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  • 30 things to do on your first trip to Southeast Asia

    30 things to do on your first trip to Southeast Asia

    October 30th, 2017Meera Dattani
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    Southeast Asia is a dream for the curious traveller, with ancient temples, bustling markets, postcard-perfect beaches and everything in between. The region rewards those who go off the beaten track, but there’s also plenty of the big hitters that you simply shouldn’t miss. Here are 30 things to consider for your first trip: 1. Get…

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  • Should Sihanoukville be your next beach escape?

    Should Sihanoukville be your next beach escape?

    May 2nd, 2017Meera Dattani
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    Sihanoukville, in southwest Cambodia, is an oft-misunderstood town. Seen as sleepy by day and seedy by night, this coastal bolthole has earned itself an undeservedly bad reputation. But Sihanoukville should not be overlooked – and with tourist numbers once again on the rise and a constant threat of further development, the time to go is…

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  • 11 facts about David Attenborough to celebrate his birthday

    11 facts about David Attenborough to celebrate his birthday

    May 2nd, 2016Meera Dattani
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    He has met cannibals in Papua New Guinea, played with mountain gorillas in Rwanda and has several flower and animal species named after him. In a career of more than sixty years, naturalist and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough’s name is synonymous with utterly absorbing wildlife documentaries, including 1979’s Life on Earth, which became a yardstick…

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  • The joy of quiet living in Iceland’s first and only ‘slow town’

    The joy of quiet living in Iceland’s first and only ‘slow town’

    April 11th, 2016Meera Dattani
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    Iceland isn’t all reindeer, Reykjavík and Northern Lights. For a nation of just 320,000 people, the creative output of Icelanders is prolific, and in Djúpivogur you see it in microcosm. The town’s new “slow” status is bringing out the best in its residents, and with a new flight route opening up the area, it’s the perfect…

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  • Why the Northern Cape is one of South Africa’s must-see destinations

    Why the Northern Cape is one of South Africa’s must-see destinations

    January 6th, 2016Meera Dattani
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    The Northern Cape, home to diamond mining capital Kimberley and wilderness of the Kalahari Desert, remains South Africa’s least visited province. But it just doesn’t make sense, according to writer Meera Dattani. Here she tells us why it’s one of South Africa’s top destinations. So why should I go? If empty roads flanked by saltpans, sand dunes,…

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  • 8 unexpected reasons to visit the Florida Keys

    8 unexpected reasons to visit the Florida Keys

    August 7th, 2015Meera Dattani
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    Unexpected sums up the Florida Keys. Just one road, the Overseas Highway, connects these long, narrow islands, strung out between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic. With names as varied as No-Name Key, Fiesta Key and Fat Deer Key, this coral cay archipelago has North America’s only coral barrier reef, indigenous Key Deer and…

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  • How technology will shape travel in 2015

    How technology will shape travel in 2015

    January 8th, 2015Meera Dattani
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    Imagine checking-in with your thumbprint, using your smartphone as a room key or opening your hotel door to find a robot butler handing over the extra towel you requested from front desk. It may all sound pie-in-the-sky, but these are the types of initiatives operating or being researched and tested in the travel industry. Here…

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  • Moreish, Moorish Malaga

    Moreish, Moorish Malaga

    December 16th, 2014Meera Dattani
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    Don’t head for the hills (or the overcrowded beaches and resorts) as soon as you land in Málaga and you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Meera Dattani lets us in on the best things to do in Málaga, one of Spain’s most underrated cities.  A strange thing happens at Málaga airport. Almost everyone grabs their luggage and heads for…

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  • Why Glasgow is great for cycling

    Why Glasgow is great for cycling

    May 16th, 2014Meera Dattani
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    In anticipation of this year’s Commonwealth Games, Meera Dattani finds out how to explore Glasgow on a bike. There are no brakes. The gears are fixed. Your shoes are clipped into the pedals and don’t clip out with ease. You’re essentially attached to your bike. Then there’s the bigger question of how do you slow…

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  • Why Cape Town deserves to be World Design Capital 2014

    Why Cape Town deserves to be World Design Capital 2014

    April 17th, 2014Meera Dattani
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    Cape Town has been crowned World Design Capital 2014 – a celebration of a city that has used design as a tool to reinvent themselves and improve the lives of its residents. Meera Dattani went to discover what Cape Town has done to deserve this title. You hear the word “design” and an image forms…

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  • Things to do in Phnom Penh, the underrated capital

    Things to do in Phnom Penh, the underrated capital

    September 30th, 2013Meera Dattani
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    Many people seem to skip the Cambodian capital and head straight for Siem Reap, fearing Phnom Penh to be a dangerous and uninteresting city. However, on a recent trip to Southeast Asia’s “unpopular capital”, Meera Dattani discovered all that the city has to offer and has concluded that, while its underrated and understated, Phnom Penh…

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