CULTURE

Why every traveller to Jordan should do a homestay

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What first springs to mind when you think of Jordan? The ‘lost’ city of Petra? Maybe the Dead Sea? Fair enough – these are classic Jordan travel experiences for good reason. The highlight of my visit to Jordan, however, was something I…

Feynan Ecolodge: Do yourself a favour and stay here in Jordan

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It would be an understatement to say that I was a little bit excited to be staying at Feynan Ecolodge. Nestled in Jordan’s stunning Dana Biosphere Reserve in the nation’s central-west, this idyllic, ultra-sustainable (and completely off-grid!) luxury ecolodge has…

5 of the best: social enterprises in Luang Prabang

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I recently spent a sizeable chunk of time in Luang Prabang, one of my favourite cities in Southeast Asia, to research a guidebook. A 1995 Unesco listing has helped this northern Lao city retain much of its Franco-colonial charm, but…

6 reasons to take that trip to Alaska right now

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To fall back on an overused but oh-so-apt cliché, Alaska really is one of the world’s last great untamed wildernesses. I’ve been lucky enough to visit this vast, gobsmackingly beautiful state twice – the first time on a road-trip through the southeast…

How to travel sustainably in Phuket

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It’s no secret that Phuket is no longer the unspoiled tropical paradise that first started luring international travellers to its shores in the 1970s. Yet thanks to its still-beautiful beaches, choice of good value hotels, excellent food and convenient air links, Thailand’s favourite…