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How to kickstart a family adventure

After the birth of his first child, Mauro Cagol and his wife, Edwina, set up a direct debit for a travel fund. Now they are travelling the world with their family

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How to influence your child as a traveller

Mel Gow reveals how your travel habits and instincts determine the kind of traveller – and human – your child becomes

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Five ways to save on family trips

How do you travel more for less with the tribe in tow? William Gray gives you five sound-as-a-pound ways to save cash

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How to pack light with kids

William Gray reveals how to take everything you need and stay within airline weight limits

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The Wanderlust guide to the best of solo travel

Sure, the prospect of setting off solo can seem daunting, but it will also open up a world of opportunities and self discovery. What are you waiting for?

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10 things to do for free in the Isle of Man

The Isle of Man is underrated, says Graihagh Jackson. Home to tremendous scenery, wildlife and heritage – here she shares the island’s best budget attractions

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How to travel India by train – with kids...

Will Gray takes his children to around India by rail and discovers that they handle the culture shock better than adults.

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Tips on travelling cheaply

People who dream of winning the lottery often say that they would go travelling if they won. But you don’t need to win the lottery. You just need to go

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The wild zebras of Bangkok

Wander Woman Marie Javins discovers that in Bangkok, Chinese visas are more elusive than zebras

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Could you help at the Ubud Writer's Festival?

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, on the pros and cons of volunteering at the annual writer's festival in Ubud, Bali

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How to survive floods in Bangkok

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, stops in Bangkok enroute to Western Australia and finds the city underwater. How does she cope?

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How to find low-cost luxury in Tahiti

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, discovers how to get all the frills without the bills in Papeete, Tahiti

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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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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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The Wanderlust guide to the best of Japan

Japan is a country of contrasts, from high-tech cities to ancient wooden shrines, with cherry blossoms sprinkled on top like confetti. There's nowhere else quite like it. Go now!

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Your favourite destinations of 2014

These are the exotic locales that top your travel wishlist – and our advice on what to do when you get there

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The Wanderlust guide to the best of the Australian Outback

Wild, vast and red, the Australian Outback offers desert, big rocks, Aboriginal encounters and tasty bush tucker. What are you waiting for?

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The Wanderlust Guide to the best of London

Our guide to the best food, walks and hidden corners of one of the world's great cities. With tips on how to make your visit more affordable, too!

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Which is best: resort or rented villa?

Travel author Brian Thacker took his young family to Bali, dividing time between a resort villa and one rented privately. Which one came out on top?

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5 bad excuses for not travelling with kids

Melanie Gow rubbishes the five most common excuses people use for not taking the family travelling

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Long term family travel: Is it worth it?

Six months after selling up and hitting the road with her family, Teresa Kennedy reports on the high and lows of full-time travelling

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14 tips for surviving road trips with toddlers

If you’re considering a long-distance road trip with a toddler, here are 14 tips and tricks that will make your journey easier...

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How travel makes your children better world citizens

Melanie Gow reveals how travel can teach your children tolerance, compassion and empathy and, in the process, make the world a better place

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5 things you absolutely must do in Bali

Jacob Laukaitis reveals the hidden corners of Bali that most tourists don't get to see

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7 movies that will make your teens want to travel

A list of big-screen classics guaranteed to stir wanderlust in impressionable young minds. (Even though you may not want your kids to watch them...)

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Visiting Rio for the Olympics? Here's what you need to know

Local resident Professor Norman Ratcliffe offers practical tips on staying safe and healthy during the Rio Olympics. And how to make your Reais go further.

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How to kickstart a family adventure

After the birth of his first child, Mauro Cagol and his wife, Edwina, set up a direct debit for a travel fund. Now they are travelling the world with their family

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Family travel and the art of compromise

Before starting a family, author Peter Moore travelled to the far corners of the globe. Now he has to master the art of compromise. How will he fare?

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How a $2 bill can unlock America’s generous heart

When Melanie Gow gave her boys a fistful of $2 bills to spend on trip across America, she didn’t realise how it would completely transform their journey.

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Top tips for sailing with tweens

For families planning a long-term sailing trip, the pre-teen years are probably the best. But as Aimee Nance, discovered, tweens come with their own set of challenges

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What children really think about adventure travel in Africa

The Cagols have just spent a year travelling the world. 11-year-old Madeline shares her diary entries from their last week in Africa, revealing what she really thought about her family’s big adventure.

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What to pack on a long-term family adventure

The Cagols have just returned from a 12-month trip through Africa with their young family. They reveal the items you absolutely must pack - and the things you can leave at home

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7 things to do for free in Salzburg

Don't be fooled by Salzburg's regal architecture, says Holly Gurr, there are plenty of things to do for free in this glorious Austrian city

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12 travel classics vs budget options

Want to travel more but pay less? Here’s how to enjoy the world's 12 ultimate travel experiences for less – and the low cost alternatives...

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9 of the best things to do in Cuba

Find the perfect beach, listen to the best music and fall into the rhythm of this beguiling country – both on the dancefloor and in its somnolent countryside

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8 things you must do in Italy

Think you’ve done Italy? Here’s a list of activities guaranteed to show you another side of this most beloved of European destinations.

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Top 5 things to do with kids in Havana

Havana is a city brimming with life lived large. From old-fashioned taxis to a national obsession with ice cream, the capital of Cuba is a great place to explore as a family...

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France's 7 coolest campsites

Set on islands, farms and amongst the trees, these idiosyncratic campsites are guaranteed to take you to the heart of France and its culture

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5 best places to travel adventurously with toddlers

Always on the move and fascinated by the world around them, toddlers make the ideal travel companion. Here are five destinations they’ll love to explore beside you...

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Why hitchhiking is even better in your seventies

Bradt guidebooks founder and life-long hitcher Hilary Bradt shares her high points from the road – and considers why hitchhiking has got better as she has got older

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Throwing out the rule book in paradise

Returning to a idyllic, secret anchorage, Liz Cleere discovers that in paradise it's OK to bend some of the rules. Sometimes.

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Searching for Thailand’s hidden islands

Longterm sailors Liz Cleere and Jamie Furlong head towards Burma and a chain of Thai islands where nature rules and people are few and far between

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Mason McQueen: A London cabbie abroad

Affable East End cabbie, Mason McQueen, has a new series called A Cabbie Abroad. Is he the new Michael Palin?

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5 things I wish I'd known before motorbiking through Vietnam

Jacob Laukaitis spent 23 days riding a motorbike from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi. Here, he reveals his tips and things you need to know for a successful Vietnam motorcycle adventure

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The Wanderlust guide to meeting the locals

Interacting with people from different cultures is one of the best reasons to travel. Here’s your guide to meeting them

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How to hitchhike safely

The prospect of hitchhiking can seem a little daunting. But these tips will help to ensure you avoid any horror movie scenarios and experience the joy of the open road...

