Travelmag Banner

Latest Headlines

Europe   5 Nov, 2011, 18:09
In love with Lisbon  
Lilia Velinova

Portugal’s capital city casts its spell over first-time visitor Lilia Velinova: her five days in the city mark the start of a long-lasting affair.

Central Asia   4 Nov, 2011, 11:32
Paddle power: Alleppey’s Snake Boat race  
Hema Narayanan

Those who live in the backwaters of Kerala are raised as much on water as on land. Once a year they celebrate their waterborne life with India’s largest boat race: Hema Narayanan attends.

Americas, Deals   28 Oct, 2011, 06:04
California sweet – treasures of the Golden State  
John McElborough

The iconic state of California might just make up a part of America but is larger, more populous and more famous than most of the world’s fully-fledged countries. John McElborough gives an insider’s guide.

Asia Pacific   28 Oct, 2011, 00:11
Skulls and scams: cycling through Cambodia  
Charlie Walker

On his round-the-world cycle ride, Charlie Walker finds his biggest problem, in Cambodia, is too many tourists – and a lot of abandoned skulls.

Asia Pacific   25 Oct, 2011, 16:38
Edgily festive: Christmas with dead relatives  
Dan Hart

Dan Hart has an elderly distant relative living in Australia: a good excuse, he decides, to spend Christmas there. Nothing’s going to stop Dan’s plan, even when, the August before, Old Jack becomes Late Jack.

Central Asia   25 Oct, 2011, 16:27
Tiptoeing through the Tibetan language  
Anna Greenwood

In a Tibetan monastery in southern India, Anna Greenwood finds learning the language means absorbing the culture – and it’s pretty easy to put a foot wrong.

Americas   25 Oct, 2011, 15:56
Off and on Argentina’s rail system  
Sebastian Tyrrell

The Argentine rail network gives Sebastián Tyrrell plenty of opportunity to practice his patience. Considering the distances involved he’s inclined to forgive the odd lost hour.

Asia Pacific, Editorials   21 Oct, 2011, 15:39
Retirement abroad: a Thai real-estate pitch  
Don Anderson

Casting around for somewhere to retire, Don Anderson lights upon Thailand. Three years later he’s still there – and loving it.

Europe   21 Oct, 2011, 15:21
At last, a decent airport restaurant  
Steve Jones

Frequent flier Steve Jones has had enough of the overpriced pap laid out by British airport eateries. So he’s very pleased, flying out of Amsterdam, to luck into the Dakota Bar on Schipol’s top floor.

Americas   21 Oct, 2011, 14:48
A first ride on a São Paulo bus  
Rob Dwyer

Marooned on the outskirts of Brazil’s most populous city, Rob Dwyer decides to take a bus. It’s just as well he has no particular destination in mind as he’s lucky to find his way home.

Europe   21 Oct, 2011, 14:40
Venice – an icon that lives up to its hype  
David S Grant

Never the easiest tourist, David S Grant is reassured to find that Venice is actually as beautiful as everyone says. Despite being thoroughly lost most of the time he enjoys his stay.

Africa   20 Oct, 2011, 14:24
Top 10 sights in Johannesburg  
Iain Miller

South Africa’s greatest city is shrugging off its reputation for crime to become the country’s leading multicultural centre. Iain Miller lists Johannesburg’s top ten must-visit sights.

Central Asia, Europe   19 Oct, 2011, 22:00
White slippy shoes: ideal for an Ukrainian Mountain  
Robert Fox

Bobby Fox is hardly equipped to summit the Ukraine’s most prominent hillock: Mount Ai-Petri. His shoes don’t grip and his fitness levels are low. But there’s a woman to impress and his contemptuous guide can sneer all he likes – but not afford the taxi back down.

Europe   17 Oct, 2011, 16:40
Five musical days in Košice, capital of culture  
Mark Nuckols

Eastern Slovakia is where cultures blend: not quite European with a touch of the Byzantine. Mark Nuchols finds a thriving musical scene alive and well in Košice, Slovakia’s second city.

Asia Pacific   15 Oct, 2011, 14:49
Cambodia’s compassion trap  
Kaylia Payne

Visitors to Cambodia have to come to terms with the country’s poverty, but also its horrific recent history. In this traumatised society Kaylia Payne finds her emotions are nurtured and used: she learns a lot about the Khmer Rouge but more about herself.

Europe   14 Oct, 2011, 11:15
No boat required: exploring Britain’s tidal islands  
Peter Caton

Peter Caton has visited all Britain’s tidal islands – on foot. It’s a hazardous business – ‘If you start to sink in the sand, keep going’ seems an insufficient survival tip – but this extract from his book makes sense of his project.

Africa   13 Oct, 2011, 13:46
Rats, bushmeat and three in a bed: welcome to Nigeria  
Pascal de Kruyff

Nigeria isn’t a place many people just happen to luck into: most people seem to be queuing to travel the other way. Pascal de Kruyff’s internship – for a microfinance NGO – immerses him into daily life on frontline West Africa.

Americas   13 Oct, 2011, 10:42
A lot of Gaul in Montréal  
M. Kathleen Madigan

M. Kathleen Madigan takes a group of language students to visit Montréal, the capital of Québec, and finds this resolutely French part of Canada is in festival mode.

Europe   12 Oct, 2011, 14:34
Football-free and better for it: Basque Country  
Thom Wheeler

Thom Wheeler drives into Spain expecting to catch a football match in any one of many bars. Donostia San Sebastian, however, defies his preconceptions: instead of sun and sangria he has to settle for tempting tapas and fine red wine.

