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Richard Mellor

Freelance Travel Writer

Regular outlets include Metro, The Times and The Mail on Sunday, usually covering travel. My second book, Foodie Breaks, was published in 2020 (
I also write a weekly Roxhill column advising travel PRs ( and regularly undertake copywriting, consulting or PR training projects.
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The Times
Late deals

Fancy a dog‑friendly break in the New Forest or a half‑price beach retreat in St Lucia?

Catch (20)22!

I predict 2022's travel trends and hottest destinations (Image credit:

Chase the winter sun

Fed up of those dark November nights? Why not hop on a plance (yep, it's allowed again!) and jet off to the Caribbean to stay in one of these heavenly tropical resorts.

A walking holiday in tranquil Northumberland

England’s least densely populated country also ranks among its lesser-visited, despite a bonanza of beautiful beaches, waterfalls and castles, plus Hadrian’s Wall.

The Times
UK late deals for autumn

Admire the sea stacks of north Cornwall, explore pretty villages in Essex, or relax in a spa in Co Durham — all without breaking the bank

Sunday Times
Four new rail journeys

I wrote the small panel which appears after Jonathan Thompson's main feature, at the foot of the page

Six of the best UK glamping sites

Staycation bookings have gone through the roof this year (for obvious reasons), and brand new camping sites are popping up all over the UK

The Sunday Times
The best city breaks for under £250

Let the crowds go to the coast. The coolest cities in the UK and Europe are quieter than ever — now’s the time to pack your bag

The Mail on Sunday
Great British boltholes: The Swan Inn, Somerset

Diarist Martha More once described the people of Rowberrow as 'savage and depraved', 'brutal in their natures' and 'ferocious in their manners'. Today’s locals are far more agreeable...

The Times
The best Balearic holidays

Whether you want to sail to secret coves, dip into arty Menorca or follow a foodie trail in Formentera — I have the Balearics covered

The look of love

These heart-shaped islands, lakes and roads should get couples in the Valentine's Day mood

The Mail on Sunday
Great British boltholes: The Mitre, London

It's perversely fitting that The Mitre reopened in September, amid a pandemic. For this hotel, on the Thames beside Hampton Court Palace, dates to the year of another health disaster: 1665’s Great Plague of London.

Reader's Digest
Autumnal British holidays you have to try

Keen to prolong summer's positive energy and emphasis on outdoor activity? Then consider heading off on one of the UK's best autumnal adventures

How to prepare for travel after Brexit

As the transition period comes to an end in 2021, the way you travel in the EU is about to alter. With changes in border controls plus EHIC cards and pet passports being scrapped, it's time to do some planning...

Why safaris need help

Park beside the Serengeti National Park's Mara River in September or October and you'd usually join dozens of other safari jeeps

A stroll for the soul

I reconnect with nature among the stars and sights of a night-time walk on the North York Moors

A World of Food and Drink
An introduction to orange wine

Fans laud it as funky, dynamic and unbelievably flexible. Critics scoff, however, depicting an overpriced cider that’s little more than an ill-conceived Instagram fad

Islands in a dream

Present on all UK quarantine-exemption lists, these enticing islands can satisfy your need for sunshine, sand or endless halloumi

Sainsbury's Magazine
Fin margins

From foraged delicacies and unique cocktails to a salmon-and-chocolate cake, Richard Mellor has fun savouring Finland’s treats

How Lyme Regis became a hot spot

The Dorset seaside beach town of Lyme Regis is now a Hollywood A lister - thanks to Kate Winslet's portrayal of 19th-century fossil hunter and local legend Mary Anning in Ammonite.

The Times
30 European flight‑free breaks

Hike the Swiss Alps, cycle in Provence or bask in the Basque country – all without setting foot in an airport. We have the best trips to take by car, ferry or train

i News
Escape on an air bridge

From hiking the Dordogne river in France to Spanish beaches, some crowd-free ideas for summer holidays

The Mail on Sunday
The best bites in Britain

Where to find your perfect examples of the UK’s finest food – from hotpot to tarts and oysters

Raise a glass!

