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Requiring no advertising, Thailand is a trip through sensual paradise. Your travel agent will never be able to exaggerate the wonders and beauty of this Southeast Asian country.

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The tropical paradise of the Maldives, reputedly one of the world’s top dive sites, may be lost in 50 years due to global warming. We recommend that you get there before it’s too late.

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Just before dawn, the mist from the Seine drifts lightly into the city, clinging in shreds to stately bridges and capturing Paris in its famed black-and-white essence. Cobbled streets are calm and empty.

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Years ago, I was climbing Devil’s Tower. The place is frequented by tourists who take pictures and send postcards and scramble about on rocks, because there is something endearing and slightly accidental about a single tower of rock in the middle of Wyoming’s eastern plains. It was late in the day, and someone of less youthful indiscretion would have been concerned that we would later be rappelling 700 feet in the dark. Instead, I was eating a sandwich and watching a minivan slowly circle the parking lot. The minivan didn’t stop. But a passenger held a video camera out the window and cataloged the fluted columns of rock, small children in sandals, and park rangers in creased polyester. 

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Ibiza, the tiny island heaving with more clubs than Tiger Woods, just got busier. Amid the media whirl, this summer promises an explosion of experimental new venues and nights - plus the legendary superclubs and the ubiquitous house/trance. Party har
» Cook Islands: Ready, Steady, Cook 2012-01-19
The bountiful Cook Islands are a taste of paradise. Providing, of course, you avoid Aitutaki?s plummeting coconuts and giant crabs. Neighbouring idyll Atiu is tiny. So small, in fact, that everyone remembers your name - and that?s depite the drinking
» Syria: Road to Damascus 2012-01-11
Beyond the heat and unease lies a Damascus steeped in religion, yes; but also with casual dress, alcohol and a quiet joy.
» Emotional Escapes 2012-01-10
Going on a self-development holiday isn?t an escape - here it?s essential to pack your problems. But, after a few days of shamanic tapping, it?s likely that you?ll leave with less baggage.
» Guyana: Spears of Destiny 2012-01-09
Guyana is the little-known South American locale boasting rainforest that looks a bit like broccoli and golden frogs, as well as the staggering Kaieteur Falls.

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