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How to sail the world for 10 years and stay (relatively) sane

Liz Cleere and Jamie Furlong are celebrating a decade on the high seas. Liz reveals the highs and the lows and why she hopes their sailing adventure never ends

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5-step guide to learning Mandarin

Travelling to China? A little Mandarin can get you a long way – here's how to get to grips with the basics

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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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Why taking a gap year is good for you

Thinking of taking a year out before uni? Whether you choose to volunteer, travel, learn a language or work abroad, here's why it's the smartest decision you'll make

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How to learn a language... in 3 months

Learning to speak another language is easier and quicker than you think. Author and linguist Benny Lewis tells you how – in five easy steps

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20 funny 'lost in translation' language pitfalls

'False friends' are words that look or sound familiar but have a totally different meaning from the one you think they have. Here are 20 you really need to watch out for...

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How to avoid looking foolish in China

5 tips for navigating China's difficult languages and complex social customs...

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Five ways to experience local culture in Italy

Want a fast track to la dolce vita? Do what the locals do, says Casey Mead...

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Is Spanish the most tuneful language?

Chris Stewart argues that Spanish is the most 'musical' language on earth. Do you agree?

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5 things I wish I'd known about learning a language overseas

There's no better way to learn a language than by immersing yourself in a place where it's the mother tongue. But before you sign up to an overseas language school, heed these hard-won lessons

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14 strange phrases from around the world and what they mean

Why old cows are best left in the ditch. Words of wisdom, strangely phrased, from the four corners of the globe

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How to celebrate Burns Night in Spain

After introducing his Andalusian neighbours to haggis and whisky, Chris Stewart discovers the true spirit of the poetry of Robbie Burns when he hears it in Spanish

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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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Readers' tips: How to survive long distance journeys

From language learning to meditation, sharing biscuits with new-found friends and more... Discover Wanderlust readers' top tips on how to survive long distance journeys

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