Features // Tim Chester

Roughguides.com up for two awards
Roughguides.com up for two awards

Roughguides.com has been nominated for two digital publishing awards, eight months after it re-launched. The site – which has seen its traffic grow 300% in the last year – is up for both a Lovie Award in the Travel / Tourism Websites category and a FutureBook Innovation Award under the Best Publisher Website category. It’s fantastic…

San Francisco – an interactive movie guide
San Francisco – an interactive movie guide

From Alcatraz to Nob Hill – via the spectacular Golden Gate Bridge – San Francisco is a filmmaker’s dream. The city provides a fantastic backdrop for the silver screen and numerous directors have exploited its contours over the decades. Here, on a custom RG map from our cartographer Ed Wright, we’ve pinned some of our…

Twelve things we learnt at Edinburgh’s festivals
Twelve things we learnt at Edinburgh’s festivals

If you’re thinking of heading to Edinburgh for the festivals during August, there’s one thing you need to bring: time. Come loaded with lots of it, as much as you can, because it runs out quickly and you’ll head home lamenting the hundreds of treats you missed. A weekend is the bare minimum, a week…

Turkey in twelve meals
Turkey in twelve meals

Updating a guidebook is fascinating, exhausting, repetitive and exhilarating work. Nothing spurs you under the skin of a place more than 40 pages of listings that need checking in detail and the thought of thousands of travellers following your footsteps and relying on your diligence. Pounding the streets in search of that new café, lifting…

Travel disappointments: Marrakesh
Travel disappointments: Marrakesh

For some reason, be it popular culture or words of mouth or gushing travel pieces, Marrakesh has held an esteemed spot in my imagination for years. A name that never came dressed without adjectives like “beguiling” or “captivating”, the Moroccan city has long been a byword for exotic adventure in my head, which is probably…

Alan Whicker R.I.P. – Share your memories
Alan Whicker R.I.P. – Share your memories

One of the world’s longest-serving and best-loved broadcasters has passed away today, aged 87. Alan Whicker spent several decades criss-crossing the globe, martini in hand or nearby, investigating a diverse range of people and places for his show Whicker’s World. Suave and sophisticated, he encapsulated all the glamour early travel promised and provided viewers at…

Tear gas in Taksim Square – Turkey in turmoil?
Tear gas in Taksim Square – Turkey in turmoil?

Tim Chester recounts his experiences travelling through Turkey a month ago – including a brief encounter with tear gas – and explains how the current situation doesn’t reflect the country as a whole. Nothing prepares you for your first faceful of tear gas. It dismantles three of your senses at once, knocking out sight, smell…

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