Chris Leadbeater is a full-time travel journalist who has written for The Independent since 2009. He specialises in the USA, South America and Europe, but has covered destinations as varied as Mozambique, New Zealand, Indonesia and Lebanon. Prior to becoming a travel journalist, he worked as a music writer and for men's magazines.
23 March 2015 01:18 PM
Winter has passed and longer days lie ahead. Chris Leadbeater celebrates the season of renewal by seeking out its highlights, from gambolling lambs and boxing hares to tulips and cherry blossom
18 March 2015 01:29 PM
Never mind the contents of the Chancellor’s red box, these attractions that won’t cost you a penny to visit
06 March 2015 10:52 AM
It may not be easy to define, but this region is full of music, food and huge historic significance, says Chris Leadbeater
23 February 2015 11:15 AM
This weekend marked the fourth anniversary of the earthquake which tore the city asunder
16 February 2015 10:27 AM
Seventy years after Allied bombers reduced it to charred rubble, this ‘Florence on the Elbe’ is glorious again
16 January 2015 10:36 AM
Make the most of bargain air fares with a visit to this vast and dazzling seaside city, where culture, fashion and history meet, writes Chris Leadbeater
29 December 2014 12:24 PM
And try camping without the tents in southern France or Ibiza without the clubs
29 December 2014 12:17 PM
There's more to Pilsen than beer and more to Belgium than battles, though maybe not when there's a centenary and a bicentenary
29 December 2014 12:07 PM
New flights and resorts are highlighting less obvious choices, says Chris Leadbeater
29 December 2014 11:07 AM
From swimming in Iceland to questing walkers in Spain, Chris Leadbeater looks at active holidays for 2015
Katie Hopkins attacked me on Twitter — so I reported her to the police for inciting racial hatred
Street preacher quoting from the Bible fined for calling homosexuality an 'abomination'
Woman filmed launching racist tirade against men on the Tube for speaking in 'own lingo'
David Cameron calls Labour 'hopeless, sneering socialists' while announcing 7-day NHS plans
Revealed: Putin's army of pro-Kremlin bloggers
Katie Hopkins reported to the police for race hatred by Labour MP Simon Danczuk after tweet about Pakistani men
- 1 Rape threats, death threats and a police investigation after video poking fun at an Islamic Party in Malaysia goes viral
- 2 Katie Hopkins attacked me on Twitter — so I reported her to the police for inciting racial hatred
- 3 Gamers confess the worst things they've done in The Sims
- 4 6-year-old writes ice cold Valentine's card to his stepmother
- 5 Syrian child photographed 'surrendering to camera because she thought it was a gun'