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  • Seven days in the warm heart of Africa

    Seven days in the warm heart of Africa

    February 14th, 2013Tim Chester
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    Of all the sights, sounds and sensations stamped in my mind from my week in Malawi, one stands out above all others: Everlasting’s laugh. Our brilliantly-named driver was guide, companion and entertainer over several hours and countless bumpy miles around this sliver of sub-Saharan Africa, and his protracted guffaws were a law unto themselves. Oscillating…

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  • Sounds Of The Cities – USA

    Sounds Of The Cities – USA

    February 14th, 2013Tim Chester
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    Perhaps the most striking thing about American music is not its inventiveness or diversity, but how each and every city or region across the vast country has such a distinct sound. New Orleans seems to breed funk while Seattle fosters grunge and indie rock and most visitors head to Nashville for country. Of course a…

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  • The most overrated destinations in the world

    The most overrated destinations in the world

    February 10th, 2013Tim Chester
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    Have you ever been somewhere really hyped up and just found it a bit average? Bundled yourself off somewhere on the recommendations of friends, forum users or travel mags to find it’s just a bit, well, meh? Every regular traveller tends to have one place that didn’t stand up to expectations, and for me it…

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  • The world’s most expensive cities

    The world’s most expensive cities

    February 8th, 2013Tim Chester
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    Don’t go to Japan or Australia if you’re looking after your pennies. A new poll from the Economist Intelligence Unit has placed Tokyo and Osaka as the first and second most expensive cities in the world, followed closely by Sydney, Oslo and Melbourne. Personally, I didn’t find Oslo too bad, but as a Londoner I’m…

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  • Travel bucket list – your picks

    Travel bucket list – your picks

    January 23rd, 2013Tim Chester
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    To celebrate the re-launch of the Rough Guides website, we asked some of our writers and editors – plus a few travel personalities from Ben Fogle to Simon Reeve – to nominate their pick for our multimedia travel bucket list. They came back with some inspiring tips, from swimming with manatees to volcano-boarding and sleeping…

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  • Great rivers of the world – the Amazon

    Great rivers of the world – the Amazon

    January 16th, 2013Tim Chester
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    The Amazon is a land of true superlatives. The biggest river system in the world, it features eight of its top twenty longest waterways across 80,000 square kilometres of navigable passages, and churns a fifth of the globe’s fresh water through the largest rainforest on the planet. Spanning seven countries – Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador,…

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  • Which is the friendliest country in the world?

    Which is the friendliest country in the world?

    January 15th, 2013Tim Chester
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    What really makes or breaks a trip? The food? The weather? The landscapes? I’d argue the people. From the immigration officers to the taxi drivers, the shopkeepers, tour guides, hosts, fellow diners and passersby, it’s the locals you encounter that have the most power to influence your love – or hate – for a place.…

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  • New York City – a street-by-street movie guide

    New York City – a street-by-street movie guide

    January 15th, 2013Tim Chester
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    From King Kong to Coming to America, New York City has played host to an immense number of films over the years; the city is probably more mapped on celluloid than any other place in America. On this giant Rough Guides map of the city we pin some of our favourite movies, old and new…

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  • Our favourite travel books

    Our favourite travel books

    November 12th, 2012Tim Chester
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    Which books do you turn to for a spot of armchair travelling? Who are the authors that can transport you from sofa to far flung locale within a couple of words? My personal favourites include Pico Iyer’s unforgettable portrayal of love in a tumultuous time in Cuba And The Night and Robert Louis Stevenson’s Travels…

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  • Architectural wonders around the world

    Architectural wonders around the world

    July 30th, 2012Tim Chester
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    Mankind has erected some stunning monuments across the world throughout history, and stumbling across a stunning building is one of the greatest joys of travel. Here’s some of our favourite architectural masterpieces, drawn from travel bible Make The Most Of Your Time On Earth. The Cathar castles of Languedoc-Roussillon, France © midgardson/Shutterstock  It’s hard to forget…

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