I shake the stump of a local man who has lost his forearm, and enter a courtyard packed with American armaments.
Elspeth allows a chronic compulsion to travel to rule her life. The road keeps her mind open to other ways of living and fresh ways of seeing and makes her take risks. To quote her hero, writer and activist Gloria Steinem, “more reliably than anything else on earth, the road will force you to live in the present”. Writing about travel feels as instinctive as that innate desire to be on the move.
With attentive staff, generous meals, an impressive spa and comfy, affordable rooms.
Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam's most populous and one of south-east Asia's fastest-growing cities.
The problem with zipping from country to country, city to city, by plane is that you miss a whole lot in between.
From great food, beaches and world heritage to fine tailoring, ceramics and a peaceful vibe.
Handling a few hours of discomfort can be good for the soul.
Seeing what is around you involves much more than just opening your eyes.
Built in 2002 as part of Switzerland's sixth national exposition, Hotel Palafitte is an epic crowd-pleaser.
In the pristine alpine landscape surrounding New Zealand's Aoraki Mount Cook.
Rare birds, spinning boats and glow worms are three of many great reasons to stop by NZ's South Island.
These iron pathways allow even the most novice explorers to access mountaineering terrain.
Travelling Italy's ancient road and pilgrim route from France to Rome.
They may be small in size but these quirky tiny towns are big on welcomes.
Cake, schnapps, snow and scenery - there's no better way to hike the Swiss Alps.
Locals would like you to join them in these much-loved spaces.