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
by Allie Reynolds
One of the most popular cities in the world, Venice is more than a collection of famous sights to tick off - it's the perfect place to sit at a cafe, sipping a coffee and watching the world go by
Why spend your time in Manhattan queuing to see the usual sites with the other tourists, when you can take a bite out of the real Big Apple by hanging out where real New Yorkers go?
As well as its famous cultural sights, Barcelona has lots to offer anyone with an interest in good food and wine. Try this gastro-themed ramble through some of the city's back streets for starters...
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
Winchester is famous for being the former capital of the UK and the setting for Keats' 'To Autumn'. Now the city provides the perfect setting for break away from it all
Aberdovey is a great place for an activity-packed summer weekend of sun, sea and sand without the hordes
If you're in need of a break from hectic city life, why not spend a weekend exploring the Welsh market town of Abergavenny by mountain bike, then indulging yourself in a gastropub or fine restaurant
It may be known for its glitzy, showbiz clientele, fancy restaurants, and plush hotels, but the chic ski resort of Aspen in the Rockies can also be done on the cheap. It even has a McDonald’s!
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