National Geographic Traveller (UK) May 2021

Each issue is packed with authentic travel experiences and vivid photography, plus insights and tips to inspire would-be explorers to travel widely, ethically and safely. We are passionate about experiencing the world, championing sustainable travel and celebrating journeys from a local or cultural perspective.

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Audrey GIllan Portugal’s Eastern Algarve draws me back time after time with its incredible food, beaches and sunsets. The market in the old fishing town of Olhão is one of the best in the world and almost all of the produce is caught, dug or picked locally. ALGARVE P.52 Travis Levius Nashville is synonymous with country music, but don’t underestimate its range — beyond the strip lies a patchwork of diverse neighbourhoods, cultural attractions and a growing collection of stellar boutique hotels. NASHVILLE P.58 Emma Gregg I managed to fit in an extraordinary trip to Antarctica and South Georgia just before the pandemic. The memories have kept me going since, including the weatherproof coat with its dusting of salt crystals and faint whiff of penguin. ANTARCTICA P.82 Mark Parren Taylor Backpacker staple Siem Reap is reinventing itself…

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editor’s letter

If the past year has taught us anything, it’s that we live in times where little is certain. However, it seems trips are finally within our grasp and, with some caveats, even destinations further afield are once again on the horizon. So, this issue we celebrate weekend getaways. Remember them? Adventures that pack a host of experiences into a handful of days — and offer instant gratification as you maximise every available minute from that much-needed break from routine. We’ve selected 52 flight-free escapes for the year ahead, many of which are just a short drive, train journey or ferry ride away. And with 21 of them in the UK and Ireland, there’s plenty to choose from right here on our doorstep. With everything from puffin-spotting in Wales and foraging in the French…

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photography competition 2021

SPONSORED BY Among the most coveted travel photography prizes in the country, and now in its 10th year, the National Geographic Traveller Photography Competition 2021, sponsored by Nikon, is open for entries. Submit your images in up to six categories to be in the running for incredible prizes and for the chance to see your work in the pages of National Geographic Traveller (UK). Have you got what it takes to win? THE CATEGORIES Food & travel This new category calls for images that tell a story from any stage of the journey from field to fork. Think dynamic scenes of fishing, farming or harvest, rich shots of bustling street food markets, and images of chefs in steamy kitchens. People Travel portraiture means seeking out the human stories within a destination. It requires a compelling subject…

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Baabile, Ethiopia I met this woman during an assignment for an organisation that carries out aid projects in Ethiopia. She lives in the town of Baabile, in the east of the country, where she and other women take part in a community programme to become small business owners. It’s a huge step on their journey to independence. Even though we didn’t share a common language, the woman led me into her hut to show me a light bulb she’d bought, dangling from the ceiling. Rarely has an experience made such an impression on me: standing in front of someone and looking into such confident and happy eyes.…

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Mira Kostic, Donja Lokošnica, Serbia Mira Kostic threads red peppers on a string in Donja Lokošnica, a village in the valley of the South Morava River. Around 250 of the village’s 280 families grow peppers for the annual paprika harvest, producing around 500 tons of the piquant powder each year. But the tradition is slowly waning. With more and more youngsters leaving the area, these days it falls to the older generation to keep this tradition going, and so I felt compelled to preserve it through portraits like these. One of the winners of the National Awards in the Sony World Photography Awards 2021.…

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hope blossoms

The custom of hanami — enjoying the transient beauty of flowers — is an established part of culture in Japan. In spring, the country’s parks and gardens are places of pilgrimage for those seeking to bask in the beauty of cherry blossom, and as we limp out of lockdown, a similar appreciation is taking root here on home soil. The National Trust is offering a sight for sore eyes this spring in the spirit of hanami: circles of blossom trees in cities across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, with the aim of improving people’s access to nature. The campaign will first come into flower at the new London Blossom Garden. Part-funded by the People’s Postcode Lottery and created in partnership with the Mayor of London, the garden (at the Queen Elizabeth…