Holidays

Why have I bought a car I don’t actually like?

2 June 2018 9:00 am

I am currently in Brittany with the family, having made the 11-hour drive from London on Monday. It sounds like…

My time in the Big Brother house wasn’t quite the horror show I’d imagined

23 September 2017 9:00 am

The comedian on her stay in the Celebrity Big Brother house

Hunt-the-iPhone was the highlight of my summer holiday

19 August 2017 9:00 am

For years, Caroline and I have been squabbling over where to spend our summer holidays. Her ideal is a family-friendly…

Usain Bolt and the sporting legends who went out with a whimper

12 August 2017 9:00 am

Out with a whimper Usain Bolt managed only a bronze in his last appearance in the 100 metres at the…

Glenmor estate lodges at Gleneagles

Timeshare? Think stylish getaways, not dodgy sales reps

27 May 2017 9:00 am

Timeshare is no longer such a dirty word in the travel trade – in fact, shared ownership offers stylish getaway opportunities, says Laura Whitcombe

Bath time: wild ­elephants roam ­southern Sri Lanka

Paralysed in paradise — or how I didn’t see Sri Lanka

25 March 2017 9:00 am

Broken-hearted Emily Hill tries some R&R in Sri Lanka

The Dalmatian coast: old-fashioned glamour

Croatia

1 October 2016 9:00 am

Advocates of New Zealand often boast that the country is like Britain was in the 1950s. This is all well…

The Burkini story: proudly born in Australia (and only 60% Muslim)

3 September 2016 9:00 am

Behind the cover-up Some facts about Burkinis: — The Burkini was invented by Ahedi Zanetti, a Lebanese-born Australian businesswoman, in…

What makes the perfect holiday cottage

20 August 2016 9:00 am

Gadgets and fancy decor don’t matter. Good beds do

Brexit leaves optimists clinging to the life raft of cliché

2 July 2016 9:00 am

My column calling Brexit campaigners ‘hooligans’ and ending ‘Reader, I voted Remain’, caused quite a stir — coinciding as it…

We’re all going on a summer holiday: the cast of ‘Sunset at the Villa Thalia’

Brecht’s work won’t survive the 21st century: The Threepenny Opera reviewed

11 June 2016 9:00 am

Bertolt Brecht took The Threepenny Opera  from an 18th-century script by John Gay and relocated it to Victorian London. This…

I have seen the future of tourism, and it’s designed to keep you out

16 April 2016 9:00 am

We’re going to ruin every perfect place – unless we find ways to reserve them for a fortunate few

Dear Mary: How can I make a conversation-stopping gaffe go away?

9 April 2016 9:00 am

Q. What should a host do when a guest says something so embarrassing in front of the assembled company that…

Globe trotting: four fabulous getaways

5 December 2015 9:00 am

Cranshaws Castle, Scotland This Grade A-listed tower in the Lammermuir Hills of Berwickshire dates back to 1350 and was once…

On a remote outpost of the Peloponnese, this could be a blueprint to revive the Greek tourist trade

5 December 2015 9:00 am

Sitting beneath an ancient olive tree, mugging up on Greek philosophy with Doctor Eleni Volonaki from Kalamata University, I suddenly…

Cecil the Lion’s noble sacrifice

5 December 2015 9:00 am

His shooting by an American dentist has reminded the world that big-game trophy hunting is essential for the survival of African wildlife

Sand that might be mistaken for Caribbean

Anglesey: la dolce vita in north Wales

24 October 2015 9:00 am

We teased our friends by saying that our holiday would be on a far-away island. The Maldives, perhaps? No, Anglesey,…

Adventures on the isle that seduced Odysseus

17 October 2015 9:00 am

Gozo — Malta’s tiny island neighbour — was once rather a crucial spot in the Mediterranean. The Knights of Malta…

The wonders of the Muslim world that my children will never get to see

1 August 2015 9:00 am

I celebrated Eid in a sandy bay in Sri Lanka, watching from the warm, shallow sea as gaggles of local…

Please come on holiday to poor, broken Greece. It needs you

18 July 2015 9:00 am

At the weekend, I tried — and failed — to get some money out of an empty cashpoint near Omonia…

Guild houses in the Grote Markt, Antwerp

Antwerp: the compact, charming capital of a country that doesn’t quite exist yet

23 May 2015 9:00 am

Napoleon didn’t think much of Antwerp. ‘Scarcely a European city at all,’ he scoffed. If only he could see it…

The writing on the wall: some of the well-preserved hieroglyphs at Karnak

Tourists are trickling back to Egypt – to beat the crowds, go now

4 April 2015 9:00 am

Egypt’s revolution of 2011 didn’t just get rid of President Mubarak: it did a pretty good job of clearing out…

School trips go global

14 March 2015 9:00 am

School outings have been transformed, says Ed Cumming

The charming little airport that ruins thousands of holidays

10 January 2015 9:00 am

The charming little airport that ruins thousands of skiing holidays

Onsen: dive into another side of Japan

3 January 2015 9:00 am

Kate Crockett wallows happily in the natural hot baths of Kyushu