Ben Ross

Ben Ross is Head of Travel at The Independent. He has worked for the paper for over a decade, and began reporting on travel in 2001. Before joining the travel desk full time, he ran The Independent's special projects department. He started his journalistic career at the BBC working for its commercial arm, BBC Worldwide.

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Regal bearing: Unlike her subjects, the Queen doesn't need a passport

Sometimes sky-high prices are worth it - but only in context

When you have little or no opportunity to shop around, it's easy to get ripped-off

Room Service: coastal Belize

Turtle Inn, Placencia

Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família, Barcelona, Spain

With another month of snow forecast, you probably want a holiday. And quite right too - but where?

Almost everybody seems depressed by the constant chill weather. But our Head of Travel has a handy guide for how to beat the gloom in Spring. Try Barcelona!

Julie Hagerty and Robert Hays in the 1980 spoof air disaster comedy Airplane

Ben Ross: No need to fear – Captain Allright is here

Something to Declare

A spotted history of Belize

Jaguars lurk near a luxurious forest retreat. Brilliant birds fill the sky above. But which species will Ben Ross add to his Life List?

Michael Palin: 'I'm just curious about the world'

With Michael Palin back on our TV screens, he reveals why he still loves travel – and how he’s learnt to be himself on camera

Silver service: Richard E Grant outside The Savoy

Backstage at the world's best hotels

In his new TV series, Richard E Grant unlocks the secrets of five-star service, fine dining and luxury suites. So, what's the key to a truly great stay?

Snowboarder Jenny Jones

My life in travel: Jenny Jones

‘Don’t plan your holidays – it leads to adventures’

Far north: Natural Retreats' energy-efficient residences

Stay the Night: Natural Retreats, John o' Groats

New self-catering properties in John o' Groats have added much-needed appeal to this Scottish outpost, says Ben Ross

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