Escape the everyday and explore beautiful destinations to inspire your own unreal adventures.

  • Podcast: meet the South African women battling against poaching

    Podcast: meet the South African women battling against poaching

    June 18th, 2018Rough Guides Editors
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    A safari without rhinos? That’s the sad future we may be facing. Right now South Africa is home to eighty percent of the world’s rhinos, but poaching is reducing their numbers every year – in 2017, three rhinos were killed every day on average. Anti-poaching units across the country are fighting to protect these and other…

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  • Podcast: the art of vodou in Haiti

    Podcast: the art of vodou in Haiti

    June 4th, 2018Rough Guides Editors
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    Welcome to Season 3 of the Rough Guide to Everywhere! In this first episode, Rough Guides web editor Neil McQuillian (@NeilMcQuillian) joins author Thomas Rees (@ThomasNRees) as he dives deep into the vodou culture of Haiti – encountering artworks made from human skulls and plenty of evidence that, hey, President Trump might not rate the…

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  • 6 reasons why you should still visit Iceland in 2018

    6 reasons why you should still visit Iceland in 2018

    February 26th, 2018Keith Drew
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    Iceland is on everybody’s lips. Stranded in the middle of the North Atlantic, this rugged island of incredible landscapes and adventurous activities is one of the hottest travel destinations around. And with new attractions to experience and little-visited places to discover, along with a rapidly developing foodie scene in Reykjavík, 2018 is set to be…

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  • The best of Sri Lanka: why the time to go is now

    The best of Sri Lanka: why the time to go is now

    January 15th, 2018Gavin Thomas
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    Sri Lanka is booming. It’s now almost ten years since the end of the devastating civil war which traumatized the country for a generation – a decade of peace which has seen Sri Lanka transform into one of Asia’s most vibrant and diverse destinations. Few countries pack so much variation into such a compact space:…

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  • Motorbiking through Vietnam: a nation at a crossroads

    Motorbiking through Vietnam: a nation at a crossroads

    January 3rd, 2018Neil McQuillian
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    Vietnam is a nation at a crossroads. Neil McQuillian takes a motorbike tour through the Central Highlands and learns about a country in flux.

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  • Podcast: in search of the Northern Lights

    Podcast: in search of the Northern Lights

    December 25th, 2017Greg Dickinson
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    In our recent Reader Awards, we asked you to name the thing at the very top of your bucket list. The answer didn’t surprise us one bit. It was, resoundingly, to witness the Northern Lights. So for this season’s final episode of The Rough Guide to Everywhere (iTunes; Soundcloud), our podcast host Greg Dickinson travelled to Finnish Lapland in a…

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  • Discovering Palermo: why you should give Sicily’s capital a chance

    Discovering Palermo: why you should give Sicily’s capital a chance

    December 8th, 2017Olivia Rawes
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    A city of grit and forgotten grandeur, for too long Palermo has resigned itself to being a film set of crumbling palaces, sun-worn facades and pockmarked backstreets. But now Sicily’s capital is reemerging from decades under the Mafia’s shadow. Their influence may not be fully over but the Mafia battleground has come a long way,…

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  • Uncovering Tokyo’s nightlife: a neighbourhood guide

    Uncovering Tokyo’s nightlife: a neighbourhood guide

    June 9th, 2017Rebecca Hallett
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    Until recently, running a club in Japan was a risky business. The fueihō laws, created in 1948, put restrictions on any small venue where patrons had to “actively seek out pleasure” – including dancing. Though usually these laws weren’t enforced, any club or bar owners caught by police letting their patrons bust a move could face…

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  • Undiscovered Portugal: 7 places to get off the tourist trail

    Undiscovered Portugal: 7 places to get off the tourist trail

    January 17th, 2017Matthew Hancock
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    Although Portugal is one of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations, it is surprisingly easy to get away from it all and escape the crowds. Most people head west from Lisbon airport into the bustling maelstrom of the city, but head east instead over the Vasco da Gama bridge – at 11 miles, it’s Europe’s longest…

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  • Britain’s 30 best seaside towns

    Britain’s 30 best seaside towns

    June 24th, 2016Lottie Gross
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    Britain’s seaside towns offer everything from traditional fun to tongue-in-cheek kitsch. Plan an escape to the coast, with our top 30 British seaside towns.

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  • 11 tips for travelling in Greece

    11 tips for travelling in Greece

    May 6th, 2016Nick Edwards
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    Although the news has been full of negative stories about the financial and immigrant crises which have engulfed Greece in recent years, there are still many reasons to visit. Its stunning beaches, superb mountain scenery, great food and warm Hellenic welcome are just a few. Our first ever Rough Guide was to Greece, 35 years ago. Co-author…

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  • 7 must-visit places in Spain you’ve probably never considered

    7 must-visit places in Spain you’ve probably never considered

    March 14th, 2016Emma Gibbs
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    Spain’s massive size means that it’s thankfully not as hard as you might expect to wander off the well-beaten tourist track. Whether it’s quiet coves, tucked away old villages or eerie landscapes you’re after, here are seven places that you’ve probably never heard of but really should visit in Spain. 1. Las Alpujarras, Andalucía South…

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