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Editorials, Pole to Pole   16 Sep, 2014, 07:30
Foreign-set fiction – the best travel companion  
Tony Geary

There are some great books set overseas and Tony Geary says the research and local knowledge that shines from the page can illuminate aspects that guidebooks miss. His new site links books to places.

Deals, Europe   15 Sep, 2014, 13:30
Spotlight on: the Royal Family  
Paul Woollacombe

Britain’s Royal Family is one of the UK’s greatest tourist attractions. Paul Woollacombe says that when it comes to royalty-spotting London is the pace to start.

Africa, Asia Pacific   14 Sep, 2014, 14:51
Lazy days on La Digue, the Seychelles’ third island  
David Jenkins

Most visitors to the Seychelles stay on the two largest islands, Mahé and Praslin. David Jenkins, on the other hand, slips back a gear on the tiny sleepy third island, of La Digue.

Africa   13 Sep, 2014, 20:38
Praise to the lord – and now please pay. Amen  
Charlie Walker

On his bike through the DRC, Charlie Walker drops in to an emotional church service in Lubumbashi. Religious ecstasy rules but the ministers carefully shepherd their payment.

Europe   12 Sep, 2014, 15:50
Gourmet Lake Garda: a guide to Italy’s finest  
Emilia Charidemou

The good people at Thomson have put together a foodie infographic to the tastes of Lake Garda. Emilia Charidemou presents, for your pleasure, a culinary treat.

Americas   12 Sep, 2014, 11:53
Finding the real ‘Shutter Island’ in Boston Harbor  
Daniel Metraux

Bad news for De Caprio fans: there were never any asylums hidden away on the islands of Boston Harbor Islands National Park. Instead, Daniel A. Métraux finds abandoned forts, army barracks and miles of beautiful beaches.

Europe   12 Sep, 2014, 11:23
Loafing around the Lofoten Islands  
Patricia McCormack

Britain finally sends an invading force to the northernmost outpost of Europe – and one of the few we’ve never even tried to colonise. Patricia McCormack, one of the small army of thee octogenarians, says it was all good fun.

Editorials, Pole to Pole   11 Sep, 2014, 12:10
Have e-cig, will travel? Not everywhere you won’t…  
Paul Woollacombe

Regulations on e-cigarettes vary widely around the world. They’re banned in Brazil, Argentina and even Mexico – who would have guessed? Paul Woollacombe presents a useful interactive map.

Africa, Editorials   8 Sep, 2014, 09:30
The hypochondriac traveller’s guide to Ebola  
Scott Masson

There were never many tourists in West Africa – and since Ebola there are almost none. Scott Masson, however, is little deterred and says the chances of catching the killer virus are, for most travellers, low.

Europe   29 Aug, 2014, 09:40
Luxembourg City, a big capital for a little country  
David Jenkins

Luxembourg is not an obvious tourist destination. Small, rich and bureaucratic is the stereotypical image that comes to mind. But David Jenkins finds it’s a tremendous place.

Africa   28 Aug, 2014, 20:38
Dodgy village campouts in rural DRC  
Charlie Walker

Charlie Walker finds his cycle through the Democratic Republic of the Congo sometimes helped – but often hindered – by the rarity of foreigners in one of the world’s most troubled states.

Americas   26 Aug, 2014, 20:54
The San Juan Islands of Washington State  
Lindsay Salt

Lindsay Salt explores the San Juan Islands off Washington State, discovering history and nature in equal proportion. Pictures by David Grimble.

Europe   26 Aug, 2014, 20:08
The great British caravan holiday: is this the year for summer?  
Hollie Mantle

2014 has been great for UK stay-at-homers: The weather has, till recently, been great and they’ve sneered at the fly-to-Florida gravytrainers. Hollie Mantle explains the elusive appeal of a caravan holiday.

Asia Pacific   21 Aug, 2014, 14:08
Life in the slow lane on Raivavae, South Pacific  
Tom Koppel

The pace of life is pretty slow anywhere in Polynesia. But on one of the smaller islands Tom Koppel finds the easy paradise that once entranced Paul Gauguin, James Michener, and every visitor since. Photos by Annie Palovcik.

Central Asia   21 Aug, 2014, 12:11
Death on the slopes of Kyrgystan’s Peak Lenin  
Binod Shankar

Of all the adventure travel activities, mountaineering is certainly one of the most dangerous. On the slopes of one of Asia’s greatest peaks, Binod Shankar finds death brushes unsettlingly close.

Asia Pacific   21 Aug, 2014, 10:21
Saigon’s Reunification Palace – and its place in Vietnam’s past  
David Calleja

The site where Vietnamese tanks ran the Americans out of Saigon is still a venerated symbol of the country’s independence. But David Calleja finds the grumpy cyclo-ride and long wait to enter just as revealing as the building itself.

Central Asia   14 Aug, 2014, 10:26
Perhaps the only tourist in Kazakhstan’s biggest city  
David Jenkins

Arriving in Almaty feels a bit like landing on the moon. Richest of all the ‘Stans, the Kazakhs have money and plenty of it. David Jenkins finds the sudden affluence something of a challenge.

Deals, Europe   12 Aug, 2014, 10:11
Hola Amigos! A picture guide to Barcelona  
Ellie Williams

Catalonia, Catalunya, Cataluña; however it’s spelled Spain’s northeastern enclave has a character all of its own. And Ellie Williams has put together an infographic to help visitors find their way around.

