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  • Travel Features by Alison Roberts | Rough Guides
    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 Features Alison Roberts Sort by Date Popularity Incredible forests of the world Alison Roberts 03 10 2014 20 geological wonders of the world Alison Roberts 25 11 2013 20 fantastic spots for wild swimming Alison Roberts 04 10 2013 Madagascan marvels reefs rainforests and red ruffed lemurs Gerald Durrell likened Madagascar to a badly presented omelette observing that like all the best omelettes well or badly presented it is stuffed with goodies He wasn t wrong The world s fourth largest island packs a huge ecological punch 80 per cent of its flora and fauna is endemic from lumbering goggle eyed chameleons to giant jumping rats Alison Roberts 21 01 2013 Travel Offers Travel insurance Hotels Hostels Car hire Tours Trending Articles Why now s the time to visit Nottingham England By David Atkinson The

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  • 20 Great Lost Cities | 20 Amazing Abandoned Cities | Rough Guides
    cheapest places to travel 20 places to embrace your inner hippy The most beautiful places in India 20 brilliantly colourful places The most beautiful places in the USA as voted by you The most beautiful places in England 20 of the best family travel destinations In pictures around Italy in 16 foods 30 inspiring quotes to live by from around the world 20 seriously weird places around the world 20 of the best honeymoon destinations The most beautiful city in the world as voted by you View by Destination Africa Egypt Ethiopia Kenya Madagascar Mali Morocco Namibia Rwanda South Africa Tanzania Zanzibar Tunisia Asia Cambodia China India Indonesia Japan Laos Malaysia Mongolia Myanmar Burma Nepal Philippines Singapore South Korea Sri Lanka Taiwan Thailand United Arab Emirates Vietnam Australasia Australia Fiji New Zealand Central America the Caribbean Barbados Belize Costa Rica Cuba Guatemala Jamaica Panama Puerto Rico Trinidad Tobago Europe Austria Belgium Bulgaria Croatia Czech Republic Denmark England Finland France Germany Greece Hungary Iceland Italy Montenegro Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Romania Russia Scotland Serbia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland Turkey United Kingdom Middle East Dubai Israel Jordan North America Canada Mexico USA South America Argentina Bolivia Brazil Chile Ecuador Peru View by

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  • Travel Features by Tim Chester | Rough Guides
    of Suffolk It s easy to fall into a reverie at the New Inn Between the crackling log fire the huge sofas and the sedative aftereffect of an immense feast at the late medieval hall s Tim Chester 06 03 2015 A night at the Gogglebox mansion in Sandwich Tim Chester spends an evening with the posh couple from Britain s latest TV craze Gogglebox Gogglebox shouldn t work The TV show about people watching TV shows sounds like the most meta barrel scraping idea in the history of 10 Stone Testicle ideas but somehow it s compulsive viewing a window into the country s living rooms prejudices and Tim Chester 25 09 2014 Exploring Slovenia s diverse coastline The third part in our Slovenia In Four Seasons feature sees Senior Web Editor Tim Chester explore the country in August Check out our trips from the winter and the spring too Think of the northern Adriatic and you d be forgiven for thinking of Italy of Venice Rimini and Trieste or Croatia whose Tim Chester 18 09 2014 Cycling around my new favourite city on earth Portland Oregon can be addressed in many ways It s a city of soubriquets bearing nicknames bestowed by locals to reflect its charms The City of Roses to those who love its natural abundance The City of Bridges by those who can t help but notice the freeway s influence Beervana by fans of its prolific brew culture Tim Chester 31 07 2014 We went to Seattle and ate everything in sight Quinns on Capitol Hill around 8pm on the Saturday night is when we hit the wall Halfway though a wild boar sloppy joe which oozed out of its brioche confines like meaty magma spilling fried onion and Fresno pepper across the plate

