The train in Spain travels mainly at the breakneck speed of a swift. Or at least that is when you hop onto one of the country’s high-speed trains that reach speeds of up to 193 miles per hour, which gives us all unique opportunities to see more of the country in less time. With a network connecting many of its major cities travel by train in Spain can offer up a completely different type of experience to the average city break. Part of this is due to Spain’s diversity. Although there are many mutually shared aspects of Spanish culture, it can at times feel a little like Italy, with each region still parading a clearly defined character, from geography to the nature of its people, language, food, customs and traditions.
Travellers will be hard pushed to find an island quite like Japan. It’s where densely populated cities shimmer in bright lights against a backdrop of national parks, shrines and temples, and as a result, there are many places to go in Japan that will bring variety to any luxury trip. Its capital Tokyo is well known for its skyscrapers, pop culture and an abundance of shopping experiences. But there is so much to see in, around and beyond the capital. With a variety of landscapes and experiences to be discovered, Japan’s destinations offer iconic views – from sprawling lakes and mountain views to vibrant temples and technicolour cityscapes. Here’s our selection of the best things to do in Japan with plenty of luxury included.