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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Market forces: festive fair in Prague

5 ways to... Visit Christmas markets

Browse the food and craft stalls to stock up on holiday cheer this year

On track: a tram rolls through the city centre

48 Hours In: Linz

This forward-thinking Austrian city offers cobbled streets and chocolate shops alongside cutting-edge art institutions, discovers Chris Leadbeater

Tower record: the lighthouse at Torre de Hércules

48 Hours In: La Coruña

October days are still balmy enough to enjoy the urban beaches of this intriguing Galician city. And there are plenty of cultural diversions, too

Safe harbour: Gilleleje provided a vital escape route

The little ships of Gilleleje

Seventy years ago, this serene seaside town saw hundreds of Danish Jews escape the Nazis, says Chris Leadbeater

Splendidly unusual: Tropical Islands, Germany

Make a splash in the world’s wildest water parks

From the Mexican Riviera to the Middle East, Chris Leadbeater whisks you down dramatic drops and dizzying chutes, past lazy rivers and tropical lagoons

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48 Hours In: Copenhagen

The Danish capital presents an enticing menu this month, with gourmet festivities adding to some of the world's finest restaurants, says Chris Leadbeater

48 Hours In: Calgary

The largest city in Canada's Alberta province packs a punch with contemporary galleries, independent shops and thriving nightlife, says Chris Leadbeater

Strong point: Fort Grey at Rocquaine Bay

Game on in a feisty Guernsey

The island may have a sleepy reputation, but a football derby tells the real story, says Chris Leadbeater

A Martha's Heli-yoga class

A higher state of consciousness

Anyone for a spot of yogic flying? Chris Leadbeater heads to the Canadian Rockies, where mountain meditation comes courtesy of a rather noisy helicopter

Shop-stop: Winter Park is full of boutiques and cafés

48 Hours In: Orlando

Jump on board for a rollercoaster ride through Florida's theme park capital. Chris Leadbeater swings by rope courses, laser games and adventure golf

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