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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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.

El Gouna Watersports Complex

Travel in 2013: Holidays for families

The Egyptian Red Sea resort of El Gouna (elgouna.com) will open a “cable water park” in July.

Travel in 2013: Holidays for the creative

Learn how to make paint, then use it to depict images of the landscape on a holiday in Almeria, Spain.

Travel in 2013: Holidays for campers

The WeDubYou (020-7193 9058; wedubyou.com) fleet of customised Seventies VW camper vans (top) is set to hit the highways of south-west France in 2013.

Travel in 2013: Holidays for stay-at-homes

Anniversary celebrations continue until autumn in East Anglia to mark the birth of composer Benjamin Britten on 22 November 1913 (britten aldeburgh.co.uk).

Travel in 2013: Holidays for train fans

The vintage carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express (0845 217 0799; vsoe.com) head for Scandinavia next year, visiting Stockholm for the first time.

Travel in 2013: Holidays for culture vultures

Film locations are always compelling destinations and New Zealand, the setting for The Hobbit will come back into focus in 2013.

It’s anniversary time for Everest, because 2013 marks 60 years since Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay first climbed the world’s highest mountain

Travel in 2013: Holidays for the intrepid

One of the world's great explorers, David Livingstone, was born 200 years ago in March.

Travel in 2013: Holidays for cruise-goers

Shorter cruises are all the rage, says leading cruise line P&O (0843 374 0111; pocruises.co.uk), which is adding nine new two- to five-night sailings to the Channel Islands, Belgium and the Netherlands, all departing from Southampton. A two-night cruise on Azura to St Peter Port, Guernsey, costs from £199pp, including meals and entertainment. Departs 16 April.

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