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Street art in Montreal.

Three outstanding reasons to visit Canada during the summer of 2017

There’s lots going on in Canada this summer. Notably, throughout 2017, as part of the country’s 150th birthday celebrations, Parks Canada Discovery Passes provide free access to national parks. Ottawa, Canada’s capital city, will host celebrations to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the act of union that’s widely regarded […]

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Travel Writing

Solange Hando

Inside Travel Writing: an interview with Solange Hando

Travel writer Solange Hando writes for a range of print and online media outlets. The People’s Friend, Woman’s Own and Living France are just three of many publications that have carried Solange’s work. The author of Be a Travel Writer, Live Your Dreams, Sell Your Features: Travel Writing Step By […]

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Travel Writing

Christine Osborne. Photo  © Christine Osborne.

Inside Travel Writing: An interview with Christine Osborne

Christine Osborne is a travel writer and photographer who has become known for her expertise in religion. Her latest book Among Believers explores the world’s major religions. Stuart Forster put questions to Christine, to find out more about her work and way of going about it. What kind of travel […]

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Experiences

The Viking Mekong cruise ship on the River Mekong.

The Magnificent Mekong — a river cruise to remember

Zipping along in a cyclo rickshaw on the roads of Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital, and viewing ancient Khmer sculptures at Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm counted among the many highlights of my first ever cruise. The Magnificent Mekong river cruise, by Viking River Cruises, offered detailed insights into the culture […]

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Online

Irresponsible use of resources and litter disposal has global impact.

The curious case of the molehill and the litterbug

Tolerance is all well and good in society but Britain has a problem. It’s rubbish. Literally. I believe the nation should crack down on littering and do more to punish litterbugs. Says Stuart Forster in this comment piece for Manned Up. Is littering a growing problem or am I just […]

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Places, Travel

De Stijl inspired light cube at The Hague, the Netherlands.

Piet Mondrian and Bart van der Leck: Inventing a new art

Throughout 2017 art museums around the Netherlands, including the Gemeente Museum in The Hague, are celebrating a century since the advent of the influential De Stijl art and design movement. A major exhibition, Piet Mondrian and Bart van der Leck: Inventing a new art, was declared open by King Willem-Alexander […]

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Places

A train climbs a mountainside over Interlaken, Switzerland.

7 super reasons for a summer visit to Interlaken and Switzerland’s Jungfrau Region

The Swiss town of Interlaken is located between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. It’s a popular holiday destination and the gateway into the Bernese Alps via the Jungfrau Railway. Here are seven reasons why Interlaken and its Alpine hinterland are worth a visit: 1. Spectacular snow-capped mountain scenery The Alpine […]

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Travel Writing

Mike Gerrard on a boat in the Cognac region of France.

Inside Travel Writing: An interview with Mike Gerrard

Travel writer Mike Gerrard takes time out from his busy writing schedule to answer questions posed by Stuart Forster. What kind of travel related niche do you specialise in and what drew you to it? ​I began by specialising in Greece, simply because I’d been there loads of times on […]

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Travel Writing

Murray Stewart at the 2017 British Guild of Travel Writers' AGM in Reims, France.

Inside Travel Writing: An interview with Murray Stewart

Murray Stewart is the travel writer behind Bradt Guide’s 2016 publication The Basque Country and Navarre. Here, Stuart Forster puts questions Murray, who answers with wit and insightfulness. What kind of travel related niche do you specialise in? I couldn’t say that I have established a niche, being still relatively […]

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Travel Writing

Duncan JD Smith before the ruined village of Vathia in the Mani, Greece

Inside Travel Writing: An interview with Duncan J.D. Smith

We start MannedUp.com’s series of features on travel writing and blogging with an interview. The acclaimed author, Duncan J.D. Smith, answers questions put to him by Stuart Forster. What kind of travel related niche do you specialise in and what drew you to it? Since 2003, when I relocated to […]

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