Asia Pacific   11 Aug, 2014, 16:00
The natural charms of New Zealand’s South Island  
Bonnie Lynn

Bonnie Lynn finds a musical welcome the perfect introduction to her tour of New Zealand’s natural highlights.

Middle East   9 Aug, 2014, 11:28
In Palestine’s West Bank, even when peaceful, life is no fun at all  
Jonathon Engels

As a volunteer teacher in the occupied territories of the West Bank, Jonathon Engels finds that even for a Westerner life under Israeli occupation is routinely alarming. And for the local Palestinians, it’s prison.

Asia Pacific   31 Jul, 2014, 11:02
In praise of the humble Honda Cub  

Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent decides to trace the infamous Ho Chi Minh trail – threading through Laos and Cambodia – on the back of a 90cc Honda. In Hanoi she takes delivery of her wheels and sets off in Vietnam’s infamous traffic.

Europe   30 Jul, 2014, 22:48
Into Edinburgh on a Gothic winter day  
Katherine Armstrong

Katherine Armstrong finds that Scotland’s greatest city provides plenty of pleasure, even in winter.

Americas   30 Jul, 2014, 18:55
Ecotourism comes to the rescue of Costa Rica’s people  
Paul Belz

Paul Belz steps off the tourist trail to discover the smaller projects that are working to conserve Costa Rica’s natural and cultural heritage.

Asia Pacific   30 Jul, 2014, 12:55
A languid cruise of Tahiti and the Society Islands  
Adam Jacot de Boinod

A luxurious cruise is the very gentlest of introductions to the remote islands of the Pacific Ocean. Adam Jacot de Boinod succumbs to Tahiti’s tropical charms.

Central Asia   29 Jul, 2014, 10:02
A sudden Tajik wedding in downtown Dushambe  
David Jenkins

The capital city of Tajikistan doesn’t often get Western visitors. But David Jenkins, on his tour of ten-letter countries, finds he fits right in.

Deals, Pole to Pole   22 Jul, 2014, 10:27
Five incredible destinations you can visit on a UK cruise holiday  
Lucy Barker

Cruises from the UK are no longer just short trips around the British Islands or over to nearby Europe. Lucy Barker finds that they’re increasingly going long haul.

Editorials   16 Jul, 2014, 15:33
How cellphones are ruining the travel experience  
Debra Rughoo

Has ubiquitous connectivity enhanced your travel time? Debra Rughoo says definitely not, it’s destroyed spontaneity and spoiled her chances of getting pleasantly lost.

Africa, Middle East   15 Jul, 2014, 15:59
Somali refugees bring geopolitics to a dusty road in Yemen  
Tom Allen

Tom Allen escapes his military escort in Yemen’s southern deserts but soon meets a group of refugees, fresh from a boat from Somalia. And when they ask for his help he has little to offer.

Central Asia   9 Jul, 2014, 18:05
Why middle-class China prefers products from the West  
Kelsey Cole

Kelsey Cole is an expat working in the Chinese automotive industry. So he has some interesting observations on quality control. All Chinese products are far from alike.

Europe   7 Jul, 2014, 13:54
Always time for a drink in part of Montenegro  
David Jenkins

There is a village in Montenegro that will always harbour a trace of Melbourne. Though the food is questionable the home-made alcohol does much to ease the pain.

Deals, Europe   4 Jul, 2014, 12:08
Italy’s strangest festivals of food  
Lucy Barker

The good folk at Citalia have come up with an entertaining graphic drawing our attention to the weird and wonderful food festivals in Italy. Lucy Barker asks ‘where’s the Pasta Party?

Central Asia   3 Jul, 2014, 14:22
High-speed through Hunan – and a taste of China’s past  
Thomas Bird

A new high-speed train hurtles through one of China’s previously remote regions, Hunan, and links huge Chinese cities none of us have heard of. Thomas Bird clambers aboard to find any bits of history not yet built over.

Editorials   3 Jul, 2014, 13:06
How to take brilliant travel photographs with your phone  
David Fairman

Award-winning photographer David Fairman has written a book that helps everyone achieve better digital photos. Here he tells you the simple tricks to get memorable images from your humble mobile phone.

Europe   30 Jun, 2014, 12:22
Saddle up your tent for Yorkshire’s Tour de France  
Hollie Mantle

Bradley Wiggins has drawn the Tour de France to deepest Yorkshire. But if you want to see the start the local hotels are all full. Hollie Mantle has put together an interactive map to help spectators find the nearest campsites.

Central Asia   28 Jun, 2014, 17:55
The unexpected pleasures of hiking in Kyrgystan  
David Jenkins

David Jenkins is having a jolly hike up a Kyrgyz mountain but then it rains. And that turns to hail. And the porter falls in a river. With all his dry clothes.

Africa, Middle East   28 Jun, 2014, 15:47
Cycling through Yemen’s kidnap-happy badlands  
Tom Allen

Tom Allen is woefully unprepared for his cycle ride out of Aden, passing as it does some of the world’s most dangerous insurgent areas. So when the army comes to his help it seems natural to accept a lift.

Europe   28 Jun, 2014, 11:01
Arsenic, celebs and tax evasion in a small Italian town  
Elizabeth Cinello

In June the citizens of Rome escape to Italy’s countryside. Elizabeth Cinello joins them in the provincial town of Viterbo and finds herself in the middle of a feast of festivals.

Editorials, Pole to Pole   27 Jun, 2014, 10:57
So you think you’re a travel expert? Let’s see..  
Sarah Gerrard

If you think you know your way around the world, Sarah Gerrard begs to differ. Take her lightning quiz to see how well travelled you actually are.

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