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Asia Pacific, Central Asia   6 Jul, 2010, 13:13
Cycling the ‘Tour de Laos’  
Nikki Stones

I’ve flown into Luang Prabang, over mountain after mountain, stacked up like shark’s teeth. Pedalling through remote regions and staying in small villages, Nikki Stones makes her overland cycling trip from Vang Vieng sound idyllic, but I say she must be fit.

Europe   6 Jul, 2010, 12:40
A non-drinker’s guide to Munich’s Oktoberfest  
Paul Joseph

Paul Joseph doesn’t like beer. This makes him an unlikely, but unusually clear-headed guide to Germany’s great drinking binge.

Asia Pacific   6 Jul, 2010, 12:27
A 3-d star is born in Thailand  
Antonio Graceffo

Several travellers land jobs as film extras, but usually as colonial baddies. Antonio Graffeco takes things one step further when he flies into Bangkok and lands a role in a three dimensional martial arts movie.

Europe   6 Jul, 2010, 11:04
Back to Northern Bosnia  
Kris Mole

Kris Mole revisits rural Bosnia, a country still coming to terms with its recent war. He finds he is warmly welcomed by the resilient, self-sufficient locals.

Europe   25 Jun, 2010, 09:18
Paulton’s Park: way too much fun  
Jack Barker

Tucked down in southern England near Southampton there’s a family-run theme park with birds, animals, and parklands added on. Jack Barker takes his children on a summer day out that charms and thrills in equal measure.

Americas   25 Jun, 2010, 06:48
Finding a home on Easy Street, USA  
Melissa Arden

When Melissa Arden’s American husband takes a job in rural Pennsylvania, she has to adapt to a whole new world. First, she has to find somewhere to live.

Europe   23 Jun, 2010, 07:42
The miracle of the fish: Oberammergau  
Thomas Randall

Every ten years the tiny German village of Oberammergau is transformed by its spectacular retelling of the story of Christ. And it’s happening now. Thomas Randall attends the Passion Play.

Europe   22 Jun, 2010, 17:16
A jet-lagger’s guide to Paris by night  
Marsha Moore

France’s capital is wasted on the dormant, and welcomes those who won’t – or can’t – go to sleep. Marsha Moore presents this hour-by-hour guide to the Parisian night.

Asia Pacific   22 Jun, 2010, 16:53
An Aussie in Otorohanga  
Paul Stuart-Higgs

In New Zealand’s town of Otorohanga there’s a huge bird sanctuary, and Paul Stuart-Higgs manages it. But maybe he’s now been talking Kiwi too long…

Asia Pacific   21 Jun, 2010, 13:58
Tales from the table in provincial Vietnam  
Sezgi Yalin

In the picture-postcard setting of Hoi An, Sezgi Yalin gets to know her neighbours – and hears about their hopes and dreams. 

Americas   21 Jun, 2010, 13:44
Trekking Hawaii – for a few hours, at least  
Eric Whitehead

America’s Pacific playground also offers natural beauty. Eric Whitehead gets off his poolside lounger and takes a challenging day-trek along Kauai’s Kalalau Trail.

Asia Pacific   21 Jun, 2010, 13:05
Thailand’s elephant antics: should you pay?  
Anna Amado

Elephants in Thailand often have to work for a living: they eat a lot in a crowded country. But tourist dollars rarely do the animals any favours, finds Anna Amado when she volunteers at an elephant orphanage.

Europe   21 Jun, 2010, 12:39
Cumbria: climbing, camaraderie and cloudbursts  
Rachel Berkowitz

Most visitors to England’s Lakelands trail around a few well-signed viewpoints and chase a poet or two. For a fresh perspective, Rachel Berkowitz finds a mountainous bit, ropes up and climbs.

Deals   18 Jun, 2010, 12:54
Mobile broadband abroad: know before you go  
James Helliwell

Taking your mobile broadband dongle abroad? Be prepared. James Helliwell says that you need to do some research to avoid returning to a shocking data bill.

Americas   17 Jun, 2010, 22:40
Strangers in my bed  
Richard Calderwood

In America’s deep south history is important. But Richard Calderwood finds ghosts in the night taking it a step too far.

Africa   17 Jun, 2010, 19:05
The man with bullets in his socks  
Tom Coote

When his hotel’s plumbing problems force Tom Coote onto the backstreets of Mombasa he’s beset by hustlers and hookers. Forget the standard safari in a pop-top matatu: this is where he meets Kenya’s alpha predators.

Americas   15 Jun, 2010, 12:33
A blast of mysogyny in upcountry Hawaii  
Joe Henley

It’s not all grass skirts, alohas and surf on Oahu Island, finds Joe Henley, when he meets a cultish musician in the town of Haleiwa. His advice: stay for the songs, skip the sermon.

Europe   15 Jun, 2010, 12:23
Asturias: four seasons in a day  
Rosalind Horne

Retired Brits in Spain have lost the comfort of wealth. But Rosalind Horne finds you don’t need money to relish the wild beauty of rural Asturias. 

Americas   15 Jun, 2010, 11:59
Poverty and wealth: the two faces of Bogota  
Micol Kates

In Colombia’s kidnap capital Micol Kates lands a job teaching the children of the super-rich. But while they can ignore the poverty on every side of their sunkissed existence, she sees the city at every level.

