Chris Leadbeater

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.

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Encounter coastal creations on Anglesey

Spring holidays: From rural Dorset and coastal Anglesey to Prague's blossom and Amsterdam's tulips

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

Staten Island Ferry, New York

The world's best free attractions

Never mind the contents of the Chancellor’s red box, these attractions that won’t cost you a penny to visit

Evening merriment ranges from the brash bars of Bourbon Street to classic Creole restaurants such as Brennan's

America's Deep South: Endless opportunities for a first-class road trip

It may not be easy to define, but this region is full of music, food and huge historic significance, says Chris Leadbeater

Christchurch cathedral after the 2011 earthquake. It has been deemed too damaged to repair

Christchurch: Centre stage in the Battle of Britain

This weekend marked the fourth anniversary of the earthquake which tore the city asunder

Phoenix nights: The rejuvenated Dresden skyline, as seen from the Elbe

Dresden: A beauty that rose from the wreckage

Seventy years after Allied bombers reduced it to charred rubble, this ‘Florence on the Elbe’ is glorious again

Regal railway: Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus

Mumbai travel tips: Where to go and what to see in 48 hours

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

Canoeing in Algonquin

Family holidays 2015: Celebrate the new Jurassic Park film with a dinosaur hunt in Canada

And try camping without the tents in southern France or Ibiza without the clubs

The Battle of Waterloo re-enacted

Cultural holidays 2015: Battlefield tourism, the Crusader brotherhood, and the capitals of culture

There's more to Pilsen than beer and more to Belgium than battles, though maybe not when there's a centenary and a bicentenary

Palm pilot: Mozambique

Beach holidays 2015: from Morocco's Atlantic coast to the Aegean Sea

New flights and resorts are highlighting less obvious choices, says Chris Leadbeater

Ski Sölden

Ski in James Bond's tracks or abseil in east London: Active holidays 2015

From swimming in Iceland to questing walkers in Spain, Chris Leadbeater looks at active holidays for 2015

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