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  • Breaking the Caribbean mould in Dominica

    Breaking the Caribbean mould in Dominica

    July 31st, 2017Helen Abramson
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    When imagining a Caribbean holiday, most of us think of pristine white-sand beaches, all-inclusive resorts and glitzy pool parties. But nestled between Guadeloupe and Martinique, the volcanic island of Dominica flouts expectations. Nicknamed the “Nature island of the Caribbean”, it attracts a relatively small number of independent, adventurous eco-minded travellers. Here’s why you should go, plus the…

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  • On the curry trail: 24 hours in Bradford

    On the curry trail: 24 hours in Bradford

    May 29th, 2017Helen Abramson
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    Bradford has been voted “Curry Capital of Britain” six years running. Our spice-obsessed editor, Helen Abramson, went to find out what the fuss is about.

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  • Responsible tourism: what do you need to know?

    Responsible tourism: what do you need to know?

    February 6th, 2017Helen Abramson
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    Tourism is on the increase the world over, with rising visitor numbers having a significant impact on resources, pollution and local communities. It’s never been more important to think about the way in which we travel. Here, Helen Abramson looks at the principles of sustainable and responsible tourism, and how we can minimise the negative…

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  • What not to pack: 11 things you don’t need

    What not to pack: 11 things you don’t need

    November 3rd, 2016Helen Abramson
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    With hold luggage becoming ever more expensive, it’s increasingly advantageous to be ruthless about what to take away with you. In any case, travelling with a small, light bag is much easier and more liberating than lugging around a big, over-stuffed heavy suitcase. And it’s always nice to be able to close your bag without…

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  • 9 tips for backpacking Vietnam

    9 tips for backpacking Vietnam

    July 18th, 2016Helen Abramson
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    With striking landscapes, large stretches of lovely coastline, intriguing cities and excellent food, it’s no wonder the number of tourists in Vietnam has more than doubled in the last decade or so. The country is changing at lightning speed, and with roads being improved, comfortable long-distance buses and a decent train network, it’s easy to…

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  • 9 tips for backpacking Myanmar (Burma)

    9 tips for backpacking Myanmar (Burma)

    May 16th, 2016Helen Abramson
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    In 2011, after 15 years of a tourism boycott to avoid aiding the oppressive military junta, Myanmar opened its doors to visitors. The country, now with a democratically elected government, is improving its tourism infrastructure but still struggles to cope with the huge influx of visitors. If you’re thinking of backpacking Myanmar, these tips will…

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  • Flamenco to fortresses: the top things to do in Granada

    Flamenco to fortresses: the top things to do in Granada

    April 7th, 2016Helen Abramson
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    Set in Andalucía, Spain’s southernmost region, Granada is one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations, and with good reason. The city is in an astounding setting at the confluence of four rivers, backed by the snowy peaks of the Sierra Nevada, and there are plenty of things to do. The extraordinary palace and fortress of…

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  • Weird America: 9 of the USA’s most bizarre traditions

    Weird America: 9 of the USA’s most bizarre traditions

    March 29th, 2016Helen Abramson
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    Despite being a relatively young nation – at just 240 years old – America has developed its fair share of traditions. Most of us are familiar with the big hitters such as Thanksgiving, Halloween and Independence Day. But what about the USA’s less well-known, more peculiar customs? Join us as we delve into the fascinating world…

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  • 13 tips for backpacking India

    13 tips for backpacking India

    March 14th, 2016Helen Abramson
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    Whether you’re hurtling along in a rickshaw, eating fantastic curries, kicking back on the backwaters or hiking in the mountains, backpacking India will always be an adventure. But you’ll need your wits about you, and preparation is key – here are our top tips to making your journey as smooth as possible. 1. Eat where the locals eat…

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  • Goa or Kerala: which state should you visit?

    Goa or Kerala: which state should you visit?

    January 25th, 2016Helen Abramson
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    Since the 1960s, foreign tourists have flocked to Goa, India’s smallest state, attracted by its palm-fringed golden beaches, glorious sunshine and distinctly relaxed attitudes. Domestic tourism has taken off enormously in recent years too, such that now almost ninety percent of visitors are from within India. Kerala, several hundred kilometres south, draws double the number of both domestic…

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  • Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City: where should you visit first?

    Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City: where should you visit first?

    January 13th, 2016Helen Abramson
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    Situated at the northern and southern extremes of this long, thin country, Vietnam’s two main cities lie more than one thousand kilometres apart. Southern Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), formerly Saigon, was the US base during the Vietnam War and since the country’s unification has transformed into a thoroughly modern, thriving metropolis. The somewhat less…

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  • Undiscovered India: 7 places to get off the tourist trail

    Undiscovered India: 7 places to get off the tourist trail

    December 23rd, 2015Helen Abramson
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    Despite India’s vastness, foreign travellers tend to clump together in a relatively small number of well-known regions or cities, leaving plenty of destinations to the more intrepid few who are willing to take the challenge of escaping the tourist trail. Here’s a selection of our favourites: 1. Climb to spiritual highs in Palitana, Gujarat Gujarat…

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