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10 things you'll learn about life when you're interrailing

Interrailing has always been a rite of passage for travellers – for many, it's a first foray into backpacking. These tips will save you time and money... and a few blushes

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The essential pre-travel checklist everyone should do before a holiday

In the excitement of booking a trip, all thoughts of your health often go out the window – Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth offers her handy pointers on how to prepare for any adventure

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5 practical tips for solo female travellers in India, including what to wear

Solo female travellers shouldn’t be put off travelling in a country as colourful and diverse as India, says writer Anna Phipps. Here are her 5 practical tips for travelling safely

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Budget Travel: 6 tips for making your travels cost less and last longer

The Broke Backpacker has been travelling the world for eight years on a shoestring budget. Here's his golden advice for cutting costs overseas, to travel further and longer

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5 ways to avoid being an idiot backpacker

TV writer Tom Basden (Gap Year) reveals the classic mistakes travellers often make and how you can avoid falling into the trap of being an annoying backpacker

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6 tips for travelling over an extended period

26-year-old Savannah Grace has been travelling the world since she was a teenager. Here are some of her tips for travelling over an extended period, from packing light to taking public transport with the locals

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Solo Travel - top tips and brilliant trip ideas for solo travellers

Following a close call with cancer, Sandra Reekie discovered the joys and freedom of solo travel. Here's her story, along with specialist solo trips and our advice for how to make the most of travel-for-one

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5 tips for solo female travel in Morocco, including what to wear

Morocco is a wonderful country to explore, but it can sometimes be daunting for the uninitiated, especially if you’re a woman travelling alone. Follow these savvy tips to stay safe but still adventurous

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Save money round the planet

Is the budget way the best way to travel? Simon Calder certainly thinks so. Here he champions low-cost travel and offers his tips on how to scrimp your way around the world

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Get shot of cliches: photographing travel icons

It's all about perspective, says Steve Davey. Abandon the stereotypes and think past the predictable angles and compositions

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Saving money on travel health

Staying healthy on your travels can be pricey – but you can cut costs: how to save, and where not to scrimp

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How to travel for free

Six of the best tried + tested ways to help you live your wildest travel dreams – without going broke in the process

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Money savers: flights

The cost of flights is often the biggest outlay of your trip. But the airline world is a confusing one, here we offer advice on how make sense of it all

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Money savers: accomodation

You don't have to sleep in a hostel to save cash. Know how to haggle, where to book and when to book and you could be sleeping in luxury for less

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Money savers: when you're there

You've booked your flights, bought your insurance and reserved your hotel - but there are still plenty of savings to be made

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Photographing travel icons

How do you make something special out of the over-familiar? Steve Davey helps you capture the world’s icons on camera

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The budget airline cabin baggage guide

Popping off for a quick city break? Don't get caught out by excessive cabin baggage fees!

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13 safety tips for female travellers

Recent events in India have highlighted the potential risks for woman travellers. Lyn Hughes gives her top tips for staying safe

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How much to tip in different countries

Where should you tip? And how much cash should you part with? Avoid etiquette nightmares with this handy tipping guide

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Why you should think twice about using online booking sites

The prices might be low online, but the risks can be scarily high. Book through a tour operator instead, and you'll get great value, security and expertise at your fingertips – here's why

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How to make your travel photos unique

Paul Harris, pro photographer and judge of Wanderlust Travel Photo of the Year, shares his secrets for capturing one-of-a-kind snaps

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How to plan a round-the-world trip

Sure, we all dream of travelling around the world, but there are some big questions too. How much does it cost? Do you have to quit your job? And is it as great as everyone says? We asked some experts...

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25 ways to save money when you travel

Travel isn’t the cheapest hobby – but be savvy and you can conserve your cash. Here are our top wallet-friendly tips on where to go and how much money you can save...

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How to become an expert haggler

Haggling is an art. And, for many, a minefield. Some people love the thrill of it, others hate the hassle – but how do you do it right?

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8 top tips for using a prepaid currency card

A prepaid currency card is perhaps the best way to spend money overseas – but how to get the best exchange rate? And when shouldn't you use your card? Heed these expert tips...

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The Wanderlust guide to the best of volunteering

How to put something back into the places you visit by volunteering or conservation work

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The Wanderlust guide to the best of Guatemala and Belize

Lost temples, abundant wildlife and beaches to die for. Discover your inner-Indiana Jones with our guide to the best of Guatemala and Belize

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The Wanderlust guide to the best of festivals

From local gatherings to countrywide festivals, there's always a party going on somewhere in the world. Here's your guide to joining in.

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The Wanderlust guide to the best of Russia

It’s big. It’s intimidating. And the writing is tricky to understand. Here’s your guide to one of the most fascinating countries on earth: Russia

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What to pack when you're... climbing Kilimanjaro

Planning on scaling Mt Kilimanjaro? This kit list is for you

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The Wanderlust guide to the best of Madagascar

Untamed and largely untrammelled, Madagascar offers the adventurous traveller stunning landscapes, unique wildlife and intriguing encounters. What are you waiting for?

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The Wanderlust guide to the best of Nicaragua and El Salvador

Forget their troubled past – these countries offer volcanoes, beaches and fine colonial architecture... without the crowds

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The Wanderlust guide to the best of Bolivia

From mountain to jungle and the wide Altiplano, Bolivia is truly at the heart of South America. Here's why you need to get there now...

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6 ways to save money when you use your mobile abroad

Need to keep in touch with friends and family when you're overseas, or just can't bear to travel without your phone? Follow these 6 tips to avoid coming home to a whopping bill...

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The Wanderlust guide to the best of the Philippines

With an archipelago so large, numerous and disparate, the Philippines is dizzyingly diverse. Beautiful beaches, tribal cultures and volcanic landscapes are waiting to be discovered.

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The Wanderlust guide to the best of walking and trekking

Walking and trekking holidays allow you to experience destinations at your own pace. Whether it’s culture, wildlife, scenery or mountains you’re after, our guide to walking and trekking trips reveals how to have it all

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The Wanderlust guide to the best of rail travel

In this hyper-connected world there is no reason travel should be super-fast too. Discover why the romance of rail still rules

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The Wanderlust guide to cycling and mountain bike travel

Healthy, green and slow enough to soak up the local atmosphere. Isn’t it time you got in the saddle?

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How to use Britain’s bothies

Across Scotland – and parts of England and Wales – there is a network of old buildings with incredible views and access to wild places that you can stay in, for free…

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The Wanderlust guide to the best of Morocco

Accessible and exotic, Morocco has it all: mountain trekking, Atlantic surf beaches, boutique riads, labyrinthine bazaars and some of North Africa's tastiest food

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The Wanderlust guide to the best of boat trips

Travelling by boat is a great way to meet the locals, spot wildlife and relax as you cruise. Cast off now!

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How to make your budget go further in Europe

Longer. Further. Cheaper. DJ Yabis has the tools to help you get more from your dream trip to Europe

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Time to catch Ghana's rising star

Author and adventurer Alan Whelan on why you should get to Ghana ASAP

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How to grow old and travel outrageously

Liz and Hilly have travelled together in each of the 16 past years since retiring. They reveal the secrets of remaining friends... and remaining mobile

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How to travel safely in India as a woman

Sally Howard, author of a new book on sexuality in India, travelled extensively around the country. She discusses changing social mores and ways for single travellers to stay safe

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The world's best 500 festivals

Steve Davey, author of Around the World in 500 Festivals, on the little-known festivals you must see

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Where do the world’s bestselling crime writers go on holiday?

We asked top crime writers, including Patricia Cornwell and Val McDermid, where they travel to to escape the darkness. These are the places they love to hike, dive, climb or learn about medieval torture…

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Gear Reviews: First Aid Kits tried and tested

Vital if you need it, extra bulk if you don't, but always necessary when you travel. Get the lowdown on the humble First Aid Kit and the basic essentials it should contain...

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Have you got what it takes to be an itinerant traveller?

Chris Stewart ponders upon what it takes to lead a life on the road. And decides he hasn't got it.

