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  • Face your fears in the name of travel

    Face your fears in the name of travel

    March 17th, 2014Kia
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    From arachnophobia to fear of loneliness – Kia Abdullah explores how to face your fears and open up the world of travel. It was early morning on my first day in Cambodia that the feeling of dread descended. Trundling along in a tuk tuk, I felt something heavy land on my leg. The brown-black mass was... Read more »

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  • The best places to visit in May

    The best places to visit in May

    March 13th, 2014Stephen Keeling
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    May is the perfect time to travel in the northern hemisphere. With the weather warming up, fewer tourists and lower prices than the peak summer months, the beaches of the Caribbean and the Med are prime targets, but there’s plenty going on elsewhere. From New Orleans jazz to a whale shark festival in Australia, here... Read more »

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  • Top live music destinations

    Top live music destinations

    March 10th, 2014Rachel Mills
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  • St Patrick’s Day, a different way

    St Patrick’s Day, a different way

    March 10th, 2014Site Editor
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    If you’re planning on celebrating your Irishness this next March (or getting yourself adopted for the day), the most obvious place to head is Dublin. But not everyone can get there – plus prices are high, half a million people descend on the capital for the parade, and it’s hard to find a place to... Read more »

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  • Fordlândia: Henry Ford’s abandoned city of the Amazon

    Fordlândia: Henry Ford’s abandoned city of the Amazon

    March 6th, 2014Kiki Deere
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    In the late 1920s, automobile tycoon Henry Ford transplanted a little piece of the United States to the middle of Brazil‘s Amazon jungle. Complete with whitewashed American-style houses set on impeccably manicured lawns, shaded patios, and tree-lined streets dotted with pretty churches, he called it Fordlândia and it was to become the world’s largest rubber... Read more »

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  • Exploring Chile’s Southern Highway

    Exploring Chile’s Southern Highway

    February 27th, 2014Andrew Benson
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    The Carretera Austral – Chile’s Southern Highway – begins nowhere and leads nowhere. Over 1000km in length, it was hewn and blasted through the wettest, greenest and narrowest part of the country. This sliver of Patagonia is a majestic land of snowcapped volcanoes, Ice Age glaciers, emerald fjords, turquoise lakes and jade-coloured rivers, set among lush temperate forest where... Read more »

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  • The best places to visit in April

    The best places to visit in April

    February 17th, 2014Shafik Meghji
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    April is a fantastic month to travel. Spring in the northern hemisphere brings warmer weather, making it an excellent time to soak up the early sun in Marrakesh or take in the rhododendron displays in Sikkim. Over in Australia you can visit Uluru without the crowds, while California’s Coachella festival and Austria’s Snowbombing provide partying aplenty. Here... Read more »

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  • The most beautiful country in the world – as voted by you

    The most beautiful country in the world – as voted by you

    February 13th, 2014Rough Guides Editors
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  • Surfing in Rio, Brazil

    Surfing in Rio, Brazil

    February 13th, 2014John Malathronas
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    My favourite spot in Rio isn’t lying on Ipanema beach or watching the world go by sitting in the Copacabana Palace terrace. Nor does it involve hiking in the Parque Nacional da Tijuca, or snaking around the islands on a boat trip in Guanabara Bay. My favourite spot is unfamiliar to the casual tourist, because... Read more »

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  • Experiencing the Pousada Maravilha Hotel, Brazil

    Experiencing the Pousada Maravilha Hotel, Brazil

    February 12th, 2014Site Editor
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    Fernando de Noronha is an impossibly beautiful secret island just an hour’s flight from Recife in northern Brazil. A pristine National Marine Park, it was once visited by Charles Darwin and is so eco-orientated that on some beaches no sun cream or flip-flops are allowed. It has long been a hideaway for the Brazilian jet... Read more »

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  • Braving Torres del Paine national park, Chile

    Braving Torres del Paine national park, Chile

    February 11th, 2014Site Editor
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    You have to keep your head down. Despite the spray-laden wind, it’s tempting to lift it above the rim of the boat and look ahead, so you can see the foam-capped waves racing past as the Zodiac inflatable roars upstream. Soon, in the distance, a towering peak of rock rises up. As you get closer... Read more »

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  • Experience Tapati festival on Easter Island, Chile

    Experience Tapati festival on Easter Island, Chile

    February 10th, 2014Andrew Benson
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    Rapa Nui – Easter Island – is shrouded in mystery. How did its people get there? Where did they come from? How did they move those gigantic statues? Some of that enigma comes to life during January’s fortnight-long Tapati, a festival that combines ancient customs, such as carving and canoeing, with modern sports, such as... Read more »

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