Features // Eleanor Aldridge

10 new year resolutions to make in 2016
10 new year resolutions to make in 2016

The new year brings the opportunity for a new start. It’s a time when we reflect on the past twelve months and decide what we want to change – or continue – over the coming year. At Rough Guides, travel is always at the heart of our plans. Here are the new year resolutions that we think…

The 10 funniest travel stories of the year
The 10 funniest travel stories of the year

Sometimes travel just doesn’t go to plan. We’ve all been faced with bumps in the road – and often they become the moments that make your trip. On other occasions, there’s nothing you can do but sit back, laugh and go with the flow. Here are ten people who had to do just that this…

10 of our favourite stories of the year
10 of our favourite stories of the year

As the year draws to a close, we’ve been looking back over our favourite stories and features of 2015. We published over five hundred articles, news reports, quizzes, videos, photoblogs and more this year, working with authors and photographers from around the world. Here, we’ve collected our favourites. A huge thanks to our brilliant team…

Azores on film: why you need to explore this amazing archipelago
Azores on film: why you need to explore this amazing archipelago

Strung out in the mid-Atlantic, 1500km off the coast of Portugal, is a chain of nine breathtaking islands. These are the Azores, a volcanic archipelago thrust up from the seabed at the intersection of the Eurasian, North American and African plates. Home to around 250,000 people, the lush islands hide glassy lakes, towering waterfalls, bubbling hot springs and flower-filled meadows. If you’re looking…

Astonishing drone film captures the scale of Dubai
Astonishing drone film captures the scale of Dubai

Dubai is a city like no other on Earth. More than 400 skyscrapers have appeared here in under two decades, including the world’s tallest building, and over 13 million tourists visit each year. It’s a place that defies comprehension. Even when faced with the stats, it’s hard to take in the magnitude of this world-record-breaking metropolis. To really appreciate Dubai’s…

In-flight entertainment could be a thing of the past
In-flight entertainment could be a thing of the past

In-flight entertainment might be on its way out. Yesterday The Guardian reported that seat-back entertainment systems are being removed from transatlantic flights by Canadian carrier, WestJet, with more airlines likely to follow in their footsteps. Instead, passengers will use their phone or tablet, using an app to stream a selection of shows and movies via on-board wi-fi.…

In pictures: Wales hosts Europe’s largest Elvis Presley festival
In pictures: Wales hosts Europe’s largest Elvis Presley festival

Last week, Porthcawl in South Wales hosted Europe’s biggest gathering of Elvis Presley lookalikes. This annual festival sees the small seaside town flooded with Elvis fans and tribute acts for a weekend-long rock ‘n’ roll romp. The action culminates on Saturday night at the The Elvies award show, “the World’s leading award show for Elvis Tribute Artists”, with awards dished out for the…

Quiz: where should you go on your next road trip?
Quiz: where should you go on your next road trip?

Is the open road calling you? Are you craving a holiday behind the wheel? If so, we’re here to help. This quiz will help you pick the perfect road trip, whether you want to embark on one of the world’s most famous drives or strike out into the wilderness.

Diehard Detroit: video captures the city’s bright future
Diehard Detroit: video captures the city’s bright future

Detroit has been much maligned over the last decade. The largest US city ever to file for bankruptcy, in the summer of 2013, it became the poster child for urban blight. As industry moved out, photographers moved in, fed by an online fascination with “ruin porn”. Hundreds came to see the beauty of Detroit’s crumbling…

15 astounding photographs of the world from above
15 astounding photographs of the world from above

If you follow one new account on Flickr this week, make it this one. The photostream from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland is, quite literally, out of this world. Here are 15 of the most astonishing images they’ve captured from their network of satellites. These pictures evoke a whole new kind of wanderlust……

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