The best alcoholic getaways to take around Britain

Get your motor running

Five exhilarating driving trips showcasing the classic British countryside

The Mail on Sunday
The UK's best brunch spots

From banoffee pancakes to breakfast pizza, an extract from my new book Foodie Breaks: England, Scotland, Northern Ireland & Wales

The Sun
The world's best babymoons

All this time at home could lead to a baby boom next year. And that could create a rush for holidays early this autumn, before the little one arrives.

The Mail on Sunday
National wonders

Keen to escape the crowds? Head for the UK's unsung National Parks

Get your walk on

For Metro, I round up the best country walks that can be done in a day

Reader's Digest
How lockdown will change the way we travel

The pandemic has taught us a lot. If you want to make your travel more meaningful and you're keen to prolong the kindness experienced during the pandemic, then here's what to do on holiday...

Virtually the real thing

Hotels and experts worldwide are streaming virtual cookery classes, mixology lessons and yoga retreats

The Mail on Sunday
The UK's six secret foodie hotspots revealed

The UK’s culinary reputation has soared recently – but you don’t have to head to London to enjoy it. Here are six areas that have managed to stay below the radar, but are just perfect for foodie breaks.

Reader's Digest
10 Hacks for travelling lighter

Buy Merino wool clothes, launder as you go, finalise your footwear game and channel your inner Jack Reacher

The Times
25 under-the-radar foodie cities

From sizzling barbecue in Armenia to zingy poke in Hawaii, these are the places you should have on your list with the best cuisine

The Independent
Eight of the best cheap Valentine's Day breaks

Romance doesn't necessarily equal expensive. Even last-minute, it's possible to get away for a Valentine's Day break on the cheap - even in Europe. Here's our pick of the best budget Valentine's breaks.

Don't give up!

From Swedish ice-skating jaunts to Moroccan yoga retreats, these cool activity breaks will make fitness a pleasure

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Spotlight on: the return of the hotel gift shop

The humble hotel gift shop is being revamped: contemporary versions sell desirable artisan products, help promote brand messages and grow revenue. Click. finds out more

Lose yourself in Brazil

BECAUSE of concerns about overtourism, Latin America specialist Pura Aventura has vowed that all new 2020 itineraries will eschew big-name destinations in favour of more remote locations.

Evening Standard
An ethical guide to wildlife tourism

From Costa Rican reef dives to British puffin-spotting, animal lovers - and animals - have never had it better, says Richard Mellor

2020 vision

The hottest travel trends and destinations for next year

It's normal for Kosovo

Big-name DJs, a tribute to a US president and amazingly low prices in Pristina, Europe's youngest capital city

The Mail on Sunday
How to pick your perfect safari

Whether you’re a lone wolf, lovebirds or a multi-generational flock, here's the perfect wildlife tour to try

Travel Weekly
What to see and do in Corsica?

Replete with Mediterranean charm, the French island of Corsica is a force to be reckoned with, finds Richard Mellor.

i News
A weekend in Plovdiv

Bulgaria’s second city is a well deserved co-European Capital of Culture

The making of Malawi

I explored Malawi, now transformed into a serious safari contender thanks incredible work by African Parks

Colour me happy

Busy, bold hues are a theme at some of this year's best new hotels

The Times
The best lazy tropical holidays

Kick back in Kenya, mellow out in Mexico, or indulge in Indonesia. Richard Mellor has the best trips for recharging your batteries this winter

Click by
Turning unsold rooms into good deeds

Click. sits down with Adam Terpening, Director of Room to Reward, a unique charity that rewards non-profit volunteers with complimentary nights in unsold hotel rooms

The Times
20 cosy town and country pubs

Pop in for a drink or snuggle up for the weekend at one of these homely inns. Richard Mellor picks the UK’s best

Click by
Spotlight on: 'healthy' architecture

Increasingly popular, the design ethos of healthy architecture is appearing in hotels via retrofit measures and biophilic design. Click. explores the potential benefits of the trend

Reader's Digest
7 Ways to have better sex on holiday

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

Click by
Spotlight on: the quest for better air

With our cities becoming ever more polluted, socially-conscious and forward-thinking hotels are introducing air-filtering technology – measures which may ultimately lead to profit. Click investigates.

Uzbekistan - one for the Silk Road

Modern locos are one reason why visiting Uzbekistan is now a breeze for Brits. The other is that, since last year, UK citizens no longer require a visa to visit, sparing weeks of faff.

