Laura Millar

Freelance Journalist

Cool for Catskills

When the heat rises in New York City, savvy weekenders swerve the snooty Hamptons for the boho vibe of the Catskill Mountains, finds Laura Millar...
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My landlord put up my rent by a third so I moved to Albania to escape the cost-of-living crisis

Celebrating our first evening away from the UK and our attendant financial concerns, we found a stylish bar, Colonial, in Tirana’s hip Blloku district and scanned the cocktail menu. Prices started at an agreeable 500Lek (£4.30) for an Aperol Spritz. My partner Dan was delighted to discover a Negroni would only set him back AL800, less than £7. Later, we moved onto dinner at an informal taverna in the lively Pazari I Ri area where three substantial dishes, including a tasty butterbean stew and g

South Africa: 48 hours in Cape Town

With a major flight route recently reinstated, visitors are heading back to the vibrant Mother City, writes Laura Millar It’s the city with an unmissable, hulking great mountain in the middle. Visible from almost every angle, Cape Town’s monolithic Table Mountain has become an icon in its own right, and a symbol to everyone who visits. But there’s much more to this city. Riven by a complicated and traumatic past, its history is never far from the surface. Elsewhere, its proximity to nature, wo

Wall yoga, wellness programmes and thermal waters: Inside wellness retreats in Greater Palm Springs

Inspired by a flurry of openings, Laura Millar heads to Greater Palm Springs to sample the region’s growing wellness scene This is yoga unlike any I’ve ever tried before. I’m suspended from a wall by just a set of straps and a waistband, stretching my whole body out in front of me like Superman in flight. The straps help me lean in to stretches and poses I’ve often found tricky in other yoga classes, but thanks to their support, my muscles can be pushed further. It’s my first experience of wal
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