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Deals, Pole to Pole   29 Nov, 2012, 16:42
Best streets for Christmas lights  
John Miller

One of the few things to brighten this gloomy time of year are the Christmas lights that mark the start of the festive season. John Miller selects the world’s finest four displays.

Americas   29 Nov, 2012, 16:31
Buenos Aires, where the living is easy  
Bonnie Lynn

Bonnie Lynn flies into Argentina’s capital city and finds setting herself up with an apartment is beyond easy. But to really settle in takes time: fortunately she has that too

Europe   29 Nov, 2012, 16:09
Guerilla art takes to the trees in Northern Spain  
Russ Pearce

In the foothills of the Pyrenees a mining giant is planning to scrape off a forest in the face of muted, seething protest. Russ Pearce finds the resistance is both cultured and clever.

Central Asia   29 Nov, 2012, 15:58
Overland from Burma to Asia – in WWII  
Rev. George Tidy

The Reverend George Tidy’s account of outrunning the Japanese army in the midst of war makes for a rattling good read. This extract from ‘Bewitched by Burma’, written by missionaries on the run, makes the moans of a modern backpacker look decidedly trivial.

Europe   28 Nov, 2012, 19:55
Outdoor pursuits in sunny Majorca  
Teresa Turner

There’s more to Majorca than sun, sea and sand. Teresa Turner says the Mediterranean’s finest holiday island also has plenty of active options.

Africa   28 Nov, 2012, 19:35
Dial-a-Lemur tourism in Madagascar’s highlands  
David Jenkins

On his journey around the world’s ten-letter countries, David Jenkins stops off in Madagascar and takes time to track down its iconic wildlife.

Europe   28 Nov, 2012, 19:04
A midnight stroll amongst the canals of Venice  
Brandon Elijah Scott

Despite his initial cynicism, Italy’s iconic highlight works it’s magic on Brandon Elijah Scott. But to perfect the experience he should have brought his own woman.

Americas   27 Nov, 2012, 13:54
A riotous journey from Cuzco to Lima  
Simon Darvell

When Simon Darvell boards a long distance bus in Peru the worst he expects is a sub-standard movie. But cotton-picking farmers are on the march: roadblocks and then riots make getting from the Andes to the coast a very real challenge.

Deals, Middle East   27 Nov, 2012, 12:03
Dining in Dubai: restaurants with a view  
Monica Martinez

Of all the United Arab Emirates, Dubai has by far the most extravagant facilities. Monica Martinez discovers a range of stunning restaurants, amid the clouds and amongst the fish.

Americas   27 Nov, 2012, 11:17
How the smoking ban wrecked the US economy  
John M Edwards

Or just pissed off nicotine addict John M Edwards. New York might be the ‘City that never Sleeps’ but it’s rapidly becoming a city that doesn’t smoke. He finds life increasingly hard amidst a barrage of ‘No Smoking’ signs.

Africa   27 Nov, 2012, 10:33
Kenya’s elections: East Africa on the edge?  
Catherine McNulty

Kenya has an election coming up, and experience shows there’s every chance political parties will rally tribalism to their cause. Catherine McNulty explains how that might impact travellers.

Americas   19 Nov, 2012, 15:40
The enduring majesty of Oregon’s Crater Lake  
Lindsay Salt

The weather pulls out all the stops to make Lindsay Salt’s visit to Crater Lake, one of the largest volcanic lakes in America, a spectacular and memorable experience.

Pole to Pole   16 Nov, 2012, 17:02
Hiking: the Essential Kit  
Simone Visser

Call it hike, trek or stomp, on a serious expedition it is vital to be properly equipped. Simone Visser runs through the items you should certainly take – and those you can leave behind.

Asia Pacific   16 Nov, 2012, 03:15
Tangled by Mandarin on a ‘Love Boat’ tour of Taiwan  
Jack Peterson

Newly-graduated Jack Peterson signs up for a government-sponsored month-long tour of Taiwan, open only to the children of expats. From his first night in Taipei it’s clear that beer and hormones are likely to play a big part.

Africa   15 Nov, 2012, 18:05
Horsing around the Masai Mara  
Richard Powell

Richard Powell joins a gonzo riding outfit to trek across Kenya’s epic game reserve, camping beneath the stars and hanging onto his horses.

Americas   15 Nov, 2012, 14:43
The natural energy of Boulder, Colorado  
Vicky Schippers

Vicky Schippers flies to Denver and explores the Flatirons, the spiky foothills of the Rocky Mountains, and finds plenty of superfit locals cycling and hiking in Chautauqua Park.

Pole to Pole   14 Nov, 2012, 22:00
Top Emerging Travel Destinations  
Laura Williams

Travel frontiers are on the move. Laura Williams runs through the hot emerging destinations for travellers determined to stay on the cutting edge.

Central Asia   13 Nov, 2012, 11:43
A game of polo with a headless goat  
Charlie Walker

Charlie Walker pedals slowly through the mountains of once-soviet Kyrgyzstan and borrows a horse for a game of Ulak Tartysh. Sadly the welcome of the locals is not matched by their mirror-shaded authorities.

Editorials   12 Nov, 2012, 18:14
Five ways to improve your travel photos  
Brandon Elijah Scott

There’s a world of difference between instant holiday snaps and photographs that really sing. Brandon Eilijah Scott suggests five ways to improve the pictures you take.

