Extras

Whether you’re trekking to Machu Picchu or taking in the sun - and football – in Rio, take your pick from these inspirational and useful reads, chosen by Stanfords, the travel information specialists

Romahome comes into its own on the campsite

Romahome R20 Hi

A fun little home from home. Just remember the gas...

The Girl on the Stairs, By Louise Welsh

Berlin becomes the backdrop for another sinister and stylish mystery from a perfectionist.

July 31, 2012: Young spectators watch the men's -81kg and women's 63kg judo competition at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

East best as West End pays price for Games elsewhere

The centre of London has become a ghost town as the world's attention focuses on the Olympics in the capital's rejuvenated East End.

Postcard from...Friuli VG

Few Italians and even fewer foreigners make it to Friuli Venezia Giulia or Friuli VG as its known, the mountainous region north of Venice that borders Austria and Slovenia. But those who do are unlikely to regret it.

Looking up: inside one of the Carré d’étoiles cabins

Trail of the Unexpected: Stargazing in France

The galaxy in all its glory can be enjoyed from the comfort of your bed in a luxurious prefab in central France, says Fiona Sturges.

Man missing in desert for three weeks survived on diet of frogs and roots

An autistic man survived in the desert for three weeks on a diet of frogs and roots, US authorities have said.

Thin Paths, By Julia Blackburn

Julia Blackburn's travel books bring an artist's touch to non-fiction.

<p>1. Falcon mug</p>
<p>falconenamelware.com, £7.99</p>
<p>These are very trendy and on sale in all of the hippest homeware stores, but a sturdy enamle mug is great for tea (or even red wine) when you're away.</p>

The 10 Best camping gear

From jackets and moonchairs to self-inflating maps and head torches

Contemporary Georgian Fiction, Edited and translated by Elizabeth Heighway

I recently attended a presentation about non-Georgians' perceptions of Georgia. Essentially, we're talking copious drinking, banquets, war, hospitality and Stalin. It's probably a fair summation of what most in the UK know, or think they know, about the country. Now Dalkey Archive Press has attempted to widen our perspective, publishing an anthology of contemporary stories by 20 distinguished Georgian writers. Georgians are proud of their literature – but how many writers can you name?

<p>1. Gelert Serenity rucksack</p>
<p>£29, tesco.com</p>
<p>Lightweight and snazzy, the Serenity rucksack is great for casual hikers. It has a 22l capacity, adjustable padded straps and an internal pocket to keep valuables.</p>

The 10 Best summer walking gear

Get kitted out for the summer

The breakfast room at Halford House

B&B And Beyond: Halford House, Gloucestershire

A homely ambience is complemented by hotel-standard style and service at this elegant guesthouse, says Kate Simon

Catch a wave: the beaches along California’s coast are among America’s top surfing spots

My Life in Travel: Anna Calvi

'Travel makes me feel optimistic, like I’m searching for something new’

Because We Care, The Place, London

Dancers Colin Poole and Simon Ellis, who make up the company Colin, Simon & I, spend Because We Care testing each other. They shuffle into each other’s personal space, pushing through rivalries and power struggles. Poole and Ellis focus on the clashes, but don’t develop them.

Austravel has a Sydney & the Great Barrier Reef package for £995pp. It includes Etihad flights from Heathrow via Abu Dhabi to Sydney on 7, 8 or 9 November, four nights at the Cambridge Hotel and five at the Cairns Colonial Club, internal flights included. Austravel.com
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