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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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

The Lennon Wall in Prague has now been painted over

Prague's Lennon Wall: Whitewashing in the Czech capital

Something to declare

48 hours in Vancouver

British Columbia's biggest city is a superb appetiser for a winter-sports adventure. By Chris Leadbeater

48 hours in Vancouver

British Columbia's biggest city is a superb appetiser for a winter-sports adventure. By Chris Leadbeater
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General Election 2015: ‘We will not sit down with Nicola Sturgeon’, says Ed Balls

'We will not sit down with Nicola Sturgeon'

In an exclusive interview, Ed Balls says he won't negotiate his first Budget with SNP MPs - even if Labour need their votes to secure its passage
VE Day 70th anniversary: How ordinary Britons celebrated the end of war in Europe

How ordinary Britons celebrated VE Day

Our perception of VE Day usually involves crowds of giddy Britons casting off the shackles of war with gay abandon. The truth was more nuanced
They came in with William Caxton's printing press, but typefaces still matter in the digital age

Typefaces still matter in the digital age

A new typeface once took years to create, now thousands are available at the click of a drop-down menu. So why do most of us still rely on the old classics, asks Meg Carter?
Discovery of 'missing link' between the two main life-forms on Earth could explain evolution of animals, say scientists

'Missing link' between Earth's two life-forms found

New microbial species tells us something about our dark past, say scientists
The Pan Am Experience is a 'flight' back to the 1970s that never takes off - at least, not literally

Pan Am Experience: A 'flight' back to the 70s

Tim Walker checks in and checks out a four-hour journey with a difference
Humans aren't alone in indulging in politics - it's everywhere in the animal world

Humans aren't alone in indulging in politics

Voting, mutual back-scratching, coups and charismatic leaders - it's everywhere in the animal world
Crisp sales are in decline - but this tasty trivia might tempt back the turncoats

Crisp sales are in decline

As a nation we're filling up on popcorn and pitta chips and forsaking their potato-based predecessors
Ronald McDonald the muse? Why Banksy, Ron English and Keith Coventry are lovin' Maccy D's

Ronald McDonald the muse

A new wave of artists is taking inspiration from the fast food chain
13 best picnic blankets

13 best picnic blankets

Dine al fresco without the grass stains and damp bottoms with something from our pick of picnic rugs
Barcelona 3 Bayern Munich 0 player ratings: Lionel Messi scores twice - but does he score highest in our ratings?

Barcelona vs Bayern Munich player ratings

Lionel Messi scores twice - but does he score highest in our ratings?
Martin Guptill: Explosive New Zealand batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

Explosive batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

Martin Guptill has smashed early runs for Derbyshire and tells Richard Edwards to expect more from the 'freakish' Brendon McCullum and his buoyant team during their tour of England
General Election 2015: Ed Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

He was meant to be Labour's biggest handicap - but has become almost an asset
General Election 2015: A guide to the smaller parties, from the the National Health Action Party to the Church of the Militant Elvis Party

On the margins

From Militant Elvis to Women's Equality: a guide to the underdogs standing in the election
Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

'This is the battle of young Egypt for the future of our country'

Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
Why patients must rely less on doctors: Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'

Why patients must rely less on doctors

Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'