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Check in with a dinosaur at Japan’s first robot hotel
Check in with a dinosaur at Japan’s first robot hotel

Often the “weird Japan” trope seems like just another tired travel cliché – but then someone opens a robot hotel. In this case, hotel owner Hideo Sawada beat international journalists to the punch by straightforwardly calling it Henn-na Hotel, meaning “Strange Hotel”.  The idea behind it isn’t actually that weird, though. Sawada’s aims are eminently reasonable:…

Ten things to do in London for free
Ten things to do in London for free

Visiting London, it’s hard to imagine the UK is staggering its way out of a recession. Lamborghinis continue to roar down Bond Street, new restaurants pop up each week and the East End appears to be entirely populated by espresso-sipping hipsters, with not a jellied eel in sight. However long you spend in the capital,…

Get down and dirty in Dalyan, Turkey
Get down and dirty in Dalyan, Turkey

Stepping off the boat at Dalyan’s mud baths, you’ll be forgiven for wishing you hadn’t. But don’t be put off by the revolting rotten-egg stench of the sulphur pools – after a revitalizing day here, you’ll be gagging for more. The instructions are simple – roll in the mud, bake yourself in the sun till…

Is this gadget the ultimate cure for jet lag?
Is this gadget the ultimate cure for jet lag?

Jet lag. We’ve all had it, we all hate it, and yet we’re all none the wiser on how to get rid of it. But now there’s a new way alleviate that 3pm slump after a long flight – apparently. The latest in wearable technology is the crowd-funded Ayo, a “light-based, energy-boosting” pair of glasses.…

14 signs you need to book your next trip
14 signs you need to book your next trip

Travel sickness can be caused by bumpy bus and boat rides, but too much time at home may also lead to uncomfortable symptoms, from excessive daydreaming to green-eyed jealousy. Here are 14 sure-fire signs that you need to make a trip abroad. 1. You’ve become a green-eyed monster You’re normally such a positive soul. But…

Quiz: can you name these famous American landmarks?
Quiz: can you name these famous American landmarks?

Do you know the National Mall from Independence Hall? How many national parks can you name? Whether you’re an avid tourist or a well-researched resident, put your knowledge of the USA‘s landmarks to the test with our quiz… Explore more of America with the Rough Guide to the USA. Compare flights, book hostels and hotels for your trip, and don’t forget…

Quiz: can you name these ancient wonders?
Quiz: can you name these ancient wonders?

In a world over four billion years old there are thousands of ancient sites to be explored. From ruined cities to mysterious monoliths, can you name these ten ancient wonders? Compare flights, book hostels and hotels for your trip, and don’t forget to purchase travel insurance before you go. 

15 things everyone learns travelling in India
15 things everyone learns travelling in India

India varies greatly between its 29 states. Yet there are some things you’ll discover no matter where you are or how long you stay in the vast Subcontinent. If you’ve been to India at least once, you’ll relate to a few of these lessons we’ve learned over the years… 1. The street food is incredible…

Sounds Of The Cities – USA
Sounds Of The Cities – USA

Perhaps the most striking thing about American music is not its inventiveness or diversity, but how each and every city or region across the vast country has such a distinct sound. New Orleans seems to breed funk while Seattle fosters grunge and indie rock and most visitors head to Nashville for country. Of course a…

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