By Laura.Dixon

Touring Lisbon by sidecar

If Wallace and Gromit ever left the UK, this is how they'd tour round Lisbon. Forget the Wensleydale, though - this chic city is more interested in coffee, caipirinhas and custard tarts

The shopaholic's guide to Hong Kong

Looking for somewhere chic to go shopping? Forget New York, Paris and Milan - Hong Kong’s got it sorted, and has a stellar shopping festival to boot. Here’s how to bag the best bargains

24 hours in Belgrade

From war-torn capital to party town, Belgrade is emerging as one of the hottest city-break destinations in Europe

What's so hot about Iceland?

Collapsed banks, rude locals, an impossible language and less than tropical weather make Iceland seem like the holiday from hell. So what is the appeal?

Funny, sunny Melbourne

Australia’s largest cultural festival has got enough comedy to cheer up even the most depressed banker, down-in-the-mouth estate agent or nervous travel journalist

Spain's best-kept secret: Tarifa

It’s exotic yet only a three-hour flight away, the beaches are long, and the living is easy – just try not to tell anyone else about Tarifa

Singapore fling

There’s more to Singapore than Raffles. Here's how to get the best of southeast Asia’s smallest nation when you’re on a stopover

An art-lover's guide to Tokyo

They make take a bit of finding, but the cutting-edge art galleries of Tokyo are inspirational gems, and well worth the effort

Australian safari

A pelican’s tea party, surfing sea lions and a genuine woolly jumper: Kangaroo Island, in South Australia, is an undiscovered haven for wildlife-lovers

The great Aussie road trip

What’s that, Skippy? Don’t drive after dark in case you hit a kangaroo? Good idea, mate! Time to spill the beans on driving in Australia

Tagazhoute: a surf paradise in Morocco

Morocco’s premier surf destination, Tagazhoute is a return to how surfing should be - but with developers eyeing up the coast, it won't stay that way for ever...

New York on a budget

Pricey hotels and a plummeting pound make a holiday in New York more expensive than it’s been for years. So try these tips to make your money go further

Volcano watching in Iceland

What is it really like to watch a live volcano erupt? I know - I just saw one. Here's a guide to finding out how to do it safely, and what it feels like to see it taking place