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  • Ten things to do in London for free

    Ten things to do in London for free

    March 14th, 2013Andy Turner
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    Visiting London, it’s hard to imagine the UK is staggering its way out of a recession. Lamborghinis continue to roar down Bond Street, new restaurants pop up each week and the East End appears to be entirely populated by espresso-sipping hipsters, with not a jellied eel in sight. However long you spend in the capital,…

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  • Make the most of Malta: a first-timer’s guide

    Make the most of Malta: a first-timer’s guide

    March 22nd, 2016Andy Turner
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    For a few chunks of rock in the southern Mediterranean, Malta is a hugely versatile destination. Like its unique language, the country is an intriguing blend of Italian, Arabic and British influences, a legacy of centuries of invasion and assimilation. As its capital, Valletta, gears up for a stint as European City of Culture in 2018, Andy…

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  • Travel heroes: 11 people you remember after you unpack

    Travel heroes: 11 people you remember after you unpack

    November 12th, 2015Andy Turner
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    For most travellers it’s the people they meet that linger longest in the memory, whether it’s the safari guide you’ve spent days spotting rhinos with or the street-food vendor that serves up the highlight of your trip. Andy Turner selects eleven travel heroes that go beyond the call of duty – add yours in the comments below. 1.…

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  • Everest: an awfully big adventure

    Everest: an awfully big adventure

    June 3rd, 2013Andy Turner
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    This summer marks 60 years since the first successful ascent of Mount Everest. Andy Turner follows in the footsteps of Sir Edmund Hillary (well, at least as far as Base Camp). The road to Everest starts with a 5am wake-up call in the Kathmandu Guesthouse. I heave myself off the thin mattress and try to…

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  • 10 things to do in Sydney for free

    10 things to do in Sydney for free

    April 29th, 2013Andy Turner
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    Thanks to the stratospheric rise of the aussie dollar, Sydney has now leapfrogged New York and London as one of the world’s most expensive cities. Almost every street seems to have a concept wine bar or Masterchef-style restaurant popping up and even scuzzy old Kings Cross has cleaned up its act. Yet while “Sydders” can…

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  • Hearing wolves howl, Sweden

    Hearing wolves howl, Sweden

    January 8th, 2014Andy Turner
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    Deep in the Swedish birch forest your mind can begin to play tricks. As the shadows lengthen and a chill creeps into the pine-scented air you’re reminded of the folk tales that originated here, from gnomes and trolls to the siren call of the Tallemaja or “Lady of the Woods”. But there is one much-mythologized creature very much…

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  • Okinawa: Japan’s best-kept secret

    Okinawa: Japan’s best-kept secret

    May 25th, 2016Andy Turner
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    Snow-white beaches, giant coconut-eating crabs and karate-loving grannies: Okinawa is Japan but not as we know it. This alluring chain of sun-kissed, hibiscus-draped islands offers a blend of Southeast Asian heat, unique ‘un-Japanese’ culture and delicious, life-extending food. Andy Turner explores how to make the most of a trip to Japan’s subtropical paradise. Find the…

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  • Swiss skiing without breaking the bank

    Swiss skiing without breaking the bank

    February 22nd, 2013Andy Turner
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    Switzerland can be an expensive place to ski. Yet, while certain resorts such as St Moritz and Gstaad appear exclusively populated by “Made in Chelsea” Hugos and Prada-clad Natalias, writing off the land of Toblerone as a playground solely for the rich would be a shame. The Swiss Alps are the most beautiful in Europe,…

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  • Learning the ancient art of bush medicine, Australia

    Learning the ancient art of bush medicine, Australia

    June 10th, 2013Andy Turner
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    In a country where a small spider can kill you it’s reassuring to know Mother Nature has a softer side. Hidden in the prehistoric valleys of the Blue Mountains National Park in New South Wales are hundreds of plants used by Aboriginal peoples to cure everything from earache and fevers to snake bites and colds. The best chance…

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  • Dive in to Dahab

    Dive in to Dahab

    August 30th, 2012Andy Turner
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    Rough Guides Senior Editor Andy Turner has just returned from the Egyptian dive spots around Dahab. Here he explains why the area is so great for scuba enthusiasts, and why everyone should consider this underrated destination. Strung along the shimmering Gulf of Aqaba, the laidback resort of Dahab has long been Egypt’s answer to Ko…

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  • Great places to stay in the Netherlands

    Great places to stay in the Netherlands

    September 20th, 2013Andy Turner
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    The Dutch are on a roll this year with a newly crowned king, Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum reopening after a decade of restoration and even a long-lost Van Gogh painting unearthed this autumn. Local hoteliers have not been slacking and you will find a great range of charmingly individual places to stay, from luxurious heritage conversions to…

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  • Czech please! A food and drink tour of Prague

    Czech please! A food and drink tour of Prague

    March 5th, 2014Andy Turner
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    Thought Czech food was only good for soaking up beer? Think again. A recent culinary revival has put the country firmly on the European foodie trail. Andy Turner volunteers his taste buds to investigate what and where to eat in Prague.  The wind howls down Wenceslas Square as I walk past the giant equestrian statue…

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