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  • Loo With A View | Rough Guides
    Chile Colombia Ecuador Guyana Peru Uruguay Venezuela UK View by Theme Activity Architecture Beaches Belief Boats sailing Budget travel Coasts islands Crafts and markets Cycling Deserts Discovery Diving snorkeling Everyday Life Extreme Adventure sports Family friendly Festivals events Food drink Heritage ruins Indigenous culture Leisure Luxury Mountains Museums art Music National parks reserves Nature Nightlife Novelty Off the beaten track People Photography Railway journeys Relaxation Road trips Romance Shopping Structures Surfing Tourist Trail Tradition Transport Walking trekking Wildlife Winter sports 11 loos with great views By Lottie Gross October 8th 2013 View Comments White sometimes stained floor tiles and a plain usually graffitied grey door I think we can all agree this is an accurate description of your average toilet pretty boring no Have you ever been having a tinkle twiddling your thumbs and thought to yourself You know what this toilet needs A good view Well you re in luck Toilet enthusiast Luke Barclay from looswithviews com has put together entire books showcasing toilets with fantastic vistas from the tops of mountains to the city centres of the world He describes it as a global movement dedicated to the search for views from toilets So without further ado do sorry here is a selection of the best 1 View of Mount Foraker from Mount McKinley Alaska Photography by Patrick Baumann 2 The view while seated Copeland Island Bird Observatory Northern Ireland Photography by Neville Mckee 3 View of Mount Everest from Tengboche Monastery latrine Sagarmatha National Park Nepal Photography by Anna Maria S Jorgensen Explore more of Nepal 4 View of the Zambezi river Old Mondoro Bush Camp Zambia Photography by Lana De Villiers 5 Mount Sinai Sinai Peninsula Egypt Photography by Chris Belsten Explore more of Egypt 6 View from the urinal in the Warner Stand Lords Cricket

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  • Continent & Country Namibia Travel Features - Page 2 | Rough Guides
    Republic Denmark England Estonia Finland France Georgia Germany Greece Hungary Iceland Ireland Italy Kazakhstan Kosovo Latvia Lithuania Malta Montenegro Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Romania Russia Scotland Serbia Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland Turkey Ukraine United Kingdom Wales Middle East Abu Dhabi Dubai Iran Israel Jordan Oman Qatar Saudi Arabia North America Canada Greenland Mexico USA South America Argentina Bolivia Brazil Chile Colombia Ecuador Guyana Peru Uruguay Venezuela UK View by Theme Activity Architecture Beaches Belief Boats sailing Budget travel Coasts islands Crafts and markets Cycling Deserts Discovery Diving snorkeling Everyday Life Extreme Adventure sports Family friendly Festivals events Food drink Heritage ruins Indigenous culture Leisure Luxury Mountains Museums art Music National parks reserves Nature Nightlife Novelty Off the beaten track People Photography Railway journeys Relaxation Road trips Romance Shopping Structures Surfing Tourist Trail Tradition Transport Walking trekking Wildlife Winter sports Features Namibia Sort by Date Popularity Eight amazing canoeing and kayaking trips Kayaking with seals at Walvis Bay Namibia Most people come to Swakopmund a Bavarian style town surreally out of place on the edge of the Namib Desert to explore the vast dunes Few who visit know that the sandy Atlantic shallows of nearby Walvis Bay are also home to 2500 cape fur seals one of Site Editor 04 06 2013 Meet the locals how to immerse yourself on your travels However good your intentions are it s often all too easy to retreat to the comfort of the hotel room and shy away from really engaging with the locals when you re on your travels Here s a selection of holiday ideas that will thrust you into the heart of the community you re visiting and foster a much Site Editor 07 03 2013 Page 2 of 2 1 2 Travel Offers Travel insurance Hotels Hostels Car hire

