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William Dalrymple on how living in India has changed him

William Dalrymple on how living in India has changed him

William Dalrymple didn’t set out to become Britain’s leading chronicler of Indian history, but a chance trip to the subcontinent started a lifelong obsession. Thirty years on, he’s still living in Delhi — a city with a “tangible sense of history”.

Pico Iyer on his transformational trip to Tibet

The author and memoirist recounts a powerful journey through Asia that culminated on the high plateau of Lhasa among prostrating pilgrims, in the shadow of the Potala Palace — the former winter palace of the Dalai Lamas. 

Christina Lamb on her career igniting journey to Afghanistan

The chief foreign correspondent at The Sunday Times was just 22 years old when, in the late 1980s, she journeyed up the Grand Trunk Road to Afghanistan — the start of a long and enduring love affair with the country’s colours, flavours and hospitality.  

Levison Wood on walking with elephants in Botswana

Setting out from the Zimbabwe border, the adventurer, author and broadcaster spent a month on the front line of elephant conservation, walking alongside a herd as it followed its annual migration route towards the Okavango Delta.

Ade Adepitan on seeing Africa beyond the headlines

Reflecting on his latest BBC TV series, Africa with Ade Adepitan, the Nigerian-born British TV presenter looks back on his transcontinental journey, from Cape Verde to Somalia — a trip that, as well as showcasing a range of African stories, was in part a personal tale of homecoming.

Kate Bradbury on why Costa Rica should be a blueprint for conservation

Reflecting on a trip to Central America, the TV presenter wonders what the UK would look like if it invested in the natural world as much as Costa Rica does.

Alastair Humphreys on finding great escapes in the UK

Having toured the globe — from camping in the Arctic to cycling through Kyrgyzstan — the adventurer finds that journeys of real significance are also on offer closer to home.

Felicity Aston on the power of polar regions to teach vital conservation lessons

Wonder and science intersect on an expedition to Earth’s frozen poles, says the polar explorer. Each trip offers unique challenges that have the power to teach vital lessons — not just about the human spirit, but about our role in protecting the planet.  

Robert Macfarlane on his love of the UK’s wild places

The prize-winning author remembers holidays in the UK, from Snowdonia and the Scottish Highlands to the outskirts of Cambridge, and reflects on the wild landscapes that have shaped both his work and his life.

Extreme cyclist Emily Chappell on tackling Alaskan peaks in winter

On a transcontinental cycling race, the ultra-endurance athlete and author hadn’t anticipated how much the cold would weaken her. On a frozen highway in Alaska, pedalling between snow drifts, she learnt profound lessons about human endurance. 

Alice Morrison on making a home in Morocco’s High Atlas mountains

Travel has the capacity to change each of us profoundly. Author Alice Morrison remains enthralled to a memory of visiting a small family compound high up in the mountains of Morocco, while training for an ultra marathon.
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Meet the maker: the foraging-focused distiller making small-batch vermouth

James Harrison-Allen is crafting a distinct, small-batch vermouth from the botanicals thriving on the Pembrokeshire coast.
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How to spend a culinary weekend in Cardiff, Wales

From its signature beef pies to vegan dishes and Spanish specialities, the Welsh capital is a dynamic dining destination that never stands still.

Four of the best new cookbooks for autumn 2021

Flavour-filled dishes like pomegranate spiced chicken and bacon tempura feature in these four new cookbooks, hailing from Japan, India, Lebanon and the Mediterranean.

Witnessing the fiery formation of Fagradalsfjall, Iceland's newest volcano

Earlier this year, the world was transfixed by images of Fagradalsfjall, Iceland’s newest volcanic fissure, spewing molten lava and ushering in a fresh wave of tourism.

Family travel: seven of the best Olympic-inspired activities in the UK

Have the Olympics inspired you to get active? Here’s how the whole family can embrace their inner athlete.

Meet the adventurer: Paralympic cyclist Karen Darke on harnessing negative thinking and future expeditions

At the age of 21, Karen suffered a mountaineering accident that left her paralysed from the waist down. Since then, she’s gone on to become a two-time Paralympic medallist and has hand biked, sit-skied and kayaked across every continent.

A culinary guide to Singapore

A melting pot of global cuisines, this city state is home to Michelin-starred restaurants, UNESCO-recognised street food and creative cocktail bars.

10 of the best backcountry adventures in the Deep South

Whether on four wheels, underwater or on horseback, the wild backcountry of the American Deep South has a wealth of outdoor adventures to discover.

The inside guide to Muscle Shoals, Alabama's music capital

Alabama’s music capital birthed the heady combo of Southern soul and R&B, churning out the sounds of the Sixties  — including hits by Aretha Franklin and Willie Nelson. Now it’s returning to the spotlight, attracting a new generation of music enthusiasts.

How to experience life on a working horse ranch in southern Iceland

Saddle up to learn about Iceland’s equine obsession at Torfhús Retreat, offering turf-roofed cabins and private geothermal pools on a working horse ranch, just a short detour from the geological drama of south Iceland’s Golden Circle route.

How to experience the wine harvest in Europe

Wanting to visit a European winery to coincide with the harvest this autumn? Here are six tours we'd recommend.

Photo story: from crop to cup in Colombia's Andean coffee region

In the lush central hills of Colombia lies the Zona Cafetera — or the ‘coffee axis’ — where the majority of the country’s world-renowned coffee beans are grown.

Exploring Iceland's music scene with artist Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir

The lead singer of Icelandic folk/indie band Of Monsters and Men reflects on the country’s prolific creative output, including otherworldly music from the likes of Björk, and recommends the ultimate festival for music-lovers.

Why Manchester is the UK's most exciting cultural hub right now

The Northern powerhouse is stepping into the spotlight with a string of cultural events scheduled for this year and beyond, from immersive exhibitions to reinvigorated venues.

On the trail of civil rights in Louisiana

The Louisiana Civil Rights Trail launched earlier this year to commemorate the places and people that blazed a trail for equal rights in the 20th century. Spokesperson LaDana Williams discusses its highlights for visitors.

Forest flavours: on the hunt for black truffles in Western Australia

Western Australia’s Southern Forests region is home to a bountiful natural larder, including truffles that grow in such abundance they’ve turned the region into the Southern Hemisphere’s truffle capital.

My life in food: Antoni Porowski on Japanese food and his love for Nigella Lawson

The Queer Eye presenter talks about his Polish heritage, his new cookbook and dining in Japan.

Meet the female pitmaster shaking up Georgia's barbecue scene

Meet Georgia’s Amanda Kinsey-Joplin, one of a new wave of female chefs carving out a  name for themselves in the time-honoured, male-dominated world of Southern barbecue.

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