Indian trains: a survival guide

India’s railway is sprawling and complicated, but navigating it is worth the effort

Immaculate Spanish home, frenzied English children. What could go wrong?

It was like releasing a dozen hyenas in a ­chicken farm – and there were only two of them

Monks at Thiksey Monastery in Ladakh

Words apart in the Himalayan desert

You’ll need a new vocabulary for the stunning Buddhist kingdom of Ladakh

The celebrity spa that’s worth its salt

We try out the purgative weight-loss regime at Austria’s FX Mayr clinic

An Amalfi Coast getaway for keen cooks

Fancy a holiday to Italy where making your own pasta is part of the deal?

The best French Riviera summer sojourns

An insider’s guide to the ultimate Côte d’Azur holidays

The City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia

The Spanish city where Doctor Who touched down

Julie Burchill falls in love with Valencia

French President Emmanuel Macron visiting Amiens during the election campaign

Amiens: The city that made Macron

The French president’s quiet hometown is a wonderful destination for a weekend break

How to do Paris with kids

The French capital isn’t just a holiday destination for smooching couples

British comedian John Oliver performing in New York

The five best comedy clubs in New York

The stand-up clubs to check out when you’re after a laugh in the Big Apple

A view of the bay of Naples (iStock)

A holiday in Naples is nothing to be scared of

A charming city break without a mafia don in sight

The bright lights of Beirut

Lebanon’s capital is undergoing a cultural renaissance after years of civil war

Ancient columns of temple ruins in archaeological park Tombs of the Kings, Paphos,Cyprus,UNESCO heritage site.

There’s more to Paphos than sunbathing and getting sloshed

The Cypriot city is a destination for holidaymakers seeking comfort and culture

How to travel in style – when the odds are against you

Robert Louis Stevenson might not have been referring specifically to holidays when he wrote that ‘to travel hopefully is a…

a pilot in front of a WW1 Centenary Aircraft

Learning to fly: a beginner’s guide

Flying lessons are not as expensive or time-consuming as you might think

May 1936: Jose, Oscar and Eduardo Aguilar, sons of the Venezuelan Legation counsellor, leave Waterloo Station in London for home, wearing smart suits

The evolving style of the suitcase

The best modern suitcases combine practicality and craftsmanship

Cabin crews in Singapore Airline leaving Changi Airport after flight has landed

The world’s most luxurious airports

The airport experience doesn’t always have to be a nightmare

Passengers queue at an airport to board a plane

I pity the fools who queue to get on planes

It doesn’t matter how long people stand at the departure gate, they’ll still end up in their allocated seat

Cape Verde: the Atlantic’s scorching secret

Cape Verde deserves to come out of the Canary Islands’ shadow

Is ‘duty free’ really duty-free?

Bargain hunting for booze can be a tricky business at airports

Can you learn to ski in six hours?

A new class promises to get novices skiing in just one day – but is it just a crash course?

Where to go for winter sun

A selection of sun-drenched destinations to suit all budgets

Whale watching: a perfect escape from the madness of American politics

Victoria, in Vancouver Island, is like nowhere else in the world

Stockholm provides the perfect winter tonic

The Grand Hotel is a wondrous and luxurious place to retreat to at Christmas time