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Africa, Deals, Middle East   16 Jun, 2011, 15:47
Travel in the land of the Pharaohs  
Mike Jones

The ‘Arab Spring’ has all but strangled tourism to Egypt. World-famous icons of the ancient world are all but deserted. Mike Jones says that now is a great time to visit.

Africa   16 Jun, 2011, 15:31
Another Ethiopia: trekking the Bale Mountains  
Niamh Humphreys

The whole of Ethiopia could be officially described as ‘off the beaten track’ but there’s a fairly well-trodden path around the north’s historic sights. Niamh Humphreys is not so easily herded and heads south instead, for a pony trek.

Editorials, Pole to Pole   15 Jun, 2011, 14:37
Scam 77 in a world of crime  
Peter John

Wherever there are travellers there are criminals poised to take advantage, and it pays to know how they operate. In a new book Peter John has collected together 80 ways they try to prey on backpackers. Here, as a sample, is Scam 77: the injured relative.

Europe   15 Jun, 2011, 14:09
Bike fright on Santorini  
Lana Hilton

Life on the Greek islands sounds like paradise. But at three in the morning superhero Lana Hilton finds bakery products can be dangerous.

Americas, Editorials   10 Jun, 2011, 09:24
The stray dogs of South America  
David Wellstead

They don’t have owners, don’t have homes and live on scraps: David Wellstead says the semi-feral canines who pace the streets of Latin America’s developing countries have a freedom any backpacker should envy.

Americas   9 Jun, 2011, 10:15
Perils of the Virgin Isles: winter as a yacht bum  
Karen Brady

Karen Brady’s career as a yacht cook is cut short when she falls off the top of Tortola. But that’s only the start of an adventurous few months basking in the luxury of the Caribbean’s sailing season.

Editorials   9 Jun, 2011, 09:48
In praise of travel albums  
Debra Rughoo

When it comes to travel photographs, Debra Rughoo has no time for Facebook entries or computer records. To really catch the essence of a journey she says you need a traditional travel album, complete with ticket stubs and annotations.

Americas   6 Jun, 2011, 10:33
Guatemala: a perfect retreat for body and soul  
Bonnie Lynn

There are two Guatemalas. The capital city is edgy – to put it mildly – but the rural highlands are another matter. Bonnie Lynn finds peace and tranquillity amongst Central America’s most beautiful lakes and mountains.

Asia Pacific   6 Jun, 2011, 10:05
Chiang Mai’s wildlife: elephants, tigers and backpackers  
Adam O'Hern

Adam O’Hern visits Thailand’s northern capital and finds an easy welcome into the hostel scene. Even though it’s the rainy season there’s plenty to do and see.

Americas   3 Jun, 2011, 14:40
Locke: the last Chinese village in rural California  
Daniel Metraux

High in the Sacramento Valley, Daniel A. Métraux discovers a fading remnant of America’s immigrant history.

Asia Pacific   26 May, 2011, 17:48
Bangkok’s top 5 attractions  
Chris Rowlands

There’s so much to see and do in Thailand’s capital it’s hard to know where to start. Helpfully Chris Rowlands suggests Bangkok’s five sights that really can’t be missed.

Africa   26 May, 2011, 17:26
First impressions of Kenya  
Sarah Taylor

Sarah Taylor’s dreams of visiting Africa come true when she flies into Nairobi: even the surly officials at Jomo Kenyatta Airport can’t dent her romantic enthusiasm.

Central Asia   26 May, 2011, 16:12
Teaching Mongolians to tango  
Erika Lindsay

Travelling across Mongolia by camel, car and train, Erika Lindsay finds a country torn between tradition and modernity. Overnighting in a traditional nomad’s tent she adds to the confusion by introducing Argentina’s most famous dance.

Americas   26 May, 2011, 14:51
Hiking Brazil’s wilder side  
Sophie Cross

Hiking with a Brazilian sounds a good way to avoid chafing. Sophie Cross discovers beauty and history come together in Brazil’s Chapada Diamantina National Park.

Deals, Europe   25 May, 2011, 13:17
A world of class in a classic Spanish village  
Iain Miller

If you’re struggling to decide whether to focus on the stunning photographs or the lavish descriptions of the Grand Hotel Bahia del Duque in Tenerife, Iain Miller says you should just book yourself a visit and experience the Canary islands at their best.

Central Asia   24 May, 2011, 17:22
In the Chitwan Jungle guides drop like flies  
Sarah Taylor

Sarah Taylor gets through her guides as she tramps through Chitwan. Surrounded by too many young western girls and lubricated by too much local alcohol, her guardians become as much a hazard as the rhino and tiger outside her lodge.

Europe   24 May, 2011, 17:02
Drunk in Dublin and canned in Cork: New Year in Ireland  
David S Grant

To ring in the New Year, David Grant grabs family and friends and flies out to Dublin. The Irish ‘craic’ proves well up to the challenge and even leaves some quite clear memories.

Asia Pacific, Pole to Pole   20 May, 2011, 23:10
A ship alive: intercontinental travel by container vessel  
Roland Boer

When Roland Boer wants to get from Australia to Europe he doesn’t waste his cash on a flight. He books a berth on a container vessel and lets the journey become the experience.

Americas, Deals   19 May, 2011, 09:42
Benefits of Escorted Holidays to Alaska  
Iain Miller

It’s something of a challenge to explore America’s northernmost – and largest – state. Iain Miller says a guided journey is the way to experience Alaska’s remote beauty at its best.

