some of the most memorable nights of our lives take place during trips away-and here's how to up your chances of quality coitus
THE bad news? Getting to Príncipe's quite a schlep. The good news? Getting to Príncipe's quite a schlep.
Richard Mellor knows the best trips for solo travellers — with no single supplements
Amid the crowded family-travel market, what can hotels and resorts do to stand out? Click. finds out more
A host of hotels around the world have had multi-million-pound facelifts and are due to reopen next year
Richard Mellor picks the UK’s best getaways for loved-up couples and the sexiest rooms to book
Places to visit for for Valentine's Day – plus tips on where to walk, eat and stay
A guide to Europe's best secret shores, and where to stay near them — I wrote the Italian entries
A round-up of 20 of the most romantic self-catering properties suiting couples around the country
Whether you want to listen to opera in Italy or learn flamenco in Spain, Richard Mellor knows the best holidays
A short round-up of activity breaks – or active breaks, as the magazine mistakenly called them! – in my monthly travel page. Photo from flickr.com/reeksdistrict
Bakeries, bookshops and boutiques are among the innovative ways in which hotel lobbies are standing out
Starring yoga retreats, wellness group trips and a vegan food tour of India
This is some storage room. I'm standing in the middle of a magnificent, basilica-style chamber with zodiac motifs, saintly images and king-splattered murals...
A round-up of global holidays which will tone your body in no time
Dark tourism isn’t just about the thrill of the macabre. Visitors also wish to deepen their understanding of past troubles, and consider the human element.
Destinations offering much more value than the pricey Eurozone
Under the tourist radar and just the right size to explore, Poznań is full of surprises, from cafes in hidden courtyards to riverbank summer pop-ups.
From homes to hotels, partners should go the extra mile to create memorable festive experiences for guests – whether they celebrate or not
From an adventure in Bhutan to anniversary celebrations in Havana, Gemma Bowes and Richard Mellor pick the best trips
The most exciting new adventures to take in 2019
Beyond obvious measures-priority boarding, complying with carry-on regulations, etc-here are some clever ways to save precious minutes before and after plane travel
Take your pick from a selection of stunning hotels, including the best for foodies, wellness seekers and more
Go husky sledding in a Finnish forest, sip hot chocolate by a Venetian canal or explore the snowy streets of Krakow — Richard Mellor picks the top trips
The 'lean luxury' hotels that are offering lower rates by championing compact, stripped-down style
No tourism segment is growing faster than that of independent, millennial Chinese travellers – but how can accommodation providers reach, seduce and sell to this key demographic?
The opening of historic Coal Drops Yard brings a glut of food and drink producers, from welcoming wine bars to coffee roasters helping to rehabilitate young offenders.
From a gorilla safari in Rwanda to the best cottage in St Ives, these are the hottest trips and places for 2019
A range of ski-season trip ideas on my monthly travel page (image: flickr.com/denismessie)
Atop Australia's sparsely populated Northern Territory sits East Arnhem Land, a wild region where Aboriginal communities lie scattered among virgin islands, sandbars and mangrove creeks.
This pub-with-rooms is dreamily located right on Port Isaac’s harbourfront, steps from both the sea and the fictional cottage home of television character Doc Martin.
Comparing flavours on the slopes of a lush Malawian tea estate
To sate travellers' desire for immersive local experiences, forward-thinking accommodations are championing their own neighbourhoods via experiences, entertainment or decor. Click. explores
There are now direct flights from the UK to Ukraine's westernmost city, a cultural confection where bargain prices await.
A top 10 of new and unusual adventures to take this winter
Bridge-controllers’ houses on the city’s canals are being turned into quirky hotel suites
Ever been on a splav? These are the floating clubs of Belgrade, Serbia's capital, housed in barges on the Sava and Danube rivers...
Featuring crowd-free views and markets loved by locals, here’s how best to enjoy the City of a Hundred Spires during two leisurely, luxurious days
Whether it's a cave in Italy, a spy house in Athens or a love hotel in Ukraine, Europe offers some offbeat options
Disposable cameras, postcards and a bulging carry-on bag: all were key elements of travel back in 1993, a year that also saw the release of our first ever DK Eyewitness Travel Guide.To mark our 25th anniversary, and to coincide with the relaunch of our DK Eyewitness series, let's step back in time...
From cargo-hold sleeps to sulky airport robots, we reveal the latest innovations en route to planes and airports
Mist-tickled Incan citadels in the snowy, spacious Andes? Or exotic creatures and monkey-happy lakes in the steamy, dense Amazon jungle?
From Scottish castles with blazing hearths to trendy seaside bolt holes, these are the UK venues to visit this autumn
Despite its singular name, the Silk Road actually refers to a network of trade routes connecting Asia and Europe along which silk, and many other goods, were sold.
If the back-to-school vibes have you yearning for some learning, you can now contribute to vital studies by taking a 'citizen science' trip
Visiting the top European cities doesn’t have to break the bank. Here’s where to eat, drink and sleep on a budget
While our balmy weather may extend into autumn, there are beach resorts, cultural cruises and festivals that virtually guarantee Vitamin D...
