Harriet O'Brien

Harriet O’Brien is a travel writer and award-winning author. Her first book Forgotten Land, a rediscovery of Burma was published just before she joined The Independent, her second Queen Emma and Vikings, a few years after she left. She was on staff at The Independent during the 1990s and subsequently worked in Canada and then as managing editor at Conde Nast Traveller before going freelance in order to travel more. She mainly covers the UK, Europe and Asia, where she grew up.

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Cornwall's industrial heritage near St Agnes

Poldark's Cornwall: A land that holds a mine of information

Nature has snatched this romantic coast from industry, and swept Harriet O'Brien off her feet

High life: some luxury tours include bubbly on the Great Wall

China in style: From Yangtze cruises to golden beaches and buzzing cities

With a growing number of upmarket hotels and exclusive experiences on offer, there has never been a better time to indulge in a trip to this vast nation, says Harriet O'Brien

Temple Church, a stop on the celebratory London walk

Magna Carta: where to visit the four surviving originals

In the 800th anniversary year of Magna Carta, Harriet O'Brien samples the celebrations in store

Ship shape: 'Sanctuary Ananda'

Burma cruise: a maiden voyage that reveals how the nation is changing

Harriet O'Brien returns to Burma on board a stylish vessel modelled like a 1930s steamer

Arbor master: a treelined street in the French Concession

Shanghai's colonial quarter: Making concessions

Look beyond the skyscrapers to the city's historic former French territory, writes Harriet O'Brien

Rocking out: the granite outcrop of Haytor

Dartmoor: granite tors, cream teas and a prison

From magnificent views to the grounds of HM Prison Dartmoor, Harriet O'Brien experienced the lot

Sea view: Blue Lagoon

Malta: Traveller's Guide

This Mediterranean nation celebrates 50 years of independence this weekend. Go now to enjoy beachy days and a rich historical landscape, says Harriet O'Brien
Cool off: Mazzaro Bay

Sicily and the Aeolian islands: Island-hopping in the land of fire and water

Dominated by volcanic peaks, some of them still active, Sicily and the Aeolian islands offer stunning coasts, fertile interiors and dramatic, rumbling cones
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Faro travel tips: Where to go and what to see in 48 hours

More than just a gateway to the beaches of the Algarve, this compact city is also about to enter festival season. Harriet O'Brien gets in the spirit
Poetry in motion: hiking the Laurie Lee Wildlife Way

Laurie Lee: A literary landscape in the Cotswolds

Harriet O'Brien walks out one midsummer morning in the valley that inspired the writer, as a new trail marks the 100th anniversary of his birth
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