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Best in Class: BGTW Members’ Awards Winners

The cream of  travel writing and photography was celebrated with the unveiling of the British Guild of Travel Writers’ 2016 Members’ Awards on the eve of World Travel Market. As usual they were judged by an independent panel of travel professionals from whom … ..more

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Armenian surprises at Guild Savoy Awards Dinner

It’s not every evening you’re entertained by a top Armenian jazz musician on the empty wine bottle and tea tray. But then there was much unexpected about this year’s British Guild of Travel Writers’ Awards Dinner at London’s Savoy Hotel – … ..more

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Head in the clouds at Buddhism Central

In a former Raj hill station, Tim Bird mingles with Tibetan exiles and seekers of Nirvana: Typical. I decide to visit the home of the Dalai Lama in Dharamshala in the Indian foothills of the Himalayas and he just happens … ..more

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Turning Fact into Fiction into the Amazon

Luke Waterson on Some of the Challenges Posed When Writing About the Amazon Basin – as a travel writer and as a novelist At school we might have drawn pictures of how we imagined it, or studied its decline in … ..more

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Isle of Gannets

The island of Bonaventure is home to one of the world’s great gannet colonies. Roger Bray went to visit: The gannet, to my mind, is the most majestic of seabirds. I have sat watching them through binoculars from a lonely … ..more

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Swaledale – in search of Booze

Tim Bird finds England’s fastest flowing river and the valley that takes its name are the perfect setting for active but leisurely paced holidays. Finns are known for their fondness for the hard stuff, but that’s got nothing to do with … ..more

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Star of hope – migrant stories retold in Antwerp

As desperate refugees seek new lives in Europe, Roger Bray visits a museum dedicated to millions of Europeans who escaped to America  between 1873 and 1934: The best museums are not just collections of objects but places that prompt the … ..more

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Petra: protecting a delicate rose

It’s 30 years since Petra in Jordan was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list and, as Carole French discovers, efforts to protect it and its communities remain as passionate as ever: Nothing quite prepares you for your first visit to Petra. … ..more

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Vincent Van Gogh – 125 Years of Inspiration

Thirty European art museums are this year commemorating the life of Vincent van Gogh, the influential Post-Impressionist painter, writes Stuart Forster. The Van Gogh 2015 – 125 years of inspiration project involves institutions in the Netherlands, Belgium and France. Van … ..more

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Twickenham tour: echoes of rugby glory

With the UK on the verge of hosting the Rugby World Cup, members of the Guild toured the sport’s historic home. Chrissie Walker didn’t have far to travel… Twickenham, like Wembley, is usually known by its address rather than its function. … ..more

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