A common travel-industry term, 'shoulder season' can deliver affordability, heat relief and crowd-free travel
From teaching in a school in Kenya to working on an Australian farm, Richard Mellor has the best getaways to suit all budgets
One of travel's fastest-growing crazes is bikepacking - cycling and camping in far-flung backcountry. We round up the best ways to get lost in the wilderness
This luxury guesthouse, set along Penzance’s prettiest street close to the shops, offers perfectly personalised guesthouse service with serious style.
(Co-written:) Beat the heat with treetop camping on the Isle of Wight or at a luxury safari lodge in Namibia
Richard Mellor beds down way up in the trees on the Isle of Wight with one question: how do you go to the loo?
Few places offer more serenity than Oualidia, a soulful small town on Morocco's Atlantic coast, three hours northwest but a million metaphorical miles from Marrakesh.
Whether you’re looking for hillside hiking, scenic spas or high-altitude retreats, these are the 20 top hotels in Europe
With this week marking Nelson Mandela's centenary, celebrate his life with a trip to South Africa. We pick six of the best ways to see the country
A substantial spa, a pool and glorious bay views are the headline acts at this classy residence perched on St Ives' hillside above Porthminster Beach and near the railway station.
For all its greenery and white-sand shores, the Greek island of Zakynthos had suffered from a dearth of luxurious design-led resorts...
The sound of silence isn't easy to find, but city-dweller Richard Mellor heads to England's supposed most tranquil spot for a dose of wilderness. Is it really as quiet as they say?
What to see and where to stay in this Amsterdam alternative
From opera in Verona to art in Bilbao — plus Europe’s coolest festivals and exhibitions
Summer is in the air, so snap up tickets to one of these fabulous festivals across Great Britain
Head to Indonesia's Raja Ampat archipelago to escape the crowds
Amsterdam's Stedelijk Museum has found an off-the-wall way to view art - literally
This A-list residence cleverly blends country-house glamour with guesthouse friendliness on the Isle of Wight.
With Japan House opening in London on Friday, we find new ways to experience the Land of the Rising Sun
Five safari ideas for different types of traveller
TOKOS are small Dutch shops that sell exotic ingredients from former colonies like Indonesia, Cape Verde or Surinam, many of whose natives have moved to The Netherlands.
'Edinburgh is the new Hollywood!' declares Andy The Highlander - and as a regular in the hit show Outlander, he does have a point.
Travel journalist Richard Mellor visited Tresco for the first time in May 2017, attending the Low Tide Event for The Guardian...
Thanks to new hotels and a culinary revolution, Bolivia’s La Paz is as hot as it is high
Cube houses and radical restaurants await in the Netherlands' second city
Olympic gold-medal-winning rower Lieutenant Pete Reed, OBE talks to Richard Mellor about tailored suits, Royal Navy caps and his enduring love for Gieves & Hawkes.
Italy is famed for artisanal culture. Here are the best bespoke items that travellers can buy - and the best places to do so.
A new research trip to remote Montenegro can help save the Balkan lynx
Dorset, southern Italy and Stockholm should all be on your travel hit list this summer
Corsica can puzzle: there are beau-monde towns and Mediterranean white-sand beaches, and yet also an abundance of wild woods, fragrant mountains and epic trekking paths. Though family friendly resort hotels and tourist trains await, so too do pothole-ridden roads and a sense of rural disorder.
When Petra Němcová visited Thailand in 2004, little did she know that she'd narrowly survive the Indian Ocean tsunami, which killed her partner and left her with a shattered pelvis, broken bones and other internal injuries. She was lucky to walk again. Yet, this awful experience led, ultimately, to something amazing.
IN THE Secrets In Their Eyes - a superb Argentinian film from 2009, more recently remade with Julia Roberts - a killer is finally pinpointed thanks to his ardour for a Buenos Aires football team...
Go northern lights hunting in Finland, orca spotting in Iceland or sledding in Germany
"After all," says Diana from Devon, "it's not everyday you get to walk on water."
Combining style needs with your stay is the new vogue
Today's pre-flight safety videos are star-studded, arty, funny and even eco-conscious - but do they get the important message across?
The surprise trip, planned by companies that do not reveal the destination until the eleventh hour, if at all, is the new face of adventure travel.
The breathtaking capital of Andalucía has been named Lonely Planet’s number one city to visit in 2018.
From duty-free savings to the potency of airplane alcohol, it's time to reconsider some classic beliefs...
Elevated just outside Marazion, this 19-room retreat offers magical views of St Michael’s Mount from its comfy bedrooms and terraces, along with terrific food, massages and lots of sharp, straight-lined style.
The coolest cruises this spring involve Amsterdam clubbing and Alaskan yoga sessions
Far from the madding crowds, these off-the-beaten-track lodges - tucked away amid mountains and set on vast desert plains - combine solitude with all the luxuries of a high-end hotel.
