Travel

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…

The ghostly ruins of vanished Britain

19 March 2022 9:00 am

Take a walk in the English countryside and you get the impression that little has changed. The churches and farmhouses,…

Who let the dog out?

9 October 2021 9:00 am

Caroline and I are just back from a weekend break in Scotland and, nice though it was, I hadn’t realised…

The thrill of running late

2 October 2021 9:00 am

‘Dad, why is it that whenever we go anywhere, we’re always running to catch a train?’ asked Charlie, my 13-year-old.…

End of the line: it’s time to rethink the queue

25 September 2021 9:00 am

It’s time to rethink the queue

Portrait of the week: Gas prices soar, cabinet reshuffled and a green light for travel

25 September 2021 9:00 am

Home To prevent a shortage of meat, which relies on carbon dioxide in its packaging, the government gave millions of…

Only Iain Sinclair could glimpse Hackney in the wilds of Peru

18 September 2021 9:00 am

It seemed like a preposterous proposition. For decades, Iain Sinclair has been an assiduous psychogeographer of London, an eldritch cartographer…

The great holiday Covid test rip-off

14 August 2021 9:00 am

The great holiday Covid test rip-off

High on the hog: The Pig at Bridge Place reviewed

7 August 2021 9:00 am

The Pig at Bridge Place is not a pig in possession of a country house, but I would be for…

The case for travelling abroad

31 July 2021 9:00 am

I’m off. In the week when you may read this, my partner and I will be winging our way to…

Is the airline ‘booking surge’ a load of hot air?

31 July 2021 9:00 am

Be glad you’re not in Dr Mike Lynch’s shoes. A London judge has ruled that the founder of the Cambridge-based…

The true cost of my week in Wales

31 July 2021 9:00 am

Rather miraculously, my daughter managed to leave the country last week to go on holiday with a group of friends.…

Could hydrogen power turn air travel green?

17 July 2021 9:00 am

Have you been scanning airline websites for exotic destinations to which your double-jabbed status might allow you to slip away…

Travel quarantine scrapped for double-jabbed

9 July 2021 9:20 am

International travel rules will be relaxed on 19 June as part of the wider scrapping of social distancing rules and masks.…

The strangest landscapes are close to home

3 July 2021 9:00 am

This pleasant volume, the author announces in the introduction, is ‘not a nature book, or even a travel book, so…

How WhatsApp mums saved Kenya’s castaway children

3 July 2021 9:00 am

Kenya In March, Global Britain signed a new, post-Brexit trade deal with Kenya. This was a welcome agreement for my…