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Video Spotlight: Olympic Torch Relay 2012

  • Paul Tavner
  • 10 June 2012

With just under 50 days until the start of the 2012 Summer Olympics, London – and the rest of the United Kingdom – has begun to warm up in earnest. The Olympic Torch began its journey in its spiritual home of Olympia, Greece, one month ago today, where it was lit in a traditional ceremony at the Temple of Hera. Following a brief tour of Greece, the flame was passed to UK representatives, who escorted it back to the host country.

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How to Find a Great Surfing Holiday

  • Tom Marvin
  • 20 April 2012

If you’ve ever wanted to surf, you have probably imagined yourself carving that perfect wave. The sun is shining, the water is warm, you’re slicing through the water heading toward a sandy beach. If only it were that simple! The truth is that many of us don’t live in a location that has a great surf break. With that in mind, you might decide that a surf holiday is worth a shot!

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Slow Travel Practitioner: A Ski Bum in Fernie, British Columbia

  • Mike Cotton
  • 24 February 2012

Ski bums are fine practitioners of slow travel. They are neither the tourists who pass through for weekend getaways, nor the weathered locals who have seen a lifetime of winters. Somewhere in between, ski bums stop and stay long enough to make temporary lives for themselves in a town. Like Fernie, British Columbia.

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Top Five Rickshaws YOU Can Drive

  • Cynthia Ord
  • 26 September 2011

Imagine if you could tell about actually getting to drive a rickshaw. Yes, today it is possible to get your hands on the steering bar of this ever-popular mode of transport. In which case it’s game over: Your tale would triumph, hands down. Get ready to tell the best stories about your time as a rickshaw pilot, because we’ve found the top five rickshaws that you are actually allowed to drive.

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A New Approach to Public Transport in Barcelona, Spain: Bicing Bicycles!

  • Christian Petzold
  • 19 September 2011

Like many cities all over the world, Barcelona is investing heavily in a public bicycle-sharing system. Called Bicing, it was inaugurated in 2007. Since then, it has won several awards and become an integral part of Barcelona’s public transport. Today’s 6,000 Bicing bikes are used for 100,000 daily trips, which represents a huge savings of carbon dioxide and other emissions what contrasted with that of motorised transport.

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Travel2Change Sustainable Community Projects in Kenya, Peru, Sri Lanka and Brazil

  • Travel2change
  • 16 September 2011

Projects in Kenya, Peru, Sri Lanka and Brazil have been announced as the winners of the first travel2change idea challenge. Over 500 members joined the travel2change online community since its launch in late April 2011, and submitted around 60 innovative project proposals. The submitted ideas were evaluated based on creativity, effectiveness, impact, feasibility and sustainability.

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Photo of the Week: Big Induna Mountain Bike Race, Western Kruger, South Africa

  • Andre and Erna Meintjies (Photo) Jaco Lubbe (Text)
  • 21 August 2011

The annual Big Induna Mountain bike race – hosted in Hazyview, Mpumalanga, on the edge of South Africa’s Kruger National Park – is now over for another year, but has once again left all participants with memories of a life-changing experience. Famous amongst MTB riders, this race take riders through some of the most picturesque and scenic indigenous forests in all of South Africa.

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Cycling in Iceland: Rain, Bright Nights, Stunning Views and Unbeatable Adventures

  • Thomas Marvin
  • 12 August 2011

Back in 2006, my friend Legs and I packed our bags and bikes and headed to Iceland for a six-week pootle round the island. The cycling trip ended up being some of the most amazing six weeks of my life – howling gales that lasted days, thoroughly pot-holed dirt tracks, stunning views and the invention of tuna tikka-massala.

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Extreme Sports: Diving from Great Heights at the Orlando Towers in Soweto, South Africa

  • Sam Goodwin
  • 10 June 2011

At first we waited at the foot of the tower, watching the group before us throw themselves into gravity’s embrace from 100 metres above. This increased the anticipation, and perhaps the apprehension too, but given past experiences and my love of bungee I was desperate to give it my go.

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Rugby in Laos: An Important Community Sport

  • Maggie Dillon
  • 8 June 2011

The French brought rugby to the Lao PDR in the 1960s. In response to burgeoning interest in the sport, in 2001 the Lao Rugby Federation was founded to provide a formal framework for all rugby union activities taking place in the Lao PDR, whether in the context of school, community or domestic and elite international rugby development. Of particular value to the LRF is Champa Ban Rugby, an important coaching and community outreach program.

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