With the rise of online booking sites that offer rooms at discounts, to what extent is the age-old advice to book early still valid?
Annie Bennett becomes the toast of cafe society with her embrace of medieval chic.
Even if you don't like shopping at home, shopping while travelling has a strong lure.
Where there are tourists, there are people seeking to exploit them.
While ladies max out the credit card, boys would rather go and play with their gadgets.
Helen Anderson spends her mornings learning Spanish and long evenings exploring the old city and new life of Madrid.
Many of the world's large hotels seem the same - but some hostelries dare to be different.
Taking a high-speed train to the Costa del Sol might save a marriage or two, writes Justin Wastnage.