Features // Eleanor Aldridge

The best destinations to follow on Instagram
The best destinations to follow on Instagram

There’s nothing like travel inspiration straight from the source. If your Instagram feed is feeling short on dreamy seascapes, epic mountain scenery and wanderlust-inducing food pics, start here. This is our pick of the 15 best destinations to follow on Instagram, from little-known cities to world-famous destinations. Got a favourite we’ve missed? Tell us in the…

Are drones the new selfie stick?
Are drones the new selfie stick?

According to research published this week, drones are the new must-have travel gadget. Online retailer DronesDirect.co.uk claim that nearly 400,000 Brits alone are set to pack a drone on their summer trip. The news comes as little surprise to those who’ve been following the drone revolution over the past year. Their popularity has been gathering…

6 great places to visit by train in Europe
6 great places to visit by train in Europe

There are few better ways to see Europe than by rail. Budget flights might abound, but nothing can match the experience of travelling by train. Forget about tedious airport transfers and unsociable departure times, by rail you’ll get glorious views, spacious seats and – best of all – the ability to hop off a train…

A sex-themed amusement park is set to open in Brazil
A sex-themed amusement park is set to open in Brazil

Forget about virtual-reality roller coasters, the future of theme parks just got a whole lot raunchier. Developers in Brazil are planning to build an adults-only park, where traditional rides will be replaced by the likes of penis-shaped bumper cars, an erotic ghost train and a 7D vibrating cinema. Unlike the comparatively chaste Jeju Loveland in…

You’ll soon be able to stay at the ICEHOTEL throughout the year
You’ll soon be able to stay at the ICEHOTEL throughout the year

The ICEHOTEL, constructed from snow and ice each year, has long been Swedish Lapland’s blockbuster attraction. It features in our list of the top 21 things to do in Sweden, and crops up on bucket lists the world over. Yet when the weather warms in the spring, this extraordinary hotel just melts away. This year,…

Quiz: can you name these famous places in the USA?
Quiz: can you name these famous places in the USA?

Do you pride yourself on your travel knowledge of the USA? Have you marvelled at the Grand Canyon, taken a ride on a cable car in San Francisco and visited Washington DC‘s finest museums? If so, this is the quiz for you. We’ve selected eight famous sights across the USA – from mountains and monuments to towns and cities – to…

You can visit all US national parks for free next week
You can visit all US national parks for free next week

To celebrate of the 100th birthday of the National Park Service, visitors will be offered free entry to national parks across the USA next week. From the 16th to the 24 April, admission fees will be waived in all 59 parks, with a range of special activities also planned around National Junior Ranger Day on…

Quiz: can you name these famous places in Europe?
Quiz: can you name these famous places in Europe?

Do you pride yourself on your European travel knowledge? Have you strolled the backstreets of Venice, discovered Berlin‘s best under-the-radar nightlife or island-hopped in Croatia? If so, this is the quiz for you. We’ve selected 10 famous sights across Europe – from mountains to monuments – to put you to the test. Can you name the…

1500 chefs around the world will celebrate French food next week
1500 chefs around the world will celebrate French food next week

When it comes to food, the French don’t do things by halves. It should come as little surprise then that this year sees the launch of the second Good France event, a global celebration of the country’s gastronomy to surpass all others. The day was created in 2015 to mark the inclusion of French cuisine on…

Introducing the “shedcation” – 7 sheds you can actually stay in
Introducing the “shedcation” – 7 sheds you can actually stay in

Just when you thought travel trends couldn’t get any more wacky, there’s a new type of holiday to contend with – the “shedcation”. Forget about cabins, windmills or capsules suspended from cliff-faces, organisers of the annual Cuprinol Shed of the Year competition have teamed up with Airbnb to convince travellers that sheds are the next big thing in accommodation. To…

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