Keith Drew

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  • 19 places to get utterly lost

    19 places to get utterly lost

    October 23rd, 2014Keith Drew
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  • Skiing the Streif, Austria

    Skiing the Streif, Austria

    February 25th, 2014Keith Drew
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    It never looked this icy on TV. And it certainly never looked this steep. But then cameras have a way of warping reality: they make people look ever so slightly bigger; and they make downhill-skiing runs look a lot, lot tamer. And Kitzbühel’s “Streif” is far from tame. A legendary downhill course that makes up…

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  • The road to ruins: Machu Picchu, Peru

    The road to ruins: Machu Picchu, Peru

    November 26th, 2013Keith Drew
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    There’s a point on the Inca Trail when you suddenly forget the accumulated aches and pains of four days’ hard slog across the Andes. You’re standing at Inti Punku, the Sun Gate, the first golden rays of dawn slowly bringing the jungle to life. Down below, revealing itself in tantalizing glimpses as the early-morning mist…

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  • Hiking the Besseggen Ridge

    Hiking the Besseggen Ridge

    November 20th, 2013Keith Drew
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    As trekking goes, the beginning of the Besseggen Ridge is a breeze. Sitting on the bow of a little tug as it chugs along picturesque Lake Gjende in central Norway’s Jotunheimen Nasjonalpark, you’d be forgiven for wondering what all the fuss is about – this is, after all, Norway’s best-known day hike, in the country’s…

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  • Following the Greatest Show on Earth, Tanzania

    Following the Greatest Show on Earth, Tanzania

    October 11th, 2013Keith Drew
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    Imagine squinting into the shimmering Serengeti horizon and seeing a herd of wildebeest trundle into view. They’re moving slowly, stopping every now and then to graze on what’s left of the parched savannah. At first, they number a couple of dozen, but as you watch, tens become hundreds, and hundreds become thousands. And still they…

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  • Schloss Neuschwanstein – the fairy-tale castle

    Schloss Neuschwanstein – the fairy-tale castle

    August 6th, 2013Keith Drew
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    If you could only visit one castle in the world, then Schloss Neuschwanstein must be it. Boldly perched on a rocky outcrop high above the Bavarian village of Hohenschwangau, the schloss lords it over some of the most spectacular countryside in the country. It looks every bit the storybook castle, a forest of capped grey…

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  • A river runs to it: Pacuare Jungle Lodge, Costa Rica

    A river runs to it: Pacuare Jungle Lodge, Costa Rica

    July 1st, 2013Keith Drew
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    Standing outside your palm-thatched river-view suite, its wooden doors opened on to the terrace to reveal a vast canopy, king-size, Egyptian-cotton sheets ruffling in the breeze, Pacuare Jungle Lodge seems like the archetypal luxury hideaway. But there’s one big difference: you’re dripping wet and are kitted out in a life jacket and helmet. At some…

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  • Traversing the salt flats of the Salar de Uyuni

    Traversing the salt flats of the Salar de Uyuni

    June 6th, 2013Keith Drew
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    Driving across the immaculate white expanse of the Salar de Uyuni, you’d think you were on another planet, so alien and inhospitable is the terrain. Some 3650m above sea level in the remote Andes of southwest Bolivia, the Salar is the largest salt flat in the world, a brilliantly white and perfectly flat desert that stretches over 10,000 square…

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  • How to find an alternative Morocco

    How to find an alternative Morocco

    April 15th, 2013Keith Drew
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    Think of Morocco and you’ll invariably picture the souks of Marrakesh, the whitewashed walls of oceanside Essaouira, the High Atlas trails of the dramatic Toubkal Massif. Trouble is, so does everybody else. This well-trodden triangle is Morocco’s most popular tourist route – for good reason – but in a country that welcomes nearly ten million visitors…

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