In search of the funkiest little town in America

On a quest to find the best alternative town in the US, this writer takes a road trip through the north-west. Along the way he finds plenty of contenders with great diners, bookshops and easy access to the outdoors, but which place gets his vote?

Regional know-how: the best websites for contacting local guides

The best way to explore a destination is with a local. These websites connect travellers with small, independent companies on the ground or individual experts to help plan the perfect trip

Why being a vegetarian traveller is often so hard to swallow

Avoiding meat and fish while travelling can be frustrating – if not impossible – but it can also lead to adventures and provide a unique insight into a destination