I was travelling a lot in January and February and have not had chance to upload a few of the articles I have had published recently – so here goes.

If you have a Times subscription you can click through on the link and read these pieces online.

HOW TO HAVE THE SWISS MOUNTAINS ALL TO YOURSELF THE TIMES

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VODKA, SAUNAS AND SNOW IN KYRGYZSTAN THE TIMES

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TOTALLY CHILLED: MY GYM CLASS IN THE ICY BALTIC THE TIMES

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MY HIKE THROUGH THE HILLS IN MADEIRA – WITH A WHITE RUM OR TWO THE TIMES

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THE 10 BEST NO FRILLS FLIGHTS THE MAIL ON SUNDAY

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Just back from a full-on, jet-lagged, amazing week hiking in Sikkim in Northeast India – tucked away between Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan – with a  restful night either way at Glenburn Tea Estate near Darjeeling in West Bengal. Here’s a short video I made and some photos of the trip.

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More chai vicar? Breakfast is served at my first stop near Rinchenpong

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The lodge’s owner’s mother and her grand son

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Buddhist prayer flags

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Monks at the monastery of Sangag Yang-Tse

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A young trainee outside the same monastery

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En route from Rinchenpong towards Hee

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When the sun comes out and the clouds part, awesome views of Kangchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world at 8,586m

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If you’re going to be a cow, be a cow in India

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Ladies on their way to a wedding. They were very friendly and inquisitive. It’s just not the local way to smile in photos

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These people were waiting for an important Buddhist abbot to bless their new monastery

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Remember I said it’s not the local custom to smile in photos in Sikkim?

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More mountain views seen over a field of cardamom

Many thanks to Mahout Travel , Shakti Himalaya and Qatar Airways for helping out.