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Central Asia   1 Apr, 2010, 10:38
Burma in a bubble  
Adam Smith

Thirty years of pious travel sanctions have done nothing to discourage Southeast Asia’s most brutal regime. Adam Smith finds its international isolation only adds to Myanmar’s appeal.

Asia Pacific   19 Mar, 2010, 22:11
Mingling with Cambodia’s Muslim minority  
Sezgi Yalin

Amid Cambodia’s many attractions, the Muslim community living in stilted communities on the edge of Tonle Sap Lake is one of the more obscure. Sezgi Yalin visits just in time for a memorable feast, at the end of Ramadan.

Africa   19 Mar, 2010, 20:54
Making merry in Morocco  
James Connolly

There’s nowhere quite like Marrakesh, finds James Connolly on a gap-year quest to sample new experiences. Well, some of them, at least: there are limits.

Africa   15 Mar, 2010, 13:20
Liberia: Africa’s latest economic miracle?  
Christopher Varady

In downtown Monrovia Christopher Varady is struck by the indomitable spirit of one of Africa’s poorest and most war-torn countries. But can their restless energy translate into economic growth?

Central Asia   15 Mar, 2010, 12:36
Changing down a gear on India’s Malabar Coast  
Katharine Gilmour

Cochin and the surrounding state of Kerala offers a welcome change of pace for Katharine Gilmour on her solo tour of southern India.

Americas   15 Mar, 2010, 12:22
Compelling reasons to visit Ecuador  
Brendan van Son

With few overwhelming USPs one of South America’s smaller countries is frequently overlooked. But Brendan van Son says that Ecuador is one of the continent’s highlights.

Asia Pacific   2 Mar, 2010, 23:29
Huvafen Fushi – the ultimate Maldive Paradise  
Iain Miller

For the ultimate desert-island experience, Iain Miller says you’ll find it hard to beat the Huvafen Fushi on the magical Maldives.

Europe   2 Mar, 2010, 23:08
Slovenia into Serbia: easy with army friends  
Kris Mole

Veteran freeloader Kris Mole limps across the border between Slovenia and Serbia, where he finds his past catching up with him.

Americas   2 Mar, 2010, 22:45
A Dude Ranch – in winter?  
Rob Wilson

America’s dude ranch industry is a summer business, surely? Who wants to rattle cattle in the snow and ice? Rob Wilson, that’s who.

Americas   2 Mar, 2010, 22:30
Hiking Canada’s Cape Breton  
Eric Whitehead

Everything in Canada is famously big. So it’s something of a relief to find that Eric Whitehead manages to hike one of its most spectacular island National Parks without having to cover more than 10km each day.

Asia Pacific   2 Mar, 2010, 20:53
Holocaust tourism at Vietnam’s Mai Lai  
David Calleja

The scene of one of the most publicised atrocities of America’s Vietnam war has now been thoroughly commercialised. David Calleja finds raw emotion struggles to find a way through the slick presentation.

Europe   2 Mar, 2010, 20:40
A big, fat, Bulgarian orgy  
Lyn Fuchs

Lyn Fuchs had heard Bulgaria was a poor country devoid of amenities, but found instead succulent food, tasty wine, soulful music, and attractive women.  Somehow he muddles through.

Europe   2 Mar, 2010, 20:01
Off the rails in central Albania  
Matt Pointon

Matt Pointon finds the vagaries of Albania’s public transport systems make his journey across the country something of a challenge as this report sees him heading into Tirana.

Central Asia   2 Mar, 2010, 19:16
Notes from the road between Beijing and Kashgar  
Duncan McCombe

On an epic 22-day motorcycle journey across China, Duncan McCombe finds the province of Xinjiang presents some particular challenges. This extract from his blog illustrates his brushes with authority.

Europe   2 Mar, 2010, 18:58
Alone on the Waddenzee: the Netherlands by bike  
Roland Boer

Australian Roland Boer rediscovers his ancestral lands at a leisurely pace. His bicycle tour of Holland’s dams and dykes reveal a country that might be flat but has hidden depths.

Asia Pacific   2 Mar, 2010, 18:40
East Pakistan to Bangladesh: Chittagong after 50 years  
Adrian Harman-Bishop

Fifty years after spending his childhood in Chittagong in East Pakistan, Adrian Harman-Bishop revisits to find his old family home is now surrounded by a new country, Bangladesh. 

Americas   14 Feb, 2010, 21:58
Relaxation and luxury await in Barbados  
Iain Miller

Iain Miller says pristine beaches, garden views and the choice of relaxing spa treatments and challenging golf makes Barbados’ Sandy Lane a compelling choice for holidaymakers in the Caribbean.

Americas   14 Feb, 2010, 21:41
Beach Bumming in Nicaragua  
Bonnie Lynn

One of Central America’s most troubled nations has a forbidding reputation, but Bonnie Lynn is not easily discouraged. After all, her son was “working” at a surf camp there. So she drifted down – with her daughter.

Africa   14 Feb, 2010, 20:57
Save a Ngorongoro Rhino – pay the penalty  
Sadock Johnson

When hyenas attack a black rhino calf in Tanzania’s headline National Park, safari guide Sadock Johnson faces a dilemma. It’s illegal to intervene – at best a fine, at worst the loss of his guide license – and legally, he should just watch…

Africa   14 Feb, 2010, 20:47
Overlanding Algeria  
Tom Coote

To any sensible traveller, upcountry Algeria has been effectively off-limits for 20 years. Tom Coote is among the first intrepid travellers to venture back – and he walks into a wholly unexpected welcome.

