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  • Gifts For Travellers | Gifts For Travelers | Rough Guides
    kit is even more user friendly and ready to go wherever you journey takes you Shure sound isolating earphones We ve all been on that flight where the baby just won t stop crying And there s nothing worse than a hotel with paper thin walls That s where sound isolating earphones come into play These earphones block out 90 of background noise so you are free to concentrate on your in flight entertainment With a reinforced cable and detachable earbuds these are the perfect durable earphones for any intrepid traveller The ultimate packing checklist It s happened to the best of us you ve packed your bag raced off to the airport and arrived in your next destination to find you ve forgotten your pants So you need a little help next time This 60 sheet pad has a list of everything you should take for any type of trip perfect for those last minute packing marathons You can even list the quantity of individual pieces of clothing so no need to lay it all out before it goes in the bag Bluesmart suitcase A a suitcase you will want to brag about this cabin sized bag can be controlled with your phone Why you ask It features tons of tech including location tracking a digital lock distance alerts and built in scales But don t worry if your phone runs out of charge you can fully replenish the battery up to six times via the case s USB port now that really is a smart suitcase SurgeCube surge protector It s not the most exciting travel gadget of all but it s practical as hell and may well save your beloved smartphone or tablet from combustion The device with its two USB ports will keep your electronics protected from electricity surges spikes and generally dodgy sockets It can also charge 40 faster than a normal USB port so no more long waits for your phone to be fully charged again SurgeCube also give a 10 000 Equipment Warranty away with each protector just in case anything does get damaged Cork globe Whether you want to keep track of all your past trips or you re planning a round the world adventure this small cork globe is a great addition to any traveller s desk You can pin your favourite pictures to their location or map out your next trip Instax Share mobile printer These days all your travel photos probably end up online for you to admire from anywhere in the world but if you re feeling a little retro this is the gadget for you Print any of your smartphone snaps on the go whether it s to send back home to give to friends you meet around the globe or to add to your travel journal via the Instax Share app You can add different filters and text before printing off a high quality credit card sized image Tortuga travel backpack Everyone needs a good backpack

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  • The Hardest Mountains To Climb: 11 Challenging Peaks | Rough Guides
    excursion Furthermore getting to Antarctica is going to cost you a lot Be prepared to dish out between 34 000 US 82 000 for your trip Vinson 036 by Olof Sundström Martin Letzter on Flickr license 9 Matterhorn Switzerland Elevation 4478m Average time to summit 5 days An icon of the Alps the pyramidal peak of the Matterhorn is successfully ascended by hundreds of climbers every year However this is no reason to assume it an easy climb The mountain has claimed more than 500 lives since 1865 and still takes a few more each year Falling rocks have always posed a threat but the crowds scrambling towards the peak every day during the Swiss summer have created new challenges for climbers to conquer and new reasons to take on the more demanding conditions of winter 8 Cerro Torre Argentina and Chile Location Elevation 3128m Average time to summit 4 7 days Cerro Torre has long captivated the hopes and hearts of climbers a jagged spire jutting out of the Patagonian Ice Field s mountains Notoriously sheer with a peak guarded by a hazardous layer of rime ice formed by battering winds it does not offer itself up easily Climbers must be prepared to tunnel through the ice and deal with vertical and even overhanging sections 7 The Eiger Switzerland Elevation 3970m Average time to summit 2 3 days The difficulty of the Eiger s north face has earned it a disturbing nickname Murder Wall Requiring an technical skill and ice axe finesse the sharp overhang 1800m face and ever increasing threat of falling ice and rock a result of global warming has killed at least 64 climbers trying to follow up the first successful ascent in 1938 Pixabay CC0 6 Denali Alaska USA Elevation 6190m Average time to summit 21 days The altitude awful weather relative isolation and punishing temperatures all pose a serious threat to those who attempt to summit North America s tallest mountain previously known as Mount McKinley Further its high degree of latitude means that atmosphere and oxygen are spread thin Despite the having only a 50 success rate Denali never fails to tempt climbers to ascend Perhaps the words of one of the first climbers to summit have something to do with the far flung Alaskan allure The view from the top of Mount McKinley is like looking out the windows of Heaven 5 Mount Everest Nepal and Tibet Elevation 8848m Average time to summit 54 days Surprised to see the world s tallest mountain in the middle of our list Make no mistake Everest is still a difficult climb Weather and altitudes can still be deadly and avalanches have claimed dozens of lives in recent years But its glory has faded somewhat with the mountain s commercialisation while once it was a feat not many travellers could claim to have achieved today s services enable climbers hire local porters to lug their packs employ chefs to prepare food and even have a personal

