Category: Travel

English exotica: a guide to the Isles of Scilly

Within minutes of arriving in the Isles of Scilly, I encounter my first traffic jam: the airport shuttle bus halts as a hedgehog waddles across the road like a spiky symbol of the slow travel movement. As the name implies, slow travel involves exploring a destination at a gentle pace, and there is no other […]

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Uncovered and exposed: Secrets of pristine Lake Tahoe

Deeper than the Empire State Building is tall and larger than any alpine lake in North America, Lake Tahoe is not a secret. The popular mountain region straddling the California and Nevada state lines attracts around three million visitors a year, roughly as many as the Grand Canyon. Yet while it may be well known […]

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How to celebrate Chinese New Year in Hong Kong

On 16 February 2018, China marks a new year in the lunar calendar: the Year of the Dog, the 11th animal in the Chinese zodiac. Otherwise known as the spring festival, Chinese New Year is, for hard-working, hard-playing Hongkongers, a time to eat, drink, catch up with family and give red packets – lai see – stuffed […]

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All aboard Vietnam’s Reunification Express

A vital lifeline in war and peace, Vietnam’s 1000-mile long North-South Railway provides an all-in encounter with the country’s incredible beauty, people and history. The Reunification Express runs by the South China Sea just north of Hai Van Pass, between Hue and Hoi An – this country-spanning train line took nearly 40 years to complete © […]

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How to live like a Local in Cardiff

Amy Pay has been living in Cardiff for seven years. The high concentration of cultural venues and the close proximity to epic beaches and vast green countryside drew her to the capital of Wales. While she never takes those aspects for granted, the ever-increasing array of quality independent cafes, unique boutiques and cheap living have […]

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Moscow off the beaten track

Among the Kremlin grandeur, tall Stalinist buildings and gorgeous onion-domed churches, it’s easy to overlook the Russian capital’s less famous sights. Some of them are unfamiliar even to locals, but they are treasure troves of Russian history, architecture and art. Here are a few of Moscow’s alternative highlights that are well worth a visit. The […]

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