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Today, the greenback, tomorrow the world

How's your Egyptian? Your Cantonese? Hungarian? The strong Aussie dollar makes many destinations more affordable, beyond the usual haunts in America and Europe.

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Blockbuster views ... Ait Benhaddou on Morocco's Road of 1000 Kasbahs.

Where the kasbahs star

The mud-brick forts of the High Atlas fended off invaders for centuries - until Hollywood came along, writes Lee Atkinson.

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Mint tea and desert haze

On the trail of a pilgrim, Troy Nahumko discovers fresh whitewash and the drift back to a changed Tangier.

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A Berber woman.

The tale of two kasbahs

High in the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, Eithne Nightingale hears the echoes of history in ruined castles.

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Travellers turn to cheap adventures amid downturn

Cheaper airfares are compelling increasing numbers of people to book African safaris, Vietnamese bike tours, and Moroccan desert trips as a way to escape news of the depressed - and depressing - world economy.

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