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Europe   28 Dec, 2010, 13:21
Introducing Kolocep’s most hospitable host  
Isobel Diamond

The small Croatian island of Kolocep is one of the new Europe’s most charming summer destinations. Isobel Diamond checks in to a ‘fifty-star’ apartment.

Americas   28 Dec, 2010, 13:01
Explaining a Sun Dance to an STD doctor  
Warwick Cairns

Few outsiders have ever attended an American-Indian Sun Dance festival. What takes place leads Warwick Cairns, some time later, to an awkward conversation with an aids-clinic medic.

Europe   28 Dec, 2010, 12:27
How to steer a Venetian gondola  
Bonnie Lynn

The gondoliers of Venice earn a good money and are fiercely protective of their trade. In 2010 the first woman was awarded a license: encouraged by this Bonnie Lynn takes to the canals on a gondola handling course.

Americas   28 Dec, 2010, 11:48
Volunteering for a very different Christmas  
Tessa Okell

It doesn’t have to be turkey and trimmings every year. Tessa Okell found volunteering in Peru a more satisfying way to spend the festive season – until the Sacred Valley was hit by floods.

Asia Pacific, Europe   23 Dec, 2010, 20:49
From lad to lass: a Japanese massage in London  
Richard Oldale

Richard Oldale isn’t used to going for a massage, let alone one from a Japanese in London. You can talk to masseuses as they work (so unlike dentists), and it seems to work as a cultural exchange.

Central Asia   23 Dec, 2010, 20:28
Finding the moon in Northern India  
Sezgi Yalin

Somewhere between Leh and Manali, Sezgi Yalin finds a lunar landscape – and a defiant enclave of Tibetan culture. The scale of this moonscape stays with her through her travels in India, and subtly changes her relationship with her shoes.

Europe   23 Dec, 2010, 20:01
Surviving on charity in snow-bound Serbia  
Kris Mole

Veteran freeloader Kris Mole takes his empty wallet to Serbia for Christmas where he tests the generosity of Belgrade’s residents. They prove a remarkably open-handed bunch with a wicked sense of humour. Best of all, the Balkans booze.

Americas   23 Dec, 2010, 19:34
Vancouver Island: an adventure too far?  
Eric Whitehead

Anyone who still thinks Canada is small should carefully read Eric Whitehead’s account of the laborious travels that go to combining whale watching, bear spotting and taking tea. Not bad for a stopover visit.

Africa   22 Dec, 2010, 21:53
Adventures on South Africa’s backpacker trail  
Jordan Blair

It’s easy to lose the easy informality of life on the backpacker trail. Jordan Blair brings it all back with his account of a Baz Bus journey to Hermanus where he wants to try cage diving. The sharks are the least of his problems as the journey skews from plan.

Europe   22 Dec, 2010, 21:37
Speed like Santa on a snowmobile in Lapland  
Heather Sunderland

You can’t get much colder than the northern tip of Europe, where Norway meets Finland in the land of the Lapps. Heather Sutherland skims across the icy tundra and doesn’t even notice the freezing air: she picks up on the warming sun, and likes it.

Americas   22 Dec, 2010, 21:19
Meeting by chance with a modern-day Che  
Ruby Weldon

In Cuba there’s no financial advantage in being a doctor. Ruby Weldon meets a medic who struggles to survive in the Caribbean’s socialist Utopia.

Americas   22 Dec, 2010, 20:00
Let’s talk about Sox, baby  
David Calleja

David Calleja steps inside Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox and discovers what baseball is about – the fans and America’s most intense sporting rivalry.

Europe   19 Dec, 2010, 20:50
Why on earth visit Germany?  
Sarah Annable

Like many of the Brits, Sarah Annable couldn’t see the point of flying into Europe’s economic powerhouse. But she finds the city of Oldenburg something of a revelation and Hamburg rocks.

Europe   19 Dec, 2010, 20:13
The Ozzie ‘Van Tour’ comes to Oktoberfest  
Chloe Johnson

Ever wondered what Australian campervanners get up to on their European travels? Possibly best not to. Chloe Johnson spills the beans about the climax of their summer tours: the 100 Club Challenge.

Americas   15 Dec, 2010, 09:00
Non Stop Erotic Bingo  
Philip Blazdell

Not many travellers find good reasons to travel to Sao Paulo. But Philip Blazdell finds the Brazilian take on the world’s dullest gambling sport is one reason to linger.

Africa   11 Dec, 2010, 19:54
Gabon/Congo/DRC – by motorbike  
Simon Wilson

Simon Wilson rides some of the worst roads in the world armed only with an Africa Twin. This extract from his blog comes just after he’s had to repatriate his friend who’d died in a crash: motorbiking Africa is a dangerous business.

Asia Pacific   11 Dec, 2010, 18:54
Orangutan encounter in Borneo’s peat swamp forest  
Kathleen Morf Vandervust

Indonesia’s wild life takes centre stage as Kathy Morf travels to Sebangau National Park in Kalimantan. Amidst ancient peat swamp forests she meets one of the few remaining ‘old man of the forest’.

Europe   11 Dec, 2010, 18:42
Unimpressed by Basil the Blessed  
Edward Stratton

On two trips to Moscow Edward Stratton heads for Red Square and St Basil’s Cathedral. It takes two visits for him to be sure that the tourist hype is just that: Russia’s flagship architectural icon is hugely overrated.

Europe   11 Dec, 2010, 18:12
Stranded and penniless in the Pyrenees  
Rachel Khona

On an overnight journey from Paris to Barcelona, a sleepless Rachel Khona gets off to change trains. Unfortunately not at the station she needed, but at a pit stop in the middle of nowhere. And she only has three Euros. How could she possibly make it to Spain?

Asia Pacific   8 Dec, 2010, 18:09
Cooling down on Koh Jum  
Isobel Diamond

Idyllic islands aren’t hard to find in the Gulf of Thailand, but Koh Jum is perhaps the ultimate. Cut off from the mainland for half every year, it’s only just got electricity. Isobel Diamond slows down to Island Time in Southeast Asia.

Americas   8 Dec, 2010, 17:33
Taking mother up Mount Aix  
Rachel Berkowitz

Or should that be called Mount Aches. Rachel Berkowitz’s father started her off on mountaineering anyway, but it takes a bit more persuasion to get her fairly-willing mother to summit one of Washington State’s iconic peaks.

Europe   8 Dec, 2010, 16:44
At home in Brighton’s art hotel  
Jack Prescott

Jack Prescott discovers an art hotel in Brighton that lets artists stay for free to work on new exhibitions. They also get to paint a bedroom if they’re up for it.

Americas   3 Dec, 2010, 00:10
Bad news for traffickers in Peru’s New Year  
Fabiola Aguilar

Fabio Aguilar, Britain’s Pro Consul in Lima, has news about Peru’s cult New Year’s beach parties but also advice for backpackers who might be tempted to try drug smuggling. Don’t do it, I think, sums it up.

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