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Ten crazy travel challenges from around the world

Do you take a checklist with you when you travel? These people do, ticking off mountain peaks, places beginning with Z and even Nando’s restaurants. We bring you 10 travellers on a mission

Do you know someone who has travelled the world with a checklist? Let us know in the comments below

From swimming the Channel to cycling across the US, people have long been setting themselves self-imposed travel goals. We’ve brought together ten that fall at the more unusual end of the spectrum.

Their motivations are varied: some people wanted to beat a world record, others wanted to get to know a place or a country better … and one guy (see number seven) just simply loves peri-peri chicken.

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Boutique Bavaria: designer hotels in Munich’s winter playground

Our writer enjoys a winter break just a short drive from Munich without even touching a pair of skis, and discovers a new crop of beautifully designed places to stay

Bavaria has long attracted reclusive kings, skiers and, for 16-days each year, ardent beer lovers. Now, a spate of interesting refurbs has started to attract the attention of Germany’s style-conscious city-dwellers, who are heading south-east in much the same way Brits are gravitating towards reinterpreted country inns.

Two non-skiers, my boyfriend and I boarded a train in Paris and arrived in Munich just six hours later. After an 80km drive south, we found Berge, a hotel converted from a 14th-century bakery in the village of Aschau im Chiemgau, just minutes from the cable cars of the Kampenwand mountain. The island palaces of Chiemsee lake are nearby and there are plenty of other ways for non-skiers to get out of the sauna and into the snow.

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