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Central Asia   15 Apr, 2014, 22:52
Adventures and insights on Everest’s flanks  
D B Goman

On the foothills of Mount Everest, in the shade of Chomolungma, D B Goman starts out in litter but quickly climbs to find a Himalayan world of mountain peace. A high-altitude trek brings him very close to heaven.

Americas   15 Apr, 2014, 22:03
Storm-watching on Canada’s Pacific Rim  
Lindsay Salt

Lindsay Salt finds nature at its most elemental off the coast off Vancouver Island’s Tofino Beach. Surfers and walkers all find Canada’s Pacific coast at it’s most beguiling.

Central Asia   15 Apr, 2014, 16:18
Another lazy day in downtown Dali  
Jennifer Richardson

Tourists touring Yunnan flood to China’s iconic city of Lijiang, but tend to overlook nearby Dali. Jenny Richardson says they are missing a lot.

Europe   15 Apr, 2014, 15:10
A Copenhagen tale  
Colin Todhunter

Don’t ever visit Denmark’s capital, says Colin Todhunter. After years in India he finds it distills the best of Europe and just doesn’t need more gawping tourists.

Africa   11 Apr, 2014, 21:59
Heavy going on poor tarmac: south from Kasane  
David Fletcher

The road south of Kasane isn’t just bad: it’s like a badly-made cake. David Fletcher’s Brian makes heavy weather of Botstwana’s very poor driving surface, but then arrives at Planet Baobab – which serves beer.

Central Asia   8 Apr, 2014, 16:07
Kabul’s only tourist goes shopping – and finds souvenirs  
Robin Ratchford

Afghanistan is now far from any sort of tourist destination. But it was once a key stage on the 1970′s ‘Hippy Trail’. Robin Ratchford flies in to the capital finds that – on Chicken Street – all the same handicrafts are still on sale.

Europe   5 Apr, 2014, 21:46
In Funchal the maid in Madeira is just a bit crazed  
John M Edwards

Portugal’s largest remaining overseas territory is both island and drink. And also, according to John M. Edwards, a state of mind, as his arguing “other” and infant daughter fret over their available fortified wines.

Americas   4 Apr, 2014, 18:18
Take the money and run: a tipper’s guide to American life  
Andrew Thompson

Andrew Thompson isn’t the first person to be irritated by America’s omnipresent tipping tradition. But he’s one of the few with a plan to avoid it.

Asia Pacific   3 Apr, 2014, 08:55
Rural Japan: a bike called Sybil and a girl called Peach  
Allison Dixon

When she decides to explore Shikoku, the least developed of all Japan’s four main islands, Allison Dixon needs wheels. What she gets is a recalcitrant electric bike, perfect for a taste of rural Japan.

Europe   2 Apr, 2014, 20:04
Waste and water: unexpected hazards of campervan life  
Nigel Rowland Hicks

Virgin campervanner Nigel Rowland Hicks finds his ingenuity stretched as he tries to get waste out – and water in – to his brand-new campervan. Luckily Emm is on hand to help. Mainly with advice.

Americas   31 Mar, 2014, 16:37
Maui’s hair-raising highway to Hana is no fun at all  
Paul Michelson

Paul Michelson falls for tourist board superlatives and takes his family on a famously scenic drive in Hawaii. But the hairpins and traffic are too much for his nerves – and stomach.

Asia Pacific   31 Mar, 2014, 14:44
Early starts and long sweet days in Papua New Guinea  
Judy Feller

There are few places so entirely off the beaten track as Papua New Guinea. Judy Feller spends ten very long days touring one of the world’s most fascinating destinations.

Central Asia   28 Mar, 2014, 15:30
Taking in the temples of Khajuraho  
Patrick Moon

The guide/client relationship isn’t one that should be strained, especially perhaps in India on a trip lasting several days. Patrick Moon finds managing his driver/guide something of a challenge as he tracks the crazed roads of Madhya Pradesh.

Europe   28 Mar, 2014, 15:16
More hungry than Hungary on the shores of Lake Balaton  
John M Edwards

Central Europe’s largest lake draws John M Edwards to its shores, but it’s high season and the only room available proves decidedly short of charm.

Americas   27 Mar, 2014, 14:55
Flying in to Colombia in the very dodgy 1970′s  
John Worrall

Sometime last century Colombia was a very dangerous place for tourists. Guidebook at the ready John Worrall arrives in Barranquilla after dark and nervously negotiates his first hotel stay.

Pole to Pole   27 Mar, 2014, 14:24
Living the dream in a VW Campervan  
Steve Robbins

Steve and Wendi Robbins are well into their fifth year of travel in their trusty Volkswagon campervan. Here they tell what keeps them on the road – and how they can still afford to travel.

Deals, Europe   26 Mar, 2014, 14:49
Spin, pedal, pump – biking in the Valleys, Wales  
Lucy Barker

The Valleys, South Wales, has stunning landscapes and opportunities to cycle, kayak, cave and more. Lucy Barker clips on her cycle helmet to explore your options.

Americas   25 Mar, 2014, 15:15
Crime and inflation in rural Brazil  
Martin Oliver

Brazil’s inflationary era gave this South American country something of the atmosphere of the USA’s Wild West. In this extract from his book, ‘The Never Lonely Planet’, Martin Oliver recounts the day-to-day experience of turbulent years.

Europe   25 Mar, 2014, 11:46
Camping like the 60′s on the shores of Lake Bled  
Matthew Button

Matthew Button uses his parents’ journals to recreate their 1960′s road trip – complete with a 50-year-old car, tins of spam and a leaky tent. Here he camps, wetly, in a part of Slovenia that was then Yugoslavia.

