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Asia Pacific   28 Nov, 2013, 14:03
What you need in Saigon is a friend who’s a local  
Francesca Baker

To explore Vietnam’s largest city, Francesca Baker hires a local guide. But this opens many doors in Ho Chi Minh and the friendship grows, in the end, to become genuine.

Europe   27 Nov, 2013, 23:32
Inbetween apostrophes: from Land’s End to John O’Groats  
Robin Richards

The first steps are the hardest, finds suddenly-retired Robin Richards as he starts an impulsive hike from the southern tip of England to the northern tip of Scotland. Extracted from ‘Le-Jog-ed’, his book about the journey.

Africa   27 Nov, 2013, 21:54
Pedaling through mud on a track through Tanzania  
Charlie Walker

By car, Tanzania’s best know for serious, random speed bumps spread along the tarmac. On a bicycle Charlie Walker has a different set of problems – mainly ants and tsetse flies – as as he powers his way down East Africa along a long stretch of mud.

Asia Pacific   25 Nov, 2013, 23:27
Forget Thailand’s ‘party islands’ – there are more  
Rose Taylor

There’s more to Southeast Asia than the headline ‘Party Islands’ that endrink crowds of westerners. Rose Taylor explores some lesser-known alternatives.

Americas   25 Nov, 2013, 22:52
Not impressed by Paraguay’s capital, Asuncion  
Jason Smart

I rather liked Paraguay: it’s a small country with a lot of humour. Jason Smart, however, is resolute in his disapproval. Even his wife Angela can’t find much to defend the capital, Asuncion.

Africa   25 Nov, 2013, 21:15
The game-park myth of ‘Timeless Afrika’  
Shirley Brooks

The Africa presented on safari, to clients tiered on the open backs of converted Landrovers, is very different to today’s reality and the historic truth. Shirley Brooks examines the romanticisation of a landscape.

Europe, Middle East   23 Nov, 2013, 19:03
Thanksgiving dinner in a Turkey without turkeys  
John M Edwards

Though rarely a stickler for tradition, John M Edwards does appreciate, just once a year, a good traditional Thanksgiving feast. Lamb-strewn Istanbul treats his requests with contempt and he does little better in Kusadasi.

Editorials   21 Nov, 2013, 15:50
Pinterest Places – travel inspiration on screen and phone  
Jack Barker

With it’s new application, Pinterest Places, the leading photo-sharing social network provides a valuable resource for travellers. Jack Barker browses a stunning world of photographic inspiration.

Asia Pacific   21 Nov, 2013, 14:29
Resort rules: how Westerners behave in a Malaysian resort  
David Fletcher

Writing, for some reason, as a bloke called Brian, David Fletcher finds his first day on Sabah – in a luxury resort – tells him more about the other tourists than the country he’s come to see.

Americas   21 Nov, 2013, 00:52
Living it up in Arequipa, Peru’s ‘White City’  
Dan Clarke

To see the best of Peru, head south, says Dan Clarke. His favourite part of the country is near the Chilean border, in the friendly city of Arequipa.

Europe   20 Nov, 2013, 14:54
Tricked out of truffles in rural France  
Patrick Moon

Patrick Moon’s new book ‘Virgile’s Vineyard’ is an entertaining account of a year in the Languedoc winelands. Much of the book is about wine and grapes but this extract tells how a crafty neighbour fiddles some francs from his newly-fledged rosbif.

Africa, Middle East   19 Nov, 2013, 18:52
Luxor’s little luxuries  
Kerry-Ann Virgo and Nicholas Hussain

The ‘Arab Spring’ swept away not just Egypt’s leaders but also most of its tourists. Kerry-Ann Virgo and Nicholas Hussain, undeterred, are charmed by the Nile Valley’s tombs, temples, treasures – and people.

Central Asia   18 Nov, 2013, 09:05
Where cows and princesses glide through mud  
Colin Todhunter

There’s beauty and squalor aplenty in Colin Todhunter’s atmospheric report from the streets of Chennai, South India.

Europe   17 Nov, 2013, 17:54
Finding friendship on a journey around Spain  
Bonnie Lynn

Bonnie Lynn’s naturally sunny disposition makes an easy transition into a three-weeks Spanish homestay. She finds the experience reflected in the arts and sculptures she finds along the way.

Asia Pacific   16 Nov, 2013, 17:27
A Pointillist portrait of Thailand’s buzzing capital  
Francesca Baker

Bangkok’s blur of countless individual parts gives Francesca Baker the inspiration for a lyrical portrayal of Thailand’s ‘City of Angels’.