The Times
The best holidays for solo travellers

From Rhone cruises to rum factories in Cuba via single-friendly hotels and Samurai sword lessons, and all without a single supplement in sight

The Telegraph
Retrome Barcelona review

Luxury, a homely Airbnb vibe and cheerful vintage from the 1950s-70s converge at this 15-room, two-townhouse boutique hotel

On Foot Holidays blog
The reticent river

During a walking holiday, the Dordogne River plays so hard to get that I ended up humming a Janet Jackson song

Click by
The importance of etiquette in hospitality

Click. speaks with Philip Sykes, who trains hospitality staff at The British School of Etiquette, to discuss the importance of first impressions, language and going the extra mile

Click. by
Reinventing the hotel vending machine

Contemporary vending machines can help to grow brand profiles, increase sustainability, delight guests and boost revenue

Click. by
Spotlight on: new laundry technology

Plug-and-play laundromats, antibacterial bedding agents and radio-frequency tagging are among the ways that laundry is getting smarter

The Times
Ticket to the top of the world

Richard Mellor is wowed by the spectacular landscapes of Scandinavia on a railway journey to the Arctic Circle

Click. by
The pros and cons of influencer collaborations

Most hotels receive many requests for complimentary accommodation from bloggers or social-media influencers. Deciding which ones to accept can be difficult...

The Times
50 best holiday homes in the UK

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

The Times
Six of the best road trips

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

Evening Standard
Take 5: Gelaterias in Rome

The Italian's capital's best ice-cream shops – and where to get really, really fat on holiday this year. Photo credit:

Reader's Digest
Activity Breaks

A short round-up of activity breaks – or active breaks, as the magazine mistakenly called them! – in my monthly travel page. Photo from

The Times
A weekend in . . . Budapest, Hungary

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...

Click. by
What's the appeal of dark tourism?

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.

Click. by
How to be the perfect festive season host

From homes to hotels, partners should go the extra mile to create memorable festive experiences for guests – whether they celebrate or not

10 ways to save time at airports

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

The Times
30 great winter adventures

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 Mail on Sunday
5-star luxury at 3-star prices

The 'lean luxury' hotels that are offering lower rates by championing compact, stripped-down style

Click. by
Exploring the Chinese FIT segment

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?

KX Quarterly
Meet the Tastemakers

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.

Reader's Digest
Ski season

A range of ski-season trip ideas on my monthly travel page (image:

A rare chance to spend time with Aborigines

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.

The Telegraph
The Slipway review

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.

The Daily Mail
A brew with a view

Comparing flavours on the slopes of a lush Malawian tea estate

Click. by
Delivering a hyperlocal experience

To sate travellers' desire for immersive local experiences, forward-thinking accommodations are championing their own neighbourhoods via experiences, entertainment or decor. Click. explores

Top grade for Serbia's cool capital

Ever been on a splav? These are the floating clubs of Belgrade, Serbia's capital, housed in barges on the Sava and Danube rivers...

48 Hours in Prague

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

Autumn city breaks with a twist

Whether it's a cave in Italy, a spy house in Athens or a love hotel in Ukraine, Europe offers some offbeat options

DK Travel
Then and now: 9 ways travel has changed over the past 25 years

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...

Fancy a study break?

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

Warm ways to while away September

While our balmy weather may extend into autumn, there are beach resorts, cultural cruises and festivals that virtually guarantee Vitamin D...

The Times
Great escape: 20 top gap-year trips

From teaching in a school in Kenya to working on an Australian farm, Richard Mellor has the best getaways to suit all budgets

Five bikepacking blinders

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

The Telegraph
Camilla House review

This luxury guesthouse, set along Penzance’s prettiest street close to the shops, offers perfectly personalised guesthouse service with serious style.

Once more into the beech

Richard Mellor beds down way up in the trees on the Isle of Wight with one question: how do you go to the loo?

New ways to see an old classic

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

The Telegraph
St Ives Harbour Hotel & Spa review

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.
Is this England's quietest spot?

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?

The Daily Mail
Let the fun begin!

