My travel photo addiction is out of control – here’s how I’m trying to beat it

Travellers have grown increasingly obsessed with documenting their trips It’s my worst addiction. More pernicious than my attachment to caffeine, TV as background noise or squalid post-gym binges with a monster pack of Kettle Chips. My impulse to document every aspect of a holiday with my camera phone has become all-consuming. And my ability to enjoy travel in the moment is under threat. On a recent trip to Colombia, I realised how bad things had got. I was out in the country’s hot, isolated plains with a small group of…

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UPSC 2016 results declared: Have realised my dream, says topper Nandini KR

Nandini KR of Karnataka’s Kolar who topped the Union Public Service Commission’s civil services examination for 2016, is a civil engineering graduate from MS Ramaiah Institute of Technology in Bangalore. “This is a very happy moment for me, I have realised my dream,” Nandini told news agency ANI. In her last attempt, she had made the grade for the Indian Revenue Service (IRS). “It is like a dream come true. I always wanted to be an IAS officer,” she told PTI from the National Academy of Customs, Excise and Narcotics…

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An insider’s guide to Bucharest: manele music and pastry-scented metro stops

From radical feminism to songs about student dorms, no pants subway rides to breweries in fancy hotels. Expect the unexpected, as Andreea Campeanu shows us her Bucharest Two girls taking a selfie in Herastrau Park, Bucharest. Photograph: Andreea Campeanu Cities is supported by: In five words Merdenele pastry* scented underground stations *(pastry filled with cheese or meet) Sound of the city Street musicians are always a pleasant surprise – you can meet them in underpasses, on the metro, on tiny streets or sprawling boulevards. These performers – from lonely singers…

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Crossing Asia on my bike, I met countless others out to see the world on a bicycle

From drinking tea with yak herders to battling through the mountains, exploring the world on a bicycle is an adventure like no other – and the best way of meeting the world on its own terms Cyclist Emily Chappel at a Chinese petrol station. Photograph: Emily Chappell A new grant, launched by well-known adventurer Tom Allen last week, aims to get young people exploring the world – but with a bicycle and a map, rather than a bus pass and a guidebook. And I’m not surprised. If you ask me,…

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‘My favourite beach in the world’ – readers’ tips

Take a punta on that … a ‘secluded slice of paradise’ in the Gandoca-Manzanillo wildlife refuge, Costa Rica. Photograph: Alamy Winning tip: Punta Uva, Costa Rica Just a winding road away from vibrant Caribbean-infused Puerto Viejo is theGandoca-Manzanillo wildlife refuge, a haven for free-range iguanas, sedentary sloths, all manner of feathered, scaled and furry creatures – and a few lucky human visitors. Explosions of vegetation burst with beneficial botanical properties; the Refuge is a tropical garden of Eden. Follow a trail through the towering bamboo canes, skirt around zig-zagging trails…

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