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Why Do Animals Have Soft White Underbellies?

The phrase “soft white underbelly” describes the anatomy of a broad spectrum of animals ranging from sharks to amphibians to birds and even some …

The 10 best picnic recipes A healthy take on coronation chicken, a savoury stuffed cob loaf, Japanese rice balls and individual apple compote trifles – all washed down with lashings of lemonade, of course http://gu.com/p/3fyd2 All photographs and prop styling: Yuki Sugiura for the Guardian

Island hopping in French Polynesia

With over 100 islands spread throughout five archipelagos, French Polynesia is as varied as it is exotic. Island hopping allows you to see every landscape, from geometric ridges strung with waterfalls on the high islands to flat, desert-like atolls where lagoons far outsize the landmass.<p>Getting …

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The ultimate guide to Galicia

Galicia gives travellers an alternative Spanish experience. With its strong Celtic connections, wild beaches and arguably the best seafood in Europe, this unique region in Spain’s northwest remains largely unexplored by the tourists flocking to Barcelona or the Costa del Sol.<p>While Santiago de …

Ballymaloe food and drink festival 2013: a haven for foodie veterans

It's not every day that you spot such iconic figures as Madhur Jaffrey and Claudia Roden chatting companionably in an audience. Or run into …

Five amazing places to experience another culture

Learning about the culture and customs of other people is one of the great experiences of travel. Explore the planet's diversity with one of these locally owned and authentic tribal encounters.<p>Trekking with the H'mong around Sapa, northern Vietnam<p>Negotiate generations-old mountain tracks and …

Cooking with insects: a minibeast maxifeast - video

Cricket broth, anyone? Or how about wax moth larvae mousse? Ben Reade, head of culinary research at Copenhagen's Nordic Food Lab, works with a team …

Expensive experiences, cheaper alternatives

The world’s most iconic travel experiences don’t usually come cheap – but sometimes there are real alternatives. Here are some ideas for the budget-conscious, and expert advice on whether it’s actually worth paying the price for some of these bucket-list classics.<p><b>1. Orient Express vs InterRail</b> …

Five reasons to wake a traveller at dawn

You snooze, you lose – if you’re a traveller, that is. Set your alarm clock for one of these unforgettable early-morning experiences.<p><b>Morning rush hour at Tsukiji Fish Market, Japan</b><p>Tokyo’s most famous market reaches fever pitch in the early morning. You’ll be deafened as buyers holler for the best …

How to save cash in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is not exactly known for being cheap. The former British colony, perched on the shore of the South China Sea, frequently graces ‘most expensive cities in the world’ lists for its sky-high rents, acres of posh shopping malls, and dazzling displays of wealth (think Rolex shops on every …

The lowdown on low-season travel

Great weather can be a trade-off for high prices and huge crowds in peak tourist season – and to a lesser extent, in increasingly popular shoulder seasons. Before you consider travelling in low season, though, give your expectations a reality check...<p>The down side<p><b>Sights, activities and tours</b> …

In Paris, boutique looks at bargain prices

With an influx of vintage markets and designer outlets, inexpensive retail therapy is plentiful in the home of haute couture.<p>The home of haute couture, Paris is a world shopping capital with enough high-end boutiques to strike fear into the heart of any bank manager. However, inexpensive retail …

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Turkish Airlines overturns lipstick ban

The national carrier announced the ban earlier this month, prompting an outcry by secular Turks concerned that the country was becoming too Islamic.<p>The national carrier had said the use of red or dark pink lipstick and nail polish would impair the "visual integrity" of its staff, adding that …

HSBC is most expensive bank for cash withdrawals abroad

Holidaymakers are being charged up to £12 every time they use an overseas cash machine.<p>Holidaymakers are spending thousands of pounds on banks' transaction fees and conversion charges just to access their own cash when abroad. According to calculations by Norwich & Peterborough Building Society, …

Cool holiday cottages in Shropshire – in pictures

http://www.theguardian.com/travel/gallery/2013/may/10/cool-holiday-cottages-shropshire-in-picutres<p>720<p>Historic, mainly rural Shropshire has an …

The Ramblers blazing new trails

'I'll use a GPS or satnav when my brain packs up. Until then I'm using a map."<p>In a cold village hall in the heart of the New Forest, approval rustles …

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 …

Two Events in Queenstown Today – Google Science Fair Worldwide, and a local talk!

Watch online for the Google Science Fair, Live from Wakatipu High School in Queenstown<p>Well, “today” is confusing in New Zealand. It’s May 8 in NZ and …

A camping condundrum – is a tent still worthwhile?

Every week a Guardian Money reader submits a question, and it's up to you to help him or her out – a selection of the best answers will appear in …

Behind the Scenes in Japan

New Video – Behind the Scenes in Japan<p>Here’s one I just edited together from my trip last week! It shows what happened while I was taking a few …

The China Experiment – Dumping Nikon for Sony

Update – the Transitions is Complete<p>In July of 2013, I decided to switch and stop using DSLRs as my main weapon. To see more, come read “Hello Sony. …

Conman who faked pilot's licence flew British passengers into Gatwick airport

A conman forged a pilot’s licence and medical certificates to obtain a job flying into one of Britain’s major airports.<p>Michael Fay, an American who settled in Alton, Hampshire, spent eight months piloting an Airbus A320, landing repeatedly at Gatwick.<p>The 59-year-old is now being hunted by police …