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Central Asia   20 Feb, 2012, 09:43
An ode to Udaipur  
Saurabh Kumar Das

Once the capital of an ancient Rajasthani empire, Udaipur is most famous for its lakes and palaces. Saurabh Kumar Das says there’s more to the city: the people who live there deserve a mention too.

Americas   19 Feb, 2012, 12:46
Ski-bums at large in Canada’s resorts  
Louise Hudson

For some Brits a couple of weeks skiing is enough. But Louise Hudson finds a scatter of die-hards who are determined to spend a whole season on the the Canadian pistes.

Europe   19 Feb, 2012, 10:42
Blown away by the Costa de la Luz  
Thom Wheeler

Spain’s extreme south is almost Africa and, in Gibraltar, half-British. Thom Wheeler tracks along the arid coast and is sandblasted, sozzled and finally charmed.

Asia Pacific, Deals   17 Feb, 2012, 13:37
Bangkok, City of Smiles  
Iain Miller

Thailand’s capital has long been a magnet for travellers from the West. Iain Miller say sit still retains all its urban charms, the beating heart of Southeast Asia’s last great Buddhist Kingdom.

Europe   17 Feb, 2012, 13:12
Settling into Sofia, no guidebook required  
Lilia Velinova

When one Aussie visits another a full tour is in order. Lilia Velinova shows a visiting Kevin around Bulgaria’s capital city – and her adopted home.

Africa   17 Feb, 2012, 09:11
Stitched up at football in a playground in Accra  
Mara Moettus

In Ghana they’re mad about football, and volunteer teacher Mara Moettus is keen to join her school game. But a wardrobe malfunction brings play to a halt and instead she makes a new friend,

Americas   15 Feb, 2012, 10:25
Big trouble in little Colón, Panama’s Pacific port  
John Barclay

John Barclay’s new book, ‘Surface Male’ describes his round-the-world trip without flying by air. This extract sees him in a small Central American port, trying to negotiate a berth on a trans-Pacific cargo ship.

Americas, Deals   14 Feb, 2012, 17:11
Iconic USA tours for 2012- Route 66  
Sophie McGovern

Running between Chicago and Los Angeles, Route 66 has to be one of the world’s greatest highways but it’s also nearly 2,500 miles long. Sophie McGovern says a coach tour takes the strain for a road trip through America’s heartland.

Europe   14 Feb, 2012, 07:40
Legal drugs and sorta-safe sin: Amsterdam by night  
John M Edwards

Arriving in Holland’s city of sin, John M Edwards goes into one of Amsterdam’s ‘Brown Cafes’ and – silly boy – orders coffee. A gin and a joint is their recommendation to help him jumpstart a busy day.

Middle East   10 Feb, 2012, 16:23
Syria’s last tourist is a Brit on a jaunt  
Nick Redmayne

Troubled times in Syria don’t stop Nick Redmayne’s drive to Jordan. He finds a warm welcome – but with undercurrents of worry – as he passes through Aleppo.

Central Asia, Europe   10 Feb, 2012, 16:07
Turkey, land of angels  
Bonnie Lynn

It’s not easy to classify Turkey. Is it Europe? Asia? Or the Middle East? Bonnie Lynn says it’s none of these. It’s a little bit of heaven.

Europe   9 Feb, 2012, 14:30
Few signs of life in Greece’s economy  
Brian Riot

Not often the Travelmag goes in for economic analysis. But Brian Riot has some views on the probable outcome of the latest Greek bailout.

Asia Pacific   6 Feb, 2012, 23:14
All good news: breaking a leg in Bali  
J.M. Daniels

When John ‘Jack’ Daniels falls over the steps of his Indonesian villa, he finds himself at the mercy of Bali’s finest doctors. Thankfully he finds they bolt him up superbly.

Americas   6 Feb, 2012, 22:57
Chasing a dream – Hearst’s “Castle in the Sky”  
Lindsay Salt

It’s not an easy time to romanticise the dreams of the super-wealthy. But Lindsay Salt finds solace in the expensive folly of one especially rich American.

Central Asia   6 Feb, 2012, 15:48
The art of betting on a Chinese cockfight  
Sergey Kahn

In Jingjong, Yunnan Province, Sergey Kahn goes to see his first cockfight,where he hopes to make a killing by betting against a puffed-out champ. But in this fight to the death it’s not easy to judge the potential of an untried chicken.

Asia Pacific, Deals   4 Feb, 2012, 22:36
Australia: vibrant cities and exotic wildlife  
Marcos Lujan

There’s a great deal to discover in Australia, says Marcos Lujan. But long-haul travellers shouldn’t economise on one important extra: effective and valid travel insurance.

Americas   4 Feb, 2012, 15:35
A lucky turn in Gloucester, Massachusetts  
Eric Whitehead

This might be one of America’s most historic towns, but Eric Whitehead finds Gloucester less interesting than he expects. It’s always worrying when the afternoon nap turns out to be a highlight in your day.

Central Asia   4 Feb, 2012, 14:57
Too close to elephants in a Sri Lankan forest  
Jude Perera

When another jeep gets stuck in the mud Jude Perera’s driver hops out to help. This leaves Jude, and family, abandoned amongst an increasingly frisky set of touchy tuskers. Forget the heroics: just get us outta here!

Europe   4 Feb, 2012, 14:41
Hostel hell in downtown Hungaria  
Mara Moettus

Depite warnings from her mother, Mara Moettus sets off alone, in her teens, to hostel around Europe. On her first night in Budapest two disturbed room-mates ensure she doesn’t get much sleep.

