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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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

Chicago's dizzying heights

City break holidays 2015: Try Vienna, Marseille or Chicago

Never mind Berlin, Paris and New York, there's plenty going on in other cities around the world

Namib Desert

Adventure holidays 2015: Spot a white rhino in Namibia or a solar eclipse from the Faroe Islands

Chris Leadbeater suggests a range of adventure holidays, from following in Napoleon's wake to the road less ridden in Uttar Pradesh

Valparaíso looks out over the ocean

Valparaíso: Worth taking the long way round again

A century ago, the opening of the Panama Canal almost destroyed Valparaíso

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Some said the game's eternal rebel was washed up. As ever, he proved he writes the scripts by producing a blistering World Cup innings
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A Koi carp breeding pond, wall-mounted iPads and a bathroom with a 'wellness' shower