How accommodating! Hostelworld reveals its best budget stays with the 2018 ‘Hoscars’

The world’s best hostels get their moment in the spotlight with the booking site’s annual awards. This year honours go to Madrid, St Petersburg and Galway.

Julian Worker has written a number of travel books including

Travels through History : France

Travels through History – The Balkans: Journeys in the former Yugoslavia

Travels through History – Northern Ireland and Scotland

Five fantastic mind, body and soul festivals for 2018

Relax, restore and reset yourself at these festivals that feature yoga classes, spa treatments, healthy food, live music – and, yes, occasionally, a little alcohol

Julian Worker has written a number of travel books including

Travels through History : France

Travels through History – The Balkans: Journeys in the former Yugoslavia

Travels through History – Northern Ireland and Scotland

Where to party in 2018: a clubbing, nightlife and festival guide

Fill your ears and your year with the sweetest beats at the best music and clubbing events – from Berlin and Reykjavik to New Orleans and Cape Town

Five gorgeous short hikes in Europe

The ‘man who hiked the world’ is an Instagrammer from London who travels the globe in search of great walking routes. Here he picks his favourites in Europe, all under five hours

Action stations: 12 months of fitness holidays for 2018

Let this year be one of get up and go rather than fly and flop with our pick of activity holidays for each month – around the UK and abroad