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How to take the alternative route into Petra

Once you've entered Petra the traditional way, why not try something a little different. Our featured blogger, Rebecca Smith, tells you how

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6 tips for crossing the Massif Central by mountain bike

Our featured blogger, Chris Goodman, conquered the mighty mountain range, the Grand Traversee du Massif Central, on mountain bike. And reveals how you can too.

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How not to get a visa in Moldova

Halfway through a 450-day taxi ride around the world, Johno Ellison is stuck in No Man's Land – without a visa to escape...

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Visiting the islands at the edge of the world

Our featured blogger, Katie MacLeod,ventures to the westernmost islands of Scotland's Outer Hebrides to the enchanted – and isolated – islands of St Kilda.

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How to get to Transnistria by bus

Jonny Blair gives you a step-by-step guide to getting to Transnistria, a country that doesn't really exist

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Why I'm addicted to cycle touring

Inter-continental cyclist Edward Shoote explains the appeal of riding a bike in some of the world's most forbidding environments. And why you'd probably love it too.

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Remembering the people of Homs

In our inaugural Blog of the Week, Helen Watson ponders the fate of the people she met when she visited Homs two years ago.

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Blog of the Week: Swimming with dolphins

Emily-Ann Elliott is travelling the world with a bucket list of 30 things she wants to do before turning 30. In our second Blog of the Week, she ticks off number 11

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Blog of the Week: The Apple Tree of Pender Island

Richard McColl's blog recounts an intensely personal trip to the land of his fathers

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Blog of the Week: Ferrara by bike

Deborah Cater loves European cities. In this week's Blog of the Week she takes on the madness of Italy on two wheels

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Blog of the Week: a hitchhiker's guide to Azerbaijan

This week we celebrate a blog that is useful and informative for those who like to travel on the cheap

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Blog of the Week: The Manga Man of Shimokita

Our featured blogger this week, Justin Egli, introduces us to one of Tokyo's real characters

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Blog of the Week: Turn right at the dumpster and keep an open mind

In our latest Blog of the Week, Katie Beck ignores the naysayers and gets under the skin of Ramallah

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Blog of the Week: Age Shall Not Weary Them

Teresa Curran visits Gallipoli and ponders why it is so important to New Zealanders on Anzac Day

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Blog of the Week: Mexico's amazing mariachi rodeo

Swarupa Ovalekar has written three books about Mexico, making her something of an expert on the nation’s culture and food – and her blog posts are as educational as they are entertaining

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Blog of the Week: Returning to Belfast

It's been a long time between trains, but our Blogger of the Week returns to her roots to discover a vibrant and confident Belfast

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Blog of the Week: How to eat Pho

Taking a breather in Vietnam during her big round-the-world trip, Jen gets some useful tips from the locals on the best way to tackle their national dish

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Blog of the Week: The world's only humane cock fight

Follow the Boat blogger Liz Cleere visits the Himalayan Olympics and encounters a very bizarre event

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Blog of the Week: The elusive tigers of Ranthambore

World travellers Bill Gent and Diana Russler spend a week in India's Ranthambore nature reserve tracking down its elusive tigers

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Blog of the Week: The good shepherds of Armenia

Billed as the definitive worldwide driving and car rental website, DriverAbroad.com offers advice on renting a car in countries other sites avoid

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Blog of the Week: Rocking the rock churches of Lalibela

Blogger Lisa V takes on a twisting – and twisted – tour of Ethiopia's legendary rock churches and ends up in a restaurant doing the chicken dance.

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Blog of the Week: Don't forget what's on your doorstep

Part of the attraction of travelling is being far away from where you live, says our featured blogger, Shing, but sometimes we forget to explore on our doorstep

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Blog of the Week: How to visit Bhutan without offending anyone

Hello Bhutan was set up by our featured blogger, Ilka Staschen, to shed light on this fascinating country

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Blog of the Week: The Philippines' first Forest Food Festival

Kara Santos travels to the foot of Mt. Pinatubo to experience a unique festival that celebrates the customs, rituals and food of the local indigenous people, the Aeta

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Blog of the Week: It's all about balance

In our Blog of the Week, Kristen contemplates balancing her needs as a traveller and the needs of those she visits

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Blog of the Week: The joy of decks

This week's featured blogger, Kerry O'Neill, sings the praises of ferries and the time they give you to think

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Blog of the Week: What to pack for an extended trip

Our featured blogger, Whitney Shindelar, passes on hard-won advice. But do you agree with her?

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Tackling the Trans Himachal in a Suzuki Alto

Our featured blogger, Anushile Argawal, survived treacherous mountain passes in a totally inappropriate car. And has the videos to prove it

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The 10 Commandments of Trekking Etiquette

Our featured blogger this week is Amy Turner. Based in Patagonia, she lists the things you need to know to make the most of your trek in this beautiful part of the world

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15 tips for responsible travel in Burma

Burma is the hottest destination in travel. Our Blogger of the Week, Kellie Netherwood, advises on how to visit responsibly

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Your guide to Bangkok's best street food

Our featured blogger, Allan Wilson, has combed the streets of Bangkok to find the Thai capital's tastiest offerings

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Teaching African children the importance of conservation

Our featured blogger, Edward Selfe, on a project in Zambia that introduces local kids to the wildlife on their doorstep

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Communicating through art in India

Our featured blogger, Lakshmi, volunteers at the Sri Narayani Vidyalaya School in India and discovers that art brings down all language barriers

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A quick guide to gay Havana

This week our featured blogger, Ryan C Haynes, offers his advice on staying safe and having fun in the Cuban capital's gay scene

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The very best of Blog of the Week

From moving reminiscences to practical, money-saving advice, our featured bloggers have offered something for everyone in 2012. Here's the best of them:

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Finding the Silk Road on your doorstep

Our blogger of the week, Armenian wanderer Harebeat, discovers the difficulty of finding the start of the Silk Road, even when it's on your doorstep

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A crash course in Russian weirdness

Our blogger of the week, Steven Neish, goes to Syktyvkar in Russia to teach English and discovers they do things a little differently

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When vampire bats attack

This week's featured bloggers, Tammy & Chris, discover hidden dangers in the Ecuadorian jungle

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Transforming Delhi's Red Light District

Our Blogger of the Week, Adam Pervez, meets a remarkable woman changing the lives of children caught up in the Indian capital's sex industry

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A foodie's guide to Buenos Aires

Globe-trotting foodie Jodie Hopperton uncovers a thriving culinary scene in suburban Palermo in our Blog of the Week

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An insider's guide to Japanese toilets

Our Blogger of the Week, The Only Blonde in Osaka, gives the lowdown on toilet etiquette in the Land of the Rising Sun

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My hammam experience in Marrakech

Our featured Blogger of the Week, Emily Luxton, explains how to get beaten and sluiced in Marrakech

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Why you must visit São Vicente da Fora monastery

Our featured blogger, Julie Dawn Fox, on what makes this monastery a must-see on your Lisbon itinerary

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A magic moment in Male

After returning home from living in the Maldives, Donna Richardson reveals what she misses most about the timeless Maldivian capital

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Getting burned in Rio

Our Blogger of the Week, Kate Gibbons, discovers that it's easier to get sunburned than money out of a bank in Brazil's party city

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Crocs, rocks and shocks in Kakadu

Our Blogger of the Week, Lauren Novak, discovers that if the crocs don't get you in Kakadu the flies will

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The bad habits of long-term travellers

Long-term traveller Charli Moore exposes the bad habits people pick up on the road and how to avoid them

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Making connections in Kaunas

Luis Fernando Medina Salazar discovers it is easy to get underneath the skin of this beautiful Lithuanian city – when you meet the right people

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The pros and cons of work exchanges

Is participating in work exchanges a viable way of travelling cheaply? Our Blogger of the Week, Jess, shares her experiences

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Why real books make better travel companions

Rachel Ricks reveals why she prefers paperbacks to eBooks on her big journey through South America

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A guide to the food courts of Kuala Lumpur

Our Bloggers of the Week are the Wondernuts. And they want to tell you where to find the best places to eat in Malaysia

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6 things I miss about travel

Back home after a big trip, our Blogger of the Week, Marie-Claire Macardle, reflects on the things she misses most about being on the road

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Your guide to Lucca by bike

Our blogger of the week, Tiana Kai, gives you the inside scoop on getting the most from the Tuscan gem – on two wheels

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Which decade inspired you to travel?

