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  • Bournemouth: more than just sun, sea and sand

    Bournemouth: more than just sun, sea and sand

    June 22nd, 2016Lottie Gross
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    Bournemouth’s main draw has always been its long, wide and immaculate yellow sandy beaches. It was once the playground of rich Victorians – Charles Rolls (as in Rolls-Royce) and Edward VII both enjoyed its shores – and has been extremely popular ever since it was founded as a purpose-built resort in the early 1800s. But…

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  • How Hastings has become Britain’s must-visit seaside town

    How Hastings has become Britain’s must-visit seaside town

    June 14th, 2016Lottie Gross
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    The East Sussex coastal town of Hastings isn’t exactly a go-to beach break for Brits, or visitors to the UK. But with a brand new pier and the world’s largest underground BMX skatepark, it’s just put itself firmly on the British seaside map. Lottie Gross went to find out what makes Hastings one of Britain’s…

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  • Readers’ photos: sunsets from around the world

    Readers’ photos: sunsets from around the world

    June 8th, 2016Lottie Gross
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    In this week’s #RGchat – our weekly Twitter chat on all things travel – we asked our followers where they’ve seen the best sunset. The result was a barrage of wanderlust-inducing images that have us itching at the toes to get out and watch the sun go down in some faraway, dreamy place. We were so impressed…

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  • Poll: is 8am too early to drink at the airport?

    Poll: is 8am too early to drink at the airport?

    June 8th, 2016Lottie Gross
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    Last week saw the start of Gatwick Airport police force’s Operation Disrupt, a crackdown on inebriated passengers boarding planes – it is, after all, an offence to board a plane whilst drunk in the UK. That same week, Cheapflights.co.uk released data that shows 62% of British travellers hit the bar as soon as they pass security. Their…

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  • Stunning documentary on Nepal shows restoration of the country’s sites

    Stunning documentary on Nepal shows restoration of the country’s sites

    June 7th, 2016Lottie Gross
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    “The only thing you could focus on was the fact that the earth was moving from side to side by about eight to ten metres.” These are the words of Kathmandu resident Amritman Buddhachari as he describes the huge earthquake that struck Nepal in 2015, destroying many of the important historical Buddhist sites throughout the country.…

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  • This live translation ear piece could change travel forever

    This live translation ear piece could change travel forever

    June 3rd, 2016Lottie Gross
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    Language is the most common barrier to communicating abroad, and can be a real headache for travellers. You might try to get by with simple words or phrases you’ve picked up from books, or sometimes you’ll resort to using Google translate to facilitate a conversation. In the past, we’ve seen a smattering of palm-held electronic translators like this that…

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  • India in video: filmmaker perfectly captures the colours of India

    India in video: filmmaker perfectly captures the colours of India

    June 1st, 2016Lottie Gross
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    If you’ve been to India, this video will make you pine for the country all over again. If you’re planning a trip, this is guaranteed to get you excited. And if you’ve never even considered travelling to India, this short film will probably change your mind. Filmmaker Dave Dworkind spent six weeks travelling in northern…

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  • 27 awe-inspiring pictures of Namibia

    27 awe-inspiring pictures of Namibia

    May 31st, 2016Lottie Gross
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    Namibia has some of the world’s most astonishing landscapes. It’s home to the world’s oldest desert, a long and undeveloped coastline and national parks that teem with wildlife. After spending ten days exploring this vast land, Lottie Gross shares some of her favourite photos from Namibia. Namibia is such a pleasure to view through a lens,…

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  • The best places to travel solo – as voted by you

    The best places to travel solo – as voted by you

    May 27th, 2016Lottie Gross
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    Solo travel can be one of the most rewarding experiences out there. But where is the best place to travel alone? We’ve put together our own recommendations, but this year we thought we’d ask our readers. Here are the best places to travel solo – as voted for by you. 10. Ethiopia Ethiopia might not usually feature in backpackers’…

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  • Photos: China’s record-breaking glass bridge is nearly complete

    Photos: China’s record-breaking glass bridge is nearly complete

    May 26th, 2016Lottie Gross
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    In another update on China‘s record-breaking bridge over the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon – which we’re promised is “almost finished” – new photographs have emerged of the near-complete construction. But they don’t exactly inspire confidence in any prospective visitors… This enormous feat in engineering will be the world’s longest glass-bottom bridge at 430m-long, and the highest of its kind, sitting…

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  • The world’s largest festival of light is about to kick off in Sydney

    The world’s largest festival of light is about to kick off in Sydney

    May 24th, 2016Lottie Gross
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    If you’re travelling to Sydney next week, you’re in for a treat – the city is going to literally light up your life. From May 27, Sydney will become a city of light in the annual Vivid Sydney light festival. The largest of its kind in the world, there are set to be over 80 light…

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  • 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?

    May 19th, 2016Lottie Gross
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    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…

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