Alexandra Mackenzie

Edinburgh in life-beyond-Princes-Street shocker!

If you can tear yourself away from the magnetic charms of Princes St and get off the train a stop earlier at Haymarket in the capital’s West End, you might have made a decision you won't regret Read the guide

Paris for (bargain) lovers

Paris is the ultimate destination for a romantic mini-break. Find out how to enjoy the 'city of love' on a budget Read the guide

Iquitos, Peru: my Bruce Parry moment

It's as far from well-trodden Machu Picchu as you can get: Iquitos, deep in the Peruvian Amazon and 3,000km from the river's mouth. Fancy roast parrot, anyone? Believe me, that's tame… Read the guide