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  • 7 lessons everyone learns travelling | Travel Feature | Rough Guides
    Vanuatu Central America the Caribbean Bahamas Belize Bermuda Costa Rica Cuba Dominican Republic El Salvador Grenada Guatemala Jamaica Nicaragua Panama Trinidad Tobago Europe Albania Armenia Austria Belarus Belgium Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia Herzegovina Bulgaria Croatia Cyprus Czech 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 7 lessons everyone learns travelling By Colt St George February 8th 2016 View Comments Inspired by the new edition of First time Around the World our definitive guide for the first time traveller we ve been discussing the most indispensable pieces of globetrotting wisdom Whether you re a budding explorer or a seasoned vagabond a wanderlusting weekender or a wayfaring backpacker we reckon these are 7 lessons everyone learns travelling What else have you learned on the road Edited by Colt St George Previous Feature Next Feature Related Articles 10 new year resolutions to make in 2015 15 mistakes we ve all made while travelling 10 things everyone learns travelling solo Go it alone solo travel in Thailand Travel Offers Travel insurance Hotels

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  • Discover your silly side: 11 of the world’s best slides | Travel Feature | Rough Guides
    entrance on the first floor and after taking in the spectacular views of the museum s Grand Hall can slide down to ground level through the enormous metal limb The 12 tonne slide is almost as well travelled as you its parts were made in Germany then welded together in Chicago before being shipped to the Discovery Park on flatbed trucks Barcelo slide by Darren Sweeney on Flickr license 3 Lobby Slide Hotel Barceló Málaga Spain How s this for a novel way of making an entrance Visitors to Málaga s Hotel Barceló Málaga can slide straight from the hotel s first floor into the super stylish B Lounge Bar which is one of the Spanish city s trendiest venues The slide even has its own name EDHA a Spanish acronym for what translates as sliding structure for daring humans 4 The Slide T3 Changi Airport Singapore Singapore s Changi Airport is famous for its fantastic amenities which include a kinetic rain art installation a rooftop swimming pool and a cinema But it s the slide which we love the most The 12m high structure is the tallest slide located inside an airport admittedly there s not much competition and travellers who ride it can reach speeds of up to six metres a second Just don t try and take your luggage trolley with you Singapore airport slide by Andrea Hale on Flickr license 5 Cittá del Mare waterslide Sicily Italy Opening in late March this slide is located within the grounds of the beautiful Città del Mare resort in Sicily The slide is divided into four sections with pools dividing each one It s surprisingly fast and one of the more exciting ways to enter the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean sea Once you ve had your adrenaline fix we recommend nabbing one of the nearby sun loungers for a waterside view of the action 6 Silver Towers playground New York City USA This beautiful slide is the work of American artist and sculptor Tom Otterness and is part of a playground which was constructed in New York City in 2009 Otterness built his first playground structure in 2004 as part of an art competition later selling several to private homes throughout the US Manhattan property developer Larry Silverstein heard about the playgrounds through an art gallery and commissioned Otterness to build this one for the Silver Towers apartment complex Pod Playground by Eric Fidler on Flickr license 7 Pod playground slide National Arboretum Canberra Australia If all playgrounds looked like this children would never want to play indoors The intricately carved entrances to these Australian playground slides resemble giant acorns a nod to the 94 forests of 44 000 rare trees planted in Canberra s National Arboretum There are two slides to choose from and although they might not be the tallest or fastest slides in the world we certainly rank them as the most beautiful 8 Tran Station Slide Utrecht the Netherlands We all know how

