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San Miguel de Allende photo gallery

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Puerto Vallarta photo gallery

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The prince and the Great Thar Desert photo gallery

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Getting from place to place photo gallery

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Sign language photo gallery

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Mexico: Yucatan Peninsula photo gallery

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Why travel: To appreciate other cultures

Why travel: To appreciate other cultures

Some travellers define culture narrowly. When I told a colleague that I was going to Latin America again she said she was heading to Europe because she wanted a cultural vacation. Like there is no culture in Latin America? Latin America oozes culture; it’s just that it’s different from her own. Mexico, Guatemala, Ecuador, and Peru are home to three of the greatest civilizations ever: Mayan, Inca, and Aztec. These countries have large indigenous populations. In Peru, half the … Read entire article »

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Finding the beaten path

Finding the beaten path

Many people travel inside a protective bubble, herded from place to place group or staying in an all inclusive hotel and never leaving the property. They may think, “It’s comfortable in this bubble and what lies beyond?” Maybe they’re nervous because they don’t speak the local language, don’t know how they’ll get from place to place. There are many advantages to travelling independently, the first being that your itinerary is yours to shape. You get up when you … Read entire article »

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Why travel: Because it makes you stronger

Why travel: Because it makes you stronger

Travel in places unlike home can be challenging at times so remember the saying: What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. In a letter home from Malaysia I said the three things I hate most in this part of the world are cockroaches, lizards and the heat: “The first two are far too big,” I wrote, “and the latter unbelievable—the kind of heat that melts you in five minutes.” Travellers, of course, love to share their … Read entire article »

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Why travel: Because it makes life more interesting

Why travel: Because it makes life more interesting

When your senses are a little dull from the routines of everyday life, catch a plane and in a matter of hours you’ll be in another world, another culture. You can head to San Cristobal de las Casas in Mexico’s southernmost state and have dinner with Lacandon Indians at a scientific and cultural institute there. Or how about watching the sun set in the Great Thar Desert on the Pakistani-Indian border, an experience I combined … Read entire article »

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Goa, India

Goa, India

Goa is a popular destination in India, with its perfect beaches, sleepy villages, whitewashed churches, great markets, and almost perfect weather from October to February. This former Portuguese colony, located in southwest India, is India’s richest state and quite distinct from the rest of the country. Goa was a hippie paradise in the 60s and today attracts many package tours from Great Britain and Europe with its reputation as a party place. There are beaches geared … Read entire article »

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Puerto Vallarta, resort town on the Mexican Pacific

Puerto Vallarta, resort town on the Mexican Pacific

Puerto Vallarta is a resort town on the Mexican Pacific in the Bahia de Banderas. While it has been transformed from a quaint seaside resort to a world-famous resort city with huge luxury hotels, ‘real’ Puerto Vallarta is very livable and a place where you can stay awhile. It is made up of two very distinct neighborhoods separated by the Rio Cuale—Old Town Vallarta and Zona Romantica. Old Town Vallarta is the traditional downtown and Zona … Read entire article »

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San Miguel de Allende, a great place to stay a while

San Miguel de Allende, a great place to stay a while

San Miguel de Allende is often described as a colonial gem and one that expats and annual visitors would like to keep secret. The town is gringo friendly and students of all ages go there to study art and Spanish. It attracts many American and Canadian retirees with its motto that ‘people retire to Florida to die but to San Miguel to live’. San Miguel lies in the highlands of central Mexico, 275 kilometers northwest of … Read entire article »

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Surviving India

Surviving India

Memorable moments, both good and bad, are just about guaranteed when travelling in India. One of my worst moments was being in the big traffic circle in New Delhi called Connaught Place and unable to get across the street for the traffic is horrendous. I was not keen to use the underground passage because it was filled with beggars and stinking of urine. I was desperate to get out of the circle and find a … Read entire article »

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The prince and the Great Thar Desert

The prince and the Great Thar Desert

I was travelling on my own in Rajasthan—the Land of the Kings—and it was Valentine’s  Day. So when a handsome young man offered to take me to a place where there were no tourists, where, he said, the sand has no footprints, I decided it was just what I needed so off I went. I was in Jaisalmer, a city in India that looks like a giant sandcastle emerging from the desert. I was staying in … Read entire article »

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Special moments on the road

Special moments on the road

When you travel in countries unlike home there will be many special moments and memories of them enrich an ordinary life. Like sitting on the top of a pyramid in the middle of the jungle watching the sun set with zillions of stars lighting up the sky. Sometimes the unexpected can be memorable. Like the sign in a wildlife sanctuary that said: “Elephant zone. Do not park your car. Do not have a picnic.” Or the … Read entire article »

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Female friendly places

Female friendly places

If you are a woman travelling by yourself, try to stay at female-friendly properties. Youth hostels are often a good choice, particularly for younger women; some offer private rooms. Or look for bed-and-breakfast establishments or small locally-owned hotels with communal areas where you can easily meet other guests. All-inclusive resorts can be lonely places for women not interested in partying. It’s easy to have casual chats with others over breakfast or while making a meal in … Read entire article »

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Women travelling on their own

Women travelling on their own

It seems more and more women want to travel internationally and if they can’t find someone to go with them then they’re doing it on their own. I’ve been travelling solo for years and while it’s not always easy I now look forward to doing it at least annually. Many of us travel differently when we’re on our own for we shape the itinerary according to our own interests and not someone else’s. I tend to … Read entire article »

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Giving money on the road

Giving money on the road

Foreign travellers are often struck by the poverty they run up against in developing countries. Even those travelling on a shoestring know that they are comparatively wealthy simply because they have the funds to be out-and-about on the other side of the world.  I was so moved by the poverty I saw in the foothills of Nepal that as soon as I got home I sponsored children in that country through an international foster parent … Read entire article »

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