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El peligro de parir en México

La cesárea puede salvar vidas pero también las arriesga cuando es innecesaria. En México representa casi la mitad de los partos, rebasando el límite …

The traveller's classic rites of passage

Travel: how was it for you? Did you ‘find yourself’ halfway up a mountain and come down a different person? Did you meet the love of your life in the lower bunk of a hostel dorm? Did you reach a destiny-defining decision in the back of a chicken bus?<p>Perhaps your experiences seem less melodramatic …

Travelers

Chicago's best homegrown junk food

'Junk food' is often used as an insult, but in Chicago it's a celebrated art form. Known the world over for its gorgeous architecture, impressive museums, legendary sports teams, barely tolerable winters and cutting-edge cuisine, The Windy City is also home to some of the best guilty pleasure food …

10 great literary bars in New York City

Booze and books have a natural affinity: both look great on a wooden shelf, both are designed to be consumed, and, for better or worse, writers have tended to gravitate toward certain booze-dens through the years.<p>Here are ten of New York City’s best bars with a literary past and present, ranging …

Why now is a good time to go to Greece

By taking a trip to Greece, booking private accommodation, eating in village tavernas and supporting local businesses in many other ways, tourists obviously provide a much-needed boost to the country’s ailing economy. So what are you waiting for? From island-hopping between locals’ hideouts and the …

First time Jerusalem: top tips for your visit to the Holy City

Sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims, Jerusalem’s Old City is one of the world’s foremost pilgrimage destinations. It’s also one of the most magical – and disputed – places in the Middle East. If the description ‘living history’ truly applies anywhere in the world, it applies here.<p>But the Old …

The Philippines for beginners: 7 first-timer fails to avoid on your trip

The Philippines is a relatively easy travel destination by Southeast Asian standards. English is widely spoken, and the country has an endearing don't-worry-be-happy vibe, soothing for first-time visitors. Alas, volatile weather and natural disasters can mess up trips in a hurry, while a menu of …

On the hipster trail: cool alternatives to once trendy parts of town

Constant change is what makes the world’s best cities worth revisiting. But overexposure and gentrification often mean that the most well-known ‘trendy’ areas of town aren’t so cool by the time you get there.<p>Unless you’re the ultimate hipster or possess insider knowledge, chances are you’ll miss …

Las Vegas

Foodlandia: the perfect weekend in Portland for foodies

Portland welcomes an enthusiasm for food. Long associated with quirky excess – nude bike rides, beard-grooming competitions and backyard chicken coops – this city combines a special brand of do-as-you-please West Coast liberalism with the region's fertile farmland.<p>The evidence is in the numbers. …

Oregon

Hong Kong's most unique dining experiences

Hong Kong’s chefs are a versatile bunch who can move with ease between different culinary traditions, bringing together not only old and new, Chinese and Western, but haute and humble, coffee and tea.<p>Their skills and creativity, and the city’s love of food, have given rise to many one-of-a-kind …

Exploring Drama, northern Greece’s best-kept secret

There’s been lots of drama in Greece lately. But you’ve probably not heard about Drama as a travel destination, given Greece is more famous for its islands or major cities. If you’re looking for somewhere unspoilt and (so far) untouched by tourists, this lush mountainous region tucked away in the …

Athens

Dark side of Kowloon: peninsular Hong Kong by night

Most travellers to Hong Kong gravitate towards the glamour of its main island, yet across Victoria Harbour lies the more heavily populated Kowloon. Nicknamed the ‘dark side’, despite being permanently lit up in a fiery neon glow, Kowloon is restlessly trapped between Western idealism and <i>Da Li</i> (the …

Hong Kong

Visiting Japan's ghost island of Hashima

The small island of Hashima was once bustling with a community of 5000 people, who lived alongside the mines they worked. Abandoned in the 1970s, the island and its buildings had been left to the<p>elements.<p>But calls for its preservation, a cameo role in a Bond movie, and Unesco recognition have all …

Weird and wonderful Korea: unique sights for the temple-fatigued

South Korea knows how to let loose and get wonderfully bonkers. Of course, the country's wealth of captivating temples and museums are well worth visiting.<p>But beyond the zen of temples and earnestness of history museums, a visit to some of Korea's lesser-known sights offers fascinating insight into …

New Zealand's best foodie events

New Zealand’s fresh produce, artisan producers, top-notch wines and a lively craft beer scene make it a mouth-watering destination for discerning foodies. And best of all, it’s easy for visitors to enjoy these at a slew of tempting food, wine and beer festivals that offer a chance to sample …

