Islas Cies, Galicia: Spain’s treasured islands

Theyre home to one of Spains finest beaches, but have no automobiles , no hotels and visitor numbers are strictly limited As with all the best adventures, we never actually intended to go to the Islas Cies. The beaches of northern Galicia were our destination. Well, they were until my spouse clicked her weather app […]

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A backpacker’s guide to Sri Lanka: a one-month itinerary

The crowds head for its Cultural Triangle but Sri Lankas sights also include quieter national parks, hiking trails and beaches. Explore it with our guide on what to see and where to stay Why go? Few countries in Asia can offer such variety in a relatively small area, or are as easily navigable by bus […]

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Going offline: the benefits of a transgres from the internet

On the first day we kept checking our phones, even after they had died. Maddy, who was quite young at the time, seemed to find the absence of screens inexplicable, as if she was being unfairly penalise. What kind of a holiday fails to deliver the basics of human existence, like an iPad? She slept […]

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British Columbia road trip: the art of get lost

This epic Canadian landscape is best enjoyed on a meandering, unplanned overland tour in a Jeep with a bed on the roof The best road trips have few set plans. They’re about the thrill of discovery, of not knowing what comes next. Forget detailed itineraries that look like a shopping list. As Kerouac said: “There […]

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10 of best available surf locatings in the world

From Mozambique to Mexico, via Cornwall, here are great places to ride waves, find a bed close to the beach and eat drink and party after a day on the water Canggu, Bali A decade ago, Canggu was just a black-sand beach with one food shack, rice paddies as far as the eye could see […]

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10 great road trip-ups around the world: readers’ tips-off

Our tipsters drive through Transylvania bear country and the bayous of Louisiana, stargaze in Chile and enjoy the solitude of Siberia Winning tip: Transylvania, Romania This is a wonderfully underrated road-trip destination. From Bucharest, take Road 1 towards the Carpathian mountains, to the well-preserved medieval townships of Brasov and Sighisoara. On the way, you’ll often […]

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Scotland’s rocky road: a journey to the edge of Lewis- a photo essay

The road to west Lewis in the Outer Hebrides takes in wild sceneries, ancient ruinings and suffering traditions and its the longest dead-end in Britain The road to west Lewis in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, starting with the A858 in Carloway and passing near the standing stones at Calanais, is probably the longest dead-end […]

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Scotland’s rocky road: a journey to the edge of Lewis- a photo essay

The road to west Lewis in the Outer Hebrides takes in wild landscapes, ancient ruins and enduring traditions and its the longest dead-end in Britain The road to west Lewis in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, starting with the A858 in Carloway and passing near the standing stones at Calanais, is likely the longest dead-end […]

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‘ I’m passionate about the ocean ‘: Celine Cousteau on diving off the Americas

The film-maker and conservationist is as determined to protect the marine world and indigenous peoples, in places like Mexico and the Amazon, as her famous forebears People always think that my grandpa Jacques or father [ oceanographic explorer] Jean-Michel were my main influences. But my mother was a great influence too. She was an expedition […]

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Rotorua: Escapade galore on New Zealand’s North Island

( CNN) Rotorua, on New Zealand’s North Island, was attracting international visitors long before “Lord of the Rings” director Peter Jackson constructed the country’s landscape irresistible to the world. Though the stunning site is no more, Rotorua has re-invented itself as the adventure capital of North Island. The unique combination of woods, lakes, geothermal activity […]

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