An A to Z of reasons to visit the Netherlands

Vincent van Gogh lived in Nuenen from 1883 to 1885, producing approximately a quarter of his works. It was a formative time in his development as an artist. Several of the scenes he depicted are still discernable. I found it remarkable to stand viewing buildings and landscapes knowing than Van Gogh painted at precisely the same spot.

How to photograph the northern lights

I’ve been fortunate enough to see the northern lights in the night sky of Manitoba several times. Each time, watching the lights swirling and dancing in the darkness felt like a near spiritual experience. If you know what you’re doing, it’s possible to simultaneously view and photograph the northern lights

Joya de Cerén in El Salvador

The site provides evidence that common people consumed chocolate more than 1,400 years ago. It was long thought that only the ruling dynasty consumed it. As we follow a path through the dense vegetation inside the gated archaeological zone, Eduardo points out a green pod hanging like a deflated rugby ball from a cacao tree. He explains that the seeds within the pod are the raw material from which chocolate is made.

Things to do and see in South Shields

Every year thousands of runners are pleased when they arrive into South Shields on the Coast Road, which skirts the North Sea’s shoreline into town, to cross the finish line of the Great North Run. No half-marathon in the world attracts more participants.

Enjoying the outdoors in New Brunswick, Canada

Stuart Forster discusses things to do by the Bay of Fundy while following the Fundy Coastal Drive scenic route and enjoying the outdoors in New Brunswick, Canada. The Fundy Coastal Drive runs for 486km (286 miles) between Sackville and St Stephen. Highlights along its route include the Hopewell Rocks, Cape Enrage and Fundy National Park....

11 cities that have changed their names

Saigon, formerly the capital of the Republic of Vietnam, was renamed in honour of the revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh, who was the chairman of the Worker’s Party of North Vietnam between 1951 and 1969. Decades prior to that he worked in London at the Drayton Court Hotel.

With a Local: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

In summer, when it’s really hot — during August and September — it’s great to get soaked in the spray of the water that falls in the rainforest. The temperature there is always cooler and there’s different flora growing compared to the surrounding area. It’s very beautiful and amazing science.

Inspirational travel photography from Canada

Knowing the story behind the creation of each image makes selecting a shortlist of my favourite photos from across Canada tricky. Had anyone said to me a few years ago that I’d come within a matter of metres of a wild polar bear in its natural habitat, of course, I simply wouldn’t have believed them. That happened while I was staying at Seal River Heritage Lodge in Manitoba and, undoubtedly, counts among my favourite moments while photographing. Before I went to bed that day, feeling incredibly blessed, I also saw the Northern Lights flickering in the night sky for the very first time. As a result, it’s not surprising that I have fond memories of the place.

Interview with Rich McCor, the Instagram star Paperboyo

My love is travel. Throughout my 20s most of my money was spent on travelling. I would say the fact I've been able to go to places I never thought I'd get to see is the highlight; the fact that it's let me travel. For example, I went to Easter Island because of my photography and that was always top of my bucket list ever since I'd seen a photo of Moui heads.

Aladdin at Newcastle’s Tyne Theatre and Opera House

Stuart Forster reviews the pantomime Aladdin at Newcastle’s Tyne Theatre and Opera House. Newcastle’s Tyne Theatre and Opera House’s 2019-20 Christmas pantomime is Aladdin. Local actor Charlie Richmond stars as Wishee Washee alongside Aladdin, played by Nic Westaway, singer Marcus Collins and soap star David Easter. Disclosure: Stuart Forster, the author of this post, was...