Say "organised tour" and many will run for the exit, but maybe it's time to reassess this holiday style.
Brian Johnston seemed destined to become a travel writer and author: he is an Irishman born in Nigeria and raised in Switzerland, who has lived in Britain and China.
Tune into the soul of Portugal by visiting a cafe famous for Fado singers.
The White Island disaster highlights the risks of cruise excursions, and should remind us to check insurance coverage.
Some places take on an otherworldly presence as the sun sinks.
The Shipping News: Cruising Buenos Aires, Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego National Park.
There are more ways to experience the world's greatest travel icons than you might think.
These smaller, lesser-known towns offer quintessentially European experiences without the crowds.
If Prince Harry is looking for a new home, he could venture to this German city where his family has its roots.
Being "saboed" in Singapore and other linguistic delights.
Cruise-tours combinations have been around for decades, but they're becoming much more varied and adventurous
Sometimes the most touching travel experiences are the ones you least expect. Brian Johnston encounters St Mavra on a cruise visit to Zakynthos island in Greece.
The new Seabourn expedition ship will be sailing nine voyages of 11 or 12 days in Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands.
For two centuries writers have raved about Chillon, but this Swiss castle has a richer, more violent history than its chocolate-box image suggests.
The shipping news Sat Jan 18
Kick back on the shag pile and dip into some cheese - but just make sure it's cold outside first.