John Simpson sets foot in Australia

With a career spanning five decades and having reported from all over the world, John Simpson has been nearly everywhere – except Australia. Now, for the first time, the BBC world affairs editor reports exclusively for High Life from the Antipodes

The world’s most hi-tech hotels

The days when we were wowed by power showers and complimentary Wi-Fi are long gone. Today’s hi-tech hoteliers have upped their tech game with robot concierges, android butlers and ‘smart glass’ showers, says Tamara Hinson

The world’s best surf spots for all seasons

Big wave surfer Andrew Cotton regularly catches swells over 40 feet high all over the world. Here are his top surf spots to visit throughout the year

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?

On the road with… Foals’ Yannis Philippakis

The bearded frontman talks wild fans, gifts to remember and returning to the Greek Islands

High note: Jessie J performs live show onboard British Airways jet

Find out what happened when the British singer hosted a street party-themed gig onboard a BA plane in Sydney, Australia

The world’s best beaches 2016: best beaches for wildlife

For those who would rather swap crowds for crocodiles, explore these untouched beaches with flourishing wildlife away from the masses

Five must-visit dive sites on the Great Barrier Reef

Whether its wrecks, sharks or whales you want to see on an underwater adventure, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has it all. Ianthe Butt reveals five of its not-to-be-missed scuba diving sites...

60 second interview: Grayson Perry

The Turner prize-winning artist reveals his problem with holiday snaps, the one thing he won’t travel without, and why you’ll never hear him talk about his bucket list

60 second interview: Eska

In one year, Eska Mtungwazi released her debut album, was nominated for a Mercury Prize and produced a daughter. Here she talks about fusing maths and music

The insider’s guide to Palm Cove

Say hello to Palm Cove, aka your new favourite Australian holiday destination. Ianthe Butt reveals where to eat, shop and sleep in this beachy village, just 30 minutes from Cairns city

Cairns: Alamanda Palm Cove by Lancemore

Cairns isn’t all about partying and parrotfish. Travel just half an hour north and you’ll find Alamanda Palm Cove – set on a picturesque beach sweep it ticks the boxes for a quiet, relaxing escape says Ianthe Butt

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…

Ten hair-raising hikes

Want a walk with a side order of thrills? Adventurous travel writer and keen hiker, Andrew Bain, shares his pick of the world’s most rousing routes

Treks appeal: Hiking Australia's most unusual route

Ianthe Butt braves rats and dehydrated camping food to follow the challenging trail through Australia’s otherworldly Hinchinbrook Island. It’s a hike that’s considered one of the world’s most unusual – just 40 walkers are allowed to trek it at any one time. Photography by Ben Roberts

Five ways to see the Great Barrier Reef

Avoid the crowds to truly appreciate Australia’s stunning reef, says Jessica Teas. Here are five different ways to explore the area's vibrant and colourful marine life

Lessons learned from travelling to 217 countries

It’s the ultimate travel ambition: visiting every country on Earth. After 1,426 days and four passports, Graham Hughes ticked off the final country on his itinerary, South Sudan — which didn’t even exist when he started the trip. He tells Emine Saner what seeing the world taught him

Dave Cornthwaite: top five adventure videos

The English adventurer, writer and filmmaker picks five of his most thrilling videos from his travels around the world

Dave Cornthwaite: five adventures for under £500

Dave Cornthwaite quit his job to skateboard across Australia. Since then he has pedalled a tandem bicycle from Vancouver to Las Vegas, paddleboarded the Mississippi River and trekked across the Atacama Desert... all on a budget. Here he suggests five bold, brilliant breaks that anyone can do — and that won’t cost the earth

On the road with… Ella Eyre

British singer songwriter Ella Eyre talks rock ‘n’ roll nights out, her rider requests, and raucous crowds

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

All through the night: 24-hour cities

As London’s Tube prepares to run round-the-clock, author William Boyd reports on the rise of the 21st-century, 24-hour megacities, while High Life’s global stringers set out to find the true nonstop metropolises which never sleep

From dusk ’til dawn: five unexpected things to do after dark

In 2015, cities never sleep. Whether you’re jetlagged or a night owl, here’s guide to some of the more unusual late-night activities to indulge in around the world

Raymond Blanc: my life in travel

Our favourite French chef Raymond Blanc reveals how he travels when he’s away from Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Oxford

The Queen: a life in travel

She’s travelled to 116 countries through the jet age, the space age and now into the digital age, but still doesn’t own (or need) a passport. Ahead of 9 September, when Queen Elizabeth II will become Great Britain’s longest-serving monarch, Nick Curtis looks back at a very regal life of travel

