Road trip USA: Mississippi

‘Nowhere on Earth is more American than the Mississippi delta’, according to journalist and author Richard Grant, which is why he decided to make it his home. In search of the spirit of the Deep South, he takes us on a road trip exploring the eccentricities of the region, from the lobby of the famous…

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Morocco: walking with Berber nomads

  The nomads were on the edge of the desert, sheltering from the sun in a camel-hair tent. Their dogs barked and snarled as we approached. Camels and mules swung their heads and stared. Men came striding out with curved daggers hanging down their backs and long Berber scarves wrapped around their heads and necks.…

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Banff Mountain Book Competition

BEST BOOK – ADVENTURE TRAVEL By the time you put the book down, you may not want to hit the road with Grant, but you’d certainly like to share a few drinks; the highest praise possible for an adventure travel author. ” Bruce Kirkby Read More

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Tom Wolfe on his new book,Back to Blood

‘Fourteenth floor,’ says the liveried doorman, walking me across the lobby of a grand old Art Deco building on one of Manhattan’s most expensive streets. What’s the apartment number? I ask. ‘Just push 14, you’ll be fine,’ he says, showing me into the wood-panelled lift. Ah, but of course. Tom Wolfe has been picking up…

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A man for all seasons: Escaping New York’s summer heat

New York in August. The hot, greasy air hangs motionless in the Manhattan canyons, ripe with the aromas of rubbish, halal- food carts, dog urine and traffic fumes. Everyone who can afford it has gone somewhere cooler and fresher — the Hamptons, Fire Island, Martha’s Vineyard, Europe. It’s the season of sweltering subway platforms and…

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Lower Omo Valley update

Dramatic news from the Lower Omo Valley in Ethiopia. Lale Labuko, who has been working for years to end the practice of ritual infanticide among the tribes there, has scored a major triumph. In a ceremony in Dus village, the elders of the Kara and Benna tribes announced that the killing of babies and children…

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A man for all seasons: Koh Samui, Thailand

This spacious, restful Koh Samui villa could easily sleep five or six people. I’m sharing it with one big lizard. He was prowling the walls when I arrived, a Tokay gecko about 18in long with a bluish-green body and red spots. The more time we spend together here, the more impressed I am by his…

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Rainy season in Koh Samui

Rainy season in Koh Samui for the Telegraph. This is what I call great weather: monsoons blowing in, rain squalls and storm light, then sunshine. I have been marvelling at electrical cables, attending water buffalo fights, and taking philosophy lessons from an eighteen inch long Tokay gecko who lives in the rafters of this villa.…

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Atlas Mountains

I’m just back from a fantastic trip to the Atlas Mountains in Morocco,set up by an off-beat travel company called Natural High. Me and the owner of the company, Alex Edwards, tagged along with a family of Berber nomads as they made the spring migration from the Sahara up to the summer pastures in the…

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