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Of Chickens and Medicine Men: A Local Remedy in Cebu, Philippines

  • John Paul Maclang
  • 5 May 2011

Not long ago, I visited a local hilot, or medicine man, in Bantayan, Philippines. It all started when a wrong turn on a bike quickly became a leaping, flying dash into a rice paddy. What I had expected to be ‘just’ a tourist trip then offered a few valuable life lessons. There is a moral to this story about the painfully swollen ankle I got: I crashed in a place where doctors and hospitals are rare, and instead found luck and kindness.

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ecoTravel Tips: Do’s and Don’ts, What to Take with You

  • The International Ecotourism Society (TIES)
  • 17 March 2011

A responsible traveller doesn’t hit the road unprepared. There’s planning and followthrough involved. Here’s a simple checklist of ecotravel tips to help you and your hosts get the most out of a mindful journey.

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Cycling in the High Passes of Georgia

  • Ia Kverghelidze
  • 27 January 2011

This unprecedented and challenging trip is led by none other than Jumber Lezhava, a bicycle world traveller, multiple Guinness World Record holder and UNESCO World Sportsman and Citizen. Lezhava has put together an ideal route for visiting cyclists. Time on tough roads is combined with visits to cultural and historic sites, and opportunities to meet the locals in isolated, mountainous villages.

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Photo of the Week: Velo Hora, Chisinau, Moldova

  • Denis Colosov (Photo) Julia Streapco (Text)
  • 16 January 2011

Every year the Velo Hora Festival takes place in Chisinau, Moldova, and is dedicated to World Carfree Day – the 22nd of September. Usually, this festival welcomes about 3,000 cyclists as participants. The Velo Hora ride is typically 20 kilometres long and connects all areas of the city.

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Into the Wilds of Portugal’s Peneda-Gerês National Park

  • Laurel Angrist
  • 3 September 2010

When it comes to great outdoor vacations, one could hardly do better than escaping to the European wilderness areas overseen by PAN Parks. The PAN Parks foundation provides support to 11 parks in Europe, encompassing some of the continent’s most spectacular natural habitats, from mist-shrouded bog lands, thunderous waterfalls and raging rivers to towering snow-capped peaks. One of the most strikingly beautiful and undisturbed of these parks is Peneda-Gerês National Park, which lies in Portugal’s extreme northwest.

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Top Five Picks for Off-Season Hotspots

  • WHL Group
  • 1 September 2010

School is back in session and summer is sadly coming to an end in the northern hemisphere. Luckily many holiday deals are commencing. To help you make a decision about where to go to satisfy any unfulfilled travel cravings, the WHL Group presents here five of its favourite off-season autumn holiday destinations in Antigua & Barbuda, China, Colombia, Lithuania and Tunisia.

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The Tour d’Afrique – A Trans-African Adventure on Two Wheels

  • Brian Hoeniger
  • 13 May 2010

The Tour d’Afrique is an annual transcontinental bicycling odyssey that starts at the pyramids near Cairo, Egypt, in January, and then traverses 10 countries and every kind of road surface imaginable before spinning into Cape Town, South Africa, some four months and 11,800 kilometres later. It attracts nomadic souls and cycling enthusiasts of all ages and abilities, from triathletes to retirees.

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