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  • 8 reasons Vancouver is cooler than you think

    8 reasons Vancouver is cooler than you think

    September 5th, 2016Rachel Mills
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    Vancouver sometimes gets knocked for being a bit dull – and while it’s true that its residents can be earlier to bed than in the rest of North America, this is the city that brought us Flickr, Greenpeace and, according to some, the California sushi roll. Rough Guides writer Rachel Mills is coming to Vancouver’s defence.…

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  • 5 reasons why Nijmegen might just be the Netherlands’ summer capital

    5 reasons why Nijmegen might just be the Netherlands’ summer capital

    August 8th, 2016Rachel Mills
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    Nijmegen is a lively university city around an hour-and-a-half by train from Amsterdam. Beyond its famous Four Days Marches, it’s a fairly unassuming place and doesn’t exactly sit on the country’s tourist trail. But, with typical Dutch confidence – after all, the saying goes “God created the world and the Dutch created the Netherlands” – this…

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  • The great British seaside: how Margate got cool

    The great British seaside: how Margate got cool

    May 3rd, 2016Rachel Mills
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    Not all that long ago Margate was a forlorn seaside town rejected by even the bucket-and-spade brigade. In a sad story echoed across England, the already struggling high street was devastated by the opening of an out-of-town shopping centre; pubs and restaurants were closing, and the future of this once thriving seaside resort looked grim.…

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  • Everything you need to know about backpacking New Zealand

    Everything you need to know about backpacking New Zealand

    March 7th, 2016Rachel Mills
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    New Zealand’s craggy coastline and beautiful national parks are dotted with wildlife and beg to be explored. The scenery gets more spectacular around every corner, with beaches, vineyards, glaciers, snow-capped mountains, raging rivers and vast lakes all jostling for attention. Add to the mix some cool, laidback cities, a thriving Maori culture and generous, warm-hearted…

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  • Madeira: shaking off misconceptions

    Madeira: shaking off misconceptions

    November 17th, 2015Rachel Mills
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    Famous for being the birthplace of footballer Cristiano Ronaldo and Madeira wine, this Portuguese island has a reputation as a holiday choice of the staid over-60s. Although it’s part of Portugal, Madeira is closer to North Africa than it is to Europe – and the island is attracting a new generation of independent travellers who know it’s not just…

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  • 15 things every traveller should do once

    15 things every traveller should do once

    October 19th, 2015Rachel Mills
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    To get the most out of travel you need to push your personal boundaries and throw yourself head first into new experiences. Whether you’re on the road for three months or three years, here’s a list of 15 things everyone should try once. 1. Fall in love Whether it’s with a country, your own company or…

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  • 20 places to embrace the great outdoors in the USA

    20 places to embrace the great outdoors in the USA

    October 1st, 2015Rachel Mills
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  • Go solo: the 20 best places to travel alone

    Go solo: the 20 best places to travel alone

    September 4th, 2015Rachel Mills
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  • 20 brilliantly colourful places

    20 brilliantly colourful places

    June 19th, 2015Rachel Mills
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  • You can now zip line through Wales at 100mph

    You can now zip line through Wales at 100mph

    May 1st, 2015Rachel Mills
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    If you’ve ever dreamed of flying through the air at high speed, or wondered what it might be like to jump off a large metal platform and leave your fate in the hands of some rope and wires, then Zip World Titan is for you. Rough Guides editor Rachel Mills visited the disused quarry in…

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  • A giant underground trampoline has opened in a cave in Wales

    A giant underground trampoline has opened in a cave in Wales

    April 17th, 2015Rachel Mills
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    Rough Guides editor Rachel Mills goes deep underground in the heart of Snowdonia National Park to discover the latest, and craziest, adventure activity in North Wales. A Victorian slate mine close to the town of Blaenau Ffestiniog was once where miners wielded hammers and chisels to eke out a hard living from the rock. Today, it’s…

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  • 20 seriously weird places around the world

    20 seriously weird places around the world

    March 12th, 2015Rachel Mills
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