Phil Cornelius

Antarctica: the white continent

A pristine wilderness at the end of the world, Antarctica is truly a destination like no other - and setting foot on this empty continent is truly an emotional moment Read the guide

Vilamoura: the Algarve's playground

With its stylish marina, beach bars and restaurants, Vilamoura is a purpose-built shrine to pleasure – ideal for a short break. Just up the road is Quarteira, where you can savour the real Portugal Read the guide

Stylish, civilised Sitges

It's described as Spain's St Tropez, but Sitges – half an hour from Barcelona – is richer culturally. With its museums, churches, modern art and Catalan cuisine, it's ideal for a quality short break Read the guide

Uncool runnings: bobsleigh in Latvia

If you ever watched the film 'Cool Runnings' and wondered what bobsleigh was all about, head for Latvia. In Sigulda, an hour from Riga, you can climb aboard and experience a 5G force for yourself Read the guide

Tranquillity and solitude in Scotland's far northwest

The region of Assynt, in the highlands of Scotland, is pretty much a long way from anywhere - the perfect place for anyone in search of peace and perspective Read the guide