Kate Simon

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.

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Take the train from Settle in North Yorkshire through the Aire Valley to Carlisle for glorious views of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, crossing the 24 arches of the Ribblehead Viaduct along the way

The best rail trips in Europe

Let the train take the strain, says Kate Simon. From luxury railway trips to classic British days out, there are plenty of options to choose from

Harbour master: the capital St George's

Traveller's Guide: Grenada

This tiny Caribbean spice island offers visitors plenty of historical and cultural diversions, plus some dazzling beaches. Pull up a sunlounger

Beneath the waves

Which country won the most Olympic gold medals per capita at London 2012?

The answer is Grenada. Make a dash for the spice island

Added texture: elegant
interiors at the Dorset
Square Hotel

Room Service: Dorset Square, London

Regency revival in the capital

Press darling: Smart interiors at The Printworks

B & B and Beyond: The Printworks, Hastings

The Victorian offices of a south-coast newspaper now house a stylish and spacious B&B

Island beauty: Eden Rock hotel

St Barts: A dose of Caribbean glamour ... by way of Sweden and France

These days glitzy St Barthelemy is best known as a haven for the smart set, but there's also a complex colonial history to explore, says Kate Simon

Cycling holidays are ideal for the active traveller

Travel in 2013: Holidays for the active

You'll need proper pedal power to take part in the first Women Only Week organised by Alpine cycling holiday specialist Velo Vercors (00 33 4 75 71 35 50; velovercors.com) from 4-11 May.

Venice is an ideal holiday destination for couples

Travel in 2013: Holidays for couples

What better reason do you need to take your loved one to the romantic city of Venice than to revel in the spruced-up interiors of the Gritti Palace (00 39 041 2961 2222; star woodhotels.com), due to reopen in February after a major refurbishment?

Palm-fringed beaches in the Maldives

Travel in 2013: Holidays for beach bums

British Airways (0844 493 0758; ba.com/srilanka) resumes flights to Sri Lanka in April, after a 15-year hiatus.

The Azores

Travel in 2013: Holidays for nature-lovers

The potential to see some of the brightest displays of aurora borealis in 50 years continues through the first few months of 2013.

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