Now... Depart any day this month for a walking holiday of the Cinque Terre – an idyllic string of five fishing villages on Italy's Ligurian coast. The self-guided trip with UTracks costs £490pp, with six nights' accommodation and train tickets.

Lara shines on St Lucia's rain-affected Test debut

Sri Lanka 354 & 126-0 West Indies 477-9 dec Match drawn


Despite predictions to the contrary, there is still plenty of choice for anyone who wants to go away for the millennium and hasn't yet made a reservation. If you wanted to go to a CenterParc, though, you will be disappointed: they have all been fully booked over the millennium weekend for the past 18 months! But there are plenty of less child-centred breaks still available, both in this country and around the world.

MILLENNIUM CELEBRATIONS: Seasonal bargains as travel companies cut winter holiday prices

IF YOU cannot stand the millennium hype, there is still a chance of getting away from it.

Football: England must face their German nemesis

WORLD CUP QUALIFYING DRAW Keegan happy with hard road while Scots are ecstatic but Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic have tough task

Your Questions: The obsessive traveller

Money no object

21 best Caribbean; holidays

1 Dolphins in the Bahamas

Travel: The complete guide to the Eastern Caribbean

If the Caribbean is the ultimate luxury travel destination, then the islands at the eastern end of the chain offer a glorious pick-and- mix of its attractions. Whether you're looking for the perfect white-sand beach, superb diving in crystal-clear waters, a steamy rainforest adventure or something for all the family, the Eastern Caribbean, from Anguilla down to Trinidad, is the ideal place to get away from it all. But where should you go? And how should you get about? Here, Rhiannon Batten tells you all you need to know, and offers a complete island-hoppers guide

Oh no, another day in paradise

Elizabeth Heathcote forgets her middle-class conscience and revels in St Lucian luxury

Laureate Losers

Carol Ann Duffy

Walcott tipped to be Poet Laureate

WESTMINSTER ABBEY will host a memorial service today for Ted Hughes, the late Poet Laureate. Many of Britain's finest writers will assemble to hear tributes to a great poet who took his ancient office more seriously than any Laureate since Alfred Tennyson.

Travel: The Caribbean's pressure valve

It has a brooding volcano, a jazz festival and pushy black marketeers, but St Lucia is still a tranquil haven. By Frank Partridge
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Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
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British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Let's talk about loss

We need to talk about loss

Secrecy and silence surround stillbirth
Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Women may be better suited to space travel than men are
Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album