In Dubai, with its opulent hotels and shopping malls, the ethos is spend, spend, spend – but you don't have to. From free drinks and fashion bargains to cheap brunch, here are my money-saving tips
Helsinki's cool bars and restaurants are waiting to be discovered. Finnish style prevails, but it doesn't have to be exclusive or expensive.
by Cathy W
In the run-up to the 2010 Olympic Games in February, Whistler in British Columbia is pulling out all the stops. Best of all, most of its ski areas will stay open for skiers of all abilities – and ages
Once famous for its wool and textiles, Leeds is now a cosmopolitan and vibrant city ideal for a short break. The city is home to excellent shopping, culture, food and nightlife
by Giorgia O
A short hop from the tourist-trap West End, there's a part of London brimming with galleries, street markets, gastropubs and converted industrial buildings. Head out on a Saturday and make a day of it
Join in the fun and games in the historic English city of Chester and find out which pubs, clubs, bars and music venues to visit on your short break.
Budapesters are a sociable lot. When the sun goes down the fun-lovers head out, gathering at prime drinking spots like Liszt Ferenc tér. For those with energy to spare, there are nightclubs to follow
by Janhavi Kandalgaokar
Drink in the evening views over San Francisco before hitting the restaurants and clubs for a fun-filled night
Forget trying to fit the whole of London in to a weekend. Instead, think small to get the most out of your city break
Most visitors to Jamaica hole up in large, characterless all-inclusive hotels – but you don't have to. Here are five quirkier, small-scale and affordable alternatives with oodles of local charm