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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.

Asia Pacific   24 Jan, 2010, 19:41
Empty compliments for the Thai language student  
Antonio Graceffo

Don’t take the locals’ encouraging comments too seriously, warns serial linguist Antonio Graffeco. Learning Far Eastern languages takes time and comittment.

Asia Pacific   24 Jan, 2010, 19:15
Building a bath on New Zealand’s thermal beach  
John Edwards

John Edwards finds getting around New Zealand’s Coromandel Peninsula is a breeze if you’re ready to stick out your thumb and trust the first Maori that stops.

Africa   24 Jan, 2010, 18:48
A secret glimpse in Morocco’s High Atlas  
Gregory Kruse

A chance tea-tent encounter gives Gregory Kruse a vivid insight into the hidden world of daily life in the harsh, unforgiving environment of the High Atlas mountains.

Europe   24 Jan, 2010, 18:21
In Birmingham’s back yard  
Richard Lakin

Few people find kind words for the UK city of Birmingham. But Richard Lakin has very special memories of nearby Cannock Chase, just to the north in the county of Staffordshire

Central Asia   13 Jan, 2010, 13:32
Land-cruising through Kyrgyzstan  
Charlie Weatherill

On his journey through the ‘Stans, Charlie Weatherill dismounts his trusty Landcruiser and takes to horseback to get a taste of endangered lifestyle of a nomadic culture.

Central Asia   13 Jan, 2010, 12:30
Snake-charmers and meditation in Rishikesh  
Sezgi Yalin

High in the Himalayan foothills, India’s most spiritual retreat provides quiet moments and insights for a tranquil and meditative Sezgi Yalin.

Europe   13 Jan, 2010, 10:32
Haunted by the Highlands  
Vanessa Harris

Northern Scotland’s as good a place as any to look for spiritual roots. Vanessa Harris drifts off into a Pagan world of mists and Celtic fairies.

Europe   13 Jan, 2010, 08:36
Floods and brothels: beyond Bucharest  
Bob & Viv Goddard

They should know better. Bob and Viv Goddard are already grandparents when they set off on their two motorcycles on a marathon charity jaunt across Eastern Europe. In Romania their journey gets difficult.

Americas   13 Jan, 2010, 06:16
Ready for Valentine’s day: Seattle’s sweetheart sites  
Jane Cassie

Forget Paris for romance. Jane Cassie reckons you can get just as cuddly on Canada’s Pacific Northwest.

Americas   8 Jan, 2010, 17:08
Costa Rica: not as dangerous as it thinks  
Mateo Amaral

Mateo Amaral flies in to San Jose, capital of Costa Rica, to a barrage of warnings. Apparently it’s not safe to walk, to eat, or to even be there. Brushing aside such concerns – after all, he’s from California – he survives in style.

Africa   8 Jan, 2010, 16:50
To expat or not: balancing life in Dakar  
Tamara Braunstein

In Senegal, Tamara Braunstien finds socialising with the locals a very different experience to tapping into the expat community. She finds the two Tamaras have to be kept well apart.

Europe   8 Jan, 2010, 16:37
A wintry Gothenburg  
Lucy Jordan

February isn’t the most obvious time to visit Sweden, and Gothenburg isn’t the most obvious bit of the country to see. Undaunted, Lucy Jordan flies in. The important thing, she finds, is wearing ‘layers’.

Americas   8 Jan, 2010, 16:26
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.

Central Asia   8 Jan, 2010, 15:57
Cut down to size in India’s seething city: Kolkata  
Madelaine Triebe

India’s most populous city proves something of a challenge to Madelaine Triebe, despite having relatives to help her blend in the crowds, but it is a bad – and almost malicious – haircut that proves to be the final straw.

Africa   8 Jan, 2010, 02:39
After 32 years: return to South Luangwa  
Jane Agg

Same guide, same walk, same safari 32 years on. Jane Agg’s first Luangwa safari was with a young Robin Pope. A generation later she returns to revisit Zambia to find the young guide she knew has become a walking safari legend.

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