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  • Guidebooks have mastered the where and when of what’s happening around the world, says Tomaso Biancardi, an editor at Italian publisher Iperborea, but not necessarily the why. As “passionate travelers,” he says, he and his colleagues are interested in seeing the sights, but also in the political and social contexts surrounding them. With that impulse...

  • Customers will take far more control of their travel experience in the 2020s, according to a 2020 Trends report released this week by Travelport, a leading technology company serving the global travel industry. Through independent research with thousands of global travellers – including 500 in South Africa – hundreds of travel professionals and interviews with leaders of some of the world’s biggest travel brands, Travelport uncovered the...

  • Top 10 political travel books

    Revolutionary … a contemporary artist’s impression of Celia Fiennes on one of her side-saddle journeys All travel is political. You can’t set foot outside the house without encountering other people, which inevitably prompts consideration of their lives in comparison to yours. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell clarifies the process by dividing it...

  • The 20 best gadgets of 2019

    Sound and vision: Bose Frames sunglasses. Suki Dhanda/The Observer; assistant and model Preeti Bhambri 1. Wearable tech Bose Frames (£199.95) There’s more than meets the eye to these generic-seeming glasses. The Bose Frames contain a small pair of hidden speakers and sensors on their arms. In addition to music listening, you can use them to receive calls...