By Fred.Mawer

Affordable Amsterdam: 20 insider tips

It’s a classic destination for backpackers and travellers on a budget, but Amsterdam can be shockingly expensive. For a city break that doesn’t break the bank, here are 20 money-saving ideas

The real Caribbean: island by island

Not every Caribbean escape is a paradise of rainforest and fine white sand. To help you choose the best island for you, I weigh up the pros and cons of Cuba, Barbados, St Lucia, Antigua and Jamaica

Five budget places to stay in Barcelona

When flights are so cheap, why spend a fortune on a hotel? In Barcelona, with its Gaudi architecture, vibrant nightlife and street performers on the Ramblas, you can stay in style for €65 a night

Five budget places to stay in Prague

Whether it is a quirky 17th-century building in the Czech capital, an apartment with views of Petrin hill or a tasteful boutique hotel near Prague Castle, it can be yours for less than €100 a night

Five budget places to stay in New York

Hotels in the Big Apple are notoriously expensive, but you can find a funky guesthouse, b&b or “Pod Room” with bunkbeds for less than $185 a night – often within a five-minute walk of Times Square

Five budget places to stay in Amsterdam

Good-quality but affordable places to stay are in short supply in Amsterdam – but a few quirky, characterful lodgings can be found for as little as €73 a night. Here are five of my personal favourites

Jamaica: beyond the all-inclusives

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

Five budget places to stay in Rome

Decent accommodation in the Eternal City doesn't have to be expensive. All these carefully vetted options are centrally located and offer doubles for less than €125 a night – one for as little as €68