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The Wanderlust Guide to the Best of India

From the foothills of the Himalaya to the verdant south, India is a kaleidoscopic assault on all of your senses. Here’s where to start

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Fighting malaria in the DRC

Charlie Walker comes down with malaria – and typhoid – on the road to Kinshasa. The kindness of strangers helps him survive

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The Wanderlust Guide to the Best of Argentina

Dance the tango in Buenos Aires, hike the Andes, spot penguins on the Atlantic coast and ride horses in Patagonia – Argentina is a country that will keep you moving

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The Wanderlust Guide to the best of Portugal

One of Europe's most laid-back nations boasts a strollable capital, rugged interior and rich cultural history. Here's how to make the most of your visit

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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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10 cheap and cheerful city breaks

Cheap flights, free attractions, exotic allure – welcome to this winter’s best urban escapes

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39 perils that every adventurous person must face

From desperate loo hunts to language barrier woes, how many of these pesky travel perils have you tackled? (Let's face it, they're what great travel stories are made of...)

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7 things to do for free in Brussels

7 completely free things to do in Brussels - no cash required!

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7 things to do for free in Sydney

Travelling on a budget? Make the most of Australia's most popular city with these 7 free things to do in Sydney

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5 of the best credit-crunch castle stays

Think you need to pay royalty for a regal abode? Think again. Sleep in style on short breaks across the continent, from as little as £17

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10 things to do for free in Buenos Aires

Argentina’s capital was once a bargain. Now prices have risen, but there are still ways to see the city, from graves to graffiti, without spending a peso

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10 things to do for free in Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington is one of the most laid-back cities around – and there’s lots to do without reaching for your wallet...

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10 things to do for free in Zanzibar

There’s more to Zanzibar than pricey hotels and sunloungers – from overgrown palaces to forest trails, we pick the Spice Island’s best giveaways

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7 things to do for free: Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul reigned as Capital of Culture 2010. Here’s how to make your trip to the Turkish hotspot easier on the wallet…

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7 things to do for free: Santiago, Chile

Chile celebrates its bicentenary this year – 18 September should be quite a party! – so now’s the perfect time to visit the Chilean capital. Here’s how to do it for free

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7 things to do for free: Great Britain

Stingy staycationers rejoice – there’s plenty to do in the UK for free. Here’s our top pick…

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7 things to do for free: Cusco, Peru

We asked staff at the South American Explorers’ Cusco Clubhouse for their tips for freebies in the town…

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7 things to do for free: Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi has overtaken New York and Paris to become the world's second priciest city. You can still enjoy it on the cheap... Here's how

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10 things to do for free in Berlin

Daisy Cropper discovers how to explore Germany's cool capital city on the cheap

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7 things to do for free: Vancouver, Canada

There are some great freebies to be had now and year round in the city of Vancouver...

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7 things to do for free: New York

It's a great time to hit NYC as the city is full of freebies. Here's how to take a bargain bite out of the Big Apple

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10 things to do for free in Stockholm

Is there anything you can do in Sweden’s pricey capital without cashing any Kroner? Believe it or not, there is...

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Top 15 tips for taking Great Migration photos

The Great Migration is a must for any wannabe wildlife photographer, follow these golden rules for snapping the Serengeti’s superstars

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10 things to do for free in Edinburgh

Heading to Edinburgh for the Festival Fringe? Here are a few tips on seeing the city without spending a penny

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10 things to do for free in Hobart, Tasmania

Tasmania’s compact capital has museums, an arty bike scheme, a restored jam factory and a seven mile beach... And none of them will cost you an Aussie cent

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17 money-saving secrets from the travel experts

Wanderlust knows how costs can build up when planning your trip abroad, so we've brought you the top money-saving secrets straight from the experts

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10 things to do for free: Lima, Peru

Exactly 100 years after the rediscovery of Machu Picchu, it's a good time to peruse Peru. And you needn't spend a single sol exploring its colonial capital

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9 things to do for free in Barcelona

It's easy to be overwhelmed by Barcelona's long list of museums and architectural delights - here are 9 free things to do in the Catalonian capital to get you started

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10 things for free in Tokyo

Tokyo has a reputation as an expensive city, but it offers plenty of options for the budget traveller. Here's how to see the city without spending a yen

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10 things to do for free in Oslo

In a city where a pint can cost you £8 it's easy to be left out of pocket. Budget traveller Lauren Williams reveals ten tips on how to tackle Norway's capital

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10 things to do for free in Singapore

Compared to budget-friendly South-East Asia, priced-up Singapore can be a shock to the system. But there’s bargains to be had if you know where to look…

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10 reasons why we'll always love Paris

If you're thinking of booking a springtime adventure, don't overlook our perennial favourite: Paris. Here's why you'll find us in the City of Light this spring...

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10 things to do for free in Prague

Prague has cashed in on its reputation for the student and budget-conscious traveller. Here are 10 ways to save your money on a trip to the Czech capital

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10 things to do for free in Malta

The Euro may have made Malta pricier, but never fear, this Mediterranean treasure trove has plenty to offer without having to reach for your wallet

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Tips on snapping a family trip

Will Gray explains how to banish the static images in front of landmarks and make your family photos as much fun as the trip itself.

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10 things to do for free in Naples

Save your last few Euros for another world-famous Neapolitan pizza by exploring this culture-rich city for free, with these top tips from Christine Fleitz

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10 things for free in Lisbon

Portugal’s capital is one of Europe’s overlooked cities. Resident Laura Haanpää explains where to swig wine, swing to jazz and swoon at the views – all for free

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10 places for cheap, on-the-spot visas

Not all long-haul destinations need pesky paperwork and fees says Christine Fleitz, hop on the next flight to one of these countries and pick one up on arrival

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10 things to do for free in Boston

In the walking capital of the USA, Charlotte Gray finds streets lined with New England’s colonial charm, revolutionary passion and world-class colleges

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10 things to do for free in Beijing

Let your budget stretch as far as your imagination on a trip to China, with these freebies from Clare Wilson

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10 things to do for free in Budapest

Hungary's fascinating capital houses history-packed museums, quirky markets and bustling Quarters. Explore the city for free, says budget traveller Lauren Williams

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10 things to do for free in Dublin

To ease the pain of expensive pints this St Patrick's Day, here are ten free things to do and see between each crowded bar playing Whiskey in the Jar

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5 things I wish I’d known before climbing Mt Kilimanjaro

Thinking of tackling the highest free-standing mountain in the world? Heed these words of advice from Abhimanyu Bose, who summited on the Machame route...

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Dealing with unexpected dangers when travelling with kids

Taking kids to India means running the gamut of travel health issues - but how do you deal for the things you can't anticipate? Will Gray explains.

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A wet old Laotian New Year

Round-the-world cyclist Charlie Walker cops it in the neck in Northern Laos. And begs for more

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The art of finding craft in Madagascar

Wander Woman Marie Javins discovers there's a knack to getting to the self-proclaimed arts and craft capital of Madagascar

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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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Shopping in rural Chinese markets

Around the world cyclist Charlie Walker reveals the secret to getting a good deal at Chinese markets

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Ladyboys, longboats and sky trains

Wander Woman Marie Javins discovers the pitfalls of getting around Bangkok by public transport

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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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Bangkok by bike. At night. Madness.

Wander Woman Marie Javins takes to the chaotic streets of the Thai capital on a bike. At night. Has she gone mad?

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The art of leaving Bangkok

There's a trick to getting out of Bangkok. Especially if you leave by bus. Wander Woman, Marie Javins, tells all

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Visiting Thailand's comic book temple

Wander Woman Marie Javins visits Thailand's version of the Sagrada Familia and discovers Spider-Man and Batman – among others – on its walls

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How to sleep well on a Chinese sleeper bus

Wander Woman Marie Javins arrives in China to find a lot has changed in ten years. And it's not just the toilets...