River cruises are for old people, right? Not any longer, it seems...
New nightclubs, a restaurant boom and Black Panther fashion haunts mean Accra is on the up
Scoring a strike in a Transnistrian bowling alley at 2am is not something one does very often...
Explore Italy’s biggest island with two celeb chefs on a new cycling tour.
Argentina's pulsating capital offers brilliant shopping, some of the best nightlife around and famously good grills
Beat the crowds to these continental jewels and hop on one of a fleet of new flights launching this spring
Marvel’s beloved superheroes and their foes are gathering at a museum in Seattle
West Greenland now has stylish new lodges to match its scenery
Founder and CEO Mattias Sorensen on how the world's best hotel bed works, and where you can find it
A new kitesurfing eco lodge in Sri Lanka suits both beginners and improvers
Like your dose of hot weather to include a good shot of exploration?
New year, new ways to go on holiday. Richard Mellor has the sites making it easier to book your trip
a new Central Asia tour promises ghost ships and the chance to see a rocket launch
Seen one wine cellar, seem them all? Not so: among these six standouts are a World War II bunker and an architectural confection more befitting a Bond film.
Campervan your way to a vegan artisan retreat as Richard Mellor rounds up this year's hottest travel trends
With its rebooted art gallery, light festival and all-pink restaurants, Amsterdam is becoming a design heavyweight
Discover the top destinations from those in the know
A new fleet of niche adventures is making cruising cool, says Richard Mellor
Get your tastebuds tingling on a three-city trip for the culinarily adventurous
Whether lavender fields, vineyards, small villages or massif are the setting, you're never far from a bijou hotel or petite château.
From Marrakech to Miami, the year's most exciting openings worth making the trip for
a new, conservation-themed South Africa safari allows participants to tag, touch and even kiss rare white rhino
Fancy spending Christmas somewhere hot? Here are five new hotels where you can swap the squabbling relatives for sun-soaked relaxation
an airbnb complex of 324 serviced apartments for residents to sublet to tourists is set to open in Florida next year
Suitcase won’t shut? Or too heavy for those miserly allowances? Here are 11 unnecessary things that you can leave at home.
Operating as floating lodges, waterborne safaris penetrate remote nature reserves, bringing passengers closer to wild creatures - in comfort.
You don’t need to leave Europe to find superb scuba diving – just head to affordable, sun-soaked Lanzarote, says Richard Mellor
Buying handcrafted souvenirs while travelling not only gives you a story to bring home but also allows you to support the local community. Here are six upmarket gifts for which, while you'll find other versions internationally, are best when bought in their home countries.
THE silence astounds me. Somehow this particular brand of tranquillity is so full and deep it's like one long, fulfilling sigh,
Combine the Northern Lights with skiing and strange eats in Finnish Lapland
ONE of my favourite São Paulo artworks adorns the central reservation of an eight-lane freeway. A topless mermaid stretches out as cars crawl by...
New scouting expeditions allow travellers to sail up Papua New Guinea’s longest river, view exotic birds and meet the locals
Chic can also mean cheap. Richard Mellor rounds up some of the hottest options, from Thailand to Tanzania
Have a magical winter at a sculpted and illuminated ice city in China, or a skiing hotspot in Canada where you can go on exhilarating sled rides through the snow, courtesy of man's best friend. .
Ride along wild beaches and attend Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival on a new cycling adventure, says Richard Mellor
Shanghai - a city with many different faces to explore, from delicious food adventures to fashionable style choices. With thirteen Bally stores, Bally's first Asia-Pacific spokesperson Tang Yan takes us through Shanghai, with her own insights into the city.
A new river-based trip o ers a more adventurous exploration of South Africa’s Garden Route, says Richard Mellor
The Murder On The Orient Express film will fuel interest in the luxury train – so hurry and book
As temperatures dip in many parts of the Northern Hemisphere, head for Tanzania's lesser-known beaches - or a rainforest- and sand dune-covered island off the coast of Queensland - for a sunny vacation sans the crowds. Tanzania's north coast As Zanzibar becomes more popular as a travel destination, great alternatives are materialising on the Tanzanian ...
Richard Mellor looks at the coming ski season’s big trends and new experiences
Richard Mellor on swimming to the cliffs, foraging for crabs and padding to safety
This winter season, the Aurora Borealis won't be the only thing that dazzles. A luxe lodge and two new hotels will also leave visitors in awe.
Take in the best this island nation has to offer, including Michelin-starred street food stalls, with new direct flights from London
It’s a fact that local knowledge is golden in a city or country, but the prospect of making new friends can be a daunting one. Here are some clever ways to do so.
A new heli-biking trip offers downhill thrills below the world’s highest mountains, says Richard Mellor
The lone, teeny-tiny downside to King’s Cross’ recent gastronomic explosion? How tempting it is to gorge. Luckily, another simultaneous revolution can help to...
