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Qatar: Wyndham Grand Regency, Doha

Business hotels needn’t be bland, as Matthew Teller discovers at this characterful five-star number in the dynamic Gulf capital

Make new tracks: 10 secret ski spots

They may not be as famous as their big-name counterparts but these unsung ski destinations rival the best when it comes to the perfect powder. Felice Hardy goes off piste to find the top ten

Extend your summer: 12 hot winter sun destinations

If the impending darker evenings have you desperate for a vitamin D fix, why not escape to warmer climes? From Marrakech to Mauritius, we’ve rounded up the world’s sunniest destinations that will banish the autumn and winter blues

Lessons learned from cycling across the world

Gus Warner is halfway through a 10,000-mile bike ride from Jersey in the Channel Islands to Hong Kong. So far he’s travelled though France, Austria and Turkey. He hopes to be in Turkmenistan by July. He tells High Life what cycling the world has taught him

Write on: five famous travel memoirs

Before the days of Instagram, travellers used pen and paper to document their adventures across the globe. David Cole, director of Pen Heaven, chooses five of his favourite travel journals to inspire you on your next trip

Are you a cargo king or a cardboard box? Take our big air cargo quiz

Planes aren't just for holidays: hundreds of tonnes of cargo are shipped by IAG Cargo on British Airways passenger planes every day. So how much do you know about what’s travelling and where it’s going? Take our quiz to find out

On tour with Shakespeare’s Globe

To mark the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death, 12 actors from Shakespeare’s Globe have spent 730 days attempting to visit every country in the world, including performing in refugee camps, travelling under armed guard and struggling through sandstorms.

How to plan an adventure holiday

From leaping out of a plane in Switzerland to scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef, an adventure holiday is the best way to get an adrenalin rush, says Meg Jerrard of mappingmegan.com. Here she shares her top six planning tips to ensure you get the most from your trip

John Simpson: Letter from Qatar

What the world’s most famous correspondent gets up to off duty. This month he remembers his time spent in the Middle East

Love is in the air: Eight Valentine’s Day gifts to pick up on your next flight

Need a last-minute gift for your other half? Editor of High Life Shop, Lisa Herriott, shares her favourite beauty buys from the Jan-March edition

The world’s hardest travel quiz

Think you know your capital cities from your continents and your roubles from your ringgit? Take our rock-hard travel quiz and find out whether you’re a just novice or the next Christopher Columbus

What makes a city ‘smart’?

Google ‘smart city’ and you’re likely to read about shiny technological utopias in the Middle East and South Korea. But according to Dr Adam Dennett, course director for CASA UCL’s MSc Smart Cities and Urban Analytics course, the most intelligent are the ones that use data for the greater good

High Life Entertainment guide: January 2016

Flying with BA this month? Here are the entertainment highlights to look out for – from Jonathan Ross’ review of 'Black Mass' to Cerys Matthews’ favourite new music

The rise of ugly tourism in Tel Aviv

The hulking Tel Aviv Central Bus Station divides opinion, but to Rhodri Marsden, it’s a shining example of the global trend for ‘ugly’ tourism – which has seen unloved buildings reclaimed as cult favourites

The Global City Index 2016

With most of the Earth’s population now living in urban areas, what does this mean for how we will all live and work in the future? Feargus O’Sullivan takes stock of the leading lights and unexpected new additions to the geographic grid for the year ahead

Dubai: Burj Al Arab Jumeirah

A hotel that is the epitome of the 'everything in excess' Dubai lifestyle – the outrageous ostentation of the Burj Al Arab must be seen to be believed, says Issy D'Arcy Clark

Quiz: which British Airways destination is right for you?

With the new year fast-approaching, there’s never been a better time to plan your 2016 adventure. But where to next? Take our quiz to find out which destination is right for you

Six sure-fire ways to keep kids entertained on flights

Sarah-Jane Butler, founder of parentalchoice.co.uk and mother of two, shares her favourite of travel games, toys and apps that will help keep your kids (and you) happy in the air — even on a long-haul flight

High Life Entertainment guide: December 2015

Your guide to this month’s inflight entertainment highlights, from Jonathan Ross’ review of Mistress America to London band Foal’s fourth album — and a healthy does of Frank Sinatra’s Christmas tunes

Future gazing: how will we travel in 2055?

By the time the next 500 issues of High Life are published — taking us through to 2055 — travel will have changed beyond recognition. But how? Here are the predictions from people in the know

Time travel: star of the skies

We rummage through the British Airways archive to find out what was taking off in the world of aviation way back when. This month, a look back at one of BA’s most iconic planes, the Lockhead TriStar

40-odd years of travel: what has really changed?

