Laura Dixon

Funny, sunny Melbourne

Australia’s largest cultural festival has got enough comedy to cheer up even the most depressed banker, down-in-the-mouth estate agent or nervous travel journalist Read the guide

What's so hot about Iceland?

Collapsed banks, rude locals, an impossible language and less than tropical weather make Iceland seem like the holiday from hell. So what is the appeal? Read the guide

24 hours in Belgrade

From war-torn capital to party town, Belgrade is emerging as one of the hottest city-break destinations in Europe Read the guide

The shopaholic's guide to Hong Kong

Looking for somewhere chic to go shopping? Forget New York, Paris and Milan - Hong Kong’s got it sorted, and has a stellar shopping festival to boot. Here’s how to bag the best bargains Read the guide

Touring Lisbon by sidecar

If Wallace and Gromit ever left the UK, this is how they'd tour round Lisbon. Forget the Wensleydale, though - this chic city is more interested in coffee, caipirinhas and custard tarts Read the guide