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Central Asia, Europe   23 Nov, 2011, 10:29
A song to Siberia  
Katherine Armstrong

A childhood spent in Russia left Katherine Armstrong with vivid memories of Russia, and an inexplicable soft spot for the Siberian city of Tyumen.

Europe   23 Nov, 2011, 10:18
Stork storm over Santiago de Compostela  
John M Edwards

There’s an easy way to complete the 500-mile El Camino de Santiago de Compostela: don’t walk, just rent a car. Perhaps this is why Spain’s storks take exception to John M Edwards and he’s dive-bombed by a flock of avian fiends.

Asia Pacific, Deals   21 Nov, 2011, 18:36
Sydney and the Gold Coast: surf and great museums  
Jen Thames

Shock! Jen Thames finds her husband likes – and goes to – museums. So she hopes Australia won’t have too many. But in Sydney and even on the Gold Coast she finds brilliant museums, along with beautiful beaches and excellent hotels.

Europe   21 Nov, 2011, 18:21
Couchsurfing France: happy landing in Montpellier  
Kris Mole

Veteran freeloader Kris Mole finds southern France effortlessly hospitable as he lands another free bed on his travels around Europe.

Americas   21 Nov, 2011, 18:09
Lost – but entranced – in America’s oldest city  
D J Mathews

Europeans aren’t easily impressed by North American ideas of ‘historic’. But before we Brits get all sniffy, D J Mathews points out that the USA’s oldest city was founded well before we arrived, and guides us round St. Augustine.

Europe   21 Nov, 2011, 17:46
Never too late to call Glasgow ‘home’  
John Thomson

John Thomson, though thoroughly American, has Scottish roots. He investigates the land of his forbears in Scotland’s ‘City of Culture’, Glasgow.

Asia Pacific   19 Nov, 2011, 12:08
Bangkok underwater: City of (real) Angels  
Brian Fisher

October to November 2011 and much of Thailand’s capital was flooded. Brian Fisher visits and finds the locals coping with the disaster with calm equanimity.

Deals, Europe   15 Nov, 2011, 19:33
Five of the greatest musical landmarks in Europe  
Simon Mitchel

Music fans in search of Europe’s greatest iconic musical locations can relax. Simon Mitchel has collected five of the best – with directions on how to get there.

Africa   15 Nov, 2011, 16:07
Welcome to South Africa – and don’t get shot  
Matthew Thomas

Matthew Thomas has mixed feelings when he flies into Johannesburg. But instead of crime he finds smiles in a country that, post-Apartheid, is still a work in progress.

Americas   15 Nov, 2011, 15:30
Awesome Ecuador – in the pouring rain  
Eric Whitehead

The views from Banos in southern Ecuador are a lot better when the weather is clear. But you don’t get waterfalls without rain and Eric Whitehead doesn’t let it spoil his ATV tour.

Europe   15 Nov, 2011, 15:06
Legging it back into English history  
Alan Deegan

Britain’s canal systems form an atmospheric network of inland waterways that wend their way across the countryside. Alan Deegan explores their origins.

Deals, Europe   11 Nov, 2011, 19:35
Why villa holidays are better than package deals  
Theresa Semackor

Sometimes – especially for families – villa holidays beat any other travel options. Theresa Semackor runs through the reasons why luxury villas rule.

Africa   5 Nov, 2011, 18:39
Amongst the female gladiators of Obudu  
Karen Shaw

Nigeria’s capital city, Lagos, just wasn’t strong enough for Karen Shaw. She leaves the infamous city to find an even more difficult environment in a remote and impenetrable mountain rainforest. Welcome to Obudu.

Americas   5 Nov, 2011, 18:20
Out and about in Mexico  
Matthew Thomas

The world’s most populous city in only a day? No problem for Matthew Thomas who takes Mexico’s capital at a run before heading off to hit the beach.

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.

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