Ten hotspots with a fighting chance of being given the green light for summer holidays

Green will mean go in the Government’s international travel traffic-light system that’s been devised by the Global Travel Taskforce. By May 17, the Taskforce will announce countries where we can go on holiday this summer without the need to self-isolate on return.  The only conditions will be for adults to take a Covid test before … Read more

London is calling if you want an early summer staycation for a fraction of the normal price

Bargain treats in luxurious London: The capital is calling if you want an early summer staycation for a fraction of the normal price Hotels in London are set to reopen as the next stage of lockdown eases on May 17 35 of the best names in luxury hospitality are joining forces to attract guests These … Read more

Britain at its best: How fascinating Shropshire provides a joyful plunge into the past 

Britain at its best: How fascinating Shropshire provides a joyful plunge into the past Boscobel House and the Boscobel oak is where Charles II hid after losing the Battle of Worcester in 1651  During lockdown, Boscobel has had a revamp featuring a new playground and 17th-century style gardens Shropshire is full of other fascinating sights, including … Read more

In defence of England’s most misunderstood county: Author GILLIAN DARLEY on the joys of Essex

I’ve spent a lot of time defending Essex. Too close to London? Too built-up? Too loud? Too dull? I’ll knock every negative to the ground. Being near London makes Essex easy to get to. Always did – for centuries, movers and shakers poured city money into country retreats, and Colchester oysters came the other way … Read more

The sssensational Airbnb in Mexico that’s shaped like a giant slithering snake

If your travel asp-irations include staying somewhere sssensational, this snake-inspired property in Mexico – surely one of the world’s most surreal rentals – should fit the bill. Quetzalcoatl’s Nest – named after the feathered Aztec serpent god, Quetzalcoatl – is an incredible piece of architecture set over 40 acres that resembles a giant snake, its … Read more

The winners in the prestigious Sony World Photography Awards 2021 revealed

The winning photographers in the 2021 Sony World Photography Awards have been revealed – and the images in this year’s winners’ gallery are as fascinating as ever. The contest runs four competitions – professional, open, student and youth. This year, it received 330,000 entries from photographers across the globe. The winner of the professional competition, scooping the … Read more