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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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 ...

England: Swinton Park, a luxurious country hotel

World cup of travel: The nations most likely to score with travellers

In tourist terms, these are the seeded countries – tried and tested destinations that draw British visitors back again and again. Here's some of what they have to offer in 2014 ...

A different league: Cape Coast Castle

World cup of travel: Offside or underdog - unusual fixtures for dedicated away fans

Many of this last group of Fifa World Cup participants come with baggage – but some will entice those who like to stand out from the crowd

Port of call: Byblos bears traces of its Phoenician past
Extract science: display of cans at the Industrial Revolution museum

Fray Bentos: Uruguay's new World Heritage Site

Starting at the meat-processing plant in Fray Bentos, Chris Leadbeater hits the highway to explore this little nation's surprisingly varied highlights

The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel

After the terrorist attacks: The gateway to India is open to the world

Five years ago, attacks brought Mumbai global prominence for the wrong reasons. Now, the city is looking ahead, says Chris Leadbeater

On the hoof: Santa and his reindeer in Rovaniemi, Finland

Traveller's Guide: Lapland - drive huskies, meet Santa Claus and try to catch the Northern Lights

Winter doesn't get more atmospheric than in Europe's frozen north

Dark skies: the city of Detriot is slowly rebuilding itself

Detroit: Is Motor City back in gear?

A century ago, booming Detroit opened its gracious Central Station. Now it's a ruin, and the city's gone bust. But change is in the air, says Chris Leadbeater

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

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