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  • 6 reasons your next trip should be to Durban, South Africa

    6 reasons your next trip should be to Durban, South Africa

    April 25th, 2017Andy Turner
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    Subtropical heat, golden beaches, craft distilleries and spicy curries: Durban is an intriguing mix of urban South Africa and the Indian subcontinent, with a generous sprinkling of hipster culture thrown in. From surf to spirits, we reveal six reasons you should make time for this sunny city. 1. Durban is probably South Africa’s coolest city “Durbs” has…

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  • Oman: a first-timer’s guide

    Oman: a first-timer’s guide

    December 13th, 2016Andy Turner
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    Poised between the glitzy excess of the Emirates and the rigid conservatism of Saudi Arabia, Oman provides a winning introduction to the Middle East. Politically stable, and packing in a huge range of landscapes from rugged desert and turtle-nesting beaches to misty green mountains, you’ll find off-road adventures, winter sun and old-fashioned Arabian hospitality. Andy Turner introduces what…

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  • 6 of the best travel speakers

    6 of the best travel speakers

    November 17th, 2016Andy Turner
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    Whether you’re feeling homesick in a strange hotel room, have hours to kill on the road or are throwing an impromptu beach party, a decent pair of travel speakers can keep you sane and entertained away from home. We asked the Rough Guides crew for their pick of the latest audio gizmos. Here are the…

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  • Trinidad or Tobago – which island is right for you?

    Trinidad or Tobago – which island is right for you?

    September 6th, 2016Andy Turner
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    The islands of Trinidad and Tobago both have tropical beaches, steamy rainforest and amazing wildlife but are far from identical twins. Here we look at which island to head for on your first trip to these Caribbean siblings. Which has the best beaches? If you’re the type of traveller that packs at least three novels…

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  • Okinawa: Japan’s best-kept secret

    Okinawa: Japan’s best-kept secret

    May 25th, 2016Andy Turner
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    Snow-white beaches, giant coconut-eating crabs and karate-loving grannies: Okinawa is Japan but not as we know it. This alluring chain of sun-kissed, hibiscus-draped islands offers a blend of Southeast Asian heat, unique ‘un-Japanese’ culture and delicious, life-extending food. Andy Turner explores how to make the most of a trip to Japan’s subtropical paradise. Find the…

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  • Central America: an adventure travel paradise

    Central America: an adventure travel paradise

    April 12th, 2016Andy Turner
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    Steamy rainforest, smoking hot volcanoes and stunning reef-fringed shorelines, Central America is a god-given playground for the adventurous. Whether you’re packing a surfboard, a wetsuit and a GoPro or simply a pair of hiking boots, Andy Turner rounds up the best activities in the region. Surf in El Salvador Once off limits due to gang…

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  • Make the most of Malta: a first-timer’s guide

    Make the most of Malta: a first-timer’s guide

    March 22nd, 2016Andy Turner
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    For a few chunks of rock in the southern Mediterranean, Malta is a hugely versatile destination. Like its unique language, the country is an intriguing blend of Italian, Arabic and British influences, a legacy of centuries of invasion and assimilation. As its capital, Valletta, gears up for a stint as European City of Culture in 2018, Andy…

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  • Everything you need to know about driving in Australia

    Everything you need to know about driving in Australia

    December 4th, 2015Andy Turner
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    In this article sponsored by 457 Visa, Andy Turner covers everything you need to know about driving in Australia. With its stunning Outback scenery, arrow-straight roads and stupendous scale, driving in Australia is the ultimate way to see it the country up close and personally. Whether you’re driving a souped-up Land Cruiser capable of crossing a croc-infested creek…

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  • Travel heroes: 11 people you remember after you unpack

    Travel heroes: 11 people you remember after you unpack

    November 12th, 2015Andy Turner
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    For most travellers it’s the people they meet that linger longest in the memory, whether it’s the safari guide you’ve spent days spotting rhinos with or the street-food vendor that serves up the highlight of your trip. Andy Turner selects eleven travel heroes that go beyond the call of duty – add yours in the comments below. 1.…

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  • Jerusalem: a food pilgrimage

    Jerusalem: a food pilgrimage

    August 13th, 2015Andy Turner
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    A different kind of pilgrimage to Jerusalem, tracing the city's influences through its rich and varied cuisine.

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  • A street art tour of Shoreditch, London

    A street art tour of Shoreditch, London

    October 30th, 2014Andy Turner
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    Street art has exploded in popularity over the last few years, relying on a strong aesthetic impact to make you think, or at least raise a smile. Andy Turner takes a look at the Shoreditch scene and learns to distinguish a Banksy from a Borondo A curious thing happens when you walk south across Bishopsgate,…

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  • Diving with the wow factor: the Raja Ampat islands

    Diving with the wow factor: the Raja Ampat islands

    August 3rd, 2014Andy Turner
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    During ten days living on a boat, drifting around the Raja Ampat islands, Andy Turner finds more than just a diver’s playground in Indonesian West Papua.   “Ladies and gentlemen we have begun our descent to Sorong”. Flicking up the airline window blind I’m greeted with an almost comical vision of paradise. Pink candyfloss clouds…

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