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Who is guilty of this? Why traveling with a Canadian flag patch as an American is lame:

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In Hong Kong, souvenirs worth saving

Instead of purchasing a mass-produced, fake designer handbag or ubiquitous Chinese teapot, return home with a one-of-a-kind piece of history.<p>Next time you’re in Hong Kong, forget coming home with a mass-produced, fake designer handbag or ubiquitous Chinese teapot. There is a new, more authentic …

Journey to Canada’s secret sunshine coast

Accessible only by boat or seaplane, the British Columbia paradise is where old growth forests collide with sandy beaches and razor-tipped mountains meet the wild Pacific waters.<p>Located just northwest of Vancouver, the 180km-long Sunshine Coast is picture-perfect Canada with an island-like …

British Columbia

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This is the REAL reason to turn off your electronic devices during takeoff and landing

IF YOU’VE EVER wondered why you need to turn off your electronic devices on takeoff and landing — and don’t buy the interference excuse — maybe …


Feeling cramped from your last road trip? Alyssa Writes provides you with an illustrated guide to get fit on the road. Car yoga: 8 seated yoga positions for your next road trip ➤

Mini guide to activities in Wales

Get active in all corners of Wales, from mountain biking in the forest to exploring sea coves by kayak.<p>Wales’s varied terrain lends itself to a whole host of activities, from the relaxing to the rather more vigorous. And whether you get on your bike, horse or surfboard, you are guaranteed a …

National Parks

Stretching just a little more than 30km from north to south, the German island of Sylt has a laidback beach culture and pristine coastline that makes it a prime spot for a relaxing getaway:

U.N. Urges Eating Insects; 8 Popular Bugs to Try

From beetles to stinkbugs, people in dozens of countries eat insects.<p><b>Ants are sweet, nutty little insects, aren't they?</b><p><b>I'm not talking about their personalities, but how they taste. Stinkbugs have an apple flavor, and red agave worms are spicy. A bite of tree worm apparently brings pork rinds to</b> …

Giant's Causeway in Ireland. Photo by Stephen Emerson:

The latest travel scams – and how to avoid them

Have you ever arrived at a hotel to discover that the 'sea view' room you fell head over heels for online doesn't actually exist? Or examined a restaurant bill only to find it includes items that you never ordered?<p>It's easy to become too paranoid while travelling and turn everyone you meet into an …

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Last week, Facebook reader Gustavo Saraiva asked for tips on some of the most romantic spots in Florence. Here’s how you responded:

Rooftop dining and dancing in Paris

On 30 May, an evening of innovative food and contemporary music, hosted by the most modern of French restaurant guides.<p>On 30 May, cult Paris restaurant guide, Le Fooding, will host Veillée Foodstock, a food and music evening showcasing the most exciting and in-the-know aspects of Paris’ culinary …

Mini guide to eating in San Francisco

With specialities ranging from Far East fusion cuisine to hearty organic comfort food, California’s City by the Bay takes notes from all culinary corners.<p>You will need to build up an appetite to visit San Francisco: it has more restaurants per capita than any other US city, covering every possible …

Daunted by the precarious trip up to the viewpoint above Brunei's rainforest, it’s no surprise that a full third of travellers turn back at the last minute. But for those adventurous enough to brave the gently swaying scaffolding, a truly spectacular view awaits:

The perfect trip: Costa Rica

Tucked into the narrow Central American isthmus, Costa Rica may look small, but it conceals mysterious cloud forests, quiet beaches and extraordinary wildlife.<p>Tucked into the narrow Central American isthmus, Costa Rica may look small, but it conceals mysterious cloud forests, quiet beaches and …

Central America

Burma’s cuisine is influenced by its neighbours, but the end result is its own. Most dishes come with dozens of side dishes to enhance texture, spice and flavour. Discover what it’s like to experience this unique cuisine:

Barcelona, Milan, Paris: these destinations are on every traveller’s must-see list. But venture just a few hours away and you’ll find lesser-known gems dotting the landscape. From a French castle that houses a collection of European masterpieces to a city with two cathedrals, here are three under-explored day trips from top European cities:

The 20 best beer towns in America:

Last week, BBC Travel Facebook reader Andy Graf asked, "Off to Delhi in December for a short work trip. What can be done and seen in the area with time limits (three days free)?" Check out what our travel community said:

The Best New Architecture

Design’s Big Night<p>From ‘snow architecture’ in Austria to a Chinese theater that resembles a butterfly, see recipients of the 2013 Architizer A+ …

The 2 types of study abroad, and how to score the ‘right’ one

I recently studied abroad in Barcelona for two full semesters. I would highly recommend going abroad anywhere for the full year rather than just a …

College & University

Love, war and the Philly cheesesteak

Follow the iconic sandwich’s trail through immigrant neighbourhoods and historic alleyways to uncover Philadelphia’s rich past and proud culture.<p>To get to the heart of Philadelphia, you have to go through its stomach. Enter the Philadelphia cheesesteak: a venerable Philly tradition of thinly sliced …

Family Business

A guidebook author’s top 10 for Belize

Tough question; Belize has some lovely beaches and offshore islands. My top two favorites are South Water Caye (on the Pelican Beach Resort side), …

A bucket list must! -- The Waitomo Glow Caves in New Zealand. Photographer unknown