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‘I feel safer on a trail than at the store’: hiking is my escape from sexual harassment

After a terrifying experience with haunt, I resent that Im safer backpacking in the woods than I am in the place I live Before I learned the bite of breaking in brand-new hiking boots or the aching cold that is a tented nighttime in north California, I learned that backpacking- especially as a woman- is dangerous. Everyone said it: aren’t you so worried about being a woman alone in the wilderness? Outside The wilderness is an press charges, one male officer told me, with the caveat that a restraining notice…

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10 of the best off-grid adventures in Europe: readers tips

From islands in Sweden to peaks in Georgia, readers divulge their favourite unspoilt corners Winning tip: Roaming Romania The Fagaras are Romania’s highest mountains and we invested a couple of days hiking them from our base in the beautiful township of Victoria; the open-air sell had everything we needed for the day, and trail markings were excellent. We stood at elanillodepicos.com Adan Profile Readers’ tips competition: send a tip-off for the opportunity to win a PS200 voucher Show Hide Every week we request our readers for recommendations from their travellings.…

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A backpackers guide to Sri Lanka: a one-month itinerary

The crowds head for its Cultural Triangle but Sri Lankas sights also include quieter national parks, hiking trails and beaches. Explore it with our guide on what to see and where to stay Why go? Few countries in Asia can offer such variety in a relatively small area, or are as easily navigable by bus and train or even in your own tuk-tuk. Away from the main sights its easy to escape the crowds: instead of Mirissa, whale watch in quieter Kalpitiya a laid-back destination for kitesurfing and opt for…

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A backpackers guide to Sri Lanka: a one-month itinerary

The crowds head for its Cultural Triangle but Sri Lankas visions also include quieter national park, hiking trails and beaches. Explore it with our guide on what to see and where to stay Why proceed? Few countries in Asia can offer such range in a relatively small area, or are as easily navigable by bus and qualify or even in your own tuk-tuk. Away from the main sights its easy to escape the crowds: instead of Mirissa, whale watch in quieter Kalpitiya a laid-back destination for kitesurfing and opt for…

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10 great botanical gardens around the world: readers tips

From the tropics to the Arctic Circle, these gardens are full of colour, wildlife, scents, and, sometimes, spectacular views and great cafes, too Winning tip: Port Augusta, South Australia The 250-hectare Arid Lands Botanical Garden on the coast in Port Augusta (three hours drive north of Adelaide) made for a wonderful visit. Not only is it free of charge, there is a cafe serving great fresh food and some fantastic Australian wine, too. The gardens are a joy to wander, with plenty of bird life, amphibians and lizards, and ideas…

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