By Clare.Jones

Life on the open road in Ireland

For a back-to-basics family holiday, try taking a horse-drawn caravan around the country lanes of Ireland. This is definitely life out of the fast lane, with pints for parents and hoof picks for kids

Walking on water in Amsterdam

Get beyond the tourist tat, the sex museum and the stands of brightly painted clogs, and you can discover a very different kind of Amsterdam, where water will guide your way

Going underground in Turkey

Fancy a boutique retreat to a cave hotel or heading underground to discover subterranean cities only recently abandoned? Turkey’s Capppadocia is full of hidden surprises

Hitting the right note in Verona

You don’t have to be an opera buff to enjoy the pageantry of an open-air performance in Verona’s historic amphitheatre - the home city of Romeo and Juliet makes for a perfect romantic weekend

Rock routes of Meteora

Step beyond stereotypical Greece, with its iconic Aegean islands and classic Athens monuments, and instead explore one of the country's best-kept secrets: the amazing rock pinnacles of Meteora

Off piste in France

If ski resort runs are proving crowded, why not think about really sloping off this season and heading for the Vallee Blanche in France, Europe's longest ski run?

Anyone for desert Iceland-style?

For a few weeks each year, the snow and ice of Iceland’s desert interior melt, allowing access to a remote wilderness region. Four wheel drive or mountain bike are the only ways in

Hooked on the Scottish Highlands

If you're looking for a short break, why not head to Scotland and have a Highland fling? Get into the heart of this landscape with whisky, waders and a fishing rod

Spring to it in Andalusia

Let the season be your reason to visit Andalucia: go in spring to discover age-old pathways and a region blooming with colourful wildflowers

Follow the crowds in Lapland

Forget dog sleds, the ice hotel and trips to see Santa - instead, join the annual reindeer migration, and explore Lapland following one of its most ancient journeys

Houseboat heaven in Kerala

Try a very different kind of cruise and enjoy the silence of southern India. You might not get all the glitz of an ocean-going vessel but you won’t need to fight for a sun lounger

Marrakech behind closed doors

Escape to a Moroccan riad and discover your own boutique retreat, where fountains, courtyards and chilled champagne lie waiting behind closed doors. You may never want to leave...

Close encounters in Knysna

If you go down to the woods of Knysna today you could be in for a big surprise - this part of South Africa is home to a population of forest elephants

Kick back and kitesurf in Essaouira

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

Hiking the highlands of Scotland

Pull on a pair of hiking boots and get some northern exposure, exploring Scotland on foot. Boutique hotels, hearty home cooking and a wee dram each night make it all the easier

The sky's the limit in Namibia

Take the flight of your life and experience a unique safari in the Namibian skies. This exclusive trip gives access to one of the wildest and most remote landscapes on the planet

Tuscany: a spa too far?

Tuscany might be better known for its food, wine and summer villas - but it's also home to a unique underground spa experience

Llanddwyn: perfect for lovers

If you are looking for an alternative Valentine break or romantic escape, why not whisk your loved one away to windswept Llanddwyn in North Wales?

Action-packed Anglesey

A day at the seaside in Anglesey can deliver more than just rock pools and sandcastles. Coasteering, with no rules and no real skills required, is an exciting new way to explore the island's coast

On the rails in Rajasthan

If you want to make the most of a visit to India, take to the tracks and explore regal Rajasthan by train - it can be a palatial journey

Beyond Barcelona

Look beyond the normal Barcelona must-dos and you’ll discover lunar landscapes, Europe’s largest thermal spa and artist enclaves with eccentric offerings

Souk it up in Marrakech

If shopping's your thing, then head to Marrakech, where bartering for a bargain is an ancient art form. You can shop till you drop and then recharge in one of the city’s boutique riads

Easy trekking in South Africa

Lace up a pair of boots for some rewarding walking along South Africa’s beautiful Oystercatcher Trail. Champagne and oysters included...

The seal deal in North Wales

Slip silently through the sea in a kayak and enjoy an accessible wildlife-watching experience off the coast of Anglesey in North Wales