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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South Africa's bright future

Twenty years after the nation held its first democratic elections, Cape Town is using its World Design Capital status to look to the future, says Chris Leadbeater

Gourmet Cumbria: The Big Six

Drunken Duck Inn, Ambleside

Active Cumbria

Get to grips with your adventurous side in this natural playground, says Chris Leadbeater

Events to savour

The Cumbrian calendar is awash with festivals bringing flavour, fun and flamboyance to the region in almost every month of the year. September, for example, sees the Taste Cumbria Food Festival (tastecumbria.com) – a three-day gathering of gourmets, held in Cockermouth, which grows in stature each year. Visitors can try everything from local beer to seafood as a chorus line of celebrity chefs – previous festivals have welcomed the likes of John Torode, Aldo Zilli and Antony Worrall Thompson – showcase their skills.

Pretty in pink: Thomas Edison’s holiday home in Fort Myers

Florida: Some bright ideas for the Sunshine State

Thomas Edison and Henry Ford lead the way for today's tourists, says Chris Leadbeater

Spanish exposition: The Dali Museum

St Petersburg, Florida: Miami has a rival for the finer things

Co-founded by a Russian émigré, this Tampa Bay city brims with culture, says Chris Leadbeater

Top table: Restaurants at the Mercado del Puerto

A slice of Montevideo: Urban secrets served up on the Plate

The Uruguayan capital’s old town is slowly but surely regenerating

Bay watch: stunning coastal scenery in Cape Town

48 Hours In: Cape Town

There's lots to celebrate in South Africa's dramatic coastal city this year, from a festival of design to a milestone for democracy, says Chris Leadbeater

Reef encounter: aquatic life in Australia

World cup of travel: In with a good chance of delivering a striking trip

They might not be in the premier league of holiday destinations for Brits, but plenty of the other 2014 qualifiers will offer intriguing options over the coming year ...

Boys playing street football during the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013

World cup of travel: Where to go in 2014 - starting with Brazil

Thirty-two countries qualified for the Fifa tournament – but which will be our favourite destinations in 2014 and what do they have to offer that's new? Over a series of articles, Chris Leadbeater studies the form, starting with the hosts ...

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