Features // Lottie Gross

The world’s highest and longest glass bridge is being built in China
The world’s highest and longest glass bridge is being built in China

If you’re prone to vertigo, then don’t scroll down. Not one for those without a head for heights, China‘s new record-breaking bridge is taking shape, and this week astonishing photographs emerged of the colossal structure. Spanning the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon in Hunan province, it will be the world’s longest glass-bottom bridge at 430m-long, and the highest of…

Finding love in the UK’s least romantic city: 7 reasons to visit Hull
Finding love in the UK’s least romantic city: 7 reasons to visit Hull

This year we listed Hull as one of the top ten cities to visit in 2016 – an accolade that had many people surprised. Here, Lottie Gross explains why it made the list. It’s safe to say, most people’s preconceptions of Hull aren’t brilliant. In the past it has been named Britain’s worst city and the least…

12 of the best travel apps and websites you should use in 2016 
12 of the best travel apps and websites you should use in 2016 

Unless you’re planning a digital detox, you’re likely going to use the internet, either on a desktop or via a mobile app, to plan part of your next trip. Here are 12 websites and apps you need to check out for your travel plans in 2016. 1. Find somewhere to pitch up with Hipcamp We’re…

Quiz: which country should you visit in 2016?
Quiz: which country should you visit in 2016?

Now the New Year has dawned we’re all thinking about where we should go in the next twelve months. Fortunately, we’ve compiled a definitive guide to the best countries, cities and regions to travel to in 2016 to help you plan your holiday. But if you’re still stuck for ideas, take this quiz to find out…

The best Christmas gifts for travellers
The best Christmas gifts for travellers

Whether you’re looking for a meaningful gift for your travel partner, or you’re stuck with the awkward guy in the office secret Santa draw, there’s something for every kind of traveller here. Get your Christmas lists at the ready: here are the best gifts for travellers this year. For the practical traveller: cafetiere mug This…

19 pictures of Hong Kong that’ll have you reaching for your camera
19 pictures of Hong Kong that’ll have you reaching for your camera

Named one of the most photogenic destinations by Rough Guides photographer Tim Draper, Hong Kong in undeniably striking. Whether it’s the brilliant skyline lit up at night, the colourful street scenes or even the surrounding countryside, there’s a picture to be taken at every turn. Here are 19 gorgeous Hong Kong pictures from Picfair‘s best photographers…

Quiz: Where should you take a digital detox?
Quiz: Where should you take a digital detox?

Do you spend more time tweeting about your travels than experiencing them? Are you fixated on your Facebook feed? It’s time to break the habit. You’ve read the guide on how to give up social media while you’re on holiday, and now it’s time to find the perfect destination for your digital detox. Take the test below…

Creativity & consumerism: how to spend a weekend in Birmingham, England
Creativity & consumerism: how to spend a weekend in Birmingham, England

If we told you that Birmingham, the industrial powerhouse of the UK in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, had more than six million trees, you probably wouldn’t believe us. If we said it had more parks than any other European city, you might question our judgement. But you had better believe Birmingham holds some surprising…

Video: 5 incredible views of London from above
Video: 5 incredible views of London from above

As far as capital cities go, London is big. It’s the largest capital in Europe and has land mass of over 1500 square kilometres. Within that space, over 8.5 million people from all over the world live, work and play, and a further seventeen million people visit the city each year. Those are big numbers…

The man who accidentally picked up a pet penguin in Uruguay
The man who accidentally picked up a pet penguin in Uruguay

Tom Michell, author of The Penguin Lessons, was an intrepid but fairly ordinary 23 year old when he travelled to Argentina in the 1970s to teach English in a boys’ school. But on one school break, in which he travelled through Brazil and Uruguay, he picked up an unusual companion… Here’s the story of how it…

Video: couple captures the romance of Norway’s wild storms
Video: couple captures the romance of Norway’s wild storms

If howling winds and unrelenting rains aren’t your idea of a romantic break, then perhaps this isn’t the trip for you. But watch this video, and it might change your mind… Norway‘s rugged coastline is battered by wild storms every winter, but that doesn’t mean adventure, and even a bit of romance, isn’t possible – as…

