Julia Smith

Japan on the cheap

Japan has a reputation as an expensive destination - but it is possible to enjoy a budget break in the land of the rising sun Read the guide

Palma: a city break for sunseekers

To sample a real slice of Spanish life, head for the sunshine capital of the Balearics, Palma de Mallorca Read the guide

Bergamo: whatever the weather

With a charming old town, distinctive local cuisine and lots of cultural attractions, Bergamo makes the perfect destination for a whirlwind weekend break in Italy Read the guide