Americas   15 Nov, 2013, 17:33
Caught by surprise by the easy life in Cuba  
Andrea MacEachern

America’s least favourite Caribbean nation remains a socially-planned bastion of social planning that’s holding out against hysterical consumerism and free-market liberalism. Andrea MacEachern finds that’s rather to her taste.

Deals, Europe   15 Nov, 2013, 14:32
4 Great Autumn Holiday Destinations  
Lucy Barker

As the weather cools in Britain, much of southern Europe still basks through long, sunny days. Lucy Barker says that the Autumn season is a great time to get away.

Americas   15 Nov, 2013, 14:13
Around and about St. John’s, Newfoundland  
Lindsay Salt

Canada’s most easterly province is remote but beautiful, finds Lindsay Salt. Even the weather is kind for her windswept tour of the highlights. Pictures by David Grimble.

Central Asia   14 Nov, 2013, 19:42
Myanmar on the cheap – and nothing for the government  
Anna Rudycheva

There are plenty of good reasons to visit Burma – and only one not to. Your travel, especially on a tour group, might benefit the Myanmar regime. Anna Rudycheva says it’s easy to visit and stay local.

Americas, Europe   14 Nov, 2013, 18:33
A doomed search for boredom on a trans-Atlantic cruise  
Lee Ruddin

Seven nights at sea prove all-too-brief an experience for Lee Ruddin, who steams across the Atlantic from the UK to the USA. The Queen Mary II, one of the world’s largest vessels, is just too large and busy.

Americas   14 Nov, 2013, 18:18
Tracking down the birthplace of an obscure American president  
Daniel Metraux

Some American presidents have crowds teeming through their ancestral homes. Daniel Metraux, on the other hand, prefers the quieter pleasures of searching out less remembered US presidents. Chester Alan Arthur (who he?) fits the bill perfectly, as his Vermont home and birthplace are gloriously deserted.

Central Asia   14 Nov, 2013, 17:24
Hangzhou, China’s prettiest city  
Habeeb Salloum

There’s a great theory Marco Polo never visited China at all, just padded out hearsay from a base in Iran. So it’s doubtful Habeeb Salloum should put quite so much weight on his description of Hangzhou being ‘The Most Magnificent City in the World’. But he does, and visits, and it is nice – but wet.

Pole to Pole   7 Nov, 2013, 22:34
An alt-country guide to music destinations  
Jade Williams

Lead singer of the Grand Old Grizzlys, Will Thomas has sung his way halfway round the world. Here he reveals the five greatest countries and cities that have fuelled his musical inspiration.

Americas   7 Nov, 2013, 22:16
A bad start to a new day in Panama City  
Jason Smart

In Central America Jason Smart’s unerring sense of direction gets significantly unhinged by the high-rise buildings of Panama’s Capital. As his wife is ready to clearly point out.

Europe   4 Nov, 2013, 23:08
A guide to the specialist markets of Amsterdam  
Paul-Christian Markovski

Ever wondered where to shop in Holland but prefer to buy pre-loved? Paul-Christian Markovski tells you the times and places to find interesting purchases in the Dutch Capital – and what you can expect to find.

Asia Pacific   4 Nov, 2013, 18:20
A journey through Vietnam, from tip to toe  
Rose Taylor

Manic traffic and overcharging taxi drivers do little to dent Rose Taylor’s pleasure in exploring Southeast Asia’s elegant gem. She travels, by plane and train, from northern Halong Bay to Ho Chi Minh city, Saigon, in the south.

Deals, Europe   4 Nov, 2013, 12:57
Luscious London: five best parks and gardens to visit  
Anne Davis

There’s more to the British Capital than shops, clubs and museums. Anne Davis presents a guide to outdoor London, with its parks and gardens.

Americas   1 Nov, 2013, 10:21
There must be another way to Lima!  
John Ahern

John Ahern is a backpacker who refuses to backtrack. This leads him well off the ‘Gringo Trail’ on a circular route by land and air through Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.

Europe   1 Nov, 2013, 09:06
Moving in with Mama in a small Italian farmhouse  
Valerie Barona

In the 1970’s blushing near-bride Valerie Barona leaves Eastbourne and heads, with her boyfriend, to his parents in Italy’s Alps. A single cold tap on the kitchen sink is just the first sign that her new life in paradise is going to be different.

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