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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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  • 6 of the world’s most ridiculous tourist attractions

    6 of the world’s most ridiculous tourist attractions

    July 22nd, 2016Mike MacEacheran
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    Not every place has the looks of the Taj Mahal, the majesty of the Grand Canyon, or the intrigue of Angkor Wat. Some wow from the first glimpse, others fail miserably and some, well, just bemuse. If you’re willing to make the effort, here’s our rundown of the most ridiculous attractions to visit around the world. 1. Washlet Museum,…

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  • 7 of the world’s most ridiculously indulgent foods

    7 of the world’s most ridiculously indulgent foods

    July 4th, 2016Mike MacEacheran
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    An Italian white truffle topped with edible silver, or a caviar-infused doughnut lathered in foie gras from a champion mother goose can only mean one thing: the so-extravagant-it’s-silly food concept. Forget the ludicrous cronut or the breakfast mutation known as the waffogato – a combination of waffle-shaped ice cream with maple syrup espresso. If you couldn’t…

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  • How to holiday like Obama, Clinton and Trump

    How to holiday like Obama, Clinton and Trump

    June 22nd, 2016Mike MacEacheran
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    When President Barack Obama – or “vacationer-in-chief”, as he’s been called by Republican critics – heads for the exit door this winter, he’ll have taken around 200 days off since assuming office eight years ago. But he’s far from the worst White House holiday offender. That dubious honour goes to Former President George W. Bush,…

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  • 6 of the best road trips in the UK

    6 of the best road trips in the UK

    June 21st, 2016Mike MacEacheran
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    There is something about a road trip that creates an endless state of heightened excitement. It comes with a heart-in-mouth, funfair-like thrill. And no matter the destination, a road trip unfolds at the same, ascending rhythm. Back roads are followed (whenever possible), motorway service stations are avoided (at all costs) and the countryside flits by…

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  • Hot tub happiness: the dos and don’ts of Icelandic spas

    Hot tub happiness: the dos and don’ts of Icelandic spas

    March 21st, 2016Mike MacEacheran
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    Going to a spa in Iceland can feel wonderfully alien. Against a backdrop of barren moonscapes and denuded hills, the waters are so preternaturally blue, so exaggerated and preposterously warm, that a simple dip can feel borderline indecent. Venture from the capital Reykjavik as far as Reyðarfjörður in the extreme east and you’ll also find…

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  • 5 places to take your clothes off (without getting arrested)

    5 places to take your clothes off (without getting arrested)

    March 18th, 2016Mike MacEacheran
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    Letting it all hang out has never been so newsworthy. In the past year or so, we have seen an influx of over-the-top pranks at world heritage sites including Angkor Wat, Machu Picchu, and the Great Pyramids of Giza. It all culminated last summer when ten backpackers made headlines for baring all at the summit…

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