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 / Travel & Outdoor

Wanderlust July - August 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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How’s your wanderlust doing? Maybe it’s the gloomy weather as I write this, or maybe it’s because I’ve loved reading the articles in this issue, but my feet are seriously itching. I want to gawk at Nepal’s incredible scenery (p58), hang out in Mexico on Día de los Muertos (p44) or celebrate an elephant success story (p94). Oh, to be chilling in a bamboo house in Bali (p76) or mooching around the little-visited east coast of Portugal’s Algarve (p80). One of the highlights of the Wanderlust calendar is always our Travel Photo of the Year competition (p108) – still the UK’s biggest and best amateur travel photography competition. Send us your top images and you could be heading off to Texas on an amazing trip next year. Now there’s another place…

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Alex Treadway Cover photographer Alex’s 15-year career reflects a passion for the world around him. From capturing life in remote Nepalese hospitals to snapping stories in the Himalaya mountains, he loves a challenge. My save-the-world tip: “I always carry a steel bottle, as synthetic fibres leach microplastics into the environment. The app ‘Good On You’ is great – it rates fashion brands on eco impact and suggests ethical alternatives, too.” Sara Wheeler Interview Sara’s long been drawn to the planet’s most extreme places – she was the first female writer-in-residence at the South Pole, and spent seven months researching in Antarctica. Her latest book sees her cross eight of Russia’s time zones on the trail of its literary greats (p34). My save-the-world tip: “I don’t have a car – I get trains everywhere in the UK. And I’ve got…

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the wanderlust philosophy

Wanderlust aims to inform and inspire all your travel adventures. We strive to bring you the most trusted and reliable information in the world. That’s why we are always upfront about whether our writers have travelled independently or with a tour company. When a tour operator has been used, we always try to use those who’ve scored a minimum satisfaction rating of 85% from readers in our annual awards and we never guarantee positive coverage. Responsible, conscious and sustainable travel is at the heart of everything we do. Website Discover more great content at www.wanderlust.co.uk Twitter Catch up on the latest travel gossip @wanderlustmag Instagram See behind the scenes @wanderlustmag Facebook Join the chat at www.facebook.com/ wanderlusttravel magazine Newsletter Sign up to our newsletter for offers, inspiration and all the latest travel news at www.wanderlust.co.uk Subscribe Take advantage of our latest online offer…

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In memory of Co-founder & Publisher Paul Morrison EDITORIAL CONTENT Editor-in-Chief & Co-founder Lyn Hughes Technology Director Simon Chubb Managing Editor Tom Hawker Sub-Editor/Writer Gareth Clark Commercial Editor Olivia Lee Digital Editor Elizabeth Atkin Editorial Assistant Kirtey Verma Associate Web Editor Peter Moore Web Assistant Rosie Fitzgerald Digital Executive Nora Wallaya Contributing Editors Phoebe Smith, Mark Carwardine, Paul Goldstein & William Gray DESIGN Art Director Graham Berridge Art Editor Mike Wright PRODUCTION Production Director Justin Masters Production Manager Paul Lincoln ADVERTISING Commercial Manager Adam Lloyds (adam.lloyds@wanderlust.co.uk) Senior Sales Executive Simon Bryson Senior Sales Executive Anthony Bennett Sales Executive Lucy Bairstow PUBLISHING Managing Director Tilly McAuliffe Commercial Director Ian McAuliffe Director Wanderlust Studio John Innes Publisher Catriona Bolger Senior Brand Marketing Executive Fanny Moros ACCOUNTS & ADMIN Finance Director Nicola Solomon Assistant Financial Controller Lisa Healy Accounts Assistant Kym Williams Office Manager Janine Plunkett (maternity) Office Manager Sharan Sumal ASSISTED THIS ISSUE Nick Funnell, Alex Metcalfe Pooch-at-large Zöe…

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“He who climbs upon the highest mountains laughs at all tragedies, real or imaginary.”Friedrich Nietzsche King of the mountain Simien Mountains, Ethiopia Photographer: Marco Gaiotti The Simiens sit on many a canny traveller’s bucket list and its not hard to see why – this simmering massif is home to the gelada. With fur like a coiffured ‘80s rock god and a bright slash of red across its chest (it’s known as the ‘bleeding heart monkey’), this endemic Ethiopian primate defies convention in many ways. They spend their days not in trees but grazing in herds, making them easy for visitors to spot on the rocky hiking trails. © ClickAlps /AWL Images Running wild Aigues-Mortes, Camargue, France Photographer: Francesco Riccardo Iacomino The sight of horses crashing through the shallows of the Camargue in full gallop is an unforgettable sight for…

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your letters

The deep midwinter I’ve enjoyed reading and being inspired by Wanderlust for many years, and have recently started subscribing, so I thought I’d pass on a little of my own inspiration for anyone thinking about trekking to Everest Base Camp. December is ‘off-season’, but don’t let the slightly lower temperatures deter you. It was so quiet; we were nearly always the only group in our teahouse. From September to November you’ll find terrible queues on the trails and bridges, as well as in the teahouses, whereas in December you don’t have to worry about any of that. You get to enjoy the entire mountains all to yourself – it’s much more peaceful. Plus, it’s the dry season, so the visibility is incredible. I experienced the best stargazing of my life here, with…