Finding Wonderland: DBC Pierre’s wine tour of South Australia

DBC Pierre knows good wine — which in his native Australia now includes Adelaide’s more curious wineries that boast an anarchic attitude, a cult following and rare vintages that have sold out within 36 hours. In a bacchanalian quest for the best of the bunch, he went knocking on cellar doors

Six of the world’s craziest golf courses

Who said greens had to come with club houses and hotels attached to them? Tim Southwell, founder and CEO of, picks six unconventional — and sometimes plain wacky — golf courses

Political bites: where the world’s leaders lunch

They might get ridiculed for their unusual public eating habits, but that’s not to say that the world’s presidents and prime ministers don’t have good taste. Lauren Steventon reveals where the most powerful people refuel between budget meetings and political summits

60 second interview: Gilles Peterson

The DJ and tastemaker has propelled many artist's careers. Now you can listen to Gilles Peterson on British Airways flights with his Worldwide Mixtape, a carefully curated blend of music from all over the world

Seven festivals making waves at sea

Forget muddy fields. Cruise ships are now the hottest place to catch live acts, whatever your taste in music. Ianthe Butt picks seven to float your boat

Australia’s best vegetarian restaurants

Adelaide-based chef and TV presenter Simon Bryant continues Meat Free Week by picking his favourite vegetarian restaurants in Australia

Melbourne: the most ‘slidable’ city in the world?

With a 400m urban water slide about to grace the streets of Melbourne, Tim Hulse discovers how Australia is taking a novel approach to cooling off in summer

Hot list 2015: foodie destinations

Eating is as much a part of our travel wishlist as views and culture – but where will you find 2015’s best bites?

On the road with.... Keane's Tom Chaplin and Tim Rice-Oxley

Tom Chaplin and Tim Rice-Oxley from Keane talk Aussie karaoke, Slovenia and dream gigs

My travel plans: astronaut Chris Hadfield

Chris Hadfield recently spent five months commanding the International Space Station, 370km from Earth — and shot to fame with a viral video that had over 18 million views. We asked him 
to share his post-space trip wish list

Seven of the world's best beaches

The best beaches from around the world, as voted for by High Life editor Kerry Smith and Lonely Planet co-founder Tony Wheeler

The Top Wildlife Tours from tripadvisor

The travel reviews website rounds up its six best-rated wildlife tours all over the world

12 of the best city news tweeters across the globe

A new group of Twitter users are chronicling the latest events from the world's most exciting cities — in 140 characters or less. Lucy Thackray follows some of the best

Simon Reeve: five of the best sights from my Australian adventure

With a new TV series detailing his journey through Australia about to hit our screens, adventurer, author and presenter Simon Reeve shares five exhilarating places he discovered along the way

Five of the best restaurants in Melbourne, chosen by chefs

Every city has its ‘must visit' restaurants — but where do the most critical foodies, chefs themselves, choose to dine? Four of Australasia's finest chefs pick their favourites. By Joe Warwick

Christmas cheers: five of the best city bars around the world

Celebrate the festive season with a yuletide tipple or a New Year toast. But where? Jane Dunford ‘researches' the best bars

Alain de Botton introduces Generation Curious

High Life magazine is nearly 40 years old. Its readers have changed from being a jet-set elite to a global, democratic and very mobile tribe. For the modern globetrotter, luxury has been supplanted by experience as the main goal. Alain de Botton is curious...

Notes from a traveller: Ray Winstone

The Sweeney actor talks beloved UK spots and filming on location

Where to stay, eat and drink in southern Australia

Following Fiona Sims' gourmet tour of Victoria and South Australia, we give you her pick of the area's restaurants and hotels

Five of the best eco-friendly places in Australia

The most eco-friendly destinations down under, as chosen by Richard Hammond

Gourmet tour of southern Australia's vineyards

Famous for their bold, beautiful, world-beating wines, the vineyards 
of Victoria and South Australia are now opening restaurants with high-class cuisine to match. Fiona Sims takes a gourmet tour

The longest golf course in the world

Joanna Hunter on the world's longest golf course, the Nullarbor Links in Australia

The wet season in Darwin, Australia

The lightning over Darwin is a sight to behold. James Jeffrey braves the storm to enjoy the Northern Territories during the wet season

Across Australia in a Mini

Celebrating the Mini’s 50th anniversary, Gavin Green recreates his father’s historic drive across Australia’s arid red centre from Sydney to Perth

Big in Australia: Broome

Go west for Australia's must-visit destination, Broome – a laid-back beach town with stunning scenery and a magical setting, says Lisa Johnson

Australia: Five best outback hotels

Head to the wilds of Australia to bring out your pioneering spirit. Francesca Syz reveals the best places to stay

South Australia dreamin'

It may not have Ayers Rock or the Barrier Reef but South Australia has a unique beauty all its own. No wonder it’s attracting a new breed of English settlers, says Mark Jones