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Asia Pacific, Central Asia   21 Jul, 2010, 12:27
Laos’ Forgotten Women  
Charlotte Halligan

Scratch beneath the surface of Laos’ burgeoning tourist scene, and you will see a country suffering with poverty and inequality. Charlotte Halligan discovers how Micro-credit is changing lives for poor women across Laos.

Europe   21 Jul, 2010, 11:44
Travelling Albania’s lakes  
Matt Pointon

With his experience of Albanian railways behind him, Matt Pointon travels towards Kosova by taxi and boat.

Europe   21 Jul, 2010, 10:22
Going Dutch: Queens Day in Amsterdam  
Nikki Stones

You’d be forgiven for thinking that in Amsterdam ‘Queen’s Day’ might be a bracing blast of gay celebrations. But Nikki Stones finds instead a lavish celebration of Holland’s royal traditions that sees the city come alive for all its residents.

Americas   21 Jul, 2010, 10:05
High church and low jungle: a busy day in Ecuador  
Luminita Cuna

Luminita Cuna doesn’t generally do double dates. But in Ecuador a long-standing invite to a Quechua wedding clashes with her godson’s small-town baptism. She has to do both.

Americas   13 Jul, 2010, 20:14
The ghosts of Bodie  
Daniel Metraux

America’s goldrush left scores of now-abandoned ghost towns, but few are as well preserved – or extensive – as Bodie in California. Daniel A. Métraux climbs the Eastern Sierra to find a town in ‘arrested decay’.

Europe   13 Jul, 2010, 19:57
A walkabout journey starts in Iceland  
Will Carne

Will Carne throws a dart at a map to decide where to start seeing the world, and hits the Netherlands. But all good plans are flexible, and a cheap-ticket stopover introduces Iceland into his world tour.

Europe   13 Jul, 2010, 19:39
Mad King Ludwig’s fairytale castle  
Rati Ramadas

Not so long ago, the German kings were the most powerful in Europe. Hell, they even palmed off Britain with one of their spares. But none were quite so strange as Ludwig II. Rati Ramadas visits an architectural epic, born of a fevered mind.

Americas   6 Jul, 2010, 14:09
Northern Colombia: beaches and beyond  
Hester Pollock

Cartagena is great, but plagued by Canadian charter flights. Hesther Pollock takes to the water to find northern Colombia’s most idyllic beaches and explore the lawless Guajira Peninsula.

Asia Pacific, Central Asia   6 Jul, 2010, 13:13
Cycling the ‘Tour de Laos’  
Nikki Stones

I’ve flown into Luang Prabang, over mountain after mountain, stacked up like shark’s teeth. Pedalling through remote regions and staying in small villages, Nikki Stones makes her overland cycling trip from Vang Vieng sound idyllic, but I say she must be fit.

Europe   6 Jul, 2010, 12:40
A non-drinker’s guide to Munich’s Oktoberfest  
Paul Joseph

Paul Joseph doesn’t like beer. This makes him an unlikely, but unusually clear-headed guide to Germany’s great drinking binge.

Asia Pacific   6 Jul, 2010, 12:27
A 3-d star is born in Thailand  
Antonio Graceffo

Several travellers land jobs as film extras, but usually as colonial baddies. Antonio Graffeco takes things one step further when he flies into Bangkok and lands a role in a three dimensional martial arts movie.

Europe   6 Jul, 2010, 11:04
Back to Northern Bosnia  
Kris Mole

Kris Mole revisits rural Bosnia, a country still coming to terms with its recent war. He finds he is warmly welcomed by the resilient, self-sufficient locals.

Europe   25 Jun, 2010, 09:18
Paulton’s Park: way too much fun  
Jack Barker

Tucked down in southern England near Southampton there’s a family-run theme park with birds, animals, and parklands added on. Jack Barker takes his children on a summer day out that charms and thrills in equal measure.

Americas   25 Jun, 2010, 06:48
Finding a home on Easy Street, USA  
Melissa Arden

When Melissa Arden’s American husband takes a job in rural Pennsylvania, she has to adapt to a whole new world. First, she has to find somewhere to live.

Europe   23 Jun, 2010, 07:42
The miracle of the fish: Oberammergau  
Thomas Randall

Every ten years the tiny German village of Oberammergau is transformed by its spectacular retelling of the story of Christ. And it’s happening now. Thomas Randall attends the Passion Play.

Europe   22 Jun, 2010, 17:16
A jet-lagger’s guide to Paris by night  
Marsha Moore

France’s capital is wasted on the dormant, and welcomes those who won’t – or can’t – go to sleep. Marsha Moore presents this hour-by-hour guide to the Parisian night.

Asia Pacific   22 Jun, 2010, 16:53
An Aussie in Otorohanga  
Paul Stuart-Higgs

In New Zealand’s town of Otorohanga there’s a huge bird sanctuary, and Paul Stuart-Higgs manages it. But maybe he’s now been talking Kiwi too long…

Asia Pacific   21 Jun, 2010, 13:58
Tales from the table in provincial Vietnam  
Sezgi Yalin

In the picture-postcard setting of Hoi An, Sezgi Yalin gets to know her neighbours – and hears about their hopes and dreams. 

Americas   21 Jun, 2010, 13:44
Trekking Hawaii – for a few hours, at least  
Eric Whitehead

America’s Pacific playground also offers natural beauty. Eric Whitehead gets off his poolside lounger and takes a challenging day-trek along Kauai’s Kalalau Trail.