The magic of Vietnam in 22 pictures
The magic of Vietnam in 22 pictures

Vietnam: an intoxicating country full of stunning sights, sizzling beaches and sumptuous food. It’s a country bound to make an impact on you, no matter where you go, whether it’s trekking with hill tribes near Sa Pa, or whizzing around Ho Chi Minh City on a motorbike. From our favourite Picfair photographers, here are 22 gorgeous…

21 pictures of Iceland to make you swoon
21 pictures of Iceland to make you swoon

Iceland‘s landscapes look different from every angle and at every time of day. Whether it’s a late-morning sunrise in the middle of winter, or the aurora borealis dancing in the skies above a glassy lake, the country produces vistas that make even the most travel-weary adventurers say “wow”. The climate can be challenging, but the rewards are plenty –…

9 secret cabins that’ll have you pining for your own
9 secret cabins that’ll have you pining for your own

We all want to get away. To find a refuge we can retreat to for peace, quiet and solitude; a place where our mind can breathe. This was the driving force behind Zach Klein and his friends when they started up their Cabin Porn Tumblr blog. “Inside each of us is a home ready to be…

Poll: is travel the best education you can get?
Poll: is travel the best education you can get?

Education; noun; the act or process of acquiring knowledge. Travel may just be the best education you can get. Sitting at a desk studying page after page is only half the story; exploring the world can give you so much more than just knowledge. You can learn about the geology of the Grand Canyon in…

5 TED Talks that will inspire every traveller
5 TED Talks that will inspire every traveller

If you’re in need of inspiration, TED Talks aren’t short of it for most topics – and they certainly aren’t lacking when it comes to travel. You could spend hours watching presentation after presentation, soaking up all the words of influential and interesting people from around the world. But we’ve got a few favourites; here are…

The best of Instagram’s travelling pets
The best of Instagram’s travelling pets

If there was ever a perfect pairing on Instagram, it’s travel and pets. You might look at a landscape and think: yes, that is beautiful. But it’s still missing something. Sometimes it takes a fluffy friend to give an image that real awe (or aww) factor. From climbing cats to daring dogs, Instagram plays the visual home to some…

6 reasons to visit Edinburgh outside of the Fringe
6 reasons to visit Edinburgh outside of the Fringe

It’s that time of year again: Edinburgh has taken off its Festival face and the Fringe has finally petered out of our social media feeds. After a month-long celebration of all things arts, culture and creativity, the city can go back to sleep. Or can it? It’s not all about the Fringe in Scotland’s capital…

Crowdfunding your holiday: the trend that’s gone too far?
Crowdfunding your holiday: the trend that’s gone too far?

Travel is increasingly driven by the sharing economy: we can sleep in strangers’ beds, eat in other peoples’ homes and take tours led by locals. These experiences help us see the world from a new perspective and make new friends at every turn. But has this movement been taken too far? You’ve got your itinerary set, decided which hotels you’ll stay in…

Win a walking holiday for two in Tuscany
Win a walking holiday for two in Tuscany

This competition is now closed. We’re giving away a walking holiday in Tuscany for two in our latest competition with FrancigenaWays.com. If you’re dreaming of olive groves, vineyards and quaint little hill-towns, this is the trip for you. Tuscany is in many ways the essence of Italy – and there are few better ways to explore the…

Quiz: are these really Australian place names?
Quiz: are these really Australian place names?

From Uluru to the Great Barrier Reef, Australia has many wonders. But some of the country’s most unbelievable highlights are its weird and wonderful place names. Doo Town and Tittybong might sound downright ridiculous, but they’re just the tip of the iceberg. Do you think you can tell real place names from ones we’ve made up? Take the quiz to find…

7 things you probably didn’t know about Senegal
7 things you probably didn’t know about Senegal

Say Senegal or mention West Africa and misinformed mutterings of ebola start to spread quicker than the virus itself. Sitting on the western shoulder of Africa, Senegal is frequently overlooked by travellers – but for little good reason. While the excellent birding and beaching in The Gambia – the country that slices Senegal’s coastline in two…

Poll: would you wear this to save suitcase space?
Poll: would you wear this to save suitcase space?