All 14,000-plus miles of Canada’s Great Trail are now open, says Richard Mellor
Seattle is outdoorsy, beardy and coffee-crazy, yet it's also techy and bookish - so much so that Amazon started in the city.
Join Tour de France legend Froome on a race Down Under
With record sales soaring, 45s and 33s have re-entered the cultural vogue. In turn, that has spawned the return of vinyl bars
Dangling off Croatia's northern coastline near Italy, the heart-shaped Istrian Peninsula supplements its sun-soaked shores with hilltop villages and gobsmacking Roman remains. Pula is the gateway: an ideal base and attractive port town in one.
This Angel Falls trip is one for which only the brave need apply
These days it's not enough for self-catering companies to simply rent out their properties. In a bid to tempt more staycationers to their cosy pads, they are curating all manner of unusual add-ons...
Hampton by Hilton London Stansted Airport is in a prime location just five minutes' walk from the departures and arrivals halls.
From hiking by day to stargazing by night, low-key La Palma has more to offer than winter sun, writes Richard Mellor.
Richard Mellor on the Swedish resort favoured by locals that’s fast attracting a global crowd
Pimlico is London’s great enigma. Despite being primely located in Zone 1, between Victoria station and the River Thames, it has always flown under the radar. Despite its Tate gallery and tube station, this is an area which most Londoners miss: funnily-named and easily-neglected.
An exclusive photography tour in wildest Russia o ers the chance to watch brown bears, says Richard Mellor
By reputation, Kigali is dull: a place in which to land and then leave, en route to wonderful wildlife. Bad move.
As well as Starbucks coffees, Hypnos beds and borrowable smartphone guides, this capable budget option from French brand Mercure seduces with a well-to-do and very tourist-friendly west London location, within ambling distance of Hyde Park and South Kensington's many museums.
AFTER a good root around the Baron's backyard, I find myself holding a piece of sticky willy. Bear with me - I can explain.
Pair the downward dog with wild ones on a big game trip to South Africa, says Richard Mellor
Spas have moved on and new European offerings are championing mental wellbeing as much as physical
It’s now possible to ski past penguin colonies and breaching whales in wonderful Antarctica, says Richard Mellor
Renowned for its restaurants and its art scene, the White City abounds with creativity, modernity and energy. (Image: tinyurl.com/ya7q2fel)
Trend alert! Some of the world’s most exclusive destinations are opening within larger, existing properties to make you feel even more secluded and privileged.
You've seen them, right? Those smooth-talking operators who charm the front-desk receptionist into giving them a much-better room courtesy of some select vocal voodoo.
This old Edwardian building is superbly located opposite London's most famous green space and was once used by Alfred Hitchcock. It's current star turns are an Aubaine restaurant and handsome period details
New direct flights are making it easier to sip and sup in Oregon's finest, says Richard Mellor
Thrillingly unique, Morocco’s most authentic city boasts a rabbit-warren, memory-clogging medina and fine, fruit-happy cuisine
Classic and classy: Zagreb’s oldest hotel marries its swish white-glassed interiors and retro-chic-style large rooms with an excellent location and subterranean spa. There's also a charming restaurant and generous breakfast buffet.
This luxurious and laid-back south coast hideaway ranks among Cornwall’s very best hotels thanks to superb food, stellar service, gently madcap design and remarkable sea views.
With their polo fields and British eccentricity, two new arrivals have shaken up Dubai’s hotel scene, says Richard Mellor
With its just-launched 50-metre boat Home (formerly Project NOVA), Heesen has become the first shipyard to offer 'silent cruising' mode on an FDHF motor yacht.
It's all very meta, this craze for ultra-exclusive mini-hotels secreted inside larger ones, which started in Las Vegas and is now going global.
Scenically perched just above its own sandy Blue Flag beach outside St Ives, Carbis Bay's handsome 125-acre estate includes fine-dining, a superb spa, watersports, a pool and myriad accommodation options - all stylish, and some decidedly luxurious.
Newly served by direct flights from Monarch, Zagreb is distinguished by its courtyards and their secret spaces, says Richard Mellor
Along with attractive rooms and a posh pub-style restaurant, guests of this classy boutique just outside St Ives have both quietude and access to the myriad facilities of parent hotel Carbis Bay
From a treehouse in Lapland to a riverside retreat in Portugal, we’ve got the best places to get away from it all
Majestically positioned on the South Cornish coast, this country house hotel is perfectly placed for heading to sandy beaches and the Eden Project.
Been to Africa already and caught the safari bug? These parks are perfect for a return to the wild
Conservation holidays don't get more spectacular than a week in the Amazon, says Richard Mellor
Offering country house comfort and style by the seaside, Merchants Manor is a gloriously chic option for those looking to explore the myriad delights of Falmouth and South Cornwall.
Heading off on a hiking trip soon? Along with obvious items such as waterproofs, boots and maps, don’t forget to take these invaluable essentials.
Style and a stellar South Bank location combine with pop-up bars, extensive business facilities and camera-grabbing views to form one of Hilton's most impressive London options.
