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Ben Colclough

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How Not to Be an Obnoxious Tourist With an Intrusive Camera

(3) Comments | Posted April 3, 2013 | 7:11 PM

Do you ever take photographs of locals when you travel? Do you ask first or sneak a quick photo before they look? How would you like it if the tables were turned?

Imagine you are in the local neighbourhood café with the kids on a regular Saturday morning. A mini-bus...

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Kilimanjaro: 5 Things They Don't Tell You

(18) Comments | Posted May 26, 2012 | 8:30 AM

Last year, an estimated 25,000 people set out to climb Mt Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain. In so doing, they ate approximately 110,000 snickers bars, drank 70,000 litres of tea, expelled 75 cubic metres of intestinal gas and used 962 kilometres of toilet paper. More significant for the rest...

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The Rise Of The Middle-Aged Backpacker

(7) Comments | Posted November 29, 2011 | 7:35 AM

The common perception of a backpacker is that of a late-teen or early twentysomething, free of life's traditional chains such as mortgages and families, seeing the world while traveling on a shoestring budget. Yet increasingly, if you look at the crowd chilling out in a youth hostel bar or milling...

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Capturing Machu Picchu Mystery And All (PHOTOS)

(8) Comments | Posted October 16, 2011 | 8:35 AM

Whether you reach Machu Picchu on foot, via the iconic Inca Trail trek, or by bus from the gateway town town of Aguas Calientes, it cannot fail to capture your heart.

The ancient citadel, surrounded by mountains, is a magnificent sight, made all the more intrguing by...

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Learning The Lingo: The 5 Hardest Languages To Master

(2) Comments | Posted October 6, 2011 | 6:36 AM

There are about 6,500 different languages in use around the world. Chances are that we'll never even encounter the names of most of these tongues, let alone hear them spoken, yet there is little doubt that as more of us choose to travel to new destinations, a little bit of...

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7 Ultimate Kayaking Trips (VIDEO)

(1) Comments | Posted September 12, 2011 | 12:42 PM

Tourist boards seem to wheel out the kayaking photos whenever they want to promote a place as an aspirational destination, often regardless of the reality on the ground. We've gotten used to the Canadian tourist board touting shots of sea kayaks floating yards from pods of killer whales, but are...

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Don't Feed The Animals!

(2) Comments | Posted August 11, 2011 | 1:41 PM

I don't have any pets myself, but have no problem with people who do. Wild animals live right up my street and I love watching them. Stray animals, on the other hand, do nothing for me. The thought of abandoned animals does tug at the heart strings and I have...

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10 Reasons to Love Ethiopia

(7) Comments | Posted July 18, 2011 | 6:12 PM

It isn't exactly as accessible as Hilton Head Island, or even the Masai Mara for that matter, but Ethiopia deserves travelers' attention.

One caveat: If you rarely venture beyond the Marriot, then this may not be too appealing to you. That being said, those who privilege comfort over experience will...

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Choosing a Safari: Splurge or Save on the Savannah

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2011 | 7:33 AM

There is no doubting the appeal of safaris. There is that unmistakable sense of wilderness and adventure, those wild animals and of course those vast wild landscapes. But in reality, does the experience match the hype?

Over the years, the safari industry has become polarized. You can spend upwards of...

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Walking on top of the world

(1) Comments | Posted June 29, 2011 | 11:05 AM

There is nowhere quite like Ethiopia. The sights and culture should make this a popular destination, yet the country receives few visitors. It isn't an easy country to travel by any means. Hot showers aren't guaranteed, roads are bumpy and the food can be unappealing. On the other hand, the...

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Tipping Point: Porters' Earnings on the Inca Trail

(1) Comments | Posted June 20, 2011 | 5:48 PM

We're all used to tipping for service in the West. It's expected by waiters and service providers and yet it is never demanded, thus giving the tipper the feeling that they are recognising good service, whilst the tippee is motivated to deliver high quality. For the most part, everyone feels...

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On the Fringes of the Masai Mara

(1) Comments | Posted May 23, 2011 | 10:17 AM

The Masai Mara Reserve receives over 200,000 foreign tourists each year, many spending upwards of $400 per person per night to stay in cosseted luxury. It is a stark contrast to the struggles to provide education to the local Masai children.

In traditional Masai society, girls face a tough life....

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Kenya in Pictures

(5) Comments | Posted May 12, 2011 | 12:05 PM

Think of African safaris and the image you dream up will invariably be that of Kenya. A small country, it packs lots in, rolling grasslands dense with game, remote desert, mighty snow-capped mountains, exotic archipelagos and a bustling vibrant culture. It is justly one of the most popular...

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Mount Kenya: 5,000 m, Mice, Buffalo and Evil Eyes

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2011 | 3:42 PM

Mount Kenya is a difficult mountain to get your head round. Rising to 5,199m from the East African plains, when people say they have climbed it, they haven't really. Trekkers can hope only for Point Lenana, a tantalizing 15m short of 5,000m. I can't be the first person to think...

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Mount Kenya -- Is This the Most Beautiful Mountain in Africa?

(1) Comments | Posted April 14, 2011 | 1:44 PM

Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa. That fact alone guarantees its popularity. Yet many who summit talk of it as a bit of a struggle. You don't enjoy the climb, you are just glad to get there. Largely ignored by those same trekkers just a couple of hundred miles...

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The Greatest Adventures On Earth

(11) Comments | Posted February 25, 2011 | 1:30 PM

First up, a disclaimer, I suffer from an addiction to travel and adventure. It only takes a flick through the venerable orange-bound pages of the National Geographic to send me off on daydreams of epic landscapes and wild wilderness. So this post is in essence adventure geekery, an attempt to...

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Sun, Sea, Sand and Dictators

(7) Comments | Posted February 9, 2011 | 4:47 PM

One outcome of the troubles in Egypt and Tunisia has been the fascinating debate on the rights and wrongs of US support for corrupt dictators. But what happens if we apply the same debate to our travel choices? Should we as tourists visit and support the same nations beset by...

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The Great Tourist Rip-Off?

(74) Comments | Posted January 25, 2011 | 5:56 PM

Did you know that Argentina charges Americans a $130 tourist entrance fee or that a day entrance to Petra could cost you up to $127?

I always hate laying out money on entrance fees, but I usually just grin and bear it. After all, if you've traveled halfway around the...

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Why Do We Travel?

(3) Comments | Posted January 7, 2011 | 10:55 AM

Why do we travel? What makes us up sticks, subject ourselves to bleary eyed early mornings, hideous flights and unsettlingly new diets? Why do some choose to flop somewhere hot whilst others subject themselves to privation in little visited inhospitable regions?

For many it is seemingly simple, we have to....

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The Sights and Sounds of Morocco (PHOTOS)

(13) Comments | Posted January 6, 2011 | 6:29 AM

Recently I've noticed a fast growing fascination with the Middle East and North Africa amongst more intrepid travellers. Whether that is because we are so exposed to the region through the news or just that the world is waking up to the incredible sights and sounds on offer it is...

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