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Caribbean Getaway: Trinidad or Tobago?

Caribbean Getaway: Trinidad or Tobago?

Tobago is the classic tropical island. With its white sand, palm-fringed beaches it’s a archetypal Caribbean getaway. But what about Trinidad? Mike East makes the case for a traveller looking…

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan: Back in the USSR

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan: Back in the USSR

Johan Smits wanders through Bishkek where he encounters Bolshevik statues, a free election campaign and crafted ales. Before I set off to visit Kyrgyzstan’s quirky capital Bishkek, a former resident…

Biking in DC, Back in History

Biking in DC, Back in History

American cities are built for the motor car with freeways everywhere, so popular culture has it. Sure. But there are more environmentally friendly alternatives, as Mike East discovers when he…

Things to Do in Panama City

Things to Do in Panama City

Many travellers have heard of things to do in Panama City – the canal, casinos, etc – but on his most recent visit, Mike East saw many changes and much…

City Break: Singapore

City Break: Singapore

The ride from Changi International airport always leaves me dazzled. My eyes lap up the tree-lined, functional roads with rows of colourful, manicured flowerbeds serving as a barrier to oncoming…

Less is More in Laos

Less is More in Laos

The more I travel, the more I come to appreciate the beauty of less. It is many years now since the Lonely Planet books helped to achieve precisely the opposite…

East Timor: Discovering A Lost World

East Timor: Discovering A Lost World

Visitors to Pousada Baucau are greeted by pastel pink balustrades, high-ceilinged rooms, and old photos from Portugal’s colonial days. In the breeze and flower-filled hotel restaurant, leather-bound menus announce: Restaurante…