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How to get a sleeper on the train to Chengdu

Wander Woman Marie Javins discovers a sure-fire way to get a sleeper berth on the train from Kunming to Chengdu

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The ethics of visiting Tibet

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, arrives in Lhasa and wonders whether she should really be there

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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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Will tourism save Tibet?

Wander Woman Marie Javins explores Tibet and ponders whether tourism is its saviour - or destroyer

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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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The best toilet in Tibet

Wander Woman Marie Javins ventures into the Tibetan interior and is introduced to the only decent toilet between Lhasa and Nepal

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The lucky snow of Mount Everest

Wander Woman Marie Javins discovers that if you want to see the world's highest mountain, you need a little snow

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The high road to freedom

Wander Woman Marie Javins continues her worldwide solo trip and crosses into Nepal. And unfettered internet access.

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Piggy-backing into Nepal

With the road to Kathmandu washed out, Wander Woman Marie Javins accepts an unusual offer to get to the other side

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Off his bike but back in the saddle

After working in Beijing for six months, around-the-world cyclist Charlie Walker is back in a very different kind of saddle

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Eating shawarma with Cate Blanchett in Kathmandu

Wander Woman Marie Javins chills in Kathmandu and has a surprising encounter at the local kebab stall

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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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In search of Chitwan's disappearing rhinos

Marie Javins re-visits Chitwan National Park and wonders where all the rhinos have gone

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How to survive the slow train to Varanasi

Wander Woman Marie Javins discovers there's a trick to conquering India's chaotic train system

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A night on the Ganges

Wander Woman Marie Javins discovers a gentler side of Varanasi – after the sun sets

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Varanasi to Darjeeling on a budget

Wander Woman Marie Javins takes the long way from Varanasi to Darjeeling. And sees the country transform

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A ticket for one on Darjeeling's toy train express

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, discovers that sometimes it pays to travel the world on your own

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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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A bus driver's guide to entering Bhutan

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, discovers that the easiest way to get into Bhutan is to listen to the guy driving your bus

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How to be treated like a queen in Bhutan

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, is treated like royalty in the kingdom that time forgot

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How to escape a yeti attack in Bhutan

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, gets the low down on evading rampaging yetis. No matter what gender they are

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Introducing Bhutan's female darts team

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, meets the hidden kingdom's premier sports stars

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The true meaning of Bhutan's phallic obsession

The Divine Madman's "thunderbolt" may adorn the walls across Bhutan, but Wander Woman, Marie Javins, discovers that it's the women who wear the trousers

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The three-legged dinosaur of rural Bhutan

In rural Bhutan, Wander Woman Marie Javins uncovers a tale of a dinosaur that made the ultimate sacrifice for mankind...

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The hardest way to leave Bhutan

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, hits a final stumbling block before leaving Bhutan

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What I learned in Bhutan

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, reflects on her time in Bhutan and the valuable lesson the small nation taught her

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No soap dishes in Singapore

Wander Woman hits Singapore and revels in its clean rooms and salad. But where are all the soap dishes?

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Meeting orang utans in Borneo

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, on the best way to meet the 'old men' of the jungle

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The barking frogs of Borneo

Marie Javins on how to get the most out of Borneo's stunning Mulu National Park. And its frogs

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Brunei or bust

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, dodges bats and barking frogs in her attempt to get to Brunei

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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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In search of Borneo's big-nosed monkey

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, heads deep into Sabah in search of a proboscis monkey and discovers they're not as ugly as you expect

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5 things every first-time traveller should know

Macca Sherifi from GapYear.com reveals his tips for getting the most out of your first big trip

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Finding an apartment in Ubud

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, goes in search of an apartment in Ubud – with wifi and, preferably, rice paddy views

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The ceremony of moving house in Bali

Wander Woman moves into her Balinese apartment without making an offering to the appropriate Gods. And suffers the consequences

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How to make yourself at home in Bali

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, settles into the gentle rhythms of life in Bali... and discovers her inner silversmith

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8 things to do before backpacking

The essential to-do list before heading off on your big backpacking adventure

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How to work silver like the Balinese

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, gets schooled in the finer arts of working silver in Bali – and how to ride a bike like a local

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How to find a writer in a rice paddy

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, discovers that volunteers at Ubud Writer's Festival are expected to know their way around the rice paddies

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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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Reflections on a month living in Bali

After a month living in a bungalow in Ubud, it is time for Marie to move on. What will she miss most? Not the monkeys...

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Cycling through Iraqi Kurdistan

Round-the-world cyclist Charlie Walker on a former war zone that is well on the mend

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Cut-price paradise: Maldives on the cheap

Want to visit this island paradise but put off by the sky-high price tag? One local resident reveals how to visit on the cheap...

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How to make dollars go further in Australia

After the affordability of SE Asia, the high cost of Australia comes as a shock to Wander Woman Marie Javins. Here's how she coped...

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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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Staying connected in a Western Australian desert

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, on the challenges of staying juiced up and online in remote Western Australia

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Meeting the dolphins of Monkey Mia

Wander Woman Marie Javins finally gets to meet the legendary dolphins of Monkey Mia

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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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How to avoid getting flattened in Western Australia

Wander Woman Marie Javins refuses to let wild weather on Australia's west coast dampen her spirits

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Getting the hump on Australia's Humpback Highway

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, discovers that the whales in Australia aren't as friendly as those in Antarctica

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Your guide to a hassle-free flight

Lincoln Eather, from travel-accessory company Bellroy, explains how to get through your next flight without any added stress

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Hanging out in Hobart

Wander Woman discovers that life is a whole lot easier – and cheaper – in Tasmania

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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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Hunting tigers in Tasmania

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, goes in search of Tasmania's elusive tiger on Wombat Hill

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What's it like to be an Australian?

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, returns to Sydney and ponders how her life would turned out if she had become Mrs Turbo...

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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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How to get ahead on Easter Island

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, has her preconceptions about Easter Island shattered

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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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Easter Island unearthed and on the cheap

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, digs a little deeper to uncover the mysteries of the Moai of Easter Island

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Around the Marquesas Islands on a freighter

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, finds the perfect way to discover the Marquesas Islands when money is tight

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Doughnuts and the sex lives of cannibals

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, learns new skills as she sails towards the Marquesas Islands

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How to find solitude on a Pacific island

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, goes in search of solitude in French Polynesia. Will she find it?

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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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Cannibals and traffic jams

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, hits the Pacific island of Nuku Hiva and goes in search of the island's notorious man-eaters

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The art of buying tikis

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, picks up a tiki on a Pacific Island where they don't care one way or the other about tourists

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5 extraordinarily cool, out-of-the-way hostels

Forget what you think you know about hostels. Hostel guru Kash Bhattacharya reveals five hostels well worth going out of your way to find

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How to spend two weeks on a small boat with lots of people

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, reflects on the skills needed to spend a lot of time in close quarters with a lot of people, many who annoy you

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Is Ethiopia the unfriendliest country on earth?

Around-the-world cyclist Charlie Walker hits Ethiopia and comes under attack – for the first time in his epic 40,000 mile journey

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A traveller's guide to using VPNs

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, explains the pros and cons of using a virtual private network to secure your date while travelling. And how you can too

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How to forage for free in Finland

In autumn Finland's forests are a riot of colour – and food. Here's your guide to filling your basket with delicious berries and mushrooms – for free!

