Nobody expects Pittsburgh to be beautiful, and that's the first major surprise it springs.
David Whitley is a freelance travel writer based in the UK. He has a taste for unusual experiences and oddities with a great story behind them.
It's only when you get up close to Niagara Falls that you realise the fearsomeness.
If ever you've thought a poorly signposted bar in a Melbourne laneway is hard to get to, you're dealing with baby steps.
Discover a young at heart, genial capital.
Essen is far from the chintzy Germany of lederhosen and clanking beer steins, but all the more interesting for that.
Florence may be the Tuscan city that visitors flock to, but Siena is the one that charms their socks off.
Beyond the hellish hubbub around the tower, Pisa is an absolute joy to nosy around and hang out in.
David Whitley discovers where the wild things are in the city.
Seeing the power and the beauty of some of the most frightening animals on the planet is an unforgettable experience.
It can be worth reflecting on the great attractions the world has lost in order to be more vigilant in protecting what we have managed to save.
It is one of the very worst places imaginable to build a settlement, but that's what the British Navy did in 1838.
This is the sort of place where it's perfectly acceptable to drink all day, and everybody's equal.
It doesn't take long to leave the neon lights of Las Vegas behind.
In some parts of the world, particularly Europe, tourists aren't all that welcome right now.
Partly a weird remnant of France in the Pacific, partly a distinctive hive of Islander culture.