By wilburthewotsiteater

Albania opens its doors

For decades, Albania's been the isolated oddball of Europe. But times are changing, and this friendly little country is now taking its first steps towards establishing itself on the tourist trail

Living like a local in Paris

Why be just another tourist in a hotel when you could rent a Montmartre loft flat or Left Bank penthouse and experience Paris like a native? Here's how to live la vie parisienne - at least briefly...

Aleppo: ancient sights and Arabian nights

The Syrian city of Aleppo makes a sensational destination for a short break, with an incredible souk to barter in, impressive citadels and castles to explore, and some great hotels and restaurants

Music and markets in Salzburg

As well as having a picture-perfect setting, Salzburg also boasts pretty buildings, natural beauty, culture galore, hearty cuisine and excellent shopping. And, of course, music, music, music!

Kotor: medieval majesty in Montenegro

The attractive walled town of Kotor in Montenegro, beautifully located between an alluring fjord and brooding mountains, is an absolute joy. Get there now, before the tourist hordes discover it

Magical Marrakesh

The Moroccan city of Marrakesh is a frenzied, fascinating place, where the lives of the locals are played out like street theatre - go now for an incredible experience that will last a lifetime

In search of Nirvana in chilled-out Luang Prabang

For a relaxing break you can't top the peaceful sanctuary of Laos' spiritual capital. Mingle with a multitude of resident monks, wonder at ancient Buddhist temples and witness a glorious Mekong sunset

Valencia - the perfect mix of old and new

For a short break featuring magnificent ancient architecture together with classic modern design, Valencia has few peers. Old Town, futuristic science park, landscaped port, beaches - it has the lot