Summer is in the air, so snap up tickets to one of these fabulous festivals across Great Britain

Metro - Travel News
A new paradise

Head to Indonesia's Raja Ampat archipelago to escape the crowds

The Telegraph
Haven Hall review

This A-list residence cleverly blends country-house glamour with guesthouse friendliness on the Isle of Wight.

New ways to experience Japan

With Japan House opening in London on Friday, we find new ways to experience the Land of the Rising Sun

A great time to go Dutch

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.

Tresco Times

Travel journalist Richard Mellor visited Tresco for the first time in May 2017, attending the Low Tide Event for The Guardian...

Metro - Travel News
This town's got altitude

Thanks to new hotels and a culinary revolution, Bolivia’s La Paz is as hot as it is high

The Week Portfolio
A guide to Rotterdam

Cube houses and radical restaurants await in the Netherlands' second city

Gieves & Hawkes
Dressing an Olympian

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.

The Week Portfolio
Heaven scented: a guide to Corsica

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.

The ardour of Seville

The breathtaking capital of Andalucía has been named Lonely Planet’s number one city to visit in 2018.

Reader's Digest Online
7 travel myths debunked

From duty-free savings to the potency of airplane alcohol, it's time to reconsider some classic beliefs...

The Telegraph
Mount Haven review

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.

Cool spring cruises

The coolest cruises this spring involve Amsterdam clubbing and Alaskan yoga sessions

7 remote luxury lodges to escape the crowds

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.

Metro - Travel News
Ghana's a cool cat

New nightclubs, a restaurant boom and Black Panther fashion haunts mean Accra is on the up

Metro - Travel News
Sicily from the saddle

Explore Italy’s biggest island with two celeb chefs on a new cycling tour.

The Week Portfolio
A guide to Buenos Aires

Argentina's pulsating capital offers brilliant shopping, some of the best nightlife around and famously good grills

Metro - Travel News
Avengers assemble!

Marvel’s beloved superheroes and their foes are gathering at a museum in Seattle

Metro - Travel News
Disko Bay gets funkier

West Greenland now has stylish new lodges to match its scenery

Metro - Travel News
Fall in love at first kite

A new kitesurfing eco lodge in Sri Lanka suits both beginners and improvers

Sunny secrets

Like your dose of hot weather to include a good shot of exploration?

Reimagining the travel agent

New year, new ways to go on holiday. Richard Mellor has the sites making it easier to book your trip

Kazakh to the future

a new Central Asia tour promises ghost ships and the chance to see a rocket launch

2018 here we come!

Campervan your way to a vegan artisan retreat as Richard Mellor rounds up this year's hottest travel trends

Sails of the Century

A new fleet of niche adventures is making cruising cool, says Richard Mellor

Pucker up on safari

a new, conservation-themed South Africa safari allows participants to tag, touch and even kiss rare white rhino

The Week Portfolio
Festive winter-sun escapes

Fancy spending Christmas somewhere hot? Here are five new hotels where you can swap the squabbling relatives for sun-soaked relaxation

A friend in Niido

an airbnb complex of 324 serviced apartments for residents to sublet to tourists is set to open in Florida next year

Reader's Digest Online
11 Items to remove from your suitcase

Suitcase won’t shut? Or too heavy for those miserly allowances? Here are 11 unnecessary things that you can leave at home.


You don’t need to leave Europe to find superb scuba diving – just head to affordable, sun-soaked Lanzarote, says Richard Mellor

Luxurious travel souvenirs that make great gifts - SilverKris

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 Week Portfolio
A guide to Saariselka

Combine the Northern Lights with skiing and strange eats in Finnish Lapland

River trip's so oar-inspiring

New scouting expeditions allow travellers to sail up Papua New Guinea’s longest river, view exotic birds and meet the locals

Wallet-friendly winter sun

Chic can also mean cheap. Richard Mellor rounds up some of the hottest options, from Thailand to Tanzania

Brazil is nuts about bikes

Ride along wild beaches and attend Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival on a new cycling adventure, says Richard Mellor

The Journal | Bally
Shanghai City Guide with Tang Yan

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.

In at the deep end

A new river-based trip o ers a more adventurous exploration of South Africa’s Garden Route, says Richard Mellor

Kill time on a mystery line

The Murder On The Orient Express film will fuel interest in the luxury train – so hurry and book

Where to escape the cold and crowds this year-end holidays - SilverKris

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 ...