We’ve all done it: put on a few extra layers to save space in our hand luggage or worn hiking boots to the airport so we didn’t have to pack them in our carry-on bags. But how desperate are you to take that extra outfit on your next trip? With tight budget airline hand baggage restrictions,…

Outstanding travel photography: our favourite images from Picfair
Outstanding travel photography: our favourite images from Picfair

We’ve been fans of Picfair from the beginning: a place where amateur and professional photographers alike can sell images at their chosen price, it’s great for snap-happy travellers – whether you’re just lucky behind the lens or an aspiring travel photographer. Reflecting on their last year, founder Benji Lanyado said: “[This year] we passed one…

20 incredible pictures from the Travel Photographer of the Year Awards 2015
20 incredible pictures from the Travel Photographer of the Year Awards 2015

Every year the Travel Photographer of the Year awards get thousands of submissions from around the world, from budding travel photographers to professionals, for the most prestigious accolades in the industry. This year’s best entrants have been selected and the winners chosen, and all are on display at the Royal Geographic Society in London. Here’s our pick of…

Win the ultimate camping accessory kit from Bear & Bear
Win the ultimate camping accessory kit from Bear & Bear

This competition is now closed. We’re giving away an incredible bundle of camping gear from online boutique Bear & Bear. So you’ve got your tent, poles and pegs and you’re ready to set up camp – but that’s just the Bear (& Bear) essentials… Next you need sleeping bags, torches, picnic blankets and more. So this is…

Gorgeous video explores the Philippines from above
Gorgeous video explores the Philippines from above

The Philippines is beautiful from the ground, but from above it’s even better. This video soars hundreds of metres into the air to give you a bird’s-eye view – and it’s awesome. From White Beach on Boracay to the little town of El Nido, Frédéric Bussière’s drone camera captures the stunning scenery of this southeast-Asian archipelago. As…

The best photography on Picfair: patterns
The best photography on Picfair: patterns

Every month we round up some of the best travel photography on image-selling website Picfair, and this month we’ve chosen to look at patterns. Below are 20 of the most striking pictures of patterns from all over the world, from Portugal to the USA.  The Bull Ring, Birmingham, England Bull ring by Allan Marshall /…

Quiz: how serious is your travel bug?
Quiz: how serious is your travel bug?

Are your feet a little bit itchy or has your travel bug rendered you completely incapable of getting on with everyday life? If you relate to any of these feelings, you might be in serious trouble… But don’t worry, you can do a self-diagnosis using this simple test. Answer these questions to find out how…

Win €1000 to spend on a villa in France, Italy or Morocco
Win €1000 to spend on a villa in France, Italy or Morocco

This competition is now closed. We’re giving away €1000 of Quality Villas vouchers so you can retreat to a gorgeous holiday home in France, Italy or Morocco on us. It’s always nice to have a home away from home when you’re on holiday. Flexible breakfast times, quiet nights in and lazy days by a private pool:…

1650km of Vietnam in 3 minutes of stunning videography
1650km of Vietnam in 3 minutes of stunning videography

If a trip to Vietnam is on your bucket list, you might want to look away now. This video will definitely give you wanderlust. Filmmaker Oliver Atrologo spent two weeks travelling around Vietnam earlier this year and captured the whole trip on camera. He travelled 1650km, from the karst rock formations of Ha Long Bay in the north,…

Quiz: can you name the airport from its code?
Quiz: can you name the airport from its code?

This is among the geekiest quizzes we’ve devised, but we’re unashamedly fascinated by airport codes and their stories. So, how much of a travel nerd are you? Let us know your score once you’ve taken the quiz below…

4 minutes of wonder: Western Australia on film
4 minutes of wonder: Western Australia on film

Australia‘s west coast gets a whole lot less love from travellers than its eastern shores, but by no means is it less beautiful. In this film, made from 10,000 photographs, you can explore some of Western Australia‘s most gorgeous scenery, from Nambung National Park and Ningaloo Reef to Coral Bay and the Kennedy Range. The film’s…

You can now travel by dragon in Wales
You can now travel by dragon in Wales

Who wants to drive for hours on winding Welsh roads, or take one of those tiny local stopping trains, when you could hop on the back of a dragon and make the journey between Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons in just 32 minutes? No, the Queen of Dragons from Game of Thrones hasn’t taken over Wales (although we’re…

