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Castles, croquet and kilts: on the tour bus from China through the photo ops of Britain

10 minutes

Video/Travel

Rail workers battle winter’s worst in this kinetic, Oscar®-nominated classic

8 minutes

Video/History

A day in the life of Auschwitz today is a mix of history, tourism and prayer

7 minutes

Video/Sports & Games

‘Pool to table’: on the leisurely challenge of indoor shrimp fishing in Taiwan

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Essay/Travel

Boldly go!

In thinking about faraway travel, the ability to assess risk falters. It's probably safer than your morning commute

Henry Wismayer

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Right on track

If there is a greater thrill of travelling than the discovery of unfamiliar places, for me it’s getting there by train

Margarita Gokun Silver

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The parlance of pilots

High above London, Tokyo and Cairo, the language of the cockpit is technical, obscure, geeky – and irresistibly romantic

Mark Vanhoenacker

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Video/Subcultures

The Dull Men’s Club: where being extraordinarily ordinary is celebrated

15 minutes

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Video/History

Pyramiden: population 6. The Soviet ghost town frozen in time high in the Arctic

13 minutes

Video/Travel

Beijing via salvaged family photos – ‘an epic portrait of anonymous humanity’

6 minutes

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Essay/Travel

How we lost the Moon

The Moon has always enchanted dreamers, but Apollo is a fading memory and routine lunar travel seems as remote as ever

Brian Clegg

Essay/Travel

The migrant’s tale

Sure it’s progressive to sympathise with young undocumented migrants, but it also locks them into a victimhood narrative

Sarah Menkedick

Essay/Art

A fake of art

Museums display perfect reproductions of fragile works and visitors can’t tell the difference. Is nothing in art sacred?

Noah Charney

Idea/Beauty & Aesthetics

Bucket lists are a good way to ruin the experience of nature

Tom Winterbottom

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Video/Music

A Bach cello piece played atop a mountain is as exhilarating as you’d expect

8 minutes

Essay/History

The call of the road

From bison-hunting tribes on the Great Plains to RV retirees in Arizona, wanderlust runs through all America’s nomads

Richard Grant

Video/Demography & Migration

What can a map of notable births and deaths reveal about the spread of culture?

6 minutes

Video/Poverty & Development

Can a traditional practice still be beautiful when it indicates poverty?

1 minutes

Essay/Memoir

Beyond

A remote island, an Arctic expedition, a one-way trip to Mars – what drives our urge to explore the farthest reaches?

Veronique Greenwood

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Hotel Melancholia

Travel is supposed to make us feel more alive, so why is the hotel room a place of such loneliness and despair?

Suzanne Joinson

Video/Nature & Environment

In central Italy, hunting truffles is a loving partnership between man and dog

5 minutes

Essay/Sports & Games

A higher plane

For centuries, altitude sickness thwarted our attempts to reach sacred heights. What mysterious force repelled us?

Robert Twigger

Video/Nature & Environment

The sensuous pleasures and amusing rituals of soaking in hot springs

5 minutes

Essay/Food & Drink

To tip or not to tip?

Rude in Tokyo, rude not to in New York – tipping mystifies tourists, economists and anthropologists. Should we stop?

Julian Baggini

Essay/Biology

Insectophilia

In Japan, beetles are pets, grasshoppers a delicacy and fireflies are adored. Is the creepy-crawly a Western invention?

Andrea Appleton

Video/Biology

Can a city cockroach cheat fate in this hallucinatory, eat-or-be-eaten jungle?

7 minutes

Essay/Art

The Grand Tour, 2.0

Can today’s travel deliver on the promise of the Grand Tour – or is the idea of edifying travel utterly bankrupt?

Ted Scheinman

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Essay/Poverty & Development

Runner’s high

I went to Kenya to report on the lives of women living in poverty and I was given back the running I thought I’d lost

Shannon Kelley

Essay/Agriculture

What is a dude?

How the strange history of the ‘dude’ helps throw a light on why the West still feels like the real America

Anne Helen Petersen

Essay/Demography & Migration

Searching for home

My connection to place is fluid and complex. In a nomadic world, do we still need a home?

Ruth Behar