George Philips

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Journey to the Center of Snæfellsjökull

One hundred and fifty years ago, in 1864, the French novelist Jules Verne published one of his most ambitious works—<i>Journey to the Center of the Earth</i>.<p>Though Verne was widely regarded in his day for the meticulous scientific research that informed his writing, what he posited in <i>Journey</i> has been …

Mecca: The Sacred City by Ziauddin Sardar review – ‘The pilgrimage is now an adjunct to the retail’

Mecca is the shrine of Islam, with the Ka’bah<i>,</i> a cube of black stone, at its centre. Growing up in Punjab and London in the 1960s, Ziauddin Sardar turned to the Ka’bahnot only when he prayed in its direction five times daily, but also to interrogate himself morally. “There was never a doubt,” he …

The Bagualero Way

#LPChat: your best travel stories and recommendations for 2015

With the recent announcement of our Best in Travel destinations for 2015, we decided it was time to ask our Twitter community for some of their travel recommendations. We asked questions inspired by our Best in Travel regions and were met with hundreds of 140-character nuggets of inspiration. We …

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London Garden Bridge: access denied?

When construction of London’s Garden Bridge was suggested over a year ago, its most vocal supporter Joanna Lumley suggested the Thomas Heatherwick-designed structure would provide a “safe and swift way for the weary commuter to make his way back over the Thames” as well as a tranquil space for …

Best Trips 2015

National Geographic Traveler presents the New Year's must-see places. Whether it’s India’s literary hub or Switzerland’s mountain majesty, these 20 go-now destinations will send you packing.

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Ski hosting cancelled in Italy as prosecutions loom

The ban on ski hosting that brought resentment and controversy to the French Alps has crossed the border into Italy, with major UK tour operators dropping the popular social skiing service this season for fear of prosecution.<p>The informal service, when an employee from a tour operator takes guests …