Reviews

There’s more to Nepal than trekking

by Peter Deegan | Spring 2017

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

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.


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

by Simon Buckby | Winter 2016

Grand Bassam beach in Cote d'Ivoire

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.


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

by Peter Deegan | Summer 2016

Rabbit Beach, Lampedusa

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.


Beaches, bright lights & border conflict in South Korea

by Simon Buckby | Summer 2016

Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul, South Korea

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.


A guest of the Kims for 12 days in North Korea

by Simon Buckby | Summer 2016

Wide view of the Mansudae Grand Monument in Pyongyang

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.


A political tour of Iran

by Roma Hooper | Spring 2016

Mosque in Isfahan, Iran

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.


Cabo Verde

No stress: island hopscotching across Cabo Verde

by Simon Buckby | Spring 2016

Santa Maria beach on Sal island, Cabo Verde

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.


Cambodia

The basics of Cambodia: genocide & temples

by David Clutterbuck | Winter 2015

Wide view of Angkor Wat in Cambodia

The lesson of Cambodia is about the remarkable depths of human resilience. A little more than 35 years ago, this was a country in ruins. In a four-year riot of mass murder, the psychopathic Pol Pot and his Khmer Rouge army of peasant-tyrants not only devastated the economy, but destroyed every intellectual asset the country had.

Cambodia beyond Angkor Wat

by Camilla Wright | Winter 2014

Photos of S21 prisoners in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

These days, a holiday in Cambodia is a reality for almost 5 million travellers a year. With one of the wonders of the world, Angkor Wat, that’s hardly surprising. And there’s a hell of a lot more to it than the famous temples. Getting off the beaten track you can really see and feel a thousand years of history. And, on top of all that, enjoy some of the most perfect beaches in South-East Asia.


Côte d'Ivoire

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

by Simon Buckby | Winter 2016

Grand Bassam beach in Cote d'Ivoire

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.


Haiti

Haiti during tense presidential elections

by Charlotte Proudman | Autumn 2015

Panoramic view of Port-au-Prince, Haiti

It had been nearly two weeks since the Haitians went to the polling stations to pick their favourite presidential candidate among 54 contenders. It was the day before departure and an email from a Haitian tour operator I had contacted landed in my inbox. The email advised me not to travel to Haiti because of threats to security following protests that can turn violent.

Voodoo, beaches & current affairs in Haiti

by Simon Buckby | Spring 2015

Simon Buckby at the National Museum, Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Empty Caribbean white-sand beaches baked in year-round sun, with rhum sours and lobster dripping in Creole sauce, five star hotels and modern transport that requires virtually no advanced booking, along with deserted first rate heritage sights, all at the home of voodoo.


India

The wonders of Punjab: the Golden Temple & the border ceremony

by Simon Buckby | Winter 2015

Wide view of Golden Palace of Amritsar in India

Surprisingly few foreign tourists make it to Punjab, the small state on the north-west of India neighbouring Pakistan. But those who do witness two very different treasures – the Golden Temple of Amritsar and the border ceremony at Wagah – that are among the greatest attractions in the world, never mind the sub-continent.

The golden triangle of Delhi, Agra & Rajasthan

by Simon Buckby | Winter 2015

Cow in the market at Jaipur, India

On this classic itinerary you will see all the famous palaces, citadels and monuments, have your senses assaulted from all sides, and come away with so many talking-point experiences that you will feel you have at least an introductory insight into this vast and complex country.

Sunsets & spices: eating my way around Kerala

by Tamsin Crimmens | Autumn 2015

Colourful spices in Kerala, India

Small enough to explore on a two week holiday, yet with a diverse landscape of backwaters, beaches, mountains and tea plantations, Kerala is the perfect destination for India newbies keen on sinking their teeth into the Land of Spices.


Iran

A political tour of Iran

by Roma Hooper | Spring 2016

Mosque in Isfahan, Iran

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.


Lampedusa

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

by Peter Deegan | Summer 2016

Rabbit Beach, Lampedusa

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.


Mozambique

I like to spend some time in Mozambique

by Simon Buckby | Summer 2015

An island in the Quirimbas Archipelago in Mozambique

It is 40 years since Bob Dylan wrote his lovely, catchy ditty; 40 years since independence from Portugal; and, as one of my guides put it, “Mozambique is finally starting to grow up”.


Nepal

There’s more to Nepal than trekking

by Peter Deegan | Spring 2017

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

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.


North Korea

A guest of the Kims for 12 days in North Korea

by Simon Buckby | Summer 2016

Wide view of the Mansudae Grand Monument in Pyongyang

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.


Palau

A PADI Divemaster course in the Pacific paradise of Palau

by Estelle McCartney | Winter 2015

Boat POV in Palau

Palau is a scuba diver’s paradise. Unspoiled coral reefs, abundant sharks, mantas and other pelagic life along with countless tropical fish provide a unique underwater experience. On land, the tropical flora and fauna, and the idyllic white-sand beaches of the uninhabited Rock Islands, make it a special – if remote – spot.


Réunion

Volcano treks & lava caves on the island of Réunion

by David Clutterbuck | Summer 2016

Volcano on Réunion Island

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.


Samoa

Volunteering in Samoa

by Jill Rawlins | Summer 2014

Beach in Samoa

There are very few hotels, but they are all attractively designed and beside some of the best beaches in the world. The sea is blue and warm, all year round. There are no ‘nasties’ like snakes or malarial mosquitoes. You can buy fresh coconuts alongside any road and someone will cut a hole and hand you a straw for the unique taste that is never quite the same out of an English supermarket cardboard carton.


South Korea

Beaches, bright lights & border conflict in South Korea

by Simon Buckby | Summer 2016

Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul, South Korea

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.


United States

Mormons & canyons: a road trip through Utah

by Estelle McCartney | Summer 2015

Dead Horse Point, Utah

Utah is best known as the home of the Mormons, whose headquarters are in Salt Lake City in the north, and for its incredible canyons and landscapes, found in the national parks of the south. This combination of weird and wonderful make it a fascinating destination for a classic American road trip and is an alluring destination for keen photographers like me.