Our Blogger of the Week, Rosemarie John, was inspired to travel the world by the 60s. But not in the way you'd think

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The Catch-22 of getting into Costa Rica

Our Blogger of the Week, Rachael Pells, discovers that the only way she can enter Costa Rica is to have already entered.

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Having children vs travelling

Our blogger of the week weighs up the pros and cons of starting a family rather than continuing to travel

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My five favourite Italian dishes

Our blogger of the week, Meraid Griffin, has just returned from Italy and nominates her favourite Italian dishes. What are yours?

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The ugly truth about backpacking

Our Blogger of the Week, Emma Spires, reveals the dark side of grabbing a bag and hitting the road. Do you agree with her?

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5 things to do in Abu Dhabi during Ramadan

Ramadan may be a time for spiritual reflection in Abu Dhabi, but there is still plenty to do for visitors

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The difficulties of travelling solo

Our featured blogger, Steven Rose, hits South East Asia and ponders on why it's so difficult to get some alone time

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Puglia's hidden secrets

Our featured blogger, Michelle Summerville, shines the spotlight on Italy's most underrated region

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How to climb a limestone cliff in Thailand

Our featured blogger, Katherine Belamino, dons a harness and climbs a limestone karst towering over Thailand's Phang Nga Bay

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Sicily's top 10 must-see sights

Our featured blogger, Samantha, lists the places you must visit on Italy's most varied and spectacular island

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Stepping back in time: Koh Phangan, 1993

Our featured blogger, 'Mia' Escobud, recalls the day she arrived on Thailand's legendary island... and how it changed her life

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How to spot a pygmy elephant in Borneo

Our featured blogger, Emily Snell, goes in search of one of Borneo's most elusive creatures. Does she find it?

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9 reasons why solo travel is great

Our featured blogger, Finola, reveals why she loves travelling on her own. And why you will too

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How to climb Mount Kinabalu in a day

Is it possible to climb South-East Asia's highest peak in one day and avoid the high accommodation costs? Our featured bloggers, Jonathan and Natalia, find out...

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10 tips for surviving a long distance relationship

You're out the door to go travelling and you meet 'The One'. How do you keep the flame flickering when there's thousands of miles in between?

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10 tasty treats from the Himalaya

Our featured bloggers, Allan and Fanfan, find the meals worth stopping for while trekking the Himalaya

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4 reasons why Bali will inspire you

Our featured bloggers at Travel_Shutter ponder what it is about this magical island that captures travellers' hearts

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The 5 easiest jobs to travel with

Want to travel longer by making money on the road? Long-term traveller Jonny Blair nominates the jobs that will take your further

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An Insider's Guide to Kolkata

Our featured blogger, Ekta Bhatnagar, reveals the hidden corners of her home town and lists the places you must visit

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The future of tourism in the Balkans

Our featured blogger this week gives a sobering account of tourism in the Balkans and wonders whether it is still the region's best hope

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A foodie guide to East London

Our featured blogger, Alyssa James, takes you on a culinary tour through London's buzzing foodie haven

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9 things you must do in Pyongyang

Our featured blogger, Bino, lifts the lid on the must-do activities in the most secretive country in the world

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7 memorable dining experiences from around the world

Our featured bloggers, Shelley and Agri, reveal seven unforgettable meals from far-flung corners of the globe

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Celebrating reunification in rebuilt Dresden

Our featured blogger, Madeleine, reflects on German reunification in a city that rebuilt itself from scratch after the Second World War

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Making the impassable possible in Georgia

Laura Pattara and her partner Chris, prove that you can cross the Greater Caucasus Mountain Range in northern Georgia in winter. Just.

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The highs and lows of camping with camels

Our featured blogger, Heather Cole, ventures onto Erg Chebbi in Morocco on a camel with mixed results

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How to snowboard a volcano in Chile

What's it like snowboarding down the side of an active volcano? Our featured blogger this week, Ed Shoote, reveals all (with video)

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10 cool things to do in Cologne

With Berlin overrun with hipsters, our featured blogger suggests turning your attention to Germany's other cool city

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9 things you must do in Australia's Top End

Our featured blogger, Lauren Mowery, nominates the must-do activities that will make your trip to Australia's iconic Top End complete

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Exploring Tel Aviv's funkiest neighbourhoods

Our featured blogger, Rebecca Enright, reveals the corners of Israel's most vibrant city that you must visit.

