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April 2019

Top 50 Trips 2019 Newly opened routes. Little-visited peaks. Expertly crafted itineraries. Only the freshest, most exciting journeys make it onto our list of the top picks... The Best of South Africa New flights, incredible sights and more diverse wildlife than even the Kruger can boast – all for less money. South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal is about to become your go-to wilderness… Costa Rica: Photo of the Year Winners Return Find out how our talented snappers managed to capture this wild, wonderful, rampantly diverse and endlessly photogenic country. The Maldives The Maldives is known for its white-sand beaches and crystal-clear seas, but go when the water gets a little bit murky and you can swim with some very special residents. Inside El Salvador From vast caldera to Maya ruins, El Salvador sums up all that’s good about Central America but without the crowds. Is it finally time for a sleeping giant to wake? Head to head: UK National Parks Lake District or Peak District? You can expect poets, hills and cream teas — but which is the right countryside escape for you? WIN: An adventure in Baja California worth over £9,000, and a trip to the USA’s Deep South worth £1,700. Plus…An interview with Levison Wood; First 24 hours in Darwin; Short break in Porto; Cold-war era Berlin; How to tip like a seasoned travel pro; Gear guides to lightweight waterproof jackets; South Korean cuisine; Just back from western Canada, and lots, lots more…

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The road less travelled Visiting the mausoleum of the conqueror Timur (pictured) is just one of our 20 Silk Road adventures this month It sometimes feels like the world has gone topsy-turvy, if not mad. I’m writing this on the hottest winter day on record in the UK, and am just back from Guyana where it was supposedly dry season yet the phrase on everyone’s lips there was “climate change” as each day brought a fresh deluge. Then there’s politics – the ‘B’ word – and all sorts of uncertainties to keep us on our toes. But one thing we always know is that you, our dear readers, will travel on regardless. As a result, our annual Reader Travel Awards always throws up a mix of favourites…

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behind the scenes this month...

Say cheese shop sketch! Our ‘Icon of Travel’ Michael Palin strikes a pose for his interview photoshoot Team Wanderlust wear their with pride at the Destinations Travel Show in London Sarah Baxter samples ‘beer ramen’ – noodles in broth, topped with egg-white foam – in Vancouver You came out in your thousands to vote for your top shots in our Travel Photo of the Year exhibition…

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Markus van Hauten Travel Photo of the Year Visitors’ Vote winner As chosen by you! Markus is an electrical engineer with a passion for travel, and his Iceland shot won the Visitors’ Vote in our 2018 Travel Photo of the Year competition (p14). My top country: “When I visited Iceland for the first time, I fell in love. The power of Mother Earth is so noticeable here: in its waterfalls, ice and volcanoes. The endless landscapes will stay in my mind forever.” Robin McKelvie British break As a travel writer and broadcaster, Robin often splits his time between exploring Scotland and travelling to more than 100 countries. In this issue he explains his great love of his native land, and one area in particular…

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“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper”WB Yeats To the bat cave! Texas, USA Photographer: Karine Aigner As dusk falls outside Bracken Cave, the air crackles with anticipation. Between March and October, this cavern is home to some 20 million Mexican free-tailed bats – the largest colony of mammals in the world – and the sight of them evacuating the cave is one of nature’s great sights. Here, photographer Karine Aigner captures the moment in all its glory, yet avoids using invasive lighting. A reminder that our travels can be non-intrusive and still be in the thick of the action. Manatee’s best friend Florida, USA Photographer: Alex Mustard Sometimes you have to get really up close and personal with…

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your letters

Star letter Not wildwood deep, nor mountain gray I had forgotten how beautiful the Highlands [voted ‘Best UK Destination’ by you in the Reader Travel Awards’; p60] are. Glencoe was an instant reminder. Most people just stop by the roadside here to take photos, but the real beauty and adventure begins once you venture up into the mountains. Although we are confident walkers, hiring a guide provided great knowledge and ensured our safety as we hiked up the iconic Buachaille Etive Mor and the imposing Three Sisters over four days. On one day we emerged above the clouds to see our summit before us and views to rival any of the world’s great mountains. Martin Simpson, via email Djibouti-licious! It had been…

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social talk

Liking ‘cheap’ Galápagos: “Many people think it’s super expensive but we visited on a budget and got to see lots of wildlife, including sharks!”@rob2stepin_1 Keep learning: “I only heard about the Peak District for the first time this week! #wherehaveibeen”@claudiamontano Finding your mojo: “Tipping me off solo travel… I have since come to terms with it when overseas – I just don’t do it unless I’ve had exceptional service.”Joanna Rath Celebrating a Japanese icon: We took some great shots in Tokyo. But how can you not? It was the most exciting place we have been to.”@earthy.travel…