Asia Pacific   21 Jun, 2010, 13:05
Thailand’s elephant antics: should you pay?  
Anna Amado

Elephants in Thailand often have to work for a living: they eat a lot in a crowded country. But tourist dollars rarely do the animals any favours, finds Anna Amado when she volunteers at an elephant orphanage.

Europe   21 Jun, 2010, 12:39
Cumbria: climbing, camaraderie and cloudbursts  
Rachel Berkowitz

Most visitors to England’s Lakelands trail around a few well-signed viewpoints and chase a poet or two. For a fresh perspective, Rachel Berkowitz finds a mountainous bit, ropes up and climbs.

Deals   18 Jun, 2010, 12:54
Mobile broadband abroad: know before you go  
James Helliwell

Taking your mobile broadband dongle abroad? Be prepared. James Helliwell says that you need to do some research to avoid returning to a shocking data bill.

Americas   17 Jun, 2010, 22:40
Strangers in my bed  
Richard Calderwood

In America’s deep south history is important. But Richard Calderwood finds ghosts in the night taking it a step too far.

Africa   17 Jun, 2010, 19:05
The man with bullets in his socks  
Tom Coote

When his hotel’s plumbing problems force Tom Coote onto the backstreets of Mombasa he’s beset by hustlers and hookers. Forget the standard safari in a pop-top matatu: this is where he meets Kenya’s alpha predators.

Americas   15 Jun, 2010, 12:33
A blast of mysogyny in upcountry Hawaii  
Joe Henley

It’s not all grass skirts, alohas and surf on Oahu Island, finds Joe Henley, when he meets a cultish musician in the town of Haleiwa. His advice: stay for the songs, skip the sermon.

Europe   15 Jun, 2010, 12:23
Asturias: four seasons in a day  
Rosalind Horne

Retired Brits in Spain have lost the comfort of wealth. But Rosalind Horne finds you don’t need money to relish the wild beauty of rural Asturias. 

Americas   15 Jun, 2010, 11:59
Poverty and wealth: the two faces of Bogota  
Micol Kates

In Colombia’s kidnap capital Micol Kates lands a job teaching the children of the super-rich. But while they can ignore the poverty on every side of their sunkissed existence, she sees the city at every level.

Americas   15 Jun, 2010, 11:49
Searching for a sunset: Uyuni’s railway cemetery  
Brendan van Son

In Bolivia Brendan van Son finds solitude, not by straying off the beaten path, but by stepping off the tour-group’s daily schedule.

Asia Pacific   15 Jun, 2010, 10:49
Deep Water Solo: Thailand’s latest adrenaline rush  
Simon Ramsden

Simon Ramsden takes his life in his hands near Krabi as he tries Thailand’s latest adventure sport, Deep Water Solo. It combines rock-climbing with tombstoning and looks great fun, but you’ve always got to worry when your guide won’t do it.

Africa   15 Jun, 2010, 10:36
Cultural ambassadors bring peace to Egypt  
David Kingsley

During his travels in Egypt, from Cairo to Aswan, David Kingsley maintains a cultural cool. This all rather falls apart in Luxor, when he runs into some Aussies on the razzle.

Europe   15 Jun, 2010, 09:51
What’s wrong with Rome  
Tim Bush

Rome, the ‘Eternal City’, is one of Italy’s biggest tourist attractions. But when Tim Bush arrives on his motorbike the first thing he notices is the insane traffic – and things don’t get any better.  

Americas   15 Jun, 2010, 09:20
Climbing Ausungate: tackling a Peruvian peak  
Cameron L. Martindell

For most people, the Andes are best flown over. Serial adventurer Cameron Martindell thinks differently. In Peru he collects and equips a team to mount a serious challenge on a remote snow-capped mountain.

Africa   19 May, 2010, 14:18
Untouched Uganda: Lake Opeta  
Sam D'Cruz

There are corners of Africa where tourism has yet to plant it’s heavy foot. On a remote Ugandan lake Sam D’Cruz discovers a gentle society (tribal wars apart) and a remarkably beautiful natural environment.

Americas   19 May, 2010, 14:08
Confessions of a volunteer archaeologist  
Carlie Sorosiak

Huanchaco, coastal Peru, and Carlie Sorosiak digs deep to discover an ancient civilisation. But it’s present-day Peru that really catches her attention, culminating in a memorable Independence Day binge.

Central Asia   19 May, 2010, 13:50
Notes from the border between Pakistan and India  
Daniel Bent

On an epic cycle ride from the UK to a village in southern India, David Bent keeps a blog. In this extract he visits Amritsar and finds bugs too big to battle with and wakes up with maggots in his beard.

Americas   19 May, 2010, 13:36
‘Homeland Security’ at work in Aspen  
Steve Rudd

Off-season Aspen, and Steve Rudd finds his progress impeded by a self-appointed patriot.

Central Asia   19 May, 2010, 13:03
Kerala: holistic heaven under a tropical sun  
Karen Dabrowska

There’s more to Kerala than the backwaters says Karen Dabrowska. But you don’t need to take her word for it: she asks a bloke called Batu and writes down what he says.

Europe   14 May, 2010, 13:48
Killing time – and whales – in the Faroe Islands  
Lawrence Edmonds

Stranded mid-ocean between Scotland, Norway and Iceland, Lawrence Edmonds becomes part of a primeval, brutal tradition where the islanders pit their wits against the world’s largest mammal: a Faroese whale hunt.

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