Japan’s food halls: the perfect place to pick up presents and picnics

Japanese department stores are places of wonder, where staff greet customers with low bows and the basements are temples to elaborately packaged delights

Villaroger, Les Arcs’ poor relation, set to reinvent itself as ‘green resort’

Referred to as ‘the dark side’ by locals for its north-facing slopes and lack of bright lights, the village of Villaroger wants to raise its game without becoming brash

The iron, the melon and the jug: the weirdest Stans buildings – in pictures

From Ashgabat’s falcon-shaped airport to Dushanbe’s giant flagpole, and more than a few Eyes of Sauron, the Stans don’t shy away from eye-popping architecture

Beautiful places to visit in Cornwall – chosen by local artists

As Tate St Ives reopens with a £20m extension, six of Cornwall’s leading artists describe the spectacular and atmospheric landscapes that inspire them.

Not Just Tourists expands medical ‘voluntourism’ project with Bristol branch

Canadian non-profit organisation, which enlists willing travellers to help transport essential medical supplies to developing countries, now has a Bristol base and is looking for UK volunteers

Best little ski resorts in Europe

Head to these lesser-known – and often cheaper – ski areas, some with challenging off-pistes and others with family-friendly runs and hotels, but all with breathtaking scenery