Robyn Davidson explores yet another foreign country – the past

14 October 2023 9:00 am

Now in her seventies, the travel writer returns to her childhood in Australia, and the trauma of losing her mother at the age of 11

Is your pet killing the planet?

9 September 2023 9:00 am

Having a pet is worse for the planet than flying

Sticky, slithery, squelchy, smacky: the authentic Chinese food experience

26 August 2023 9:00 am

Fuchsia Dunlop enjoys a rich variety of dishes throughout China, including drunken hairy crabs, crisp pig’s ears, giant carp’s tails and delicate ducks’ tongues

Roman holiday

5 August 2023 9:00 am

What Britain can learn from Romania

22 July 2023 9:00 am

What Britain can learn from Romania

I’m a holidaymaker… get me out of here!

22 July 2023 9:00 am

Reading about all the travel chaos, I began to regret my summer holiday plans. Wouldn’t it have been more sensible…

Antarctica: the best journey in the world

17 December 2022 9:00 am

Nothing compares with Antarctica

The case for ‘premium economy’ train carriages

29 October 2022 9:00 am

A few years ago I wrote here about the unexpected symbiosis between economy passengers and business travellers on commercial flights.…

The strange inspiration of the Gobi desert

22 October 2022 9:00 am

The first time I went to Mongolia was in 2014, when I travelled across the country with the actress Michelle…

Why we pick the wrong holiday destinations

17 September 2022 9:00 am

Having returned from a fortnight’s break, I wonder if we get holidays all wrong. In northern Europe, the custom is…

What did Nasa achieve last time it visited the Moon?

3 September 2022 9:00 am

Of mice and Moon What did Nasa achieve last time it visited the Moon? Apollo 17, in December 1972, involved…

What’s the point of the NHS if it doesn’t work?

13 August 2022 9:00 am

We left prepared. Bottles of water, protein snacks, phone chargers, portable Scrabble (even the teenagers can look at the internet…

How the travel industry convinced us we needed holidays

13 August 2022 9:00 am

In September 2019, Thomas Cook filed for compulsory liquidation, leaving 600,000 customers stranded abroad. It was a sorry end to…

Iceland’s scenery takes your breath away – but so do the prices

6 August 2022 9:00 am

I’m writing this on the plane back from Iceland, a fact that fills me with relief. Not because I didn’t…

They do things differently in the Cotswolds

6 August 2022 9:00 am

The Season has ended and – apart from The Spectator’s summer bash of course – the two bang-up parties of…

The poet and the polymath: two 16th-century Portuguese travellers

30 July 2022 9:00 am

In 1866, Dante Gabriel Rossetti visited a London print shop to buy a large canvas of a Renaissance street. He…

My Icelandic holiday with Kevin and Perry

30 July 2022 9:00 am

I’m currently on holiday in Iceland. I say ‘holiday’, but I’m with my three teenage sons so it’s more like…

The hidden benefit of an electric car

23 July 2022 9:00 am

Hello, and welcome to episode one of What’s in My Frunk?, the first in an occasional Spectator series of news…

Why Ryanair is the best airline

25 June 2022 9:00 am

Why Ryanair is Europe’s best airline

Why I was almost thrown out of South Africa

28 May 2022 9:00 am

On my 2 p.m. arrival for a week-long work trip to South Africa a fortnight ago, an immigration agent flapped…

The call of opium-based analgesics and introspection

30 April 2022 9:00 am

On the morning of my last day in England, I drew back a curtain and there in the garden, browsing…