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Tiny countries that pack a big punch

Size isn't everything. Here are ten of the smallest countries in the world. Some of them are rarely visited, except by travellers collecting visa stamps. Most are islands, often far flung. Their wealth varies, from nearly the highest per capita GDP to nearly the lowest, but all still manage to …

Italy's top attractions: taking the 'trap' out of tourist trap

Across the globe, lucky souls are packing for Italy to explore the famed marvels of ancient Rome, find romance along Venice's teal-blue canals – and well-meaning friends are still trying to talk them out of it. 'You're going where? When? But it's a tourist trap!' they gasp.<p>This popular wisdom may …

24 hours in Mumbai

Be prepared to be jostled, hurried and incessantly chatted to as you soak in the trendy yet traditional vibe of Mumbai.<p>24 hours isn't nearly enough time to explore all the highlights of this intoxicating city, but this whistlestop tour will help you catch the flavour of Mumbai: serene mornings by …

Ten of the best food and drink secrets in Europe

With its momentous history, cutting-edge culture, and breathtaking landscapes, Europe comprises an extraordinary wealth of sights, sounds, peoples and parties. But it’s the endlessly varied cuisine that makes us reach for our passports again and again. Whether you’ve been to Europe once or 100 …

Five reasons to visit Rotterdam

Rotterdam is your typical second city. While second cities might often be disregarded in favour of just checking out their popular counterparts (Amsterdam, we’re looking at you), to do so is a travel faux pas. Second cities are generally self-assured – existing for themselves and not just for …

Top 15 travel experiences in Sikkim, India

One of the Himalaya’s best-kept travel secrets, Sikkim is a welcome diversion from all conventional notions of an Indian holiday. Far from Rajasthan’s royal trail, Goa’s beaches and Kerala’s backwaters, this tiny Indian hill state prides itself on pristine alpine forests, lofty snow-capped …

Off the beaten track in Borneo

From steaming jungle to the cloud-capped summit of Mt Kinabalu, Borneo’s natural wonders are undeniable. But the island is no longer the deserted paradise it once was.<p>Package tours and cheap flights from Southeast Asia have placed Borneo firmly on the tourist trail, and solitude is becoming hard to …

How many of you have hiked in Nepal and never knew about this place? Thanks Kristen Zipperer, for your guide to "Gorkha Palace: A good escape from Nepal’s tourist trail": http://bit.ly/18abqVd

What countries have required YOUR "patience" in order to understand them? Marie Lisa Jose writes about how "You need patience to understand India": http://bit.ly/157JUFq

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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: http://bit.ly/18fofgO

Could you climb 14,000 feet? Here's what you need to know to hike a "fourteener": http://www.travelandescape.ca/2013/05/how-to-hike-a-14er/ - Photo by Wake and Wander

Top experiences in Bali: making the most of paradise

Immerse yourself in the colour and sound of a traditional festival, dine on local specialities, snorkel beautiful reefs, watch craftspeople at work, wander through lush rice fields, or just relax and be pampered at a Balinese spa. There's an awful lot to do in paradise and it's not all about the …

Montenegro’s dazzling Adriatic coastline has long been a byword for glitz, glamour and hedonism. But the tiny European nation is more than crowded beaches and mega yachts. Have you ever been to this adventurer's paradise? http://bit.ly/11Yk5pG

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The ultimate guide to shopping in Hong Kong

Everyone knows Hong Kong as a place of neon-lit retail pilgrimage – all international brands worth their logo have outlets here, and they are supplemented by the city’s own retail trailblazers. That said, Hong Kong's reputation as a bargain hunter’s paradise is pretty much a thing of the past.<p>So …

Photographing With Available Light

Photographer Catherine Karnow shares expert tips and advice for using available light with this how-to photo gallery from National Geographic.

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10 Fresh Vegetarian Pasta Dishes for Spring

We've finally reached the tipping point between yearning for the arrival of fresh green things and actually seeing them start to show up in stores. …

Red Wine Marinated Flank Steak with Cherry Tomato Caprese Salsa

Red Wine Marinated Flank Steak with Cherry Tomato Caprese Salsa.<p><i>by</i> Jessica <i>on</i> April 22, 2013 117<p>I wish we could eat this together.<p>It might be the best …

Ten hidden gems of Europe

There’s no place like Paris, Barcelona or Rome - but Europe has untouched corners that match the big hitters on beauty and charm, and with far fewer tourists. Take the road less travelled with these ten hidden gems of Europe.<p>1. Burg Satzvey, Germany<p>Whisper it: this fairytale castle is a short ride …

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Top 10 sustainable travel experiences

Ditch modern civilisation and go wild! (Just be responsible about it.) In this excerpt from <i>Lonely Planet's 1000 Ultimate Experiences</i>, we've got the top 10 feel-good sustainable travel experiences.<p>1. National parks volunteer, USA<p>Fall asleep to a chorus of wolf calls and count bears as your …

Congee (Rice Porridge) with Minced Pork and Crispy Shallots Recipe

<b>Notes:</b> You can also start with cooked rice, adding chicken broth and adjusting the amount of liquid to achieve the desired consistency. Make sure to stir while rice is cooking so it doesn't burn on bottom of pot. When the rice has swelled, I mash it a bit to help it break down. There are many …

Eggs in Bacon Baskets Recipe

Every recipe we publish is tested, tasted, and Serious Eats-approved by our staff. Never miss a recipe again by following @SeriousRecipes on Twitter!<p>Read the Whole Story<p>Ingredients8 eggs8 slices bacon<p>Directions<p><b>1.</b> Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat to 425°F. Place 3 pieces paper towel …

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Balsamic Grilled Baby Carrots | Side dish recipe

<b>Balsamic Grilled Baby Carrots</b> <br>Serves 3 to 4<p>Ingredients: <br>20 baby carrots, cleaned peeled and cut in half, lengthwise <br>3 sprigs thyme <br>2 tablespoons …

Spanish Rice with Chicken, Olives and Chickpea Tomato Sauce Recipe

Every recipe we publish is tested, tasted, and Serious Eats-approved by our staff. Never miss a recipe again by following @SeriousRecipes on Twitter!<p>Read the Whole Story<p>Ingredients6 tablespoons olive oil, divided8 ounces italian sausage, sliced into 1/2-inch thick pieces3 pound whole chicken, …