Travelmag Banner

Latest Headlines

Editorials   5 Oct, 2011, 13:38
A guide to giving in the developing world  
Ulrike Werner

However wealthy and western you are, scattering gifts around the developing world isn’t always a good idea. Ulrike Werner looks at your options for showing gratitude without upsetting local cultures.

Americas   3 Oct, 2011, 19:30
Brits in Banff  
Louise Hudson

There are plenty of British expats chasing the powder in Canada every winter. Some for a ski bum season, others come on temporary visas and stay on, while still more come as winter tourists. Louise Hudson knows why.

Central Asia   28 Sep, 2011, 18:41
Selling Sri Lanka: a copywriter’s conscience  
Gez Hebburn

Gez Heburn finds writing selling copy for holidays in Sri Lanka makes him feel guilty: he knows too much about the place. This is his version that’s not for the travel brochures.

Africa, Middle East   28 Sep, 2011, 12:23
Libya’s last tourist  
Tom Coote

Pre-revolution and Libya was an attainable – if expensive – tourist destination. As European bombers fly in, Tom Coote finds himself on one of the last passenger flights out of Tripoli.

Asia Pacific   28 Sep, 2011, 10:13
A taxi-driver’s curse and a lesson in humility  
David Calleja

David Calleja’s bruising encounter with a Hanoi airport taxi leaves lingering bad luck that seems to follow him into provincial Vietnam. But it’s his own attitude that is spoiling his experience and a little reflection turns his trip around.

Deals, Pole to Pole   27 Sep, 2011, 17:11
Guided Tours – Expedition Antarctica  
Iain Miller

It was always Iain Miller’s dream to travel to the South Pole. An Antarctic Cruise gives him the chance to live his dream – in comfort.

Americas   13 Sep, 2011, 11:21
Hunting for alligator by half-drowning a cat  
Dan Hart

On a trip to Miami, Dan Hart signs up for an airboat ride through Florida’s Everglades. What he doesn’t expect to experience is a leather-clad local punching an alligator in the face.

Central Asia   12 Sep, 2011, 17:08
Kashmir then and now: tracking 19th century footsteps  
Tim Hannigan

Tim Hannigan follows in the footsteps of George Hayward, a Leeds-born orphan who traipsed across India over a hundred years ago. At remote Manasbal Lake he discovers the Kashmir of the distant past can still be found.

Europe   12 Sep, 2011, 16:26
Welcome to Dnepropetrovsk: arriving in Ukraine  
Robert Fox

First-time visitor Robert Fox finds his arrival in Ukraine somewhat traumatising. Let’s hope the country adopts a more convincing charm offensive as his stay unfolds.

Americas   12 Sep, 2011, 16:13
Baffled by banter in downtown São Paulo  
Rob Dwyer

A new life in Brazil proves something of a challenge for Rob Dwyer as he waits for his language skills to kick in. Until he learns Portuguese his only recourse is to sit at the table like a deaf granny.

Asia Pacific, Deals   8 Sep, 2011, 14:49
Australia and its Territories  
James Newman

Australia is one of the world’s most diverse destinations. James Newman outlines the major highlights, from cities to natural wonders, across its States and Territories.

Central Asia   5 Sep, 2011, 15:23
Harbin’s Snow and Ice Festival – and a hot dog diet  
Jade Evans

Northern China in winter might not have much celebrate. What they do have is snow and ice – and plenty of it. That’s good enough for the provincial town of Harbin, and for Jade Evans to pay a visit.

Europe   5 Sep, 2011, 15:10
Bull tail and beers in Caceres  
Kris Mole

There’s no such thing as a free lunch, the saying goes. But Kris Mole finds that’s not true at all in Spain, as he continues his penniless couch-surfing Odyssey across Europe.

Central Asia   5 Sep, 2011, 14:38
Fort or folly in rural India  
Swatee Chaturvedi

After an eight hour drive from Delhi Swatee Chaturvedi finds herself in a sleepy corner of Madhya Pradesh. Instead of joining the tourist circuit to visit Khajuraho she finds plenty to explore – and a wholly unexpected fort – in the small town of Orchha.

Deals, Editorials   30 Aug, 2011, 16:23
An Introduction to Teaching English Abroad  
Chris Rowlands

Teaching English as a Foreign Language can be an excellent way to earn money while travelling. Chris Rowlands gives a guide to TEFL options on the road.

Africa   30 Aug, 2011, 14:46
There’s nowhere quite like Durban  
Julie H Ferguson

Dirty, run-down and dangerous? Far from it. Julie Ferguson finds a genteel charm and a wealth of character in KwaZulu-Natal’s coastal hub.

Central Asia   30 Aug, 2011, 13:36
Kazakhstan, home to the real ‘Big Apple’  
Colin Baker

Forget New York. Colin Baker says there’s only one ‘Big Apple’, and that’s in Kazakhstan’s largest city, Almaty. But that’s just one of this hospitable country’s little-known attractions.

Americas   30 Aug, 2011, 12:39
An eight-day loop through Yellowstone National Park  
John McCarthy

The main sights of Yellowstone Park are helpfully linked by a 176 mile-long figure-of-eight road loop. John McCarthy decides a bicycle would be a perfect way to travel, but as he plans his trip in detail it becomes clear the journey won’t be any sort of pushover.

Asia Pacific, Deals   24 Aug, 2011, 10:59
Australia’s golden roads and shimmering sands  
Jen Thames

Exploring Australia by air is just too easy. Jen Thames rents a car and drives north from Sydney to Port Douglas, experiencing the beaches, animals, reefs and rainforests in an epic drive along the sunsoaked eastern coast.