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  • Festivals Around the World | Rough Guides
    to animals to mazes Two hundred million people attend almost all of them Japanese March St Patrick s Day Georgia USA You thought St Patrick s Day was an Irish thing Silly you the free wheeling southern city of Savannah almost completely lacking in an Irish population has adopted the fest so fully that it s the largest party here Green fountains check green beer of course Plus it s drawn out over a full two weeks April Vappu Finland Put on your ylioppilaslakki That s a white hat all Finnish students get when they graduate high school and it s traditional wear for the start of summer Starting near sundown on the last day of April and carrying through the whole next day Vappu is celebrated all over Scandinavia but for Finns it s one of the biggest national holidays If you re lacking a Finnish hat any funny one will do along with goofy sunglasses and overalls May Bun Bang Fai Yasothorn Thailand This three day Buddhist festival in Thailand starts with an all night party of trancey mor lam music a traditional Lao form of song The second day has a cross dressing phallus themed parade So by the third day you ll be all softened up for the giant rockets hand built and hoisted onto bamboo towers by teams of inebriated men They re not kidding about the bang June Fez Festival of World Sacred Music Morocco This annual gathering draws nerdy ethnomusicologists and spinning hippies for concerts held in the courtyards of many centuries old houses in the storied medina Master sitar players passionate flamenco guitarists and Morocco s own Gnawa troupes put attendees in a trance July International Folk Art Market Santa Fe New Mexico Global shoppers get your credit cards ready This four day outdoor market brings artisans and their handicrafts from some 60 countries and the scene at the tents with Kyrgyz felt workers next to Haitian painters is like the ultimate global bazaar On the last day entrance is cheaper and vendors are ready to make amazing deals August Mount Hagen Cultural Show Papua New Guinea This weeklong singsing a powwow South Pacific style gathers over 100 tribes from PNG to display their traditional dress and dance Expect to be dazzled by feathers face paint rattles and drums The tribe that gets the most applause from the audience wins the festival with bragging rights as well as cash September Guérewol In Gall Niger Beauty pageants needn t be just for the ladies In Niger the Wodaabe people convene this annual matchmaking fest where men sport elaborate makeup beads feathers and embroidered clothing Line dances last for days as women assess potential mates for stamina and grace October Fantasy Fest Florida At the end of October Key West the last in the string of islands that stretches south from Florida plays host to one of the wildest fancy dress free for alls on Earth Fantasy Fest is a music and rum fuelled

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  • Travel Features by Zora O’Neill | Rough Guides
    trekking Wildlife Winter sports Features Zora O Neill Sort by Date Popularity Ten US states you need to visit this summer No matter how you like to spend your summer vacation you re bound to find a satisfying spot in the vast and diverse United States Here are a few of our favourite summer states in the USA Get back to nature in California Nature lovers can celebrate Yosemite s 150th anniversary as a national park this year and Zora O Neill 18 08 2014 12 months of the quirkiest festivals around the world The whole world loves a party and a good one provides a great excuse to travel Here s a whole twelve months of some of the more interesting ways people celebrate during festivals around the world January World Buskers Festival Christchurch New Zealand Clever street performers they head to the southern hemisphere this month where they can Zora O Neill 22 04 2014 Find the USA s best christmas lights display Whether it s the chilly mountains of Pennsylvania or the warm desert of Palm Springs Americans get in the holiday spirit with lights lights and more lights Rudolph s nose is just the beginning Here s where to sample the wide array of festive installations this December 37th Street Austin Texas From praying mantises to your classic Zora O Neill 10 12 2013 Taking a dip in the Yucatan s cenotes Mexico The Yucatán Peninsula can be unpleasantly muggy in the summer At the same time the low lying region s unique geography holds the perfect antidote to hot afternoons the limestone shelf that forms the peninsula is riddled with underground rivers accessible at sinkholes called cenotes a geological phenomenon found only here Nature s perfect swimming spots cenotes Zora O Neill 24 10 2013

