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Deals, Europe   30 May, 2012, 17:03
Escape to Agua Amarga  
Jamie Meehan

In a quiet corner of Andalucia, Jamie Meehan discovers a sunsoaked patch of paradise. The village of Agua Amarga, which has actually been used as a set to epitomise the ‘Spanish dream’, is the sort of Spain all good gangsters dream of.

Americas   30 May, 2012, 16:39
Toronto: a city of surprises  
Rachel Khona

Rachel Khona was born in Toronto, but at six months old someone moved her pram. Now grown up, she takes a fresh look at one of Canada’s most underrated cities.

Europe   30 May, 2012, 16:27
Oh Porto!  
Dale Bentley

Most visitors to Portugal go to either the capital, Lisbon, or – more usually – head straight for the beach. Dale Bentley opts instead to explore the quiet but fascinating town of Porto, on the Douro River.

Americas   30 May, 2012, 15:56
Catching Ketchikan: ten things to see and do  
Roy Stevenson

As summer warms Alaska’s wastes, cruise ships circle remote coastal villages. In season, Ketchikan can see up to 10,000 visitors a day: Roy Stevenson tells them where to go.

Europe   24 May, 2012, 18:34
Life in the slow lane in England’s Lake District  
Frances Leate

Frances Leate rents a traditional gypsy caravan to explore one of the UK’s finest bits of countryside. With two horse-power available the pace is slow: perfect.

Asia Pacific, Deals   22 May, 2012, 05:01
The art and culture side of Queenstown  
Jeremy Hobin

New Zealand’s ‘Adventure Capital’ also has a quieter side. Jeremy Hobin rents a car and finds Queenstown has a great selection of galleries with a wealth of indigenous art.

Central Asia   18 May, 2012, 13:40
Vipassana: self-improvement or total madness?  
Darcie Connell

There are many different ways to experience India, but spending ten days in silence, mediating for 11 hours a day, is one of the more extreme options. Darcie Connell embarks on a course of Vipassana at McLeod Ganj. Will it bring sanity or go the other way?

Europe   18 May, 2012, 12:24
Exploring Copenhagen by trailing a busy lady  
Terje Raa

Getting into any city culture can be daunting. Terje Raa finds his experience of the Danish capital transformed by the company of an active member of Denmark’s lively music scene.

Central Asia   15 May, 2012, 11:12
Looking for Buddha in the backstreets of Laos  
John M Edwards

John M Edwards surprises himself by taking a holiday in Laos. It is, of course, landlocked so has no beach. He decides instead to take a not-very-spiritual step on his way to enlightenment.

Europe   15 May, 2012, 10:26
Holidays are sacred – but will Dorset do?  
Tim Saunders

Tim Saunders finds the gentle pace of Dorset suits his bank-holiday mood as he summers with his family on the English coast around Bridport.

Central Asia   15 May, 2012, 09:58
A snapshot of India on a very long walk  
Alastair Humphreys

Alastair Humphreys’ latest book follows one of India’s holy rivers on foot. In a marketing innovation he’s giving the Kindle version away free. This is our extract from his life on the road.

Deals, Europe   9 May, 2012, 15:11
The real après ski; ski resorts in summer  
Theresa Semackor

As the sun warms away the winter snow there’s still plenty going on in Europe’s leading ski resorts. Accommodation is inexpensive and the mountains perfect playgrounds. Theresa Semackor runs through your active options.

Americas   9 May, 2012, 15:03
A cynic in a sweat lodge: can heat win him round?  
Joseph Gelfer

It’s easy to dismiss the sweat lodge experience as a commercial construct of America’s Native Indian cultures. But Joseph Gelfer finds the experience unexpectedly moving.

Europe   6 May, 2012, 18:24
Metro Mania: underground in Paris  
Brittany Pietrunti

France’s capital provides a Gallic burst of culture-shock for first-time visitor Brittany Pietruni. But a journey by public transport across her new home city – for a Facebook rendezvous – sees her anxiety give way to excitement.

Central Asia   3 May, 2012, 15:05
Earning a travelling crust in Beijing  
Charlie Walker

Charlie Walker parks up his bike to earn some cash in China. Five months in the Chinese capital get him little closer to understanding several mysteries of the Orient. But when a small child pees on his leg he quickly decides it’s time to move on.

Deals, Europe   2 May, 2012, 16:10
Formally fun: leisure at Gleneagles  
Paul Woollacombe

Does leisure need directing? Yes if you’re staying at Gleneagles, Scotland’s leading resort hotel. Paul Woollacombe talks to Stuart Smith, the man in charge of fun.

Central Asia   2 May, 2012, 15:00
In praise of Pakistan  
Aamir Aziz

There’s more to Pakistan than floods, coups and American drones. Aamir Aziz insists it’s one of the world’s great tourist destinations.

Americas   2 May, 2012, 14:31
In search of a motorbike that will drive across America  
Tom Cunliffe

For many bikers wanting to see America, a Harley-Davidson is a natural choice. But Tom Cunliffe finds finding a suitable bike for his wife is something of a challenge.

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