Central Asia   12 Nov, 2012, 16:24
Mugged in Beijing: when moneychangers turn  
Nicholas Sumner

When Nicholas Sumner flies into China he sails through one scam and avoids another. But when he helps some Swedes change money on the street the deal goes badly wrong.

Editorials   12 Nov, 2012, 13:25
Choosing your holiday destination  
Amanda Rodrigues

The world’s your oyster in the new age of travel. Amanda Rodrigues provides an idiots guide to help you decide where to go next.

Africa   9 Nov, 2012, 18:27
Kilimanjaro climb: the long trudge to summit Africa  
Jonathan Trollip

Of the 20,000 climbers who attempt Tanzania’s iconic volcanic mountain each year, apparently an average of 20 die. Jonathan Trollip takes the gamble and lives to tell the tale.

Asia Pacific   9 Nov, 2012, 16:00
Conned by Australia: the Sunshine Coast’s months of grey  
Dan Horne

Kiwi Dan Horne books a family holiday to Queensland but only on arrival finds out about the ‘wet season’ glossed over in the brochures. The Sunshine Coast wasn’t sunny and thunderstorms beat the Gold Coast grey.

Europe   9 Nov, 2012, 15:47
A hymn to Croatia’s musical traditions  
Bonnie Lynn

Bonnie Lynn’s journey around Croatia begins to the sound of cover versions of Western classics, but it’s the traditional folk music she later discovers that haunts her memories of this European gem.

Americas   31 Oct, 2012, 14:01
Captivating Colombia: safe, sunny and so much fun  
Erika Lindsay

South America’s most infamously lawless country is rapidly shedding its negative image. Erika Lindsay finds no threat in Colombia, only natural beauty and winning smiles.

Africa   31 Oct, 2012, 13:42
Echoes of Apartheid by a Malian waterfall  
Pat Garrod

It’s not easy to resist Afrikaner hospitality. Wild-camping in rural Mali, round-the-world motorcyclist Pat Garrod accepts beers and a brai from a South African mining team and this always comes at a price.

Middle East   31 Oct, 2012, 10:32
A journey to Nizwa, Oman’s ancient capital  
Habeeb Salloum

A thousand years ago the sultanate of Oman was a world power, with colonies across the Indian Ocean and Africa. Habeeb Saloum searches for a glimpse of past power in it’s historic capital but has to be content with a nice cup of tea.

Central Asia, Europe   22 Oct, 2012, 15:12
Cast as a clown in an Ukrainian circus  
Robert Fox

Western civilisation has tamed the circus experience but not in Ukraine. In Dnepropetrovsk ‘flying dogs’ were promised as a highlight so Bobby Fox books himself a seat – which he soon regrets.

Africa   20 Oct, 2012, 12:45
Sick in West Africa – and saved by a stranger  
Christian Cummins

When volunteer Christian Cummins becomes ill in Ghana it falls to some unknown taxi driver to go out of his way to help. This is his thanks to that ‘knight in tattered clothing’.

Deals, Pole to Pole   19 Oct, 2012, 15:57
Holiday and Travel Essentials  
Ann Wright

Planning a holiday? Ann Wright has a travel checklist to help you on your way.

Asia Pacific   19 Oct, 2012, 15:28
A chilling experience of Cambodia’s Killing Fields  
David Calleja

David Calleja comes into direct contact with Cambodia’s horrific past as a veteran of Asia’s ultimate holocaust is his guide to the Killing Fields and Phnom Penh’s infamous Tuol Sleng prison.

Europe   19 Oct, 2012, 15:26
One gypsy caravan and a couple of Somerset ciders  
Sophie McGovern

Sophie McGovern sets out in rural England to discover the realities of living in a traditional bow-top caravan. It turns out to be surprisingly comfortable.

Central Asia   19 Oct, 2012, 14:56
Terrified by a taxi on a Bangladeshi road  
David Jenkins

In his quest to visit every ten-letter country, David Jenkins flies into Bangladesh. As floodwaters wash out most of the south he feels fortunate to be heading north – but the day-long journey proves somewhat traumatic.

Deals, Pole to Pole   18 Oct, 2012, 13:48
The Five Best Budget Holiday Villa Destinations for 2013  
Frank Warner

When money’s tight villa holidays are the best way to cut costs. Frank Warner says the global recession has thrown up even greater bargains for your next trip, and runs through the countries where bargains can be found.

Americas   18 Oct, 2012, 13:05
Meeting the Amish in rural Minnesota  
Eric Whitehead

The all-American town of Harmony is home to one of the world’s largest Amish communities. But while the Amish aren’t allowed cars or electricity Eric Whitehead has both: he loads a CD guide into the car stereo for a self-drive tour.

Europe   18 Oct, 2012, 11:29
A Croatian road trip  
Adam Miezio

Adam Miezio flies into Venice to spark off on a road trip through Croatia, exploring the National Parks but also spending some time on a Mediterranean beach,

Middle East   18 Oct, 2012, 09:48
Plane-crash in Baluchistan  
Nancy R Wilson

In 1930 Mary Bruce became the first person to fly from the UK to Japan. But she nearly didn’t make it, when an oil leak over the Gulf of Oman brings her biplane tumbling down into an Iranian desert. Biographer Nancy Wilson describes how the ‘Queen of Speed’ was slowed.

Deals, Europe   16 Oct, 2012, 14:11
My big mistake in Budapest: going it alone  
Carley Hollis

When Carley Hollis heads off to explore Hungary’s capital she doesn’t opt for an escorted tour. The result is she misses half the sights, walks for miles and wears out her favourite shoes.

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