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How much does it cost: 5 days in the Cinque Terre, Italy
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What does it cost? Five days in the Cinque Terre

A string of coastal villages, with pastel buildings tumbling down the hillside around picture-perfect harbours and clear blue seas – over the last few years the Cinque Terre has become one of Europe’s top wishlist destinations. With the sun…

Sustainable tourism
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How can we make tourism sustainable?

Years ago (a few too many now!) I did a degree in geography. It was one of the things which started off my love of travel – the field trip to Thailand definitely helped – and it was also…

A weekend in Cambridge, England
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A weekend in Cambridge

After living in Oxford for a few years, I always thought I knew exactly where my loyalties lay – you’d never find me cheering Cambridge in the boat race. But my first trip to Cambridge started to sway me.…

The first-timers guide to visiting the Cinque Terre
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The first-timers guide to visiting the Cinque Terre

From five sleepy Italian fishing villages to one of the most famous coastal landscapes in the world – the Cinque Terre’s been through a few changes over the years, but it still looks every bit as gorgeous as you’d…

Ponts and palaces: What to see and do in Avignon
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Ponts and palaces: What to see and do in Avignon

Set on the banks of the Rhône and surrounded by medieval stone ramparts, Avignon is one of Provence’s biggest cities. So I was expecting it to be, well, a bit more like a big city. But instead I found…

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Does an InterRail pass save you time and money?

Although I love a good European rail trip, I’ve never been Interrailing. The post-university right of passage for 20-something Europeans passed me by, but the passes aren’t just for gap-yearers. Their main selling point is that they makes rail…

Alternative things to do in Edinburgh
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Alternative things to do in Edinburgh

Overflowing with fantastic history, views, music and culture, Edinburgh is quite rightly one of Europe’s most popular city breaks. But what if you’ve visited the Castle, listened to the bagpipers on the Royal Mile, been whisky tasting and rubbed…

What does it cost? 10 days in South Africa
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What does it cost? 10 days in South Africa

South Africa had been on my wishlist for longer than anywhere else in the world. It’s got a bit of everything – wildlife, beaches, wine regions. The only downside is the long journey, so it’s not exactly a weekend…

What's it like skiing in Bulgaria?
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What’s it like skiing in Bulgaria?

For many people, skiing in Europe means the Alps. It’s where I learnt to ski and I’ve been back again and again. France, Switzerland, Austria and Italy are home to Europe’s best-known ski resorts, but they come with a…

Visiting Cape Town on a budget
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Visiting Cape Town on a budget

Wedged between the sea and the mountains, Cape Town’s stunning scenery means a lot of the city’s biggest attractions are free – you can wander around the V&A Waterfront, check out the colourful houses in Bo-Kaap, spend the day…

What to pack for an African safari
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What to pack for an African safari

After over 20 years of travelling, I’ve got my packing technique down pretty well – I can even pack a case in my sleep when there’s an early start involved. But there are some trips where your packing list…