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I Heart My City: Jessica’s Barcelona

Travel and lifestyle writer <b>Jessica Benavides Canepa</b> has been living in Barcelona for two years, but is going to be spending the next year of her life traveling around China and writing about her experiences. To bid <i>adéu siau</i> to the city she’s come to love, she sent Intelligent Travel her top picks …

I Heart My City: Jasmine’s Mumbai

Born-and-bred Mumbaikar <b>Jasmine Desai</b> is a technology journalist — and, like the subject she covers, her city is constantly changing. Though she’s the first to admit it’s not the “relatively quiet place” it once was, there’s a method to the madness…if you know what to look for. “No place is as …

I Heart My City: Tranh Ha’s Hanoi

Twenty-five-year-old Hanoi native <b>Tranh Ha Nguyen</b> began to realize what she loved about her hometown after spending time abroad in Japan. “Hanoi is so youthful and animated,” she says. Now working as a translator, Thanh Ha spends her free time showing visiting friends around the Vietnamese capital. …

I Heart My City: Tim’s Havana

<b>Tim Weed</b> may live in Vermont, but his heart belongs to Havana. Having led students and adults on trips to the island nation of Cuba for more than a decade, Tim has come to feel at home in its dynamic capital city. In addition to helping establish our Student Expeditions program, the award-winning …

The Best of South Africa: Family Style

South Africa has received its fair share of ink in recent years due to Nelson Mandela’s health, the Oscar Pistorius murder case, and the 2010 World Cup. It’s also grabbed the attention of more and more travelers, making what’s happening there that much more newsworthy.<p>As a result of the increase in …

Ten of the world’s toughest bike rides

Cycling’s toughest competitors will line up their bikes in the Corsican town of Porto-Vecchio on 29 June for the centenary edition of the Tour de France. Three weeks of extreme climbs and lightning-fast time trials await. So if their exploits leave you feeling inspired, why not try one of these …