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Geisha at the tea party

Kyoto: a fascinating base from which to explore Japan

Destination: Kyoto

Japan is one of the most expensive countries in the world but with a few tips on saving money under your belt, you can still experience all the amazing culture on offer without breaking the bank

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The bright red Riesenrad in Prater Park

Have a whirl around Vienna's architectural sights

by Lucy C

Destination: Vienna

Take a walk around the streets of Vienna combining flamboyant architecture with modern art and lively cafés. You might even bump into Mozart!

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Cable Car views

Langkawi - a budget-friendly jewel in the sea off Malaysia

Destination: Langkawi

Eagle spotting, Cable-car riding and beach lounging on a backpacker's budget in Malaysia's Langkawi

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The old US embassy

A train journey to Tehran - the heart of Persia

Destination: Tehran

Iran may seem like an unusual travel destination, but taking the Trans-Asia Express from Istanbul to Tehran gives a real sense of travelling to a different world

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A typical house in Ko Kred

Ko Kred: a car-free island in Bangkok

Destination: Bangkok

Beyond the thronging streets of Bangkok lies an island where cars are forbidden and the skyline is no higher than a palm tree. Ko Kred is the perfect remedy when the bustling city becomes too much

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Gran Plaza, Tikal

Tikal, Guatemala - a two day trip from Belize

Destination: Tikal National Park

Venture deep into the jungle, where monkeys clamber over ruined temples, and prepare to unleash your inner Mowgli on a magical adventure into the heart of the Mayan empire

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Circular Quay from the bridge

A Pom's Guide to Sydney

Destination: Sydney

Vivacious and vain, breezy and blithe, posing around its shimmering harbour. Sydney is a sun-kissed show-off with a whimsical grin

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Church Point

A wilderness escape from Sydney

Destination: Hawkesbury Valley

Join me as I leave the city’s bright lights behind and head to the dramatic Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, and one of Sydney's most beautiful, and most remote, hostels

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Tenax

Nightlife in Florence: how to have a good night out

Destination: Florence

It may be small, but Florence has enough going on after dark to keep most visitors on the lookout for night-time entertainment happy: just don’t make comparisons with the club scene back home.

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Taybeh beer

Bethlehem: a warm welcome in the birthplace of Christ

Destination: Bethlehem

Bethlehem is best known as the setting for the Christmas story, but this ancient city is also home to modern, vibrant culture, great (and ethical) shopping and good food

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