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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.

Africa, Deals   30 Jan, 2012, 17:55
How to save money and still have a wonderful holiday  
Theresa Semackor

An irritating recession is no reason to put off your annual vacation. Theresa Semackor knows how to travel on a budget.

Europe   28 Jan, 2012, 17:39
The road to Chawton: a young Janeite’s pilgrimage  
Julia O'Connor

Jane Austen fans flock to see the author’s home at Chawton, usually on organised tours. Julia O’Connor braves the UK’s notoriously complicated and expensive public transport system and completes the journey in authentic Victorian style – on foot.

Asia Pacific   28 Jan, 2012, 15:48
Changing a country: how tourism is twisting Cambodia  
Adam O'Hern

Tourism is certainly helping Cambodia’s fast-growing economy, and helping the country rise above its turbulent past, but Adam O’Hern finds worrying signs of how the boom in western visitors is now eroding a traditional Khmer way of life.

Americas   28 Jan, 2012, 15:20
A pilgrimage along New Orleans’ Royal Road  
Lorne Blumer

Lorne Blumer loves the southern city of New Orleans. And proves it with this atmospheric dispatch from America’s frontline of fun.

Europe   27 Jan, 2012, 11:32
A nautical day out in Portsmouth  
Jonathan Hunter

To experience Britain’s maritime heritage the best place to visit is Portsmouth, surely the most important naval base in England. Jonathan Hunter tours the museums on offer and finds history on show at every turn.

Europe   17 Jan, 2012, 15:10
Go wild in the woods: canoeing Sweden’s backlands  
Bob Carter

Bob Carter gets to grips with western Sweden when he teams up with three friends for a six-day expedition in a Canadian canoe. Days on the lakes and nights in a hammock prove to the perfect way to travel through the the Bergslagen region.

Europe   17 Jan, 2012, 14:49
The cliffs of Ireland: look before you leap  
Sharon Goott Nissim

The countless winding roads of the ‘Emerald Isle’ easily outwit Sharon Goott Nissim’s GPS navigator. So the planned highlights she’d hoped to see are replaced with an unplanned tour – and a much more interesting experience.

Central Asia   17 Jan, 2012, 14:31
Don’t judge a country by its government: Burma, now  
Andy Knight

Forget tourist embargoes: they haven’t worked and never will. As Myanmar’s repressive regime crumbles Andy Knight flies into Burma and checks out the situation on the ground.

Europe   17 Jan, 2012, 13:58
Summer, 1911 and a motorbike ride across England  
Maurice Coggin

A hundred years ago Maurice Coggin, aged 19, set off from Eastbourne to ride across England on a newly-bought ‘Premier’ motorbike. But the first British bikes were not reliable machines, and after a full day on the road he is forced to continue by train.

Europe   2 Jan, 2012, 16:25
Lichtenstein, a country so small it fits into a pocket  
Jason Smart

Jason Smart ticks of the eightieth country he’s visited but I think he’s cheating. One of the smallest states in Europe, best known for postage stamps, should hardly count. But – he’s done his research – it has its very own beer.

Asia Pacific   2 Jan, 2012, 13:22
Is Thailand getting tired of tourists?  
Allan Cross

After planning retirement in Southeast Asia’s most visited nation, Allan Cross begins to see steel behind the smiles. Western visitors, he says, should be aware that it’s not such a carefree place and the potential for civil unrest simmers below the surface.

Americas   2 Jan, 2012, 11:46
Christmas shopping and sights: winter in New York  
Ashleigh Powell

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas to Ashleigh Powell, with toys in every store and New York’s iconic attractions close at hand.

Americas   24 Dec, 2011, 12:07
Into the ‘Twilight Zone’ with vampire Ed Cullen  
Helen Moat

Despite not having read the books or seen the films, Helen Moat finds a stopover in the town of Forks brings her a raw taste of American gothic. But there’s more to the place than the movie-themed marketing would have her believe.

Europe   24 Dec, 2011, 11:53
Three nights on the tiles in Amsterdam  
David S Grant

David S Grant has a good time on his visit to Holland’s capital. Too good, in fact. If he’d stayed another light he’d have had to leave his liver there.

Deals, Europe   22 Dec, 2011, 12:34
Celebrate Christmas the Scottish Way in Edinburgh  
Denver Burke

Denver Burke suggests Scotland for Christmas. The city of Edinburgh, he says, it at its best in the festive season.

Asia Pacific   22 Dec, 2011, 12:20
Paradise Lost: Tahiti on a backpacker’s budget  
John M Edwards

French Polynesia fails to charm John M Edwards. Everything’s expensive, the beaches are poor and budget travellers unpopular. Especially him when, on the island of Moorea, he crashes the local Club Med and chomps his way through some free hospitality.

Europe   22 Dec, 2011, 11:35
Pedalling through Romania – fast past dogs  
Glen Rooney

When Glen Rooney proposed cycling across Romania he didn’t get a lot of encouragement. Instead he was warned of dangerous dogs, bandits and highwaymen. Of course he found nothing of the kind: just rural tranquillity and the kindness of strangers.

Asia Pacific, Central Asia   22 Dec, 2011, 10:56
More fights than boobs in a Korean red-light zone  
Michael Fraiman

Texas Street is one of Korea’s most notorious red-light zones. In the interests of research Michael Fraiman sets out to spend a night amongst strippers and prostitutes and finds it a strangely angry place.

