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Europe   4 Feb, 2011, 13:34
Rathlin – the Scottish island off the Irish coast  
Paul Heppleston

Strategically marooned between Scotland and Ireland and Islay, the island of Rathlin is scarcely visited these days. But Paul Heppleston finds things looking up for this windswept retreat.

Asia Pacific   4 Feb, 2011, 13:07
Bagging South Sumatra’s highest peak  
Tim Hannigan

One of the few to realise Indonesia’s potential for trekking and climbing, Dan Quin has set up a website mapping out routes up all the archipelago’s mountains. This extract sees Tim Hannigan guide you through the practicalities of climbing Gunung Dempo.

Europe   2 Feb, 2011, 11:10
Sicily, tracking Inspector Montalbano  
Suzanne and Andrew Edwards

Italy is brought to life – with dashes of violent crime – in the colourful thrillers by Andrea Camilleri. Suzanne and Andrew Edwards find the police-chief hero, Inspector Montalbano, introduces Sicily’s lesser-known bars, restaurants and sights.

Deals, Europe   2 Feb, 2011, 10:25
Tasting the foods of the world – in London  
Sergio Santos

There’s no need to fly across the planet to enjoy all the world’s cuisines, says Sergio Santos. Every taste imaginable is catered for in Britain’s capital.

Central Asia   1 Feb, 2011, 13:04
Cruising the ‘Three Gorges’ – Chinese-style  
Jordan Blair

Jordan Blair is in fairly rugged shape when he sets off for Chongqing but his mood perks up by the time he gets to Wanzhou and his Yangtze River cruise. His budget doesn’t stretch to luxury so he gets an immersion experience with new Chinese friends.

Africa   1 Feb, 2011, 12:25
A pilot’s view of microlighting Vic Falls  
Bill Davis

Bill Davis chucks in his job and heads out to Zambia to microlight tourists through the spray of Victoria Falls, on the border with Zimbabwe. His first few days prove something of a revelation.

Americas   1 Feb, 2011, 12:01
Dodging jaguar in the jungles of Tikal  
Steve Angelique

Guatemala’s most atmospheric ruins, hidden away in the Peten, are pretty safe for travellers. The same is not true of the surrounding jungle. Steve Angelique decides to go trekking. At night.

Asia Pacific, Central Asia   1 Feb, 2011, 09:31
Taking advice from a Korean mountain  
CG Fewston

CG Fewston sets out for a festive Christmas break in the mountains of South Korea, but finds the summer resort is boarded up and icebound. The days of reflection – and an unconventional diet – change his life forever.

Europe   23 Jan, 2011, 21:39
England to Munich by coach: unglamorous but effective  
Penny Woods

The journey is almost as important as the destination, and travelling on a budget makes it more interesting, not less. Penny Woods crosses the channel by coach and finds it a revealing introduction to Germany.

Europe   23 Jan, 2011, 21:32
A Londoner’s take on Fair Isle  
Karen Harris

If the nearest you get to Scotland’s islands is listening to the shipping forecast on Radio Four, your imagination is likely to give reality a lot to live up to. Karen Harris finds Fair Isle defies her expectations.

Americas   23 Jan, 2011, 19:08
Seven days in Buenos Aires  
Janos Gal

Argentina’s capital proves a charming surprise to Janos Gal, and the ideal place to start his exploration of the country.

Africa, Asia Pacific   23 Jan, 2011, 18:57
Mud huts, zebu and Lemurs  
David Robinson

Why does everyone assume any visitor to Madagascar just wants to go trekking after Lemurs? David Robinson heads out to the small village of Ambohimahamasina and settles in for a rewarding stay.

Americas   10 Jan, 2011, 18:06
Meeting Ecuador’s ‘Lost People of the Clouds’  
Steve Angelique

When Steve Angelique hears about the ‘Lost People of the Clouds’ he has to find out more. His quest takes him well off the Gringo Trail into the mountainous region where neither Ecuador nor Colombia exert much control.

Central Asia   10 Jan, 2011, 17:41
Seeing in 2011 on China’s Great Wall  
Sajid Chowdhury

Shivering in the cold of a Chinese Winter, Sajid Chowdhury decides to see in the new decade with an expedition from Beijing to the Great Wall of China. Thanks to the weather he gets the place to himself.

Americas   7 Jan, 2011, 15:17
When America could have become.. Russian?  
Daniel Metraux

The British weren’t the only country in the race to settle the New World. But little is ever heard of Russia’s imperial venture to set up home on America’s west coast. Daniel A Metraux visits Fort Ross and tells the tale of Russia’s American enclave.

Central Asia   7 Jan, 2011, 14:14
Counting the Rupees in southern Mumbai  
Steve Rudd

Mumbai, India’s greatest city previously known as Bombay, has a reputation for burning through travellers’ cash. Steve Rudd, however, finds a part of town where he can explore without troubling his wallet.

Americas   7 Jan, 2011, 13:40
Slowing down in ‘Tamagringo’  
Rachel Khona

City girl Rachel Khona had plenty planned for her Costa Rican holiday in Tamarindo. But when a snorkelling injury derails action-packed days of exploration she learns to relax and have fun – and her vacation comes to life.

Europe   7 Jan, 2011, 11:43
A pilgrim journey to the Skellig Isles  
Dave Gleed

A small boat off Ireland’s west coast is an unlikely setting for a spiritual journey. David Gleed retraces the route of Christianity’s early evangelists in Europe and finds it a bracing, uplifting experience.

Americas   7 Jan, 2011, 10:45
Clocking up all 50 American States  
Rob Dobrusin

There must be a word for people who’ve visited every State of America. It takes 42 years for Rob Dobrusin to tick off his last, but a long drive into North Dakota completes an epic achievement.

