I am travelling to Kent in England next month to visit my daughter and family.
Wherever you're travelling, it pays to find out much as possible about a country before visiting.
Ute Junker finds there's much more on the menu than cabbage, potato, bread and fish.
How would you suggest we get from Mongolia to Moscow without flying on either Aeroflot or Air China?
Margaret Turton watches the passage of history on a Stalin-inspired canal from St Petersburg to Moscow.
With a song in his heart, Scott Bevan visits the spot where the Russian composer's final works were penned.
A boutique ship gets Harriet Upjohn to the heart of the action, be it in cultural capitals or surprise beach resorts.
A deep appreciation of local customs can be found at the bottom of a glass, writes Louise Goldsbury.