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Top gifts for travel enthusiasts

Here at the British Guild of Travel Writers we’ve scoured the internet for some top gift suggestions for travel professionals…

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How to open a hostel or guesthouse in China

Pancakes and retrievers will set you on the right course, says Mark Andrews Step 1: This is by far the…

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Three generations take a trip to Denmark

How do whales breathe? (Through a blowhole). How did Bluetooth get its name? (From a rune stone). What does the…

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A brush with the Russian military

We had been hoping to meet ‘real’ Russians, but had not bargained on Dimitry. I guess no one really bargains…

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Spirited away on the Isle of Jersey

I broke my phone. As in I actively, with intent, broke my phone. Never one to do things by halves,…

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Silent reverence in Laos

In the cloak of fading darkness, shadows appear in the delicate hues of a new dawn. An apparition of tangerine-robed…

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Around the world in two kilometres

This is not a journey to a far flung corner of the world such as the Chilean port of Valparaiso,…

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Paradise with stilts on

The atoll of islands the Maldives bashes every travel writing cliché into touch. Talcum powder sand, azure bath warm waters,…

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Grand tour of Imperial cities

The ticket collector looks very young; his uniform is too big and swamps him. He seems happy working on the…

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Guernica, 80 years later: An anniversary of a tragedy

‘Celebrate’ would be an inappropriate word to choose, but on 26th April every year the Basque town of Guernica marks…

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Sake, dogs and community

With a sudden tug, Henry sends a slug of sake over my hand. Blame it on the toy poodle in…

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The best New Year fireworks in the world: Vivid Sydney

Sarah Tucker takes a trip down under to Sydney’s winter and the annual drama that is the Vivid Festival. Sydney…

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Fire blessing in Bhutan

Draped in silk and hand-woven gowns shimmering like rainbows, town folk and farmers come from every direction; women with babies…

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On target for a lucky break in Shillong

Every now and then I’m tempted to waste anything from 5 to 10 euros on lottery tickets, for which the…

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A journey of reinvention in Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg, or ‘Jozi’ to the locals, with its three million inhabitants (10 million if you include the broader metropolitan area)…

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Wrong turns and tobacco: Hiking the Tanzawa, Japan

As dawn approaches atop Tonodake (Mount To), a chill wind whips over the exposed peak. Off to the west, Mount…

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Unsung heroes of the Seychelles

With dozens of islands to choose from in the Seychelles, where do you start? After Mahe, Praslin and La Digue…

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Holidays that are fair for everyone

For many of us a week baking at the beach no longer cuts it. Today, hot on the heels of…

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Canalling with granny

Having enjoyed several narrowboat holidays with our teenage children, my husband and I were only too pleased when our daughter…

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Zambia wildlife experience

European Jews first came to Zambia, then Northern Rhodesia, at the end of the 19th century. Many settled in its…

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Better the devil you know?

All photos © A. Aleksandravicius It must be hard playing second fiddle to a bigger and on the surface more…