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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Florida as you've never seen it before

The first visitor stepped ashore 500 years ago and it's now one of our favourite holiday destinations. Chris Leadbeater celebrates the Sunshine State

48 Hours In: Dresden

The Baroque beauty of this eastern German city has become easier to reach thanks to a new air link – just in time for the advent of spring, says Chris Leadbeater

A snowmobile is the ideal way to reach Barentsburg in winter

Barentsburg: chilly invite to a land frozen in time

Barentsburg in the Svalbard archipelago is a curious Soviet relic best explored by snowmobile, says Chris Leadbeater

Easter in the city

There's plenty going on around the country for all the family, from chocolate-fuelled fun and robot-making, to an Olympic escape

Gingerbread house: classic Nevisian architecture

Indolence is bliss: High and mighty on the Caribbean island of Nevis

After a lung-bursting hike up this tropical island's volcanic peak, Chris Leadbeater is relieved to head back down to a more leisurely pace of life

Motoring along: Ho Chi Minh's luxury shops

48 hours in: Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnam's biggest city packs in fresh flavours, French relics and a futuristic skyline

Restored: Dresden’s Semperoper

Dresden: Past glory is revived in this rebuilt wonder

Almost destroyed in 1945, this German city’s Baroque core shines again

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48 hours in: Florence

Beat the summer crowds to the Tuscan capital and you'll have room to appreciate its Renaissance riches and flair for fashion

The price is right: the Great Wall of China

All exclusive, all-inclusive holidays

You pay your money, you get the trip of a lifetime ... with no nasty hidden extras. Chris Leadbeater gives his guide to the packages that offer more than buffets and beaches

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48 Hours In: Buenos Aires

As summer sun bathes Argentina's capital, the city takes on a carnival air – just in time for its annual Shakespeare festival

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