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Reviewed: Riad Dar Maya, Essaouira

A riad is the classic place to stay if you’re visiting Morocco. In these traditional buildings the rooms face inwards onto a central courtyard with a roof terrace up above. But although the structure might be fairly standard, they come in all shapes and sizes, from simple to ultra-luxe. Read more

Exploring Essaouira: From the souks to the sea

Perched on the edge of Morocco’s Atlantic coast, Essaouira looks like a cross between North Africa and the Mediterranean. Surrounded by golden-stone city walls, it mixes bright blues and dazzling whitewash with flowing djellabas and the smell of spices. Read more

My European rail journey wishlist

I’ve always loved train travel. There’s something mesmerising about watching the world go by through the window, whether you’re passing through wide open landscapes or catching flashes of people’s lives as you ride through town. Read more

Take 12 Trips March: A Moroccan mini honeymoon

As part of my mission to ‘Take 12 Trips’ in 2014, I’m taking at least one trip every month – which can be anything from a local day out to an international trip. After January and February had me bundling on the layers for trips to the north of England, it was time to warm up with my first international trip of the year to Morocco in March. Read more

In pictures: Fishing boats in Essaouira harbour

Looking around the harbour in Essaouira you see endless shades of blue – from the pale skies to the rough seas and the vibrant turquoise and blue painted fishing boats. Read more

Staying on the Las Vegas Strip – whatever your budget

The Strip is the heart of Las Vegas, a four-mile-long, multi-lane highway lined by one enormous billion-dollar casino resort after another. It’s the epicentre of the city, whether you’re looking to gamble, party or just soak up the Las Vegas craziness. Read more

Visiting Las Vegas on a budget

Las Vegas probably isn’t most people’s idea of a budget destination. Even if you’re not blowing your cash gambling on the casino floor, you could easily spend up a fortune in the city’s five-star hotels, A-list nightclubs, Michelin-starred restaurants and designer boutiques. Read more

Take 12 Trips February: Traversing Newcastle

As part of my mission to ‘Take 12 Trips’ in 2014, I’m taking at least one trip each month – anything from a local day out to an international trip. After January took me to Manchester, I stuck with the chilly, northern cities theme by heading even further up the country to Newcastle. Read more

In pictures: Bridging the gap between Newcastle and Gateshead

Straddling the River Tyne in north-east England are the twin cities of Newcastle and Gateshead. They’re divided by the river, with Gateshead on the southern bank and Newcastle on the northern bank, but have seven bridges to connect them. Read more

Travel loves, old and new

The thing about writing a travel plans post is that however set you think the future is, you’re guaranteed that as soon as you press ‘Publish’, something will change. And this year it was my April trip to Las Vegas and Florida. Read more