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All aboard the Rocky Mountaineer

It’s impossible to imagine a more relaxing and enjoyable way to appreciate Canada’s majestic Rockies than a journey on one of Rocky Mountaineer’s trains – something that has become a ‘must do’ experience. It’s garlanded umpteen travel awards, but there are dilemmas. Even before you board the gleaming blue, white and gold coaches, which of…

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We say goodnight to the Caledonian Sleeper

Geoff Moore of the thetraveltrunk.net shares his experience of the rare opportunity to see the old Caledonian Sleeper train on one of its final journeys After around 40 years in operation, the rolling stock used by the London to Scotland Caledonian Sleeper train service is ending and the £150m replacements are being phased in. Having…

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Celebrating the legacy of Pieter Bruegel the Elder in Brussels

Pieter Bruegel the Elder is notable for introducing a bird’s eye view perspective of landscapes into art and ‘Hunters in the Snow’, displayed at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, is regarded the first winter landscape painting.

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#BGTWCharleston: Myrtle Beach

What do you get if you cross Blackpool with Miami Beach and then inject it with military history and the bucolic charms of America’s oldest state park? 

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One year on: The best things to do in Charleston, SC

We discovered historic buildings, cobblestoned streets, Gothic churches, a thriving foodie scene and a heritage that combines its antebellum status…

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It’s hard to be a sloth in Slovenia

Slovenia, which sits in Central Europe and borders Austria, Croatia, Hungary and Italy, is one of those countries that make you want to be more active when you get home – The country that inspires activity is the perfect destination for cycling everywhere in town and country, with cycle lanes right up to landmark destinations;…

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Celebrating Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age in the Netherlands

“Rembrandt is about us as human beings in all our imperfections…not about beauty.”

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Bees, beans, art and astronauts: Lake City, SC

“This is truly becoming an art community,” said Seth Kines, the Executive Director of Seth Kines, as we chatted in the lobby of The Inn at the Crossroads.

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Just standing and staring

Watching the social media posts pile up from this year’s wonderful BGTW AGM in Charleston, I have to admit to a twinge of regret. I should have been there with them, but this year, I’m here at home instead of experiencing those clean sandy beaches and spectacular sunsets with my colleagues. Our hosted AGMs are…

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5,500 mile journey with a stranger

Ten years-ago I bought a left-hand-drive Peugeot on French eBay. I flew to Brittany, picked up the keys from the Ryanair desk, and found the car parked in Long Stay.

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Exploring the Thousand Islands of Canada and the USA

In our age of the oversell there’s something refreshing about exploring the Thousand Islands region on the border of Canada and the USA. At a time when social media posts so often exaggerate things that are merely quite good as ‘great’ and decidedly average photos draw upbeat comments such as ‘awesome’, it’s pleasant to hang…

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A virtual tour of a hotel that you’ve never visited

How do you like the idea of a taking a virtual tour of the hotel that you’re considering booking? Thanks to technology that’s now readily available, hotel operators can place tours of properties on their websites, enabling virtual walkthroughs. A virtual tour provides potential clients with reassurance of how a property looks. It may be…

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Rock on – The New Forest village with its own beat

There are certain things you might expect to find in a New Forest village: little shops selling local produce, somewhere twee to have a cream tea and at least one good pub. Having a village green is always a bonus; it gives the place a focal point and often its heart – visit Milford on…

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Cultural year-round Balearics

You might know the Balearics best for their glorious beaches and sun-soaked summers, but did you know that there is lashings to see and do on the islands year-round, especially when it comes to their rich and eclectic culture? Winters in the Balearics are also temptingly mild, providing the ideal backdrop for exploring the cultural…

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Entebbe Interlude

Entebbe is mostly remembered for a dramatic hijacking in the days of Idi Amin. Now it’s a sleepy backwater, writes Ben West… When you mention the word Entebbe, most Brits who’ve heard of it can only think of the 1976 hijacking by Palestinian terrorists of an Air France aeroplane. The dramatic rescuing by Israeli soldiers…