The Week Portfolio
Stopover no more: A guide to Singapore

Take in the best this island nation has to offer, including Michelin-starred street food stalls, with new direct flights from London

Reader's Digest Online
8 Ways to meet locals on holiday

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.

Daredevil descent in Nepal

A new heli-biking trip offers downhill thrills below the world’s highest mountains, says Richard Mellor

KX Newspaper
Witness the fitness

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...

The coolest vinyl bars in the world

With record sales soaring, 45s and 33s have re-entered the cultural vogue. In turn, that has spawned the return of vinyl bars

The Week Portfolio
Handsome headquarters: A guide to Pula

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.

Boltholes with bolt-ons

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...

Where Scandis go skiing

Richard Mellor on the Swedish resort favoured by locals that’s fast attracting a global crowd

Dolphin Square
Dolphin Square’s Guide to Pimlico

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.

Fur your eyes only

An exclusive photography tour in wildest Russia o ers the chance to watch brown bears, says Richard Mellor

The Telegraph
Mercure London Kensington review

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.

Eats shoots and leaves satisfied

AFTER a good root around the Baron's backyard, I find myself holding a piece of sticky willy. Bear with me - I can explain.

Yoga goes on safari

Pair the downward dog with wild ones on a big game trip to South Africa, says Richard Mellor

Going with the floe

It’s now possible to ski past penguin colonies and breaching whales in wonderful Antarctica, says Richard Mellor

The Week Portfolio
East meets West: A guide to Tel Aviv

Renowned for its restaurants and its art scene, the White City abounds with creativity, modernity and energy. (Image:

Hotels inside hotels

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.

Reader's Digest Online
10 ways to get a hotel room upgrade

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.

The Telegraph
Hilton London Hyde Park review

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

The Week Portfolio
Get lost on purpose: A guide to Fez

Thrillingly unique, Morocco’s most authentic city boasts a rabbit-warren, memory-clogging medina and fine, fruit-happy cuisine

The Telegraph
Palace Hotel Zagreb

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.

The Telegraph
Talland Bay Hotel review

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.

A very British coup

With their polo fields and British eccentricity, two new arrivals have shaken up Dubai’s hotel scene, says Richard Mellor

The Telegraph
Carbis Bay Hotel & Estate

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.

Hold court in Zagreb

Newly served by direct flights from Monarch, Zagreb is distinguished by its courtyards and their secret spaces, says Richard Mellor

The Telegraph
The Gannet Inn review

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

The Times
20 remote escapes in Europe

From a treehouse in Lapland to a riverside retreat in Portugal, we’ve got the best places to get away from it all

The Telegraph
The Carlyon Bay Hotel review

Majestically positioned on the South Cornish coast, this country house hotel is perfectly placed for heading to sandy beaches and the Eden Project.

Welcome to the Jungle

Conservation holidays don't get more spectacular than a week in the Amazon, says Richard Mellor

The Telegraph
Merchants Manor review

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.

Reader's Digest Online
10 things to pack for a walking holiday

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 Telegraph
Hilton London Tower Bridge review

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.


Richard Mellor goes horse-riding through Italian vineyards, enjoying a glass or three along the way

Time for a Réunion

an unusual new walking trip opens up France’s secret Indian ocean paradise island, says Richard Mellor

Bear with your Glamping

Glamp it up in the remote Canadian wilderness beside grizzlies, wolves and eagles, says Richard Mellor

Rough Guides
A Rough Guide to: safariing in Tanzania

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.

First class for Oxbridge

Richard Mellor swots up on the new arrivals at Oxford and Cambridge: a pair of much-needed unusually cool hotels

The Week Portfolio
Soulful city: A guide to Porto

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

Reader's Digest Online
7 Best Affordable Honeymoon Destinations

Some post-nuptials paradises are less bank-busting than others—while still remaining heavenly and romantic. We've rounded up seven of the best.

Unbearably exciting

Polar voyages don’t come more haunting than this new Canadian adventure, writes Richard Mellor

Reader's Digest Online
10 Apps and websites to make travel a breeze

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.

Creatures in our midst

Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula rivals the Galápagos for its abundance of flora and fauna, plus chic lodges and ample surfing, says Richard Mellor

Rough Guides
Lions, a leopard and hardly any humans in Ruaha, Southern Tanzania

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.

