Ruth Mahoney

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Maps From Space Show World's Disappearing Forests

Landsat satellite data reveal that nearly three times more forest cover was lost than gained worldwide in the 21st century.<p><b>The view from space puts vanishing forests in a pretty stark light.</b><p><b>Data from satellite images reveal that forest cover losses far outstripped forest regrowth in the first dozen</b> …

Weekend in Valencia: a complete itinerary

There's plenty to sate all appetites in Valencia – it's brimming with culture, has great bars and restaurants and beautiful stretches of beach to soak up the almost year-round rays<p>Valencia might just be the perfect weekend destination: historic centre; a unique arts and science complex; sandy …

New Zealand's most wondrous night-time experiences

From night hikes to cave-rafts to midnight munchies, there’s lots to do in New Zealand when the lights go out...<p>1. Night-hike the Tongariro Crossing<p>The 19km Tongariro Alpine Crossing is frequently touted as the world’s best day walk, thanks to its compact combination of sulphurous lakes, huffing …

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Tropical Paradise-13 Natural Wonders of Southeast Asia

Subterranean rivers, coral reefs flourishing with life, rocky limestone mountains jutting up out of the sea and pink sand beaches: Southeast Asia is …

Win a £10k trip to Kuala Lumpur

<b>Five-star Kuala Lumpur</b><br>Worth £10,000<p>Malaysia Airlines (malaysiaairlines.com) now flies the A380 twice daily between London Heathrow and Kuala Lumpur, and offers five-star service to match. Its signature satay has even been voted the best dish in the skies. The prize is two business-class return …

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5 Can't-Miss Places to Visit in Southern Laos

While I loved everywhere I visited in Southeast Asia, I have a special place in my heart for Southern Laos. One of the least visited areas in the …

The Great White Whale Fight

The Georgia Aquarium wants to import 18 wild-caught Russian beluga whales.<p><b>The Georgia Aquarium is proposing to import 18 white whales, belugas, captured in Russia's Sea of Okhotsk—three to keep for itself, the rest to distribute to five other marine parks.</b><p>This reverses a trend. There have been no …

Mosquitoes temper severity of malaria

In labs around the world, scientists study malaria by injecting rodents with <i>Plasmodium</i>—the parasites that cause the disease. These experiments are necessary but also artificial. In the wild, the needle that spreads malaria isn’t a hypodermic syringe, but a mosquito’s snout.<p>Both delivery routes end …

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Why June is the only time to travel

According to the long term weather forecast, Flaming June is set to become Raining June this year. Time to think about heading south instead, and it you aren’t tied to school vacations, you couldn’t pick a better time to travel. Book a holiday to the Mediterranean this month and you can travel at …

Travel Guides

Best-value destinations in Europe for 2013

Offering some of the world’s most iconic sights, best museums and superb cuisines, Europe is always an attractive and exciting destination, though overpriced hotels, extortionate entry fees and eye-wateringly priced restaurants in many parts of the continent can make travel here feel less than a …

European Travel

Two-for-one lunch deals at 50 pubs in England and Wales

This Saturday, the Guardian has teamed up with Alastair Sawday's to offer readers two for one pub lunches at 50 Sawday's handpicked pubs across …

Top 10 summer pubs: two-for-one lunch deals

The Lion Inn, Winchcombe, Gloucestershire<p>Pushing open the heavy oak door reveals a main bar of exposed brickwork and stripped wood, stunningly …

Aldi's own brand tea beats Harrods to become UK favourite

Aldi’s own label fruit and herb tea, costing £1 for 40 bags, has beaten Harrods £6 version to be crowned best in UK.<p>Despite being six times the price and sold in one of the most exclusive stores in the country, Harrods “Green Tea with Bergamot” was beaten by the “Diplomat Fruit & Herb Tea” …

And on the way to Paradise…

Another international trip<p>Since I’m in the middle of yet another international trip, I thought I would share this video I made on a previous one – …

Airport Wi-Fi charges revealed

Aberdeen, Birmingham, Edinburgh and London City airports each provide air passengers with limitless internet access free of charge – but 21 others, including the country’s five busiest, do not.<p>The study, by the website Airport Parking and Hotels, found that the most expensive hourly charges are …

5 Great Ways to Travel for Free!

One of the greatest benefits of world travel is getting to see how different people around the world live their lives. This article gives you some of …

Spain's Ehic refusal prompts legal action from European Commission

The European Commission is taking legal action against Spain after hospitals refused treatment to British holidaymakers carrying a European health …

Lake Wakatipu in the Late Sun

Hangout with Schoolkids from Thailand<p>I don’t know if you missed this crazy event… but it was a fun one. Their teacher contacted me to see if I wanted …

The perfect trip: Costa Rica

Tucked into the narrow Central American isthmus, Costa Rica may look small, but it conceals mysterious cloud forests, quiet beaches and extraordinary wildlife.<p>Tucked into the narrow Central American isthmus, Costa Rica may look small, but it conceals mysterious cloud forests, quiet beaches and …

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Lack of EU knowledge costs British travellers

British holidaymakers could face unexpected mobile roaming charges because they don’t know which countries are in the European Union.<p>Regulations passed by the European Parliament last year <b>capped the cost of using mobiles abroad</b> – but the rules do not protect travellers outside the EU.<p>According to …

Deeper into Milford Sound

The Free HDR Tutorial<p>Thanks for the continued feedback on the new HDR Tutorial here on the site. I’m reading everything! Also, I’m glad you like that …

Be a frugal traveller, not a cheapskate

Have you and a platonic friend ever tried to convince a hostel owner to let you share a single bed? Have you ever walked more than 20 minutes out of your way to save a few pennies on bottled water? Have you ever stubbornly hitchhiked for hours instead of paying US$2.50 in bus fare, or bragged about …

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Amsterdam attractions: what to see and do in summer

<b>Canals, parks and gardens</b><p><b>The Grachtengordel (Canal Belt)</b><p>Taking a walk along <b>Amsterdam'</b>s canals is one of the city’s greatest pleasures. The streets are bicycle-crazy, but relatively car-free. Most of the inner city dates from the 17th to 19th centuries: low rise, with lines of decorative gable tops. …

China issues civilised behaviour guidelines for tourists

Recent guidelines posted on the central government’s website by the Chinese National Tourism Administration advise on littering, protecting cultural relics and showing courtesy, among other things.<p>“Being a civilized tourist is the obligation of each citizen,” the official convention states, …

Trekking in Nepal: Guerrillas in our midst

We had encountered Maoists in <b>Nepal</b> before. On the Annapurna Circuit Trek in 2003, two men visited our teahouse demanding a “donation” to the revolutionaries’ cause. Extortion by another name, it was a strangely businesslike transaction, with negotiations, payment of 1,000 Nepalese rupees (about …

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