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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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  • Top skiing and snowboarding destinations

    Top skiing and snowboarding destinations

    February 15th, 2013Rough Guides Editors
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  • Island-hopping among the dolphins in Venezuela

    Island-hopping among the dolphins in Venezuela

    February 14th, 2013Alasdair Baverstock
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    We were barely five minutes from the shore when the dolphins appeared, their splashing visible along the distinct line between the earthy-red of the landmasses and the deep blue of the Caribbean. At the tiller, Jhonny (the silent Spanish “J” affording him an unusual title) made a beeline for them, attracting their attention by rhythmically... 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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  • 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... 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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  • Indulging in a Welsh tea feast in Patagonia

    Indulging in a Welsh tea feast in Patagonia

    February 6th, 2013Shafik Meghji
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    By Shafik Meghji In 1865, 153 Welsh men, women and children boarded a tea-clipper, the Mimosa, in Liverpool and set out on an 8,000-mile journey to what they hoped would be their Promised Land. Fleeing cultural and religious persecution in the UK, the pioneers wanted to create a “little Wales beyond Wales” – a place... Read more »

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  • Six real life film sets

    Six real life film sets

    February 4th, 2013Site Editor
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    From The Beach to The Great Escape, here’s six destinations that doubled as dramatic sets for big screen movies. Let us know your own favourite film set spots below. The great escape, Poland At first sight the area of pine forest stretching south of Żagań betrays few signs of the iconic place it occupies in... Read more »

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  • What’s the best festival you’ve been to?

    What’s the best festival you’ve been to?

    February 1st, 2013Eleanor Aldridge
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    While February might not spring to mind as a time of celebration, some of the world’s greatest festivals are going on this month – not least the Kumbh Mela, rumoured to be the largest gathering on earth, and the infamous Rio Carnaval. Elsewhere, with ten days until Chinese New Year, cities across China and the... Read more »

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  • Why you should visit Southern Brazil

    Why you should visit Southern Brazil

    January 29th, 2013Stephen Keeling
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    Brazil’s booming southern states – Paraná, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul – are often strangely absent on tourist itineraries of the country. The cities of Curitiba and Porto Alegre will host 2014 FIFA World Cup matches, and the region is already a huge draw for Brazilian, Argentine and Uruguayan tourists. Yet it can... Read more »

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  • Bull fights and snakebites – exploring Guyana’s interior

    Bull fights and snakebites – exploring Guyana’s interior

    January 29th, 2013Anna Kaminski
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    From above, the Rupununi Savannah looks like a topography map in reverse. The green bumps are the hills, covered in dense vegetation, while the brown indentations and splodges indicate the paths of the overflowing rivers during the rainy season. From the ground, arriving at the savannah is a shock to the system. We’d just spent... Read more »

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  • The best food in the world – and where to eat it

    The best food in the world – and where to eat it

    January 28th, 2013Site Editor
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    Prepare for some serious stomach growls as we reveal 20 of our favourite foodie experiences around the world. These picks, taken from the pages of Make The Most Of Your Time On Earth, are some of the finest ways to truly eat authentic dishes in the countries that do them best. If you’re looking for... Read more »

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