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  • Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park: Vietnam’s last paradise?

    Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park: Vietnam’s last paradise?

    April 18th, 2017Rachel Mills
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    Planning a trip to Vietnam and keen to explore some of its most spectacular scenery? A little north of the 17th parallel – the demarcation where Vietnam was once divided into north and south – lies Phong Nha-Ke Bang: 885 square kilometres of unspoilt jungle, caves and underground rivers squeezed between the Laos border and South…

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  • 7 places to get off the tourist trail in Vietnam

    7 places to get off the tourist trail in Vietnam

    April 4th, 2017Rachel Mills
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    The verdant limestone stacks of Ha Long Bay and the bustling streets of Hanoi are well established (and essential) stops along Vietnam’s tourist trail. But the traveller who ventures beyond the hotspots will be rewarded with secluded bays, picturesque villages and delicious farm-to-fork food. Here are seven ideas for an adventure off the beaten track.…

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  • Wild camping around the world: a complete guide

    Wild camping around the world: a complete guide

    March 28th, 2017Rachel Mills
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    Fundamental to wild camping – or freedom camping – is self-reliance. Pitching a tent or throwing down a bivvy bag anywhere you like is a romantic concept, but intrepid travellers beware: sleeping under the stars comes with different rules and legal restrictions wherever you are. It also comes with responsibility for the environment and for your…

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  • 15 of the best places to camp around the world

    15 of the best places to camp around the world

    February 20th, 2017Rachel Mills
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  • The 10 most beautiful places in Vietnam – as voted by you

    The 10 most beautiful places in Vietnam – as voted by you

    January 27th, 2017Rachel Mills
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  • Road trip New Zealand: 8 of the best routes

    Road trip New Zealand: 8 of the best routes

    December 27th, 2016Rachel Mills
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    Pin New Zealand’s roads and trails cut through incredibly diverse landscapes: snow-capped peaks and watery fiords, fertile plains, subtropical forest, glacial lakes and rugged coastline can all be explored on four wheels. Here is a selection of our favourite road trips in New Zealand. 1. For adventure: Ninety-Mile Beach Officially called Te Oneroa-a-Tōhē, this seemingly endless…

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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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