Destinations of the World News
Taste of Huelva

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

The Telegraph
La Sultana Oualidia review

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.

DK Travel
10 things you didn’t know about London

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...

Night on the tiles

With new direct flights, Croatia’s inland capital makes a great city getaway, says Richard Mellor

The Week Portfolio
Slow burner: A guide to Milan

Less showy than Rome or Venice, this northern Italian cultural stronghold packs quite a punch when you look beneath the surface

The time of your life

Spaghetti arms can stay in Dirty Dancing’s iconic film location this summer, says Richard Mellor

The Telegraph
Sharrow Bay review

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.

The Telegraph
The Trout review

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.

Standing apart in Paris

Two unique hotels have just opened in the French capital, reveals Richard Mellor

The Telegraph
The Pheasant review

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.

From the city to the sea

Trips taking in Cuba’s capital and the beaches of Varadero are now a piece of cake, says Richard Mellor

Island gem is on song

The Canaries’ La Palma is the jewel in this archipelago’s crown. And there’s yet another way to get there, says Richard Mellor

Belstaff Adventures
Inside the World of an Urban Explorer

Richard Mellor meets the people for whom exploration means discovering the nooks and crannies of a city rather than roaming a natural wilderness.

Half-term AHOY!

Castles and Caribbean pirate cruises are among the most exciting half-term travel adventures, says Richard Mellor

The Telegraph
Moxy London Excel review

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.

Flippin' Great Picnic

Australia’s Picnic Island is the only place in the world where you can sleep within a penguin colony, says Richard Mellor

Reader's Digest Online
10 Things to pack for a walking holiday

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.

It's Massage Picchu!

The incredible Inca Trail is a physical challenge you can now endure with a personal masseuse, says Richard Mellor

The Week Portfolio
A guide to Tallinn, Estonia

Compact and increasingly hi-tech, Tallinn is a beguiling blend of Russian and Scandi influences

Metro Classified
A world of romance

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

We're not kidding

Fancy a sunshine break with lots of lovely silence? Then rejoice: adult-only hotels are all the rage, says Richard Mellor

The Week Portfolio
A guide to Oakland, USA

Spurn San Francisco (you can always spend a day there) and head over the water to experience 'Brooklyn by the Bay' instead

The Question
What are the best new destinations for a spring weekend away?

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.

The Week Portfolio
A guide to Granada, Spain

Beautiful but subversive, affordable but stylish; prepare to fall hopelessly in love with Andalusia's most seductive city

It's the Burmese knees

Ever since its borders reopened in 2012, Burma’s secrets continue to reveal themselves to the intrepid and curious, says Richard Mellor

New flights to the jewel of Spain

Take it easy with snow, sun and Moorish magic in Granada, says Richard Mellor (with considerable help from Josh Taylor of

Let the last-minute love flow

Left Valentine’s Day to the 11th hour? It’s OK – Richard Mellor has emergency suggestions to rescue your romance

Reader's Digest Online
12 Secret places for romantics in Paris

Heading to Paris for Valentine’s Day, but determined to dodge the masses? Only the locals know about these smooch-worthy spots.

Who's going to carve?

From Heston Blumenthal's 'Gourmayeur' to wine ski safaris, slope-side fare has never been better says Richard Mellor

The Telegraph
Hotel Eurostars Tartessos

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

Make animal passion count

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!)

Sunday Times Insider City Guides

Exotic fusion, homely comfort

Enjoy a Great Barrier sleep

Bed down on a floating platform on Australia’s spectacular natural wonder, says Richard Mellor

The Week Portfolio
A guide to Santiago, Chile

Culture-filled, cosmopolitan and increasingly cool, Santiago is fast becoming one of Latin America's great cities

The Question
What are the best places to travel alone?

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.

Evening Standard
A weekend away in Paphos, Cyprus

As this year's European City of Culture, Paphos can finally show it's not just offering value and Vitamin D

The Question
Which cities should all gastronomers visit?

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.

Become a vole-unteer

Conservation gets cosy on Suffolk’s coast, discovers Richard Mellor

The Question
Where should I go on holiday this year?

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.

