By lucydodsworth

A wine weekend in Sonoma

Spend a couple of days in California’s lesser-known wine region of Sonoma, a perfect short break from San Francisco for foodies and wine lovers

Marlborough: wine, water and walks

It may be one of New Zealand's top wine regions, but there's more to Marlborough than just Sauvignon Blanc. Enjoy spectacular walks and exploring waterways in the stunning Marlborough Sound

Cruising California’s Highway 1

One of the world’s most spectacular road journeys, Highway 1 hugs the Californian coastline. The stretch from San Francisco to LA makes for a great road trip, so rent a convertible and get exploring

The best of Oxford: town and gown

Honey-coloured college quads, bicycling students in gowns and punts on the river – explore the stereotypes and more in Oxford, a great weekend break or a must-see on a trip around England

Ten great New Zealand hostels

With a fantastic network of budget accommodation, you're spoilt for choice for places to stay in New Zealand. From city centre hostels to remote beach houses, here are ten of the best bargains

Beaune: food and wine in the heart of Burgundy

At the heart of Burgundy's famous Cote d'Or wine region is the pretty and historic town of Beaune – the perfect base for a French food and wine break, and easily accessible from the UK by train

Five easy European escapes by Eurostar

Avoid airport delays by travelling by train. But once you've done the obvious Eurostar destinations of Paris, Lille and Brussels, where to next? Here are five more great accessible European getaways

Bloomsbury: explore the heart of academic London

Home to artists and intellectuals in the 1930s and the University of London today, Bloomsbury's Georgian garden squares, museums and galleries are well known, but there are hidden spots to discover