Beyond the Guidebook

Here's how your visit to Laos can have a positive impact.
For centuries, Laos and its neighbours were swept over by shifting dynasties, from Mon and Khmer Kingdoms to the Angkor and Siamese Empires.
Photographer Kees Sprengers captures a moment in time for North West Lao cultures in transition.
A gap year gig turns into a quest to show travellers a hidden side of urban India.
A chance meeting with an Indonesian farmer teaches Shane Barter that everyone has a story.
Perceived to be an accessible climb, summiting Africa's highest peak is still no walk in the park, and most climbing parties rely on porters. Insisting that they are treated fairly is part of the deal.
Fantastic architecture, crazy festivals, spectacular landscapes. Here are a few of our favourite regional highlights. But don't just take our word for it—stay for a while and find some of your own.
Long-standing Spanish tradition or nothing more than animal cruelty? Colin Moore checks out a bullfight in Madrid for a taste of the debate.
Colin Wiseman goes to Ecuador looking for political enlightenment—but finds that teaching kids to paint may be as much as he can handle in one trip.
An experienced hustler in Cuba's capital gets more than she bargained for.
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