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All aboard Mexico City's floating fiesta

Gondolas, mariachi bands, colourful flowers and delicious Mexican food – Xochimilco is a match made in heaven for our featured blogger, Elaine McArdle.

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Your guide to snorkelling Hawaii's famous Turtle Town

Our featured blogger,Jessica Kleiner, goes in search of sea turtles in Hawaii and finds them. Lots of them.

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4 irresistible Argentine sweets you must try

Our featured bloggers, Morin and Salo, report directly from Buenos Aires' legendary pastry shops on the treats every sweet-tooth traveller should try

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Blown away in St Maarten. Literally.

Our featured blogger, Ashlea, reveals more than she intended to went she went 'jet surfing' on St Maarten's infamous Maho Beach.

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Sunday in the city. West Africa reveals its soul.

Our featured blogger, Graham Askey, argues the case for giving Conakry in Guinea a chance. At least on a Sunday.

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An illustrated journey through the Balkan mosaic

Our featured blogger, Emma Fick, has been chronicling her travel experiences through exquisite and evocative illustration. This week we follow her through the Balkans.

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The best and worst of Burma

In the spirit of the Oscars, Five Dollar Travellers, Tommo and Megsy, hand out bouquets and brickbats to the institutions of backpacker Burma

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The Ultimate Guide to Uluru

Our featured blogger, David Hoffman, reveals how get the most out of Australia's most iconic sight.

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Discovering the secret corners of Jodhpur

Our featured blogger, Liam Kennedy, takes us on an evocative journey through the twisting lanes of India's fabled blue city

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How I became a digital nomad and why I love it

Our featured blogger, programmer Ashray Baruah, explains how he earns income while travelling the world. And how you may be able to as well.

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How to communicate with people who don't understand your language

Our featured blogger, Jo Fitzsimons, is trying to learn Spanish and asks for understanding from the locals she is afflicting her new found 'skills' upon.

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5 trips you really need to take in your 20s

Blogger Jaclynn Seah hits 30 – and ponders whether some types of trips are best undertaken in your twenties...

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Bolivia's secret mountains

Our featured blogger, Ed Shoote from We Love Mountains, treks Sajama National Park

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How to fast track a truly cultural experience

Our featured blogger, Thidara Udomritkul, reveals the quickest way to get under the skin of a country.

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The cat boat of Amsterdam

Our featured blogger, Sal Bolton, scours the canals of Amsterdam for the unique home of the city's stray and abandoned cats

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Face-to-face with Rwanda's mountain gorillas

Our featured blogger, Stuart Foster, gets up close and personal with a moody mountain gorilla – and lives to tell the tale

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My Life as a Berber

Our featured blogger, Sabina Trojanova, stays with a local family in Morocco and gets a deeper understanding of the country and its culture. Includes video

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Animal abuse and tourism: Where do we draw the line?

Shocked by 'domesticated' elephants in Kerala, our featured blogger, Delia Harrington, ponders on the role of animals in tourism. And the impact it's having on them – and us.

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Memories of Gorée Island in Senegal

Our featured blogger, Kathryn Burrington, visits Senegal's notorious slave trading port and finds hope and joy where there was once great brutality

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Asia's 3 best tea plantations

Our featured blogger, Allan Wilson, loves a good cuppa. He goes right to the source and nominates his favourite tea plantations in Asia

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How India helped me beat my anxiety disorder

Bryony Holland reveals how the chaos of India helped her overcome her panic attacks – and how it can help you find some inner peace too

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Wine tasting in the south of France

Twice a year the vineyards in the hills behind Nice open their cellar doors for all to enjoy. Our feature blogger, Chrissie McClatchie was at the head of the queue

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Buenos Aires by bike

Our featured blogger, Emily Luxton, reveals there is no better way to see the Argentinian capital

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The perks of renting an apartment when travelling

Our featured blogger, Christina Mason, explains why apartments offer travellers the best of all worlds while they are on the road

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8 things learned from Guatemalan buses

Our featured bloggers, Andrew and Emily, reveal important life lessons earned on the bumpy backroads of Central America

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Packing tips for the semi-fashionable traveller

It's the dilemma facing every long term traveller – what to pack to cover every contingency. Our featured blogger, Samantha Bilkey says go for comfort and a little bit of style.

