NATURE & WILDLIFE

5 of the most amazing eco-hotels opening in 2017

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I admit I’m always a little wary of the term ‘eco-hotel’. As there is nothing to stop any ol’ hotel owner from whacking this label on their property – and many do – travellers can easily be duped into supporting…

What every traveller can learn from Tilikum’s passing

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Tilikum, the floppy-finned SeaWorld orca who helped to sway public opinion against keeping killer whales in captivity, died at SeaWorld Orlando on Friday morning. Thought to be about 36 years old, Tilikum had been reportedly experiencing declining health and was receiving…

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…

5 epic places to swim with dolphins in the wild

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Graceful, curious and highly intelligent, dolphins are pretty awesome animals. No wonder swimming alongside one is right up there on many people’s travel bucket lists. Thanks in no small part to the worldwide success of Blackfish (if you haven’t seen…

How to plan a gorilla-spotting trip

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Brought back from the brink of extinction following a catastrophic decline in numbers since the species was classified in 1902, mountain gorillas are one of the world’s rare conservation success stories. Numbering less than 900 in the wild, however, these…

Review: Reefsleep, Great Barrier Reef

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Among the many pleasures of travelling, enjoying a wonderful destination all to yourself is right up there. My prior visits to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef had all been in the company of a hundred-odd other tourists on a big boat,…

Why I’ll never ride an elephant again

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I was rummaging through a storage box the other day when I came across something that made me cringe: a framed photograph of my partner and sitting atop an elephant, grinning for the camera. We were 19-years-old, and on our…