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Central Asia, Europe   24 Jul, 2012, 05:09
Paying to pee in an Ukrainian outhouse  
Robert Fox

‘Bathroom’ isn’t the word that springs to Bobby Fox’s mind as he explores the facilities at a bus stop halfway to Yalta. Like much of the Ukraine it leaves him horrified. But when he makes alternative plans he finds an angry babushka in the bushes.

Europe   22 Jul, 2012, 04:48
Between earth and sea: Italy’s ‘Cinque Terre’ villages  
Stacey Wallace

The five villages north of Spezia, clinging to Italy’s Mediterranean coast, are impossibly beautiful and ultimately romantic. Stacey Wallis shoulders her backpack and explores one of Europe’s most dazzling gems.

Americas   22 Jul, 2012, 04:33
More churches than cartels in Bogota and Medellin  
Bonnie Lynn

Despite the scepticism of friends Bonnie Lynn flies down to Colombia. Even in the major cities – infamous hubs of the cocaine trail – she finds nothing but friendliness – and a massively underrated tourist destination.

Deals, Europe   20 Jul, 2012, 12:02
A clubber’s guide to the Balearic Islands  
Tom Bourlet

The team at Directline Holidays don’t just sell flights and hotels. They also provide nightlife advice. Tom Bourlet picks out the Balearic’s best clubs so you can choose which island best suits your mood.

Americas   20 Jul, 2012, 11:40
Bemused by banks: cash-happy on the streets of Brazil  
Rob Dwyer

As an expatriate in Sao Paulo, Rob Dwyer finds his financial situation insecure and dramatic – just like everyone else’s, as far as he can tell. In the end he relaxes and spends what he has.

Europe   20 Jul, 2012, 09:58
Going Dutch: pedalling Amsterdam’s ubiquitous bikes  
Lindsay Salt

In Holland’s capital city bicycles are everywhere. But Lindsay Salt finds there are hazards to joining in the flow of pedal-powered traffic.

Asia Pacific   20 Jul, 2012, 09:42
Too young to die: the Kamikaze of the Yokaren  
Jeffrey Rambo

The Axis lost the Second World War and that’s perhaps why, even now, Japan’s suicide bombers attract a bewildered fear rather than respect. Jeffrey Rambo visits a museum dedicated to the ultimate warriors of the Orient.

Americas   16 Jul, 2012, 21:39
Encountering Guatemala at the age of ten  
Anthony Faranda

The earlier you travel, the more it hits your mind. Anthony Faranda, at the tender age of ten, finds Central America’s most picturesque republic something of a revelation.

Central Asia   16 Jul, 2012, 21:11
Fair wind to Mongolia: from China on foot  
Charlie Walker

It’s a long walk from Beijing to Ulaan Baatur. Charlie Walker spends six weeks on the road and though frankly that’s fast (to cover 900 miles) he has the occasional adventure on the way. My favourite is the sexual assault, where grannies and toddlers come to his aid.

Africa   16 Jul, 2012, 20:02
Echoes of genocide: tourism comes to rebuild Rwanda  
Jason Smart

Just 18 years ago millions died in the Hutu/Tsutsi conflict. Jason finds Africa’s youngest ghosts give him pause for thought as he tours Kigali’s somewhat gruesome highlights.

Deals, Europe   16 Jul, 2012, 13:48
A babycation in Cyprus  
Carley Hollis

When Carley Hollis finds she’s pregnant, she fears it might disrupt any travel plans. Not so, she finds. Even in her second trimester she fully appreciates a luxury holiday in Cyprus.

Asia Pacific   11 Jul, 2012, 05:08
In search of Tasmania’s last Aborigine  
John M Edwards

John M. Edwards explores Australia’s little, wet sister. Instead of Tasmanian tigers or Tasmanian devils he’s searching for aboriginal inhabitants. Given these were all infamously hunted down and shot, his quest seems unlikely to be successful or win him friends.

Americas   6 Jul, 2012, 19:27
The Amazon by boat: hammocks all the way  
Alex Jones

It’s not your usual holiday. For his annual leave Alex Jones completes a 2,500-mile boat journey from the Peruvian jungle, through Colombia and Brazil to the Atlantic Ocean. The world’s greatest water route at a gentle hammock pace.

Asia Pacific   6 Jul, 2012, 18:47
Living and working in Hong Kong: a learning curve  
Zoe Louise Cronk

When she lands a job working on a Hong Kong magazine, Zoe Louise Cronk finds the Far East’s economic powerhouse something of a challenge. Her diary of her first month abroad outlines the differences of this Asian super-city.

Africa   6 Jul, 2012, 12:39
Big hot walkies: trekking across Madagascar  
Xavier Aubut

Madagascar is a seriously large island: it’s about the size of mainland France but with hardly any tarmac roads. Xavier Aubut’s trek, crossing the island from east to west, is something of an epic achievement.

Europe   3 Jul, 2012, 09:15
Small dramas only sailing the Bay of Biscay  
Jeremy Purkiss

Ebay has sparked a surge in boat sales. It’s easy to buy a sailing vessel and no qualifications are required. Fortunately Jeremy Purkiss seems to know what he’s doing when he buys his first yacht, borrows two inexperienced crew and heads south for the sun.

Asia Pacific   30 Jun, 2012, 17:15
The latest thrill in New Zealand’s ‘Adventure Capital’  
Polly Bryan

Bungee jumping is old: gorge swings are in. Polly Bryan launches herself off a cliff in Queenstown for the ultimate adrenaline buzz.