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Beating the big trip blues

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, arrives home after her epic around the world adventure and ponders all that she has learned

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How travel helped pay my bills

Fresh from finishing her big around-the-word adventure, Marie Javins finds herself on a plane again, in an attempt to save on rent and health care

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The impossibility of staying still in Mexico

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, tries to settle into life in Mexico. But she finds her plans keep changing

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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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Mexico City by social media

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, pops across to the Mexican capital and uses social media to get things done. How does she fare?

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The 10 types of people who shouldn't go backpacking

After nine years on the road, Emma has discovered there are some types of people who aren't cut out for it. Are you one of them?

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The curse of Mexico's Island of Dolls

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, tries to visit La Isla de la Munecas, a macabre island littered with mutilated dolls, but she is blocked at every turn. Is she cursed?

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How to avoid being taken down by a taco

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, dodges a midget Iron Man in Mexico City and battles the effects of a dodgy taco in San Miguel de Allende

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How to bag a bargain in Mexico

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, goes souvenir hunting in San Miguel and learns a trick or two about getting the best deal

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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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Take the train in Spain without the pain

Author Christopher Howse reveals five easy ways to make the most of Spain's vastly underrated – and underused – railway system

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Mexican ruins on a budget

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, on the cheapest way to get to Mexico's famous ruins

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Visting Mexico's 'newest' Mayan ruins

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, drops by some newly-discovered Mayan ruins and recommends chillin' at Yaxchilan

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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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Diving right in to underwater Mexico

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, goes diving in Cancun before saying adios and goodbye to Mexico. And Wanderlust

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Beware the mice of Mozambique!

After cycling thousands of kilometres around the world, Charlie Walker finally meets his match in the bush of Mozambique – a mouse

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Are you all fired up for adventure this year?

Our new intrepid blogger, Helen Moat, puts a fire under her new wild and exciting life at the Stonehaven Fireball celebrations in Scotland

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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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What's just outside your door?

Helen Moat starts training for her big trip and discovers every journey – long or short – starts just outside your door.

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The Wanderlust guide to the best of the Northern Lights

Everything you need to know about the spectacle of nature that tops most travellers’ wishlists

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The Wanderlust guide to the best of Namibia

Huge and wonderfully empty, Namibia took out Top Destination in the latest Wanderlust Travel Awards. Here’s everything you need to know about this winning destination.

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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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West Africa's 5 must-visit destinations

Adventurer and author, Tom Coote, nominates the places you must visit in Africa's most exciting and vibrant region

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The world's 7 most portable jobs

Want a job that allows you to travel? You may already be doing it!

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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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Travelling with locals: How do you repay the kindness?

Helen Moat ponders the hospitality and generosity shown by her hosts on a recent trip to Sri Lanka – and wonders how she'll ever repay it

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The Wanderlust Guide to the best of Iceland

Everything you need to know about the world's coolest destination

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The common sense guide to campervanning

Suzie Prince offers hard won, practical tips on travelling long-term in the confined spaces of a campervan

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9 crazy coins from around the world

With news the that the Royal Mint will open its doors to the public for the first time in 1,000 years, we celebrate the world's strangest coins

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The Wanderlust Guide to the best of Italy

Food, history, romance – Italy has got it all. Here's your guide to get your slice of la dolce vita

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The rules of using ATMs abroad

Perpetual traveller Andy Graham reveals everything you need to know about using ATMs safely and smartly on your travels

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The Wanderlust guide to the best of Brazil

Steaming jungle, beautiful beaches, the wet wonderland of the Pantanal and booty-shaking beats of Carnaval. Here’s your guide to Brazil's big, bold blend of attractions

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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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Top 10 tips for an amazing Amazonian boat adventure

Kick back in your hammock and watch the Amazon go by with this up-to-the-minute advice from Peru

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The Wanderlust guide to the best of camping in the UK

Rain or shine, camping in the British Isles is always an adventure. Here’s your guide to getting your trip off to the best possible start

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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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Secret places in US state parks revealed

Freewheeling Helen Moat discovers the hidden corners of some of America's most spectacular state parks.

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The Wanderlust Guide to the best of Spain

One of the world’s favourite destinations, Spain has enough culture, energy and sheer geographic diversity to last a lifetime. Here’s how to get your share.

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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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Funny hitchhiking signs

Veteran hitchhiker Patrick Falterman reckons the best way to get a lift is to get a laugh. Here, he shares his favourite humorous hitchhiking signs...

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How to busk your way around the world

Could you sing - or strum - for your supper? And maybe for a ticket to the next town as well... Rosie Driffill reveals how to turn your talent into a means of seeing more of the planet

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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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The Wanderlust guide to the best of Thailand

Delicious food, beautiful beaches, great diving, trekking and wildlife-watching – Thailand does it all brilliantly. Here’s your guide to making the most of it...

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5 hilarious letters sent home by gap year backpackers

As a new wave of backpackers head out into the world on gap years, spare a thought for poor mum and dad back at home, getting emails like these classics ...

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Top packing tips for a trip of a lifetime

Daunted by the thought of packing for that BIG trip? Experienced traveller and seasoned backpacker Jennifer Scott shares her tips...

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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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Have you got what it takes to be an itinerant traveller?

Chris Stewart ponders upon what it takes to lead a life on the road. And decides he hasn't got it.

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The Wanderlust Guide to the best of Indonesia

Indonesia is a captivating mix of natural beauty and cultural depth, tropical islands and traditional lifestyles – at a bargain price. What’s stopping you?

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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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The Wanderlust Guide to the Best of India

From the foothills of the Himalaya to the verdant south, India is a kaleidoscopic assault on all of your senses. Here’s where to start

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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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The world's most hard-to-get visas

Have you got tales of visa woes? By the age of 35, Chris Guillebeau had visited every country in the world. Here, he reveals the visas that proved the most frustrating to secure

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The Wanderlust Guide to the Best of Argentina

Dance the tango in Buenos Aires, hike the Andes, spot penguins on the Atlantic coast and ride horses in Patagonia – Argentina is a country that will keep you moving

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The Wanderlust Guide to the Best of Cambodia

Captivating temples, wild jungle and sandy beaches – Cambodia matches your every travel mood. Follow this guide and get there now!

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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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7 great things to do in La Paz, Bolivia

Kelly Ross reveals a host of free – or cut-price – activities that will help you get the most out of Bolivia's most breathtaking city

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The world's 7 craziest TV shows about travel

For every cultured Michael Palin or Simon Reeve travelogue, there's a show about a weird dude eating something strange. You won't believe how weird TV travel can get...

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The Wanderlust Guide to the best of Ecuador

Ecuador has the wildlife, the mountains, the rainforest and even the Inca heritage – all in easy reach. Here’s your guide to South America in a bite-sized package

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Welcome to China – in the Congo

Round-the-world cyclist Charlie Walker finds himself reminded of Hunan, China, as he battles his way through the Congo

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The Wanderlust Guide to the best of Portugal

One of Europe's most laid-back nations boasts a strollable capital, rugged interior and rich cultural history. Here's how to make the most of your visit

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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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Travel in the time of ebola

Round-the-world cyclist reaches West Africa to find borders closing in an attempt to control Ebola. Will this mean the end of his journey?

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Cambodia's biggest secrets revealed

Wanderlust World Guide Award finalist, Bunyong Roeurn, reveals the best places to eat, drink and get active in Cambodia. And how to avoid the crowds at Angkor Wat.