A pilot reveals his top 5 views from the cockpit
A pilot reveals his top 5 views from the cockpit

Having clocked hundreds of thousands of miles in the skies, Mark Vanhoenacker is convinced being a pilot is the best job in the world.  “I like the connections airplanes can make. We can go see our landscapes and cultural heritage all across the world. We can hear languages and birds in the environments we evolved…

3 years, 15 countries, 6286 photographs
3 years, 15 countries, 6286 photographs

Photographer Kien Lam spent three years travelling to fifteen different countries to create his second compelling collection of time-lapses. Eighty thousand miles and over six thousand photographs later he released this film, Time and Again, our pick of the week. “On their own, every place has a story and together they make up a glimpse of my travels across our planet”, he says. In…

Is this gadget the ultimate cure for jet lag?
Is this gadget the ultimate cure for jet lag?

Jet lag. We’ve all had it, we all hate it, and yet we’re all none the wiser on how to get rid of it. But now there’s a new way alleviate that 3pm slump after a long flight – apparently. The latest in wearable technology is the crowd-funded Ayo, a “light-based, energy-boosting” pair of glasses.…

The best of Picfair: stunning landscapes
The best of Picfair: stunning landscapes

Every month we round up the best images from photography-sharing website Picfair. This month, we’ve looked at the varied landscapes and vistas captured by Picfair’s photographers from around the world. From the mountains of Tibet to the plains of Lesotho, here are 22 stunning examples of landscape photography. Next month’s theme is ‘patterns’, so head…

Is this drone the coolest camera on the market?
Is this drone the coolest camera on the market?

First there was the GoPro revolution, giving adrenaline-junkies and wannabe filmmakers alike the chance to document their daily trials and travels, then came the drones that let us teeter over the edge of Niagara Falls and delve into volcanos. Now there’s a new filming phenomenon: the Lily Camera. Launched earlier this month, this super-easy-to-use, compact…

Film-maker perfectly captures spring in Philadelphia
Film-maker perfectly captures spring in Philadelphia

Philadelphia is one of America’s unsung heroes. The one-time capital is too often overlooked in favour of its big-shot neighbours, Washington DC and New York City. But if you take some time to explore, you’ll discover a city that lives and breathes beautiful art, great music and delicious food. Our pick of the week, this…

Stunning time-lapse video captures grandeur of the USA
Stunning time-lapse video captures grandeur of the USA

Time-lapse photography was once almost exclusive to BBC nature documentaries, but since the advent of YouTube and Vimeo it has blown our minds every day. Film-makers have allowed us to see the northern lights dance across the sky; they’ve let us watch waves rise and fall on the sandy shores of Hawaii; and they’ve bowled us…

Stunning video shows why you should travel at home
Stunning video shows why you should travel at home

In this week’s featured video “adventure is on our doorstep” is the message from Sebastian Linda from Saxony, Germany. “We travel to far away places because we expect holidays, recovery, adventure and new experiences. But is that always necessary?”, he asks. In this visual tour of his home state, Sebastian explores it all from the city of…

The best photography on Picfair: festivals
The best photography on Picfair: festivals

With so many different religions, cultures and traditions around the world, on any given day there are a multitude of exciting celebrations. This month we’ve rounded up the pictures that capture them best. From image-sharing website Picfair here are fifteen shots covering everything from a torch-lit procession in Sri Lanka to a music festival in England. Next month’s theme is landscape, so upload your…

One guy’s round the world video will inspire you to move
One guy’s round the world video will inspire you to move

Every week we scour the internet for stunning travel videos and highlight one of our favourites. This round the world one-minute-wonder Move by Rick Mereki is giving us itchy feet this week, as he and his two companions travel 38,000 miles across eleven different countries. As actor Andrew Lees strolls casually towards the camera, we’re transported from Paris…

A Godzilla-themed hotel has just opened in Tokyo
A Godzilla-themed hotel has just opened in Tokyo

Because robot restaurants and themed cafés aren’t enough: Tokyo is now home to a Godzilla-themed hotel. Towering thirty storeys above Shinjuku in the Japanese capital, the Gracery Hotel revealed a new permanent resident last Friday – an enormous Godzilla head that menacingly overlooks the streets below. In a bid to cash in on the Godzilla hype…

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