Holidays

How did my children become more middle class than me?

24 August 2019 9:00 am

In a café in Norfolk last week, my seven-year-old son uttered words that mortified me. No, he didn’t comment loudly…

Frightful flights, a falling pound: why would you go anywhere but Britain for your summer holiday?

10 August 2019 9:00 am

The epiphany came when I was standing in the oxymoron of a speedy boarding queue at Gatwick, waiting to have…

The UK’s best beaches – according to Spectator writers

10 August 2019 9:00 am

Tom HollandTrevone, Cornwall   Pretty much every summer, my family and my cousins head for a farm in north Cornwall,…

Why have I bought a car I don’t actually like?

2 June 2018 9:00 am

I am currently in Brittany with the family, having made the 11-hour drive from London on Monday. It sounds like…

Hunt-the-iPhone was the highlight of my hols

19 August 2017 9:00 am

For years, Caroline and I have been squabbling over where to spend our summer holidays. Her ideal is a family-friendly…

Barometer

12 August 2017 9:00 am

Out with a whimper Usain Bolt managed only a bronze in his last appearance in the 100 metres at the…

I have seen the future of tourism, and it’s designed to keep you out

16 April 2016 9:00 am

There are few more beautiful places in this world than Bhutan in the eastern Himalayas. I know this because, right…

Dear Mary: How can I make a conversation-stopping gaffe go away?

9 April 2016 9:00 am

Q. What should a host do when a guest says something so embarrassing in front of the assembled company that…

Sand that might be mistaken for Caribbean

Anglesey: la dolce vita in north Wales

24 October 2015 9:00 am

We teased our friends by saying that our holiday would be on a far-away island. The Maldives, perhaps? No, Anglesey,…

Adventures on the isle that seduced Odysseus

17 October 2015 9:00 am

Gozo — Malta’s tiny island neighbour — was once rather a crucial spot in the Mediterranean. The Knights of Malta…

The wonders of the Muslim world that my children will never get to see

1 August 2015 9:00 am

I celebrated Eid in a sandy bay in Sri Lanka, watching from the warm, shallow sea as gaggles of local…

Please come on holiday to poor, broken Greece. It needs you

18 July 2015 9:00 am

At the weekend, I tried — and failed — to get some money out of an empty cashpoint near Omonia…

Guild houses in the Grote Markt, Antwerp

Antwerp: the compact, charming capital of a country that doesn’t quite exist yet

23 May 2015 9:00 am

Napoleon didn’t think much of Antwerp. ‘Scarcely a European city at all,’ he scoffed. If only he could see it…

The writing on the wall: some of the well-preserved hieroglyphs at Karnak

Tourists are trickling back to Egypt – to beat the crowds, go now

4 April 2015 9:00 am

Egypt’s revolution of 2011 didn’t just get rid of President Mubarak: it did a pretty good job of clearing out…

The charming little airport that ruins thousands of holidays

10 January 2015 9:00 am

Horror films occasionally use the device of the deceptive idyll. An apparently restful place — a clearing in the woods,…

Onsen: dive into another side of Japan

3 January 2015 9:00 am

I’m hovering starkers beside a hot spring, or onsen, in a faded resort in southern Japan, while the Japanese grandmother…

The hotels trying to turn Cornwall into Kensington

29 November 2014 9:00 am

Mousehole is a charming name; it is almost a charming place. It is a fishing village on Mount’s Bay, Cornwall,…

A buffet in an Egyptian tomb

15 November 2014 9:00 am

Atlantico is a vast buffet inside the Lopesan Costa Meloneras Resort Spa and Casino in Gran Canaria. The Lopesan Costa…

You can still book your flight to Mars

8 November 2014 9:00 am

Space to dream Richard Branson’s dream of commercial space flights has suffered a setback after a prototype craft crashed. But…

I swam up to a beautiful girl on the beach, and my life changed

1 November 2014 9:00 am

I’m writing this from Portugal, where I’m staying with my old friend Sean Langan. His family has owned a farm…

Andrew Marr’s diary: Seeing shadows of Syria in Limousin’s ghost village

30 August 2014 9:00 am

No, no, no, you don’t want a house abroad — the paperwork, the taxes, the piping, the cost of the…

Dear Mary: Is it an insult to be given anti-ageing cream?

30 August 2014 9:00 am

Q. When someone gives you anti-ageing cream as a present, is that an insult or a compliment? — A.O., Provence…

The word ‘holiday’ has become a political taboo

16 August 2014 9:00 am

It’s August in Tuscany, and the market towns are eerily quiet, presumably because most of their inhabitants are off on…

You’ll mock me, but I have to ask: why don’t any of my friends have holiday homes?

9 August 2014 9:00 am

This is to be one of those columns that makes the writer faintly wish there wasn’t an internet. It would…

Four gadgets to take on holiday — and two to leave behind

2 August 2014 9:00 am

One inarguably good thing about electronic publishing is that it solves that old quandary about what books to pack for…