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Americas   22 Mar, 2012, 13:08
Struck with awe by California’s Big Sur  
James Sinclair

Touring the USA, James Sinclair finds the coast at Big Sur shows America at its most moody and imposing.

Africa   21 Mar, 2012, 10:20
The brighter side of Senegal: Dakar’s Île de Gorée  
Mark Moxon

West Africa’s not known for its beautiful cities, and Senegal’s capital is no exception. But Dakar does have one unusual attraction, an exclusive island just offshore. Mark Moxon finds a millionaire’s playground has a dark history.

Americas   21 Mar, 2012, 09:57
Alaska by passenger ferry: cruising like a local  
Roy Stevenson

While large cruise ships ply the Alaskan coast, the state-run ferry system provides a more independent alternative. Roy Stevenson designs his own route around America’s northernmost coast.

Europe   21 Mar, 2012, 07:54
Iceland is cool – even without puffins  
Jason Smart

Jason Smart strolls into downtown Reykjavik with no expectations, except, perhaps, to see a puffin or two. He finds Iceland’s capital is a friendly, walkable city where there’s never too much to see or do.

Americas   21 Mar, 2012, 06:28
Mother-daughter dialogue: a letter from Otavalo  
Rachelle Tiessen

Rachelle Tiessen backpacks her way around Ecuador, the country where her mother has settled. Their different experiences shine in an exchange of letters.

Europe   16 Mar, 2012, 15:45
Eight days dog sledding: the King’s Trail in Lapland  
Bob Carter

Bob Carter is born to run. Just as well that Sweden’s dogs are too, as they get to pull him across the icy wastes in the far north of the country, an empty winter wilderness with a stark, dramatic beauty.

Middle East   16 Mar, 2012, 13:30
Return of a native for Christmas in Beirut  
Jackie Abramian

After 44 years away, Jackie Abramian’s husband decides to return to his birthplace to celebrate winter. In Lebanon, she finds, they do this with style.

Europe   16 Mar, 2012, 12:56
More tourist tat than miracles at the holy town of Lourdes  
Vanessa Rainbow

Joining the coach parties of pilgrims and the hopefully queuing wheelchairs, Vanessa Rainbow visits southwest France’s most important saint and marvels at the merchandising that buoys the holy spirit.

Africa   2 Mar, 2012, 15:30
A shared-taxi ride across West Africa  
Glen Rooney

The road from Mali to Senegal is not to great in any vehicle, but it proves too much for Glen Rooney’s ageing share-taxi. By the side of the dirt tail he takes lessons in butchery, bush cuisine and – this is Africa – patience.

Europe   2 Mar, 2012, 14:42
Nice: where English and French rarely mix  
John Welsh

It’s nice to see the entente cordiale is alive and well in Southern France. John Welsh says there’s not a lot of interaction between the races in the heart of Provence.

Asia Pacific, Central Asia   2 Mar, 2012, 14:10
Sounding the horn for brand Sri Lanka  
Will Maude

Why do people fly over Sri Lanka on their way to the Maldives? While visiting the Kumbukkan River Will Maude thinks Asia’s southern teardrop has a far better claim for travellers’ attention.

Europe   2 Mar, 2012, 14:02
The Monster of Prora: Hitler’s hellish holiday camp  
Helen Moat

It’s not widely known that Hitler’s plan for a new, German Europe contained plans for a wholesome set of holiday parks. Helen Moat visits his flagship, now derelict, on the not-so-sunny Baltic Sea.

Central Asia, Europe   26 Feb, 2012, 22:26
New uncle Vladimir’s vodka challenge: goodnight Ukraine  
Robert Fox

Armed with only a new Ukrainian wife and challenged by a phalanx of rural relatives, Robert Fox is forced to run an alcohol gauntlet. What could possibly go wrong? His liver survives but his dignity doesn’t.

Americas   26 Feb, 2012, 22:00
Humbled by the size of California’s giant redwoods  
Tom Cunliffe

On a Harley-Davidson drive across the USA with his wife, Tom Cunliffe finds himself – and their machines – humbled by the largest trees on earth. America’s mighty redwoods seem to be telling him to slow down, take a break on the California coast..

Europe   26 Feb, 2012, 21:51
A tricky first day on a TEFL course in Prague  
Sasha Gumprecht

Flying into Europe for TEFL training and your first teaching job is an intimidating process. Sasha Gumprecht punches her way through to a new life in the Czech Republic.

Europe   23 Feb, 2012, 14:33
A slow start to a long cycle: Britain, end to end  
Ellie Bennett

When Ellie Bennett is persuaded to bicycle from Lands End to John o’Groats her first challenge – and one she rather fails at – is to try to buy cheap train tickets to her starting point. Her book about the trip is suitably modest.

Central Asia   23 Feb, 2012, 09:48
India’s Pindari Glacier: does size really matter?  
Peter Hall

Trekkers in the Himalayas want big mountains, and Nepal delivers. But, what India doesn’t make up for in size, it makes up for in solitude. Peter Hall treks to the Pindari Glacier trek and finds the experience all the better without Goretex-clad crowds.

Americas   23 Feb, 2012, 04:30
Fear, loathing, and Red Stripes: Jamaica, all-inclusive  
David S Grant

On an all-inclusive holiday in Jamaica David S Grant finds that most of the guests never leave the resort. He is an exception, but finds he has to run a Jamaican gauntlet of drug proposals and Margarita bars.

Deals, Europe   22 Feb, 2012, 13:44
Cove-Hopping in North-East Corfu  
Carley Hollis

Now’s the time to book a holiday in Greece. In Corfu Carley Hollis rents a boat and cruises around the northern coast, finding charming coves, enchanting beaches and friendly tavernas along the way.

