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
Climate change: 2015 will be the hottest year on record 'by a mile', experts say
Senior British politicians tell David Cameron: When dead children are being washed up on beaches – it's time to act
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
If you're not already angry about the refugee crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be
Theresa May says migrants should be banned from entering the UK unless they have jobs lined up
- 1 Huawei Mate S and Huawei Watch: new products take on iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch
- 2 More than 11,000 Icelanders offer to house Syrian refugees to help European crisis
- 3 If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
- 4 Senior British politicians tell David Cameron: When dead children are being washed up on beaches – it's time to act
- 5 German police forced to ask public to stop bringing donations for refugees arriving by train