Nick Curtis looks back at over the last four decades of travel and discovers that, despite making leaps and bounds in technology, some things haven’t changed all that much

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

High Life at 500

All great institutions need a creation myth; here’s former editor Mark Jones on High Life’s

High Life’s most iconic covers

As High Life celebrates its 500th issue this month, we look back at some of our favourite covers from the past 42 years

Jenson Button: my life in travel

The British Formula One driver on his favourite European road trips, tips for beating jet lag, and what he gets up to in Singapore (when he’s not on the track)

Peace out for International Peace Day

Ahead of International Peace Day on 21 September, we take a look at the numbers behind the day that is devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace

Justin Rose’s hole in one hit list

The first English player to win the US Open in four decades, even 
for Justin Rose it’s not all about bunkers, birdies and bogeys; his favourite courses feature mountains, distant islands and greens reached only by helicopter. He exclusively reveals to Tim Hulse his top places to tee off

Hotels that help you connect with locals

Craving a deeper connection with your destination? Forget flashy tours, says Hannah Hudson — these hotels will hook you up with the locals for a truly authentic experience

Last of the unmapped world: Google trekkers in Petra

When Street View 
came to Britain, an entire country looked itself up. Today its reach knows — almost — no limits. Google has sent trekkers to unchartered corners of the globe. Their latest mission? To map Jordan’s ancient city of Petra. Lena Corner was the only journalist to join them. Photography by Kate Peters

Qatar: Sharq Village and Spa, Doha

The Arabian atmosphere and vibrant Qatari aesthetic at this well-presented bolthole on the Gulf make for a perfect sun-soaked escape. Matthew Teller is impressed

Welcome to the new-look High Life website

Notice something different? We’re in the process of having a bit of makeover… take a look around and discover what’s new

Five hotels for fashion lovers

Bed down in style at these haute hotels around the world

Around the world… on one wheel

We meet the British teenager who has just set off on a mission to travel the world on a unicycle

Recipe: Vida Tayebi’s Persian chicken, walnut and pomegranate stew

Vida Tayebi, founder of London’s dindin kitchen, is putting Persian food on the map. Here, she shares her family recipe for a slow-cooked chicken stew

Eight reasons why Abu Dhabi is the cultural capital of the Middle East

With a multi-billion dollar investment in arts and culture, Abu Dhabi is poised to steal Dubai’s cultural crown. Cressida Meale lists the places to go now — and in the not-so-distant future — to experience it at its best

Dubai: Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach

Dubai hotels can be a bit bling and brash, but Four Seasons at Jumeirah Beach manages to stay on the tasteful side of luxury with old-world service and sophisticated indulgences, says Philip Heard

Where to eat: Abu Dhabi

An international foodie scene is simmering away in the capital of the UAE – and there’s a new festival set to celebrate it. Sarah Riches takes a bite of Abu Dhabi’s best restaurants

The High Life Hot List 2015

Our panel of travel-obsessed experts votes for the most intriguing cities, the emptiest beaches and the hottest hotels

Hot list 2015: the best adventures

There’s adventure to be had from America to the Middle East, but which adrenaline rush is for you?

Winter sun: five sunny places you could be right now

As a chill kicks in around the UK, many thoughts will be turning to warmer climes. But where can you get the best winter sun for your buck?

Snow way: eight extreme skiing experiences

Fancy getting vertigo in the world's highest ski lift? Or how about skiing in the desert? Felice Hardy gives us the vital stats on the global ski scene

Five of the best Middle East souks

From imposing modern builds to chaotic medieval markets, Middle East expert Matthew Teller picks five of his favourite Middle Eastern souks to get lost in

Qatar's storytelling tradition

In the space of two generations, Qatar has been catapulted from desperate poverty to the richest nation in the world. But it has its own unique heritage: storytelling. Matthew Teller meets the generation keeping the conversation going

Six hours from London: Amman

Mysterious Jordan is just a six hour flight from London. Chris Leadbeater gives his tips for making the most of the city and beyond

10 inspirational women in the history of travel

It's International Women's Day on 8 March, and what better time to remember some of the women who paved the way for our adventures? Lucy Thackray celebrates ten of the best

Open-jaw travel: Abu Dhabi to Muscat or Tel Aviv to Amman

Simon Calder breaks down two 'open-jaw' itineraries that take in multiple Middle Eastern cities, flying into one airport and out from another

The world's last wildernesses

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

Desert driving

BBC foreign correspondent Portia Walker on the rare calm and unique appeal of a drive through the desert

City hot spots: Downtown Amman

Jordan's capital has some surprising gems in its downtown area. Caroline Egan picks the best spots for a taste of Jordanian culture

The topsy-turvy travel planner: Oman for potholers

Muscat is a popular city for business travellers, but those who dare can abseil and climb in its nearby caves

Baku: JW Marriott Absheron

In a this bustling, business-focused city, the JW Marriott hotel is an oasis of calm and relaxation — and its outdoor pool is perfect for forgetting the outside world, says Anna Blundy

Baku's best artists

As Baku becomes increasingly popular as an arts hub, Anna Blundy checks out seven of Azerbaijan's top artists

Baku's art scene

There's a new crowd in Azerbaijan: international collectors, dealers and auction houses looking to tap into Baku's new black gold — its burgeoning art scene. Anna Blundy reports

John Simpson: Letter from Baghdad

Once, when I was depressed about my future — after all, the difference between the BBC and the court of the Emperor Caligula can sometimes seem quite slender — I worked out how many countries I'd worked in, and how many emperors, kings, presidents and prime ministers I'd interviewed

High Life's hotel and restaurant reviews: were we right?