Europe   24 Aug, 2011, 10:18
A roam through Rome  
David S Grant

Rome in summer, and David Grant braves the 90 degree heat to take in the sights. Italy’s Capital contains some stunning ruins but he also finds some truly awful restaurants, only saved by a steady flow of Prosecco.

Americas   24 Aug, 2011, 10:00
More to Salem than Witches  
Debra Rughoo

Salem, Massachusetts is best known for its famous witch trials. Debra Rughoo finds this seaport town has a lot more to offer.

Europe   24 Aug, 2011, 09:37
Battling through Bulgaria: scoring a sofa in Sofia  
Kris Mole

Freeloader supreme Kris Mole continues his cash-free travels around Europe. Here he finds kind strangers to host his stay in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia.

Africa   22 Aug, 2011, 13:23
Leopard madness in South Luangwa  
Lesley Pritt

In five years of safaris Lesley Pritt has never had much luck spotting leopard. This changes dramatically in Zambia when she sights eleven in just a few days.

Europe   11 Aug, 2011, 18:35
In praise of Dutch cuisine  
Paul-Christian Markovski

Many great things have come out of Holland, but fine food isn’t one that springs to mind. Paul-Christian Markovski celebrates the Netherlands’ culinary heritage. May contain herring.

Central Asia, Middle East   11 Aug, 2011, 18:26
Driving across the ‘Axis of Evil’  
Roy Locock

Western governments demonise Iran. But Roy Locock, rounding the world in an elderly MG Midget, is met by friendly hospitality. This account is excerpted from his book ‘Not in That Car’.

Central Asia   11 Aug, 2011, 15:26
An indie guide to camping on the Great Wall of China  
Brendon Lang

Brendon Lang had always dreamt of sleeping out on China’s iconic Great Wall. Here he explains how to do it, on the cheap, by bus from Beijing.

Middle East   11 Aug, 2011, 15:14
Medinet Habu: the mortuary temple of Ramses III  
Jane Akshar

Sussex Egyptologist Jane Akshar has lived in Luxor for the last eight years. Here she introduces one of her favourite temples, off the beaten track amongst Egypt’s ancient ruins.

Americas   11 Aug, 2011, 14:52
Locked up in Quito: exploring Ecuador’s darker side  
James Sinclair

When James Sinclair decides to visit an Ecuadorian prison he’s expecting to console Western prisoners. But a mix-up by the taxi driver lands him in another jail, for hardcore locals without connections. Then they lock the doors.

Europe   9 Aug, 2011, 20:03
Who needs money to travel around France?  
Kris Mole

Couchsurfer and freeloader par excellence Kris Mole blags his way through France’s public transport system in search of his next free bed as part of his epic, cash-free journey across Europe.

Asia Pacific   9 Aug, 2011, 19:34
Hawkes Bay and a passion for wine  
Emma Parnell

In one of New Zealand’s premier wine-growing regions Emma Parnell is beguiled by the grape – and a singletted Sicilian/Kiwi called Xavier.

Africa   9 Aug, 2011, 19:15
Uganda – beyond the wild  
Peter O'Dur

East Africa’s most captivating country has plenty of wildlife to offer its visitors, but Peter O’Dur says visitors to Uganda should go further, step off the safari trail and immerse themselves into local life.

Asia Pacific   9 Aug, 2011, 18:36
Wanna move to Thailand? Read on..  
Don Anderson

Don Anderson says moving to Thailand is a great idea. Perhaps that’s not surprising as he sells property there. Still, his guide to newbies to Thailand, though rose-tinted, is useful.

Editorials, Pole to Pole   1 Aug, 2011, 11:54
When a return flight is not a ticket to ride  
Gary Little

Gary Little finds that changing his outbound plans leaves him stranded on the wrong side of the Atlantic. Getting home proves stressful and bracingly expensive.

Central Asia   1 Aug, 2011, 11:08
Ladies of India, speak up!  
Emma Higgins

Where are all the Indian lesbians? Statistically they must exist but when they all get together you end up with about three. Emma Higgins dwells on the Indian subcontinent’s mystifying attitude to sex.

Asia Pacific, Central Asia   1 Aug, 2011, 11:00
Caving Malaysia’s Gunung Mulu National Park  
Jess Spate

One of southeast Asia’s most stunning wilderness areas is Gunung Mulu in Malaysia. Jess Spate explores above – and below – ground.

Americas   30 Jul, 2011, 08:27
Hard times in Havana on a Caribbean cruise  
Bob Tonner

When his cruise ship docks in Cuba’s capital, dedicated smoker Bob Tonner tries to buy a cigar but is palmed off with peanuts. Three days and several bars later he finally gets the measure of Cuba and learns to deal with his floating home.

Americas   28 Jul, 2011, 00:28
Wet-season Mexico and sunshine on the cheap  
Richard Sayers

The news that’s he’s flying into a week’s solid rain should have dampened Richard Sayers’ expectations of Central America. But his summer stay in Mexico doesn’t disappoint.

Europe   28 Jul, 2011, 00:09
Schweiz, Switzerland: the Alps in Spring  
James Sinclair

On a journey into the Alps, James Sinclair finds the Swiss are anything but strait-laced. When they are told to party – they do: more than dutifully and in beautiful surroundings.

Blast to the Past
After nearly 20 years online the Travelmag archive contains some real gems. Take a random leap into history here, here or here.
  Be in the Travelmag
Gotta travel book or blog? Send us an extract and we'll help you find a wider audience - and add links back to your site.
 Latest Headlines
Asia Pacific
Central Asia
Middle East
Pole to Pole