A local’s guide to Havana, Cuba: 10 top tips

Cuba’s capital is changing and a lot of the cutting-edge art and new wave restaurants are in characterful districts away from the much-visited old city

A local’s guide to Brussels: 10 top tips

The Belgian capital isn’t all boring Eurocrats: a cast of creative types are busy doing their arty things – often with humour and a social conscience

Local heroes in India

By using local guides, homestays and non-profit groups, visitors can benefit people’s lives and gain rich insights. They could also gain weight, as our tips include some superb home-cooking

Inside Vietnam’s astonishing caves on a local tour

Since Son Doong, the world’s biggest cave, opened to visitors in 2013, tourism has soared, but locals around Phong Nha are keen to protect the area and promote community homestays and tours

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