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Asia Pacific   28 Jan, 2015, 10:08
Swimming with turtles on the Society Islands  
Marc Plumlee

Though Tahiti might be the largest of the Society Islands, it’s Bora Bora that captures Marc Tomlees heart, as he meets the green turtles of a private lagoon.

Asia Pacific   27 Jan, 2015, 18:45
The delicate subject of death in China  
Scott Ballantyne

There’s a lot that’s different about daily life in China. And after many years in the country Scott Ballantyne has come to understand just how attitudes differ. Here he examines the delicate subject of death.

Europe   26 Jan, 2015, 21:24
Taking the Via Egnatia to the clifftop monasteries of Meteora  
James Sinclair

The spectacular landscapes of Greece harbour any number of spectacular sites. But James Sinclair, with his partner and toddlers in tow, find Meteora something of a revelation. The pinnacle-clinging monasteries here get closer to God just by climbing.

Central Asia, Europe   26 Jan, 2015, 17:51
Living it up in the Kyzyl Kum desert  
Ski Krieger

Unzbekistan’s great cities of Bukhara and Kiva are threatened on every side by the sandy desert wastes of the Kyzyl Kum desert. But when Ski Krieger arrives, amidst snow and ice, the open-hearted locals welcome them into their world.

Americas   22 Jan, 2015, 18:17
A journey of discovery: overland to Alaska  
Lindsay Salt

Travelling north from Vancouver, Lindsay Salt tours the highlights of the Yukon and Alaska, drinking in the area’s rich, if recent, heritage. All photos by David Grimble.

Americas   22 Jan, 2015, 13:17
Strapped to a rocket on the Indianapolis track  
David Beres

Formula 1 race cars are not for the faint-hearted, and the worldfamous Indianapolis circuit is no walkover either. A track day brings David Beres within a few seconds of sudden death.

Americas   20 Jan, 2015, 14:03
Tracing Arizona’s section of Route 66  
Eric Whitehead

America’s iconic Route 66 officially no longer exists: sometimes it’s hard even to find. Eric Whitehead follows one of it’s most demanding geographical stretches, through the state of Arizona.

Europe   18 Jan, 2015, 15:14
Why sailing is best to explore Greece’s islands  
Cliff Blaylock

When it comes to exploring the Greek Islands, Cliff Blaylock says you need a boat. He might be slightly biased, given he runs charter yachts out of Corfu, but he makes a good case.

Central Asia   14 Jan, 2015, 12:48
Into the heart of rural Azerbaijan  
David Jenkins

David Jenkins leaves Baku and heads to the interior of the country, to the mountain village of Lahic, where everyone assumes he’s just another Russian.

Deals, Europe   14 Jan, 2015, 10:00
A recipe for choosing the perfect luxury villa in Sicily  
Ros Belford (Rough Guide)

Where do travel writers choose to bring up their children? In Ros Belford’s case it’s the Mediterranean island of Sicily, basking just beyond Italy’s deep south. Here she explains why.

Pole to Pole   12 Jan, 2015, 13:26
Learning life lessons from penguin society  
Bonnie Lynn

Go past the Falklands and beyond South Georgia and you finally hit Antarctic ice. Bonnie Lynn cruises south and finds the social life of penguins provides a timely life lesson.

Asia Pacific   8 Jan, 2015, 20:18
Scouring Malaysia for a whiff of ripe durian  
Leslie Sinclair

The famously stinky durian is banned in most Malaysian hotels and few westerners dare go near it. Leslie Sinclair, however, is made of sterner stuff. She searches out ripe durian and – naively hoping no-one will notice – smuggles it back to her room.

Asia Pacific   8 Jan, 2015, 15:55
The art of comfortably wearing a lei  
Kathleen Poole

When Kathleen Poole sees tourists wearing flower necklaces on a plane out of Yap, like any normal person she reacts with some horror. But during her visit to the Pacific Islands her attitude changes, and at the end of her time in Micronesia she wears her lei with pride.

Central Asia   8 Jan, 2015, 14:41
The festive chaos of Christmas in Delhi  
Jenny Seth

A family Christmas always has the potential to be traumatic, but Jenny Seth finds the celebrations in India are subtly different. But still great fun.

Europe   3 Jan, 2015, 19:32
Echoes of Marco Polo on an Adriatic island  
Lee Ruddin

On Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, Lee Ruddin misses the ferry for Dubrovnik. This proves a blessing, as the island of Korčula has a more immediate and accessible charm.

Africa   29 Dec, 2014, 12:21
Humans, not animals are Mozambique’s greatest asset  
David Jenkins

David Jenkins doesn’t find any wildlife on his safari south of Maputo. But he does find great beaches, fantastic people and a fascinating history.

Europe   18 Dec, 2014, 16:07
The etiquette of prostitutes on a rural Spanish road  
Kris Mole

Travelling on foot through Spain, Kris Mole has to pass roadside hookers touting for trade in passing cars. And finds he’s unsure just quite how to greet them.

Deals, Pole to Pole   18 Dec, 2014, 15:11
Going solo: the best holiday destinations for single travellers  
Paul Woollacombe

Nothing beats travelling alone. Paul Woollacombe runs through some of the best destinations worldwide for single travellers to explore in style.

Central Asia   12 Dec, 2014, 14:49
A tiny focus for traditional arts in rural Odisha  
Bijoy Mishra

The state of Orrisa, now renamed Odisha, is an often overlooked region or India just south of Kolkatta. Bijoy Mishra takes time to explore a small village dedicated to traditional arts.