Europe   28 Dec, 2010, 13:21
Introducing Kolocep’s most hospitable host  
Isobel Diamond

The small Croatian island of Kolocep is one of the new Europe’s most charming summer destinations. Isobel Diamond checks in to a ‘fifty-star’ apartment.

Americas   28 Dec, 2010, 13:01
Explaining a Sun Dance to an STD doctor  
Warwick Cairns

Few outsiders have ever attended an American-Indian Sun Dance festival. What takes place leads Warwick Cairns, some time later, to an awkward conversation with an aids-clinic medic.

Europe   28 Dec, 2010, 12:27
How to steer a Venetian gondola  
Bonnie Lynn

The gondoliers of Venice earn a good money and are fiercely protective of their trade. In 2010 the first woman was awarded a license: encouraged by this Bonnie Lynn takes to the canals on a gondola handling course.

Americas   28 Dec, 2010, 11:48
Volunteering for a very different Christmas  
Tessa Okell

It doesn’t have to be turkey and trimmings every year. Tessa Okell found volunteering in Peru a more satisfying way to spend the festive season – until the Sacred Valley was hit by floods.

Asia Pacific, Europe   23 Dec, 2010, 20:49
From lad to lass: a Japanese massage in London  
Richard Oldale

Richard Oldale isn’t used to going for a massage, let alone one from a Japanese in London. You can talk to masseuses as they work (so unlike dentists), and it seems to work as a cultural exchange.

Central Asia   23 Dec, 2010, 20:28
Finding the moon in Northern India  
Sezgi Yalin

Somewhere between Leh and Manali, Sezgi Yalin finds a lunar landscape – and a defiant enclave of Tibetan culture. The scale of this moonscape stays with her through her travels in India, and subtly changes her relationship with her shoes.

Europe   23 Dec, 2010, 20:01
Surviving on charity in snow-bound Serbia  
Kris Mole

Veteran freeloader Kris Mole takes his empty wallet to Serbia for Christmas where he tests the generosity of Belgrade’s residents. They prove a remarkably open-handed bunch with a wicked sense of humour. Best of all, the Balkans booze.

Americas   23 Dec, 2010, 19:34
Vancouver Island: an adventure too far?  
Eric Whitehead

Anyone who still thinks Canada is small should carefully read Eric Whitehead’s account of the laborious travels that go to combining whale watching, bear spotting and taking tea. Not bad for a stopover visit.

Africa   22 Dec, 2010, 21:53
Adventures on South Africa’s backpacker trail  
Jordan Blair

It’s easy to lose the easy informality of life on the backpacker trail. Jordan Blair brings it all back with his account of a Baz Bus journey to Hermanus where he wants to try cage diving. The sharks are the least of his problems as the journey skews from plan.

Europe   22 Dec, 2010, 21:37
Speed like Santa on a snowmobile in Lapland  
Heather Sunderland

You can’t get much colder than the northern tip of Europe, where Norway meets Finland in the land of the Lapps. Heather Sutherland skims across the icy tundra and doesn’t even notice the freezing air: she picks up on the warming sun, and likes it.

Americas   22 Dec, 2010, 21:19
Meeting by chance with a modern-day Che  
Ruby Weldon

In Cuba there’s no financial advantage in being a doctor. Ruby Weldon meets a medic who struggles to survive in the Caribbean’s socialist Utopia.

Americas   22 Dec, 2010, 20:00
Let’s talk about Sox, baby  
David Calleja

David Calleja steps inside Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox and discovers what baseball is about – the fans and America’s most intense sporting rivalry.

Europe   19 Dec, 2010, 20:50
Why on earth visit Germany?  
Sarah Annable

Like many of the Brits, Sarah Annable couldn’t see the point of flying into Europe’s economic powerhouse. But she finds the city of Oldenburg something of a revelation and Hamburg rocks.

Europe   19 Dec, 2010, 20:13
The Ozzie ‘Van Tour’ comes to Oktoberfest  
Chloe Johnson

Ever wondered what Australian campervanners get up to on their European travels? Possibly best not to. Chloe Johnson spills the beans about the climax of their summer tours: the 100 Club Challenge.

Americas   15 Dec, 2010, 09:00
Non Stop Erotic Bingo  
Philip Blazdell

Not many travellers find good reasons to travel to Sao Paulo. But Philip Blazdell finds the Brazilian take on the world’s dullest gambling sport is one reason to linger.

Africa   11 Dec, 2010, 19:54
Gabon/Congo/DRC – by motorbike  
Simon Wilson

Simon Wilson rides some of the worst roads in the world armed only with an Africa Twin. This extract from his blog comes just after he’s had to repatriate his friend who’d died in a crash: motorbiking Africa is a dangerous business.

Asia Pacific   11 Dec, 2010, 18:54
Orangutan encounter in Borneo’s peat swamp forest  
Kathleen Morf Vandervust

Indonesia’s wild life takes centre stage as Kathy Morf travels to Sebangau National Park in Kalimantan. Amidst ancient peat swamp forests she meets one of the few remaining ‘old man of the forest’.

Europe   11 Dec, 2010, 18:42
Unimpressed by Basil the Blessed  
Edward Stratton

On two trips to Moscow Edward Stratton heads for Red Square and St Basil’s Cathedral. It takes two visits for him to be sure that the tourist hype is just that: Russia’s flagship architectural icon is hugely overrated.

Europe   11 Dec, 2010, 18:12
Stranded and penniless in the Pyrenees  
Rachel Khona

On an overnight journey from Paris to Barcelona, a sleepless Rachel Khona gets off to change trains. Unfortunately not at the station she needed, but at a pit stop in the middle of nowhere. And she only has three Euros. How could she possibly make it to Spain?

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