Americas   21 Mar, 2014, 17:21
The importance of irony in a Greyhound bus  
Andrew Thompson

There’s rust gathering around America’s iconic interstate coach line. Andrew Thompson gets something of a shock when he boards the first Greyhound Bus of his road trip across America.

Americas   20 Mar, 2014, 17:40
The hazards – and perks – of canoeing the Sea of Cortez  
Jason Lewis

Jason Lewis’ round-the-world trip by human power alone takes a turn for the better on the Bay of Cortez, as he takes to the water as a first-time canoeist and is warmed by the kindness of a friend with benefits.

Europe   20 Mar, 2014, 13:43
Fine food and wine when house-sitting in France  
John M Edwards

John M Edwards scores what has to be a dream job: three months house-sitting in the Gers region of France. He finds the wine – and food – very much to his taste.

Europe   20 Mar, 2014, 10:06
Heritage meets technology at Birr Castle, Ireland  
Anthony Toole

A visit to one of Ireland’s leading stately homes proves something of a revelation to Anthony Toole, who discovers he’s also discovering a part of scientific history.

Central Asia   19 Mar, 2014, 11:27
In at the deep end when TEFLing in China  
Jennifer Richardson

Day one as a volunteer teacher in Nanshan, China, and the pupils are taken to the local swimming pool. Jennifer Richardson finds herself left fully dressed on the sidelines as the children sink or swim.

Europe   18 Mar, 2014, 20:24
A traumatic first outing in a ‘new’ old campervan  
Nigel Rowland Hicks

Motorhome debutantes Nigel and Emm Rowland Hicks find their first excursion in their new second-hand campervan is rather more of an adventure than they’d expected. Even the turnout from their drive stretches their abilities.

Africa   18 Mar, 2014, 13:54
Crossing the Nile to discover a whole new Sudan  
Tom Allen

On his cycle-ride down Sudan Tom Allen steps well off the beaten trail when he crosses the Nile. According to the map – and most of the people he asks – there’s nothing there.

Americas   13 Mar, 2014, 10:28
The Dominican Republic’s risky sea route to Puerto Rico  
Milagros Ricourt

One of the Caribbean’s poorest Hispanic islands is tantalisingly close to Puerto Rico, a part of the United States. Milagros Ricourt describes the dangers that await those who attempt to cross the Mona Passage in small boats.

Europe   12 Mar, 2014, 10:45
Shopping for houses in rural Germany  
Jeremy Purkiss

Jeremy Purkiss can’t keep his eyes off the property market, even in Luneburg. However Germany’s sudden conversion to environmentalism seems to have overlooked their vanishing wildlife.

Europe   11 Mar, 2014, 23:25
An ‘Extreme Sleep’ on Scotland’s Isle of Jura  
Phoebe Smith

Phoebe Smith’s quest for unusual places to kip in the wild comes to a comforting end on the UK’s northern tip, as she pitches up to camp on the remote Scottish island of Jura. Everyone seems strangely (for the UK) welcoming..

Editorials, Pole to Pole   11 Mar, 2014, 17:36
Just how stupid can packaged travellers be?  
Caroline Bransby-Williams

Very stupid, if you believe this list of real-life complaints, alleged to have been made to travel giant Thomas Cook. Caroline Bransby-Williams has the scoop.

Americas, Europe   11 Mar, 2014, 14:24
Problems with fish when rowing the Atlantic  
Jason Lewis

Jason Lewis’ pioneering attempt to circumnavigate the globe nearly come unstuck in mid-Atlantic, when a casual attempt at catching a fish nearly results in disaster.

Americas   11 Mar, 2014, 14:19
A guided tour of Machu Picchu  
Jason Smart

Limited time never helps when travelling. Jason Smart finds packing Peru’s iconic highlight into a single day rather takes some of the excitement out of Machu Picchu: it’s better visited at the end of a trek.

Africa   11 Mar, 2014, 13:47
Stirrings of war in a quiet Mozambique  
Charlie Walker

A 60-mile stretch of road was closed to all traffic, except for army convoys that sped through once a day, bristling with guns. But Charlie Walker, on his bicycle, is just waved through. Gulp.

Europe   11 Mar, 2014, 13:23
A restless night in Lithuania’s ex-capital  
John M Edwards

In the gap between Iraq’s two Gulf Wars, John M Edwards finds a pool of refugees holed up in a small town in Eastern Europe. Welcome to Trakai, once capital of Lithuania, now drowning its sorrows in vodka.

Europe   7 Mar, 2014, 14:53
Fish and chips on Cornwall’s sunny coast path  
Nigel Rowland Hicks

Nigel Rowland Hicks buys a motorhome and decides to invade Britain’s western tip. In a break in the rain he walks the coast path for lunch in the postcard-pretty fishing port of Cadgwith.

Central Asia   4 Mar, 2014, 11:59
Hampi’s ‘season’ sighs to an end as India’s scene moves west  
Michael Britton

India’s migrant expat community settles in to Hampi for some winter rock-climbing, then follows the season on to Gorkana, the next stop on Asia’s social calendar. Hammock-bound Michael Britton seems to be the last to leave.

Deals, Editorials   3 Mar, 2014, 18:05
How to plan your next backpacking trip  
Nadav Ziv

Backpacking never went out of fashion for the youth of the world. Nadav Ziv has a few pointers to help plan your next backpacking trip.

Africa   1 Mar, 2014, 17:55
Into Sudan on the Wadi Haifa ferry  
Andy McGinlay

Andy McGinlay has an eventful journey heading south down Africa, crashing into dunes in Egypt and finding the last train left for Karthoum two years before. But in the small town of Karima he finds peace amongst ancient Kushite pyramids.

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