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The Wanderlust Guide to the Best of Chile

Chile is adventure heaven, with deserts, vineyards, volcanoes, lakes and glaciers: great treks washed down with fine local wine. Here's how to get there now.

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How to end a 43,630 mile journey

We celebrate the end of Charlie Walker’s round-the-world cycle trip with our favourite blogs from his incredible adventure. And one of his world-famous time-lapse videos...

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The Wanderlust guide to the best of New York City

Looking for a new perspective on New York? Our tips will take you to the core of the Big Apple

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How to keep travelling when you're ready to give up

The kindness of a stranger helps Charlie Walker push on through the final leg of his round-the-world cycling adventure

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10 top tips for conquering the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Phoebe Greenacre reveals the things you need to know before tackling South America's iconic Incan trek

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How the rain in Spain helps ease the pain

A life-long friend joins Charlie Walker as he cycles through Spain ... and ever closer to home.

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Why every child should ride the rails in India

Melanie Gow discovers that the lessons learned by travelling by rail in India are even more intense – and fundamental – for children.

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How to eat well on Chinese trains

Matthew Woodward explains why fast isn’t always best when it comes to enjoying a great meal on a Chinese express train

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South East Asia's 5 most stunning beaches

Five little-known beaches with everything you want from a tropical paradise...

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How to survive long-distance bus travel in the USA

It's not be the fastest or most comfortable way to get around the USA, but bus travel is undoubtedly one of the most affordable. These tips will help your experience go seamlessly

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What America taught my children

Melanie Gow reflects on an epic journey across the USA with her young boys, and the lasting effect it had on how they view the world

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Couchsurfing and cycling across Europe

Helen Moat's long ride to Istanbul begins with a night on a Couchsurfing sofa in Holland. And a search for Noah's Ark...

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5 things you must do in Tanga, Tanzania

Novelist Melanie Finn reveals the places you must visit in her adopted home, the sleepy Tanzanian port of Tanga

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The world's 7 best beaches for finding shells

Beachcombers are sure to find something precious on these stretches of sand

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Cycling through Germany

As our long-distance cyclist reaches Germany, every day brings a new view or experience that takes her breath away

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The biggest surprise about cycling across Europe

Helen Moat takes a break in Austria and gets her biggest surprise so far on her epic ride to Istanbul

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5 things I learned from my 1970s Gap Year

Author Jeremy Macdonogh reveals the lessons he picked up on his Gap Year in 1973 – and how they set him up for life

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The most dangerous thing about cycling across Europe

Forget murderers and thieves. Helen Moat discovers it's the Hungarian lorry drivers you've got to watch out for

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5 things I wish I’d known about flying long haul with kids

Primary teacher Lesley-ann Rosenberg shares the things she learned flying from Brisbane to London with her 11-year-old son.

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The light and shade of cycling across Europe

Helen Moat experiences the best of times – and the worst – as she leaves Hungary for Croatia

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How ancient wisdom can inspire your family to travel

Our family travel expert reveals the ancient beliefs that can inspire and improve your family travels...

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How cyclists celebrate Danube Day in Serbia

Helen Moat cycles into an unexpected celebration in Serbia and has the time of her life

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Speed cycling in Romania

Cross-continent cyclist Helen Moat hits the back blocks of Romania and discovers she's the fastest thing on the road

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5 places to spend the night in jail – and love it

Fancy spending the night behind bars? These former penitentiaries have been turned into hostels and hotels

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The superstitions of a long-distance cyclist

As Helen Moat cycles towards the Black Sea coast, she ponders upon the superstitions that have kept her and her son going

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Pushing past breaking point when long-distance cycling

Helen Moat is more than 90% through her epic cycle ride from the UK to Istanbul. So why does the end still seem so far away?

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The world's weirdest gyms

Long-term traveller Justin Egli names and shames the worst gyms he has worked out in around the world... and explains why he loves them so much

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How to judge a country from the back of a bicycle

Helen Moat reflects on her first impressions of Bulgaria as she cycles through the country on her way to Turkey

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5 ways to make the most of a short trip to East Coast Australia

How to maximise your days when you've got limited time in this oversized country...

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What I learned cycling from the UK to Turkey

As Helen Moat approaches Istanbul, she remembers her concerns before she set off. And realises they never materialised

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How to end a long distance cycle ride in Istanbul

Helen Moat finally arrives in Istanbul and finds the locals non-plussed. Surely she could have flown?

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Cheap caviar for breakfast on the Trans-Siberian Express

Matthew Woodward reveals how to enjoy the finer things on a budget when you're travelling on the Trans Siberian Express

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What kids really get out of travelling

After a long family trip from London to Istanbul, New Nomad's Teresa reflects on what her children have gained most from the journey

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The importance of giving your children space to travel

If you want to inspire a love of travel in your children, ditch the museums and let them experience the world, says Melanie Gow

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5 hidden corners of Vietnam

These Vietnamese gems are relatively unknown outside the country. Get there now, before the hordes arrive

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What to do if your child doesn't share your passion for travel

You love travel, but that doesn't necessarily mean your kids will. Peter Moore reveals the tricks he uses to nurture wanderlust in his daughter

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5 super-cheap things to do in St Petersburg

Meraid Griffin discovers that a visit to Russia's cultural capital doesn't need to cost the earth. Here are five tips to make your roubles go further

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Last minute preparations for a grand rail adventure

As the departure date for his great railway adventure fast approaches, Matthew Woodward scrambles to get everything done

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2015's best family travel advice

Travelling adventurously with kids isn't easy but throughout 2015 our family travel experts revealed how to make it rewarding for all the family

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Breakfast on the Berlin to Warsaw Express

When the restaurant carriage goes missing on his train to Warsaw, Matthew Woodward risks his entire trip to China to find scrambled eggs and ham

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Highs and lows on the night train to Moscow

Matthew Woodward revels in Cold War borders and hot onboard showers on the brand new night train from Warsaw to Moscow

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Throwing out the rule book in paradise

Returning to a idyllic, secret anchorage, Liz Cleere discovers that in paradise it's OK to bend some of the rules. Sometimes.

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How to avoid having breakfast for lunch on the Trans-Siberian Express

Matthew Woodward struggles to get to grips with time on the Trans-Siberian Express. But worse, his secret cubbyhole has been rumbled.

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How to tackle Borneo with the kids

The Cagol family head deep into Kalimantan in search of orang-utans. How will the kids adapt to life in the Indonesian rainforest?

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How to maintain your South East Asian sailing adventure

Essential repairs on the SY Esper gives Liz and Jamie a chance to catch up with old friends – and reflect on the plight of others less fortunate

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The greatest gift travel gives to your family

Sure your children will experience new sights and sounds when you travel as a family. But they'll cherish the extra time they get to spend with you most

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Should you let Health & Safety rule your travels?

Liz and Jamie watch on fearfully as their boat is repaired, Thai-style, but soon learn to go with the flow

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From Beijing to Lhasa on the Z21

Matthew Woodward is finally heading to Lhasa by train. But first he must confront his old nemesis – the notorious Beijing West railway station

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Your guide to family travel with Pokémon Go

Pokémon Go has taken the world by storm. Here's how it can help you get more from your next family holiday

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Europe's quietest hostels

If you’re the kind of traveller that likes to unwind rather than party after a day of sightseeing, these hostels offer an oasis of tranquility

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Teaching children about life and death at Mana Pools

As their African adventure reaches Zimbabwe, the Cagol children have become braver and more independent. But danger is never far away, lurking in the bush...

