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Americas, Pole to Pole   5 Sep, 2010, 20:11
Infectious benevolence: couchsurfing  
Sonia Szamocki

Couchsurfing takes trust. This web-based service links hospitable locals with free-spirited visitors and relies on the kindness of strangers and the inherent goodness of people. In Los Angeles, Sonia Szamocki finds it brilliant.

Asia Pacific   5 Sep, 2010, 19:37
Tramping New Zealand’s Heaphy Track  
Adrian Harman-Bishop

Adrian Harman-Bishop packs too much into his backpack. You need to be self-sufficient to hike through New Zealand’s remote wilderness regions, but there’s a limit to how much you can safely carry across precarious rope bridges.

Editorials   4 Sep, 2010, 19:14
Write 350 words – win £1,500  
Jack Barker

Some competitions grab endless rights and the prizes are small. But this one, from Pure Travel and Geographical magazine, wants 350-500 words that catch a moment in time, with a cash prize of £1,500. Act soon: it closes mid-October 2010.

Asia Pacific, Central Asia   3 Sep, 2010, 17:48
Voluntourism in Cambodia: happy smiles all round  
Carol Driver

Carol Driver volunteers to teach children in Cambodia. But her gesture of charity is converted, by a class of obedient, willing children, into a humbling lesson in surviving adversity.

Africa   3 Sep, 2010, 17:34
Morocco: from riad to tent  
Eric Whitehead

Eric Whitehead takes a leisurely tour though the Atlas Mountains, forsaking his riad and car for a camel and tent.

Asia Pacific   3 Sep, 2010, 17:11
The whale hunters of Indonesia  
Carlos and Vicente Orti Hernandez

On the Indonesian island of Lembata whale-hunting lives on. Carlos and Vicente Ortí Hernandez find brave sailors setting out in small boats to do battle with the world’s most powerful mammals.

Americas   3 Sep, 2010, 14:22
Five years on, film crews help New Orleans recover  
Stu Frith

Nicolas Cage’s film ‘Bad Lieutenant’ is just one of many to have been shot in New Orleans post-Katrina, as part of the city’s attempts to rebuild. Many have been facilitated by Jennifer Day of Louisiana’s film department: Stu Frith runs her through a quick q&a.

Central Asia   24 Aug, 2010, 11:18
Turkmenbashi’s Land of Fairy Tales  
Tom Coote

Ashgabat is the capital city of Turkmenistan but tourist attractions are thin on the ground. It does have a theme park though. Tom Coote visits – and lives to regret it.

Americas   24 Aug, 2010, 10:45
The Witch Doctors of Ecuador  
Benjamin Cook

When Ben Cook decides to study shamanism he does it properly. He flies down to South America and visits faith healers in the Andes and Amazon. Will his sturdy scepticism stay the course?

Europe   22 Aug, 2010, 20:22
Life as a gypsy: my Bosnian in Belgium  
Landon Spencer

When Landon Spencer’s circus act is brought to a halt by a broken arm she decides to heal in Brussels. She doesn’t get to see the city’s brochure sights, as her mind is drawn more to Bosnia.

Europe   22 Aug, 2010, 19:31
Greek lightning  
Roger Norum

Athens was once considered the centre of the ancient world. Roger Norum finds that despite Greece’s economic travails the city still seems pretty central now. He tastes life in the capital and then heads out to the Saronic Islands.

Europe   22 Aug, 2010, 15:01
Thin air and massive views: climbing Mont Blanc  
Rachel Berkowitz

Most of us just look in awe at Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the European Alps, or – if feeling energetic – buy a postcard of its snowy heights. Rachel Berkowitz ropes up for the climb to the summit.

Central Asia   11 Aug, 2010, 10:40
Hunting for honey in Nepal’s Himalayas  
Anna Greenwood

On a Nepalese trek Anna Greenwood captures a magic moment where life seems perfect. Love, chocolate, honey and company come together in the mountains: who could ask for more?

Americas   10 Aug, 2010, 22:01
Homestays help a Titicaca island  
Brendan van Son

On the island of Amantani Brendan van Son finds that tourism has been gently harnessed to benefit the local community.

Europe   10 Aug, 2010, 17:24
Lost again: 5,000 European kilometres, a bit confused  
Eric Whitehead

When Eric Whitehead flies into Europe he uses the latest satnav technology as well as traditional maps. These don’t, strangely, help, and he gets thoroughly misled on a tour that turned out more epic than expected.

Americas   6 Aug, 2010, 12:29
Whiskey breaks the ice with Colombia’s smugglers  
Adam Page

The Guajira Peninsula on Colombia’s northern coast is known for one thing. Contraband. But when Adam Page is told the people who live at Puerto Estrella are also ‘crazy, savage, and drunk all day’ he scents the chance of a duty-free dram.

Asia Pacific, Central Asia   6 Aug, 2010, 12:17
Over the moon for (agent) orange cows  
David Calleja

The after-effects of America’s crazed war against communism live on in Vietnam. But there’s an Aussie ex-journalist working to help, one cow at a time. David Calleja describes a wholesome and helpful charity at work.

Africa, Middle East   6 Aug, 2010, 11:57
Muddling through Marrakech  
Tara Donaldson

On her first day in Morocco, Tara Donaldson is momentarily taken aback by the speed and determination with which the locals seek to part her from her freshly-changed dollars.

Asia Pacific   6 Aug, 2010, 10:49
A backpacker’s paradise in Queensland’s far north  
Catherine Thomson

After a year on the road, there’s one place that stands out in Catherine Thomson’s memory as the best place she’s visited. Squished between the rainforest and the Barrier Reef, it’s the small town of Port Douglas.

