Setting off on a round trip from Cape Town to the Garden Route, we explored the heartland of South Africa along Cape Route 62, with its vast mountain ranges and pretty historic farming communities
The combination of an exciting horse ride on the unspoilt beach of Holy Island, a cosy B&B and an excellent night out proved to be a fabulous introduction to the north east of England
The theme park might be closed, but there's still fun to be had at England's Alton Towers Theme Park during winter - without breaking the bank
Head to Essaouira, on Morocco’s Atlantic coast, for some laidback beach life and the chance to feel the wind in your sails as you learn the art of kitesurfing
Canopy walking in pristine cloud forests, kayaking on river rapids and bathing in hot thermal pools as red lava fills the night sky make a trip to Costa Rica an unforgettable experience
Looking for heat and then some? Head off to Tucson in southern Arizona; I guarantee you won’t need to take a sweater
It's not likely to feature in the mainstream travel brochures anytime soon. Has the remote former Soviet state of Kyrgyzstan really got enough attractions to entertain an intrepid tourist?
The unexplored French heartland of Auvergne offers Europe's most breathtaking scenery. With spa towns, medieval hamlets and history on every corner, this remarkable region is waiting to be discovered
Bathe where Edward VII once revitalised himself, with a visit to the spa town of Marianske Lazne in the Czech Republic
by Julia Cons
Sunshine, a swimming pool with slides, a smoking barbeque, a glass of something, and a relaxed family. What more could anyone ask of a budget summer break?