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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.

Asia Pacific   14 May, 2010, 13:16
Explosives galore at Laos’ annual Firework Festival  
Kenton Molloy

Drifting smoke and the smell of cordite isn’t always a good sign in Southeast Asia. But Kenton Molloy finds the religious festival that sends rockets into the skies of Northern Thailand and Laos is a pyrotechnic’s party that defies health and safety.

Americas   14 May, 2010, 12:38
New Mexico: where dogs race cars  
Nina Crump

The ancient past meets a very strange present in Colorado and New Mexico. Nina Crump meets the characters who have built their communities in a harsh desert landscape.

Asia Pacific   11 May, 2010, 14:06
Koh Tao: stress-free Thailand  
Thomas Randall

Thailand might have political problems but these don’t trouble Thomas Randall on the sleepy southern island of Koh Tao. Until, that is, he dons a snorkel and realises he’s forgotten how to swim.

Americas   11 May, 2010, 13:50
Beyond the theme parks: Florida’s wild side  
John Gifford

There’s more to Florida than tacky tourist offerings. John Gifford explores the fishing town of Apalachicola and the natural coastline of St George Island.

Middle East   11 May, 2010, 13:28
Ignore the hype: Dubai is dull  
Anthony Toole

Oblivious to Israeli assassination squads tramping through his hotel, Anthony Toole finds a single-night stopover in the Middle East’s holiday hotspot is quite long enough.

Africa   11 May, 2010, 13:04
Dogon country: into Mali’s cultural heartland  
Christian Cummins

One of West Africa’s most isolated communities is found where Mali’s Bandiagara Escarpment blocks off tarmac through routes. Christian Cummins treads sandy trails to reach the Dogon people and experience, first-hand, their rich local culture.

Americas   2 May, 2010, 16:16
Jamaica: hustle central with a reggae beat  
Karen Harris

As the drugs squad take away her luggage for analysis, Karen Harris reflects on the lessons she’d learned from her holiday in Negril. Jamaica in the raw had shaken her trust.

Africa   2 May, 2010, 16:04
Green season Zambia – flooded, with bees  
Elizabeth Watkin

What African tourist boards call their ‘Green Season’ the locals call the rains. But a wet-season safari can still be fun, says Liz Watkin: it certainly keeps away the crowds.

Asia Pacific   2 May, 2010, 13:47
Always a good time to visit Broome, WA  
Adrian Harman-Bishop

One of the world’s most isolated beach communities is found on the northern wastes of Western Australia. Adrian Harman-Bishop finds a laid-back holiday town with plenty to do.

Asia Pacific   2 May, 2010, 13:34
Water-pistols and real guns on Bangkok’s restive streets  
Christian Cummins

Christian Cummins finds there’s something slightly surreal about Thailand’s exuberant waterfight festival, Songkran, as it takes place against a background of violent demonstrations curbed by live ammunition. Main Pen Rai, he says, as cold water is poured down his neck.

Americas   2 May, 2010, 13:15
Riding the wilderness trails of Canada’s Rockies  
Eric Whitehead

A horseback trek with nights camping in the wild provides Eric Whitehead with a prime opportunity to bond with his family. Paradise, he discovers, can be found in the Canadian Rockies.

Asia Pacific   2 May, 2010, 12:56
Stairs, spit and the Seoul Stare down  
Lauren Manuel

Lauren Manuel finds that South Korea presents some fairly daunting cultural challenges as she settles in to life in the capital.

Americas   2 May, 2010, 11:12
Seeing the sights in San Cristobal de las Casas  
Malika Nagre

Mayan and Hispanic influences mingle in San Cristobal de las Casas, finds Malika Nagre as she strolls the cobbled streets of Mexico’s prettiest highland town.

Asia Pacific   2 May, 2010, 11:05
Coping with Cambodia’s Aids orphans  
David Calleja

David Calleja meets a orphaned baby called Anne-Marie – and the dedicated individuals working to give her a stable future.

Americas   2 Apr, 2010, 23:53
A black-market prison tour in downtown La Paz  
Eoghan Macguire

In Bolivia’s capital the top tour is illegal: it goes inside the gates of San Pedro prison. Eoghan Macguire gets an insight into a thriving micro-economy – call it informal or call it corrupt – that has a life of its own.

Asia Pacific   2 Apr, 2010, 23:01
A glimpse past New Zealand’s supershiny image  
Tom Coote

On a journey across New Zealand, Tom Coote catches sight of a daily reality far from the sundrenched, sheep-filled images sold by the tourist industry.

Americas   2 Apr, 2010, 21:58
Another day, another snake: life in the Amazon  
Eric Whitehead

Most guides to travel in the Peruvian Amazon waste pages on jungle survival and animal threats. Eric Whitehead has a simpler message. If you’re packing wine, bring your own corkscrew.

Middle East   2 Apr, 2010, 21:44
Jordan: ancient treasures and bus terminals  
Sam Harris

Most travellers to Jordan travel on tours – and miss half the experience. Sam Harris gets about by bus but still catches the highlight sights.

Americas   2 Apr, 2010, 20:50
Greyhounding America’s Southern States  
Steve Rudd

No hotels for Steve Rudd on his epic economy journey across the US. He sleeps between cities, explores on foot and somehow finds the time to record his every experience.

Asia Pacific   2 Apr, 2010, 20:23
Among the islands of Phang Nga Bay  
Simon Ramsden

Simon Ramsden doesn’t just look at Thailand’s most spectacular seascapes: he canoes into hongs, climbs up cliffs, and watches tourists fall off tightropes.

Africa   2 Apr, 2010, 20:10
A day in Fez  
Gayle Bentham

Forget Marrakesh. Morocco’s real highlight is the ancient city of Fez. Armed with a sprig of mint, Gayle Bentham sets out to explore.

Americas   2 Apr, 2010, 19:26
Noontime in Rua 25 de Março, São Paulo  
Alena Profit

In a contemplative mood, German traveller Alena Profit observes daily life in one particular market area of Brazil’s most populous city: an enthralling, exhausting display of humanity in all its variety.

Europe   2 Apr, 2010, 19:12
Cruise Croatia  
Larry Zaletel

Croatia’s Mediterranean coast is perfect for a gentle cruise, says Larry Zaletel.

Africa   2 Apr, 2010, 18:52
Dicing with death on Zambezi rapids  
Bonnie Lynn

Bonnie Lynn tackles Africa’s greatest set of rapids, the Zambezi down from Victoria Falls, and survives to tell the tale.

Central Asia   2 Apr, 2010, 18:22
The Raj, the Taj and Goa at Large  
Brian Fisher

For Brian Fisher planning his own holiday is a key part of the travel experience. Here is a meticulous report of his journey through India.

Europe   2 Apr, 2010, 17:51
Thrilled, not chilled, by Iceland  
Micol Kates

Micol Kates sees the Northern Lights and watches a geyser spurting steam into the sky. But this is pre-recession Iceland, so the most exciting moment is when she spots a banknote in a puddle.

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.

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