Quiz: Can you match the Olympic stadium to its host city?

With a sporting summer well under way, High Life looks at the stadiums that have played (and still will play) their part in Olympic Games around the world. Do you know your Bird’s Nest from your Maracanã?

The world’s ugliest (but most compelling) tourist attractions

For every swoon and snap garnered by the Taj Mahal and Niagara Falls, there’s a less attractive tourist site failing to get the recognition it deserves. Ben Groundwater rounds-up eight not-so-pretty places requiring a second look…

Viktor Tsoi: Russia’s fallen rock star

The little-known rock hero of Russia died tragically in a car crash 25 years ago — but his spirit lives on through street art in St Petersburg and Russia

Nine alternatives to the Rio Carnival

Because we can’t all be in Rio de Janeiro for the world’s largest street party, here are nine other places that will be getting into the carnival spirit this month

Hot list 2015: the views you haven’t seen yet

Post social media, are all of our most popular, perfectly filtered travel snaps starting to look the same? Photographer and Instagram star Kirsten Alana gives her tips for a few views you won’t see everywhere

Focus on: Sochi, Russia

A pleasure hot spot for the masses and a top-class ski resort for the country's power brokers, Sochi is hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Russia's first Formula 1 Grand Prix and the 2018 World Cup. Oliver Bullough explores

Architecture: Moscow's Soviet legacy

If walls could talk... Darragh McKeon takes a wander through Moscow's Soviet-era buildings

Russia: Four Seasons Lion Palace, St Petersburg

Opened last summer in St Petersburg's historic Lion Palace, St Petersburg's Four Seasons hotel manages to pull off modern luxury while showcasing its rich history, says Mary Lussiana

The world's last wildernesses

Longing to escape to the wild? Three adventurous experts tell us where to head this year

Seven hard-to-access destinations

Only the most tenacious travellers make it to North Korea. And it's not the only place playing hard to get

Going solo in Siberia

Sylvain Tesson spent six months alone in a Siberian cabin and got back to the simple pleasures in life

Six of the best city waterways

Some of the most picturesque and fascinating city rivers and waterways in the world

The off-season travel guide

Tackling tornadoes in Kansas, facing down the monsoon in Oman, weathering the winter in St Petersburg... Our brave (some might say foolhardy) writers see the world from a new and exhilarating perspective

Off-season travel: St Petersburg in winter

As part of an off-season travel special, Oliver Bullough breaks the rules and heads to St Petersburg in February

The curious guide to Europe

You're thirsty for discovery. You're keen to immerse yourself in someone else's world for a while. You are the curious traveller. Francesca Syz discovers Europe's most curious island, city and restaurants

Back to St Petersburg

Returning to St Petersburg 20 years after her first visit as a vodka-swilling student, Viv Groskop finds one of Europe's most romantic cities in the grip of reinvention...

City Secrets: Moscow

Insider tips from the people that really know - the locals


After struggling with maps, the Metro and museum signs in Cyrillic, Lisa Grainger realises that the only way to understand the mysteries of Moscow is with the help of someone who knows all the right people...

St Petersburg

From the Cold War to the economic boom, St Petersburg is like Russia in miniature, says Marcel Theroux

Magnificent Moscow

A new exhibition at the V&A celebrates the opulence of imperial Russia. But have things changed that much? Claire Wrathall reveals the most sumptuous experiences in Moscow