A local’s guide to Australia’s Gold Coast: 10 top tips

As the Commonwealth Games get under way in this sunny Queensland city, an insider offers tips on what to see and do – and where to eat and drink – away from the sporting action

A local’s guide to Lisbon: 10 top tips

The best places in this city for eating, shopping, walking or just hanging out and soaking up the views

Why I fell in love with Slovenia

Love was in the air the moment US writer Noah Charney set foot in LjubljanaAnd after he met his future wife, there was a whole country to get passionate about, with dramatic landscapes, curious traditions and great food

A local’s guide to Perth, Western Australia

As Qantas launches London-Perth, the first non-stop flights between the UK and Australia, Anna Reece of the Perth Festival picks her favourite cultural venues, restaurants, bars and beaches in the city

Ireland’s Alcatraz: Spike Island in Cork

The former fort and notorious prison in Cork harbour, once known as ‘Hell on Earth’, has become an award-winning attraction

A local’s guide to Belfast by music writer Brian Coney

Belfast has reinvented itself as a hotbed of first-rate clubbing and culture – and this St Patrick’s Day its compact city centre will be bouncing to the beats