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Road tripping in Spain with teenagers

Mel Gow maps out a Spanish road trip that's guaranteed to keep the whole family happy and engaged

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What kids really remember about their travels - and it's not the history and culture

Parents hope it’s the history and the culture, but Peter Moore discovers that it’s the crazy stuff that sticks

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Counting the cost of an epic Edinburgh to Hong Kong rail journey

As Matthew Woodward’s grand rail journey draws to an end, he contemplates the effect such a long journey has had on his mental state - and his kit

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Taking the family to watch moonbows over Victoria Falls

The Cagols decided to travel around the world to introduce their kids to truly wondrous experiences. Will a moonbow over Victoria Falls be one of them?

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What Malawian orphans taught my children on our travels

The Cagols continue their family adventure across Africa, camping in an orphanage in the heart of Malawi

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Berlin’s insider secrets revealed by the city’s top tour guides

Berlin is one of the world’s hippest, most vibrant cities. Adelina Storkaas asks 3 of the German capital’s top tour guides - Markus Müller-Tenckhoff, Sascha Möllering and Henrik Tidefjärd - to reveal it's hidden gems, from the best bars and clubs to active ways to explore

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Is Serbia Europe’s best and friendliest cycling destination

After being turned away from the Croatian border, cycling sisters, Charlie and Lou Rowen, head into Serbia and discover a cycling heaven

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The perfect Thai island that you’ve probably never heard of

Liz Cleere and Jamie Furlong explore the culture, food and hidden corners off the little known Thai island of Koh Phayam, and ask: “Is this the best island in the world?”

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How to find your own island paradise in Thailand

Liz Cleere discovers a delightfully laid back and remote island in the far north of the Andaman sea that remains untouched and home to a small band of intrepid expats

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10 things to do for free in Kraków

As it prepares for Euro 2012, Fiona Trowbridge discovers the Polish city’s often overlooked fleamarkets, legends and bohemian hideouts – without spending a zloty

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10 things to do for free in Hong Kong

Accommodation, food and drink may be expensive in the busy hub of Hong Kong, but you don't need to blow the budget to enjoy the city sights

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7 cheap things to do in Cape Town

Jo Price explores what you can do in South Africa's second most-populous city for under R50 (£4)

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10 things to do for free in Siena, Italy

Wanderlust readers voted Siena their favourite European city in last year’s Travel Awards and it’s not hard to see why. Daisy Cropper explains how to stay on budget in one of Europe’s most magical cities

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10 things to do for free in Kolkata

Living in India for two years has left Liz Cleere with plenty of time to explore – here she reveals her favourite things to do on the cheap in the city of Kolkata (Calcutta)

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10 things to do for free in Copenhagen

Wanderlust readers voted Copenhagen as their favourite European city in the 2013 Travel Awards. Amelia Clough and Olivia Turner discover there's plenty to do on the cheap

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10 things to do for free in Bangkok

How to see Bangkok's top spots without breaking the bank? Johnny Lawlor reveals the best things to do for free in Thailand's intoxicating capital

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5 alternative ways to save for a BIG trip

The nagging issue of cost always seems to rear its ugly head when you're planning the next big trip, says Warren Talbot. Don't miss these five proven strategies to save for your next adventure

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10 things to do for free in San Francisco

You don't need to drop the dollars to enjoy yourself in The Golden Gate City, says Katherine Price

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10 things to do for free in Madison

The super-friendly Wisconsin capital is well geared towards cheap living and entertainment. Katherine Price reveals how to see the city without breaking the bank

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10 things to do for free in Seattle

Seattle's bohemian nature lends itself to those looking to do something out of the ordinary on the cheap, writes Katherine Price

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5 no-cook hostel and hotel recipes

A hostel without a proper kitchen, a campground that forbids fires or a hotel with a steeply-priced restaurant – you'll never go hungry again with these no-cook recipes

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10 things to do in Darjeeling for under 450 Rupees

You don't have to spend a king's ransom to live like royalty in the "Queen of Hills". This beautiful Indian hill station has plenty to offer travellers on a shoe string too

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6 popular jobs to fund your travels

Katherine Price works out the pros and cons of popular jobs to help you fund your travels

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10 things to do for free in Bath

2012 marks the British city's 25th year as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Celebrate and explore with these things to do for free, says Katherine Price

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10 things to do for free in LA

Home to mega-celebrities and boulevards heaving with the world's big brands, Los Angeles also has a thriving artistic, culinary and cultural scene that you can enjoy for free – if you know where to look

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10 things to do for free in Vancouver

Vancouver’s relative compactness enables visitors to discover much of it by foot and for free; believe me it isn’t called beautiful British Columbia for nothing, says Polly Dryden

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10 unique getaways for under £100

Liz Simpson, editor of hip hideaways site www.i-escape.com, picks stays that will linger in your memory but not on your bank statement

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9 things to do for free in Madrid

Spain's capital has plenty of free distractions as Morwenna Evans reveals

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7 things for free in Tallinn

Estonia’s capital is a mish-mash of medieval and modern – Daisy Cropper reveals how to soak it all up on a budget

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19 trips for under £250

Last year we challenged readers of Wanderlust to take an exciting trip on a budget of £250. Here are the results...

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7 things for free in Zagreb, Croatia

Underrated and wonderfully tourist-free, Croatia’s capital is not only a great destination but a cheap one too. Daisy Cropper explains

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8 things to do for free in Oxford

It's easy to keep things cheap on a trip to Oxford, says Daisy Cropper. In fact, you'll be hard-pushed to take in all the museums, galleries, parks, walks, buildings, history and more

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9 budget-friendly trips

Want to travel further - and longer - on a limited budget? These tour operator trips offer fantastic value for money

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9 paradise Costa Rica holiday rentals - from £8.50 per night!

No, it's not a scam! Costa Rica's glorious holiday rentals are both cheap and stunning - and we've picked out the best... Now, infinity pool or sea view - or both?

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10 free things to do in London

Exploring the sights of London can come at a cost – but it's not all bad news for budget travellers. In fact, London excels in offering free experiences for the savvy sightseer. You just need to know where to look...

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How to save £100s with these city-centre rentals

Planning a big family holiday or a city escape with a bunch of friends? From spacious beach side penthouses to urban mansions, you can save hundreds of pounds with these stylish – and surprisingly luxurious – big-group holiday rentals...

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9 things to do for free in Vienna

Vienna isn’t exactly known for being a budget-friendly city, but those in the know can access the city’s beauty and fascinating history without spending a Euro – here's how...

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8 free things to do in Cardiff

Fancy a cheap break in Wales's capital? We've rounded up Cardiff's best unmissable freebies...

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9 of the best trips for under £1,000

These incredible trips cost less than £1,000 (or US$1,590 / €1,280 / AUD$1,840) – and they pack in real bang for your buck. Who said travel had to break the bank?

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9 of the best trips for under £700

Travel budget looking tight? Sign up to one of these great-value trips – and go further than you ever thought possible for £700

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7 solo travel dilemmas and how to solve them

Solo travel has plenty of advantages, but there will naturally be a few hurdles to overcome – some more predictable than others. Here's some advice for solving its pesky predicaments

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10 free things to do in Toronto

As one of the biggest cities in Canada, Toronto's got a lot going on – but most things come at a price. Here's how to dodge the charges and do Toronto for free

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7 of the best homestays in Barcelona

Want to meet local people and get a great price for city-centre accommodation? Check out these lovely top-rated homestays in Barcelona

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9 places you must go camping

Looking for somewhere truly spectacular to pitch your tent? Camp at any of these ‘pitches’ and you’ll never want to stay in a hotel again.