Wimbledon's wonderful, but it can leave you yearning to smack Federer-esque forehands, serve like Jo Konta or fine-tune a Murray-style defense.
Richard Mellor goes horse-riding through Italian vineyards, enjoying a glass or three along the way
an unusual new walking trip opens up France’s secret Indian ocean paradise island, says Richard Mellor
Trendy, tasty and excessively green,‘Stumptown’ is America's most fashionable city break
Glamp it up in the remote Canadian wilderness beside grizzlies, wolves and eagles, says Richard Mellor
Croatia’s capital is bursting with good-value places to eat and drink. And new flights from the UK have made getting there cheaper too
Thanks to the presence of some of Africa 's biggest and best national parks, Tanzania is a safari tour de force. It's also a dauntingly large place, though, so a trip here requires much advance decision-making. Here's everything you need to plan a trip.
Richard Mellor swots up on the new arrivals at Oxford and Cambridge: a pair of much-needed unusually cool hotels
A byword for great produce, this small city in Andalucía with 200 restaurants is Spain’s gastronomy capital for 2017. Picking 10 of the best is no mean feat
With new Monarch flights starting from Luton, Birmingham and Old and new collide in the narrow cobbled lanes and hip hillsides of this Portuguese city
Some post-nuptials paradises are less bank-busting than others—while still remaining heavenly and romantic. We've rounded up seven of the best.
Polar voyages don’t come more haunting than this new Canadian adventure, writes Richard Mellor
From upmarket department stores to quirky flea markets, get some retail therapy in Paris
These recently opened places make dining alone a pleasure, thanks to chef's tables and counter seats.
Meet the most beautiful Caribbean island of them all, replete with spectacular rainforest, banana plantations and beaches
Travel expert Richard Mellor takes us on a tour through the most helpful travel apps the digital world has to offer. Simply download the apps or visit the websites to turn your phone into a pocket tour guide.
Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula rivals the Galápagos for its abundance of flora and fauna, plus chic lodges and ample surfing, says Richard Mellor
From braving Bolivia's "Death Road" to touring Easter Island, these are the planet's best trips on two wheels
Ruaha National Park is a sprawling reserve in southern Tanzania. Worlds away from the busy Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, in the north of the country, Ruaha is barely touched by tourism. On his three-day safari, Richard Mellor discovers why it's worth the journey south.
Whether it’s Michelinstarred magic or fabulous fish bars, gourmands will find plenty to whet their appetite in Spain’s 2017 Capital of Gastronomy, writes Richard Mellor
This sleepy sister hotel to La Sultana Marrakech occupies a prime perch on Morocco's wild western coast, flanked by protected birdlife and sandy surf beaches. Its five-star facilities include two pools, beautiful gardens, an extensive spa and a fine, fish-specialist restaurant.
Three new camps in the Okavango Delta offer great game-watching en masse, says Richard Mellor
The following places are home to 2017’s hottest poolside properties.
Most people are aware that London is the world’s largest financial centre and home to the planet’s inaugural metro system. But you almost certainly won’t know these fun, quirky and often counter-intuitive facts...
With new direct flights, Croatia’s inland capital makes a great city getaway, says Richard Mellor
Less showy than Rome or Venice, this northern Italian cultural stronghold packs quite a punch when you look beneath the surface
Spaghetti arms can stay in Dirty Dancing’s iconic film location this summer, says Richard Mellor
The original 'country house hotel', Sharrow Bay combines opulence and exceptional fine-dining with arguably the Lake District's best setting - right beside stately Ullswater, and in pole position for magnificent sunsets. It also claims to have invented sticky toffee pudding.
A handsome riverside hotel in charming Cockermouth, the luxurious Trout makes an ideal base for exploring the quieter western Lake District. Large rooms and the Georgian market town’s best restaurant are its chief draws.
Two unique hotels have just opened in the French capital, reveals Richard Mellor
This creeper-covered, white-brick old coaching inn - set a few minutes' stroll from Bassenthwaite Lake in the lesser-known Western Lake District - scores for comfort, care and eccentric character, and for its unique bar and AA-rosette dining.
In today's new hotels, doll's houses and secret doors replace lobbies and receptions
Trips taking in Cuba’s capital and the beaches of Varadero are now a piece of cake, says Richard Mellor
Head north for art, food, fashion, good design and the ultimate dose of Scandi cool
The Canaries’ La Palma is the jewel in this archipelago’s crown. And there’s yet another way to get there, says Richard Mellor
The Galician coast is perilous to ships, but makes a stunning week-long trek
Richard Mellor meets the people for whom exploration means discovering the nooks and crannies of a city rather than roaming a natural wilderness.
Castles and Caribbean pirate cruises are among the most exciting half-term travel adventures, says Richard Mellor
The first UK outpost of Marriott Hotels’ budget design brand Moxy, this funky offering is for anyone visiting ExCel London, using London City airport or simply seeking a cheap and cheerful capital base.
