Travel Challenge: A pre-Christmas ski break in Europe

Every week, we invite three competing companies to give us their best deal for a specific holiday. Today: a seven-night European ski holiday, departing from Gatwick the week before Christmas. Prices are per person, based on two sharing, and include transfers.

Blind tourists: Sightseeing by sound

Holidays always present challenges, but blind tourists face particular problems, as the BBC's Peter White can testify. A sense of terror can be part of the pleasure, he tells Simon Calder

Get fit for the future

Looking for the perfect place to recharge body and soul? Rhiannon Batten reveals how to fulfil your New Year's resolution for less stress — on any budget

Holidaypedia: I know what you did this summer ...

It's September at last – but what have we learned over the holidays? Here, Deborah Ross reveals all you need to know about the great British break. It may make you glad to be back at work

Our guide to a year of great holidays

Don't let the puny pound and faltering economy ruin your plans. Whether it's a bargain-priced sunshine break in the Med or the luxury of a flat-bed flight to Sydney, there's never been a better time to book, says Simon Calder.

The island of Ischia: Glorious mud

From the ancient Romans to Hollywood stars, visitors have flocked to the island of Ischia to experience its health-giving spas and volcanic face packs. Terri Judd enjoys a pampering

Spain's tourist trains

Spain's quirky tourist trains provide an atmospheric start to a day out, says Angela Coffill

Fast track: Europe's rail revolution

Breakfast in Brussels, lunch in Lyon, a quick day-trip to Paris... As the high-speed rail revolution arrives in Britain, Simon Calder welcomes Lille to London's commuter belt, and introduces 20 destinations where travellers can now let the train take the strain