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7 things you must do in Borneo

Impenetrable rainforests, rare wildlife and diverse culture – Borneo is perfect for adventure and nature lovers alike. Here’s what you need to do to get under its skin

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The world’s 5 most dangerous places to take selfies

With news that last year more people were killed taking selfies than by shark attacks, we look at the most deadly places to pull out your selfie stick

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5 things to do in Dakar

The Senegalese capital is a riot of colour, sound and smells and the epicentre of modern African history. Here’s how to get underneath the city’s skin.

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9 things you must do in Costa Rica

The World's Happiest Country and now the sponsor of Wanderlust's Photo of the Year competition for 2016/17 (details TBA in 2017), Costa Rica has an adventure for everyone. Here are 9 of the best...

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Under £250: Hitch-hike around Kosovo

Wanderlust's associate web editor, Peter Moore, heads to Europe’s newest country before the crowds to find a warm and alcoholic welcome

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Under £250: Cycling the Camino, Spain

The ancient pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela is a travel classic – and easy to do on a budget, reckons Jaime Gill

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Under £250: Chase some sun, Morocco

£250? Where's the challenge? Jennifer Smith struggles to spend even that in a wonderfully warm week in exotic North Africa

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Under £250: Reliving history, Poland

A boutique apartment, a private tour, fine dining and cocktails – this budget thing is a cinch in Kraków, reckons Lucy Palmer

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Under £250: Larking around lakes, Croatia

Tumbling waterfalls, island hops, flaky pastries and moving museums – Clare Wilson packs a lot into her budget Adriatic adventure

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West Frisian Islands: sculpted by the sea

The Dutch West Frisian Islands are ruled by mighty tides, which shape everything from their sandy shores to their maritime history. Explore by ferry and bike for a bargain offbeat adventure

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Short break: Lisbon, Portugal

Intriguing alleys, hill-top lookout points, vintage trams and tasty pastries; Sarah Baxter sets out to explore Portugal’s historic capital and finds a bargain European break...

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Better by bus? Travelling around Europe by Megabus

Surely travelling from the UK to Amsterdam, Brussels and Paris for £84.50 is too good to be true? Daniel Dylan Wray put Megabus to the test...

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Croatia on a budget

A flight to an unknown city, a loose plan and a small budget results in the discovery of wild Croatia – the Mediterranean as it used to be

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Belize on a budget

There are two Belizes. There’s the pricy, packaged resort one. But then there’s budget Belize, which combines world-class snorkelling and indigenous culture, and offers a more in-depth look at this diverse country

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Reader's story: Hitchhiking (and falling in love) in Ethiopia

Amid the biblical storms and animal dung of Ethiopia, reader Eric Baldauf finds romance

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How to see the Northern Lights on a budget

Want an unforgettable trip on the cheap? You don't get much more spectacular than the Northern Lights – here's how to see them for less than £250 (yes, really!)

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7 unique ways to discover another side of Japan

Amazing journeys guaranteed to take you beyond the cliches and into the heart of this fascinating and beguiling country

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7 of the best hostels in South America

Sociable, affordable and full of character… Boozey Backpacker Matt Freemantle gives the lowdown on his choice of South America’s best hostels

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5 things I wish I'd known before motorbiking through Vietnam

Jacob Laukaitis spent 23 days riding a motorbike from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi. Here, he reveals his tips and things you need to know for a successful Vietnam motorcycle adventure

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12 surprisingly big adventures that cost less than £1,000

Go on an African safari, visit Machu Picchu or trek to Everest Base Camp – without breaking the bank. Here’s how to get a surprisingly big adventure for less than you'd expect

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Laura Bingham: 6 must-have items for a long distance cycle adventure

Laura Bingham cycled from the Pacific Coast of Ecuador, over the Andes, through the Amazon jungle until she finally reached Buenos Aires. She reveals the six items she couldn't do without

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5 ways to experience Amsterdam like a local

Save money. Do more. Dutch author Anja de Jager reveals how to avoid the tourists and experience her home city, Amsterdam, like a local

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The biggest travel mistakes made by families and how to avoid them

Travelling with young children doesn't have to be an ordeal. Avoid these easy blunders and your family adventure will be more fun, more relaxed and more enriching

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25 breathtaking photos of Western Australia

The winners of Wanderlust's Photo of the Year 2015 competition won a photography trip to Western Australia. From wildlife to epic landscapes, their photos from Australia's largest state will take your breath away

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5 reasons to visit Rwanda, No 1 'Emerging Destination' in the Wanderlust Reader Travel Awards

Rwanda topped the emerging destinations category in the 2017 Wanderlust Reader Travel Awards. Brit Hemming lists five more reasons why it should be top of your travel list

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5 offbeat European rail adventures to take it slow and see more

Forget the busy high speed routes. Try these little-used rural routes and discover a Europe that's a little slower and a lot more interesting, as picked by authors Nicky Gardner and Susanne Kries

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5 hidden Thai Islands you’ll want to keep all to yourself

Long-term sailors Liz Cleere and Jamie Furlong reveal the hidden island gems they discovered sailing around Thailand

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The 5 most useful resources for planning your Trans-Siberian adventure

It’s the rail journey that tops every bucket list. Long time rail rider Matthew Woodward reveals the resources you need to ensure your trip of a lifetime runs smoothly

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5 reasons your kids will love glamping

Glamping offers the excitement and adventure of camping with a dash of added comfort and charm. Here’s why your kids will say it's the best holiday your family has ever had

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How to do Classic Japan on a budget, including Tokyo, Kyoto and Mt Fuji

You might think experiencing Japan means spending a fortune, but with cheap flights and transport deals, free sights and a bit of inside knowledge, it’s more affordable to visit than ever..

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10 essential books to read this summer

From humorous solo traveller tales to a novel set in a Parisian apartment block, Jude Brosnan from Stanford Books reviews 10 life-affirming books you should read this summer

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Botswana on a budget - exploring Chobe, Makgadikgadi and the Okavango Delta

Botswana is a land bursting with incredible wildlife and known for its high-priced luxury camps, but there is another way to safari through the country, if you’re prepared to muck in…

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7 quick, easy tips for finding and booking cheaper flights

Everyone wants to get cheaper flights, but finding good deals online can be a nightmare. Travel expert Emily McNutt has 7 simple tips for securing the best deal for your next trip

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Photo Gallery: 15 incredible photos of Hoi An that put the ‘mellow in the yellow’

Photographer Réhahn has travelled the world but now calls Hoi An, in central Vietnam, ‘home’. These 15 vibrant, evocative photos celebrate light and colour across Vietnam’s Yellow City

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6 affordable trips for visiting Iceland's highlights and hidden corners

Don’t let Iceland’s pricy reputation put you off. Here’s how to camp and road trip your way around the the country’s mountains, fjords and volcanoes, saving money along the way

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South East Asia - in two weeks?

If annual leave is tight, don't despair - you can see South East Asia in just a fortnight. Here's how to cram Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam into a two-week trip that won't break the bank

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Blondes have more fun: exploring Alderney, from World War II history to puffins and hedgehogs

With incredible wildlife, epic history and delicious food, Alderney isn't even the largest of the Channel Islands, but it's starting to make a big splash with visitors...

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5 tips for female solo travel in Thailand, including what to wear

Thailand has paradise islands, remarkable wildlife and fascinating cultures. These 5 tips will help solo female travellers make the most of the Land of Smiles, while staying safe and hassle-free...

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