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  • The best day trips from Reykjavík

    The best day trips from Reykjavík

    September 6th, 2018Rebecca Hallett
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    Icelanders have a motto which visitors should know: þetta reddast – “It’ll all work out.” Hoping to go for a day in the wilds, but the roads are too icy? þetta reddast, there are plenty of other things to do. In the mood for shopping, only to find Reykjavík packed with tourists? Don’t worry, þetta reddast. Not…

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  • The best day-trips from San Francisco

    The best day-trips from San Francisco

    August 15th, 2018Rebecca Hallett
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    The Golden Gate Bridge, rows of colourful Victorian houses, trams chuntering up steep hills: San Francisco is a city full of iconic sights. But it’s worth tearing yourself away from it for a day or so to discover the other Californian treasures on its doorstep. Angel Island State Park A trip to Angel Island State Park…

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  • Exploring Johannesburg: the graffiti capital of Africa

    Exploring Johannesburg: the graffiti capital of Africa

    April 13th, 2018Rebecca Hallett
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    Johannesburg is home to a thriving street art scene. Rebecca Hallett takes a graffiti tour of Maboneng Precinct to discover a different to the city.

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  • A first-timer’s guide to Johannesburg

    A first-timer’s guide to Johannesburg

    November 14th, 2017Rebecca Hallett
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    Cape Town, Kruger National Park, KwaZulu-Natal: South Africa has some big-hitting sights. But a lot of visitors leave the country’s largest city, Johannesburg, off their itineraries. This is a mistake: it’s the best place to learn about South Africa’s past and look to its future. And if you need a break from the city’s size and energy,…

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  • A taste of Tokyo: the city’s best food experiences

    A taste of Tokyo: the city’s best food experiences

    July 21st, 2017Rebecca Hallett
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    If you want to get to the heart of Tokyo's culinary scene, you'll need to go beyond the city's bustling restaurants and best-loved drinking dens. Here's how.

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  • Uncovering Tokyo’s nightlife: a neighbourhood guide

    Uncovering Tokyo’s nightlife: a neighbourhood guide

    June 9th, 2017Rebecca Hallett
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    Until recently, running a club in Japan was a risky business. The fueihō laws, created in 1948, put restrictions on any small venue where patrons had to “actively seek out pleasure” – including dancing. Though usually these laws weren’t enforced, any club or bar owners caught by police letting their patrons bust a move could face…

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  • Mrs all projecting favourable now unpleasing

    Mrs all projecting favourable now unpleasing

    February 16th, 2017Rebecca Hallett
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    Iceland is famous for majestic glaciers and snow-covered houses, for the Northern Lights and blue-lit ice caves. But visit in summer and it can feel like a totally different country. While there are still plenty of icy natural wonders, you can also party with the locals at summer festivals, hike across flower-strewn moorland or soak in hot…

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  • The truth about tribal tourism

    The truth about tribal tourism

    January 31st, 2017Rebecca Hallett
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    Travelling is all about opening your eyes to new places, people and ways of life. But unfortunately, sometimes we’re so eager for an exciting experience that we can’t see the effects of our choices, and it’s all too easy to stop thinking about them once you’re back home. While tourists are increasingly aware of the…

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  • Go it alone: a guide to solo travel for introverts

    Go it alone: a guide to solo travel for introverts

    November 23rd, 2016Rebecca Hallett
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    There’s a common misconception that introverts are antisocial. In fact, being an introvert simply means that you get your energy from being alone – you might love seeing friends and going to parties, but you need to have some time to yourself to recharge your batteries. This can mean solo travel is particularly rewarding for…

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  • What happens when you blend English tradition with Japanese craftsmanship

    What happens when you blend English tradition with Japanese craftsmanship

    October 6th, 2016Rebecca Hallett
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    In a delicious meeting of two worlds, the most English of drinks has been combined with Japanese craftsmanship to create a premium craft gin, KI NO BI (“the beauty of the seasons”). Made with famously pure Fushimi water, the gin uses a rice-spirit base combined with a range of uniquely Japanese flavours – yuzu, sanshō…

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  • Tokyo or Kyoto: where to visit first

    Tokyo or Kyoto: where to visit first

    September 26th, 2016Rebecca Hallett
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    Where first, Tokyo or Kyoto – it should be an easy choice, right? They’re polar opposites, after all: Tokyo is a land of neon and skyscrapers, the archetypal metropolis; Kyoto is full of kimono-clad geisha, temples and tea ceremonies. So just decide whether you want your first glimpse of Japan to be cutting-edge modernity or high-brow…

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  • Sapporo: Japan’s unsung city

    Sapporo: Japan’s unsung city

    September 12th, 2016Rebecca Hallett
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    Japan is a country that lives up to your expectations. Tokyo is as frenetic and exciting as you’d hope; Kyoto is full of historic shrines and temples; Ōsaka is brash, bright and foodie. But the problem with visiting world-famous cities whose reputations precede them is that… well, their reputations have preceded them. If you really want…

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