Visitors to some destinations just focus on their world-renowned attributes, but delightful surprises await those who look beyond the stereotypes.
Brian Johnston seemed destined to become a travel writer and author: he is an Irishman born in Nigeria and raised in Switzerland, who has lived in Britain and China.
An expedition cruise is the only viable way to visit the remote Arctic, but the adventure no longer means frostbite and a diet of seal blubber.
It offers history and hedonism. It stirs the intellect, yet tempts with salty swims and chatter-filled cafes.
This ship is big on substance over show.
Coral Expeditions has launched a pioneering new 35-night "Circumnavigation of New Guinea" cruise around New Guinea in 2020.
Highlights of the journey include 11 World Heritage sites, wine tasting and guided museum visits.
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From ABBA in Stockholm to spies in Washington and pinballs in Budapest; the world's wackiest museums.
If you're after a more low-key experience, venture south to this island and its Rugby World Cup host cities.
The flight delivers on what you really want from premium economy, a comfortable seat and abundant legroom.
Japan's second-largest city waterfront is bustling, evocative and very tasty.
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From Cinderella to the Brothers Grimm; here are Europe's most romantic castles.
Forget about GPS, speed limits and road rules, this is the ideal way to see Spain and Portugal.
This museum holds the world's best-preserved Viking ships and their burial treasures.