Tapir at La Marina Wildlife Rescue Centre.

Talk to the animals

Everyone wants to see the wildlife in Costa Rica. Jane Mundy gets closer than most.

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Belize, fisherman with catch slung over shoulder.

Survival of the clueless

'Marooned' on a desert island, Graeme Green learns to fend for himself using machetes and plastic bags.

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Pop in ... clockwise from left, The Library resort, Thailand

Season to stay or stray

Winsor Dobbin, Belinda Jackson and Mal Chenu know where foodies, culture mavens and adventurers can go to embrace or escape the cold.

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Panama canal

View with no room

Negotiating the Panama Canal is not for the faint-hearted mariner, writes Louise Goldsbury.

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