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  • A first-timer’s guide to Peru

    A first-timer’s guide to Peru

    October 25th, 2018Ros Walford
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    Paddington, the world’s favourite intrepid bear, turned 60 in 2018. The first Paddington novel by author Michael Bond was published in October 1958. The stories of a Peruvian bear lost in London are as popular as ever thanks to two very successful films. As as the year-long birthday celebrations draw to a close, we think it’s time…

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  • Mendoza: 9 outdoor activities in Argentina’s adventure capital

    Mendoza: 9 outdoor activities in Argentina’s adventure capital

    August 29th, 2018Ros Walford
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    Travellers on a tour of Argentina often zip through the city of Mendoza, pausing only long enough to down a glass of Malbec at the famed vineyards before rushing to their next bucket-list location. Adventure travellers are missing out: the region – even containing the highest mountain in South America – is one of the best places…

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  • Beer and bison burgers: a foodie’s guide to Denver

    Beer and bison burgers: a foodie’s guide to Denver

    September 19th, 2017Ros Walford
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    Countless cities are credited with a burgeoning food scene – but Denver, the Wild West capital of Colorado, stands out from the crowd. In 2016, a staggering 220 restaurants opened in the city, from fine-dining bistros to laid-back cafés, and it’s also been touted as America’s beer capital. To get a taste, we ate and drank our way around…

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  • A ride through time: mountain biking in Crested Butte, Colorado

    A ride through time: mountain biking in Crested Butte, Colorado

    September 8th, 2017Ros Walford
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    Forty years on (and two hundred years since the invention of the bicycle), Ros Walford follows the well-worn trails of America's first mountain bikers.

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  • Reaching new heights: what does it take to be a mountain guide?

    Reaching new heights: what does it take to be a mountain guide?

    August 8th, 2017Ros Walford
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    To find what it’s like to make a living at high altitude, Ros Walford travels to Argentina to meet one of the guides of Aconcagua, South America’s highest peak.

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  • Staying in a Japanese ryokan: a first-timer’s guide

    Staying in a Japanese ryokan: a first-timer’s guide

    June 12th, 2017Ros Walford
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    It’s a cliché to say that Japan is a land of contrasts – but, in terms of accommodation, it really is. There are some weird and many wonderful places to stay, from personal capsules and love hotels to lodgings in five-star luxury. But there’s one type of accommodation that has preserved its tradition for centuries: the…

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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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    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 do…

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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 Faroe Islands…

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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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