Caitlin Connelly

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Chile’s land of ice-blue lakes

All you need is a sturdy bike, a knack for light packing and a sense of adventure to explore Patagonia before it changes forever.<p>The Carretera Austral could be one of the most spectacular and challenging cycle tours in the world. It is made of endless stretches of empty dirt roads surrounded by …

Hiking

Three days with Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera in Mexico City

From the 1920s to the 1950s, the lovers were Mexico's more shocking version of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, with an artistic output as well known as their tumultuous relationship.<p>It seems appropriate that Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera – a fascinating couple that painted in extraordinary and …

Mexico

Africa’s Salvador Dali dreamscape

In Matopos National Park, surreal balancing rocks, psychedelic reptiles and multicoloured lichen combine to create a scene from another planet.<p>Standing atop the massive granite mound known as World’s View – the centrepiece of Zimbabwe’s Matopos National Park – is an unworldly experience.<p>Surreal, …

National Parks

Doing Amsterdam the Dutch way

From a cycle tour leader to a bartender at a brown cafe, the people behind classic Amsterdam experiences share the lesser-known places that they love, far from the tourist crowds.<p>From a cycle tour leader to a bartender at a brown cafe, the people behind classic Amsterdam experiences share the …

European Travel

Ten must-see events in March

From Las Fallas to Mardi Gras to Nowruz, here are 10 fascinating, festive celebrations taking place around the world this month.

Travel

The world’s most ethical countries: 2014

A new study shows why bringing tourism dollars to destinations like the Bahamas and Chile can be more impactful than Costa Rica or Ghana.<p>What makes the Bahamas a more ethical vacation choice than Costa Rica?<p>That’s the crux of a recent survey about ethical travel, a movement that encourages …

Costa Rica

How safe is your passport?

The mysterious case of missing Flight MH370, and two passengers with masked identities, could spell change for travellers.<p>Even as Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370, which was headed from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, seems to have vanished into thin air, two people listed on the flight manifest remain …

Travel Industry

Downhill skiing – without snow?

Warmer weather in Washington turns the North Cascade mountain range into a lush ski playground.<p>Typically a sport built for white, snow-filled landscapes, a new video is inspiring adventurers to think about skiing along entirely new terrain: the lush forest floor.<p>At first glance, Valhalla, an …

Skiing

The United Nations of mosques

Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque was built to welcome the world – and has an open-door policy that harkens back to the golden age of Islam.

Abu Dhabi

Where sea gypsies settle

Located 60km off the Thai coast, the tiny isolated Surin Islands are home to the Moken, a tribe of former nomads experiencing a shifting way of life.

National Parks

67-Year-Old Kayaker Finishes Transatlantic Crossing

The community of New Smyrna Beach, Florida welcomed Aleksander “Olek” Doba with a salute of gun shots, when he appeared on the horizon in his yellow kayak, <i>OLO</i>. He has now crossed the Atlantic twice, this time on the route between the farthest points situated on the shores of Europe and the United …