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There by the grace of quad: Cappadocia, plus terror

There by the grace of quad: Cappadocia, plus terror

David Whitley July 23, 2015 Comments Off on There by the grace of quad: Cappadocia, plus terror

On a quad-biking trip in Turkey, David Whitley starts to feel very old indeed.   It’s the hill that marks my passing from youth into middle age. Emre ploughs down it with the exuberant

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When maps lead you astray

When maps lead you astray

David Whitley July 3, 2015 Comments Off on When maps lead you astray

David Whitley looks at those destinations where getting from A to B isn’t as simple as it appears.   If you ever want a definition of “deceptive” then it’s worth taking a look at

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The case of the missing cool

The case of the missing cool

David Whitley June 23, 2015 Comments Off on The case of the missing cool

When luggage goes missing, sanity quickly follows.   It was an uncharacteristic degree of cool. Short of donning a shiny white suit and sauntering through a beach full of beautiful street dancers whilst getting

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Why markets are overrated as tourist attractions

Why markets are overrated as tourist attractions

David Whitley June 7, 2015 Comments Off on Why markets are overrated as tourist attractions

In Guatemala, David Whitley realises that markets aren’t the great cultural insight they’re cracked up to be.   Chichicastenango on a Sunday is chaos, even by the standards of a Guatemalan town, where gridlocked

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Which country has the worst travellers?

Which country has the worst travellers?

David Whitley June 3, 2015 Comments Off on Which country has the worst travellers?

Is there anything worse than the Brits abroad? Well people working in the tourism industry seem to think so…   It only takes a few visions of boozed-up stag parties laying siege to an

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The rules of the road trip

The rules of the road trip

David Whitley May 23, 2015 Comments Off on The rules of the road trip

If you don’t tick off the staples, you’ve not done it properly…   There’s a horrible clunking sound as we go down the hill. It’s that symphony of car bottom scraping against rocks, interspersed

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How I learned to love Yorkshire

How I learned to love Yorkshire

David Whitley May 17, 2015 Comments Off on How I learned to love Yorkshire

After years of ambivalence, I attempted to connect with the county I’ve far too many links to.   Feet, ankles and then shins sink into the moor’s squelchy mud soup, each step an excessive

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The mysterious stubby holder (and other weird souvenirs)

The mysterious stubby holder (and other weird souvenirs)

David Whitley April 23, 2015 Comments Off on The mysterious stubby holder (and other weird souvenirs)

David Whitley finally works out the origin of something odd he picked up on his travels.   The foam beer holder had a photograph of a gurning couple printed on the side of it.

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American stereotypes – and why they’re not always true

American stereotypes – and why they’re not always true

David Whitley April 3, 2015 Comments Off on American stereotypes – and why they’re not always true

David Whitley reckons that the Yanks you meet on the road rarely conform to the mental image many of us have of American travellers.   There is a certain image of a travelling American.

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(Nearly) going to extremes

(Nearly) going to extremes

David Whitley March 23, 2015 Comments Off on (Nearly) going to extremes

If you’re going to market yourself to geography trivia anoraks, at least get it right…   I needed simultaneously restraining and shushing. Foaming rage and a great sense of grievance were coursing through my

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