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Travel & Outdoor

Wanderlust May 2019

Sri Lanka: Trip Planner Big wildlife encounters. Historic rail journeys. Ancient culture. There’s a reason why this resilient island keeps winning gongs – here’s how to explore its wonders Reader Travel Awards Last year you ranged far and wide, thumbed many guidebooks, put a lot of gear to the test and generally proved yourself the most-travelled lot around. What you think really matters – so here are your top picks: definitively the best of the best Mongolia Head to the Altai Mountains of West Mongolia for natural splendour, nomadic hospitality and swirling, luminous skies Finland Think Lapland hosts the best of Finland? Think again. We head to Europe’s largest lake district in search of its wilder side, from sleeping among reindeer to bedding down with bears... Morocco Morocco may be known for its souks and sand dunes, but beyond its exotic interior, there’s over 1,200km of Atlantic coastline and a melting pot of cultures to explore Dispatches: Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent On a journey to Nagaland on the Indo-Myanmar border, the British travel writer encounters a local tribe and learns all about the centuries-old tradition of headhunting Plus… a short break in Aarhus, Denmark; Travel Icon: Amiens Cathedral, France; Romanian cuisine; Head to head: Uzbekistan vs Kyrgyzstan; Go now: Scottish Highlands; Dream sleep in Caiman Ecological Refuge, Pantanal – and lots, lots more… WIN… …A Norwegian sailing safari beneath the northern lights worth £4,300 …A cruise to Antarctica worth over £15,000 …A two-night cycling break for two in Carmarthenshire

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As I write this, UK politics is going bonkers, and everyone I meet is fed up with the ‘B’ word. So, I thought I’d come up with some alternative (and less controversial) letters beginning with B. B is for Breathtaking. Whether it’s that first sight of Guyana’s Kaieteur Falls (p120) or glimpsing Jordan’s Petra – one of many great ‘lost worlds’ (p60) – through a flickering prism of candlelight, we always aim to bring you the world’s most breathtaking experiences. B is for Beguiling. We often get excited about exotic lands, but Graeme Green’s feature on Scotland’s beguiling islands of the Inner Hebrides (p44) will have you itching to go discover these wild shores on our doorstep. B is for Beautiful. Exploring the Mekong (p92) or discovering a different side to Mauritius (p78)…

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Vanessa Gibbs First 24 hours Travel writer Vanessa has explored Panama City on several visits. Having left each time with a longer, not shorter, list of things to do, she was excited to share her ideas for a perfect day there (p159). My favourite lost city: “The old capital of the Mughal Empire, Fatehpur Sikri, in India. The empire may be long gone, but these sandstone palaces with their vast courtyards and ornate carvings are still there to marvel at.” George Scott Short break Journalist George Scott first visited Girona as a cyclist and quickly fell in love with its cute cobbles and medieval old town, so he enjoyed compiling this month’s Short Break feature on page 163. My favourite lost city: “Uxmal is home to some of Mexico’s most spectacular Maya ruins. Climbing the impossibly steep…

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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 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 on…

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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) Head of Creative Solutions Jessica Royds 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 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 Pooch-at-large Zöe…

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“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”Jawaharlal Nehru, independent India’s first prime minister The misty Mahal Agra, India Photographer: Michele Falzone/AWL Images It is the burden of most visitors to the Taj Mahal that they have to drag themselves out of bed pre-dawn to take a photograph devoid of crowds. Arriving at 6am is the standard advice for grabbing unobstructed shots (as well as head over to the Mehtab Bagh – the garden over the river). But this drone image, taken on a misty morning, reminds us just why we bother. The Taj’s hazy form, materialising out of the mist, captures the romance that underlies this giant monument…

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your letters

Star letter Frozen assets If you have ever dreamed of going to Antarctica, I can now tell you it is everything you dreamed of and more. My first stop was Deception Island, where we landed on a beach filled with penguins and seals. The sheer number of penguins (over 200,000) takes your breath away, and so does the smell – back on the ship, I got to know the ‘Mud Room’ (for cleaning off penguin poo) very well. Being in the company of the baby penguins as they slid down the ‘runs’ or harassed their parents for food was magical. However, for me, walking on the ice flow in Antarctica was the highlight – a totally unexpected experience. The more I travel, the more I realise I have had a mere taste…