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V!VA Travel Guides creates new phone app


V!VA, the online travel community that won the 2009 Mashable award for Best Mobile Travel Site, has just released its first iPad and iPhone travel app for Ecuador – on sale for just $9.99, with sample chapters available for free. And you can get more food for your travel thoughts buy reading online interview in PC Mag with Viva’s editor-in-chief, check out Viva’s free online content for countries such as Guatemala, or buy value-for-money PDF chapters for others like Colombia or Nicaragua – all soon to be apps in their own right.

The good life in Costa Rica’s blue zone


This time last year my boyfriend and I were sitting on a beach in Costa Rica. It was just coming to the end of the rainy season and subsequently there were still relatively few tourists around. Those that were there were surfers, typically North Americans or Europeans, who had rented a room for six months to take advantage of the cheap long-term ‘green season’ rates, the epic waves and the empty beaches. We were also coming to the end of our own six-month trip, during which I’d been working as a freelance travel writer in Ecuador and Guatemala. And Santa Teresa, on the Nicoya peninsular, was the perfect place to stop, re-group and take it all in.

A modern take on pen pals


Japanese origami peace cranes

When I was 12 I got myself a pen friend, through an old school pen and paper pen pal club. Befitting of my then burgeoning obsession with karate (due to having watched the original Karate Kid) I chose a Japanese girl to befriend.

Travel writing and photography courses in London


Here are three great courses coming up on travel writing and photography in London this
autumn (info brought to you by Travellers’ Tales):

One-day introduction to writing travel articles and guidebooks, with speakers
from Bradt Travel Guides. September 26.

Travel photography for beginners, with the editor of Outdoor Photography
magazine. Choose one day or all weekend. November 13 & 14.

Volcanic eruption in Iceland closes UK airports


All flights in and out of the UK and several other European countries have been suspended as ash from a volcanic eruption in Iceland moves south.

Check out the latest news and videos at:

See some impressive pictures direct from the volcano at: