Wanderlust November 2020

In this issue… September/October 2021 Enjoy articles on… The hidden jewels of the Caribbean. Our guide to the wide array of heritage sites and cities that await beyond the beaches. We go beyond Uganda’s gorillas to find hidden valleys, isolated rural communities and wildlife good-news-stories. 15 epic walking trails. These diverse treks will show you rare wildlife, unique cultures and immense scenery worthy of your perspiration. Uncovering Thailand’s ancient secrets by rail. We go on a magical history tour of the ancient capitals of Ayutthaya, Sukhothai and Chiang Mai. Meet the New Big Five of wildlife photography and find out how travel can help these endangered animals. PLUS… Dispatches: Armenia British Break: Shropshire Hidden USA: Tennessee Music Trail Indigenous culture: San Blas Islands, Panama WanderSleeps: Tokyo Off-the-grid: Vigan, The Philippines Dream Sleep: Cristalino Lodge, the Amazon Double Bill: Segovia & Salamanca First 24 Hours in… Charleston, USA World food: Cambodia

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What weird times. From week to week the story changes on where we can visit and when. Fortunately, some types of trip do lend themselves to travel in the time of COVID-19. Canal boat hire companies are reporting their busiest ever couple of months and, having had a try (p52), I can thoroughly recommend it. We have taken a look at the other types of trip that are proving safe and popular too, as and when we can visit (p62). Meanwhile, my wish list for next year is growing too. I’ve been to Japan before but digesting our Japan Trip Planner (p36) has made me realise just how much I want to back and explore further. Similarly, I itch to revisit Galle (p91) – and how have I not been to…

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Alison Monroe Writing comp winner The joint winner of our ‘kindness of strangers’ travel writing competition, Alice loves off-the-beaten-track adventures – she’s climbed a volcano and danced with the Maasai – and then relating them to her pupils at assemblies during her day job: she’s a headmistress at a Kent primary school. Has she experienced the kindness of strangers? “Read all about it on p28.“ Dr Eireann Marshall The knowledge The 2019 Top History & Culture Guide of the Year at the Wanderlust World Guide Awards has been guiding specialist tours throughout Europe and Africa for more than 20 years. She shares her tips on p97. Has she experienced the kindness of strangers? “I will never forget two elderly men in Kairouan who showed me around their souk in order to encourage tourists to return to their…

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this month on wanderlust.co.uk

UK’s best autumn walks Our pick of the top UK walks for rustic hues, most of them short enough for a sunny autumnal afternoon… wanderlust.co.uk/AutumnWalks Most haunted places From ghostly castles to paranormal pubs, these ‘possessed’ destinations are sure to spook the most sceptical of travellers... Wanderlust.co.uk/MostHauntedPlaces Greatest travel experiences The definitive travel wish list, as chosen by the people most in the know – the incredible Wanderlust readers. wanderlust.co.uk/ GreatestTravelExperiences Surreal landscapes quiz These awe-inspiring natural wonders could be from another planet – but do you know your red rivers from your eerie caves? Try your luck with our quiz. Wanderlust.co.uk/SurrealLandscapes Discover Azores Rich in untamed beauty, warm hospitality, and everything from whale-watching to scuba diving, the Azores is the ultimate escape from COVID-19-era worries. Wanderlust.co.uk/VisitAzores WIN! Win amazing trips with our exclusive online competitions at wanderlust.co.uk/ competitions…

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the wanderlust philosophy

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“Take a holiday from reality whenever you like, and come back without so much as a headache or a mythology.”Aldous Huxley, Brave New World Golden arch Jabal AlFil, Saudi Arabia Photographer: Robert Polidori Visitors to Saudi Arabia’s north-west AlUla region will quickly see for themselves why the Jabal AlFil rock arch is nicknamed ‘Elephant Rock.’ Seeing that trunk in person will become easier, with the region scheduled to reopen in October, letting people explore an area that contains sites such as the UNESCOlisted Nabatean kingdom of Hegra. To further tantalise your travel taste buds, a coffee-table book celebration of AlUla’s riches has just been released; AlUla (£695; Assouline.com) is a luxury bit of publishing, with exclusive photography from Robert Polidori and interpretive illustrations from artist Ignasi Monreal – an indulgent way to introduce yourself…

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your letters

Star letter Armchair amazements “I’m so happy! Giraffe!” Two-and-a-half-year-old Fiona told her daddy, mimicking me, her great-aunt, on spotting a giraffe in South Africa on one of the explore.org webcams. She was sitting on my lap, mesmerised by elephants, zebras and gorillas. I am a daily viewer of the African Wildlife streams, and the other night a leopard crept towards a waterhole while, as the cam panned back to reveal, a giraffe was drinking. Was the leopard preparing to pounce? Or waiting to drink? It stopped, waited; the giraffe drank a few times and eventually sauntered off; the leopard came down to drink. Phew! My other favourites are watching the brown bears catch salmon in Alaska and the Panama bird-feeder table – I was one of the few who saw the first-ever three-toed sloth…