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Bermuda

Lose yourself in the enchanting scenery and crystal waters of this historic chain of islands – perfect for relaxation and activity alike

Glasgow helicopter crash: Mourners gather for pilot Captain David Traill's funeral

Friend describes pilot as 'the greatest friend a man could hope for. A steady, loyal brother in arms'

Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj has been nominated for the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award

BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2013: Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj nominated for young sports personality award

Belgium-born Januzaj is joined by Solheim Cup star Charley Hull and 4x100m relay sprinter Dina Asher-Smith among others

In hot water: one of Budapest’s many thermal baths

My life in travel: Alex Zane

'I had no idea there are more than 120 natural springs in Budapest'

A statue of surfing legend Eddie Aikau, Honolulu

Sporting Heroes: Eddie Aikau, the bravest surfer of all

On the Hawaiian island of Oahu, it’s not the widely known sporting icons who are the most revered, but surfer Eddie Aikau.

US trailers with style

The Big Six: Vintage airstreams, nomadic lifestyles, and hammocks

Indigenous people in the Brazilian Amazon will be trained to shoot in a competitive environment

Olympic scouts comb the Amazon for native archers to compete at 2016 Games

Tribespeople given intensive training at Olympic village to become athletes

Burglar stole kayak to row to a better life
in France

A wanted burglar has been jailed after he admitted stealing a kayak and trying to paddle across one of the world’s busiest sea lanes to start a new life in France.

Lifeboat rescued burglar Paul Redford as he tried to escape across Channel on a kayak

He was trying to paddle across one of world's busiest sea lanes to start new life in France

Page 3 Profile: Helen Skelton, television presenter

Why is everyone’s favourite ‘daredevil’ Blue Peter presenter in the news? Has she climbed the Shard or something?

Sarah Outen celebrating her arrival at Adak, Alaska

After months of sharks, storms, and hallucinations, Sarah Outen lands in Alaska after rowing from Japan

Independent blogger completed 4,300 miles in 150 days - including proposing to her girlfriend via satellite telephone

Coastal vote: Noosa Heads in Queensland

My life in travel: Mark Webber

'I remember long days on the beach, with seafood, surf and family time'

Open Jaw: Where readers write back

Slice of the city: Algiers

I visited Algiers and found it a very strange place. Horribly expensive hotels and absolutely nothing to do in the evening (though I see from your article that the local authorities are trying to address the situation) and huge numbers of police with guns milling about at seemingly random checkpoints. Not that they were at all threatening to me, but they did seem to be overly worried for my wellbeing. I'd agree the place shows a lot of promise, but it wasn't quite as idyllic as you pointed out. I'll give it five years and then return to see how things have changed.

Paul

Postcard from...Rome

Saltwater crocodile numbers in Australia have shot up since the species was protected by federal law in 1971

Tourist trapped on Australian island for two weeks after being stalked by monster crocodile

Man was prevented from leaving by the arrival of a 20ft-long crocodile that made its presence felt every time he attempted to to enter the water

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