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Rail adventure in North Wales – full steam ahead

The hills are alive in North Wales with the cranky rhythm of chugging wheels and the whistle of coal powered trains as a stream of steam is funnelled out through their chimney.Rail
Follow the Jane Austen trail across Britain

t’s the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death and Britain is celebrating. Even the Bank of England has produced a new £10 notewhich features a portrait of this most proli
Austin Travel Guide

These days Austin is big not only in Texas, but across the world. Thanks to the establishment of major cultural events and festivals—like South by Southwest and the Austin City
Iceland is preparing for its hottest tourist season yet

Iceland is so hot right now. Well, maybe not literally. The chilly European destination, which is not actually covered in ice as the name would lead you to believe (that would be G
Top 10 places to see in Puglia, Italy

Part of the charm of Puglia, Southern Italy’s rising star, is its slow approach to everyday life. Centuries old farmland are hemmed by a superb sun-bleached sandy coast and trave
Why your next holiday should be in Nicaragua

But these days tales of contra rebels from Bianca Jagger’s homeland are being replaced by tales of undeniable natural beauty of its lakes, volcanoes (out of the 26, six are still
Norway: Exploring Oslo’s art scene

Norway’s Oslo is one of Europe’s most beautiful capital cities: its natural surroundings of rolling hills and mountains, verdant islands and the sea, give this 1000 year-old c
How to see Uganda’s mountain gorillas

It’s not every day that a gorilla is let loose on London’s Trafalgar Square. But then visitors to the square last month soon realised that all was not as it seemed. Although
Exploring the highlights of Japan: from busy Tokyo to the majestic Fuji

Japan is cherry blossom, and Japan is Hello Kitty. It’s neon signs, sushi, and it’s Sony, Nikon, and Nintendo. But beyond the brands and stereotypes which Japan exports, you wi
Hyde Park Barracks Museum

Convict architect Francis Greenway designed this squarish, decorously Georgian structure (1819) as convict quarters. Fifty thousand men and boys sentenced to transportation passe
Unforgettable road trips on Australia’s East Coast

Australia’s East Coast offers plenty to get excited about for road-tripping explorers. Along sun-bleached blacktop, you’ll find picture-perfect beaches, hip cities, lush rainfo
Trekking the Fann Mountains in Tajikistan

here is a place where the mountains stretch up to touch the sky, turquoise lakes shimmer like jewels against a dusty backdrop, and — so they say — Bucephalus, the horse of Alex