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AUDLEY TRAVELLER | 49QI would like to experience New Year's Eve abroad and build a trip around it. Ideally we'd go to a city for fi reworks, then travel.A Dyson, OxfordshireNatalie: Look no further than Sydney for the ul mate in New Year's Eve celebra ons.  ere are several loca ons to take in the fes vi es but we would recommend staying near the harbour. From 9pm there is a  o lla of boats with drama c ligh ng and music, followed at midnight by a fantas c  reworks display. Sydney is an excellent base and  om there we can suggest an i nerary to take in other parts of Aus alia. We would advise  avelling in the south of the coun y where the weather is sunny, warm and more reliable this  me of year. Book early as Sydney is a popular des na on for New Year. Also consider: New YorkQ We have two teenage children and would like to go on safari (our fi rst time) during October half term. Where would you advise?J Preston, YorkA Vanessa: Tanzania is a great  rst- me safari des na on. I would suggest you focus  ere are a nice mix of  e value for money is also You can then  y over to South A icaQ My husband and I are both teachers so want to travel A Kimberley: I think that somewhere like Peru would be perfect It is the peak season out It is certainly an exci ng One must-see is world-famous On top of all of this you can Indonesia Sydney's famous harbour is possibly the best place in the world to welcome AYou can get around really easily and e ciently meaning you can have a comfortable four or  ve days of safari and four or  ve days of relaxing on the beach.  e weather is also ideal in October. your safari in the southern na onal parks such as the Selous (read more about the Selous on p26).  ere are fewer visitors here and the  avel logis cs are easier. ac vi es to suit all the family such as game drives, walking safaris, boat  ips and even some  shing. good in this area - the lodges are some of the nicest and the most reasonably priced in all of East A ica.Zanzibar island, roughly an hour away, where you can enjoy the comfort of a lovely beach hotel, relax on the white sand and  y snorkelling or diving on the extensive coral reef. Or head into the capital Stone Town, which has a fascina ng history and also o ers a maze of  ny narrow s eets to explore.Also consider: Qduring the UK summer. We are young and active and enjoy walking, beautiful scenery and the odd bit of wildlife spotting. Any ideas on where may be good for us?C Mitchell, Londonfor you both. there over our summer months so you would actually be visi ng at the best  me of year; it would also be dry up in the Andes for the best mountain views. in the New Yeardes na on to  avel to, with just the right amount of adventure and ac vi to keep you entertained. famous Machu Picchu, the ruined ci amid the mountains, known as the 'jewel in the Inca crown' - the views here are breathtaking. One of the best and most drama c ways to reach Machu Picchu is by  ekking - and there are a range of hikes available to suit people of all energy levels. head to the Amazon rainforest to explore the jungle, with its amazing  ora and fauna.Also consider: or the USAIf you can't make up your mind where to visit next, or simply need a little inspiration, Vanessa, Kimberley and Natalie may just be able to help. Here they answer some of your questionsQ&AVanessaKimberleyNatalieThe panel of expertsIf you would like to speak to Vanessa, Kimberley or Natalie, please call 01993 838 925OVER TO YOU  Q&A

FINAL WORD] Howard spends a lot of time in Phong Nha National Park, located in the northwest of Vietnam, close to the border with Laos. It's home to the planet's largest deposit of limestone and contains some the world's most magnificent caves, perfect for exploring. HOW DID YOUR INTEREST IN CAVING START?I started caving while at school. It was a choice of cross-coun y running or outdoor ac vi es, which included caving, climbing and sailing - an easy decision!HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN CAVING IN VIETNAM?Our Bri sh team has been exploring caves in Vietnam since 1990 and our next big expedi on is in early 2014. Our team is very experienced and we have had a lot of success in explora on over the last few years.questions for. 10 WHAT'S BEEN YOUR CAVING HIGHLIGHT?  ere are many to choose  om but I'd probably say leading an explora on of Hang Son Doong with the Bri sh Cave Research Associa on in 2009/10.  e cave had been discovered by a local man back in 1991 but it was the  rst  me it had been properly surveyed. It is quite exci ng that even today it is possible to  nd a new wonder of the world.WHAT MAKES HANG SON DOONG SO SPECIAL?Its scale and beau - it is a staggering 200 me es wide, 150 me es high and 9 kilome es long.WHEN YOU FIND A CAVE THAT HASN'T BEEN EXPLORED, WHAT TYPICALLY HAPPENS?Usually we are in teams of three or four. One person will take measurements, the others will  nd the way through and photograph the cave. We o en go into the jungle or caves for a week at a  me. Underground camps are set up to enable us to go further into the cave.WHY IS PHONG NHA SO SPECIAL FOR CAVING? Quite simply it has the best caves in the world owing to the quali of the limestone and the high rainfall. It has the largest cave in the world, the longest underground river in the world and is also part of the largest single block of limestone in the world. ASIDE FROM CAVES, WHAT ELSE DOES THE AREA HAVE TO OFFER? Jungle walks and  eks, kayaking and mountain biking are just a few other a ac ons that can be found in the park. A lot of people really like to mix walking in the jungle with some easy caving to experience jungle life.WHAT IMPACT HAS TOURISM HAD ON THE REGION? Un l recently the village had poor roads and no elec ici .  is has changed now and tourism has certainly played a major part in that improvement. HOW DO YOU HELP? Our aim is to give more local people jobs assis ng visitors in the caves and jungles of Phong Nha. It was once a very poor province and now over 2,000 people are employed because of the caves and na onal park.WHAT'S NEXT?Our guides o en tell me of new caves they have found in the jungle. In the next few weeks we're o to see them. Life is never dull over here!Guided  ips into Phong Nha,Paradise and Dark Cave can be organised.  e region is reached with  ights  om Dong Hoi, Hanoi or Saigon.Paradise Cave at Phong Nha - ideal for adventurous souls to exploreCave expert and explorer Howard Limbert, tells us more about his fascinating career which has included mapping 300km of caves in VietnamFor more information about trips to Vietnam, including exploration of Phong Nha, please contact our specialists on 01993 838 140.Ho rd Limb t