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  • Meet the locals – how to immerse yourself on your travels | Travel Feature | Rough Guides
    their local forest It worked Guests now make visits to people s homes and are led on guided nature tours through the surrounding fynbos ecosystem a complex ground level array of succulents and heathers most seen nowhere else in the world Those keen to hang around a little longer than a few hours can stay in one of the families homes For more info and contact details see www openafrica org Meet the Bushmen at Nhoma Namibia Nhoma a simple tented camp owned and run in partnership with the nearby Bushman village of Nhoq ma on the border of Khaudum National Park offers guests a chance to get back to their primeval roots Always wanted to know how to start a fire or make an arrow Immersed in a hunter gatherer society you will here After a morning spent hunting spring hares or porcupines with the Bushmen learning how to make small traps from twigs and animal sinews there s usually time in the afternoon to join in their games and perhaps buy a few souvenir ostrich shell necklaces At night after dinner back at camp guests can trek back through the dark dunes to sit and watch the Bushmen gather to dance and sing with their shaman often falling into a trance which they say enables him to communicate with their ancestors They ve been doing this for tens of thousands of years Staying at Nhoma is one of the best ways of ensuring these traditions continue For rates details of activities and further info on getting there see www tsumkwel iway na Visit Bolivia s Mapajo Community On the border of La Paz and Beni Mapajo Lodge is owned and operated by the communities of the Quiquibey River who offer four to six day guided tours through the Pilón Lajas Reserve a dense jungle of forests streams and unexplored mountains packed with wildlife Itineraries on offer include boat trips along the river to indigenous villages where guests can learn traditional fishing methods watch locals crafting bows and arrows baskets and textiles or go on canoe excursions by night To help you understand more about the biological and cultural diversity of the reserve the lodge runs a visitor centre with a library and a small exhibition of arts and crafts Accommodation is rustic there are four twin bed thatched cabins with hot water showers shared bathrooms one cabin has a private bathroom and a hammock while water is piped in from a natural spring It s not exactly eco chic but then the focus here is not on staying indoors it s on discovering the unknown For prices booking and details on activities see www mapajo com Meet the Huaorani Ecuador The Huaorani have long inhabited the headwaters of the Ecuadorian Amazon hunting game with blowpipes and gathering food from the forest They were the last of Ecuador s indigenous peoples to be contacted by missionaries in 1956 and they now mostly live in permanent settlements though at least one clan continues to shun all contact with the outside world On this trip you are taken to meet the small community of Quehueri ono Cannibal River hunter gatherers who live in the northwestern part of the Huaorani territory Such a unique encounter is the result of years of consultation between their chief Moi Enomenga and an Ecuadorian travel company Tropic EcoTours For twelve years Tropic has run hiking tours with Moi employing Quehueri ono villagers as guides a sign of its success is that a permanent ecolodge used as a base for village trips has now been built with five cabins equipped with twin bed shower and flush toilet For several days a Huaorani guide leads you through the rainforest demonstrating how they use plants for medicine shelter and clothes and how to hunt monkeys by climbing up trees and firing poisoned darts from blowpipes He ll also point out an astonishing variety of wildlife including blue morpho butterflies greater and lesser kiskadees and several species of Amazonian kingfishers For itineraries prices and booking for transport and accommodation see www huaorani com Live with nomads Mongolia A hundred or so goats head off bleating their complaints in one direction while a herd of cows tramps off in another A boy of perhaps ten rides by on his horse with no saddle All around smoke rises from the fifteen or so gers spread across this high plain surrounded by a ring of forested hills Here in the Terelj National Park fewer than 100km from the Mongolian capital Ulaan Bator the only signs of industrialization are the occasional solar panel or motorbike A typical day on a trip with Ger to Ger a non profit organization that promotes grassroots tourism development starts with a journey on horse or oxcart from the ger where you spent the night onto your next resting post The rest of the day is spent doing what your new hosts do That could mean helping them collect the sheep at dusk milking horses the local tipple is Airag fermented mare s milk only slightly less alcoholic than vodka or being taught how to use a bow and arrow It is highly rewarding but can be pretty exhausting With no translator you have to communicate with a Mongolian phrasebook and any props such as family photographs you might have with you But for anyone keen to get a taste of what travel was like before everyone spoke English and booked online a few days riding across Mongolia should suffice Ger to Ger s office is based in Ulaan Bator For itineraries and prices see www gertoger org Stay in an Isan village Thailand It s far too easy to visit Thailand and come away feeling that you never really got to see what life for Thais is like outside of the tourist centres If you re curious then a visit to the tranquil rice growing village of Ko Pet in the northeastern Isan region may be just what

