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Is sustainable travel going mainstream?

When TripAdvisor started rating its hotels for their environmental credentials, it seemed clear the public’s attitude to travelling ‘green’ was shifting. Are we getting to a tipping point where ‘travel’ and ‘sustainable’ are becoming concepts that naturally go hand in… Read more »

Gentoo Penguins on Saunders Island, Falkland Islands. Image: AWL Images

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Remote island hideaways

From the mid-Atlantic British outpost of St Helena and the sub-Arctic archipelago of the Faroe Islands, to the far-flung Indian Ocean idyll of Rodrigues and the bleak yet wildlife-rich Falklands, we bring you castaway tales that uncover the realities of… Read more »

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Greetings in the great outdoors

It’s standard convention to greet fellow walkers in the countryside. But what’s the etiquette? Is there a North-South divide? And how do you tackle groups? Perhaps a code of best practice would come in handy Read more »

Travel writing at the rim of the Grand Canyon. Image: Getty

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How to be a travel writer

Do you aspire to transform your love of writing into a lucrative career? Take some inspiration from our 10 handy tips, and put pen to paper Read more »

Gare du Nord, Paris, France. Image: Getty

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The age of the train

With the introduction of high-speed rail between Paris and Barcelona, you can depart London St Pancras and arrive in the Catalan capital in just 10-and-a-half hours. And while the scenery can be breathtaking en route, it’s the Mediterranean that’s the… Read more »

Mekong River Cruise - A family on a wooden boat, Mekong River, near Tan Chau, Vietnam

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The Mekong: Mystic river

Sleepy and serene, the Mekong is the lifeblood of Southeast Asia, lacing a lush green landscape of mangroves, languid backwaters and lost stories of human survival. Discover life on its banks aboard a cruise, from the laid-back ports of Cambodia… Read more »

Living Lounge, Lisbon. Image: Living Lounge

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The new age of hostels

The outdated image of youth hostels well and truly belongs in the past. The new breed of hostels have free wi-fi, en suite bathrooms, designer decor and facilities more usually associated with three- or four-star hotels Read more »

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Thrill seekers: Theme parks

We select some of the best parks to entertain and satisfy adrenalin junkies, fresh air fiends and pilgrims to the House of Mouse Read more »