Australia’s Picnic Island is the only place in the world where you can sleep within a penguin colony, says Richard Mellor
New direct flights have put exotic New Orleans within reach, says Richard Mellor
A 19th-century garden suburb, a football club and a homeless man's corpse. Such have been Britain's dubious historic contributions to the Spanish city of Huelva.
Heading off on a hiking trip soon? Along with obvious items such as waterproofs, boots and maps, don’t forget to take these invaluable essentials.
The incredible Inca Trail is a physical challenge you can now endure with a personal masseuse, says Richard Mellor
Compact and increasingly hi-tech, Tallinn is a beguiling blend of Russian and Scandi influences
Whether it’s for a honeymoon, passion-provoking or proposal purposes, these are the places in the world where lovers can find heaven on earth
Delve deeper into this little-known nation via a unique new itinerary, says Richard Mellor
Fancy a sunshine break with lots of lovely silence? Then rejoice: adult-only hotels are all the rage, says Richard Mellor
Spurn San Francisco (you can always spend a day there) and head over the water to experience 'Brooklyn by the Bay' instead
Decades after the singer’s death, the new Elvis Presley’s Memphis visitor centre will wow his fans, says Richard Mellor
How to escape the tourist trail
You don’t have to go to Asia or Africa to spy a bear or two up close. We’ve got exotic wildlife on our doorstep, says Richard Mellor
It's 200 years since Karl Drais built the proto-bicycle, and here Richard Mellor picks the best new trips to take in the saddle
The notorious Bronx is getting a makeover but retains its authenticity, says Richard Mellor
Spring's a brilliant time for weekending in the northern hemisphere: along with the ideal weather for cultural days out, you have blossom in parks and a feeling of joy in the air, after the passing of another tough winter.
Beautiful but subversive, affordable but stylish; prepare to fall hopelessly in love with Andalusia's most seductive city
Ever since its borders reopened in 2012, Burma’s secrets continue to reveal themselves to the intrepid and curious, says Richard Mellor
Take it easy with snow, sun and Moorish magic in Granada, says Richard Mellor (with considerable help from Josh Taylor of www.spainforpleasure.com)
Left Valentine’s Day to the 11th hour? It’s OK – Richard Mellor has emergency suggestions to rescue your romance
Join jazz hounds, mixology maestros and thrilled foodies beside the bayou
Heading to Paris for Valentine’s Day, but determined to dodge the masses? Only the locals know about these smooch-worthy spots.
From Heston Blumenthal's 'Gourmayeur' to wine ski safaris, slope-side fare has never been better says Richard Mellor
An impressive city-centre location, comfortable rooms and slick service render this 100-room hotel the stand-out accommodation in Andalucia’s under-the-radar city of Huelva
Get close to lions and elephants by joining a safari census in Africa, writes Nick Boulos (or, in fact, writes Richard Mellor – bit of a blooper by Metro's subs!)
Exotic fusion, homely comfort
Just add palm trees, monkeys and turtle-spotting, says Richard Mellor
From cheetahs to Chinese heritage, why 2017 is about travelling responsibly
Bed down on a floating platform on Australia’s spectacular natural wonder, says Richard Mellor
Culture-filled, cosmopolitan and increasingly cool, Santiago is fast becoming one of Latin America's great cities
On the Canary Island of La Palma, the owner of the small, sustainably run El Cafe de Don Manuel makes espressos and barraquitos that buzz with life
Travelling alone is a daunting prospect to most of us: even now, despite being a veteran of many such trips, I can still fret about being lonely, problem-solving, safety and costs. These elements are particularly daunting to a first-timer.
As this year's European City of Culture, Paphos can finally show it's not just offering value and Vitamin D
The incredible journeys that should be on your bucket list
Get away from it all on one of these specialist retreats to help body and mind (I wrote four of these)
In the same way that a pint of Guinness never tastes quite like it does in Dublin, so some dishes and scenes must be sampled in their place of origin.
Conservation gets cosy on Suffolk’s coast, discovers Richard Mellor
As 2017 gets underway, thoughts turn to where one should head for sunnier climes. ABTA's Sean Tipton offers his selection of the best places to go this year.
Independence days and revolutions, new trails stretching across nations, capitals of culture, inaugural flights and the new Elvis hotel ... 40 places to inspire your 2017 travel plans
To help you stay ahead of the holiday curve, we've compiled four travel destinations set to be firmly in vogue during the next 12 months.
Planning a solo adventure in 2017? Here’s your comprehensive guide to friend-making, risk-taking and positive thinking while you're out there discovering yourself.
Pop-ups are two-a-penny these days but in Antwerp, Plein Publiek, a new venture that combines a restaurant, gallery, work-out space and rave-y nightclub, is luring party-goers, yogis, art lovers and more - and it's going to be around until at least next May.
The gateway to France’s sprawling ski resorts, Geneva has some surprising cool credentials
The new year will be all about packrafting, luxury trains and Latin-American fly-drives, predicts Richard Mellor
New flights, hotels and tourist trains, along with a new Martin Scorsese film, make Japan the perfect contender...
