10 ways to bag a bargain in the Marrakech medina

10 ways to bag a bargain in the Marrakech medina

The medina of Marrakech is renowned for its fabulous artisan products, mystical riads, charming souks, and friendly characters. Marrakech is an ideal destination for shopping, and tourists flock there year-round looking for the perfect souvenirs to take home. The shopping experience, however, can be completely overwhelming with a hustle and...

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24 hours in: Stone Town

24 hours in: Stone Town

The old quarter of Zanzibar city is a charming maze of narrow streets, gorgeous architecture, historic ruins, and spice stores and coffee shops. To make the most of a day in this part of the city, we asked our local Zanzibar tour guides where you should eat, what you should...

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The complete guide to: Marrakech travel

The complete guide to: Marrakech travel

“I would rather starve in Marrakech than be a millionaire in Alberta,” said Juan Goytisolo, one of Spain’s most popular writers. Founded 1,000 years ago by a confederation of Berber tribes, Marrakech is the stuff of Orientalist dreams. With winding souks, stunning mosques and enchanting gardens set amongst the desert,...

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From bean to brew in Tanzania’s coffee fields

From bean to brew in Tanzania’s coffee fields

Not all coffee can be treated equally. The avid caffeine lover knows that the right bean makes all the difference. And high in the hilltops outside the Tanzanian town of Arusha you can find some excellent beans. The village of Tengeru is a filter of green, but its gold appears...

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Can ‘responsible travel’ really help to alleviate poverty?

Can ‘responsible travel’ really help to alleviate poverty?

Earlier this year I wrote about what a great opportunity 2017 presents having the full force of the UN behind the idea of Sustainable Tourism for Development. That article was well received (thanks!) and everyone seemed supportive of the rationale and sentiment. The point of the initial article was about...

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Things to do in: Accra

Things to do in: Accra

Ghana’s capital and largest city is a fascinating place to visit. Whether you go for the food, the friendly people, the history, culture, or a combination thereof, you definitely won’t be bored. If you’re on the hunt for some of the best things to see and do while you’re visiting...

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What it’s like to visit Kisenyi, the largest slum in Kampala

What it’s like to visit Kisenyi, the largest slum in Kampala

Our Kisenyi Slum tour is run in partnership with Slum Aid Project, a local non-profit organisation dedicated to improving living conditions in Uganda. One traveller tells us about her day meeting the community members benefiting from the program. It was hard to digest. Uganda is known as the ‘Pearl of...

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This Kenyan social venture is taking people from slums to sales

This Kenyan social venture is taking people from slums to sales

When you’re walking through the dusty Nairobi slum of Kawangware, the general bustle of the place overwhelms you. But local woman Grace Njeri lives in the neighbourhood and she’s got work to do amid the chaos. She recently signed on as a sales rep for the social enterprise LivelyHoods and...

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The complete guide to: Kumasi travel

The complete guide to: Kumasi travel

The capital of Ghana’s Ashanti region, Kumasi is an intriguing (and chaotic) place to visit, and one that doesn’t always wind up on the average traveller’s radar. But it should. This is the cultural centre of Ghana and also where you’ll find the largest open-air market in West Africa. If...

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The complete guide to: Dahab travel

The complete guide to: Dahab travel

Dahab, meaning “gold” in Arabic, is a laid-back beach town known as a diver’s paradise and the perfect spot to chill out for a few days (or more) without worrying about where you’re going next. The sun-kissed South Sinai town is also a great place to get taste of the...

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