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  • In pictures: 15 of the world’s most extreme drives

    In pictures: 15 of the world’s most extreme drives

    March 22nd, 2017Neil McQuillian
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  • Alternative London: off the tourist trail

    Alternative London: off the tourist trail

    February 20th, 2017Neil McQuillian
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    In 2015, some 31.5 million people visited London. That was a record year, yet early indications are that 2016 beat even those figures. The capital has the three most popular free visitor attractions in the UK (British Museum; National Gallery; Natural History Museum). It also lays claim to the top three paid-for sites (Tower of…

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  • Buffalo thrill: the ultimate way to see America’s Great Plains

    Buffalo thrill: the ultimate way to see America’s Great Plains

    October 7th, 2016Neil McQuillian
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    South Dakota, one of the USA’s Great Plains states, holds an annual buffalo roundup in Custer State Park. Last week was the 51st event and we were lucky enough to be in the area. Here’s the lowdown… What is a buffalo roundup, exactly? First, the roundup is a practical business – it’s undertaken by people on…

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  • Inside 7 of the world’s most enigmatic hotels

    Inside 7 of the world’s most enigmatic hotels

    May 9th, 2016Neil McQuillian
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    Often enormous and smack­bang in the centre of things, hotels are, it’s fair to say, very, very there. But they’re not easy presences: public yet exclusive, both welcoming and a little off­-putting at once, they’re some of the most enigmatic, story­-generating buildings around. Here, we delve into seven legendary hotels that have been talked about more than most. 1.…

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  • A Rough Guide to drinking Japanese sake

    A Rough Guide to drinking Japanese sake

    April 8th, 2016Neil McQuillian
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    I say “sake”, you say… The lowest form of wit? No, not “sarcy” – as in sarcastic – but sake, as in the Japanese drink. So actually, you say “cheers,” or “kanpai!” This Japanese drink is the traditional alcoholic accompaniment to food in Japan, and it’s something you’ll come across wherever you go in the…

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  • Sado: escape to Japan’s remote and wild island

    Sado: escape to Japan’s remote and wild island

    March 28th, 2016Neil McQuillian
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    Sado-ga-shima? Tell an Osaka or Tokyo resident your holidays plans include spending time on this godforsaken chunk of rock in the Sea of Japan and they might be nonplussed. Northern Hōnshu – the region off whose coastline Sado lurks – is bad enough, regarded by many as the sticks, a mountainous, isolated swathe of harsh,…

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  • 9 tips for backpacking South America

    9 tips for backpacking South America

    June 15th, 2015Neil McQuillian
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    Taken from the Rough Guide to South America on a Budget, these are our top nine tips for backpacking South America. From the tropical beaches of the Caribbean to the windswept archipelago of Tierra del Fuego, backpacking South America guarantees a treasure trove of adventures that has fuelled the imagination of travellers for centuries, with dizzying…

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  • R2-D2 takes to the skies

    R2-D2 takes to the skies

    April 17th, 2015Neil McQuillian
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    As if Thursday’s new trailer for December 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens wasn’t enough, Japanese airline ANA have risked sending Star Wars fans’ mental equilibrium into a galaxy far, far away by launching a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner painted like beep-talking robot R2-D2. OK, it’d look lame next to the Millennium Falcon or Death Star – and why…

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  • Riviera Nayarit: hippy-hunting on Mexico’s Pacific beaches

    Riviera Nayarit: hippy-hunting on Mexico’s Pacific beaches

    January 29th, 2015Neil McQuillian
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    On a trip to Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit, just a short drive from bright lights of Puerto Vallarta, Neil McQuillian discovers the unexpected… There! I whipped my head round to get a better look. Yes – roger that – no doubt about it. That rare combination of bright, clashing colours and drab browns: remarkable. Quite a…

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  • 19 places for a digital detox

    19 places for a digital detox

    November 14th, 2014Neil McQuillian
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  • Around the world in 20 dances

    Around the world in 20 dances

    October 16th, 2014Neil McQuillian
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  • Natural beauty and outrageous luxury in Switzerland

    Natural beauty and outrageous luxury in Switzerland

    April 7th, 2014Neil McQuillian
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    In 2014 Switzerland’s Graubünden region celebrates its 150th anniversary as the birthplace of winter tourism. Although much has changed since then, Neil McQuillian finds plenty of old-school luxury – and some pleasing eccentricities. My guide John and I were about to be shown round the spectacularly sited Romantik Hotel Muottas Muragl, and had just met the…

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