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  • How to see Angkor Wat without the crowds

    How to see Angkor Wat without the crowds

    June 3rd, 2015Helen Ochyra
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    The sky is lightening. Squint and you can just about make out a change in the colour of it, a shift from inky-black to blue-black. As the sun rises further it changes more, until it pales enough behind the stonework that you can begin to make out a hulk on the horizon. You breathe in…

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  • 14 travel tips everyone should know

    14 travel tips everyone should know

    May 19th, 2015Helen Ochyra
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    Dozens of countries, hundreds of flights, half a life on the road. That’s the life of a travel writer. And it teaches you a fair few things. Rough Guides author Helen Ochyra shares some of her travel tips and tricks. 1. Be annoying It’s time to talk to strangers. The concierge. The waiter. The bar…

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  • The best fish tacos in San Diego

    The best fish tacos in San Diego

    April 21st, 2015Helen Ochyra
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    It is surprising that the city of San Diego hasn’t erected a statue to Ralph Rubio. Because Rubio brought the fish taco to town and nothing – seriously, nothing – is treated with more reverence here than the fish taco. Does a corn tortilla covered in fried fish, cabbage, crema and pico de gallo sound…

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  • Dublin: what to see in the Year of Irish Design

    Dublin: what to see in the Year of Irish Design

    March 6th, 2015Helen Ochyra
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    This is the year to discover the Irish capital’s burgeoning creative scene. The country’s designers are stepping into the limelight to celebrate the Year of Irish Design, and Dublin is taking centre stage as 2015’s World Design Hub. Visitors already arrive in their droves for the city’s the literary connections, the Guinness and that intangible…

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  • 9 new tourist attractions to visit in 2015

    9 new tourist attractions to visit in 2015

    January 7th, 2015Helen Ochyra
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    With a whole host of new attractions opening this year, from world-record-beating skyscrapers to whacky amusement parks, there’s plenty to get your teeth into. To help you decide where to visit, we’ve picked the top 9 new tourist attractions around the world.  Shanghai Tower, China A better symbol of China’s continuing march forward would be harder to…

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  • Thailand: 10 tips for first-time travellers

    Thailand: 10 tips for first-time travellers

    January 2nd, 2015Helen Ochyra
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    Thailand remains one of the first ports of call for first-time backpackers. But don’t be fooled – though travelling here means following a well-beaten tourist trail, there’s no denying that this beguiling country can take a while to get to grips with. To make sure you hit the ground running on your first visit, follow…

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  • A guide to Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games venues

    A guide to Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games venues

    July 23rd, 2014Helen Ochyra
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    For too many years Glasgow has laboured under a negative – and unfair – reputation. Scotland’s second city suffered greatly in the twentieth century from industrial decline, but in the twenty-first it has gained a new lease of life. The Clyde has been cleaned up, the inner city regenerated and the hotel and restaurant scene…

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  • A guide to the best Scottish islands

    A guide to the best Scottish islands

    June 20th, 2014Helen Ochyra
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    If asked to guess, how many islands would you say there are in Scotland? A few dozen perhaps, or a couple of hundred? Would you raise an eyebrow if we told you it’s actually more than 700? And that Scotland has more than 10% of Europe’s entire coastline? That’s a lot of islands to explore –…

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  • Going underground at the wieliczka salt mine, Poland

    Going underground at the wieliczka salt mine, Poland

    May 28th, 2014Helen Ochyra
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    In the depths of southern Poland Helen Ochyra goes underground to try out the claustrophobic work of miners in the Wieliczka salt mine. “Room for one more” I am told as I am gently nudged into an already packed out lift. The doors are pulled across behind me with much scraping of metal and we…

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  • Scaling the Swiss Alps the easy way

    Scaling the Swiss Alps the easy way

    May 20th, 2014Helen Ochyra
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    Among the imposing Swiss alps near Verbier, Helen Ochyra finds the easy and hard ways to scale these incredible mountains. I am cycling up a mountain and it feels like the easiest thing in the world. I am making my way up to La Chaux, high above Verbier in Switzerland, a place most people reach…

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  • Beyond the beaches: hiking in Gran Canaria

    Beyond the beaches: hiking in Gran Canaria

    March 12th, 2014Helen Ochyra
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    In search of more than just sun, sea and sand, Rough Guides writer Helen Ochyra takes a hike in Gran Canaria. You know a place sees a lot of sun when the slightest whiff of rain brings the locals out in joyous dance. On this first morning in Gran Canaria we woke to a cloudy…

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  • Getting beyond the casinos in Macau, China

    Getting beyond the casinos in Macau, China

    January 10th, 2014Helen Ochyra
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    Away from the casinos of Macau – the only place in China where they have been legalised – there lies an old Portuguese city steeped in colonial history and packed with impressive sights and restaurants. Rough Guides writer Helen Ochyra set out to find the best things to do in Macau beyond the betting tables. “Where…

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