Central Asia   20 Feb, 2012, 09:43
An ode to Udaipur  
Saurabh Kumar Das

Once the capital of an ancient Rajasthani empire, Udaipur is most famous for its lakes and palaces. Saurabh Kumar Das says there’s more to the city: the people who live there deserve a mention too.

Americas   19 Feb, 2012, 12:46
Ski-bums at large in Canada’s resorts  
Louise Hudson

For some Brits a couple of weeks skiing is enough. But Louise Hudson finds a scatter of die-hards who are determined to spend a whole season on the the Canadian pistes.

Europe   19 Feb, 2012, 10:42
Blown away by the Costa de la Luz  
Thom Wheeler

Spain’s extreme south is almost Africa and, in Gibraltar, half-British. Thom Wheeler tracks along the arid coast and is sandblasted, sozzled and finally charmed.

Asia Pacific, Deals   17 Feb, 2012, 13:37
Bangkok, City of Smiles  
Iain Miller

Thailand’s capital has long been a magnet for travellers from the West. Iain Miller say sit still retains all its urban charms, the beating heart of Southeast Asia’s last great Buddhist Kingdom.

Europe   17 Feb, 2012, 13:12
Settling into Sofia, no guidebook required  
Lilia Velinova

When one Aussie visits another a full tour is in order. Lilia Velinova shows a visiting Kevin around Bulgaria’s capital city – and her adopted home.

Africa   17 Feb, 2012, 09:11
Stitched up at football in a playground in Accra  
Mara Moettus

In Ghana they’re mad about football, and volunteer teacher Mara Moettus is keen to join her school game. But a wardrobe malfunction brings play to a halt and instead she makes a new friend,

Americas   15 Feb, 2012, 10:25
Big trouble in little Colón, Panama’s Pacific port  
John Barclay

John Barclay’s new book, ‘Surface Male’ describes his round-the-world trip without flying by air. This extract sees him in a small Central American port, trying to negotiate a berth on a trans-Pacific cargo ship.

Americas, Deals   14 Feb, 2012, 17:11
Iconic USA tours for 2012- Route 66  
Sophie McGovern

Running between Chicago and Los Angeles, Route 66 has to be one of the world’s greatest highways but it’s also nearly 2,500 miles long. Sophie McGovern says a coach tour takes the strain for a road trip through America’s heartland.

Europe   14 Feb, 2012, 07:40
Legal drugs and sorta-safe sin: Amsterdam by night  
John M Edwards

Arriving in Holland’s city of sin, John M Edwards goes into one of Amsterdam’s ‘Brown Cafes’ and – silly boy – orders coffee. A gin and a joint is their recommendation to help him jumpstart a busy day.

Middle East   10 Feb, 2012, 16:23
Syria’s last tourist is a Brit on a jaunt  
Nick Redmayne

Troubled times in Syria don’t stop Nick Redmayne’s drive to Jordan. He finds a warm welcome – but with undercurrents of worry – as he passes through Aleppo.

Central Asia, Europe   10 Feb, 2012, 16:07
Turkey, land of angels  
Bonnie Lynn

It’s not easy to classify Turkey. Is it Europe? Asia? Or the Middle East? Bonnie Lynn says it’s none of these. It’s a little bit of heaven.

Europe   9 Feb, 2012, 14:30
Few signs of life in Greece’s economy  
Brian Riot

Not often the Travelmag goes in for economic analysis. But Brian Riot has some views on the probable outcome of the latest Greek bailout.

Asia Pacific   6 Feb, 2012, 23:14
All good news: breaking a leg in Bali  
J.M. Daniels

When John ‘Jack’ Daniels falls over the steps of his Indonesian villa, he finds himself at the mercy of Bali’s finest doctors. Thankfully he finds they bolt him up superbly.

Americas   6 Feb, 2012, 22:57
Chasing a dream – Hearst’s “Castle in the Sky”  
Lindsay Salt

It’s not an easy time to romanticise the dreams of the super-wealthy. But Lindsay Salt finds solace in the expensive folly of one especially rich American.

Central Asia   6 Feb, 2012, 15:48
The art of betting on a Chinese cockfight  
Sergey Kahn

In Jingjong, Yunnan Province, Sergey Kahn goes to see his first cockfight,where he hopes to make a killing by betting against a puffed-out champ. But in this fight to the death it’s not easy to judge the potential of an untried chicken.

Asia Pacific, Deals   4 Feb, 2012, 22:36
Australia: vibrant cities and exotic wildlife  
Marcos Lujan

There’s a great deal to discover in Australia, says Marcos Lujan. But long-haul travellers shouldn’t economise on one important extra: effective and valid travel insurance.

Americas   4 Feb, 2012, 15:35
A lucky turn in Gloucester, Massachusetts  
Eric Whitehead

This might be one of America’s most historic towns, but Eric Whitehead finds Gloucester less interesting than he expects. It’s always worrying when the afternoon nap turns out to be a highlight in your day.

Central Asia   4 Feb, 2012, 14:57
Too close to elephants in a Sri Lankan forest  
Jude Perera

When another jeep gets stuck in the mud Jude Perera’s driver hops out to help. This leaves Jude, and family, abandoned amongst an increasingly frisky set of touchy tuskers. Forget the heroics: just get us outta here!

Europe   4 Feb, 2012, 14:41
Hostel hell in downtown Hungaria  
Mara Moettus

Depite warnings from her mother, Mara Moettus sets off alone, in her teens, to hostel around Europe. On her first night in Budapest two disturbed room-mates ensure she doesn’t get much sleep.

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