Central Asia   28 Jul, 2010, 12:00
The pitfalls of progress in Nepal’s Himalayas  
Norma Sherratt

New roads don’t always mean improvements for the mountain villages of Nepal. Norma Sherratt follows a traditional trekking route now bypassed by tarmac and finds pain in progress.

Americas   26 Jul, 2010, 13:47
Alternative attractions for a Florida holiday  
Zoe Shaw

There’s more to Florida than Disney World. Zoe Shaw books a luxury holiday villa, fires up her Buick and starts exploring.

Asia Pacific   26 Jul, 2010, 11:08
‘All Shook Up’ on a Hong Kong film set  
Christa McDermott

To fund their backpacker lifestyle Christa McDermott lands her shy boyfriend an acting gig and tells him he’s only an extra. Little does he know that he’s expected to perform.

Central Asia, Europe   26 Jul, 2010, 10:54
Life in Yaroslavl, with its mad Russian cats  
Georgie Klein

Georgie Klein’s university, in its wisdom, decided in 2008 to send her to the town of Yaroslavl, 150 miles out of Moscow, and leave her there for a year. I don’t know what they expected, but this is what she found.

Americas   22 Jul, 2010, 20:17
Recife – dark and light  
James Young

Northeastern Brazil, and the sweltering city of Recife provides a vivid setting for James Young’s subtle insight into a society where rich and poor rarely mingle. In the tropical heat generations blend.

Europe   22 Jul, 2010, 19:21
A satnav-friendly guide to Scotland’s Malt Whisky Trail  
Matt Coughlan

Matt Coughlan gives this practical guide to touring the great Scottish malt distilleries, complete with postcodes. That’s something to hand to your chauffeur.

Europe   22 Jul, 2010, 14:01
A winter hitch from Vilnius to Riga  
Kris Mole

It is snowing, and fabled freeloader Kris Mole doesn’t even have a coat. That doesn’t stop him hitch-hiking from Lithuania to Latvia. Once again, the kindness of strangers means that – 11 hours after he started – the final lift delivers him to his door.

Africa   22 Jul, 2010, 13:50
White girl on a Malawian bike  
Stefanie Giglio

Monkey Bay, Malawi, and Stefanie Giglio decides to travel like a local on a black, Chinese bike. But – like many things in Africa – buying a bicycle is not a simple process. First she has to hire a mechanic…

Asia Pacific   22 Jul, 2010, 13:29
Tahiti: not quite paradise when poor  
Alicia Harney

It might be logical to break a flight downunder with a few days in Tahiti, but it’s not such a good plan when you’re couch-surfing on a budget. Alicia Harney finds the South Pacific idyll is priced out of her reach.

Americas   21 Jul, 2010, 16:02
Choquequiroa: Peru’s alternative Inca trail  
Brendan van Son

It’s increasingly hard to get permits to climb the Inca Trail. But the famous route to Machu Picchu isn’t the only historic mountain route in Peru. Brendan van Son treks the Andean paths of Choquequiroa and finds they are just as steep.

Europe   21 Jul, 2010, 15:41
Tales from the Spanish Civil War  
John Wainwright

Overshadowed by two World Wars, Spain’s civil war was a clear clash of 20th century political themes. John Wainwright visits some decisive battlefields, and finds the ghosts of the past still very much alive.

Asia Pacific, Central Asia   21 Jul, 2010, 12:27
Laos’ Forgotten Women  
Charlotte Halligan

Scratch beneath the surface of Laos’ burgeoning tourist scene, and you will see a country suffering with poverty and inequality. Charlotte Halligan discovers how Micro-credit is changing lives for poor women across Laos.

Europe   21 Jul, 2010, 11:44
Travelling Albania’s lakes  
Matt Pointon

With his experience of Albanian railways behind him, Matt Pointon travels towards Kosova by taxi and boat.

Europe   21 Jul, 2010, 10:22
Going Dutch: Queens Day in Amsterdam  
Nikki Stones

You’d be forgiven for thinking that in Amsterdam ‘Queen’s Day’ might be a bracing blast of gay celebrations. But Nikki Stones finds instead a lavish celebration of Holland’s royal traditions that sees the city come alive for all its residents.

Americas   21 Jul, 2010, 10:05
High church and low jungle: a busy day in Ecuador  
Luminita Cuna

Luminita Cuna doesn’t generally do double dates. But in Ecuador a long-standing invite to a Quechua wedding clashes with her godson’s small-town baptism. She has to do both.

Americas   13 Jul, 2010, 20:14
The ghosts of Bodie  
Daniel Metraux

America’s goldrush left scores of now-abandoned ghost towns, but few are as well preserved – or extensive – as Bodie in California. Daniel A. Métraux climbs the Eastern Sierra to find a town in ‘arrested decay’.

Europe   13 Jul, 2010, 19:57
A walkabout journey starts in Iceland  
Will Carne

Will Carne throws a dart at a map to decide where to start seeing the world, and hits the Netherlands. But all good plans are flexible, and a cheap-ticket stopover introduces Iceland into his world tour.

Europe   13 Jul, 2010, 19:39
Mad King Ludwig’s fairytale castle  
Rati Ramadas

Not so long ago, the German kings were the most powerful in Europe. Hell, they even palmed off Britain with one of their spares. But none were quite so strange as Ludwig II. Rati Ramadas visits an architectural epic, born of a fevered mind.

Americas   6 Jul, 2010, 14:09
Northern Colombia: beaches and beyond  
Hester Pollock

Cartagena is great, but plagued by Canadian charter flights. Hesther Pollock takes to the water to find northern Colombia’s most idyllic beaches and explore the lawless Guajira Peninsula.

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