Features // Eleanor Aldridge

7 reasons why Lyon should be your next European weekend break
7 reasons why Lyon should be your next European weekend break

The ingredients for a great European weekend break are simple. You’ll need a walkable city centre, a handful of excellent restaurants, some cool bars, affordable places to stay, interesting attractions and good transport. Lyon, one of France’s most delightful small cities and the country’s culinary capital, offers all these and more. Here’s why it should…

The most liveable cities in the world have just been revealed
The most liveable cities in the world have just been revealed

The results of The Economist‘s annual Global Liveability Ranking have just been released, revealing the world’s most liveable cities in 2016. A total of 140 cities were assessed in the report, which looks at five broad categories: stability, healthcare, education, infrastructure and culture and environment. “Liveability has deteriorated in 29 of the 140 cities surveyed over the last 12 months”,…

13 reasons why Colorado is America’s most beautiful state
13 reasons why Colorado is America’s most beautiful state

Dreaming of getting out into the great outdoors? Wondering which state should top your next travel bucket list? It’s time you considered Colorado. From its sensational landscapes and soaring mountains to its cool cities and quirky gold-rush towns, the star of the West is home to some of the most beautiful places in the country.…

20 pictures that will have you booking your next vacation to Maine
20 pictures that will have you booking your next vacation to Maine

New England‘s beauty needs little introduction. From the spectacular fall colours to the charming seaside towns, this is a region that rewards travellers year-round. Each state has it’s own myriad attractions, but covering an area the size of the other five combined, Maine‘s diversity is hard to beat. 1. Bass Harbor Lighthouse Image courtesy of Maine Office of…

Meet Norway’s new ambassadors: 4 sheep named Erik, Frida, Lars and Kari
Meet Norway’s new ambassadors: 4 sheep named Erik, Frida, Lars and Kari

This summer, the Norwegian tourist board have taken a new approach to sharing their country’s magnificent landscapes. They’ve shunned slick ad campaigns in favour of enlisting the help of four woolly friends. Erik, Frida, Lars and Kari are four sheep who’ve just landed the job of a lifetime – and their own Instagram account. Roaming free in…

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,…

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