In thinking about faraway travel, the ability to assess risk falters. It's probably safer than your morning commute
Right on track
If there is a greater thrill of travelling than the discovery of unfamiliar places, for me it’s getting there by train
The parlance of pilots
High above London, Tokyo and Cairo, the language of the cockpit is technical, obscure, geeky – and irresistibly romantic
How we lost the Moon
The Moon has always enchanted dreamers, but Apollo is a fading memory and routine lunar travel seems as remote as ever
The migrant’s tale
Sure it’s progressive to sympathise with young undocumented migrants, but it also locks them into a victimhood narrative
A fake of art
Museums display perfect reproductions of fragile works and visitors can’t tell the difference. Is nothing in art sacred?
The call of the road
From bison-hunting tribes on the Great Plains to RV retirees in Arizona, wanderlust runs through all America’s nomads
A remote island, an Arctic expedition, a one-way trip to Mars – what drives our urge to explore the farthest reaches?
Travel is supposed to make us feel more alive, so why is the hotel room a place of such loneliness and despair?
A higher plane
For centuries, altitude sickness thwarted our attempts to reach sacred heights. What mysterious force repelled us?
To tip or not to tip?
Rude in Tokyo, rude not to in New York – tipping mystifies tourists, economists and anthropologists. Should we stop?
In Japan, beetles are pets, grasshoppers a delicacy and fireflies are adored. Is the creepy-crawly a Western invention?
The Grand Tour, 2.0
Can today’s travel deliver on the promise of the Grand Tour – or is the idea of edifying travel utterly bankrupt?
I went to Kenya to report on the lives of women living in poverty and I was given back the running I thought I’d lost