News March 1974: Hiroo Onoda (2nd left) walking from the jungle where he had hidden since World War II. Onoda has died at the age of 91

Second Lt. Onoda, who finally surrendered in 1974, has died at the age of 91

There's No Escape

When the first `Lonely Planet' guide was published 26 years ago, travelling was a very different story. Andrew Stalbow on how the trail became a trial

Guide is Rough and so is holiday

ADMITTEDLY THE guidebook Joel Emond read was called The Rough Guide to China. But little did the teenage backpacker think that a walk around a lake would end with him being held prisoner for a month by one of the toughest security forces in the world.

Letter: Good hostel guide

Letter: Good hostel guide

'Austere' youth hostels lose out as backpackers choose to take it easy

AUSTERE, OLD-fashioned youth hostels are facing competition from a new breed of more relaxed establishments which are pulling in the classic hostel customer.

Law: And to you I bequeath my warped sense of humour

After Band Aid came Will Aid in 1988, the legal profession's own attempt to help people improve their financial situation after death. And there's life in it yet.

YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED BY OUR PANEL OF TRAVEL EXPERTS

How to keep Toby safe from rabies

Travel Long Haul: Five go wild in the Indian Ocean

Colossal spiders, rollercoaster boat rides, fish of every shade and size - Nicholas Schoon was transfixed by Zanzibar's poor relation

Rock: Australian sparkling whine

LEONARDO'S BRIDE

The Secret Of My Success: Peter Gordon

NEW ZEALANDER Peter Gordon is head chef at the Sugar Club, Time Out's Best Modern British Restaurant of the Year in 1996

Travel: Safari on a frayed shoestring

Who needs air-conditioned luxury when you can see the best of South Africa from a battered truck?

Kidnap gang leader caught in Cambodia

A FORMER Khmer Rouge guerrilla suspected of being responsible for the killings of three young Western tourists in 1994 has been arrested after being lured to Cambodia's capital by police.

Travel: Global Myths - No 22

Another story from the travellers' grapevine

Travel: Brochure of the week

With their luminous packs, backpackers seem to be taking over the world and the agencies specialising in independent travel have probably profited most from this. I've found two brochures specialising in the ultimate in international drifting: the round-the-world trip.

Letter: Never too old

Sir: In her article about turning fifty (28 May) Bel Mooney bemoans the fact that she will never now backpack around India. I celebrate my 50th birthday in five week, and am doing just that: together with a friend who passes the same milestone in the same month I am backpacking round India this summer. Our route will cover over 2,000 miles from the deserts of Rajahstan to the beaches of Kerala. Pack your rucksack Bel - it's not too late to join us!

A message: please ring Jim Haynes in Paris on 00 331 4327 1767

WOULD ANYONE out there like to meet an American called Jim Haynes? I am talking about the Jim Haynes who lives in Atelier A-2, at 83 Rue de la Tombe Issoire in Paris (post code 75014), and whose telephone number is 00 331 4327 1767.
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