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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

I'm A Celebrity: Nadine Dorries munches her way through camel toe and ostrich anus

Suspended Tory MP Nadine Dorries got her teeth into life in the jungle by chomping on a camel's toe and an ostrich's anus in her latest stomach-churning challenge on I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here.

Postcard from... Berlin

Berlin's famous Brandenburg Gate has now been in the capital's daily news for over a month. The reason is one of the longest protest demonstrations ever to be held in front of the landmark monument and it is still going on.

The man who skis all day

Fabrics cut from a different cloth

There's no need for more texts to prove just how close David Cameron was to Rebekah Brooks

Text messages are meant for the moment - they're not historical documents

Scilly residents angry as local helicopter service to mainland closes

The curtain will today fall on five decades of a helicopter service linking the Cornish mainland with Scilly as the final commercial flight with British International Helicopters (BIH) leaves the islands.

Mark Leftly: Floodgates soon to open on insurance prices

Outlook Images of seawater bursting through New York subway defences and Manhattan Islanders fleeing their homes in search of dry land will hopefully serve as a wake-up call to one of the great follies of this Government. Hurricane Sandy is a horrific, unique event, but flooding is not, particularly if you live in areas like Hull, Tyne and Wear or Tewkesbury. Not if you own one of the 200,000 homes that are considered highly at risk of being washed out as the weather grows increasingly volatile.

The Occupy protest camp at St Paul’s Cathedral

Top Bank of England director admits Occupy movement had a point

Andrew Haldane praises ‘loud and persuasive’ protesters who succeeded because ‘they are right’

Government's 3p-a-litre rise in fuel duty could cost 35,000 jobs campaigners say

The Government’s 3p-a-litre rise on fuel duty could lead to 35,000 job losses in the New Year and stall economic growth, campaigners warned today. 

Adriatic appeal: Podgorica, Montenegro

Open Jaw: Where readers write back

Big in 2013: Montenegro

On the lookout: Dividing the two Koreas is an 18km partition, the world's most fortified border

Where to go in 2013: South Korea

Why go in 2013? To enjoy the Great Outdoors

Rugged beauty: A glacial lake at 2,000m above sea level in Prokletije National Park

Where to go in 2013: Montenegro

Why go in 2013? Taming a wild beauty

A Madagascan woman walks through baobab trees

Where to go in 2013: Madagascar

Why go in 2013? A world of wild wonders

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<p>Go for a leafy ramble in this ancient woodland, close to London, and see berries ripening and leaves browning.</p>

The 10 Best leafy walks

Late October is the perfect time to see Britain’s woods and forests in their autumnal glory – here are 10 top routes

The 10 Best torches

Shine a light on the autumn gloom – whether you’re hiking, camping or cycling – with these top torches

Five-minute memoir: Tupelo Hassman on the surprise healing power of a pocket shrine

I'm going to Georgia for a wedding, but when I land in Atlanta, I'll take a 12-hour detour through Tennessee for a last look at my father's home. This isn't your typical visit to the ancestral home; Pop only lived here briefly. Plus, it doesn't fall into the usual category of 'home', unless you are a Hassman, or someone like us.

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