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Norway’s amazing hiking cabins

Room with a view: the Rabot Cabin in Norway. Photograph: Svein Arne Brygfjeld Jutting out of the mountain, as stark as the landscape in which it sits, the Rabot Cabin is the latest addition to Norway’s collection of spectacular refuges for hikers. Located in Hemnes, in the north of the country, the contemporary structure, which

Readers travel tips: independent record shops around the world

A shop assistant inside the Stand Out/Minus Zero record shop, Blenheim Crescent London. Photograph: Sarah Lee Contribute to this article GuardianWitness Powered by EE The internet hasn’t quite yet destroyed the joy of passing an hour in a music shop where the staff know their stuff and your fingers get dusty from sifting through records.

Japanese pachinko in pictures

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Pachinko, a game similar to pinball, is a fading national obsession in Japan. The once-booming industry is adopting a softer touch and smoke-free zones to lure a new generation of players Continue reading… Travel | The Guardian Read more: Vietnam travel packages

Dolphin tours cancelled at Mexico travel conference

Tourists pose with dolphins at a Delphinus marine park in Mexico. Photograph: flickr A travel media conference has decided to drop dolphin experiences from its programme following pressure from travel bloggers and wildlife campaigners. The TBEX 2014 conference, which is due to take place in Cancun, Mexico, in September and is attended by travel bloggers,

The UK’s cheapest and most expensive city-break destinations

The city of Sheffield is the UK’s cheapest destination for a city break according to TripAdvisor. Photograph: Ian Dagnall/Alamy A city break in Edinburgh could cost you almost twice as much as the equivalent stay in Sheffield, according to an annual cost comparison study released today by TripAdvisor. Taking in the average prices of all

Top 10 photography locations in the Lake District

Geese on Derwentwater Photograph: Stuart Holmes These are my current top 10 photo locations in the Lakes, but ask me next week and the list may well have changed. This is because, first, we are spoiled around here for amazing views, and second – and more importantly – it’s not necessarily the killer views that

Hikers cafes in the UK: readers tips

The Old Station cafe at Tintern, on a riverside footpath heading to Brockweir. Photograph: Alamy Winning tip: The Old Station, Monmouthshire This charming tea room is situated in an old Victorian railway waiting room. It is situated on the banks of the River Wye with stunning views across the Wye Valley. It serves local produce

Travel tips: Monti Sibillini National Park, plus deals of the week

Call of the wild: Castelluccio in Monti Sibillini National Park. Photograph: Alamy Take me there: Monti Sibillini National Park Why go?Straddling the provinces of Le Marche and Umbria, the Sibillini mountains are among the most beautiful in Italy. Evocative place names summon the magic of this wilderness, once believed to be a haunt of witches

Looking for the perfect log cabin? Try Montana

I knew precisely what I wanted, had known it since I was about six years old when building dens in the Cumbrian countryside. First of all, it should be remote. I don’t want to hear about pizza delivery or a helpful neighbour. In fact no neighbours or visitors are needed at all, and no tarmac,

Kent pubs and the new micro wave

Ales of the Unexpected, Westbrook, Kent You will find them in former dog grooming parlours, bakeries, butcher shops: tiny little hostelries have been springing up all across eastern Kent. These “micropubs” adhere to a few simple rules – no lager, no jukebox, no TV – and are almost all housed in spaces no larger than