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  • Meet the locals – how to immerse yourself on your travels

    Meet the locals – how to immerse yourself on your travels

    March 7th, 2013Site Editor
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    However good your intentions are, it’s often all too easy to retreat to the comfort of the hotel room and shy away from really engaging with the locals when you’re on your travels. Here’s a selection of holiday ideas that will thrust you into the heart of the community you’re visiting and foster a much... Read more »

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  • Travelling for the first time

    Travelling for the first time

    February 18th, 2013Eleanor Aldridge
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    We’ve just published new editions of The Rough Guide to First-Time Europe and The Rough Guide to First-Time Around the World, and they’ve got us thinking about the advice we wish we’d been given before our first big trips abroad. Travelling for the first time can be daunting. Do you go alone? What do you... Read more »

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  • The travel bucket list

    The travel bucket list

    February 8th, 2013Tim Chester
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    If you’re after unforgettable experiences to add to your travel bucket list, look no further. With some help from our authors, editors and other travel experts, we’ve run-down 30 of the most incredible sights and activities around the world. Whether you want to embark on an epic journey, encounter some of the world’s most fascinating... Read more »

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  • Five top shopping holidays

    Five top shopping holidays

    February 6th, 2013Site Editor
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    If you’re the kind of traveller who saves extra space for holiday purchases – or even dumps old clothes and toiletries to make room for impulse buys – you’ll want to check out some of these unique shopping experiences from around the world. From carpets in Turkmenistan to jewelry in Dubai, we’ve rounded up some of the... Read more »

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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,... Read more »

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  • Exploring Quichua culture in Ecuador’s highlands

    Exploring Quichua culture in Ecuador’s highlands

    January 11th, 2013Site Editor
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    You’re at an altitude of 3900m, shivering in the cold as the sun rises behind you. Below, a saw-edge precipice encircles a still, emerald-green lake 3km in diameter. Lower still, fertile plateaus creased with deep, shadowed valleys are picked out by the golden dawn light and, beyond, snow-capped peaks fringe the horizon. This is the... Read more »

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  • The fascinating history of the Galápagos Islands

    The fascinating history of the Galápagos Islands

    September 5th, 2012Shafik Meghji
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    Shafik Meghji has just returned from the Galápagos Islands during his research trip for the new edition of the Rough Guide to Ecuador. Here he explores some of the archipelago’s fascinating history. In the late eighteenth century British whalers sailing through the Galápagos Islands – considered at the time to be a forbidding place of... Read more »

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  • Visit the cloud forests of Ecuador

    Visit the cloud forests of Ecuador

    August 23rd, 2012Richard Hammond
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    Travelling from Quito, it’s easy to make a beeline along the Pan-American Highway to Cotopaxi and west to the beaches of the Pacific Coast or east to the Amazon Rainforest. But that would mean missing out on the cloud forests of Ecuador, where you’ll find some of the most fascinating birdlife in the country. Head... Read more »

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  • The 10 best jungle lodges in the Amazon

    The 10 best jungle lodges in the Amazon

    July 4th, 2012Richard Hammond
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    Stretching across thousands of miles and several countries, the Amazon basin is home to an almost endless number of jungle lodges.We’ve picked out our ten best in the region, but let us know your own favourites below. Sani Lodge, Ecuador Pin Sani Lodge comprises ten lakeside, thatch-roofed cabañas owned and operated by the Sani Isla... Read more »

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  • Ten top volunteer holidays

    Ten top volunteer holidays

    May 4th, 2012Jeremy Smith
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    If you’ve been thinking of swapping the traditional beach and beers break for something a little more, well, useful this year, allow us to present ten inspiring options. Whether it’s monitoring fish in Tobago or cleaning elephants in Thailand, these breaks allow you to really put something back on your travels. Help conserve the Galápagos... Read more »

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