Book one of these British escapes to make neon art, design 3D jewellery or blow your own baubles
Paphos is just the ticket for winter sun. So go now, before the hordes hit this European Capital of Culture in 2017, says Richard Mellor
The best places to feel festive away from the crowds
Working remotely has gone global and put it suncream on as freelancers mix business and pleasure abroad
The Swiss city’s impeccable high gastronomic standards means diners are spoiled for choice in Geneva, awash with white-tablecloth, Michelin-starred establishments and risk-taking newcomers for gourmands and the “quinoa crowd” alike
The Swiss city's impeccably high gastronomic standards means diners are spoiled for choice in Geneva, awash with white-tablecloth, Michelin-starred establishments and risk-taking newcomers for gourmands and the “quinoa crowd” alike
There’s more ways than ever to see the Northern Lights, says a starstruck Richard Mellor
Think of Peruvian cuisine and chances are ceviche and pisco sours are at the top of that list. Well, your list is about to get a whole lot longer thanks to one man...
Why limit yourself to just one piece of Europe? There’s so much to see on this richly diverse continent, that it makes sense to go the extra mile. From a tour of classical Italy to an epic Scandinavian adventure, Richard Mellor picks Europe’s ten must-do itineraries.
Lengthy flights are awful if you can’t sleep. Here are 14 ways to much improve your chances of dozing off.
If you really must spend a night in Dar es Salaam, spend it here. A former hospital turned six-room seaside boutique in the city’s best district, The Oyster Bay’s huge suites and lounge are as attractive as its food is delectable.
Holidays to Crete, the Maldives and Morocco are still available - but book quickly, says Richard Mellor
This handsome 56-room country pile was designed by the architect behind Liberty’s departments store in London, and is perfect for weekends thanks to its superb restaurant, smart rooms and 27 acres of gardens and parkland.
Centuries-old traditions meet modern luxury in the heart of Japan’s biggest city, writes Richard Mellor, who explores Tokyo’s bright lights, upscale dining and thermal bathing in the city’s first tower ryokan
Offering old-school finery in a plum position beside Lake Geneva, this grande-dame – first opened in 1875 and now run by The Dorchester Collection – merits its blow-out rates thanks to an acclaimed restaurant and impressive Sisley Spa.
A budget hotel overlooking Heathrow. This aviation-themed ibis Styles outpost offers character, comfy beds and decent food to those who need to stay overnight near the airport.
It’s travel’s million-dollar—or thousand-dollar, in most cases—question: how does one get a free airplane upgrade? Here are our resident travel expert Richard Mellor's top tips for blagging your way into first class.
Pomegranate-plucking, champagne-creating and truffle-hunting are all possible on new harvest-themed holidays this autumn, says Richard Mellor
Richard Mellor finds joy in Costa Rica, where even the animals are in a good mood
Beautiful Toledo, Spain's Capital of Gastronomy 2016, commands a regal hilltop perch
You can't, unless you only travel with hand luggage...
Want to see the total solar eclipse or Kenya’s fabled migration? Leaving it late will be fatal – you need to book smartish, says Richard Mellor
Richard Mellor beds down in Hoshinoya Tokyo, the world’s first skyscraper based on a traditional ryokan inn
1. There are more ways to fly...
September is when clever clogs stay closer to home: destinations are cheaper, balmy and many have new hotels, says Richard Mellor
That's the option at Taste, newly opened at Robinson Club Masmavi in sun-drenched southern Turkey.
Fancy giving D’Artagnan a run for his money? Richard Mellor finds out how from the experts
Every self-respecting scenester knows about Berlin and Copenhagen, plus neighbourhoods such as London’s Dalston, Paris’s Canal St Martin and Amsterdam Noord. Other, dinkier European corners continue to fly under the radar.
￼With next month’s solar eclipse on the horizon and a sprinkling of meteor showers due this week, an awe-struck Richard Mellor picks the best ways to see the stars aroun
From mackerel hot dogs to surf rafting and island sleepouts, Britain's waters have never beckoned more strongly
Richard Mellor visits Roald Dahl’s home, Great Missenden – and imagines how the BFG himself would describe it to his friend, ten-year-old Sophie...
Farm-stays allow us to escape the pace of modern life and reconnect with nature. At some you can muck in or pet animals; others simply offer luxury-style accommodation with a rustic backdrop. From British classics to Greenlandic getaways, Richard Mellor spills the broad beans about Europe’s ten best options.
Richard Mellor discovers that the most interesting wildlife encounters in Costa Rica are not always what you might expect.
In the BBC's recent War & Peace series, striking backdrops matched the powerful screenplay for drama.
Hundreds of treatment rooms, entire armies of therapists and bridge-linked complexes – Richard Mellor introduces you to today’s super-spas
Around a decade ago, Estonia's reputation in travel circles was for rowdy stag and hen parties, and the low-cost flights that delivered them. Today, things are very different: air fares to the Baltic country might remain a bargain, but the stewed revellers and their numbered T-shirts now carouse elsewhere.
