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

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

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

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 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

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

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