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  • In search of the world’s best rum in Puerto Rico | Travel Feature | Rough Guides
    trips Romance Shopping Structures Surfing Tourist Trail Tradition Transport Walking trekking Wildlife Winter sports In search of the world s best rum in Puerto Rico By Rough Guides Editors February 5th 2016 View Comments Rum is history in Puerto Rico This island is the leading producer of rum ron in the Caribbean and there were once hundreds of small distilleries here Track down its greatest rum making dynasties and you might meet Fernando Fernandez heir to the family that has been making Ron de Barrilito since 1880 His office lies inside the shell of a graceful windmill built in 1827 surrounded by aged photographs of his grandfather and dusty bottles of what many believe to be the world s finest rum The rambling hacienda contains cellars crammed with white oak barrels of rum once used to mature Spanish sherry the air thick with the burnt sweet aroma of sugar molasses Workers bottle the rum by hand slap on labels and then pile them delicately onto trucks for distribution Real connoisseurs drink Barrilito on ice a spicy rich spirit that goes down like fine Cognac The top rum maker in Puerto Rico however is Don Q The brand was created by the Serralle s family who started selling rum in 1865 in the southern coastal city of Ponce You might try it in Puerto Rico s national cocktail the piña colada Then there s Casa Bacardi Visit this slick tourist centre inside the cathedral of rum the vast Bacardi distillery across San Juan Bay and you ll enter another world Cuba to be precise The Bacardi family started making rum in Santiago de Cuba in 1862 and now utterly dominate the world market Hand held audio devices and enthusiastic guides help you navigate the seven sections of the centre Special barrels

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  • 6 reasons to keep travelling in 2016 | Travel Feature | Rough Guides
    love doing best travelling to exciting destinations notepad and camera in tow and inspiring others to keep exploring the world with us From low flight prices to a revolution in travel tech here are six reasons to keep travelling in 2016 1 Because flying is actually safer now than it has ever been before It will surprise some people to learn that 2015 was statistically the safest year in aviation history With an accident rate of one in five million flights according to industry analyst Flightglobal you re actually far more likely to be struck by lightning or attacked by a shark than find yourself in an aircraft accident If crunching the numbers doesn t help alleviate your fear of flying check out our piece on how to cure your phobia of flying in a day Unsplash CC0 2 Because flying is super cheap right now While we re on the topic of flights data scientists at travel app Hopper have announced that airfares are currently at a three year low and around 15 lower than they were this time last year The drop is largely due to cheap oil and increased competition And good news for Americans it s predicted that internal US flights will be the cheapest of the bunch 3 Because recovering destinations need you to keep travelling and spending Simply visiting a recovering country and spending your money there helps more than you might imagine Both Haiti and Nepal are now welcoming back tourists after suffering major natural disasters in recent years And while you get an unforgettable trip your tourist dollars are helping their economies get back on their feet Similarly countries going through financial or political crises such as Greece need all the continuing tourism they can get No doubt the locals will be waiting to greet you with open arms If you want to take it one step further and are interested in taking part in a volunteering project check out these seven tips for volunteering abroad Unsplash CC0 4 Because there are destinations that are looking forward to a great year While news reports naturally tend to focus on negative events around the world there are loads of on the up destinations to celebrate and explore in 2016 With the loosening of US Cuban relations last year and the resulting influx of tourists Cuba is seeing creative openings across the island including a whole host of exciting new bars restaurants and arts centres like Fabrica de Arte Cubano in Havana Resilient Sri Lanka too is more popular than ever with visitor numbers set to continue to rise in 2016 as the country embarks on an era of greater political stability There s a whole host of new tourist attractions opening up across the planet from a new Louvre in Abu Dabhi to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Hollywood 5 Because tech is making travel easier and more fun than ever before Even if you re not much of a tech

