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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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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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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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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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6 most common travel phobias – and how to tackle them

Don't let your fears stop you travelling – face them with this useful advice

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Healing herbs?

From coca leaves to tiger balm, natural remedies abound around the world – but do they work? Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth investigates

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Travel health: where the worst bugs hide

Germs lurking on door handles, bacteria in your bed… Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth arms you with a mind map of travel nasties – and helps you avoid the possible perils

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Travel tips for food allergy sufferers

Allergic reactions and special dietary requirements shouldn't stop or hinder you from travelling the world. Take a look at these top tips to stay safe on the road

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How to be wary of the world's dangerous animals

With 2.2 million deaths a year caused by animal-to-human transmitted diseases, you need to be wary of wildlife, says Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth

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Keep your eyes healthy while travelling

Travel can be tough on our eyes – and any problems relating to eyes cause huge concern. Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth helps you tell mere irritations from vision-threatening dangers

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13 travel health resolutions for 2014

Here are the 13 pledges every traveller should make, reckons Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth

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Dealing with diabetes

Around 3.7 million Brits – and rising – now suffer from diabetes. But what does the disease mean for travellers? Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth offers some essential advice

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How to dodge tick-borne diseases

Feeding for days, surviving for years… as we approach peak tick season, Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth answers the key queries concerning these biters, so you can avoid them

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Big trip: health Q&A

From malaria to big hairy arachnids, there’s lots to think about when planning an extended bout of travelling – not least your health. Dr Jane answers the seven key questions...

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Buying medicines on your travels

Is it safe to buy medicines overseas? Is it cheaper? Are they hard to find? Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth helps you shop for first aid on the road...

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Altitude sickness: what you need to know

Altitude sickness and acclimatisation are important elements in serious mountaineering. Roy McGregor explains what to expect and how to prepare

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Staying safe in the sun

Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth answers the ten key questions about staying safe while you’re having fun in the sun

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Stay safe in alternative accommodation

Novelty hotels, glamping and budget hostels offer a different experience for the adventurous among us, but it’s important to also remember your wellbeing and safety... Here's how

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Staying safe around wild animals

They are the nine animals that travellers most want to spot – but could an encounter with one of these creatures harm your health? Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth investigates

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13 travel medical mysteries

From recurring boils to worms that crawl over your eyeballs, the world is full of unusual and downright horrifying ailments. Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth introduces a few…

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Top 5 tips for fearless flying

More travellers are scared of taking to the skies than you’d think, says Daisy Cropper. Here she offers five tips to keep cool on-board

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How to prepare for old-world ills

Cholera, consumption, bubonic plague... While these ailments sound archaic, they still exist – and some are on the up, says Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth

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Tips for travelling with special dietary requirements

If you suffer from a food allergy or lead a gluten-free diet, here's how to stay healthy and safe while on the road

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Yellow fever: know the facts

Without a yellow fever vaccination certificate, you'll be denied entry to some countries - but what is yellow fever, and what do you need to know about the vaccine?

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16 tips on avoiding jetlag

Crossing multiple time zones? Wanderlust editor-in-chief Lyn Hughes gives her tried and tested tips on beating the curse of jetlag

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How to stop sea sickness

Nothing ruins a spectacular sea voyage like the onset of motion sickness – but these tips will help you combat the quease, whenever it strikes...

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The American nightmare: diseases and health dangers in the USA

Don't be lulled by the American dream – the USA actually has some rather nasty beasties lurking in its wild places...

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How to tackle your fear of flying

Do you get sweaty palms at the thought of taking off? Do you battle a flying phobia every time you travel? You need these tips for fearless flying...

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Health in emerging destinations

We all love exploring new destinations – but what are the health risks of more offbeat travel? Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth investigates

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Ebola: fact vs fiction

Sort the truth from the myths and rumours with this health advice from Nomad Travel's Medical Director Professor Larry Goodyer

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How to stay healthy without offending local customs

Don’t be a wallflower on your travels: get stuck into the local culture and traditions without risking your health – Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth explains how

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How to source clean water

Need to find drinkable water on your travels? Follow this expert guide

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Chikungunya: know the facts

Insect-spread disease chikungunya is on the rise – and has now made its way from Africa to the USA. But just how dangerous is this ‘new’ disease?

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Why Africa needs you – NOW!

Whether it’s down to geographical ignorance, bad press or fear, many travellers are avoiding all of Africa because of ebola – don't be one of them

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The Wanderlust guide to travel health

How to stay healthy before, during and after your trip

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5 reasons why you get bitten by mosquitoes

In the best case, mosquitoes are incredibly irritating. In the worst case, they carry deadly diseases. But what attracts them to humans? And why do some people get bitten more than others? Here are 5 clinically-proven reasons...