The world comes to #London. To celebrate the release of the #lptop500 list of sights around the globe, we've got some of the world's best sand sculptors constructing 5 iconic places in the centre of the English capital. If you're in London between now and Saturday pop down to Peter's Hill, nearby to St. Paul's Cathedral (118 in the list). If you're abroad, check out the hashtag #sandyplanet on Twitter for more glimpses of the action! For further info about our definitive list of 500, see the link in our bio. #travel

Where and how to watch sport like a local

There are few better ways into a place’s soul than through its sports teams. Step into the febrile atmosphere of a stadium or arena mid-match and you’ll find usually relaxed locals in a state of agitation or elation, depending on the scoreline.<p>Head to one of these sporting destinations and we …

Boston Red Sox

Feast your way around Sydney's global cuisines

In multicultural Sydney, you can dip your tastebuds in other shores without ever leaving the city. The best dishes here were raised in migrant neighbourhoods where locals won’t put up with flavours less than authentic. Ready your tastebuds for steaming Malaysian pancakes, Korean barbecues, and a …

What to eat in Hong Kong

Tiny Hong Kong is home to some 10,000 restaurants, the majority specialising in Chinese cooking, especially Cantonese dishes. Originally from Guangzhou (Canton), Cantonese cuisine flourished in the former British colony and is known for an almost religious insistence on freshness, an adventurous …

Quirky sleeps: Sweden's top 10 unusual hotels

Sweden’s varied landscape, from the frozen reaches of the north to its vast forests and lakes, combines with cutting-edge design to inspire some unique lodgings. Here's our pick of the country's quirkiest sleeps, taking you underground, underwater, face-to-face with wildlife and beyond.<p><b>Icehotel</b><p>Near …

Where to join Australians this Anzac Day

Australia marks its national day of remembrance – Anzac Day – on April 25. Across the country Australians will be getting together to remember their lost relatives at dawn services in cities and towns. This year is also the 100th anniversary of the ill-fated Gallipoli campaign in Turkey, and there …

Australia

Best free things to do in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is not a cheap place, but with a bit of planning and creativity, you can spend an enjoyable day in the city on very little money. Outdoor spaces, street concerts, galleries and markets abound in this packed metropolis, many open free-of-charge.<p>Local buses and rooftop car parks provide …

Best rainy-day activities in Vancouver

It’s a city where pewter-dark skies can dissolve into relentless rain at any time of year. But when you’re in Vancouver and the deluge hits, you have two choices: retreat to your hotel bed or make like a local and pretend it’s just another liquid sunshine day.<p>For those visitors unprepared for a …

University of British Columbia

48 hours in Jeonju: Korea's foodie capital

Jeonju is one of South Korea's top destinations, though it remains under the radar for international travellers. The largest city in the country's southwest, Jeonju has a vibrant historic district and a fantastic food scene: 'eat once in Jeonju and you'll be spoiled for life', Koreans say.<p>In 2012 …

Lucha libre – an introduction to Mexican wrestling

There’s nothing quite like Friday night fight night at the Arena México. This long-standing venue in central Mexico City is <i>the</i> place to see one of the country’s most raucous and dramatic sporting events, <i>lucha libre</i>.<p>Mexico’s version of professional wrestling (the term literally means free-style …

14 free things to do in Seattle

Over the past few decades, Seattle has changed from a small, relatively ignored Pacific Northwestern city into a bustling metropolis filled with gourmet restaurants, top-quality culture, and a plethora of high-quality, high-end things to do.<p>Unfortunately, with a rising profile come rising prices, …

Bali shopping guide: what to buy and where

Bali's shopping is legendary. Not only are visitors spoiled for choice by the variety of goods on offer, there's also a rich array of shopping venues and styles. From sorting through hand-painted batiks at a local market to purring over designer duds in air-conditioned malls, shopaholics are sure …

Greece with children: top experiences

Greece is one of the best countries in the world for travel with children. Rather than just catering to kids with entertainment parks and special menus, the Greeks will welcome them with true warmth and a natural sense of inclusion in all activities.<p>Expect locals to make a friendly fuss over your …

Souvenirs from Paris: the best gifts to take home

In a city synonymous with iconic sights and world-class shopping, naturally souvenirs abound. You'll find plenty of budget-friendly Eiffel Tower key rings and <i>Paris</i> <i>, je t’aime!</i> t-shirts but thanks to the city’s artistic flair and craftsmanship heritage, you can also find richer pickings on …