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.
19 October 2012 12:00 PM
The USA’s sporting cathedrals are a rowdy joy, says Chris Leadbeater.
11 October 2012 12:00 PM
Six hundred years after France's greatest heroine was born, Chris Leadbeater traces Joan of Arc's journey from farm girl to fearless warrior
03 October 2012 12:00 AM
This week marks 50 years since the release of the band's first single – the perfect time to celebrate with a Fab Four-related break
05 September 2012 12:00 AM
The schools have gone back, the airports have calmed down, holiday resorts are peaceful once again and prices have fallen. If you're not a parent, it's the perfect time for a summer holiday
17 August 2012 12:00 PM
As summer's endless light begins to fade in Peter the Great's creation, the Russian city's arts scene goes into full swing with a new season of ballet and opera, says Chris Leadbeater.
03 August 2012 12:00 PM
The idyllic island of Nantucket has long lured the great and the good for their summer holidays. Chris Leadbeater comes under its spell.
06 July 2012 12:00 PM
The limestone channels of Les Calanques near busy Marseille have just been given parc national status. Chris Leadbeater discovers a coast of rare beauty
29 June 2012 12:00 PM
It has been 100 years since the annual rodeo extravaganza began in Alberta's largest city. Chris Leadbeater travels to this corner of Canada's wild west to discover that there's more to it than just a cowboy carnival.
17 June 2012 12:00 AM
Political intrigue has always flourished at the heart of the US capital. Forty years on from the scandal that brought down President Nixon, Chris Leadbeater visits the landmarks that define this 'city of spin'
15 June 2012 12:00 PM
Summer sees the German capital at its cultural best, says Chris Leadbeater.
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Crisis? What crisis? A visiting US doctor gives the NHS a rave review
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Scottish Independence Referendum: Salmond described as 'arrogant, ambitious and dishonest' by Scottish women
- 1 Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
- 2 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
- 3 Kajieme Powell: Missouri police release video footage of second man killed by officers
- 4 Paul Scholes: Manchester United need five experienced players who can turn round a desperate situation
- 5 James Foley 'beheading': Met police warn public watching murder video could be criminal offence