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  • World rituals – eight captivating celebrations | Travel Feature | Rough Guides
    the drumming and cymbal rhythms heralds the appearance of the Teyyam The crowd of villagers falls silent It s hard to convey the electric mix of terror and adoration the Teyyam s costume inspires A huge confection of gold painted papier mâché metal jewellery appliqué hangings cowry shell anklets and ornate necklaces surmounted by a vast corona of silver foil and crimson fur its focal point is an elaborately made up face with curly chrome fangs protruding from its mouth This is as close to the goddess as some of these people will ever get Age old caste restrictions still bar them from access to Kerala s most revered Tantric shrines but at this moment Muchilôttu Bhagavati a local form of the Hindu goddess of death and destruction Kali is herself manifest among them her spirit glaring through the Teyyam s bloodshot eyes animating its every move and gesture Twisting and spinning through a succession of poses in the firelight the apparition really does feel like a visitor from another realm Temple drumming and chants accompany her graceful dance around the beaten earth arena which grows in intensity through the night culminating in a frenzied possession Only when the first daylight glows through the palm canopy does the deity retire blessing her devotees as she does so Buses leave the Punjabi city of Amritsar for Wagha every 45min although it s worth booking a taxi for the round trip Getting swept away at Durga Puja Bangladesh Hindus constitute just nine percent of Bangladesh s population but the Durga Puja in Dhaka is at least as gripping as its Indian counterparts But the enclaves are not ghettos and the Puja is not exclusively for Hindus instead it is at once a religious event and a vibrant carnival The centrepieces of the individual pujas religious rituals that show respect to Hindu gods and goddesses are the beautiful exquisitely painted clay effigies of Durga best seen in Shankharia Bazaar the largest Hindu quarter in Old Dhaka where the drama of street life at Puja time is intense On the evening of the tenth day the Puja erupts into an outpouring of frenzied activity Galvanized by the eerie fanfare of conch shell horns and the rolling thunder of ceremonial drums columns of chanting devotees swarm towards Sadarghat carrying aloft their effigies Tens of thousands of people line the river bank and crowd around the ghat as a relentless succession of Durgas arrives at the water s edge where priests superintend their consecration and anoint their bearers with a smear of sandalwood ash The goddesses are then loaded aboard diminutive boats that pitch and roll violently as the accompanying men dance and punch the air In mid stream the precious cargo is given to the water and the sodden appearance of the returning men delirious as they clamber up the steps of the ghat hints at the mayhem beyond the reach of the light The Durga Puja falls in Sept or Oct depending on the

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  • Rough Guides Snapshot Tanzania: The Northern Safari Circuit | Rough Guides
    Rift Valley Tarangire National Park Radilen Wildlife Management Area Burunge Wildlife Management Area Lake Manyara National Park Ngorongoro Conservation Area Serengeti National Park Loliondo Lake Natron Ol Doinyo Lengai and Engaruka Also included is the Basics section from the Rough Guide to Tanzania with all the practical information you need for travelling independently or on an organized trip including transport food drink costs health and local etiquette ds Also published as part of The Rough Guide to Tanzania The Rough Guide Snapshot to the Northern Safari Circuit is equivalent to 108 printed pages EBOOK 2 99 EPUB and MOBI GBP EUR USD Buy Ebook This item is already in your basket About ebook formats Published January 2016 Series Snapshots More Products Africa Tanzania Zanzibar This snapshot is taken from The Rough Guide to Tanzania 15 99 Available in ePub Mobi and PDF View Guide Related Guides 2 99 Rough Guides Snapshot Tanzania Zanzibar View Guide 15 99 The Rough Guide to Tanzania View Guide 9 99 The Rough Guide to First Time Africa View Guide 2 99 Cairo and the Pyramids Rough Guides Snapshot Egypt View Guide 7 99 The Rough Guide to Namibia View Guide 7 99 The Rough Guide to Madagascar View Guide 12 99 The Rough Guide to Morocco View Guide 2 99 Rough Guides Snapshot South Africa Johannesburg and Pretoria View Guide 2 99 Rough Guides Snapshot South Africa Kruger National Park and Mpumalanga View Guide 12 99 The Rough Guide to Egypt View Guide 2 99 Rough Guides Snapshot South Africa The Eastern Cape View Guide 2 99 Rough Guides Snapshot South Africa KwaZulu Natal View Guide 7 99 Pocket Rough Guide Marrakesh View Guide 2 99 Essaouira and the Atlantic Coast Rough Guides Snapshot Morocco View Guide 2 99 Rough Guides Snapshot Victoria Falls