For four decades we have deliberated, cogitated and digested the best restaurants and hotels across the globe. But were we right? Not always…

The topsy-turvy travel planner: the United Arab Emirates for bookworms

The UAE's burgeoning literary scene includes several book fairs, and the Arabian Nights tales are bang on trend

Travel writer Dervla Murphy on her adventures

Fifty years ago Dervla Murphy travelled from her home in County Waterford to New Delhi. Alone. By bicycle. Since then she has travelled to Asia, Africa, Europe, the Americas — and, more recently, Gaza. There have been, she says, 'a few hairy moments'. Zoe Williams meets her

Off-season travel: Oman during the monsoon

As part of our off-season travel special, Matthew Teller travels to exotic Oman in the rainy season

The topsy-turvy travel planner: opera in Oman

Muscat, Oman isn't the obvious choice for a night at the opera, but the city's Royal Opera House is putting it on the musical map

Six of the world's best record stores

Just when you thought the stylus had, well, gone out of style, sales of vinyl records are climbing. Here are the world's most unique wax wonderlands

The curious travel index

Travel is getting to know a place from the inside out, challenging perceptions and coming back different. Our esteemed panel of judges has deliberated and debated over all that has changed their minds and sparked their imagination in the past year. The results are now in...

Four Seasons Hotel, Baku

The luxurious Four Seasons Baku has a stunning restaurant with an unusual lighting installation

Moustache madness: the rise and fall of facial hair

Random phenomena our well-travelled writers 
have noticed this month. As 'Movember' kicks in, Anthony Sattin explores global facial hair trends

The Winter Sun Q&A

Want a sunshine break but can't face planning it? Start right here with the help of our expert panel. From lazy beach breaks to trekking sun-drenched mountains, they have it covered

Where to go and what to see in Doha

The hotel, restaurants, culture fixes and activities that will make your Doha city break one to remember

Art and architecture in Qatar

Qatar may be the wealthiest nation on Earth but it's not all about hard cash. 
The state is fast gaining a reputation as the cultural heart of the 
Middle East with its capital's cutting-edge museums and jaw-dropping architecture. William Cook is charmed

11 of the best family holidays

Our pick of the best hotels, resorts and packages to keep your little ones entertained and your older ones interested

Jordan: the next big 'it' destination?

Jordan ain't half hot right now — thanks to its plush hotels, rich history and an upcoming Star Trek theme park, says Angelina Villa-Clarke

How to spend a weekend break in Dubai

Fancy a weekend of sunshine, shopping and a sprinkling of desert safari? Ianthe Butt goes over the top in Dubai

Letter from Baghdad

I've fastened my seatbelt and made sure my seatback is in the upright position; I think that's what the cabin announcement just said. I'm whacked. I finally got to bed at 1am, lay down until 4am, packed and shaved (sort of). Then I lugged my case and flak jacket down the slippery tiled stairs and out through the steel door in the concrete wall surrounding the BBC house

Dubai: Flintoff's favourites

Cricketer Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff takes Gershon Portnoi to his favourite locations in Dubai

Freddie Flintoff in Dubai

He’s the iconic English cricketer who swapped life in a Lancashire market town for one of the world’s most glamorous cities. Ashes ace Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff takes Gershon Portnoi on a personal tour of his new home, Dubai

Tel Aviv: a city transformed

It was once the most overlooked city on the Mediterranean but Tel Aviv has transformed itself into a fully fledged party city with an insatiable appetite for food, fashion and fun. Linda Grant can’t stay away

John Simpson: Letter from Tehran

John Simpson ruminates on bad hotels and the origins of tea in Iran

Caving in Oman

Matt Carroll finds out what he's made of as he abseils deep into one of Oman's little explored caves - and then tackles the big climb out

Jordan: Living history

Jordan is well known for its ancient attractions. Now it's offering breathtaking nature trails and divine spas, says Angelina Villa-Clarke

Sandscapes: Saudi Arabia's desert star

A stunning aerial view of the remote Rub' al-Khali desert

Dubai: Rising from the desert

A feverish dream of the future sprang from the sands in Dubai. Now one of the world’s glitziest destinations, it has become a blueprint for the rest of the Gulf. Alexander Garrett applauds the greatest construction boom of modern times

John Simpson: Letter from Tel Aviv

Jostled on the pavements, hooted at when I cross the road, I have at last found myself in Ditzengoff Street, among the cafés and clothes stores and bookshops