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  • Epic journeys | Travel Feature | Rough Guides
    to the convertible To experience life on the road in true Golden State style rent a convertible you can slip behind the wheel of a Chevrolet Corvette with San Francisco based Specialty Rentals www specialtyrentals com Cruising the Panama Canal Panama The Panama Canal a narrow channel surrounded by virgin jungles teeming with toucans and white faced capuchin monkeys takes only a day to traverse But during that day you ll experience an amazing feat of engineering and cross the Continental Divide Your trip begins in the Caribbean near the rough and tumble town of Colón which prospered during the canal s construction but has since declined its ramshackle colonial buildings and hand painted signs frozen in time Once on board ships enter the narrow Gatún locks On the far side the enormous sparkling Gatún Lake was formed by a flooded jungle valley and serves as an intersection for shipping freighters cruise ships local pleasure boaters and environmentalists drawn by the lake s isolated islands They and the surrounding rainforest are home to thousands of species of wildlife including monkeys sloths lizards and a variety of tropical birds all of which you ll see from the boat With the lake behind you you enter the narrowest part of the canal the Gaillard Cut After nearly 14km of slow careful progress you emerge at the Miraflores Locks beyond which lies the Pacific As you exit the final chamber and pass under the Bridge of the Americas at Balboa the bright lights and skyscrapers of Panama City appear on your left From the timeworn streets of Colón to the bustling metropolis ahead you have truly travelled from one side of the world to the other Panama Canal Tours www pmatours net and Canal and Bay Tours www canalandbaytours com offer full and partial transits of the Panama Canal Going coast to coast with the TranzAlpine New Zealand New Zealand s South Island is vertically split by the Southern Alps a snow capped spine of 3000m mountains Only three road passes breach this barrier and just one rail line the TranzAlpine Slicing 225km across the South Island from Christchurch to the small west coast town of Greymouth this unassuming train offers one of the most scenic rail journeys in the world As the train eases out of Christchurch urban back gardens give way to the open vistas of the Canterbury Plains acre upon acre of bucolic sheep country The west of the South Island gets huge amounts of rain the east very little Here you re in a transition zone and with every kilometre you ll notice the character of the vegetation change At the little alpine community of Arthur s Pass you enter the 8km Otira Tunnel burrowing under the high peaks and emerging at the former rail town of Otira After losing height quickly along the cascading Taramakau River the train cuts to the tranquil shores of Lake Brunner before the final run down to Greymouth just four and a half hours but a world away from Christchurch The TranzAlpine www tranzscenic co nz operates daily from Christchurch to Greymouth and back taking around 4hr 30min in each direction Riding the Shinkansen Japan A sleek space age train glides into the station precisely on time When it pulls to a stop the doors align exactly in front of each orderly queue of passengers The guard wearing immaculate white gloves and a very natty peaked cap bows as you climb aboard Where but Japan could a train journey start in such style Japan s high speed Shinkansen popularly known as the bullet train is the envy of the world and while it s not cheap it s something you just have to experience once The Tokaido Sanyo line runs from Tokyo west to Kyoto and Hiroshima 900km and the fastest Nozomi trains cover this in just four hours In places they reach 300km per hour yet the ride is as smooth as silk It s only by looking out of the window that you get a sense of speed neat rows of houses flicker by gradually giving way to rice fields woods and the occasional temple as you leave Tokyo s sprawling metropolis behind Before you know it you re pulling in to Kyoto s monumental new station eyesore or emblem depending on whom you ask No time for the city s myriad temples now though The doors swoosh shut and you re off again Osaka brings yet more urban sprawl but after Kobe the tracks run along the coast offering tantalizing glimpses of the island speckled Inland Sea as you near Hiroshima journey s end The Japan Rail Pass www japanrailpass net must be purchased before arriving in Japan as it s only available to foreign visitors Taking a snowmobile through Siberia Russia Still and white at the far northeastern tip of Siberia Chukotka is nine time zones and nine hours by plane from Moscow It s so remote that locals call the rest of Russia the mainland The territory is almost the size of Britain and France combined but has only around 50 000 inhabitants No highways connect their few communities To travel out from Anadyr Chukotka s capital you must charter a boat helicopter or plane or in winter you can wrap up in boots and parka and travel across the tundra by snowmobile The only sounds you ll hear as you cross this bitter yet beautiful land are the thrum of the snowmobile s engine and the occasional flapping of pure white ptarmigan alighting in small flocks from tundra shrubs While humans are few here wildlife is plentiful The thermometer reads 20 C For hour after hour you fly over frozen hummocks and hurtle across solid turquoise lakes The journey is been long and hard yet you feel a wrench as you leave the tranquillity of the tundra one of the few true wildernesses left on earth For organized tours try Go Russia www justgorussia co uk Note

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  • Travel news: Moscow to Beijing in just two days? | Travel Feature | Rough Guides
    journey could be about to get much faster Earlier this month Russia and China announced provisional plans for a US 230bn high speed line stretching from Moscow to Beijing Some 7000km long the new line would make it possible to travel between the Chinese and Russian capitals in just two days Currently the overland journey from Moscow to Beijing takes almost a week with passengers routed through the Mongolian capital Ulan Bator Investments in Africa even as tourists cancel The Ebola outbreak in west Africa has led to reports of travellers shunning the entire continent and cancelling safari holidays thousands of miles away in places like Kenya and Tanzania where the disease is not even present But at the same time big businesses are continuing to invest heavily in the region Hotel giant Hilton just announced plans for two new properties in Nigeria which incidentally has seen cases of Ebola As it stands a total of 26 Hilton hotels are currently under development across Africa Meanwhile Dubai based airline Emirates is reportedly planning to open 10 new African routes within the next decade a move that would increase its operations across the continent by 40 per cent Thumbing a ride When properly checked boarding passes and passports do a very good job of identifying airline passengers and making sure they re getting aboard the right flights But an airline in the US thinks using passengers thumbprints could be a better option Alaska Airlines says biometric technology would streamline the check in process and help to cut waiting times at the airport There s also been speculation that passengers could begin using their thumbprints to buy things aboard their flights But all of this could take time Even if passengers go along with the idea of handing their biometric data to a private company in exchange for fractionally shorter queues the airline will still need to convince authorities that relying on a thumbprint for check in and boarding won t come with risks of its own The bag for travellers with itchy feet You ve probably heard the horror story a tourist checks into a hotel falls asleep and then gets bitten all over by bed bugs Then they forget about the incident until weeks later when they discover that their home is infested too Let s be honest you d have to be extremely unlucky for this to happen But if even the thought makes your skin crawl there s a gadget out there for you The ThermalStrike bag plugs into a regular power socket and then heats itself up to a sauna like 60 degrees centigrade That s hot enough it s claimed to kill off any hitchhiking bugs and their nasty un hatched eggs The 199 bag comes with its own timer though for obvious reasons you ll still need to be a bit careful with how you use it The instruction manual helpfully suggests removing any chocolates candles and valuable artwork from the bag before switching the

