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In October 2012, Gabe and I travelled to Italy to attend the wedding of our friends Malcolm and Lilli in Ravello, a quaint little town carved into the cliffs of the Amalfi Coast. Lemons, the lifeblood of the nearby Island of Capri, were a recurring theme in the small shops of the town square. Lemons on pottery, on tablecloths and linen, on magnets, straw bags, and bottles of the famed Limoncello. Everywhere… Read More

How would you choose to get around rural China? One elderly pig farmer in Chongqing has become something of a local celebrity for his unconventional method of transport: a hog. No, not a Harley. A real, live hog. Following a bout with bronchitis that left him too weak for long walks, 68-year-old Jiang Chengyou has been riding his three-year-old hog around Huilong village in Dianjiang county. The giant hog weighs over 250 kilograms… Read More

In the age of social connectivity and over-sharing, many of us post our travel plans and inspirations on social media. But there’s something to be said for the old school “stick a pin in it” approach. It’s visual and tactile. Now, with the Cork Globe from SUCK UK, it can be a stylish conversation piece for your home or office. Map your journeys as you go or pinpoint where you’ll travel to… Read More

Cities around the world are haunted by the ghosts of abandoned subway stations. Toronto has Lower Queen, Lower Osgoode and Lower Bay stations, the latter of which has been used for film shoots and glitzy underground-style events. New York has its legends of the Mole People. But if Parisian mayoral candidate Nathalie Koziuscot-Morizet and architects Manal Rachdi and Nicolas Laisné have their way following March elections, the ghost stations of Paris — including… Read More

How do you map your world travels? In a journal, on your blog, via Instagram, or using a ‘Where I’ve been’ app? There’s another way – painful, yes, but also colourful, personal and meaningful. Inspired by a tattoo he noted on a fellow traveller’s back while sitting in a bar in Honduras, backpacker Bill Passman is mapping his travels by colouring in his world map outline tattoo, and sharing the progression on his blog…. Read More