Wonderful walks for autumn: A golden greeting at Winkworth Arboretum, Surrey

Autumn in Winkworth Arboretum

In the fifth of our series of six walks, picked for TravelMail by the National Trust, we head to Winkworth Arboretum, in Surrey, where more than 1,000 different shrubs and trees provide an explosion of autumn colour...


Outbreak of dengue fever hits 'more than 200' on holiday island of Madeira


Eighteen people are confirmed to be suffering from dengue, with another 191 probable cases on the island. Tourists are being warned to take precautions against mosquitoes.

'World's biggest airport' set to be built in Beijing in 2017, new plans reveal

Naco design

China already has a hub airport in Beijing, but it is at capacity with 74 million passengers a year. The new hub will handle more passengers than Heathrow and JFK combined.

Heavenly Assisi: The singing monk and his love for this beautiful hilltop town

Alessandro Brustenghi in Assisi

Alessandro Brustenghi - friar and singing sensation - explains why no-one knows Assisi quite like the monks who live at the Franciscan monastery

Egypt reopens pyramid at Giza in a bid to bring tourists back to Cairo

Back open for business: A general view of the Pyramid of Chefren, built as a tomb for the pharaoh Khafre, which has been reopened to the public after a programme of restoration

The Pyramid of Chefren has been reopened along with six other tombs at the ancient site of Giza in Cairo. Tourism in the country has been hit by last year's Egyptian revolution.

Holiday at home: New £2m campaign to promote British breaks in 2013

Rupert Grint

After a £5 million campaign to encourage Britons to holiday at home in 2012, tourism chiefs pledge a further £2 million for more TV advertising next year.

Baby comes too: A new family of three find holiday bliss on the Cornish coast

Ticky Hedley-Dent with a tea tray

Where to take a baby when they're still tiny? Self-catering in the UK is a good place to start. Ticky Hedley-Dent and husband Dan introduce Noah to the Cornish coast.

A perfect pocket of Americana: Nature and nostalgia in Nantucket

Nantucket Town

Autumn is when New England is at its best, says Chris Leadbeater as he visits Nantucket, where the trees' leaves flit from pink to brown and the seaside breeziness is intoxicating.

Fresh off the press! A cider-soaked jaunt through West Country orchards

Picking apples at a cider farm

Like a wine tour in Napa Valley, or the Champagne houses of France... the West Country has a dozen or more fantastically fruity cider farms that are perfect for touring.

The UAE gets ready to welcome in high culture...but you can still shop 'til you drop

Whirling dervish

Sister museums of the Louvre and the Guggenheim are coming to the UAE...is the favourite destination of footballers (and their wives) going upmarket? Natasha Culzac peels back different layers in Dubai and Abu Dhabi

St Helena: Sailing to the South Atlantic outpost where Napoleon saw out his days

Sandy Bay from the Peaks, St Helena Tourism

History, heavenly hotels and the UK's biggest food fair: York's got everything

Step back in time at the Jorvik Viking Centre

Lisa Thompson's idea of an exciting weekend city break had always been a European destination until she visited York for the annual Food and Drink Festival.

Afternoon tea and cable-car rides: Six things you must do in Madeira

Afternoon tea at Reid's is just as Churchill ordered it

Madeira is back to its best, just two years after it was struck by deadly floods. And if anything, this balmy spot is even more popular with the British, says Gareth Huw Davies.

Weekending with the Madrileños in Spain's easy capital

Botin, Madrid's oldest restaurant

Some cities require a lifelong commitment to fully get a grasp of them. Not Madrid, writes Mark Palmer. Go, see the Prado, try the tapas and spend, spend, spend at the flea market.

More from Marrakech: Luxury, great staff and a fantastic club sandwich

Richard Reed at the Palais Namaskar hotel

The Palais Namaskar hotel is the most lavish place Richard Redd - co-founder of Innocent smoothies - has ever stayed in, it's almost hard to tear himself away from the pool.

Cowboys and canyons make for a Colorado's Rocky mountain high

Craft beer bottles

It is the state made famous by John Denver's crooning voice, but there so much more than snow in Colorado, discovers Natasha Culzac, as she heads there out of season.

Orlando: A fun-size portion of horror with a side of cartoon fun

Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride at Universal Orlando Resort

Florida's theme park capital takes on a slightly macabre feel at this time of year. Sarah Gordon finds herself a guest at Universal Studio's Halloween Horror Night...but does she come out alive?

Merry markets: Mulled wine and festive cheer at the best Christmas markets

Couple at a Christmas market

A visit to a Christmas market is the best way to get in the festive spirit and find some great gifts as well. Jenny Coad hunts down the top spots for a merry shopping trip.

My kind of town: Glitz, gangsters and negotiating Segways in Chicago

Downtown Chicago

It may be known as America's second city, but Chicago has a lot to offer, from famous son Obama to raunchy Playboy magazine. Peter McKay takes a tour on two wheels...

An Inspector Calls: Flackley Ash Hotel, Peasmarsh, East Sussex

Flackley Ash Hotel

What should you expect of a hotel in leafy East Sussex? Probably not dirt and stains. But this is what The Inspector encounters when he visits Flackley Ash Hotel in Peasmarsh.

On film: Greenland's Village at the End of the World

A house in Niaqornat

A new documentary by filmmaker Sarah Gavron looks at a remote community in Greenland, where traditional values compete with the challenges of modern life.

Don't cry for me Riviera: Elaine Paige on her love affair with the Cote D'Azur

Elaine Paige

Since shooting to stardom in Evita, Elaine Paige's life has been a whirlwind of travelling - but she always finds sanctuary at her home in Cannes.

