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Europe’s best spring-sun breaks

From Split to Sardinia, spring is the perfect time to start sun seeking in Europe — plus you’ll miss the mass-tourist summer crowds. Suzanne King gives us the lowdown on seven of the best

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Sardinia: five beaches to escape the crowds

Italians believe that Sardinia has their best beaches — and with good reason. But if you want to avoid the ever-popular Emerald Coast, which attracts celebrities and billionaires by the yacht load, there are still some off-the-beaten track stretches of sand with plenty of towel space

The most magnificent places in the world to read a book

From a library hidden in the forests of Beijing to the Cuban literary haunt of Ernest Hemingway, here are the world’s best spots for bibliophiles to indulge in a spot of reading

Six must-try foodie experiences in Aspen

There’s more to Aspen than just slopes. Thanks to its proximity to local farms and focus on seasonal fare, it’s the perfect destination for foodies. Sunshine Flint picks six must-eat (and drink) experiences, from a remote mountain restaurant only accessible by ski or sleigh to a farm-to-cocktail distillery

Five of the best hotels in Dalaman

With secluded bays and sparkling waters, Turkey’s aptly named Turquoise Coast has something for every type of traveller — including the perfect luxury hotels

Off-season travel: Friedrichshafen 
in summer

Daniel Neilson goes off-piste and shares his tips for visiting Friedrichshafen in summer

An insider’s guide: Kuala Lumpur

Local resident and mezzo soprano singer Carly Paoli shares her tips on the buzzing Malaysian capital, from where to sample to the best street food to sky-high cocktails with killer views

Michael Craig-Martin does Dallas

Why the Dublin-born artist and ‘godfather of British contemporary art’ is busy taking over the Texan city

On the road with… Flight Facilities’ Jimmy Lyell

One half of the Australian electronic outfit reveals his highlights of touring the world, from die-hard fans in Mexico to big nights out in Berlin

St Lucia: Jade Mountain

With heart-stopping views of the mighty Pitons and plenty of private infinity pools, it’s impossible not to fall in love with this luxury hilltop hideaway, says Laury Smith

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Six New York food markets where you can lunch with locals

Indoor food halls may not be NYC’s claim to fame, but a renewed interest is changing the way locals eat. Want to browse all of the city’s buzz-worthy bites under one roof? These are your best bets, says local food writer Elspeth Velten

North Fork: Welcome to the Un-Hamptons

One of the historical holiday colonies of the American Northeast, The Hamptons is the super-exclusive province of millionaires and billionaires. While the smart set stay south, the bargain hunters and tastemakers head for the spectacular wetlands of Long Island’s North Fork. But how long can it retain its innocence? Mark Jones pays a visit

The freezing trail from Alaska to Vancouver

Seasoned independent traveller Simon Calder doesn't do cruises. But hold the light entertainment: the cruise from Alaska to Vancouver is a journey to the rugged, freezing, awe-inspiring edge of the world

Washington: beyond the West Wing

A kindred spirit of Harlem in NYC, Washington’s U Street was known as ‘Black Broadway’ in the 1950s. After a cycle of decline, regeneration and gentrification, Chris Leadbeater finds that the area never really lost its soul

Banks: my LA

The singer-songwriter sensation and LA local gives Britt Collins the inside track on where to shop, eat and see live music in Los Angeles

San Francisco: Maupin's real Tales of the City

He's been called the man who ‘invented San Francisco' but with his final Tales of the City book in the bag, has Armistead Maupin moved on? He talks to Eva Wiseman about fame, fans and visiting Russia

Seattle's best street food

To celebrate the Chowtzer Awards for the world's best fast, cheap and street-style food this weekend, we ask Seattle food blogger Naomi Bishop some quickfire questions about her favourite local mouthfuls

Five of Austin's best swimming holes

What could be better than visiting one of the USA's hippest and fastest-growing cities this summer? A range of cooling pools to jump into when the heat gets too much. Isabelle D'Arcy Clark picks some of the best spots to take a dip.