Then and now: what has changed in travel?

When High Life launched in 1973, travel to some of today’s holiday hot spots was unappealing, risky or impossible, says The Independent’s senior travel editor, Simon Calder

Ten of the best wild swims

From secluded Icelandic pools to underground swimming holes in Mexico, Kate Rew, director of the Outdoor Swimming Society, picks her ultimate spots for wild swimming

The world’s best villas

An abode in Death Valley, a converted kiln and a palatial property costing £18,000 a night... Issy D’Arcy Clark scours the globe for one-off wonders

Six romantic things to do in Cancun

Cancun is known as a party destination, but you don't have to go far to find romantic moments. Mexico insider Michele Peterson lists six ingredients for an unforgettable getaway in the area

Mexico City's fascinating food scene

If anywhere could make the Paris and New York food scenes look stagnant, it’s Mexico City. The nation’s cuisine has even been awarded Unesco World Heritage status — a global first. Novelist DBC Pierre gets a mouthful

The Urban Reef in Cancun's underwater museum

As marine life at Cancun's underwater museum MUSA moves into a detached dwelling complete with chimney and windows, BA High Life arranges a viewing