Fred Mawer

Five budget places to stay in New York

Hotels in the Big Apple are notoriously expensive, but you can find a funky guesthouse, b&b or “Pod Room” with bunkbeds for less than $185 a night – often within a five-minute walk of Times Square Read the guide

Five budget places to stay in Prague

Whether it is a quirky 17th-century building in the Czech capital, an apartment with views of Petrin hill or a tasteful boutique hotel near Prague Castle, it can be yours for less than €100 a night Read the guide

Five budget places to stay in Barcelona

When flights are so cheap, why spend a fortune on a hotel? In Barcelona, with its Gaudi architecture, vibrant nightlife and street performers on the Ramblas, you can stay in style for €65 a night Read the guide

The real Caribbean: island by island

Not every Caribbean escape is a paradise of rainforest and fine white sand. To help you choose the best island for you, I weigh up the pros and cons of Cuba, Barbados, St Lucia, Antigua and Jamaica Read the guide

Affordable Amsterdam: 20 insider tips

It’s a classic destination for backpackers and travellers on a budget, but Amsterdam can be shockingly expensive. For a city break that doesn’t break the bank, here are 20 money-saving ideas Read the guide