Middle East   12 Dec, 2014, 14:05
An edgy stroll through downtown Bagdad  
Robin Ratchford

Even before Isis Iraq was already a deadly place. Robin Ratchford has two armed guards for his expedition to downtown Bagdad, which involves checkpoints, security checks and vegetables for sale.

Editorials, Europe   11 Dec, 2014, 16:09
The ultimate holiday: sun vs. ski  
Jonathan Thomas

While fly and flop holidays are always popular, they’re not exactly an exciting option. Jonathan Thomas reckons you’re a lot better off heading for the mountains, finding a French ski chalet, and setting off on the snow.

Central Asia, Europe   8 Dec, 2014, 15:15
Byzantium, Constantinople – or, today, Istanbul  
Ben Lambert

At the frontier between Europe and Asia, Ben Lambert settles down to a sundowner coffee. In Turkey’s largest city he also is treated to an impromptu blast of street music.

Deals, Editorials   5 Dec, 2014, 14:24
Youth Development: a philosophy in practice  
Lucy Barker

With nearly 30 of the UK’s population aged less than 24 it’s clear that the youth of today are the society of tomorrow. Lucy Barker highlights a programme aimed at developing 15-17 year-olds into useful members of the community.

Africa   29 Nov, 2014, 11:45
Mauritania’s desert city now drowning in sand  
David Jenkins

Chinguetti is Mauritania’s number one tourist attraction, an ancient city that thrived in the era of caravanserais. David Jenkins, however, finds he’s the only tourist in a rising sea of sand.

Americas   27 Nov, 2014, 13:55
From red-lights to respectable: 100 years of Skagway  
Lindsay Salt

In the early days of the Klondike Gold Rush, the settlement of Skagway was born as a trend-setting cluster of very busy brothels. A hundred years on Lindsay Salt discovers it’s grown into one of Alaska’s most genteel towns.

Deals, Editorials   20 Nov, 2014, 12:03
Why British holiday goers should travel sooner rather than later  
Paul Woollacombe

There’s no end in sight for Britain’s years of austerity. But Paul Wollacombe says there are several good reasons for UK travellers to book their holidays now.

Central Asia   20 Nov, 2014, 11:05
The smiling faces of magical Myanmar  
Laurie Daghigh

As sanctions crumble a new wave of travellers are flooding into Myanmar. Laurie Daghigh is among them, and reports the traditional Burmese welcome has not yet lost its shine.

Americas   20 Nov, 2014, 10:46
The forgotten source of California’s Gold Rush  
Daniel Metraux

The place that sparked America’s 1848 Gold Rush is strangely un-remembered in a little-visited State Park. Daniel A. Métraux takes a look at the site where Gold Fever unleashed wealth onto a fledgling settlement.

Deals, Pole to Pole   19 Nov, 2014, 13:54
Protect your travel plans with Flights.com  
Lucy Barker

If your flight is delayed, cancelled or overbooked you now have a legal right to compensation. Lucy Barker surveys your rights – and has some advice to help you claim.

Asia Pacific   17 Nov, 2014, 15:31
Seeking a cow at the end of the world  
Scott Naylor

On a remote cattle station in Australia Scott Naylor learns a lot about cattle, a little about racing, and a whole lot more about beer.

Americas   16 Nov, 2014, 20:28
Tossing Cuban pebbles with a Santeria priest  
David Beres

Most visitors to Cuba concentrate on vintage cars, salsa or the beaches. David Beres is made of more spiritual stuff, however, and goes for a closer look at the Santeria religion, that puts a very Cuban slant on Catholicism.

Africa   16 Nov, 2014, 19:29
Assaulted by South Africa – but in a good way  
Jemilla Russell-Clough

Jemilla Russell-Clough finds Durban a challenging, exciting place. Even when she heads out of town in a borrowed bucky (think ute, pickup)and then, in a remote part of rural KwaZulu-Natal, find it leaks petrol faster than she can fill it.

Central Asia   31 Oct, 2014, 07:32
A ‘Hippy Trail’ busride across the Khyber Pass  
Donal Conlon

The glory days of Asian travel have to be the 1970’s, when an early wave of backpackers flooded into a whole new world of drugged-out colour. Donal Conlon digs out an old diary entry of his journey from Delhi to Kabul.

Africa   29 Oct, 2014, 11:24
In search of nightlife in not-so-wild Nouakchott  
David Jenkins

David Jenkins tries – and fails – to find excitement in Mauritania’s sandy capital. Too late now to tell him that had he asked a taxi driver to take him to a ‘Zaire Consulate’ alcohol could have been found.

Asia Pacific   18 Oct, 2014, 09:37
Fishing, toddy and seafood suppers: daily life on Kiribati Island  
Andy McGinlay

On Kiribati Island Andy McGinley settles in to an undemanding routine. Daily life proceeds at its usual, tropical Pacific pace, but when his departure date looms the stresses of the West aren’t slow to kick in.

Europe   16 Oct, 2014, 13:44
Active options on Italy’s Lake Garda  
Hollie Mantle

Hollie Mantle finds Italy’s Lake Garda isn’t just for a zimmer frame holiday. It can also be a perfect destination for an active break.

Africa   15 Oct, 2014, 15:19
Hunting permits shooting Namibia’s wildlife off its ledge  
David Marcus

Southwest Africa’s wildlife has enough problems. The place is a desert and rain rarely falls. But David Marcus finds a new rash of hunting permits poses a new and deadly threat.

Central Asia   15 Oct, 2014, 11:03
Stunned by the sights of Samarkand  
David Jenkins

Once important as a major part of the historic Silk Road, Uzbekistan makes a huge play of its heritage. After feasting on mosques, minarets, museums and medrassas, David Jenkins finds a new ‘m’ to wonder at: mausoleums.

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