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  • The world’s best boozy breaks | Photo Gallery | Rough Guides
    20 places to embrace your inner hippy The most beautiful places in India 20 brilliantly colourful places The most beautiful places in the USA as voted by you The most beautiful places in England 20 of the best family travel destinations In pictures around Italy in 16 foods 30 inspiring quotes to live by from around the world 20 seriously weird places around the world 20 of the best honeymoon destinations The most beautiful city in the world as voted by you View by Destination Africa Egypt Ethiopia Kenya Madagascar Mali Morocco Namibia Rwanda South Africa Tanzania Zanzibar Tunisia Asia Cambodia China India Indonesia Japan Laos Malaysia Mongolia Myanmar Burma Nepal Philippines Singapore South Korea Sri Lanka Taiwan Thailand United Arab Emirates Vietnam Australasia Australia Fiji New Zealand Central America the Caribbean Barbados Belize Costa Rica Cuba Guatemala Jamaica Panama Puerto Rico Trinidad Tobago Europe Austria Belgium Bulgaria Croatia Czech Republic Denmark England Finland France Germany Greece Hungary Iceland Italy Montenegro Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Romania Russia Scotland Serbia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland Turkey United Kingdom Middle East Dubai Israel Jordan North America Canada Mexico USA South America Argentina Bolivia Brazil Chile Ecuador Peru View by Theme Activity Architecture Beaches

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  • Travel Features by Eleanor Aldridge | Rough Guides
    decide what we want to change or continue over the coming year At Rough Guides travel is always at the heart of our plans Here are the new year resolutions that we think Eleanor Aldridge 21 12 2015 The 10 funniest travel stories of the year Sometimes travel just doesn t go to plan We ve all been faced with bumps in the road and often they become the moments that make your trip On other occasions there s nothing you can do but sit back laugh and go with the flow Here are ten people who had to do just that this Eleanor Aldridge 14 12 2015 10 of our favourite stories of the year As the year draws to a close we ve been looking back over our favourite stories and features of 2015 We published over five hundred articles news reports quizzes videos photoblogs and more this year working with authors and photographers from around the world Here we ve collected our favourites A huge thanks to our brilliant team Eleanor Aldridge 08 12 2015 Azores on film why you need to explore this amazing archipelago Strung out in the mid Atlantic 1500km off the coast of Portugal is a chain of nine breathtaking islands These are the Azores a volcanic archipelago thrust up from the seabed at the intersection of the Eurasian North American and African plates Home to around 250 000 people the lush islands hide glassy lakes towering waterfalls bubbling hot springs and flower filled meadows If you re looking Eleanor Aldridge 16 11 2015 Astonishing drone film captures the scale of Dubai Dubai is a city like no other on Earth More than 400 skyscrapers have appeared here in under two decades including the world s tallest building and over 13 million tourists visit each year It s a place that defies comprehension Even when faced with the stats it s hard to take in the magnitude of this world record breaking metropolis To really appreciate Dubai s Eleanor Aldridge 27 10 2015 In flight entertainment could be a thing of the past In flight entertainment might be on its way out Yesterday The Guardian reported that seat back entertainment systems are being removed from transatlantic flights by Canadian carrier WestJet with more airlines likely to follow in their footsteps Instead passengers will use their phone or tablet using an app to stream a selection of shows and movies via on board wi fi Eleanor Aldridge 23 10 2015 In pictures Wales hosts Europe s largest Elvis Presley festival Last week Porthcawl in South Wales hosted Europe s biggest gathering of Elvis Presley lookalikes This annual festival sees the small seaside town flooded with Elvis fans and tribute acts for a weekend long rock n roll romp The action culminates on Saturday night at the The Elvies award show the World s leading award show for Elvis Tribute Artists with awards dished out for the Eleanor Aldridge 02 10 2015 Quiz where should

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