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  • A Rough Guide to: the Japanese tea ceremony

    A Rough Guide to: the Japanese tea ceremony

    May 15th, 2017Ros Walford
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    Hushed voices, the scratch of a bamboo whisk, then a bow, a nod and a bowl of steaming matcha is handed around. Any delicate sounds in the room are amplified by the formality of the occasion – so quiet you can hear people holding their breath – which heightens the sense that something very important is…

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  • Eating Kyushu: a guide to Japan’s secret foodie hotspot

    Eating Kyushu: a guide to Japan’s secret foodie hotspot

    March 29th, 2017Ros Walford
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    Kyūshū, the most southerly of Japan’s four main islands, is pretty much left alone by tourists. Yet, the island – only a bullet-train ride from Tokyo – is one of the country’s culinary hotspots. Proximity to mainland Asia and historical legacies from trade with the British, Dutch and Portuguese has led to a fusion of styles.…

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  • Road trip Australia: 6 of the best routes

    Road trip Australia: 6 of the best routes

    October 18th, 2016Ros Walford
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    Pin Pack your stuff, throw it in a camper van along with a surfboard and don’t look back… This might be an old cliché but it’s one for good reason: Australia really is one of the best places on Earth for a road trip. Whether you’re living the dream in your camper van, or making…

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  • Slow travel: exploring Catalunya’s back roads

    Slow travel: exploring Catalunya’s back roads

    August 4th, 2016Ros Walford
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    Barcelona is one of the world’s most visited cities, but relatively few tourists venture beyond the suburbs. Yet, just a couple of hours’ drive from the metropolis, there’s a relaxed region that’s ready to be explored at your own pace: the province of Girona, a jewel in the Spanish crown. The best way to experience…

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  • A first-timer’s guide to the Faroe Islands

    A first-timer’s guide to the Faroe Islands

    June 7th, 2016Ros Walford
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    Way out in the cool North Atlantic Ocean, there’s a cluster of craggy islands inhabited primarily by sheep and puffins. The Faroe Islands are Scandinavia’s ultimate off-the-beaten-track destination. Here’s our guide to what to expect on your first trip to this remote archipelago. What and where are the Faroe Islands? Contrary to popular misconception, the…

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  • Living the good life in Borneo

    Living the good life in Borneo

    June 2nd, 2016Ros Walford
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    Life in the beautiful region of Sapulot is relaxed and uncomplicated, and the communities who live here want to keep it that way. They are inviting visitors to this remote part of Sabah, a Malaysian state on the island of Borneo, to show them the Murut way of life. Ros Walford went to find out…

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  • 12 tips for backpacking Australia

    12 tips for backpacking Australia

    February 16th, 2016Ros Walford
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    Backpacking Australia will almost certainly exceed your expectations. It’s not just that the places you’ll see will be more stunning than you had imagined – from the open, red-tinged landscapes and rich rainforests inland to the immaculate, golden shores. It’s that the country is geared up for good times, whether it’s getting active outdoors in that almost endless…

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  • On a budget: 15 cheap places to visit in Europe

    On a budget: 15 cheap places to visit in Europe

    December 17th, 2015Ros Walford
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    If you’re short of cash, it doesn’t mean you have to starve the travel bug entirely; simply choose your destinations wisely. Europe can be pricey but there are many places where your money will go further. Here are fifteen of our favourites. For food: León, Spain In the barrios near León’s cathedral, delicious tapas is…

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  • Trail-running in the stunning Swedish countryside

    Trail-running in the stunning Swedish countryside

    November 9th, 2015Ros Walford
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    Ros Walford goes leaping over granite rocks to give you the lowdown on Sweden’s only coastal trail-running race.  What is this strangely named Icebug Xperience? It has nothing to do with ice – nor bugs, fortunately. It’s actually a three-day 74-km coastal trailrunning and hiking event organised by a Swedish company called Icebug. The event…

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  • The ultimate backpacking checklist: 20 things every traveller needs

    The ultimate backpacking checklist: 20 things every traveller needs

    September 22nd, 2015Ros Walford
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    Packing for a big trip often causes dilemmas. Should you take a large tube of toothpaste to last the trip? How many pairs of trousers to take? Should you invest in some ventilating undies? It’s all too easy to angst over your packing list – be selective and remember that you can buy most things while…

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  • 9 tips for adjusting to life after travelling

    9 tips for adjusting to life after travelling

    August 3rd, 2015Ros Walford
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    Anyone who has been travelling knows how difficult coming home can be. You’ve just spent months abroad, being stimulated every day by new sights, people and experiences; then suddenly you’re back to the old life – and it’s boring! Maybe you were looking forward to coming home, seeing friends, your comfortable bed and all those…

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