Africa, Deals   30 Jan, 2012, 17:55
How to save money and still have a wonderful holiday  
Theresa Semackor

An irritating recession is no reason to put off your annual vacation. Theresa Semackor knows how to travel on a budget.

Europe   28 Jan, 2012, 17:39
The road to Chawton: a young Janeite’s pilgrimage  
Julia O'Connor

Jane Austen fans flock to see the author’s home at Chawton, usually on organised tours. Julia O’Connor braves the UK’s notoriously complicated and expensive public transport system and completes the journey in authentic Victorian style – on foot.

Asia Pacific   28 Jan, 2012, 15:48
Changing a country: how tourism is twisting Cambodia  
Adam O'Hern

Tourism is certainly helping Cambodia’s fast-growing economy, and helping the country rise above its turbulent past, but Adam O’Hern finds worrying signs of how the boom in western visitors is now eroding a traditional Khmer way of life.

Americas   28 Jan, 2012, 15:20
A pilgrimage along New Orleans’ Royal Road  
Lorne Blumer

Lorne Blumer loves the southern city of New Orleans. And proves it with this atmospheric dispatch from America’s frontline of fun.

Europe   27 Jan, 2012, 11:32
A nautical day out in Portsmouth  
Jonathan Hunter

To experience Britain’s maritime heritage the best place to visit is Portsmouth, surely the most important naval base in England. Jonathan Hunter tours the museums on offer and finds history on show at every turn.

Europe   17 Jan, 2012, 15:10
Go wild in the woods: canoeing Sweden’s backlands  
Bob Carter

Bob Carter gets to grips with western Sweden when he teams up with three friends for a six-day expedition in a Canadian canoe. Days on the lakes and nights in a hammock prove to the perfect way to travel through the the Bergslagen region.

Europe   17 Jan, 2012, 14:49
The cliffs of Ireland: look before you leap  
Sharon Goott Nissim

The countless winding roads of the ‘Emerald Isle’ easily outwit Sharon Goott Nissim’s GPS navigator. So the planned highlights she’d hoped to see are replaced with an unplanned tour – and a much more interesting experience.

Central Asia   17 Jan, 2012, 14:31
Don’t judge a country by its government: Burma, now  
Andy Knight

Forget tourist embargoes: they haven’t worked and never will. As Myanmar’s repressive regime crumbles Andy Knight flies into Burma and checks out the situation on the ground.

Europe   17 Jan, 2012, 13:58
Summer, 1911 and a motorbike ride across England  
Maurice Coggin

A hundred years ago Maurice Coggin, aged 19, set off from Eastbourne to ride across England on a newly-bought ‘Premier’ motorbike. But the first British bikes were not reliable machines, and after a full day on the road he is forced to continue by train.

Europe   2 Jan, 2012, 16:25
Lichtenstein, a country so small it fits into a pocket  
Jason Smart

Jason Smart ticks of the eightieth country he’s visited but I think he’s cheating. One of the smallest states in Europe, best known for postage stamps, should hardly count. But – he’s done his research – it has its very own beer.

Asia Pacific   2 Jan, 2012, 13:22
Is Thailand getting tired of tourists?  
Allan Cross

After planning retirement in Southeast Asia’s most visited nation, Allan Cross begins to see steel behind the smiles. Western visitors, he says, should be aware that it’s not such a carefree place and the potential for civil unrest simmers below the surface.

Americas   2 Jan, 2012, 11:46
Christmas shopping and sights: winter in New York  
Ashleigh Powell

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas to Ashleigh Powell, with toys in every store and New York’s iconic attractions close at hand.

Americas   24 Dec, 2011, 12:07
Into the ‘Twilight Zone’ with vampire Ed Cullen  
Helen Moat

Despite not having read the books or seen the films, Helen Moat finds a stopover in the town of Forks brings her a raw taste of American gothic. But there’s more to the place than the movie-themed marketing would have her believe.

Europe   24 Dec, 2011, 11:53
Three nights on the tiles in Amsterdam  
David S Grant

David S Grant has a good time on his visit to Holland’s capital. Too good, in fact. If he’d stayed another light he’d have had to leave his liver there.

Deals, Europe   22 Dec, 2011, 12:34
Celebrate Christmas the Scottish Way in Edinburgh  
Denver Burke

Denver Burke suggests Scotland for Christmas. The city of Edinburgh, he says, it at its best in the festive season.

Asia Pacific   22 Dec, 2011, 12:20
Paradise Lost: Tahiti on a backpacker’s budget  
John M Edwards

French Polynesia fails to charm John M Edwards. Everything’s expensive, the beaches are poor and budget travellers unpopular. Especially him when, on the island of Moorea, he crashes the local Club Med and chomps his way through some free hospitality.

Europe   22 Dec, 2011, 11:35
Pedalling through Romania – fast past dogs  
Glen Rooney

When Glen Rooney proposed cycling across Romania he didn’t get a lot of encouragement. Instead he was warned of dangerous dogs, bandits and highwaymen. Of course he found nothing of the kind: just rural tranquillity and the kindness of strangers.

Asia Pacific, Central Asia   22 Dec, 2011, 10:56
More fights than boobs in a Korean red-light zone  
Michael Fraiman

Texas Street is one of Korea’s most notorious red-light zones. In the interests of research Michael Fraiman sets out to spend a night amongst strippers and prostitutes and finds it a strangely angry place.

Deals, Europe   16 Dec, 2011, 11:44
Escorted Tours: Exploring Scandinavia  
Iain Miller

Iain Miller finds beauty and peace in the magical landscapes of Norway and Sweden. An escorted tour, he finds, is the best way to explore.

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