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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 have been visited, this choice of three others will satisfy most in terms of price, quality, wildlife experience and environment, writes Geoff Moore of The Travel Trunk: Cerf Closest of the three is Cerf Island;…

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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 ecotourism and voluntourism, comes fair trade tourism. The fastest-growing sector of the tourism industry, fair trade travel started as a ‘do-good’ concept aimed at protecting and uplifting the communities we holiday amongst. Simply put, this…

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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 Bridget suggested an intergenerational trip with her two small boys. ‘Tunnel ahead’ shouted Grandpa at the tiller as he spotted the entrance of the 2042-yard Braunston Tunnel on our first voyage with them. As the boat…

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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 then capital Livingstone. Early arrivals were pioneers looking for better economic opportunities; later they came as refugees fleeing Nazi persecution with Zambia was one of the few countries that welcomed them. When the country gained…

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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 vibrant and appealing city. But often it is the smaller places which have more to offer and where you discover unexpected gems and real warmth from the locals. Kaunas in Lithuania is a classic example.…

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… And granny came too

Successful family holidays don’t just happen, especially three-generational ones. Without careful pre-planning, the holiday could turn out to be memorable for all the wrong reasons. Crucially, will there be something that everyone likes to do? What kind of accommodation will be the most suitable? Seaside or mountains? At home or abroad? Regardless of cost, going…

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Granny and grandchildren go skiing

For an inter-generational ski holiday, grannies have to seize the moment. To make it happen before the time comes to hang up your own boots, various things have to fall into place. But it’s definitely worth the effort as there’s nothing quite like the fun of a family ski trip.  The window opens of course when…

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Mindfulness in the mountains

You are walking along a path. It is covered in snow. The sky is blue and all you can hear are birds tweeting. You look down. The snow is glistening in the morning light and you hear the crunch of the snow under your boots. You turn and notice a stream running past you. And…

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Eighty years on: Into the Nazis’ alpine lair

80 years after Hitler was given the mountainside retreat above the market town of Berchtesgaden for his fiftieth birthday, Heidi Fuller-love pays a chilling visit to Obersalzberg. Cars buzz along the busy main road to the Bavarian resort of Berchtesgaden far beneath us, but a wild wind whisks away the noisy snarl of traffic. On…

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7 reasons to visit the Curonian Spit, Lithuania

Last September BGTW members Simon Willmore, Geoff Moore, Peter Rosenfeld and Julia Hammond explored the Lithuanian coast.

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Year of Coasts and Waters 2020

As travel writers and / or photographers most Guild members have seen their fair share of this wide world. We all harbour our hidden spots, our wee corners we consider underrated. Stick with me but mine is home, Scotland’s epic coastline and inland waterways, which I’m constantly amazed do not get the attention they deserve.…

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The biggest travel trends of 2020

The UK’s top travel journalists, photographers and influencers reveal the trends they see developing in 2020 — plus a short list of where to go in 2020. Travel trends to expect in 2020 Sustainable travel will grow We’re all becoming more mindful of the impact travel has environmentally and the needs of the eco-warriors and…

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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 and their families to both gift and receive. We hope it will also be inspirational for anyone looking for travel-related gift-ideas. Members can log-in to access special discount codes for some products. Want to become…

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Leave politics out of it

Rebecca Hay shuns current governmental shenanigans to enjoy the wealth of history and nature in Europe’s richest country After PM  Boris Johnson’s much talked-about spat with his Luxembourg counterpart, I wasn’t sure what sort of welcome I would get when I arrived in Europe’s richest country. So I took the easy way out and invited…

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A Rwandan road trip

Most visitors to Rwanda are drawn to its mountain gorillas, as this small east African state is one of only three countries that has them. It has a number of other wonderful attractions, such as Akagera and Nyungwe national parks, and majestic Lake Kivu.