Swap stops: Barter Week offers ‘free’ stays in exchange for skills

With properties in more than 60 countries, the world’s first Barter Week will allow the budget-conscious to swap goods or expertise for accommodation

The best secret beaches, pubs and places to stay in the UK

For those who like to keep things low-key, here are some lovely, quiet coastal spots, cosy pubs and boltholes with superb views

Concrete thinking’s in fashion at Brussels’ brutalist Jam Hotel

Budget hotels always offer basic, boxy rooms, but not many are as creative as this alternative gem in the Belgian capital

Sweet beams: a lighthouse stay in Northern Ireland

Want to get away and stay somewhere truly flashy? Ireland has opened up lighthouse cottages for spectacular coastal breaks. Our writer tries one in County Down

Top 10 hotels, B&Bs and apartments in Liverpool

From apartments in Liverpool ONE’s entertainment hub to the Beatles’-inspired Hard Days Night hotel and stylish boutique boltholes, the city offers golden slumbers aplenty

Where to stay in the 10 most popular US national parks

To mark the US National Park Service turning 100 this week, Mary Caperton Morton picks the best places to stay, from hotels and cabins to campsites, in the country’s favourite parks

20 great hotels, B&Bs and apartments in Germany

Vintage caravans, log cabins, a view of the Alps or the Baltic … here are affordable, alternative places to stay across cities, coast and countryside