Travel agenda

From campervans and Yorkshire's hidden gems to whales In Mexico and bush retreats in Cairns

1. Bug off

Camperbug is a new website that works like airbnb.co.uk for campervans. It lists a network of more than 500 vintage VWs and puts renters directly in touch with UK owners, allowing them to source an affordable and fun set of wheels for a festival, short break, or family holiday.

camperbug.co.uk

2. Grand Départ

A new online guide points tourists and cyclists around Yorkshire's hidden gems ahead of the Tour de France Grand Départ on 5/6 July. It uncovers places to stay, walk, cycle and drink, such as The Pheasant Inn, a mile east of Leyburn, known locally for its glowing fire, affectionate Labrador and top cask ales.

letourguide.com

3. Island nation

Indonesia has launched a new tourism website dedicated to the UK market. It whisks travellers around exotic locations in the archipelago of more than 17,500 islands, with detailed information on highlights such as Bali, Sumatra, Sulawesi, Papua, Java and Kalimantan, listing practical tips on what to see and do.

tourism-indonesia.co.uk

4. Whale tale

On 26 February, Wildlife Worldwide has a tour of Mexico's Pacific Coast with zoologist Mark Carwardine. It will take in the gathering of grey whales in their breeding grounds around Baja California. The week includes two daily whale-watching trips and flights for £3,890pp.

wildlifeworldwide.com

5. Spring watch

The Californian desert city of Palm Springs is hosting an 11-day schedule of films, parties, talks and tours in honour of Modernism Week (13-23 February). It will invite design buffs and retro enthusiasts to celebrate one of the largest concentrations of mid-century modern architecture in the US.

modernismweek.com

6. Outback oasis

Crystalbrook Lodge is a new bush retreat three hours west of Cairns in tropical north Queensland. Its prime location on a freshwater lake makes it ideal for fishing and wildlife enthusiasts, with birds, goannas, kangaroos and crocodiles regularly spotted in the area. Three nights A$3,300/ £2,200pp.

crystalbrookcollection.com.au

7. Flying down

If you're tempted by Brazil's beautiful south, note that TAM is abandoning flights between Heathrow and Rio de Janeiro from late March (with a brief reprieve in June/July for the Fifa World Cup). To fill the remaining flights, the airline is selling seats to Rio for as little as £648 return until 16 June.

tam.com.br

8. Three save

To lure people off the roads, Virgin Trains now offers a 20-per-cent discount on Advance fares to groups of travellers as small as three. Book online and you qualify for fares between London and Manchester or Liverpool as low as £10 per person each way.

bit.ly/Virgroup

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Travel
ebookHow to enjoy the perfect short break in 20 great cities
Independent Travel Videos
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Amsterdam
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Giverny
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in St John's
Independent Travel Videos
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Travel

    Old Royal Naval College: ORNC Visitor Experience Volunteer

    Unpaid voluntary work: Old Royal Naval College: Join our team of friendly volu...

    Recruitment Genius: Customer Service / Sales Assistant

    £8 per hour: Recruitment Genius: This airport parking organisation are looking...

    Recruitment Genius: PCV Bus Drivers

    £8 per hour: Recruitment Genius: Do you enjoy bus driving and are looking for ...

    Ashdown Group: IT Support Technician - York

    £18000 - £20000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: IT Support Technician - Y...

    Day In a Page

    Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

    Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

    One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
    The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

    The enemy within

    People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
    'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

    'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

    Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
    Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

    Autumn/winter menswear 2015

    The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
    'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

    'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

    Army general planning to come out
    Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

    What the six wise men told Tony Blair

    Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
    25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

    25 years of The Independent on Sunday

    The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
    Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

    Homeless Veterans appeal

    As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
    Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

    Smash hit go under the hammer

    It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
    Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

    The geeks who rocked the world

    A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
    Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

    Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

    Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
    America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

    America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

    These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
    A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

    A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

    A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
    Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

    Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

    A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
    Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

    Growing mussels

    Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project