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The do-good dilemma

How do you find an ethical operator and project to ensure you’re doing more good than harm? We look at the questions potential volunteers should be asking Read more »

Hattingley Vineyard. Credit: The Electric Eye Photography


English wine: Are you missing out?

It may have long been considered undrinkable, but English wine has been quietly getting better, with award-winning domestic brands now a reality. And, if you want a closer look, take heart that your local winery is probably expecting you Read more »

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Hit the trail in Europe

When it comes to walking in Spain, France and Italy, epic is something of a watchword. But how straightforward are self-guided trips, and what are the advantages over a UK walking holiday? Read more »

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Food allergies: A traveller’s guide

For people with serious food allergies, the usual travelling peeves and niggles can be hyper-magnified into matters of life or death. But, if you approach it with the right attitude and are prepared to prepare, the world can still be… Read more »

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Japan: No place like homestays

The best way to discover the similarities — and differences — in a new destination is on a homestay. And in Tokyo, negotiating Japanese culture can be made easy with the help of a local Read more »

Maboneng, Johannesburg. Image: Alamy


Top 23 cities to visit in 2017

From the pop-up store revolution and the gin-bar renaissance to the High Line bandwagon, the dust never settles on the world’s greatest cities. Here’s what’s in store for your favourite metropolis Read more »

The group at Port O’Warren Bay. Image: Chris Horton


Survival skills: Eats shoots and weaves

Worried your cosy urban existence has deprived you of something essential? Then perhaps you need to learn to live off the land and sea on a coastal survival course. Just be ready to weave Read more »

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The Cool List: 17 for 2017

In our latest Cool List we reveal the culture capitals, hipster hotspots, wild escapes and places generally keeping it cool in 2017 Read more »