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What to do when you're bitten by an animal with rabies

Our resident travel doctor assesses a real-life case study of a rabies emergency – what went right, what went wrong and what you need to know if it happens to you...

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Lyme disease: what you need to know

Could you catch Lyme disease? Our resident doctor assesses a real-life case study, looking at what went right, what went wrong and what you need to know if it happens to you...

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How to build a good (and safe) campfire

Building a campfire can be difficult and dangerous – so read this 5-step guide before you start striking matches

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South America travel health guide

This vast and varied continent seems to teem with nasty bugs and scary wildernesses – but what really are the biggest health risks? Our resident doctor investigates

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How to beat the post-travel blues

Sometimes the best adventures can leave us feeling empty and lost when we return to the daily grind – here's how to avoid a post-trip slump

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The Wanderlust guide to visiting the Poles

The Arctic and Antarctica are poles apart, but packed with similarly spectacular wildlife, icebergs and adventures. Plan your adventure now.

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Zika virus: How worried should you be?

It's spreading through South and Central America, and an international public health emergency has just been declared. Here's what travellers need to know about the Zika virus

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Zika: Beyond the headlines

Using one woman’s unusual experience of living with Zika, Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth delves into what the virus is, how you catch it and – most importantly – how to avoid it…

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How to keep your ears healthy on your travels

From travel sickness to ‘swimmer’s ear’, looking after your lugholes can be the difference between a trip to remember and one to forget, advises Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth

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How to protect yourself from air pollution

Global air pollution is on the rise. With it comes the increased risk of respiratory illness. Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth explains how travellers might be affected – and how to cope

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How to look after your eyes when travelling

The eyes are a window on your health – and often the first parts of a traveller to succumb to the elements. Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth explains how to keep your peepers pristine

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How to avoid dirty water on your holiday

Finding clean H20 isn’t always a matter of simply turning on a tap. Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth filters the myths of drinking dirty water and explains how to keep safe and hydrated…

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Rabies: the real facts

Last weekend a British woman died in the UK after being bitten by a rabid dog in South-East Asia. Travellers should be aware of the risks – take a look at the facts here

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The world's 7 most terrifying diseases

Seven afflictions you won't want to catch in your travels – and how to avoid them

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Hilary Bradt talks... travel troubles in the head

The Bradt Travel Guides founder travels for real – but sometimes it’s her psyche that takes the weirdest trips

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The world's strangest travel-related phobias

With news that 12-year-old old Joe Thompson finally overcame his phobia of flying to jet back to the UK after a year in Abu Dhabi, we look at other, weirder phobias that terrify some travellers

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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 world's 8 scariest insects

Eight high-grade nasties you’ll want to avoid in your travels. (A note to pedants: a few are arachnids)

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The Spanish toad that cures warts

English superstitions blame toads for warts. Chris Stewart discovers that in Spain, the belief is that they cure them

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The perils of high altitude train travel

Matthew Woodward's next rail journey will take him through the world's highest railway station in Tibet. How should he prepare?

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4 things you can do to avoid getting the Zika virus

When travelling in areas affected by the Zika virus, prevention really is the best cure. Professor Larry Goodyer has the following advice for travellers

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Top tips for high altitude rail travel

Train buff Matthew Woodward has travelled on the highest railways in the world. Here's his advice on handling the impact altitude will have on your mind, body and trip

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The slow train from Lhasa to Canton

Matthew Woodward decides to tackle the 4,390 kilometres from Lhasa to Canton in one go. Is he mad?

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Travel health: Don't succumb to these old-world ills

Cholera, consumption, bubonic plague... While these ailments sound archaic, they still exist – and some are on the up, says Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth

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10 weird travel health mysteries - solved!

From recurring boils to worms that crawl over your eyeballs, the world is full of unusual and downright horrifying ailments. Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth introduces a few…

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7 ways to beat the post-trip blues

Feeling bereft after a wonderful trip? Wanderlust's editor-in-chief, Lyn Hughes, shares her top tips on how to pick yourself back up

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5 tips for trekking in Nepal

Nepal is one of the best trekking destinations in the world – and it's fully open for business after the 2015 earthquakes. So what do you need to know before you go?

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6 ways to ease your airport stresses

No1 Traveller’s Michael Robey tells us how to take the worry out of departures

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Adventurer Sean Conway’s inspirational tips for a successful endurance adventure

Sean Conway has completed the world’s longest triathlon and swum around the entire British coast. Here, he lists the 5 things you must know before setting off on your endurance adventure

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How to beat your fear of flying: 5 top tips from a psychological expert

With a recent survey revealing that 6% of the population suffer from aviophobia, Clinical Psychologist Dr Nick Mooney reveals his useful tips for overcoming or managing a fear of flying

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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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 Wanderlust Guide to the best of Iceland

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

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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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