David Stuart Ryan

Washington DC: up close and personal with the President

You can tour the White House and Michelle Obama's vegetable patch if you wish, but there is more to Washington than political life – museums, art galleries and colonial Georgetown, for a start Read the guide

New York - the lowdown on the high-rise city break

My guide reckons New York City has everything - does the Big Apple really have it all for the perfect break? Read the guide

Inside the Taj Mahal: a pilgrim's guide

Some call it the most beautiful building on earth, the eighth wonder of the world – but without an expert's guidance, the Taj Mahal in India can leave visitors cold. Here are my insider tips Read the guide

The fabled beaches of Goa

With its 60 miles of coast, Goa in India has a beach (and a hotel) to suit every taste, from budget to super-luxury. It's not quite like the old days, but there are spots where you can truly chill out Read the guide

A boat trip on the River Thames reveals the real London

Spend a few days exploring the River Thames and you will get to know the true London from a unique perspective as unknown sides to the capital become gloriously clear. Read the guide