Europe’s best Christmas markets

Travel writer Julia Hammond is obsessed with European Christmas markets. Here she gives us a personal tour of her favourites that she has visited. Magical Salzburg delivers festive cheer In winter, under a carpet of snow, crowds of shoppers wrapped up in scarves and hats throng the Christmas markets. Nowhere in Austria, not even Vienna, […]

How to choose between a hotel and Airbnb

The boom of Airbnb and similar accommodation sharing sites like has given us all a wealth of options when it comes to choosing where to stay. But how do you choose between a traditional hotel and the modern accommodation sharing sites? Here are some questions to ask yourself. What is Airbnb, anyway? Accommodation sharing sites like Airbnb or […]

Malta: still warm in November

If you need some November sun, but can’t face more than a three-hour flight, then Malta is a great choice. Climate Malta is located far enough south (at the base of Sicily) that it is parallel with north Africa. This gives Malta pleasant weather well into the autumn, with temperature highs in November of around 21C (70F), […]