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6 | World in pictures Sumatra, the Himalaya and one very relaxed leopard... caught on lens 12 | Shortcuts A planet’s worth of travel news 14 | Gonow! Four great spring breaks: from wolves in Poland to Russian all-nighters 16 | 10thingstodoforfreein... Helsinki – top tips to stretch your Finnish finances 18 | HilaryBradttalks... on why cruises aren’t as cringey as you think...

From the road

29 | Snapshots Your views from around the world to turn us green with envy 30 | Letters etc... Emails, blogs, photos and chat from readers around the world. This issue: going to Burma, gone to Burma and come back from Vietnam 34 | Just Back From… Artistic Latvia, glacial New Zealand, northern lights-free Iceland and the wild United States

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20 | Gorilla-watching,Uganda TV presenter and naturalist Mark Carwardine has seen a lot of wildlife – here’s why meeting great apes is up there with the best 36 | Israel Last issue Matthew Teller explored Palestine; this issue he ventures the other side of the wall... 46 | TravelIcon:Antarctica Dive under, camp on, ski across... as ever more adventurous options become available we help you plan your trip to the White Continent

76 | 25tripsforunder£250 We threw down the year’s biggest travel challenge (and some money) and you accepted with aplomb. Find out how – and, more importantly, where – our 25 travel-hardened readers spent our cash

114 | BritishEscape:coastalWales The massive Wels h Coast Path – covering the whole of Wales – has just opened. David Atkinson tests out its most interesting corner


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