The Americas

Calakmul Hotel, Mexico

By Sharron Livingston, May 27, 2014

There was no snooze button when the howler monkeys began their early morning howl. It was an unrelenting crack-of-dawn wake-up call. But in any case the light was already filtering in through the screens and mosquito netting that are the cabana walls. That’s how it goes in the jungle.

The cabanas are simple, with a ceiling fan, surprisingly comfy beds and an ensuite shower.

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Mexico: Apocalypto now!

By Sharron Livingston, January 17, 2014

Mel Gibson has a way with cinematic experiences that talk to our most base sentiments. His film Apocalypto (2006) is testament to this.

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Las Vegas: How to enjoy a disappearing act in Sin City

By Mark Silver, November 27, 2013

I haven’t the foggiest how he did it. The audience gasped as a classic convertible suddenly appeared on stage from nowhere. The world’s greatest illusionist then sat in the driver’s seat and gave a wave.

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Peru: Heading for the hills

By Anthea Gerrie, November 27, 2013

A gift from the Jews!” declares my tour guide, pointing out the white Jesus extending his arms over Cuzco in the manner of its more famous neighbour in Rio.

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The Carribean: Land of rum and sugar

By Judith Baker, April 26, 2013

The ferry docks in the tiny port of Charlestown on the Caribbean island of Nevis and a noisy flurry of meeting and greeting, unloading and unpacking takes place. We have completed the short journey from sister island St Kitts to explore the historical richness of Nevis, named by Columbus when he first sailed past its shores in 1493.

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Chicago, my kind of town

By Andy Mossack, December 13, 2012

Not many people would think of Chicago as a holiday destination. Many see it as a stop-off to somewhere else, since it is one end of Route 66 and a major hub for United Airlines.

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Canyon Fodder in Arizona, USA

By Andy Mossack, October 30, 2012

This was right up there, dare I say it, with the day I was married and the births of my two children. The glorious red sandstone canyons of Sedona (most famous being the Grand Canyon) are breathtaking any time of the day, but when you’re hurtling through them in a helicopter with no doors and just a single strap between you and fresh air, boy do they take on a whole different dimension.

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An idyllic Caribbean getaway in any season

By Andy Mossack, February 9, 2012

June and July in St Kitts may be high summer, but it is low season as far as the tourism industry is concerned.

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Welcome to the jungle

By Robin Mead, November 3, 2011

I loved being at sea. Not having to pack and unpack made me feel settled.

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Denver: Join the mile-high club

By Sharron Livingston, October 11, 2011

The mile-high city of Denver, famed for the Dynasty TV series (remember those padded shoulders and over-the-top fashion the women wore?). It's not just a place to land before heading on to the Interstate 70 Highway to Vail, Aspen or Crested Butte ski resorts.

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