Americas   15 Jun, 2010, 11:49
Searching for a sunset: Uyuni’s railway cemetery  
Brendan van Son

In Bolivia Brendan van Son finds solitude, not by straying off the beaten path, but by stepping off the tour-group’s daily schedule.

Asia Pacific   15 Jun, 2010, 10:49
Deep Water Solo: Thailand’s latest adrenaline rush  
Simon Ramsden

Simon Ramsden takes his life in his hands near Krabi as he tries Thailand’s latest adventure sport, Deep Water Solo. It combines rock-climbing with tombstoning and looks great fun, but you’ve always got to worry when your guide won’t do it.

Africa   15 Jun, 2010, 10:36
Cultural ambassadors bring peace to Egypt  
David Kingsley

During his travels in Egypt, from Cairo to Aswan, David Kingsley maintains a cultural cool. This all rather falls apart in Luxor, when he runs into some Aussies on the razzle.

Europe   15 Jun, 2010, 09:51
What’s wrong with Rome  
Tim Bush

Rome, the ‘Eternal City’, is one of Italy’s biggest tourist attractions. But when Tim Bush arrives on his motorbike the first thing he notices is the insane traffic – and things don’t get any better.  

Americas   15 Jun, 2010, 09:20
Climbing Ausungate: tackling a Peruvian peak  
Cameron L. Martindell

For most people, the Andes are best flown over. Serial adventurer Cameron Martindell thinks differently. In Peru he collects and equips a team to mount a serious challenge on a remote snow-capped mountain.

Africa   19 May, 2010, 14:18
Untouched Uganda: Lake Opeta  
Sam D'Cruz

There are corners of Africa where tourism has yet to plant it’s heavy foot. On a remote Ugandan lake Sam D’Cruz discovers a gentle society (tribal wars apart) and a remarkably beautiful natural environment.

Americas   19 May, 2010, 14:08
Confessions of a volunteer archaeologist  
Carlie Sorosiak

Huanchaco, coastal Peru, and Carlie Sorosiak digs deep to discover an ancient civilisation. But it’s present-day Peru that really catches her attention, culminating in a memorable Independence Day binge.

Central Asia   19 May, 2010, 13:50
Notes from the border between Pakistan and India  
Daniel Bent

On an epic cycle ride from the UK to a village in southern India, David Bent keeps a blog. In this extract he visits Amritsar and finds bugs too big to battle with and wakes up with maggots in his beard.

Americas   19 May, 2010, 13:36
‘Homeland Security’ at work in Aspen  
Steve Rudd

Off-season Aspen, and Steve Rudd finds his progress impeded by a self-appointed patriot.

Central Asia   19 May, 2010, 13:03
Kerala: holistic heaven under a tropical sun  
Karen Dabrowska

There’s more to Kerala than the backwaters says Karen Dabrowska. But you don’t need to take her word for it: she asks a bloke called Batu and writes down what he says.

Europe   14 May, 2010, 13:48
Killing time – and whales – in the Faroe Islands  
Lawrence Edmonds

Stranded mid-ocean between Scotland, Norway and Iceland, Lawrence Edmonds becomes part of a primeval, brutal tradition where the islanders pit their wits against the world’s largest mammal: a Faroese whale hunt.

Asia Pacific   14 May, 2010, 13:16
Explosives galore at Laos’ annual Firework Festival  
Kenton Molloy

Drifting smoke and the smell of cordite isn’t always a good sign in Southeast Asia. But Kenton Molloy finds the religious festival that sends rockets into the skies of Northern Thailand and Laos is a pyrotechnic’s party that defies health and safety.

Americas   14 May, 2010, 12:38
New Mexico: where dogs race cars  
Nina Crump

The ancient past meets a very strange present in Colorado and New Mexico. Nina Crump meets the characters who have built their communities in a harsh desert landscape.

Asia Pacific   11 May, 2010, 14:06
Koh Tao: stress-free Thailand  
Thomas Randall

Thailand might have political problems but these don’t trouble Thomas Randall on the sleepy southern island of Koh Tao. Until, that is, he dons a snorkel and realises he’s forgotten how to swim.

Americas   11 May, 2010, 13:50
Beyond the theme parks: Florida’s wild side  
John Gifford

There’s more to Florida than tacky tourist offerings. John Gifford explores the fishing town of Apalachicola and the natural coastline of St George Island.

Middle East   11 May, 2010, 13:28
Ignore the hype: Dubai is dull  
Anthony Toole

Oblivious to Israeli assassination squads tramping through his hotel, Anthony Toole finds a single-night stopover in the Middle East’s holiday hotspot is quite long enough.

Africa   11 May, 2010, 13:04
Dogon country: into Mali’s cultural heartland  
Christian Cummins

One of West Africa’s most isolated communities is found where Mali’s Bandiagara Escarpment blocks off tarmac through routes. Christian Cummins treads sandy trails to reach the Dogon people and experience, first-hand, their rich local culture.

Americas   2 May, 2010, 16:16
Jamaica: hustle central with a reggae beat  
Karen Harris

As the drugs squad take away her luggage for analysis, Karen Harris reflects on the lessons she’d learned from her holiday in Negril. Jamaica in the raw had shaken her trust.

Africa   2 May, 2010, 16:04
Green season Zambia – flooded, with bees  
Elizabeth Watkin

What African tourist boards call their ‘Green Season’ the locals call the rains. But a wet-season safari can still be fun, says Liz Watkin: it certainly keeps away the crowds.

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