Make the most of Scandinavia’s lakes, hills, forests and pristine nature with our pick of self-catering cottages and cabins
Richard Mellor charts a course from one of Belstaff's most iconic garments to its new protégé.
Forecasting the 'death of the hotel room', this first Zoku hostel in trendy East Amsterdam dispenses with reception and room-service in favour of a co-living vibe, with creativity-inspiring communal spaces targeting long-stayers.
From birds to Britishisms, and everything in between
A new boutique hotel ensures Chiado is the place to be in the Portuguese capital,
The recent statistics are compelling. Freed from inhibition and the humdrum of daily life, one in four Britons now has a holiday romance during their lifetimes.
Who says coach trips are all museums and cafés? It’s affordable safaris and Med tours for 2016
Get off the beaten track this summer - I wrote the ten Italian ones.
While Dubrovnik and Split have become well-known tourism commodities, other pearls of Croatia's beautiful Dalmatian Coast remain off all but the most-intrepid travellers' radars. One such secret is Sibenik.
Start planning your next foodie trip
Richard Mellor revels in the slow pace of life along the river banks of the Peruvian Amazon
Experience a more indulgent outdoor break
News page: From Taiwanese hikes to budget-blowing culinary cavorting
Three luxury lodges in Peru
Get off the beaten track as luxury hotels open up remote paradises in Costa Rica, Uruguay, Brazil and beyond...
Whether you’re helping this ex-monk build a cathedral, skating NYC or bicycle-making in Milan, this year is all about immersive, niche experiences. Richard Mellor gets stuck in
He lived in the south-east London suburb of Chislehurst. He was a builder. He was of average wealth. His name was William Willett and without him Britain - and a quarter of the world, including the US - might never have adopted daylight saving time (DST).
Out-and-back loop via Sandwood Bay, with excellent views of Am Buachaille sea stack.
Šibenik, Croatia's forgotten coastal gem that's perfect for a spring break
The winter months are the optimal time to visit the northern Italian city.
Mention Monte-Carlo and a world of glamour springs to mind: luxurious superyachts, exclusive penthouses and A-List hotels. But, while the city-state is as jet-set as ever, it has reinvented itself
On the trail of one of Italy's most revered artists
Richard Mellor explores the delights of the French Riviera
Down in France’s south-west, Bordeaux’s thrillingly nouveau culinary options are finally on a par with its wine offerings
Try an Indian speakeasy, gourmet croque monsieurs and a ‘food waste’ squat restaurant, suggests Richard Mellor
The more, the better: it's so much harder to fake an image than a description. So scrutinise those snaps, and crosscheck them against the property's summary. Doesn't that kitchen look messy? Why are there no bathroom images? Would we really call that "spacious and comfortable"?
Who wants to do nothing in the middle of nowhere? That's what the locals asked Jemma Markham when she and her late husband, Piers, opened the Torre del Visco hotel in the Spanish region of Matarraña, in Aragon, in 1995. "They thought we were bloody mad," she says.
Not many mosques open onto a Christian chapel. But then not many cities are like Toledo. Three past empires have left their marks in this central Spanish hilltown - and nowhere more so than at the Cristo de la Luz Mosque.
The Paris district of Pigalle is naughty but nice
From the end of May you can stay right beside one of Italy's finest beaches. Found along Puglia's Salento peninsula - the sharp heel of boot-shaped Italy...
Whether it’s restaurants, nightclubs, spas, hotel rooms or tennis courts, subaquatic adventure is tourism’s fastest-growing frontier.
Richard Mellor explores Šibenik , a city tipped as Croatia 's next best tourist hotspot thanks to a new luxury hotel.
Budget stays are hard to find in New York, but from £23 a night you can have a killer view of Manhattan… if you don’t mind sleeping in the back of a car
Is it to be Northern Lights-hunting, mountaineering, meditation retreats or sleeping in a UFO this winter?
New direct flights and hotel openings have put the South American country right in the spotlight – and it’s wilder and weirder than you’d imagine
This classic Parisian snack has had a mouthwatering makeover
Safecity has been crowdsourcing and documenting cases of sexual harassment for years. As news breaks of another fatal gang rape in India, its co-founder talks about the site's increasingly urgent mission.
Classic Paris will always have its charms. But lately, in the know Parisians are venturing further afield
"Sorry sir, but it's fully booked". Whether it refers to a restaurant, sports event, festival or hotel, don't you just hate hearing those words? That sinking, shameful feeling of being too late? Yes? In which case, consider yourself warned: because, when it comes to 2016's , the time for action is now.
Richard Mellor ends dry January in Bordeaux, known for wine and, now, Gordon Ramsay’s food
Catching the underground doesn’t have to be a chore when there are Roman baths, chandeliers and heated seats to enjoy. Take a ride with us through the world's best metro networks.