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  • Where To Stay In San Francisco: An Area By Area Guide | Rough Guides
    years its original blue collar character has been largely eroded by gentrification but it retains an easy worn in feeling and its sloping residential streets and vibrant main drags are ideal for aimless wandering Primarily residential Telegraph Hill and Russian Hill meanwhile boast beautiful old homes as well as hidden gardens tucked away down pathways off steep hillside streets To the south of Russian Hill lies pristine yet historically snooty Nob Hill For a B B style hotel Washington Square Inn 1660 Stockton St at Filbert Overlooking Washington Square this hotel has large and airy rooms with a European flavour some boast bay windows For big budgets The Fairmont The most famous of Nob Hill s landmark hotels this showy palace offers fantastic views despite being relatively low rise for the neighbourhood Pixabay CC0 The Northern Waterfront and Pacific Heights From east to west San Francisco s Northern Waterfront begins with crass commercialism passes through areas of vast wealth and ends at the city s most famous landmark This is an area that almost every visitor at least drops into Its stunning vistas opulent if homogenous neighbourhoods and even the tourist schlock seem to hold something for everyone Overpriced and unapologetically tacky Fisherman s Wharf is convenient for trips to Alcatraz and Angel Island Things take a turn for the affluent in the Marina and Cow Hollow neighbourhoods where yacht clubs and boutiques dominate the scene Perched on the tall hill above stands stately exclusive Pacific heights home to much of San Francisco s oldest money and some of its new wealth as well For budget cool Hotel del Sol An offbeat updated motor lodge with a tropical theme all the way down to its small but inviting outdoor swimming pool a San Francisco rarity For a boutique B B Queen Anne Hotel Gloriously restored Victorian building enjoying its second life with gold accented Rococo furniture and bunches of silk flowers Pixabay CC0 South of M arket and the Tenderloin The idea of San Francisco as a Victorian lined utopia holds fast until you wander into the areas to the west and south of Downtown After languishing for decades as a warehouse wasteland South of Market took an upswing in the mid 1990s when its low rents attracted first art music and tech communities In the economic ebb and flow since the neighbourhood has alternately languished and prospered The adjoining Tenderloin and Civic Center districts reveal harsher realities with heavy drug traffic and prostitution in evidence along with a shocking number of homeless people If you re on a particularly tight budget but don t wish to stay in a hostel these areas are your best option with some trendier accommodation in South of Market Be aware however that the neighbourhoods can sometimes be dodgy even during daytime and the Tenderloin in particular has its share of seedy hotels For film fans Hotel Vertigo Famous as the place where Alfred Hitchcock filmed the dramatic stairway scenes in Vertigo this swanky

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  • 7 reasons to visit North Sumatra while you’re in Indonesia | Travel Feature | Rough Guides
    in historic sights it more than makes up for in awesome scenery and thrilling adventure experiences Home to Batak ethnic groups the term used by Malay settlers to describe non Muslims in Sumatra the area is steeped in tradition and fascinating culture Here are a few reasons why you should visit the north of this gorgeous island 1 To leave the beaten track far behind North Sumatra has some stunning scenery and an extremely welcoming population yet with so little tourism development here traditions have remained intact and visitors are few Take the drive from Lake Toba to Berastagi to experience the region at its best Spend half a day slowly snaking your way north and enjoy the extraordinary views the bucolic landscape the brilliant Piso Piso Waterfall the highest in Indonesia roadside markets and some fine Batak villages 2 To get up close and personal with orang utans in the jungle The tropical rainforests of the Gunung Lesuer National Park surrounding Bukit Lawang a small village two hours north west of Sumatra s capital Medan are one of the few places where you get to see our red haired cousins in the wild Treks ranging from a couple of hours to several days are on offer You venture into the heart of the jungle where it s possible to feed the orang utans bushwhack through the undergrowth and if you stay overnight wake up to an exotic dawn chorus Giant parasitic rafflesia flowers Thomas Leaf monkeys macaques and gibbons are just a handful of the thousands of species found in this thriving eco system 3 To find some peace and quiet on Lake Toba At over 1145 square kilometres with a depth of approximately 500 metres Toba is the largest lake in Southeast Asia It s so enormous that it even has an island the size of Singapore at its centre This is a place to relax and enjoy pristine scenery whilst exploring the traditional Batak villages on Samosir Island 4 To visit a longhouse Although the Batak have many traditions they are probably best known for their unique architecture The bale meeting hall rumah house where groups of families live communally and sopo rice barn are the three main types of building and the typical Siwaluh Jabu longhouses with their distinctive saddle shaped roofs are often home to as many as twelve families At Dokan a Batak village an hour s drive from Berastagi you are able to see inside one of the traditional houses For a small donation a local guide will enthusiastically tell you about his home and village 5 To watch a traditional Batak Toba dance The Batak Karo people are famous for their traditions and rituals dating back centuries The most striking are the wedding and funeral ceremonies often lasting several days To get a taste of their unique culture head to a traditional Batak Toba dance called the tortor At the Museum Huta Bolon Simanindo on the Northern tip of Samosir Island on

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