How to do California: Go west and blaze a trail (or east if it's cloudy)

Palm Springs

You don't have to stick to a package deal to get good value in California, says Frank Barrett, as he books a Palm Springs hotel, a Hollywood villa and a beach break in Santa Monica.

A scent of adventure in old Arabia: Deserts and the Magi in magical Oman


Oman does not much go in for glitz, despite the antics of its well-known neighbour, but instead celebrates its traditions, vast deserts and rich history, says Martin Symington.

How a stressed-out city girl found yogic calm in Marrakech

Yoga in Morocco

The medina of Marrakech is not the first place that comes to mind for a quest for inner peace. But peace is what Deborah Arthurs found on a yoga holiday there.

Weekending in Venice: Climb aboard a vaporetto and enjoy the Lagoon Show

Houses in Burano, Italy

Mark Palmer heads for the living museum that is Venice and finds delights galore including the glass-blowers of Murano and the most beautiful church in the world.

A Laos river cruise and the legend of the man-eating catfish of the Mekong

Wendy goes fishing in the Mekong with Mr Air

Wendy Gomersall’s trip to Laos included rescued bears, extreme fishing and sandbank barbecues, not to mention the ever-present spectre of a 10.5ft long, 660lb fish.

The Paris hotel where you can channel your inner Marie Antoinette

Marie Antoinette suite at the Seven Hotel, Paris

Nowhere does decadence quite like Paris... and the Seven Hotel, in the pretty Fifth Arrondissement, is no exception. Jenny Coad checks in and finds her inner ten-year-old is thrilled.

The Crete escape: Keeping summer alive with a family-friendly getaway

A beach in Crete

Beach, spas and kids' clubs galore - the Sensatori resort, in sunny Crete, is a family treat, says Jeremy Daniels. And let's face it, if your children are happy on holiday, so are you.

Checking in: Joanna Lumley on brilliant Bhutan and the Swiss Alps

Joanna Lumley

Actress and all-round national treasure Joanna Lumley recalls some of her travel adventures, from the wilds of Malaysia to the poverty of the Sudanese desert.

Meeting Michael Eavis at Europe's best festival (and it's not Glastonbury...)

Brandon Flowers of The Killers performs at the Sziget festival in Budapest

Glastonbury was pipped to the title of Europe's best festival by Budapest's Sziget Festival. Gary Edwards visited Hungary to find out how Glastonbury can reclaim its crown.

Idyllic rice paddies, colourful markets and potent cocktails in beguiling Bali

Rice paddies

The city of Denpasar is an assault on the senses, but as Chris Hall heads into rural Bali he falls in love with peaceful scenes of locals tending lush lands.

Big blue: Joining a human shoal on a sea swimming holiday to Mallorca

Group of sea swimmers in Mallorca

Group swimming is a reassuring way to take to the open waters. Catherine Eade finds new friends and new techniques on a sea swimming break in the Balearics.

Pamplona beyond the bull-run: grand buildings, gourmet grub and Goya

Puenta De La Reina bridge across the River Arga

Every year, it hits the headlines thanks to its bull-running festival of San Fermin. But there is far more to the Spanish city of Pamplona than animal slaughter - as Chris Leadbeater discovers.

Sani, sun and starlings in the pool: The Greek resort on a 1000-acre eco reserve


Expansive resorts tend to be huge, man-made affairs, but Sani, on Greece's Kassandra peninsula, has left its wetlands intact, making it perfect for a spot of bird-watching.

Pearl of the outback: Broome, Bungle Bungles and breaking bread with crocs

El Questro

Brian Viner is enchanted by a remote corner of Australia where the local park is a million acres, the lake contains 30,000 crocodiles and the rocks are older than life itself.

Wonderful walks for autumn: How to spot the red squirrels of Formby

Red squirrel

The red squirrel population was decimated when their grey cousins were introduced from America in the 1800s - but one place you can spot them is Formby, on a specially-designed walk.

Setting sail on the South China Sea, to enjoy palaces, pagodas and smiles

Tourist junks at sunset on Halong Bay Vietnam

A cruise from Singapore to Hong Kong, via Thailand and Vietnam, seemed like the trip of a lifetime to novelist Philippa Gregory. And it certainly didn't disappoint.

East meets best: Bright, buzzing and barmy, Hong Kong is still on a high

The view from Victoria Peak at night

Robert Hardman enjoys one of the rides of his life in Hong Kong where he finds there's something for all the family, from shopping and cocktails to aquatic parks and Disney characters.

From sailing to skiing...how you can enjoy that Paralympic spirit

Disabled skier

Being a disabled traveller isn't easy but there are plenty of companies who are experts at helping holidaymakers get to where they want to be, says the Crafty Traveller

Six things to do in...Newport Beach, Los Angeles' trendiest enclave

Crystal Cove State Park, California

Recently voted among the best resort destinations in the US, Newport Beach is enjoying a purple patch. Gareth Huw Davies lists the six best ways to occupy yourself there.

Ghosts of Genoa: Finding Verdi and Columbus in Italy's colourful port city

One of the pretty villages near Genoa

Genoa is full of famous old bones, says Sarah Gordon. If you picked the city up and shook it, the skeletons of some of history's most iconic figures would clack in their ornate boxes.

Strictly the best! TV dancing stars are in seventh heaven in the Bahamas

Ola makes the most of the James Bond-themed boat trip

James and Ola Jordan head to the Sandals resort at Emerald Bay where they practise their golf swing, swim with pigs and sign up for a James Bond themed Thunderball trip.

A cruise from Amsterdam to the world's biggest bulb flower garden

The Keukenhof Gardens

Neil Clark sets off on a four-day cruise taking in Holland's cultural highlights, from the elegant Het Loo palace to Keukenhof, the world's largest bulb flower garden.