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Central Asia   28 Jul, 2010, 12:00
The pitfalls of progress in Nepal’s Himalayas  
Norma Sherratt

New roads don’t always mean improvements for the mountain villages of Nepal. Norma Sherratt follows a traditional trekking route now bypassed by tarmac and finds pain in progress.

Americas   26 Jul, 2010, 13:47
Alternative attractions for a Florida holiday  
Zoe Shaw

There’s more to Florida than Disney World. Zoe Shaw books a luxury holiday villa, fires up her Buick and starts exploring.

Asia Pacific   26 Jul, 2010, 11:08
‘All Shook Up’ on a Hong Kong film set  
Christa McDermott

To fund their backpacker lifestyle Christa McDermott lands her shy boyfriend an acting gig and tells him he’s only an extra. Little does he know that he’s expected to perform.

Central Asia, Europe   26 Jul, 2010, 10:54
Life in Yaroslavl, with its mad Russian cats  
Georgie Klein

Georgie Klein’s university, in its wisdom, decided in 2008 to send her to the town of Yaroslavl, 150 miles out of Moscow, and leave her there for a year. I don’t know what they expected, but this is what she found.

Americas   22 Jul, 2010, 20:17
Recife – dark and light  
James Young

Northeastern Brazil, and the sweltering city of Recife provides a vivid setting for James Young’s subtle insight into a society where rich and poor rarely mingle. In the tropical heat generations blend.

Europe   22 Jul, 2010, 19:21
A satnav-friendly guide to Scotland’s Malt Whisky Trail  
Matt Coughlan

Matt Coughlan gives this practical guide to touring the great Scottish malt distilleries, complete with postcodes. That’s something to hand to your chauffeur.

Europe   22 Jul, 2010, 14:01
A winter hitch from Vilnius to Riga  
Kris Mole

It is snowing, and fabled freeloader Kris Mole doesn’t even have a coat. That doesn’t stop him hitch-hiking from Lithuania to Latvia. Once again, the kindness of strangers means that – 11 hours after he started – the final lift delivers him to his door.

Africa   22 Jul, 2010, 13:50
White girl on a Malawian bike  
Stefanie Giglio

Monkey Bay, Malawi, and Stefanie Giglio decides to travel like a local on a black, Chinese bike. But – like many things in Africa – buying a bicycle is not a simple process. First she has to hire a mechanic…

Asia Pacific   22 Jul, 2010, 13:29
Tahiti: not quite paradise when poor  
Alicia Harney

It might be logical to break a flight downunder with a few days in Tahiti, but it’s not such a good plan when you’re couch-surfing on a budget. Alicia Harney finds the South Pacific idyll is priced out of her reach.

Americas   21 Jul, 2010, 16:02
Choquequiroa: Peru’s alternative Inca trail  
Brendan van Son

It’s increasingly hard to get permits to climb the Inca Trail. But the famous route to Machu Picchu isn’t the only historic mountain route in Peru. Brendan van Son treks the Andean paths of Choquequiroa and finds they are just as steep.

Europe   21 Jul, 2010, 15:41
Tales from the Spanish Civil War  
John Wainwright

Overshadowed by two World Wars, Spain’s civil war was a clear clash of 20th century political themes. John Wainwright visits some decisive battlefields, and finds the ghosts of the past still very much alive.

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.

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