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Anakao, Madagascar: Zebu carts, speedboats, and finding paradise

Down in the southwest corner of Madagascar is a village by the name of Anakao. It’s not somewhere I had ever heard of, to be honest; but then again, not many towns in Madagascar hit the headlines outside the capital, Antananarivo. Anyway, Anakao is pretty hard to spot on a map even if you’re looking for it.…

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How to stay healthy when you’re travelling

I love to travel, I really love to travel. I’ve been to more than my fair share of locations in Europe and some in North America, but I do also like a bit of culture clash, and my favourite trips are inevitably to countries in the developing world. This means that I am exposed to diseases…

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In the footsteps of Lawrence: Jordan’s desert castles

As often happens when you’re me, I found myself in the Jordanian capital, Amman, one Sunday in September with nothing to do. I have a tendency to do this; I book group tours which start on, let’s say, a Monday, and rather than waste a weekend at home when I could be seeing the world, I head to…

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Snowshoeing in the Tatras: Poland’s winter wonderland

It’s a Saturday morning, 31 December, and the sun is blazing in a blue sky as I strap on my snowshoes. I’m in the small town of Szczawnica in the far south of Poland, close up on the Slovakian border, and I’m about to try snowshoeing for the first time in my life. The sun is…

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5 Reasons you will love Taiwan…

Taiwan is a country I have long been fascinated with the idea of visiting. Independent but not, culturally part of China but not, it doesn’t quite fit neatly anywhere. I finally ticked it off my bucket list in March 2017, and it was almost inevitable – I loved the place. Here are 5 reasons why…