Death Valley, California. Hotter than Hades

Death Valley National Park is all about extremes, in more ways than one

Death Valley, California. Hotter than HadesSans reservation, we arrived at Furnace Creek Campground, 268 feet below sea level. The park ranger informed us unequivocally that the campground was FULL. ‘You’ll have to turn around.’ Feigning a U-turn, I drove in - and immediately found a vacant, primo spot. I sauntered back to the entrance booth and slapped down my 22…

Flea markets a great introduction to local culture

You can have lots of fun at flea markets around the world while learning something about that country's culture at the same time

One of the world's largest flea markets is in San Jose, California. It has more than 2,000 booths and sprawls over 40 acres. In all, 12.8 km (eight miles) of booth-lined walkways with arts, crafts, jewellery, antiques and junk! Lots of junk. The old saying "One man's trash is another man's treasure" tells you something…

Urban sweat lodge latest Hollywood health craze

PLUS: A three-day raft, bike, hike Moab sampler; plus G Adventures sets sail along Sri Lanka’s east coast

Urban sweat lodge latest Hollywood health crazeLeave it the ever-creative and health-and-relaxation-seeking La La Landers to come up with a kind of wacky way to get your fitness glow on. The Shape House has set up its hot and happening “urban sweat lodge” in West Hollywood (there are also outlets in New York and Los Angeles) for the sweltering 55-minute experience…