Europe   14 Feb, 2010, 20:39
Spa treatments on the cheap: a Parisian hammam  
Macrui Dostourian

Paris might be the city of romance but is a place where pampering usually comes at a cost. Macrui Dostourian finds a local hammam provides the spa experience at a fraction of the usual cost.

Americas   14 Feb, 2010, 20:25
Bonding in the bush in Canada’s Yukon  
Eric Whitehead

When Eric Whitehead wants to celebrate his children fleeing the nest with a last holiday together, there’s only one place to go: the wilds of the Yukon National Park, Canada’s final frontier.

Europe   14 Feb, 2010, 19:17
Not hiking but climbing: Corsica’s challenging GR20  
Joanna Drange

Some people visit Corsica to laze on the beaches. Not Joanna Drange. She heads off on one of Europe’s most challenging mountain routes that heads from the lowland heat into an exhillarating world of sheer drops and summer snow.

Asia Pacific   14 Feb, 2010, 18:56
A very Japanese religious festival  
Michael Lynch

Japan’s island of Okinawa has enough festivals to keep expat photographer Michael Lynch busy all year. But few are as authentic and spiritual as the Shinugu Matsuri in Ada Kunigami.

Africa   14 Feb, 2010, 17:37
Getting fresh with Marrakesh  
Steve Rudd

In Morocco’s most visited city, Steve Rudd is impressed by the sophisticated linguistic skills and subtle sales techniques applied to even the humblest backpacker. And one of his friends finds that a humble block of chalk, in the Djema el Fna, becomes surprisingly valuable.

Americas   2 Feb, 2010, 14:08
Adrift between cultures in tropical Dominica  
Mark Johanson

To be a tourist is easy: settling in abroad is not. Mark Johanson explores the particular difficulties faced by two expats, one from America and the other from England, as they adapt to very changed lives on a Caribbean island.

Europe   2 Feb, 2010, 13:57
Hiking Spain’s Pyrenees  
Peter Morgan

Heading out of Zaragoza on a rickety mountain bus, Peter Morgan finds a high-altitude Spain that never makes it into the travel brochures: the Ordesa National Park.

Americas   2 Feb, 2010, 13:48
A Canadian culture destroyed by lava  
Curtis Sagmeister

In a little-known corner of northwest British Columbia a recent volcano swallowed up the Nisga’a people. Curtis Sagmeister takes a self-drive trail set up in their memory.

Europe   2 Feb, 2010, 13:34
Making the most of Malta’s village festivals  
Lisa Vassallo

Fireworks and firewater make Malta’s village festas a tradition to celebrate, says Lisa Vassallo, as tourism gradually changes one of the Mediterranean’s most captivating islands.

Europe   2 Feb, 2010, 13:20
Never judge a man by his suitcase  
Tom Bristow

In a sleepy hostel in Holland, Tom Bristow witnesses an unlikely encounter where an American pensioner and a Spanish policeman bond across a linguistic and generational chasm.

Africa   2 Feb, 2010, 13:04
A love-hate experience: rafting the Zambezi  
Bonnie Lynn

Among the many adventures available at Victoria Falls and Livingstone, the two towns straddling the Zimbabwe/Zambia border, the most thrilling and frightening is the day-long rafting trip down the Zambezi. Bonnie Lynn casts caution to the winds.

Americas   2 Feb, 2010, 12:22
Views from Peru’s Inca Trail  
Eric Whitehead

Stairways that reach halfway to heaven and unseasonal sleeting rains do nothing to damp Eric Whitehead’s enthusiasm as he paces a steady course to Machu Picchu.

Europe   2 Feb, 2010, 11:50
Freeloading Europe’s capitals: Copenhagen  
Kris Mole

A man with no money can never be fleeced. Kris Mole continues his journey around Europe’s capital cities, begging beds and blagging transport. Not so easy in Denmark after dark..

Americas   2 Feb, 2010, 10:54
Town-hopping to the coast through rural Brazil  
Tom Shuttleworth

Tom Shuttleworth takes a leisurely trip from Brazil’s Itaipu Dam to the coast, stopping off in places that other travellers rush through.

Central Asia   24 Jan, 2010, 21:51
From Iran to Pakistan – on Biofuel  
Andy Pag

Andy Pag’s pioneering biofuel overland trek is, as far as I know, currently bogged down in antiterrorism paperwork somewhere in India. This gives his blog, from the happy days when he cruises from Iran to Pakistan, a certain poignancy.

Central Asia   24 Jan, 2010, 21:15
Trophy teachers on the China circuit  
Owen Tucker

On a teaching gig in China, Owen Tucker finds he’s being used as a recruitment aide for his local school. At the ‘Sunshine English Festival’ his role becomes even more surreal.

Americas   24 Jan, 2010, 21:03
Freezing in summer: Barrow, Alaska  
Rob Dobrusin

‘Tundra Tourist’ Rob Dobrusin finds it well worth braving a chilly summer to explore Barrow, Alaska. Even if, 330 miles north of the Arctic Circle, his family have growing doubts.

Europe   24 Jan, 2010, 20:00
All at sea in Transdniestr  
Christina Mullett

Christina Mullett finds a warm welcome in the one of Europe’s newest – and most obscure – states, the little-known republic of Transdniestr.

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