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The Lure of the Open Road: Tom Allen’s ‘Janapar’

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 30 November 2012

‘Janapar’, which is the Armenian word for journey, is the story of Tom Allen’s bicycle travels across three and a half years, 12,000 mapless miles and 32 countries. It is “an honest and life-affirming tale of finding what you’re looking for when you least expect it.” Including love. It is about the lure of the open road: something to live by and to be inspired by.

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Busha Village, a Bright Star on the Tourist Map of Ukraine

  • Natalia Lukianovich
  • 17 October 2012

For a long time I had dreamed of running away from Kiev, but, for many reasons, I was tied to my city life. Then, during one of my annual small trips around Ukraine, I accidentally found the village of Busha. It was then that I knew that I’d soon be living here – and the very next year I began my new life. I have finally found what I was looking for and am eager to share it with visitors, who can stay in my home.

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Photo of the Week: A Gondolier on the Job, Venice, Italy

  • Cecilia Cambero (photo and text)
  • 12 October 2012

This picture, showing a gondolier during a work break, was taken near St. Mark’s Square, one of the main tourist spots in Venice, Italy. Although the area is always bustling, with people rushing around the place, this picture reflects one of those quiet moments that you can only glimpse when wandering a few corners off the beaten path, in Venice and elsewhere in Italy.

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Photo of the Week: Festival in the Meadows, Sekier, Slovakia

  • Michal Torma (photo), Jakub Riziky (text)
  • 14 September 2012

In the meadows of the local eco-community, called Sekier, in the Zaježová valley of central Slovakia, an annual festival of music, local handicrafts and permaculture takes place to entertain as well as educate through discussions and workshops about anything and everything that comes with living in the country.

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Meet Mediterranean Farm Life in North Cyprus

  • Andrea Barden
  • 11 September 2012

Whether you are interested in a full-blown agritourism holiday or would like to experience a few days of the rural Mediterranean in between relaxing on the beach or by the pool, North Cyprus can provide a holiday perfectly suited to your needs. As one of the most untouched destinations in the Mediterranean, North Cyprus has so much to offer, and responsible travel is actively encouraged.

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Can Agritourism Save Small-scale Farming?

  • Cynthia Ord
  • 4 September 2012

For those who are not convinced that a farm tour or farm stay is for them, there’s one side of the story they may not have considered – the supply side. Agritourism brings great benefits to small-scale farmers all over the world. Researchers and policymakers hail this eco-friendly form of tourism as a useful tool for rural development. Here are three ways that agritourism helps small-scale farmers sustain themselves.

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Photo of the Week: Nesting Green Turtle, North Cyprus

  • Andrea Barden (photo and text)
  • 31 August 2012

This green turtle is of one of many green and loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta) that come to nest every year on the beaches all around the coast of North Cyprus. Volunteers came across this stunning female in the early hours of the morning and were able to watch her crawl up the beach, dig out a body pit and egg chamber, lay her eggs and then cover them up with sand using her powerful front flippers.

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The Inside Word… on Gozo, Malta

  • B Susann Kretzschmar
  • 29 August 2012

Through the Inside Word, our local partners – past and present, all travel experts – share their top tips on what to do, what to eat, where to party and where to shop in their neck of the woods. This month, we stroll the idyllic countryside of Gozo, a small and rural sister island of Malta, one third the size of the main island and famous for its pastoral countryside.

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Farmsteads Thrive in Rural Lithuania

  • Kestas Lukoskinas
  • 27 August 2012

There are hundreds of farmsteads for various tastes throughout Lithuania’s five regions and their national parks. Aside from the pleasure of relaxing in nature, such farmstead stays offer many possibilities to experience the traditional way of life in Lithuania, as locals have lived it for centuries. Almost every farmstead or homestead in Lithuania is family-owned and -operated.

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Picking Fresh Figs Through Agritourism in Croatia

  • Gina Douglas
  • 19 August 2012

Through our travel guide in Croatia, we had found this family-owned and -run agritourism farm called Villa Solo. I was about to learn that by staying at an agritourism farm you get past a place’s small talk and first impressions. It envelops you as a local, particularly if you get off the beaten tourist path.

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