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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?

Asia Pacific   8 Dec, 2010, 18:09
Cooling down on Koh Jum  
Isobel Diamond

Idyllic islands aren’t hard to find in the Gulf of Thailand, but Koh Jum is perhaps the ultimate. Cut off from the mainland for half every year, it’s only just got electricity. Isobel Diamond slows down to Island Time in Southeast Asia.

Americas   8 Dec, 2010, 17:33
Taking mother up Mount Aix  
Rachel Berkowitz

Or should that be called Mount Aches. Rachel Berkowitz’s father started her off on mountaineering anyway, but it takes a bit more persuasion to get her fairly-willing mother to summit one of Washington State’s iconic peaks.

Europe   8 Dec, 2010, 16:44
At home in Brighton’s art hotel  
Jack Prescott

Jack Prescott discovers an art hotel in Brighton that lets artists stay for free to work on new exhibitions. They also get to paint a bedroom if they’re up for it.

Americas   3 Dec, 2010, 00:10
Bad news for traffickers in Peru’s New Year  
Fabiola Aguilar

Fabio Aguilar, Britain’s Pro Consul in Lima, has news about Peru’s cult New Year’s beach parties but also advice for backpackers who might be tempted to try drug smuggling. Don’t do it, I think, sums it up.

Americas, Deals   26 Nov, 2010, 14:44
Jumby Bay, Antigua – a Perfect Beach Haven  
Iain Miller

Iain Miller reckons he’s found the ultimate Caribbean hideaway. He finds himself relaxed and seduced by Antigua’s Jumby Bay.

Europe   26 Nov, 2010, 14:38
Sofia: a couch-surfer’s perspective  
Charlie Sanchez

Charlie Sanchez finds a couch-surfing contact brings him the best of Bulgaria’s capital. He sees the clubs, is introduced to a female dog called Paul and meets the city’s premier busker.

Asia Pacific   26 Nov, 2010, 14:27
Adopted by Hanoi on a visit to Uncle Ho  
David Calleja

On a visit to Vietnam David Calleja decides to visit Ho Chi Minh, embalmed and still receiving guests in central Hanoi. What could be a morbid experience is brought to life by his wannabe guides.

Europe   26 Nov, 2010, 14:12
From Romania with love, love, love..  
Mick Huerta

Driving the Tranfagarasan Road through Romania, Mick Huerta finds danger and delight on in a land of monasteries and mushrooms, survives snowdrifts in the mountains, makes new friends in Brasov and returns safely to Bucharest.

Central Asia   26 Nov, 2010, 13:41
Shanghai’s World Expo: a vision for the future?  
Stuart Kurtz

As the dust settles on Shanghai’s 2010 World Expo, Stuart Kurtz reflects on its implications. A world facing a depression at the same time as adjusting to a new knowledge of the fragility of its environment should take a long look at China.

Africa   26 Nov, 2010, 13:24
Puku watching at Plains Camp  
Lesley Pritt

Take Africa slowly is Lesley Pritt’s advice. Instead of heading out on a game drive she spends an afternoon in Zambia sitting around at camp and watches the drama of the bush play out in front of her. And the lead actor, surprisingly, is a lechwe called Dave.

Americas   12 Nov, 2010, 18:51
Costa Rica – A Nature Lover’s Paradise  
Lindsay Salt

Central America’s most diverse country captivates Lindsay Salt, who thoroughly enjoys touring its National Parks and meeting its wildlife.

Europe   12 Nov, 2010, 18:04
Glimpses of Prague over 20 change-filled years  
Matthew McMullen

The fall of communism transformed the old Czechoslovakia into the new Czech Republic. Matthew McMullen tracks the changes that time has wrought in the capital, Prague.

Africa   11 Nov, 2010, 18:54
Limping into Maralal  
Warwick Cairns

Researching his new book on Wilfred Thesiger (and life in general) Warwick Cairns heads out to Kenya, where the public transport system proves something of a challenge. His ebook, btw, is out now and free all November.

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.

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