The Guardian
Where to go on holiday in 2017 (Paphos & Innsbuck)

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

The Week Portfolio
Where to travel in 2017

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.

Reader's Digest Online
How to have a holiday by yourself

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.

The Guardian
Join Antwerp's party people at its Plein Publiek pop-up

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.

Roll with the Swiss

The gateway to France’s sprawling ski resorts, Geneva has some surprising cool credentials

Travel Trends 2017

The new year will be all about packrafting, luxury trains and Latin-American fly-drives, predicts Richard Mellor

Sunday Times Travel Magazine
Hot for 2017: Japan

New flights, hotels and tourist trains, along with a new Martin Scorsese film, make Japan the perfect contender...

Show 'em who's Paphos

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

Kick back with a Co-workation

Working remotely has gone global and put it suncream on as freelancers mix business and pleasure abroad
The best 5 restaurants in Geneva, Switzerland

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

Destinations of the World News
A Taste of Geneva

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

Aurora The Merrier

There’s more ways than ever to see the Northern Lights, says a starstruck Richard Mellor

Journey to deepest Peru

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...

DK Travel
Top 10 tours of Europe

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.

The Telegraph
The Oyster Bay

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.

The Telegraph
Hogarth's Stone Manor

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.

Destinations of the World News
The height of tradition

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

The Telegraph
Le Richemond

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.

The Telegraph
Hotel ibis Styles Heathrow Airport

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.

Reader's Digest Online
10 ways to get an upgrade on your flight

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.

Reap the harvest

Pomegranate-plucking, champagne-creating and truffle-hunting are all possible on new harvest-themed holidays this autumn, says Richard Mellor

Passport (Monarch in-flight)
A Spanish capital rises again

Beautiful Toledo, Spain's Capital of Gastronomy 2016, commands a regal hilltop perch

2017 Holidays To Book Now!

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

Catch the old-school drift

Richard Mellor beds down in Hoshinoya Tokyo, the world’s first skyscraper based on a traditional ryokan inn

Short-haul and sweet

September is when clever clogs stay closer to home: destinations are cheaper, balmy and many have new hotels, says Richard Mellor

On the fence in Italy

Fancy giving D’Artagnan a run for his money? Richard Mellor finds out how from the experts

DK Travel
The coolest small cities in Europe

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.

Things are looking up

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

Adventure by the Shedload

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...

DK Travel
The best farm-stays in Europe

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.

Six Wonderful Wellness Wows

Hundreds of treatment rooms, entire armies of therapists and bridge-linked complexes – Richard Mellor introduces you to today’s super-spas

The Telegraph
Exotic escapism in Estonia

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.

The Telegraph
Zoku hotel review

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.

Reader's Digest Online
How To Have A Holiday Romance

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.

Coach Class

Who says coach trips are all museums and cafés? It’s affordable safaris and Med tours for 2016

The National
My Kind of Place: Sibenik, Croatia

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.

The Explorer (Jacada Travel)
Go With The Flow

Richard Mellor revels in the slow pace of life along the river banks of the Peruvian Amazon

The Hot List

News page: From Taiwanese hikes to budget-blowing culinary cavorting

Hot-to-trot Latin America

Get off the beaten track as luxury hotels open up remote paradises in Costa Rica, Uruguay, Brazil and beyond...

Cities To Steep Yourself In

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

The builder who changed how the world keeps time

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).

Divine Dalmatia

Šibenik, Croatia's forgotten coastal gem that's perfect for a spring break

International View
Throughly Modern Monaco

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

Destinations of the World News
The Grape Escape

Down in France’s south-west, Bordeaux’s thrillingly nouveau culinary options are finally on a par with its wine offerings

Reader's Digest Online
9 Steps to choosing a perfect Airbnb

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"?

The Sunday Times
Psst... I've found Spain's Tuscany

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.

The Independent on Sunday
From mosques to gastrobars in Toledo

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 Times
Cool camping: 20 best in Europe

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...

Peru With A View

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

Conde Nast Traveller ME
Hidden Paris

Classic Paris will always have its charms. But lately, in the know Parisians are venturing further afield

AskMen UK
The 15 Holidays You Need To Book ASAP

"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.

Reader's Digest Online
The World's 7 Best Metros

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.

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