Despite its party reputation, Rio is a daytime city. Obsessed with health and good looks, locals work hard to keep tan and fit.
Four-wheel driving in Zimbabwe was a fabulous adventure for Geraldine Turner.
How many travellers have added a city to their itinerary purely out of music-induced curiosity?
Spring has almost sprung in the northern hemisphere, writes Brian Johnston.
Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is the grandest holiday in Brazil, annually drawing millions of people in raucous celebrations. Hundreds of thousands of merrymakers will take to Rio's streets in the nearly 500 open-air 'bloco' parties that precede one of the world's most infamous festivals. The event climaxes with various samba schools competing in the annual parade at the Sambadrome.
For the 2014 World Cup but for travellers to Brazil, everyone is a winner, writes Michael Visontay.
For people going places, Lee Tulloch taps into travel's cutting-edge trends for 2014.
Think small and look for small delights in big cities, writes Lance Richardson .
Home to the biggest party on earth, the annual Carnival, Rio is a city that knows how to have fun. The host city for the 2016 Olympics, Rio offers spectacular beauty, world-famous beaches and a diverse multicultural society. In recent years, tours of the favela (slum) areas have become increasingly popular with visitors, offering a different perspective on the city from the glamour of Copacabana.