Kate Simon is the Travel Correspondent of The Independent and The Independent on Sunday. She was Travel Editor of The Independent on Sunday from 2005 to 2011. Kate is also the co-founder of Little Black Book Creative (www.lbbcreative.co.uk), which offers editorial services, media relations consultancy and travel-writing training.
18 May 2014 12:00 AM
01 March 2014 12:00 AM
Daffodils, blossom and lambs are all starting to make an appearance – so it's time to shake off winter and get outdoors, says Kate Simon
28 December 2013 12:00 AM
It starts with fireworks, takes in Brazil, Wales and Ethiopia – and winds up with a spot of knitting. Let Kate Simon be your guide
14 December 2013 12:00 AM
These islands provide the perfect winter-sun escape for all ages
27 August 2013 05:13 PM
Holiday snaps blurred? Lens cap left on again? Perhaps it’s time for a photographic break, where expert tuition combines with stunning scenery. Kate Simon adjusts her viewfinder
20 July 2013 06:30 PM
In the deep south of Puglia is a sun-soaked city with a rich heritage and Baroque splendour, says Kate Simon
25 May 2013 06:00 PM
The palazzos were built for nobility, but it is artists, fashion designers and hoteliers that uphold their grandeur today, says Kate Simon
18 May 2013 12:00 AM
Escape to the sandy beaches and clapboard villages of Cape Cod, says Kate Simon
11 May 2013 06:00 PM
Float down the Rhine in Germany on a 10-day cruise on the MS Algeria with Shearings (0844 824 6351; shearings.com). You can admire the Unesco-listed Rhine Gorge from the comfort of the boat. The journey includes excursions such as wine-tasting in Boppard, a walking tour of Koblenz and a trip to the castle at Lahnstein. The price of £879pp, based on two sharing, includes return coach travel from regional stops around England, a week's full-board cruise and two nights' half-board hotel accommodation en route.
11 May 2013 06:00 PM
Take your pick of seven new properties on the Greek Islands available through Ionian Villas (01935 477196; ionian-villas.co.uk). "Artist's Villa" on Paxos, built in 2011, has three bedrooms and sits on a hilltop surrounded by olive groves overlooking Gaios port. It costs from £1,330 for a week's rental. Meanwhile, two-bedroom "Morpheus", a newly completed property on Antipaxos, is one of only four villas with swimming pools that are available to rent on the island. It costs from £1,120 for a week, including rental of a Suzuki 4x4. International travel costs are not included.
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