The parks are empty and the landscapes are yours

If you want a real safari, head to Botswana

As a boy camping with my father on safaris deep in the African bush, there were no tents involved; we…

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Joan Collins’s diary: The joy of fake Christmas trees

Every year Christmas comes earlier and earlier in America. Cards, baubles and imitation trees were being sold in the big…

Bridge on the 3,798-metre-high Baroghil Pass, leading from Badakhshan in Afghanistan to northern Pakistan

In the steppes of the ancients: travels on the Silk Road

It is difficult to fault this remarkable volume. The publishers have created a book of quality with stunning illustrations and…


Fortune tellers, pound shops and Orville: why I love Blackpool

Fortune tellers, pound shops and Orville: it’s easy to take the piss out of Blackpool, but William Cook loves it

The Old Coastguard

The hotels trying to turn Cornwall into Kensington

Mousehole is a charming name; it is almost a charming place. It is a fishing village on Mount’s Bay, Cornwall,…

Three glamorous guests, 1921

A miracle: French hotels actually like dogs

The first time I checked in to a French hotel with a golden retriever — his name was Gregory, predecessor…

A Man Reads A Newspaper

What you’re missing now that you don’t read this in print

The internet is a frighteningly efficient place for hunter-gathering – but the pleasures of undirected browsing are harder to find online

Mummy Exhibition Opens At The Art Science Museum

A buffet in an Egyptian tomb

Atlantico is a vast buffet inside the Lopesan Costa Meloneras Resort Spa and Casino in Gran Canaria. The Lopesan Costa…


The one economic indicator that never stops rising: meet the Negroni Index

This dispatch comes to you from Venice — where I arrived at sunset on the Orient Express. More of that…


Discover the blissful peace of Laos

Mark Palmer enjoys the blissful serenity of Luang Prabang

Beauty in ruins: the Temple of Isis on Delos

Visiting the Greek islands in a reverse Tardis

In Huddersfield, where I grew up, a town-centre department store boasted a ‘cruise wear’ section. In the window display the…

Jumbo-sized: the first of the Big Five makes an appearance

It takes an elephant to get my teenage son up early

Even teenagers will get up early for a morning game drive, finds Jonathan Ray

Sea change: the old fishing town of Warnemünde has been transformed into an affluent resort

A voyage along my grandfather’s coastline

William Cook follows family ties to coastal Germany

Riverside artwork: Jean-Luc Courcoult’s ‘La Maison dans la Loire’

Eight of the best river cruises

While ocean liners are hardly butterflies, they have a habit of flitting carelessly between countries, often visiting several within a…


Saratoga Springs: the opposite of a one-horse town

Olivia Laing finds spa-town charm and racing thrills in Saratoga Springs


Prue Leith’s diary: I want to be green, but I’ve got some flights to take first...

‘Please God, make me good, but not yet.’ I know the feeling. As I get older and more deeply retired,…

Knockout lemon sorbet: Gelateria Bonaparte

Napoleon's birthplace feels more Italian than French

Napoleon’s birthplace, Casa Buona-parte, in Ajaccio, Corsica’s capital, is pretty grand. It has high ceilings, generous, silk-lined rooms and a…

Michael Palin performs on the closing night of 'Monty Python Live (Mostly)'

The hell of being Michael Palin

In these diaries, which I found excellent in a very specific way, Michael Palin tells us about his life between…

Nature comes first: Lower Mill Estate

On safari in Gloucestershire

The heat was still sweltering as we headed off at dusk towards the hide to watch wildlife with our enthusiastic…


Four gadgets to take on holiday — and two to leave behind

One inarguably good thing about electronic publishing is that it solves that old quandary about what books to pack for…

St Enodoc Church overlooking St Enodoc golf course and the sea beyond, Rock, Cornwall. John Betjeman lies buried in the graveyard

The ultimate guide to Cornwall

Before writing this review I spent an hour looking for my original Pevsner paperback on Cornwall, published in 1951 (the…

Lake Lucerne Photo: Davide Seddo/Getty

The nervous passenger who became one of our great travel writers

Sybille Bedford all her life was a keen and courageous traveller. Restless, curious, intellectually alert, she was always ready to…

Colonel James Tod, travelling by elephant through Rajasthan with his cavalry and sepoys (Indian school, 18th century)

From Scylax to the Beatles: the West's lust for India

Peter Parker on the age-old allure of the Indian subcontinent

John Burnside Photo: Getty

My desert island poet

If I had to be marooned on a desert island with a stranger, that stranger would be John Burnside. Not…


The gilded generation - why the young have never had it so good

The statistics speak for themselves. Today’s gilded generation is the most blessed that ever lived