Here are our latest articles by independent travellers recently returned from adventurous holidays to help inspire you to research where to go next:

Lemur jumping on the author's back

Cuddly lemurs, intrepid hikes and dazzling coastlines; though Madagascar is not as easy as ABD

by Simon Buckby | Summer 2017

Madagascar’s geological and natural histories are crucial for our understanding of the way our planet has developed. Though it is not an easy country to visit, largely because of its vast size and dreadful transport, there is a lot for visitors to enjoy. But it’s current economic plight signals just how far our world still has to go.

Wide angle view of the Garden of Dreams in Kathmandu in Nepal

There’s more to Nepal than trekking

by Peter Deegan | Spring 2017

It’s a common misconception that Nepal is all high mountains which means tourists should only come here for strenuous trekking. In fact, there is much more to Nepal than trekking.

Grand Bassam beach in Cote d'Ivoire

Côte d’Ivoire: edgy post-colonial current affairs in stunning coastal locations

by Simon Buckby | Winter 2016

Away from any current conflict in Côte d’Ivoire, the main attractions are in the south-eastern corner: the exciting party town of Abidjan, the world’s tallest basilica in very odd Yamoussoukro, the former colonial capital of Grand Bassam, and one of the most naturally beautiful places on earth at Assinie. For a small country with a small reputation, Côte d’Ivoire packs a big punch.

Fishing boats at Cape Coast in Ghana

Once the centre of the slave trade, Ghana is now a peaceful democracy with deserted beaches

by Simon Buckby | Winter 2016

Ghana was the centre of the slave trade until 200 years ago, with a coastline of colonial castles that were converted into slave prisons that are now respectful memorials of this blight on humanity. It has a well-developed infrastructure and the kind of picture postcard white sand beaches that people pay thousands of dollars to access in the Caribbean.

Rabbit Beach, Lampedusa

Lampedusa: possibly the best beach in the world, and no refugees in sight

by Peter Deegan | Summer 2016

Lampedusa should be a popular summer spot for Europeans: it’s close, a one-step flight from most major cities in Europe, with world-class beaches and warm weather, along with great food and coffee all paid in euros. Yet it’s visited almost entirely by Italians (and formerly by refugees) and even many Italian people don’t know it exists.

Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul, South Korea

Beaches, bright lights & border conflict in South Korea

by Simon Buckby | Summer 2016

There is more to South Korea than the high-tech hub of Seoul. Our main reason for coming was to see the DMZ and the heavily-militarised border with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. But first we started with a relaxing time on the beach at the Republic of Korea’s main summer holiday destination for its own citizens.

Wide view of the Mansudae Grand Monument in Pyongyang

A guest of the Kims for 12 days in North Korea

by Simon Buckby | Summer 2016

Like an onion, the layers of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea are too many and too deep for tourists to see what is really going on, especially in the environment of the strictly policed tour that is required to visit the country as a foreigner. But you can pick at the surface, and you will certainly get to know the country as its officials wish to present it to the world, and this is more than sufficiently fascinating to make the accompanying frustrations worth bearing.

Volcano on Réunion Island

Volcano treks & lava caves on the island of Réunion

by David Clutterbuck | Summer 2016

Almost everyone I told I was going to Réunion replied simply: “Where’s that?” In the Indian Ocean, between Madagascar and Mauritius. It has one frequently active volcano and lots of volcanic mountains, which make for spectacular trekking.

Santa Maria beach on Sal island, Cabo Verde

No stress: island hopscotching across Cabo Verde

by Simon Buckby | Spring 2016

First timers to Africa will find Cabo Verde a very easy step to take. Sun, sand, world-class surfing, a little bit of culture, a lot of hiking up volcanoes, but with no need for injections and no threat of violence.

Mosque in Isfahan, Iran

A political tour of Iran

by Roma Hooper | Spring 2016

This was a nine-day journey tracking the changes since the 1979 revolution. We started in Isfahan trying to understand the lives of ordinary Iranians, and Shahr-e Kord visiting businesses to see the impact of sanctions. Then we moved north to Qom, the religious centre. In Tehran, we spent time looking at Iran’s system of government, its media, economy and relations with its neighbours.