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4 | AUDLEY TRAVELLER | |What's new & opening up worldwideescaperoutesSince the end of Sri Lanka's civil war in 2009, the east and north of the country have slowly been opening to visitors. Although facilities are still basic, the northern city of Jaffna is now easily accessible, with frequent flights to Colombo and ever improving road connections to other parts of the island.In October we explored the area and found a very different side of Sri Lanka. Jaffna has many Portuguese and Dutch relics and, as the population is mainly Tamil, there is a strong Indian connection and fine Hindu architecture. Soon this will be an established tourist destination, so visit soon to avoid the crowds and see it before it changes. For info, contact our Sri Lanka specialists on 01993 838 335.Jaffna back on the mapSri Lanka's north and east is opening up - so be among the first to visit> new hotspot | AUDLEY TRAVELLER | 5Escape routesAustralians aren't just passionate about sport, they're completely obsessed with it. And 2013 is a good time to witness this, as the country hosts a wealth of sporting events to get the pulse racing. The eagerly anticipated British and Irish Lions rugby tour to Australia in June and July sees fixtures in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Then the Aussie Rules final series kicks off in September, with thousands of fans packing into the MCG stadium in Melbourne. The entire city takes on a lively atmosphere as excited fans cheer their teams to victory. It is a truly unique Australian experience. The Melbourne Cup Carnival is the most vibrant horse-racing event in the world. This festival of horse racing and fashion culminates in November with the Melbourne Cup race itself. Most of Australia stops to watch or listen to the race, but there's nothing like being there among the 100,000-plus crowd.Then there is the Ashes, in November, with test matches in Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney. To speak to our Australia specialists about incorporating a sporting event into your trip, please call 01993 838 810.Where to go IN...A ripper year of sport, mate!Be part of the action in AustraliaBob Books now has new ways for you to showcase your favourite photographs. In addition to its high quality photobooks, it is now offering a brand new range of wall art. Choose from a canvas, gallery mount or poster, which can all be produced in a range of sizes. Bob Books are also soon to launch a new app that allows you to create and order your photobook straight from your iPad.Audley Traveller readers can save 15% by entering AUDLEY15 under 'voucher code' when placing an order. The offer expires 31 December 2013. Visit MEMORIES ON YOUR WALL3 months ZambiaDry season begins in June in the South Luangwa National Park, meaning wildlife viewing is at its peak. As the summer wears on, grass is trampled and grazed down, making animals easier to spot, and water sources reduce so you'll find waterholes more active with game (with predators never far away). 6 months IndiaTravel to India at the end of October to experience one of India's brightest Hindu festivals: Diwali, the festival of lights. During Diwali Hindus celebrate the victory of good over evil, light over dark and knowledge over ignorance. All over India lamps are lit to help Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, find her way into people's homes. 9 months New ZealandAs the UK shivers, New Zealand is enjoying warm summer temperatures. Walking trails are accessible, the beaches at their best and festivals create a vibrant atmosphere in towns and cities across the country.