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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.

Europe   14 Oct, 2014, 14:36
Riding Europe’s greatest rollercoasters  
Nicola Davies

Most people regard roller-coasters as just a thrilling buzz. Not if you’re a Psychologist. Dr Nicola Davies takes research to giddying levels as she tests the thrills at the greatest rides in Germany and Austria.

Americas   12 Oct, 2014, 12:28
A close encounter with a Galapagos’ shark  
Paula Wheeler

Paula Wheeler dons scuba gear and grabs her camera. On the Galapagos Islands even the sharks seem friendly. Or so she’s assured by her Ecuadorian guide.

Middle East   10 Oct, 2014, 09:32
Now may actually be a good time to visit Iraq  
Joseph Shawyer

When all news is of Isis, most travellers shy clear of Iraq. But neglect – and a lack of tourists – mean many of Mesopotamia’s ancient treasures are crumbling back to dust. Joseph Shawyer says this might be your last opportunity.

Asia Pacific, Editorials   10 Oct, 2014, 08:21
Survival Chinese – 8 essential language tips for trips in China  
James Mason

Although there are loads of Chinese dialects, the most useful – and the official – language is Mandarin. James Mason says learning a few phrases can transform your travels.

Editorials, Pole to Pole   8 Oct, 2014, 12:43
Travel and health – the value of a wellbeing focus  
Emily McLaren

Incurable wanderluster Emily McLaren says travel is great, but you should always keep a weather eye on your health. Each travel experience brings both physical and mental issues and potential threats.

Asia Pacific   30 Sep, 2014, 09:35
A welcome botaki on Abemana, Kiribati  
Andy McGinlay

Andy McGinlay settles into the slow-paced life of Kiribati, one of the world’s smallest nations, marooned in the endless idyll of the tropical Pacific. There can’t be many better places to be cast away.

Europe   30 Sep, 2014, 08:27
Searching for traces of Lille’s Huguenot past  
Jemilla Russell-Clough

France’s northern city of Lille is easily reached from the UK, but few Eurostar passengers linger. Jemilla Russell-Clough, however, has a mission: to trace an early resident who fled persecution to settle in South Africa.

Africa   29 Sep, 2014, 14:26
Cruising the Loza River in north-western Madagascar  
Donal Conlon

Donal Conlon takes a break from his work in Mozambique to hitch a lift down a Madagascan river. A local boat proceeds at a very local pace.

Central Asia, Deals   29 Sep, 2014, 12:29
Marvels of Myanmar  
Ellie Williams

Whether you call it Myanmar or Burma, there’s no doubt that the newest entry on the southeast Asian travel circuit is an untouched charmer. Ellie Williams has the scoop.

Central Asia   29 Sep, 2014, 10:37
A toast of vodka for every bird species seen  
David Jenkins

In a remote homestay in rural Kazakhstan, David Jenkins plans his birdwatching visit to the Korgalzhyn wetlands. A Kazakh safari, however, turns out to be nothing like its African equivalent.

Asia Pacific, Central Asia   23 Sep, 2014, 17:08
India’s Delhi – a baptism of fire  
Kelly West

The more Kelly West tells her friends about India, the less they want to go. Perhaps, she thinks, if she puts it in writing her career as a travel agent might finally take off.

Africa   23 Sep, 2014, 16:43
Casablanca – “Here’s looking at you kid”  
Eric Whitehead

A lot of travellers go to Casablanca by mistake. They’ve seen the movie and are surprised to find it’s a modern city with little period charm. Eric Whitehead takes things further. He’s surprised it’s full of Arabs.

Asia Pacific, Deals   18 Sep, 2014, 13:32
The 411 on traveling to Australia in September  
Jen Thames

As the northern hemisphere creeps into autumn Australasia is springing into spring. Jen Thames says this is the ideal time to visit the ‘Lucky Country’.

Europe   18 Sep, 2014, 13:22
The man who’d walked from Ghent to Brussels  
Jemilla Russell-Clough

A beggar who’s either desperate or incompetent approaches Jemilla Russell-Clough on the moneyed platforms of Brussels International Train Station. And he has a story to tell.

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 tripfiction.com 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.

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