• Viewed from afar it's a lazy assumption that Australia is a cultural desert plagued by flies.  Sydney in particular is an artistic centre, a world city that crackles with the creative energy of the New World.  Here's a few sights and sounds to take in while you're in town.

  • Epic coastline and wild countryside combine with a profound sense of history and identity to enrich any walking exploration of Wales.  Here's a just of few top picks from the multitude of strolls and hikes on offer.

  • Easter isn't just for children.  Factor in the free time off to enjoy early spring sights and events around the UK.

  • Despite the best efforts of manufacturers to convince us otherwise, Easter is not a festival of hollow chocolate eggs.  Instead, celebrate early spring and factor in the extra time off to get out and about in the UK with the family

  • The arrival of spring has always been cause for celebration.  Here are just some of the spring festivals and events taking place around the world this year.

  • The sun is at the foundation of much ancient spirituality, and in another form sun worship continues today.  Here are a few suggestions of places not too far away where you can enjoy some early season rays.

  • Scotland has almost 800 offshore isles and islets, and as days grow longer and the warmer sunshine of spring prevails we're reminded that remarkable landscapes are not exclusively a mainland preserve.  Here's a list of ten notable Scottish islands for springtime consideration…

  • From the 13th to 22nd March Austin's South by Southwest (SXSW) festival is the epicentre of the US music scene, attracting over 300,000 music fans from around the world.  Here's a line up of venues in Austin and elsewhere in Texas where live music is king.

  • Life changes when women become mothers and 'me time' becomes a commodity in short supply.  Mother's Day is a chance for women to put aside nurturing and be nurtured themselves.  Here's a selection of Scottish spas to do just that.

  • St Patrick's Day prompts many of us to take break across the Irish Sea.  However, engagingly noisy and colourful they are, the celebrations in cities, towns and villages play second fiddle to Ireland's natural landscapes.  Here's a selection of what endures after the party's over.

  • London Fashion Week has grown to become one of the city's most visible industry showcases.  Though few of us can expect front row catwalk seats fashion conscious events spill out from Somerset House and last well beyond the scheduled five-day run.  Here's a suggestion of places to stay, just don't expect $10,000 to get out of bed.

  • Milan remains one of Europe's powerhouse cities.  Settimana della Moda - Fashion Week - further underlines Milan's position as European fashion capital.  Whether you're visiting for the catwalk shows of just to soak up some Italian style here's ten top sights to see.

  • There is a laidback feel to the capital of Chile, sitting between the Andes and the Pacific and an easy jumping off point for trips to the Atacama Desert, south to Patagonia or further away to Easter Island.

  • Self-catering cottages have come a long way from cold linoleum floors, saggy sofas, nylon sheets and the great smell of bleach.  Here's just a sample of what's available across the UK

  • As fuel costs fall the independence, flexibility and economy of a European campervan holiday is becoming an increasingly attractive package.  Here's a run down of top tips to consider before hitting the roa

  • Contrary to popular wisdom not all cruises are created equal.  For a taste of luxury life afloat here's a run down of ten top cruise lines.

  • For first timers a choosing a yacht holiday can be a confusing process.  Here's ten tips to help navigate a course through the world of private yacht charter.

  • THERE is something comforting about being tucked up warm, with a belly full of food, while watching the last of the day's light disappear from the surrounding countryside.

  • Spain pioneered package holidays for sun-starved Scots.  However, as low-cost and charter airlines spread their wings east, Turkey too became a firm favourite.  But which is best?  Here are a few comparisons to help make up your mind.

  • Life is undoubtedly too short. Flash some cash and enjoy a little conspicuous consumption. Here's how…

  • This could be an article about peat fires, sumptuous seafood, a deserted beach with views across the waves to America, lots of ancient history, welcoming locals, and a gentle pace of life which typifies Scotland's islands, all just a 25-minute flight from Glasgow Aiport.

  • The process of getting married can leave couples afflicted by several variants of traumatic stress disorder.  Examination by all and sundry of what is in fact a very personal commitment makes a honeymoon not just a nuptial celebration but a real and necessary opportunity for rehab…  Here's where to go.

  • Prevailing wisdom suggests we should all spend Christmas at home.  However, amidst the dim, fuzzy brown 40-watt bulb of winter weather, enforced conviviality, TV specials and over-cooked sprouts, getting away can be the best Christmas present ever. Here's where to head…

  • Though you can't alter the finishing line in the human race you can at least make the journey interesting.  Here's a suggested Top-Ten waypoints en route to the entropy of oblivion.

  • New Year is an honest celebration, the anticipation of a fresh start, a new beginning, perhaps a new life - staying at home and watching TV, even in HD, doesn't really cut it.  For those resolved to get away there's still time to plan a party.  Here's where to go…

  • Blinded by the dazzling beige of yet another characterless chain hotel?  There are other options…

  • We residents of the British Isles have been known to tell overseas visitors that our favourite beauty spots are so ravishing it doesn't matter if you view them in sunshine or driving rain.

  • Left cold at the prospect of a soulless sojourn into the world of e-commerce?  Instead combine retail opportunity with a pre-Christmas break to any of these top ten shopping cities...

  • Successful ski holidays require a deal more consideration than simply booking a hotel half way up snow covered hill.  Here's a run down listing ten of the best resorts worldwide.

  •  Contintent-straddling city serves up  its own brand of beguiling Turkish delights.