Central Asia   29 Jun, 2012, 08:53
An intern in India: reality bites  
Jacob Piccinino

When Jacob Piccinino volunteers to work with disabled children in Pune he starts on the best two months of his life.

Americas   27 Jun, 2012, 15:55
Running out of superlatives: rotors over the Grand Canyon  
Julie H Ferguson

Sometimes reality matches up to your dreams. Julie H Ferguson is awestruck by America’s most iconic natural landscape.

Asia Pacific   27 Jun, 2012, 15:34
Papua New Guinea: Goroka in the 70’s  
Adrian Harman-Bishop

One of Adrian Harman-Bishop’s formative experiences was visiting his parents in Papua New Guinea’s highland regions, as the tribes gathered for the Goroka Show.

Deals, Europe   26 Jun, 2012, 12:59
The secrets of cheap travel  
William David

It’s common to look for cheap air fares online. But William David says that for getting around the UK by train there are even greater savings to be made.

Asia Pacific   22 Jun, 2012, 11:53
A wet night in Hanoi:Vietnam’s water puppet theatres  
David Calleja

David Calleja gets an insight into an ancient Vietnamese tradition as he takes in a water puppet show, where the actors are wooden and float across the stage.

Central Asia   22 Jun, 2012, 11:42
Day 59 of a motorbike ride: Olgly, Mongolia  
Graham Field

In search of greener grass, Graham Field buys a motorbike and rides it to Mongolia. Then he wrote rather a good book about the journey. In this extract it’s August and snowing as he crosses the border into Mongolia.

Americas   22 Jun, 2012, 11:37
Chile on high: on horseback in Patagonia  
Eric Whitehead

Eric Whitehead flies about as far south as he can to head off on a riding safari through the frozen wastes of Chile’s Patagonian tip,

Deals, Pole to Pole   19 Jun, 2012, 22:48
A new Titan of Travel  
Paul Woollacombe

The marketing director of Titan Travel, Dan Whitehouse, talks to the Travelmag about his life in travel.

Central Asia, Europe   19 Jun, 2012, 22:13
Thoroughly washed in a Kazakh bath-house  
David Jenkins

David Jenkins take the plunge into the local bathing habits while heading through the former Soviet republic of Kazakhstan.

Africa   19 Jun, 2012, 22:02
Charmed by Kampala  
Jason Smart

Ugly Marabou storks, endless humidity and tailgating traffic: it’s not easy to find the sunny side of Uganda’s capital city. But Jason Smart finds the streets of Kampala provide insights into East Africa.

Americas   19 Jun, 2012, 21:40
Catching a tan in Cuba  
Frances Leate

Frances Leate finds her sombrero tilted akimbo after a couple of rums too many when she flies into the Caribbean’s finest holiday island (whatever the Americans might say).

Deals, Pole to Pole   18 Jun, 2012, 15:00
Scenic ski holidays for 2013  
Theresa Semackor

Make this the year to expand your ski horizons. Theresa Semackor says the Crystal Ski website is a great place to check out the best new mountain resorts.

Americas   18 Jun, 2012, 14:49
Catching the Carnival in Cozumel  
Mary Vigliante Szydlowski

Two or three times a year, Mary Vigliante Szydlowski heads down to Mexico to catch a bit of sun. She says Cozumel, just off the Yucutan, is a great place to celebrate carneval – and sensibly stretch your vacation dollar.

Central Asia   18 Jun, 2012, 14:24
Hiking the Himalayas  
Matthew Thomas

Matthew Thomas takes the slow route around Nepal when he takes a trek around the Kathmandu valley.

Europe   18 Jun, 2012, 14:14
Hauled by huskies in northern Lapland  
Patricia McCormack

Age is no barrier to Patricia McCormack as she flies – in her eighties – to Scandinavia for a dog-sled adventure in the land of the Sami.

Deals, Editorials   15 Jun, 2012, 09:29
All inclusive holidays – the pros and cons  
Michael Goodwin

Michael Goodwin examines the relentless growth of all-inclusive holidays. They might save some money but wouldn’t you be better renting a motorbike and heading off alone?

Asia Pacific   13 Jun, 2012, 16:44
On the road in northern Thailand  
Pascal de Kruyff

A 26-day course in Vipassana meditation proves insufficient – or inappropriate – preparation for a serious bit of freelance hiking and then a motorcycle tour of Thailand’s north, but Pascal de Kruyff lives to tell the tale – and learn from his experience.

Africa   4 Jun, 2012, 17:25
Catching the Comoros in-between coups  
Jason Smart

When he flies into Moroni, the tiny capital of the Comoros Islands, Jason Smart is upset to find no fridge in his room. After a few days on these Indian-Ocean islands, poor relations even to nearby Madagascar, he learns his privations are truly minor.

Europe   4 Jun, 2012, 17:05
Beer and lederhosen: Oktoberfest in Bavaria  
Natasha Martí

Germany’s sturdy tradition of serious autumn drinking is an annual fixture on Europe’s travel circuit. Natasha Martí is something of an expert: she’s attended Oktoberfest for each of the last three years.

Asia Pacific   4 Jun, 2012, 16:29
Blow job and orgasm? Good morning, Vietnam  
Jerry Herman

It’s something of a disappointment to find Jerry Herman’s experiences in Hoi An and Hanoi didn’t extend to explicit sex, but the little pleasures of Vietnamese life prove to be quite exciting enough.

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.

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