By wendy.gomersall

Lovely Ljubljana

See, shop and eat is the formula for a successful city break - but not necessarily in equal proportion. Ljubljana, Slovenia's capital, has all the right ingredients

Do it in Devon

Is this the year you’ve decided to learn a new skill? Head for Bovey Castle in north Devon for an activity weekend and you could try quad biking, falconry, or even fly fishing

Paws for thought in Ireland

Money worries may persuade families to take short breaks closer to home this year – but the good news is that it means the pet dog can come too. Just load up the car and catch the ferry to Ireland...

Out for the Count in Romania

Transylvania is famously the home of Dracula, but thankfully, it’s got a lot more to offer tourists than a bloodsucking anti-hero…

Crowdless northern Cyprus

Untouched by the mass tourism of the south, northern Cyprus is equally beautiful but has been left out in the cold. But now more visitors are starting to discover its treasures

Luxor: return of the city of palaces

Egypt’s tourism capital had lost its lustre - but now Luxor is undergoing a mega facelift that will see it return to its glory days as one of the greatest cities of the ancient world

Paradise found in Hawaii

Lanai is Hawaii’s little gem, with no crowds, idyllic landscapes and a bay where dolphins come in to play with the tourists

Florida for families

From wildlife and wild rides to giant steaks and enormous rockets, there's plenty to keep you entertained in Florida