Deals, Europe   7 Oct, 2011, 16:14
Fly south for Winter  
Sophie Mancuso

As the UK slides through Autumn into Winter Sophie Mancuso advises you to follow the birds: fly south to the sun.

Central Asia, Europe   7 Oct, 2011, 13:08
Siberia: not to be learned from books  
Mariusz Stankiewicz

Mariusz Stankiewicz visits Olkhon Island on Lake Baikal and finds a Russia he’d read about in his youth. In this forgotten corner of the former USSR he finds that time slows to a reflective pace.

Africa   7 Oct, 2011, 12:30
More than just birds at Uganda’s Lake Bunyony  
Peter O'Dur

Most of the visitors to Lake Bunyony are birders, but Peter O’Dur says there are plenty more reasons to visit this unspoilt bit of East Africa.

Americas   7 Oct, 2011, 12:17
A whirlwind date – with Hurricane Irene  
Alan Deegan

News of a tropical depression does little to damp Alan Deegan’s enthusiasm for a holiday in New Jersey. America’s huge, he reasons: why should any cyclone affect his travel plans?

Middle East   7 Oct, 2011, 12:07
Ten days, three people, one trail: Shvil Y’Israel  
Sara DeGregoria

Whatever the problems of the Middle East, it’s still possible to walk right the way across one country. Sara DeGregoria hikes the National Trail from one side of Israel to the other.

Asia Pacific   6 Oct, 2011, 16:38
A unique Balinese vacation  
Melissa Davis

The Indonesian island of Bali is perhaps best known for its beaches. Melissa Davis leaves the coast and heads for the rice-terraced highlands to visit Ubud, Bali’s artistic and cultural heart.

Europe   6 Oct, 2011, 16:16
A bit of Yorkshire that’s falling into the sea  
Richard Lakin

Richard Lakin walks along Robin Hood’s Bay to find England’s coast at its most seaswept and dynamic.

Americas   6 Oct, 2011, 14:56
Rodeo day at Angola’s notorious jail  
Elisabeth Byington

America’s largest maximum-security male-only prison has strangely become something of a tourist attraction with its annual rodeo. Elisabeth Byington joins the crowds to visit Louisiana State Penitentiary, Angola.

Asia Pacific   6 Oct, 2011, 14:17
Making it big in Ozzywood  
John M Edwards

1980’s Australia, and John Edwards manages to sneak into the back of a tourist-board photoshoot against the backdrop of Uluru. It’s a sign of the times they accept an American in the foreground – but not an aborigine.

Europe   5 Oct, 2011, 15:10
Voluntourism in Britain: moving rocks for no pay  
Barbara Middlebrook

Keen to see another side of the UK, Barbara Middlebrook signs up for a ‘working holiday’ – which seems to involve labouring, unpaid, to return bits of privately-owned countryside to picture-postcard quaintness. Our landowning classes don’t deserve her.

Americas   5 Oct, 2011, 14:25
Venturing into Varadero  
Debra Rughoo

Cocooned in the luxury of a Cuban all-inclusive resort, Debra Rughoo nearly succumbs to the free-flowing mojitos and spends most of her time on the beach. But an excursion to the nearby town of Varadero turns out to be a high point in her holiday.

Central Asia   5 Oct, 2011, 14:13
Carefully through Kerala  
Brian Fisher

Brian Fisher meticulously plans his tour around southern India and reports – in detail – on his experiences.

Editorials   5 Oct, 2011, 13:38
A guide to giving in the developing world  
Ulrike Werner

However wealthy and western you are, scattering gifts around the developing world isn’t always a good idea. Ulrike Werner looks at your options for showing gratitude without upsetting local cultures.

Americas   3 Oct, 2011, 19:30
Brits in Banff  
Louise Hudson

There are plenty of British expats chasing the powder in Canada every winter. Some for a ski bum season, others come on temporary visas and stay on, while still more come as winter tourists. Louise Hudson knows why.

Central Asia   28 Sep, 2011, 18:41
Selling Sri Lanka: a copywriter’s conscience  
Gez Hebburn

Gez Heburn finds writing selling copy for holidays in Sri Lanka makes him feel guilty: he knows too much about the place. This is his version that’s not for the travel brochures.

Africa, Middle East   28 Sep, 2011, 12:23
Libya’s last tourist  
Tom Coote

Pre-revolution and Libya was an attainable – if expensive – tourist destination. As European bombers fly in, Tom Coote finds himself on one of the last passenger flights out of Tripoli.

Asia Pacific   28 Sep, 2011, 10:13
A taxi-driver’s curse and a lesson in humility  
David Calleja

David Calleja’s bruising encounter with a Hanoi airport taxi leaves lingering bad luck that seems to follow him into provincial Vietnam. But it’s his own attitude that is spoiling his experience and a little reflection turns his trip around.

Deals, Pole to Pole   27 Sep, 2011, 17:11
Guided Tours – Expedition Antarctica  
Iain Miller

It was always Iain Miller’s dream to travel to the South Pole. An Antarctic Cruise gives him the chance to live his dream – in comfort.

Americas   13 Sep, 2011, 11:21
Hunting for alligator by half-drowning a cat  
Dan Hart

On a trip to Miami, Dan Hart signs up for an airboat ride through Florida’s Everglades. What he doesn’t expect to experience is a leather-clad local punching an alligator in the face.

Blast to the Past
After nearly 20 years online the Travelmag archive contains some real gems. Take a random leap into history here, here or here.
  Be in the Travelmag
Gotta travel book or blog? Send us an extract and we'll help you find a wider audience - and add links back to your site.
 Latest Headlines
Asia Pacific
Central Asia
Middle East
Pole to Pole