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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The flag of the Confederacy has been removed from in front of the South Carolina State House

South Carolina: the Confederate flag is the most tarnished of banners

The irony is that South Carolina does not need to cling to some outdated notion of Confederate otherness to be gloriously Southern

Barefoot walk at Conkers

Family summer holidays in the UK: Ideas to keep all ages happy at home

Don't despair if you haven't booked a family holiday abroad, there's plenty of fun to be had here. Chris Leadbeater is your guide

Fisherman's Wharf

Vancouver Island: On the road in Canada's wild west

Vancouver Island once had ties to Britain, but its rugged landscape, unique culture and unmissable wildlife are a world away, writes Chris Leadbeater

Notre Dame cathedral

Reims, Champagne's capital, the city of surrender

The Second World War in Europe ended in Reims 70 years ago this week, a momentous occasion that has had to fight to be remembered, says Chris Leadbeater

Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnam after the war: Visiting 40 years after the Fall of Saigon

Life marches on, says Chris Leadbeater, but a division is still tangible

Jersey shore: Mont Orgueil Castle surveys the coast

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

The largest of the Channel Islands is best savoured in summer, with celebrations, wildflowers and world-class cuisine. Chris Leadbeater explores

The harbour in St Peter Port, the island's capital

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

This enchanting Channel Island is celebrating 70 years since its liberation, says Chris Leadbeater

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

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