Middle East   18 May, 2011, 19:10
Syria 2011: stay away or visit?  
Dorothy Conlon

Late April 2011 and government warnings are out in force. Stay away from Syria, they say. But with more than 80 years experience of travel Dorothy Conlon is quite old enough to form her own opinion: she visits Jordan and Syria and lives, quite easily, to tell the tale.

Americas   18 May, 2011, 17:19
Flooded, fragmented and often lost: Route 66 today  
Eric Whitehead

America’s classic Route 66 might be part of the American Dream but it’s no longer one road. Eric Whitehead tracks down the original tarmac and finds parts submerged, abandoned, built on and lost. But still, in the end, he gets his kicks.

Central Asia   18 May, 2011, 16:23
Exiled schoolchildren march for Tibet  
Anna Greenwood

Monday morning, and Anna Greenwood’s teaching day in Bylakuppe, India is disrupted by an outbreak of politics. As China squats on their homeland, her Tibetan students march for freedom.

Europe, Pole to Pole   18 May, 2011, 16:02
A very Russian experience on Greenland’s icy seas  
Jon van den Heever

A polar cruise around Greenland teaches Jon van den Heever an insight into Inuit culture and their icy world. But the most striking cultural interactions are with his ship’s Russian crew.

Central Asia   16 May, 2011, 11:47
Ulaanbaatar in winter: a Steppe too far  
Peter Golubock

If you’re thinking of visiting Mongolia, choose the summer, says Peter Golubok. Genghis Khan’s home re-defines ‘cold’.

Americas   12 May, 2011, 12:02
Underground in the ‘City that never Sleeps’  
Kyle Mendelson

The jostling crowds of America’s busiest city thicken around the compartments and turnstiles of the subway rail system. Kyle Mendelson steps back to take a cool look at urban behaviour in New York.

Central Asia   12 May, 2011, 10:45
A long draught of China on a slow-moving bike  
Charlie Walker

Charlie Walker is almost a year into an epic four-year cycle-ride that aims to reach the world’s ‘Four Corners’. With thanks to Lifeboat Tea (his sponsors) he details his experiences of pedalling through mainland China.

Central Asia   11 May, 2011, 12:31
A day in Bombay  
Matthew Paish

Mumbai is India’s largest city and not an obvious place to relax. After a day of walking the sites Matthew Paish finds the heat getting to him and needs a sea breeze: he finds this, and more, on Chowpatty Beach.

Europe   11 May, 2011, 10:58
What lies beneath: the catacombs of Paris  
Brett Longstaff

Most visitors to France’s capital waft around and see the usual sights; the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre, perhaps. Brett Longstaff heads underground to meet some very old friends.

Americas   11 May, 2011, 10:40
La Pedrera; a journey within  
Daniela Maestres

Dwarfed by mighty neighbours, Uruguay is often overlooked. Daniela Maestres finds the tranquil, shifting coastline sets a reflective mood as she explores South America’s quietest destination.

Africa   27 Apr, 2011, 22:20
The ‘mammoth’ blows up in Mozambique  
Dana Haffar

Dana Haffar is well used to the road from South Africa into Mozambique, even loaded with teenagers and surfboards. Perhaps that’s why she decides to blaze a new trail through the Kruger, fording the Limpopo if and where possible. It’s not a complete success….

Americas   27 Apr, 2011, 21:45
Cycling Heaven in the heart of Texas  
Lindsay Salt

America always seems rather too large for a bicycle, but Lindsay Salt is made of sterner stuff. This account details a group marathon that explores the rural hinterlands of the Lone Star State.

Asia Pacific   27 Apr, 2011, 21:42
Burma’s refugees flatline in Malaysia  

Tourism booms in the orient but life isn’t so easy for Burma’s Shan refugees, even when they’ve fled to Malaysia. Anthonio Graceffo tells one refugee’s sorry tale.

Editorials   27 Apr, 2011, 21:17
How to Weekend in Annecy  
Lauren Migliore

It’s easy to get a taste for France, says Lauren Migliore, and then proves it with this exuberant – and informative – guide to a Savoyard gem in the Rhone-Alpes region: Annecy.

Deals, Middle East   20 Apr, 2011, 15:17
Sharm el Sheikh Holiday Destination Guide  
Iain Miller

It’s ironic that the Middle Eastern revolutions were inspired by the desire for more jobs but as tourists stay away they’re resulted in less jobs. Iain Miller outlines some very compelling reasons to escape to Egypt for a beach break.

Americas   20 Apr, 2011, 15:07
Baseball’s big in Boston: touring Fenway Park  
Debra Rughoo

You can’t stay long in Boston without hearing about the Red Sox. One of America’s greatest baseball teams operates out of a shabby-chic stadium that predates both World Wars. Debra Rughoo takes a tour of Fenway Park and stays to watch a game.

Middle East   20 Apr, 2011, 14:50
In Israel and Jordan  
James Sinclair

James Sinclair spends some time in the fragile heart of Israel and then breaks out to explore the highlights of Jordan. This earns him a thorough search when he comes to fly home.

Central Asia   20 Apr, 2011, 14:38
A hellish busride to Jaisalmer  
Steve Rudd

Escaping Pushkar’s camel market proves to be somewhat problematic for Steve Rudd. The overnight bus to Jaisalmer was not the deluxe model promised on the posters and India’s crowded, potholed roads did little to help.

Asia Pacific   20 Apr, 2011, 14:32
Kayaking in Krabi  
Brian Fisher

Brian Fisher’s painstaking account of his most recent visit to Thailand details every stage of travel but comes to life exploring the hidden hongs of Krabi’s limestone mountains.

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