Loud and proud: the city comes alive during Mardi Gras

Sydney travel tips: Where to go and what to see in 48 hours

The Cricket World Cup and Mardi Gras give Australia's premier seaside city added sparkle in the summer months, says Sally Newall

Look sharp: the Burj Khalifa towers over Dubai

Dubai travel tips: Where to go and what to see in 48 hours

Amid the skyscrapers and shopping malls you'll still find plenty of local culture, says Emma Thomson

Regal railway: Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus

Mumbai travel tips: Where to go and what to see in 48 hours

Make the most of bargain air fares with a visit to this vast and dazzling seaside city, where culture, fashion and history meet, writes Chris Leadbeater

Shore thing: Tel Aviv is a Mediterranean marvel

Tel Aviv travel tips: Where to go and what to see in 48 hours

This lively Middle Eastern metropolis is the ideal place to wash away the winter blues, says Matthew Teller

Deco delight: classic hotels line Miami's Ocean Drive

Miami Beach travel tips: Where to go and what to see in 48 hours

The spiritual home of Art Deco is set to be even more exuberant than usual this month, says Simon Calder

Big wheel keeps on turning: the Christmas Market

Edinburgh travel tips: Where to go and what to see in 48 hours

Scotland's handsome capital is arguably at its finest in winter when Hogmanay beckons and fine dining is the order of the day

Keep cool: Vancouver has world-class skiing on its doorstep

Vancouver travel tips: Where to go and what to see in 48 hours

British Columbia's biggest city is a superb appetiser for a winter-sports adventure

High life: sunset at the Marina Bay Sands

Singapore travel tips: Where to go and what to eat in 48 hours

Get a taste for this multi-cultural city-state through its delectable food scene, says Julia Buckley

Go for a spin: the Christmas market

Maastricht travel tips: Where to go and what to see in 48 hours

From this weekend, a Christmas market brings extra conviviality to this compact and surprising city in the southern Netherlands. Simon Calder explores

Living history: Hanoi's Old Quarter

Hanoi travel tips: Where to go and what to see in 48 hours

Vietnam's bustling capital charms with great food, fine architecture and surprisingly serene green spaces. Nick Boulos braves the traffic to explore

Port of call: the city spreads out from the Atlantic

Casablanca travel tips: Where to go and what to see in 48 hours

Forget the usual suspects for a Moroccan break – instead plan a visit to the nation's biggest city. Cal Flyn finds winter warmth in this Atlantic port

Splash out: water and sculpture in the Parc de la Ciutadella

Barcelona travel tips: Where to go and what to see in 48 hours

Catalan identity is more evident than ever in the region's beautiful capital

The skyline of Washington, DC, including the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, US Capitol and National Mall, is seen from the air at sunset

Washington travel tips: Where to go and what to see in 48 hours

Elections and low air fares make DC an interesting prospect this month. Simon Calder gives it his vote

The sun also rises: Hemingway was seduced by Havana's charms

Havana travel tips: Where to go and what to see in 48 hours

As winter takes hold in Britain, sunny days and warm nights await in the Cuban capital

Higher education: Trinity College

Dublin travel tips: Where to go and what to see in 48 hours

The Irish capital is calling, with new flights, festivals and plenty of places to indulge

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