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Asia’s Top 10 Backpacking Destinations

Southeast Asia’s lush tropical landscape and patchwork of ancient civilizations, combined with relatively low prices for western travelers, has drawn a steady stream of backpackers since the counter-cultural movement of the sixties. The current flows as strongly today as ever before and, as this list of the region’s gems attest, it’s easy to understand why. […]

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Two Weeks in Australia

Australia’s vast wilderness, relieved by a handful of vibrant modern metropolises, is one of the world’s great travel destinations, containing an immense diversity of cultures and climates, tastes and terrain for wanderers to explore. This two-week itinerary winds its way up the country’s east coast, taking in cities such as Sydney and Brisbane, sojourning in […]

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Road Trip: Driving from Berlin to Prague

Pastoral farmland and jagged mountain ranges lie between these two capitals, along with a smattering of lively cities and elegant long-established towns. Hiking, partying or sightseeing can be prioritized according to taste, though the area’s troubled history over the past century, defined by two epochs of totalitarianism, is harder to avoid. Temporary escape can be […]

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Road Trip: Driving from Vienna to Budapest

Taken together, the names of Vienna and Budapest invoke hazy memories of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, one of the many imperial projects that clashed and conflagrated in World War I. But beyond that temporary association, Austria and Hungary have very different histories, languages and national myths. These differences are carved into the statues and monuments that […]

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Cycling from Vienna to Budapest via Bratislava

Vienna and Budapest are linked by a continuous cycle route which broadly follows the curves of the Danube. The journey is around 250 kilometers (155 miles), a distance that can be navigated alone or with the help of various companies. The route is a little different to the driving route outlined in our travel article […]

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Road Trip: Driving from London to Paris

Travel between London and Paris is very fast and very affordable: flights can be found for under £50, and the Eurostar will whisk travelers under the water in just over two hours. But all this efficiency eradicates any exploration of the terrain and history that lies between the two cities. A road trip strips back […]

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An Outdoor Adventure in Dartmoor National Park

Of Britain’s fifteen National Parks, Dartmoor, situated in the south-west of England, is probably the strangest. Its terrain is far wilder than the rest of the region’s green and pleasant land, encompassing desolate tracts of peat bog, gorse, and white-tipped cotton grass, with spiky outcrops of rock running along the ridges of hills. The moor […]

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Visiting a Collection of Unusual Museums in London

Move away from London’s most famous landmarks – Buckingham palace, Trafalgar Square, Westminster – and see the city’s history from a range of radically different perspectives, none of which are ordinary! These lesser-known museums tell some of London’s more rarely-heard stories. They can show us what London looked like to Elizabethan sex workers or to […]

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Travel Guide to Bratislava and its Attractions

Situated a relatively short distance from the great European capitals of Vienna, Prague and Budapest, Bratislava has often been defined in contrast to its more famous neighbours: a quiet, unassuming alternative to their crowded grandeur. Take a casual stroll around Bratislava’s centre, winding from its main commercial square through the pretty medieval Old Town and […]

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Visiting Northumberland: England’s Last Wilderness

A traveller in search of wilderness is unlikely to look for it in England. They might fly into London, steel themselves to a few days crushed in the crowds visiting the capital’s historic and cultural monuments – before slipping off to Wales, Scotland or Ireland, to find space and peace. Even a once wild and […]

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