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5 Scottish islands you’ve probably not been to

Robin McKelvie is an Edinburgh based member of the BGTW. He has written over a thousand articles about Scotland for magazines and newspapers across five continents, runs a Scottish travel website and the second edition of his National Geographic guide … ..more

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Images of a New Forest Winter

It may be soggy underfoot. Trees may be black and skeletal against a steely sky. A hard frost may dazzle on a sharp, cloudless morning. But winter in the New Forest has its own, particular atmosphere. Here, Guild photographers capture … ..more

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Secrets of the New Forest

A January day in Hampshire, in the wake of the Guild’s AGM in Brockenhurst, proved an eye-opener for Bill Birkett….. It was a dampish morning and the itinerary didn’t sound all that exciting – ‘Visit to Commoners Smallholding and walk’.  … ..more

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Black Balsam and Kremlin limos – snapshots of Riga

In December 2017, the British Guild of Travel Writers visited Riga and Sigulda, in Latvia. Here, Simon Willmore relives the first half of the trip, to the country’s capital: Having being buzzed in beyond an inconspicuous door, we stepped in … ..more

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On a wing and a prayer – Brexit threat to air travel

If the Government appears to be heading for a European divorce on a wing and a prayer, how apt is that metaphor when it comes to air travel post Brexit, says Roger Bray. The European Commission has confirmed that on the … ..more

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Another fine meze

On a culinary odyssey in Istanbul, Isabel Conway goes in search of the world’s finest kebab… Ottoman ruler Sultan Mehmet II did nothing by halves. A legendary gourmet with a penchant for indulging in lavish feasts prepared for himself, his … ..more

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Through the Lens of Nori Jemil

The BGTW Photographer of the Year 2017, Nori Jemil recalls some of her travels as she shares some of the stories behind the images in her winning portfolio. Panamanian festival Fiestas Patrias – Published in Rough Guides (December 2015) Travelling independently around … ..more

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Drums, dancers and a BGTW dinner to savour

Sri Lankan drummers and dancers and a candle lighting ceremony greeted over 300 guests and members at the BGTW’s glittering annual Awards Dinner at London’s Savoy Hotel on the eve of this year’s World Travel Market. Now at peace – … ..more

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Marco Polo’s Favourite Island

Where better to take a holiday than Sri Lanka, where the locals are experts? The people of this tiny Ireland-sized island in the Indian Ocean enjoy a world-record 26 public holidays a year. In its favour is the climate: set … ..more

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Tomb of the unknown relative

As ceremonies to mark the centenary of the Great War continued, veteran Guild member John Ruler found a corner of a foreign field that revealed a distant family connection….. Two years ago I planted a Remembrance cross at the grave … ..more

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