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  • 7 offbeat things to do in Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia’s capital of cool

    7 offbeat things to do in Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia’s capital of cool

    December 17th, 2018Mike MacEacheran
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    Approaching Kuala Lumpur for the first time brings with it a ridiculous measure of excitement. At first, the twin-pronged skyscrapers of the Petronas Towers loom large. They’re then joined by the spindle of the majestic KL Tower, which casts a long shadow across the colonial architecture and historic Chinese shopfronts of Petaling Street. Here, street food dishes…

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  • 7 ways you can revitalize your travel planning

    7 ways you can revitalize your travel planning

    July 3rd, 2018Mike MacEacheran
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    Not all holidays are created equal. From backpacking in Asia to five-star splurges in the Caribbean or South Pacific, the world is alive with possibility for the eternally curious. And yet, with the world seemingly shrinking, finding a truly out-of-the-ordinary, swashbuckling adventure can be a real head-scratcher. If your holiday planning is stuck in the…

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  • Taiwan beyond Taipei: venturing off the tourist trail

    Taiwan beyond Taipei: venturing off the tourist trail

    June 20th, 2018Mike MacEacheran
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    Taiwan has long been Asia’s forgotten nation. Yet it's home to plenty of national parks, historic cities and far-flung islands. Mike MacEacheran finds out more.

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  • How to ace Aberdeen: an expert’s guide to the Granite City

    How to ace Aberdeen: an expert’s guide to the Granite City

    April 18th, 2018Mike MacEacheran
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    With more than thirty other namesakes around the world – from New South Wales in Australia to South Africa’s Eastern Cape – Scotland’s Aberdeen remains the original and best, wearing its history well. Known as the Granite City, and built on centuries of nautical heritage – herring fishing, whaling, shipbuilding, and the far more recent offshore oil boom, which took off like a…

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  • Your Iceland itinerary: 5 trip ideas to explore the country

    Your Iceland itinerary: 5 trip ideas to explore the country

    February 28th, 2018Mike MacEacheran
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    Iceland is a world unto itself. From black beaches and glacial lagoons to Martian landscapes and science-fiction-worthy geothermal craters, it runs the gamut from the reassuringly familiar to the barely believable. There are national parks, gushing waterfalls and snow-crested peaks, and yet it’s as close to lunar topography as Europe gets. This is a frozen…

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  • Leeuwarden: the coolest Dutch city you’ve never heard of

    Leeuwarden: the coolest Dutch city you’ve never heard of

    February 20th, 2018Mike MacEacheran
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    By nature of its design, there is something immutable about Leeuwarden, the capital of Friesland in the Netherlands’ northwesternmost province. Hemmed in by historic canals, reflective lakes, century-old dikes and dairy farms, the city wears its Dutch stripes well, offering a stopped-clock snapshot of the country as it once was. But look beyond the gabled…

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  • The best places to visit in Southeast Asia – as voted by you

    The best places to visit in Southeast Asia – as voted by you

    January 24th, 2018Mike MacEacheran
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  • A postcard from the Philippines: saving the tarsiers in Bohol

    A postcard from the Philippines: saving the tarsiers in Bohol

    November 3rd, 2017Mike MacEacheran
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    Tarsiers are the world’s smallest primate – and 20 years ago they were dangerously close to extinction. But numbers are rising in Bohol, in the Philippines. Mike MacEacheran went to meet these curious creatures and the man dedicated to saving them.  The rainforest is so serene, the only sound is the crinkle of leaves underfoot. Over my head, dusky…

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  • The most beautiful places in Scotland – as voted by you

    The most beautiful places in Scotland – as voted by you

    October 4th, 2017Mike MacEacheran
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  • Is Camiguin the most beautiful island you’ve never heard of?

    Is Camiguin the most beautiful island you’ve never heard of?

    October 2nd, 2017Mike MacEacheran
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    The Philippines has hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons in the last few years. From Typhoon Yolanda, the superstorm which left a band of destruction from Leyte to Palawan in November 2013, to controversial President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, a leader so unpredictable and unapologetic he’s become known as “Duterte Harry”, the archipelago is…

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  • 5 skills to learn before you go backpacking

    5 skills to learn before you go backpacking

    December 19th, 2016Mike MacEacheran
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    Just the process of stepping out of an airport arrivals hall into a melee of taxi drivers, or sitting next to a vocal rooster on a bumper-car bus journey, can be enough to erode the confidence of even the most adventurous traveller. That’s when paranoia sets in, and the unfamiliarity of your surroundings can make your trip…

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  • How to get your hippie on in San Francisco

    How to get your hippie on in San Francisco

    October 17th, 2016Mike MacEacheran
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    Born in California, the Summer of Love movement aimed at nothing less than transforming American society. And for a window of time, San Francisco was the centre of that hedonistic universe. Fifty years on, here’s where to go and what to do to relive the kaleidoscopic dreams and big ideas of the flower power generation.…

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