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AFAR January/February 2020

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the world through your lens

FOR OUR SECOND annual AFAR Photo Awards, presented by United MileagePlus, we asked you, our readers, to enter your best travel photos in five categories: cities, food, outdoors, people, and style and design. We received more than 3,000 submissions, and the entry fees raised nearly $4,000 for Learning AFAR, our nonprofit foundation that sponsors travel for underserved young people. Here are the winning photographs. • For more, including additional juror favorites, go to afar.com/photoawards. GRAND PRIZE WINNER “Fixing Nets” DIEP VAN In Phan Rang, Vietnam, women wearing traditional bamboo hats use old-fashioned sewing machines to repair fishing nets. PEOPLE “Aibubu” ELLA MACK Aibubu, a Kyrgyz girl attending the 2018 World Nomad Games, sits for a portrait. FOOD “Irish Mussels” SHELL ROYSTER While on a trip through western Ireland, the photographer participated in a mussel expedition at family-run Killary Fjord Shellfish in County Galway.…

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2020 travelers’ choice awards

ADVENTURE DESTINATION Patagonia Argentina and Chile share this region, where there are Andean peaks to trek, lava fields to mountain bike, and plenty of fauna to spot on a safari-style game drive. Travelers can search for condors flying overhead, track pumas, or watch guanacos—cousins to llamas. U.S. ROAD TRIP California Highway 1 The route stretches more than 650 miles along the coast of the Golden State. Among the many pleasures it offers road-trippers are the scent of sea salt in Malibu, glimpses of redwoods in Big Sur, and memorable views of the Golden Gate Bridge. CULTURE CAPITAL, EUROPEAN CITY Paris Paris is always a good idea. Of note this year: Several new restaurants were awarded Michelin stars, including La Poule au Pot; the Hotel Lutetia was recently refurbished; and a retrospective of Leonardo da Vinci’s work at the…

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where to cruise in 2020

the SHIPS ▪ National Geographic Endurance Debuting in April 2020, the hardiest ship ever from expedition-cruise pioneer Lindblad will have the highest ice-class rating of any passenger vessel in the industry, allowing it to venture deep into polar regions—including Eastern Greenland and Norway’s Lofoten Islands—in comfort. A glass-walled yoga studio lets passengers practice Natarajasana while keeping an eye out for polar bears. ▪ Celebrity Flora With sprawling suites, cabanas for deck-top glamping, and menus designed by Michelin-starred chef Cornelius Gallagher, this 100-passenger yacht from Celebrity Cruises is based in the Galápagos year-round. A dynamic positioning system allows the ship to float near landing sites without dropping anchor, which means it won’t disturb the underwater habitat (a first in the Galápagos). ▪ Scenic Eclipse Upscale eateries, a full-service spa, and butler-served mega-suites, plus a helicopter and a…

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where to go in 2020

Where will 2020 take you? Over the following pages, you’ll find 28 destinations to kick-start your travel dreaming and scheming. We’ve surfaced emerging places. We’ve highlighted unexpected spots. And we’ve blown out a handful of classic destinations—the places we return to again and again, such as Italy and Japan—with alternatives to the big cities and the most crowded seasons. Turn the page to begin your 2020 journey, and find more tips and news at afar.com/wtg2020. JAPAN This year, all eyes will be on Japan as the 2020 Summer Olympics (July 24–August 9) kick off in Tokyo. But the summer season is also a wonderful time to explore beyond the capital city by cooling off in the mountains of Nikko, exploring Hokkaido’s flower-strewn hills, or cycling through the rural islands of Shikoku and…

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five ways to heat up your winter in scottsdale

While much of the country is dealing with winter weather that’s just shy of snowmageddon, Scottsdale is basking in sunshine and 72-degree days. It’s the perfect recipe for chasing away the chilly winter blues. So, don’t let winter’s gray skies get you down – join us, and warm up in Scottsdale! 1 HOT AIR BALLOON FLIGHTS In a landscape as panoramic as the Sonoran Desert, there’s no better way to soak it all in than on a hot air balloon flight. You’ll drift along with the breeze as your pilot guides the balloon high into the air for expansive scenic views or dips close to the ground for a glimpse of wildlife and native vegetation. Every ride ends with a champagne toast to commemorate your flight. 2 HOT STONE MASSAGES Discover the soft er…

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puerto rico revival

I rode shotgun in a pickup truck headed inland from the coast. My guide, Alex Camacho, and I snaked up past the edge of town into farmland, the mountains a huge green wall in the distance. It was a beautiful Caribbean day, sunny with a few dark clouds that would either drench us or pass quietly by. We were going into El Yunque, on the eastern side of Puerto Rico, the only tropical rain forest in the U.S. national forest system. Alex is in his early 30s, with long curly hair and a quick smile. He said, “Welcome to my backyard,” motioning toward our destination. “I come here in the early morning or evening when no one is here, and it is the most peaceful place in the whole world. It’s my…