10 of the best apps for independent travellers

Looking for holiday inspiration for 2018? These free smartphone apps mean you can carry insider travel tips for hundreds of destinations in your pocket

Dunking sweet and salty osmania biscuits in Hyderabad, India

Fresh from the ovens, osmania butter cookies are the perfect accompaniment to a cup of Irani chai. At Nimrah bakery, thousands of both are consumed every day

Tallinn, Estonia: a very Baltic Christmas

For an authentic Christmas market, Tallinn is hard to beat. But it’s not the only reason to go

La Paz, Bolivia guide: what to see plus the best bars, restaurants and hotels

High in the Andes, Bolivia’s de facto capital is having a moment, thanks to local artists, chefs and cafe owners on a mission to breathe new life into the historic centre

Wildest dreams: a family camping trip in Oman

Wild camping in the Omani deserts with a seven-year-old sounds daunting but, with a tour guide in tow, it’s the best and most affordable way to enjoy the country’s staggering scenery

Travelling in the Andes: travel tips

From subtropical Colombia to Tierra del Fuego in the shadow of Antarctica, our tipsters have explored, eaten, slept and imbibed among these astonishing peaks

Guardian readers’ travel photography competition: November – the winners

Travel photographs from Guardian readers

Access all areas: Airbnb expands into stays for disabled travellers

By acquiring Accomable, a startup launched by two childhood friends, the rental accommodation company will list accessible places to stay all over the world