Surreal, exciting and constantly surprising, Eastern Europe is an amazing warehouse of culture, history and architecture as well as mind-blowing scenery. Why I Love By Simon Richmond, Author What has always impressed me about Eastern Europe is how communally minded the locals can be and how this makes for such a friendly experience for the traveller.
At once natural and refined, folksy and cultured: the combination of mountain rusticity with old-world style captivates in Central Europe. Old-World Appeal Teutonic half-timbered villages, graffiti-decorated Renaissance squares, medieval walled towns…if you're looking for old-world appeal, you've come to the right place.
Buckingham Palace, Stonehenge, Manchester United, The Beatles – Britain does icons like nowhere else, and travel here is a fascinating mix of famous names and hidden gems. Why I Love Britain By Neil Wilson, Author In a word: variety. Few countries pack so much into a small space.
Effortlessly chic cities meet remote forests, drawing style gurus and wilderness hikers alike. Endless day, perpetual night. Rocking festivals, majestic aurora borealis. Scandinavia's menu is anything but bland. Green Choices You'll rarely come across the word ecotourism in Scandinavia, but those values have long been an important part of life here.
This green and pleasant land, this sceptred isle, this crucible of empire and pioneer of parliamentary democracy, is the most eccentric, extraordinary and downright intriguing place on Earth. Variety Packed From the Roman remains of Hadrian's Wall to London's incomparable theatre scene, England is full of astounding variety.
If you get it right, travelling in the bel paese (beautiful country) is one of those rare experiences in life that cannot be overrated. Luscious Landscapes Italy's fortes extend beyond its galleries, plates and wardrobes. The country is one of Mother Nature's darlings, its geography offering rarely rivalled natural diversity.
The world's largest country offers it all, from historic cities and idyllic countryside to artistic riches, epic train rides and vodka-fuelled nightlife. Why I Love Russia By Simon Richmond, Author A traveller's relationship with Russia is never an easy one, but over two decades of exploring this multifaceted country, I've yet to tire of it or be disappointed.
Chic medieval hot spots like Kraków and Gdańsk vie with energetic Warsaw for your urban attention. Outside the cities, woods, rivers, lakes and hills beckon for some fresh-air fun. A Thousand Years Poland’s roots go back to the turn of the first millennium, leaving a thousand years of twists and turns and kings and castles to explore.
Norway is a once-in-a-lifetime destination and the essence of its appeal is remarkably simple: this is one of the most beautiful countries on earth. Stirring Landscapes The drama of Norway's natural world is difficult to overstate. Impossibly steep-sided fjords of extraordinary beauty cut gashes from a jagged coastline deep into the interior.