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On the Roald Dahl trail in Wales
On the Roald Dahl trail in Wales

Hailed as one of the world’s greatest storytellers, Roald Dahl’s tales have been translated into 59 languages and he has sold more than 200 million books worldwide. He is everywhere these days: from school set texts to the award-winning stage version of Matilda The Musical enthralling audiences on Broadway and in London’s West End. There’s Twit or…

You can now play cult 90s gameshow The Crystal Maze for real in London
You can now play cult 90s gameshow The Crystal Maze for real in London

That’s right. Those days of buying a nylon jumpsuit and turning your house into a makeshift obstacle course are over. Thanks to a crowd-funded project set up by three visionary twenty-somethings, you can now play the cult nineties gameshow The Crystal Maze for real in London. We sent Rough Guides editor Greg Dickinson along to…

These six European-style towns are actually in Shanghai
These six European-style towns are actually in Shanghai

Wherever you go in downtown Shanghai, you’ll be struck by international influence both past and present. From the leafy avenues of the former French Concession to the modern malls on Nanjing West Road, this is a city that grew up with globalisation. For a different – and less crowded – take on cosmopolitanism, head to…

The world’s coolest airports for a long layover
The world’s coolest airports for a long layover

A long layover is no longer something to dread, thanks to a number of airports which are upping their game when it comes to entertainment between planes. So what’s on offer? Everything from dog therapy to miniature horse hugging to butterfly gardens. Here’s our rundown of the best airport amenities around the world: 1. Toast to your…

Poll: would you use these vibrating shoes to help you navigate a city?
Poll: would you use these vibrating shoes to help you navigate a city?

No, it’s not a click-bait headline – it seems the latest in travel tech is indeed a pair of vibrating shoes. They’re called “Sneakairs“, made by budget airline Easyjet, and are a pair of trainers that are designed to help you navigate your way through a new city using vibrations. Suspend your disbelief for a moment…

A sex-themed amusement park is set to open in Brazil
A sex-themed amusement park is set to open in Brazil

Forget about virtual-reality roller coasters, the future of theme parks just got a whole lot raunchier. Developers in Brazil are planning to build an adults-only park, where traditional rides will be replaced by the likes of penis-shaped bumper cars, an erotic ghost train and a 7D vibrating cinema. Unlike the comparatively chaste Jeju Loveland in…

Quiz: can you name these famous places in South America?
Quiz: can you name these famous places in South America?

Do you dream of trekking through the Amazon, marvelling at Easter Island‘s moai or gorging on steak in Buenos Aires – or have you done it all already? Either way, this quiz is sure to spark your wanderlust. We’ve picked nine famous places in South America. Can you identify them all?

Poll: are we addicted to our phones when travelling?
Poll: are we addicted to our phones when travelling?

You’ve seen them, travellers oblivious to their actual surroundings while absorbed in a smartphone navigation app. Perhaps they’re appraising their latest selfie or texting friends back home as oncoming traffic swerves to avoid them. In Germany they’re known as “smombies”, a portmanteau of “smartphone” and “zombie”. True to their name, smombies have become an epidemic,…

Chinese restaurant etiquette: a step-by-step guide
Chinese restaurant etiquette: a step-by-step guide

You’ve heard the one about not sticking your chopsticks straight up in rice, right? (It resembles funerary incense sticks). Honestly? Don’t fret. Because let’s face it; you’ve got bigger problems than antiquated cultural faux-pas. Like how to actually order and eat a table-full of delicious Chinese food in a regular, everyday, non-touristy Chinese restaurant –…

10 of the world’s weirdest museums
10 of the world’s weirdest museums

This year saw the opening of the world’s first Barbie museum in Montréal, Canada. It’s one of a handful of exhibitions specialising in unusual subject matters, so if dusty fossils don’t do it for you, we’ve rounded up ten of the world’s weirdest museums. 1. Meguro Parasitological Museum, Tokyo, Japan Those prone to squeamishness should probably…

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