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In Alpine villages, Hobbits lurk

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With jagged peaks, glacial grottoes and fertile dells of wildflowers, it was Switzerland’s epic landscape – not New Zealand – that inspired JRR Tolkien.
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A city both genius and outrageous

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Brimming with colour and creativity, Recife has launched some of Brazil's most influential artists, writers and musicians.



Cappadocia's twin-peaked shadow

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Climbing Turkey’s Mount Hasan is not just about bagging another summit: it is a journey to the rumbling heart of Neolithic man's fear.
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Bill Murray’s advice on travel and love

The US actor crashed a bachelor party over the weekend – but we’re more excited about the words of wisdom he offered up.
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Living In

Living in... the world’s most affordable cities

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Inexpensive housing, food and transport make these five cities some of the world’s most budget-friendly – but it is their energy and atmosphere that make living there truly priceless.
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The story behind Lisbon’s beauty

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Elaborately-painted Portuguese tiles, called azulejos, fell out of favour in the early 20th Century. But Lisbon today is embracing the art in its murals, museums and metro stations.
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India’s last surviving headhunters

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The hidden highlands of Hainan

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Where Norway meets New Zealand

A glacier-carved land of breathtaking views


The first World Nomad Games

It's like polo, but with a headless goat


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Stunning images from around the world


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In France, new meets old….and weird

Jules Verne's steampunk visions come to life


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