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  • 5 Cities, 20 Days: Pakistan From North To South In 2 Minutes | Rough Guides
    Latvia Lithuania Malta Montenegro Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Romania Russia Scotland Serbia Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland Turkey Ukraine United Kingdom Wales Middle East Abu Dhabi Dubai Iran Israel Jordan Oman Qatar Saudi Arabia North America Canada Greenland Mexico USA South America Argentina Bolivia Brazil Chile Colombia Ecuador Guyana Peru Uruguay Venezuela UK View by Theme Activity Architecture Beaches Belief Boats sailing Budget travel Coasts islands Crafts and markets Cycling Deserts Discovery Diving snorkeling Everyday Life Extreme Adventure sports Family friendly Festivals events Food drink Heritage ruins Indigenous culture Leisure Luxury Mountains Museums art Music National parks reserves Nature Nightlife Novelty Off the beaten track People Photography Railway journeys Relaxation Road trips Romance Shopping Structures Surfing Tourist Trail Tradition Transport Walking trekking Wildlife Winter sports 5 cities 20 days Pakistan from north to south in 2 minutes By Emma Henderson September 1st 2015 View Comments Pakistan is a country filled with unexpected highlights Contrary to many preconceptions its borders hold soaring mountains glassy lakes and intricately decorated mosques Our video of the week gives an insight into Pakistani life In this 2 minute clip film maker Umar Bhutta returns to his homeland travelling from north to south visiting five cities and mile upon mile of stunningly beautiful countryside along the way It is my hope that one day very soon it will be commonplace for all of you too to visit this beautiful country he says to experience the delicious dishes the overwhelming culture and the gracious people and have an unforgettable journey of your own Pakistan in 2 Minutes from Umar Bhutta on Vimeo Check the latest advice from your country s embassy or consulate before travelling to Pakistan Tags Asia Pakistan Off the beaten track Budget travel Discovery Previous Feature Next Feature Related Articles 24 striking pictures of

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  • Travel Features by Emma Henderson | Rough Guides
    Cycling Deserts Discovery Diving snorkeling Everyday Life Extreme Adventure sports Family friendly Festivals events Food drink Heritage ruins Indigenous culture Leisure Luxury Mountains Museums art Music National parks reserves Nature Nightlife Novelty Off the beaten track People Photography Railway journeys Relaxation Road trips Romance Shopping Structures Surfing Tourist Trail Tradition Transport Walking trekking Wildlife Winter sports Features Emma Henderson Sort by Date Popularity Around the world in 2 minutes the one drone film you need to see Drone footage has hit the news for all the wrong reasons recently but this clip shows how incredible the results can be when it s done right Amateur film makers this is is the one video you need to see Max Seigal s pin sharp mini film takes you round the world in two minutes Starting in Vietnam s Ha Long Bay the soaring footage crams Emma Henderson 07 09 2015 5 cities 20 days Pakistan from north to south in 2 minutes Pakistan is a country filled with unexpected highlights Contrary to many preconceptions its borders hold soaring mountains glassy lakes and intricately decorated mosques Our video of the week gives an insight into Pakistani life In this 2 minute clip film maker Umar Bhutta returns to his homeland travelling from north to south visiting five cities and mile upon mile of stunningly beautiful countryside along the way It Emma Henderson 01 09 2015 The allure of Old Havana captured on film Old Havana or Habana Vieja oozes history There s nowhere else quite like this living museum of Cuban culture a city where time stopped short and you ll find stop and stare images everywhere you turn 1950s American cars in blazing colours are parked on the edge of the road Cycle rickshaws glide swiftly through the traffic Narrow side streets

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