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Mountain biking in the High Atlas mountains

Our featured blogger, Harriet Constable, recounts the highs and lows of tackling this rugged corner of Morocco by bike

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Is solo travel ever truly solo?

Our featured blogger discovers that it's almost impossible to be alone when you travel on your own

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How to avoid the Blue Mountains blues

It's the most popular day trip from Sydney but it is possible to beat the crowds. Our featured blogger, Rachel Lishman, reveals how.

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Step-by-step along the Inca trail to Machu Picchu

4 Days.52 Kilometres. 1 Destination: Machu Picchu. Join our featured blogger, Greg Goodman as he takes you on an ancient journey on Peru’s Inca Trail.

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The Cambodian circus that saves lives

Our featured blogger, Brendan Lee, comes across a circus set up to help street kids in Siem Reap – and discovers it is really rather good

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Welcome to the Maldives' concrete jungle

Our featured blogger, Tom Smith, didn't expect to find urban excitement in the Maldives. But he's glad he did.

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The pain of losing a passport

Our featured blogger, Emily Ray, panics when she loses her passport between her plane and immigration at Schiphol airport. How would you react?

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How to take the alternative route into Petra

Once you've entered Petra the traditional way, why not try something a little different. Our featured blogger, Rebecca Smith, tells you how

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A unique approach to buying souvenirs

Our featured bloggers, Team Fuber, tear up the rule book on buying souvenirs ... and explain why you should too

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Good and bad news about getting an Indian visa in the Maldives

Our featured bloggers were meant to be on a sugar-white beach. Instead they found themselves visiting the Indian Consulate in Male.

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6 tips for crossing the Massif Central by mountain bike

Our featured blogger, Chris Goodman, conquered the mighty mountain range, the Grand Traversee du Massif Central, on mountain bike. And reveals how you can too.

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How not to get a visa in Moldova

Halfway through a 450-day taxi ride around the world, Johno Ellison is stuck in No Man's Land – without a visa to escape...

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The hunt for the perfect Cuba cigar

Our featured bloggers, Dave and Carmen, head to Vinales in search of the perfect cigar. And find it in a ramshackle farmer's hut.

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Visiting the islands at the edge of the world

Our featured blogger, Katie MacLeod,ventures to the westernmost islands of Scotland's Outer Hebrides to the enchanted – and isolated – islands of St Kilda.

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Island hopping in Greece: 50 minutes to paradise

Our featured blogger discovers an idyllic island experience, less than an hour away from Athens, Greece

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Getting psychedelic with a shaman in Colombia

Our featured blogger, Peter Bateman, takes part in a mind-altering ceremony and comes away with a new perspective on his life and his travels.

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What Borneo taught me about living

Our featured blogger, Mike Bonner, returns from Borneo determined to live a life he doesn't need to escape from

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Colourful times in Papua New Guinea

Our featured blogger, Olga Nikolskaya, on entrancing, intoxicating Papua New Guinea...

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Why Guatemala is the perfect destination for vegans

Our featured blogger Emma Fry extols the virtues of Guatemala and its vegan-friendly cuisine

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How to get to Transnistria by bus

Jonny Blair gives you a step-by-step guide to getting to Transnistria, a country that doesn't really exist

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Why I'm addicted to cycle touring

Inter-continental cyclist Edward Shoote explains the appeal of riding a bike in some of the world's most forbidding environments. And why you'd probably love it too.

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2014's best blogs of the week

Who is this year's best travel blogger? The winner of our 2014 Blog of the Week competition will be announced in January. In the meantime, here are 7 of our favourites...

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25 amazing places to visit in Oman

Stunning deserts, ancient forts and a pristine coastline: João Leitao lists the places you must visit in this intriguing desert kingdom

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10 things a girl needs in the Bolivian jungle

This week's featured blogger, Siân Lewis, endured an untold number of mosquito bites to compile this invaluable list

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Learning to cook in Chiang Mai

Our featured blogger, Max Burt, is no Jamie Oliver, but after taking cooking lessons in Northern Thailand he can now knock up a mean Kao Soy

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Angkor Wat by bike

Want to miss the maddening crowds at Cambodia's premier tourist attraction? Our featured blogger, Anna Krahn, suggested getting on your bike

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How to travel Australia on the cheap

Our featured blogger, Jonny Blair, tells you how to keep your head above water in the land Down Under

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