Deals, Europe   16 Dec, 2011, 11:44
Escorted Tours: Exploring Scandinavia  
Iain Miller

Iain Miller finds beauty and peace in the magical landscapes of Norway and Sweden. An escorted tour, he finds, is the best way to explore.

Americas   16 Dec, 2011, 11:35
Peru from a saddle: by horse and by bike  
Rick Langrehr

No travel insurance for Rick Langrehr as Peru, apparently, is unsafe for Americans. But South America’s highlights, including Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca are brought within easy reach by a fart-powered horse and a high-powered motorbike.

Asia Pacific   16 Dec, 2011, 11:11
Baguio City, the Philippine summer capital  
Jason McKenney

High in the mountains, the city of Baguio is a refuge from the Manila’s tropical heat. If you’re not into beaches this is one part of the archipelago that is well worth a visit. Jason McKenny dines out with the Igorot people of Luzon’s Cordillera Central.

Americas, Deals, Europe   14 Dec, 2011, 06:16
Luxury Ski Holidays 2011 – Five of the Best Destinations  
Kirsty Leckie-Palmer

Wondering where to go skiing this year? Kirsty Leckie-Palmer rounds up the world’s best ski resorts in Europe and North America.

Africa, Editorials   13 Dec, 2011, 21:19
A brief history of humankind  
Warwick Cairns

To those who find the story of humanity hard to handle, Warwick Cairns makes it simple with a concise account that starts with a Kenyan fossil and ends with the present day.

Asia Pacific   13 Dec, 2011, 21:18
Travels around Java: Indonesia without tears  
Zoe Shenton

Zoe Shenton shocks her friends – and the tourist industry – by visiting Indonesia without going to Bali or Lombok. She flies into Jakarta and explores Java, seeing a side of the country package-travelling resortists often overlook.

Africa   12 Dec, 2011, 14:27
Africa’s artists: meeting Malawi’s sculptors  
Stefanie Giglio

In many parts of southern Africa you’ll see more animals carved in wood, on sale by the side of the road, than you will on a safari. Stefanie Giglio meets the craftsmen who turn Africa’s trees into art – and therefore food.

Central Asia   12 Dec, 2011, 14:09
Too many camels: all change at Pushkar’s cattle fair  
Hema Narayanan

There’s plenty of livestock at India’s largest camel market, but Hema Narayanan finds the ‘Ship of the Desert’ is no longer a premium product. When oil is easier to buy than water the days of the caravanserai are fading – and camels too have to eat.

Americas   12 Dec, 2011, 13:28
Perfect Puerto Rico – all the better beyond the beach  
Lilia Velinova

Lilia Velinova finds a warm welcome in the Caribbean’s US outpost is a breeze. After frittering away too many days on her resort beach she opens out to the locals and discovers a whole new world.

Europe   9 Dec, 2011, 17:17
The magical castles of Ireland  
Sergio Santos

Ireland’s beautiful landscape is littered with castles, stone-built hideouts for built for feudal cheifs. Sergio Santos runs through his personal favourites, each with its own Irish tale to tell.

Central Asia   9 Dec, 2011, 16:55
Cycling across China: into Beijing  
Charlie Walker

The world’s most populous nation – and one of the largest too – doesn’t deter round-the-world cyclist Charlie Walker who pedals from Vietnam in the south to the northern capital, Beijing – and finds plenty of rural tranquillity along the way.

Europe   9 Dec, 2011, 14:00
Fleeced by strippers and chased by dogs: hello Athens  
Sam Belletto

On his first visit to Europe Sam Belletto flies into Greece and is immediately targeted by sleazy tricksters. A quick evening drink turns into a frightening ordeal and he has to think fast to escape with his cash.

Americas, Deals   7 Dec, 2011, 13:08
Ho-Ho Canada: Santa Claus Parades in North America  
James Cave

James Cave says forget Europe for pre-Christmas celebrations: the Santa Claus parades are bigger and better in Canada. Fly to the Big Country for the run-up to the festive season.

Asia Pacific   7 Dec, 2011, 12:50
The Killing Fields of Kampuchea  
Peter Watson

Just a few years ago – and well within living memory – the Khmer Rouge tortured and killed millions of Cambodians. Peter Watson travels to Cambodia and meets a survivor of Southeast Asia’s very own holocaust.

Europe   7 Dec, 2011, 12:29
Exploring Britain’s canals: tales from the towpath  
Matt Pointon

Living in England, encumbered with a new baby and frowned at by his doctor, Matt Pointon needs some exercise. So he sets off for a short walk along his local canal – and a hundred miles later stops to draw breath.

Asia Pacific, Central Asia   7 Dec, 2011, 10:22
The Maldives on foot: backpacking Addu  
Donna Richardson

The undeveloped islands of the Maldives have only just opened up to independent travellers. Donna Richardson charts a course around the heart-shaped Addu Atoll and finds it easy to get around on a budget.

Deals, Editorials   4 Dec, 2011, 09:59
Asus Eee Pad Slider: family review  
Jack Barker

The Asus Eee Pad slider is the latest touch-screen tablet flaunting its floaty icons to tempt your Christmas cash. But this time it has a keyboard. The Barker family sees if this can be the gadget that combines family games appeal with the serious needs of a writer on the road.

Americas   3 Dec, 2011, 10:40
Held captive in Cuba’s all-inclusive hell  
Rick Langrehr

Rick Langrehr flies in to the Caribbean for an easy-going vacation, but finds poor service – and worse food – makes it hard to relax in the resort of Varadero.

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