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Seamus Mullen: the chef who cured himself of arthritis

New York chef Seamus Mullen, who was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 2007, believes changes to his diet and routine have reversed the effects of a crippling disease<p>Seven years ago the acclaimed New York chef Seamus Mullen, then 33, was trapped in a cycle of waking up in terrible pain, going …

Costa Rica

8 things every woman should try in bed

Some sex tips are for special-occasion sex - for those times when you want to shake things up a little. Whether you feel like your sex life is …

A night out in Rio

As the sun sets over Rio de Janeiro's beaches, the city's sun-kissed <i>cariocas</i> (locals) head home to wash off the sand and prepare for a night out on the town.<p>Rio takes an appropriately laid back approach to after-dark activities – the crowds generally hit the streets around 10pm to sip chilled</i> …

Seven holidays that are cheapest if you book now

From luxury breaks in Tenerife to polar bear excursions in the Arctic, these are the holidays that are best booked now. This article is updated each month with new suggestions and tours.<p>1. Cut-price winter sunshine in St Lucia<p><b>When:</b> November<p><b>Why book now?</b> Look forward to some Caribbean warmth before …

Tired, tetchy, low sex drive? You could have 'adrenal fatigue'

Most doctors don't believe 'adrenal fatigue' even exists. Others say it can affect everything from your sleep to your skin. The good news? It's curable. Plus: four ways for busy people to destress<p>Four years ago, if you’d met me you would have found little out of the ordinary: a woman rushing around …

Wellness

How to have a budget break in Iceland

‘Iceland is too expensive to visit if you’re on a budget’. Along with ‘don’t eat the street food – it will make you ill’<i>,</i> this is one of the great travel myths. And it could lead you to miss out on some amazing experiences.<p>True, Iceland can be eye-wateringly pricey, but with some planning it is …

Scenic day-long hikes: walking in New Zealand

New Zealand may be justifiably famous for its Great Walks and other multi-day hiking trails, but don’t break out the cooking stove and sleeping bag just yet. Much of the same wilderness can be explored on day hikes, which means less gear, less effort, and quite possibly more fun.<p>1. Twilight–Te …

How to survive your first wild camp

Want to tackle your first night out in the wild under canvas? Phoebe Smith – Wanderlust editor and author of new book Wilderness Weekends – offers …

Spicy tomato baked eggs

Vary this dish by flavouring the simple tomato sauce with whatever you have to hand - curry powder, pesto or fresh herbs<p>Ingredients<p>1 tbsp olive oil<br>• 2 …

Ten hidden gems of Europe

There’s no place like Paris, Barcelona or Rome - but Europe has untouched corners that match the big hitters on beauty and charm, and with far fewer tourists. Take the road less travelled with these ten hidden gems of Europe.<p>1. Burg Satzvey, Germany<p>Whisper it: this fairytale castle is a short ride …

European Travel

Peach, tomato and mozzarella salad with basil recipe

Basil is always happy close to tomatoes, but works surprisingly well with peaches too<p><b>SERVES</b><br>4<p><b>INGREDIENTS</b><br>2 large ripe tomatoes<br>2 peaches<br>1 ball of mozzarella<br>A handful of basil leaves<br>A squeeze of lemon juice<br>Extra-virgin olive oil<p><b>METHOD</b><br>Chop the tomatoes and peaches into similar-sized chunks and transfer …

Unspoilt Italy: fall head over heel for Puglia's Salento region

Wild beaches, seriously tempting food and wine, affordable prices – and few tourists – await those who venture to Salento, the sun-kissed south of Puglia at the heel of Italy's boot<p>The tables are filling up fast tonight in Gustavo Braceria. Carmela moves between the groups of diners, greeting them …

Alternative Queenstown

Queenstown in New Zealand is renowned internationally as an adventure tourism hotspot, but there are also less adrenaline-fuelled activities to be enjoyed amid beautiful Central Otago scenery. Once you've secured your collection of souvenir T-shirts and DVDs by bungy jumping, whitewater rafting and …

Delicious destinations: 7 iconic dishes of the world

Cultures and countries are defined by food and many are rightly proud of their culinary heritage. Some dishes are so iconic that they carry the name of their birthplace and, of course, they taste so much better in situ.<p>So if you're a serious global foodie with a checklist you're itching to tick, …

Event-o-Rama: 10 Must-Dos in December

There are some amazing events on tap all over the world, all the time. <b>Here’s a taste of what you can see and do in December:</b><p>Ring in 2014 with thousands of your closest friends for <i>three days</i> at <b>Edinburgh</b>‘s <b>Hogmanay</b> (December 30-January 1). Scotland’s biggest New Year’s party features music, dancing, …

Safety Tips For Solo Travelers

I’ve written a lot about the joys of solo travel. Articles like “Mastering The Art Of Traveling Solo” and “How To Make Friends When Traveling Solo” …

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How To Quit Your Job And Travel

Me in Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico.<p>In April 2012 I was sitting at home on a Saturday afternoon idly researching living in Mexico. I'd been looking to …

Five essential homestays around the world | Travel Feature

Stay with a family in Merzouga, Morocco<p>Waking up in a nomad’s black-wool tent, surrounded by mile upon mile of ochre-coloured sand dunes, the first …

South America

How to choose a South Pacific island

The South Pacific confounds even the savviest map buffs with its splatter of dots spread across the world's biggest ocean. What you can't tell from a map, or even most tourist brochures is that these palm-laden pinpricks are as diverse as the region is vast. While the postcards might look similar, …

Mumbai's Parsi cafe culture

I eat the best creme caramel of my life in 26C heat, with life-sized cutouts of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge smiling down at me from the dining …