Travel & Outdoor


November 2020

7 Great Island Hopping Destinations From whale-watching in the Azores to hiking volcanic landscapes in the Aegean Sea or trying alternative culture in Okinawa, these islands offer a different kind of isolation and adventure for everyone Galapagos A true bucket-list destination, the Galapagos is the ultimate travel and nature-lovers destination – just don’t expect the wildlife to practise socially distancing Brittany, France Carolyn Boyd explores island life along France’s rugged wild west – its Atlantic coast Dispatches: Alice Morrison The intrepid Scottish adventurer spent three months crossing 2,000km of the Sahara with camels Short Break: Galway, Ireland Galway may be a European City of Culture 2020 but this lively and diverse city and its surrounding countryside is worth a visit at any time Why we still need to travel Lyn Hughes explains why what you love doing best is important Plus… Travel Icon: Rhodes, Greece; Sardinian cuisine; Head to head: Guernsey vs Jersey; Go now: Cape Town; and lots, lots more… WIN……A trip to the Greek Islands, courtesy of Sunvil

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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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travel writing competition winners

Balkan showers WORDS MATTHEW FIGG “Remind me again why we thought this was a good idea?!” I gasped, kicking up a dense cloud of dust that lingered ominously in the impossibly still summer air. I turned my head, wiping thick beads of sweat from my forehead and hoping to be rewarded with a view across the red-tiled rooftops and delicate minarets of Prizren, the charming second city of Kosovo. This hope rapidly crumpled into dismay, as I realised we hadn’t even broken through the treeline. “Without introducing himself, he flashed a crooked grin, turn on the hose and started the flow of water” My partner and I had arrived in the city a few hours earlier, in the midst of a blistering Balkan heatwave. We now found ourselves barely a third of the way…

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angela mcmanus on the road to palmyra

“To the thoughtful traveller, the 17-hour-journey across the desert conjures up visions of the old caravan route” In the depths of lockdown, when we could only dream of travel, the chance-find by my mother-in-law of a bundle of papers wrapped around a handful of black-and-white photos opened a door to a whole new world. The yellowing typewritten pages captured the recollections of her father-in law, James McManus’s, 17-hour trip across the Syrian desert, from Baghdad to Palmyra. What made it truly fascinating was the fact this journey was taken in the 1920s. A civil engineer, James travelled from his home in Paisley, Scotland, to live in Iraq; reading his words and seeing his photographs felt like stepping into a time machine. Family treasures uncovered during lockdown don’t come much better than this.…

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a clean break

1 Wearing masks From Hello Kitty to Pokémon designs, face masks have long been part of Japanese culture. The act of covering the mouth began in the 1600s, to prevent worshippers’ bad breath from desecrating religious rituals. Face masks went mainstream during the Spanish flu in 1918 and continue to be commonplace, as it’s not the done thing to blow your nose in public. 2 Cleaning culture Purification and cleanliness play a big part in Shintoism and Buddhism, which is why you’ll see worshippers washing their hands and mouth before entering a Shinto shrine. But cleansing customs aren’t just limited to faith. Swapping shoes for slippers when entering someone’s home or a ryokan is second nature to Japanese people. Locals wash pavements and collect litter, too, while children clean schools as part of…

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top ten canal boat adventures beginners

Wildlife. Scenery. History. Pubs. The UK’s got plenty of them all, and one of the best ways to experience it – and certainly the most relaxing – is at the tiller of a narrowboat. If you’re one of the many travellers considering a UK canal boat adventure for the first time, you’ve got plenty of options to explore while you’re learning the ropes. From short breaks to weeks away, there are hundreds of routes to choose from... 1 Glide through the Brecon Beacons Isolated from the main canal network, the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal runs through the Brecon Beacons National Park. This quiet waterway, with very few locks is nice and easy for beginners and offers canal boat holiday-makers incredible mountain views, dark night skies for star gazing, plenty of wildlife to…

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discover uzbekistan

“Picture ‘the Silk Road’ and it’s the incredible cites of Uzbekistan that spring to mind. I can’t wait to see them but also to meet Uzbek locals and experience some of its natural beauty too.”Lyn Hughes No matter how many photos you’ve seen of Uzbekistan’s Silk Road cities, nothing prepares you for the scale, sumptuousness and richly storied history of Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand. They’re yours to discover on our exclusive trip with Wild Frontiers – as well as taking in the Soviet monuments of Tashkent, and the peaks of Nuratau Reserve. You travel in the company of Wanderlust’s editor-in-chief Lyn Hughes, swapping tales in local tea houses, seeking out Uzbek’s best plov (biryani), and delving into the treasures of this ancient cultural crossroads. HIGHLIGHTS Step back in time From Samarkand’s 600-year-old Registan – the…