National Geographic Traveller (UK) October 2021

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Ellen Himelfarb I felt so at home exploring West Latvia — perhaps because the sweeping lakes and birch forests reminded me of Ontario. But I also loved the old towns, including Kuldiga and Jurmala, and the beaches were immaculate and empty. LATVIA P.48 Sarah Marshall From hiking emerald mountains to diving on remote reefs, the opportunities for adventure are endless in the Seychelles. It really feels like one of the most exciting and dynamic places to be right now. SEYCHELLES P.86 Pól Ó Conghaile Darkness can be good for you. The Sperrins Mountains aren’t just o? -grid in terms of travel, but spectacularly free of light pollution too — one reason a new observatory has just been built in the heart of County Tyrone. NORTHERN IRELAND P.98 Mark Parren Taylor I can never resist getting lost in…

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editor’s letter

America’s Deep South is a powerfully evocative region, etched in the popular imagination through legendary music, globally exported Creole and Cajun cuisine and its starring role in numerous iconic films and books. Your connection to it will already be personal — perhaps even shaped by first-hand memories. Clustered together in the nation’s southeast corner, the five states we’ve focused on span sleepy swamps, soaring mountains, the mighty Mississippi River and some of the country’s most dynamic cities, from Atlanta to Charleston. Whatever ideas it conjures, this fascinating corner of the country is keeping its traditions alive, all the while reframing its history. The region’s unique appeal to the senses is what really sets it apart, whether it’s the jazz riffs lingering in the air of New Orleans’ French Quarter, the heart-racing adventures…

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reader awards 2021

WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! Looking back at a year like no other, we want to reward the companies that gained or retained your trust, the TV shows and books that inspired you and the destinations that had you itching to travel again — as well as innovative online experiences, standout attractions and unique stays. So, have your say and help your favourites get recognised. Cast your votes for a chance to win one of 23 fantastic prizes. Vote today at NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC.CO.UK/READER-AWARDS THE PRIZES A WEEK’S STAY AT A TRULLO VILLA IN PUGLIA, ITALY You and five friends can spend a week at beautiful Trulli Olea, one of Puglia’s distinctive conical-roof houses, complete with a private pool. Near the hilltop town of Cisternino, Olea has hammock-strung terraces, a farmhouse kitchen, three apartment bedrooms and…

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smart traveller

SNAPSHOT Maisa Al Hooti, Muscat, Oman Although Maisa studied conventional photography, her dream was to do something unique in her own way, and so she began to take her camera underwater. At first, being so deep in the ocean was frightening, but she saw it as a challenge and gradually overcame her fears to embrace the new environment. She not only wants to showcase marine life through her work, but also inspire younger people to explore what’s beneath the waves for themselves and help Oman become recognised as a leading destination for curious divers. @umbertocoa @parallelozero…

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ho chi minh city, vietnam

Also known as the Tortoise Pagoda, the Jade Emperor Pagoda is one of the most important Taoist shrines in the Vietnamese city. Worshippers flock to the sanctuary, just a short walk from Ben Thanh Market, to pray and make votive offerings of flowers and candles. Inside, the temple’s narrow, dimly lit and smoky hallways have a slightly surreal atmosphere, while the outside is a riot of colour and activity: pigeons flutter, incense wafts and people come and go beneath the bunting. It’s a vibrant contrast to the subdued sanctity of the temple’s interior. @holasandraphoto…

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artwork in progress

Manchester has long been a poster child for innovation, and now the city is embracing a flurry of openings and makeovers to guide its post-lockdown future. Chief among them is the revamp of the MANCHESTER JEWISH MUSEUM, which has doubled in size thanks to an extension that’s been two years in the making. There’s a new gallery, learning studio and cafe, and the restored, 19th-century onsite synagogue will play host to an immersive installation by Turner Prize-winning artist Laure Prouvost until October. The SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY MUSEUM, meanwhile, has unveiled a new Special Exhibitions Gallery — the first stride in a plan that encompasses improved connections with the city and a goal of achieving net-zero emissions. Building on Manchester’s credentials as a UNESCO City of Literature is the MANCHESTER…