Beyond the Guidebook

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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Kashmir, located high in the Himalayas where India and Pakistan guard their borders, has been a flash point between the two countries for more than fifty years.
Toilet rolls, poisoned darts and Dead Sea muck: Humanitarian NGO volunteer, Verge correspondent and veteran traveller Mike Fuchigami on his version of international trade.

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Located in the Great Lakes district of East Africa this former British colony has pulled itself from a legacy of brutal military dictatorships, and stands as one of the success stories in the region. 
Tourism in Burma is on the rise and it's not hard to see why—the land is diverse and beautiful and feels undiscovered. But there are serious ethical issues associated with travel to this country.

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There is much confusion regarding the official name of this South-East Asian country: some call it Burma, others Myanmar. So what is the official name of the country? Well, it depends...

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Drugs, Democracy and Violence: A brief history of Burma
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