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Wanderlust February 2019

Interview with Alice Morrison “The writer, TV presenter and adventurer’s new book sees her starting over in Morocco –she talks breaking barriers, Bogart fantasies and life on the outside…” Ruaha National Park, Tanzania Tanzania’s Ruaha National Park is wild, remote and little-known – and while a tiny fraction of visitors find their way here, East Africa’s greatest secret may not remain hidden for much longer… Peru From Amazonian lowlands to Andean highs, Peru is a land of pre-Columbian treasures, soaring condors and miraculous landscapes – plan your perfect trip with our handy guide… Cuba Revolutionary relics, sweeping valleys and colonial towns – riding Cuba on two wheels puts its slow wonders on full show, and now anyone can do it… with a little electric help Manatees in Florida Welcome to the real Magic Kingdom. Never mind Mickey Mouse, Florida’s true celebrity critters are found in the depths of the Crystal River… 9 other amazing swims with wildlife It’s not just manatees – there’s a whole world of marine life you can swim with. So strap on a snorkel or a scuba tank and dive into our top watery encounters… Plastic, no longer fantastic We’re all looking to use less plastic, but often the choice is taken out of our hands when we travel. Here’s how to get back control and do some good… Mark Stratton goes to Liberia Liberia’s coastline hides some of the most spectacular stretches of sand on the planet, let alone West Africa. But can it overcome a traumatic past to attract the travellers it deserves – and needs? WIN… … Two Exped SynMats & Air Pillows, worth over £350, and two waterproof Ortlieb backpacks worth £370 Plus… First 24 hours in Johannesburg; A British break in Cleveland Way; Spanish cuisine; Wandersleeps in UK treehouses; The Maldives vs the Seychelles; Go now, Corsica; Dream sleeps at Kachi Lodge, Bolivia; How to luggage safe and lots, lots more…

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New year, new travel plans. If you are anything like us at Wanderlust Towers, you will have made the resolution to travel even more this year. To make your decisions easier (or maybe harder!), we have compiled our annual shortlist of best new trips from some of the most respected tour operators around. Turn to page 54 for a wealth of inspiration and start plotting. I’ll definitely be going to Georgia this year (find out how to join me on p88), but my own wishlist for the next couple of years now includes the Maldives (p108), KwaZulu Natal (p38) and El Salvador (p126), having read each of the articles in this issue. My personal New Year’s resolution is not to get so jealous of the trips that our writers take, but…

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Kate Leahy 50 Best New Trips for 2019 Having started her working life as cabin crew, Kate put her worldly knowledge to good use in switching careers to become a journalist ten years ago. This month she had a hand in our 50 trips feature (p54). 2019 travel resolution: “I’d like to finally make it to Chile: cheap flights, beguiling landscapes and a new 2,800km-long hiking trail through Patagonia. Bucket list.” Tamara Hinson Wandersleeps Having written pieces ranging from Bangkok’s weirdest dining to Louisiana’s Tabasco (hot sauce) Museum, Tamara sets her sights on Sri Lanka’s hippest stays, as she picks this month’s top sleeps (p122). 2019 travel resolution: “I really want to visit South Korea. I went to North Korea around eight years ago and stepped over the DMZ into the south; I’ve wanted to do the…

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“The clearest way into a universe is through a wilderness forest”John Muir SHOOTING STARS Worldwide Could you take images like these? Could you capture an epic landscape, intriguing people, breathtaking wildlife or an interesting angle on a travel icon? That was the challenge photographer Paul Harris and the rest of the judging panel of the Wanderlust Travel Photo of the Year competition set when 2018’s edition was launched – and you can see how Paul tackles those problems on this very page. You will be able to meet Paul and see this year’s competition results (and let us know what you think in the reader’s vote) at this year’s Destinations Travel Show in London on 31 Jan–3 Feb. For more on the Wanderlust Travel Photo of the Year competition, visit wanderlust.co.uk OUT OF THIS WORLD Vestrahorn, Iceland Iceland…

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Frozen planet Just before my recent trip to Antarctica, we joked the ship would run aground and get stuck in the ice. Well, it did, in Wilhelmina Bay – but deliberately. We spotted penguins and Weddell seals there, and even managed a quick game of rugby before 26 passengers, including me, took the polar plunge and jumped into the icy waters. On the way home, I flew to El Calafate, Argentina, and visited the Perito Moreno glacier. Even though I had seen fabulous icebergs in Antarctica, there is something special about this glacier and it shouldn’t be missed. If you have time (and money), include a stop at Iguazú Falls, which I went to on my last trip to Argentina, a country blessed with some of the most spectacular scenery I’ve…

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social talk

Loving Toronto and its sights: “Such an amazing city. Loved exploring Centre Island, and the city’s museums and markets.” @travelexx Admiring our switch to a non-plastic bag: “Let’s hope travel companies do the same thing. This week I have already received mailings from two travel companies in plastic wrap.” Karen Timms On Jacques Cousteau’s love for Belize s Grand Blue Hole: “Egypt’s Blue Hole is pretty cool too – just FYI Jacques.” @Y1123581321Y On travelling cabin bag only: Take a rucksack: easyJet put hard cases in the hold if full, but normally leave rucksacks!” Glennis Buxton…

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“Exploring the epic sand dunes of Mui Ne, Vietnam – a great stop-off between Ho Chi Minh City and Dalat.” John Roley “Searching for dragons on Indonesia’s Komodo Island. As you can see, we found one and he was glorious.” Lorna Didcote “Spending time with the locals (and their loyal birds) at Mongolia’s Golden Eagle Festival.” Eloise Warrilow “Helping at feeding time at Thailand’s Maerim Elephant Sanctuary, where riding is forbidden.” @thetravelingfreelancers “Touring Iceland, pulling into a farm called Brú and encountering the most beautiful horses.” @simpleexplorer “Taking in the misty majesty of Victoria Falls, complete with magical rainbow view.” Caroline Martin “Pausing on an otherworldly black-sand plain in Indonesia’s Bromo NP, with thick fog hanging in the air.” @dazventures “Posing with the moai of Rapa Nui –the most jaw-dropping place I ve had the privilege of…

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