Journalist, editor and broadcaster

Writer on travel, current affairs and the arts for the Independent, Financial Times, Guardian, BuzzFeed,, the BBC and GOV.UK

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Force of nature: discovering the Azores

Simon Busch on a region of Portugal – in the middle of the Atlantic – where the islanders dwell in dormant volcanoes, the pineapples are the sweetest on the planet and locals in the capital are fashioning their own hyper-creative downtown before your very eyes

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6 things Istanbul does better than anywhere else

Simon Busch on fresh-fish burgers on the banks of the Bosphorus, one very old cistern and a heavenly dessert...

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Tbilisi: What to do on a weekend break to Georgia's capital

This under-the-radar Caucasus jewel just got more accessible, says Simon Busch – here's how to make the most of every minute there

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Tbilisi opens up

Adventure beckons in Georgia's capital, says Simon Busch

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North Cyprus: The Med's last unspoiled paradise?

Simon Busch explores one of the few places in the Mediterranean to remain fairly untouched by rampant tourism… so far

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When time stood still in Northern Cyprus

Simon Busch visited Varosha in northern Cyprus which, thanks ironically to the contentious Turkish invasion, has retained its charm

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BBC World Service - From Our Own Correspondent

Simon Busch revels in the retro travel oddness of the internationally unrecognised "Turkish Republic" of Northern Cyprus

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The essence of Essaouira

Simon Busch explores a surprising corner of Morocco...

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Cuba of the Med

Northern Cyprus has amazing beaches, ruins and scenery, but its uncertain political status means tourists have tended to favour the south. With reunification and development on the cards, now's the time to go, says Simon Busch

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Possibly the world's most impressive paper plane -

Possibly the world's most impressive paper plane - ...

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Prehistoric murals of Altamira revealed to a lucky few -

Prehistoric murals of Altamira revealed to a lucky ...

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18 most annoying things that people do on planes

From 'squatting' in the overhead bin to 'feet nudism' and those things babies do, Simon Busch surveys the worst inflight misbehaviour

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London beats Paris as top tourist city. Really? -

London beats Paris as top tourist city. Really? - C...

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Sweden's incredible ice orchestra -

Sweden's incredible ice orchestra -

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The Viggo Mortensen Guide To What Not To Do In A Spa

Modern cinema has taught us pretty much everything we know, but can it inform our spa behaviour for the better? Simon Busch deliberates the silver screen’s sharp-edged influence on spa-goers in his latest column