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Europe   5 Nov, 2010, 00:51
Bounced from the border on the way into Russia  
Anna Greenwood

Warsaw to Moscow, by train, should be easy. But Anna Greenwood finds that a ticket isn’t enough. If you don’t have the right visas your journey can be cut short.

Asia Pacific, Central Asia   4 Nov, 2010, 16:09
Friday Night at the Grand Pyongyang Hotel  
Tamara Dahler

On an overnight stop in In the provincial city of Jeungup, deep within South Korea, Tamara Dahler takes a close interest in the family-run hotel where she lays her head. It doesn’t sound like the most exciting weekend of her life.

Americas   4 Nov, 2010, 16:00
Snakes, samba and giant meals: five weeks in Brazil  
Melanie Lewis

Melanie Lewis finds conspicuous consumption, extreme poverty and spectacular beauty mingle in South America’s largest country and new giant of the world economy.

Editorials, Pole to Pole   4 Nov, 2010, 15:45
Scenting your way around the world  
Paul Lynch

Dogs sniff the air to learn where they are, what’s going on and who’s around. Humans, generally, forget this vital sense. Paul Lynch takes an olfactory world tour.

Deals, Editorials   4 Nov, 2010, 11:14
Hotels are so last century: hello crashpads  
Josie Robson

Crashpadders pay less and see more than traditional hotel guests. These formalised homestays bring travel down to earth, as Josie Robson shows with a selection of actual experiences that make it so different.

Europe   4 Nov, 2010, 10:30
Budapest’s museum of horrors  
John Edwards

Since the Second World War the Nazis and then Communists kept Hungary in a state of fear. John Edwards visits an ambivalent museum that tries to make sense of fifty years of madness.

Europe   2 Nov, 2010, 00:12
Krakow: city of sex and business?  
Chloe Johnson

Not yet, says Chloe Johnson, as she struggles to shift the echoes of Auschwitz in Poland’s party town.

Africa   1 Nov, 2010, 22:47
Age isn’t an issue for one oldie in West Africa  
Dorothy Conlon

You don’t need to be young to have adventures. Dorothy Conlon is in her eighties when she travels – by bush taxi and riverboat – into upcountry Ghana, but says ‘it’s no big deal’. This report from Kpandu Village, on the edge of Lake Volta, shows she hasn’t lost her edge.

Europe   1 Nov, 2010, 22:28
Would you like ice in that?  
Meg King-Sloan

Meg King-Sloan, like many Americans, is used to ice being piled into every cool drink. I’d always assumed this because ice was cheaper than the beverage it replaced. Travelling in Europe, she learns to do without.

Editorials   27 Oct, 2010, 10:28
Winter read: a Warrior Odyssey  
David Calleja

Regular contributor Antonio Graffeco has spent the last ten years in Southeast Asia, learning all the major martial arts and becoming fluent in a slew of complicated languages. Somehow he’s also found time to write another book: David Calleja reviews it.

Africa, Europe   27 Oct, 2010, 10:10
Arab Spain’s poet king  
Habeeb Salloum

It wasn’t so long ago Spain was Islamic and ruled from Morocco. Seville, in particular, was the court of al- Mu’tamid ibn ‘Abbad. Habeeb Saloum tracks down his tomb in Marrakech to uncover an era of Moorish rule.

Asia Pacific, Central Asia   26 Oct, 2010, 07:27
Singapore: certainly not boring  
Sumeet Lakhotia

Southeast Asia’s social star is far from dull, says Sumeet Lakhotia after a four-day visit. Apart from the city’s world-class attractions there’s the chance to watch expensive cars crash in its annual Grand Prix.

Europe   26 Oct, 2010, 07:09
Why a street is named ‘My Grandad’  
Dana Newman

When you talk about war in Czechoslovakia the next question is usually ‘Which one?’. Dana Newman uncovers her family’s violent history on a visit to the now-peaceful Czech Republic.

Europe   26 Oct, 2010, 06:50
A vineyard – in Yorkshire?  
Philippa Vanham

You don’t associate the UK with fine wines. But Philippa Vanham says that’s all changing, as she visits one of 390 little vineyards that have sprung up across Britain. Even Yorkshire, it appears, can produce a decent plonk.

Africa   26 Oct, 2010, 06:36
Mariam Kawinga: seamstress, Malawi  
Stefanie Giglio

When Stefani Giglio goes frock shopping, she does it in style. Armed with a sheaf of fabric she tracks down the best seamstress in Monkey Bay, and gets her dresses tailor-made.

Central Asia   19 Oct, 2010, 14:54
A strip-search for an Uzbek taxi  
Tom Coote

As a westerner, Tom Coote expects to be given the third degree when Militsia stop the taxi that’s – just about – taking him across Uzbekistan’s Kyzylkum desert. This time, however, it’s the car that gets it.

Africa   19 Oct, 2010, 14:21
License to flirt: Morocco’s ‘Marriage Market’  
Aaron Hochman-Zimmerman

In Morocco’s High Atlas mountains the annual ‘Fete Financiere’ presents the perfect chance for Berber boys to meet blushing brides. If they can get past the mothers, that is. Aaron Hochman-Zimmerman hitches along mountain tracks to the small village of Imilchil.

Central Asia   19 Oct, 2010, 14:03
Nepal’s little-known ‘To the Airport’ trek  
Anna Greenwood

In Khatmandu an angry Maoist demonstration disrupts Anna Greenwood’s airport transfer. Tempers run high and windscreens shatter. She’d have stayed to chat but had a plane to catch, so continues her journey on foot.

Asia Pacific   19 Oct, 2010, 13:49
Phuket with your family: top travel tips  
Christopher Dobie

Thailand is a great place to travel with your children. Photographer Christopher Dobie is a frequent visitor and for a gentle introduction to Southeast Asia recommends the island of Phuket.

Europe, Pole to Pole   13 Oct, 2010, 12:45
Greenland’s passenger ferries: all life is there  
Roland Boer

The world’s largest island has hardly any roads. Roland Boer takes a passenger-carrying icebreaker that crosses into the Arctic with Greenlanders on the move.

Central Asia   13 Oct, 2010, 12:30
Cool Karma on the streets of India  
Emma Higgins

Emma Higgins is used to travelling in the Europe, where you have to lock every backpack and still things get stolen. Her first visit to India is therefore quite an experience, as she discovers poverty and honesty can go hand-in-hand.

Europe   13 Oct, 2010, 11:52
What the heck is a Franc?  
Stephen Langlois

Switzerland is something of a mystery to Stephen Langlois, but a spectacular one. He finds the Alps look just like they do on TV but – after a night in a tent – perhaps colder.

Deals, Europe   5 Oct, 2010, 16:56
A driving tour of northern Spain  
Nicole Biarnes

After three years in Barcelona, Nicole Biarnes piles her belongings in a rental car to explore a part of Spain often missed by visitors, the northern provinces between Catalonia and the Atlantic beaches of the Basque region.

Africa   4 Oct, 2010, 12:09
Fleeced at poker in Botswana’s ‘Donkey Town’  
Steve Cartwright

Maun, Botswana, and Steve Cartwright doesn’t waste his energy on safari drives. Instead he settles in for an afternoon beer and a poker session with the wilder human predators of Africa’s finest backwater.

Asia Pacific, Deals   4 Oct, 2010, 11:55
Across Australia on the Indian Pacific  
Paul Joseph

Even though (or because) he sells air tickets for a living, Paul Joseph decides the five-hour flight between Perth to Sydney would be too easy. Instead he takes the train.

Africa, Middle East   4 Oct, 2010, 11:38
Morocco on a budget: cheap(ish) Africa  
Matthew Thomas

Armed with a Lonely Planet guidebook and an open-jaw plane ticket Matthew travels from Marakesh to Agadir.

Europe   4 Oct, 2010, 11:10
Back in time to a painful Berlin past  
Eric Whitehead

Eric Whitehead’s mother-in-law fled Germany just before the outbreak of World War II. So it’s only to be expected that a family visit to her childhood home will uncover painful memories.

Americas   4 Oct, 2010, 10:52
Off the power grid in British Columbia  
Matt Crawford

Canada’s Lasqueti Island is tantalisingly close to Vancouver but a step away in time. Matthew Crawford takes his bike to explore a solar-powered barter economy that dances to a different tune.

Asia Pacific   4 Oct, 2010, 10:32
Franz Josef Glacier: a masterpiece in ice  
Luke Gribble

Every visitor to New Zealand is urged to visit South Island’s most famous glacier. Luke Gribble finds the helicopter access brief and expensive, but the guided hike that follows makes his trip worthwhile.

Europe   28 Sep, 2010, 18:48
The fraudulent pyramids of Bosnia  
Rob Miller

The town of Visoko shot to fame when an expatriate metalworker, living in Texas, announced the the surrounding hills were mighty man-made pyramids. By the time the experts decided they were nothing of the sort a tourist boom was already underway. Rob Miller investigates.

Americas   28 Sep, 2010, 16:51
Losing the War on Drugs  
Hester Pollock

Six months backpacking around South and Central America shows Hester Pollock the bleeding edge of the drugs trade, that hardline Western narcotic policies just seem to make worse. Time, she says, for a rethink – and a new approach to drugs.

Americas   28 Sep, 2010, 16:22
The varied inhabitants of Washington DC  
Tim Jackson

We’d never stereotype Americans. We don’t need to, because we’ve got Tim Jackson to do it for us. He neatly runs through the standard images of America’s major cities before drilling into the reality of life in the capital city, Washington DC.

Central Asia   27 Sep, 2010, 13:53
The end of the affair: goodbye to Shirley (the bike)  
Daniel Bent

Daniel Bent comes to the end of his epic, 15,000km cycle ride to India and pedals into a hero’s reception. His trip has been shortlisted by a major publisher and your vote (by the 1st October) can help him win a book deal.

Americas   23 Sep, 2010, 12:23
Bogota has a birthday  
Emma Jones

Colombia’s capital is known for many things – but not, primarily, for it’s family-friendly entertainment. Emma Jones finds the city in party mood for it’s ‘Festival of Love’.

Central Asia, Europe   23 Sep, 2010, 12:11
A taste of life on the Trans Siberian train  
Anna Greenwood

As Russia’s iconic railway line arrows across the Steppe, Anna Greenwood finds the accents of the world fill the carriages on a journey linking continents.

Asia Pacific   23 Sep, 2010, 11:59
An eye-witness account by a My Lai survivor  
David Calleja

Few survived the Vietnam War’s most infamous massacre, when American troops targeted the village of My Lai. Though orphaned by the conflict, Tran Van Duc lived to tale his tale – and it’s one that deserves to be heard. David Calleja reports.

Europe   23 Sep, 2010, 11:42
Back to Bosnia: insights from a war zone  
Tina Baraga

Tina Baraga travels from her native Slovenia to Bosnia, where she finds striking evidence of the recent war and a people slowly rebuilding their lives.

Asia Pacific   23 Sep, 2010, 11:34
Tonga’s transvestites fight for a future  
Carlos and Vicente Orti Hernandez

The Pacific Islands have long traditions of men dressing – and acting – like women. Carlos and Vincente Orti Hernandez interview some Tongan transvestites who hold themselves aloof from their kava-swilling subsistence society.

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