Corinne McElhinney

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How to eat Indian street food safely

Tucking into street food is one of the joys of travelling in India – here are some tips to help avoid tummy troubles.<p>1. Give yourself a few days to adjust to the local cuisine, especially if you’re not used to spicy food.<p>2. You know the rule about following a crowd – if the locals are avoiding a …

Is it Safe for Women to Travel India?

<i>The issue of women’s safety in India has been in the news frequently lately. Many women have expressed concerns about traveling there, and many more</i> …

“Orange Is the New Black”: The real story of my year in a women’s prison

Can’t wait for “Orange Is the New Black” on Netflix? The book’s author remembers her first days behind bars<p>The next morning I and eight other new arrivals reported for a day-long orientation session, held in the smallest of the TV rooms. Among the group was one of my roommates, a zaftig Dominican …

The truth about female desire: It’s base, animalistic and ravenous

<b>(AleksandarNakic via iStock)</b><p>A new book on women’s sexuality turns everything we think we know on its head<p>Tracy Clark-Flory<p>June 2, 2013 12:30am (UTC)<p>There is a conspiracy theory at the heart of this book. Even to the most casual observer of human history, it isn’t news that women’s sexuality has …

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 …

Expert tips for your first trek to the Indian Himalaya

Yearning to explore the forbidding peaks of the Indian Himalaya, but not sure where to start? These expert tips from a seasoned trekker will help you dodge the newbie mistakes and ensure your journey exceeds expectations.<p>Planning your trip<p>Thorough planning (or lack of it) can make or break a trip, …