It’s nearly the end of the year and suddenly you realise you have a few days holiday left over, which you can’t carry into 2017. For the Times recently I came up with a few ideas on where to use those few precious days of freedom… (click on each page to enlarge).

times-quick-breaks-nov-2016-jpegtimes-quick-breaks-nov-2016-2-jpeg

If you’re flying on Virgin Australia this month, look out for my article in its inflight magazine “Voyeur” about London, which asks if the British capital is losing its mojo after this year’s Brexit fun and games. (Spoiler alert: no, of course it’s not!)

virgin-australia-cover-nov-2016-jpeg

1

2

3

4

The Pound has been taking a bit of a battering since the Brexit vote in June, but you can still find decent hotel value in New York City, if you plan ahead. Truth be told, when I was over there earlier this year checking out more budget-oriented hotels, not many of them really had a stand-out “wow” factor, but if you’re visiting the Big Apple you’re not really going to loll around your room all day, right? You just want somewhere clean, comfortable and safe.

So here are 20 hotels where you can get a bit more bang for your buck, as featured in my article that appeared in the Times last weekend.

times-nyc-1

times-nyc-2times-nyc-3

2015 seems to have been my year of Iceland (and Japan). Here is an article I wrote on the beautiful and remote east of the country, which will be easier to get to from this month when new nonstop flights start from Gatwick.

EastIceland1

EastIceland2

EastIceland3