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Travel & Outdoor

Wanderlust June 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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I’m sure the scourge of single-use plastics is very much on your mind, but it is easy to forget that awareness about the issue can be very low in some countries, as I have found on a couple of my recent trips. On page 92, Emma Thomson takes a look at the issue and what we can do in a positive way. And look out for a special Saving the Planet supplement with our next issue. It was lovely to meet so many of you at recent events, and to hear your questions. So, John from Croydon, here is the Peru feature I promised (p60) and for Claire and Charles, I think you’ll love the Ruahu National Park feature (p44)! I look forward to meeting many more of you at our…

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Graeme Green Tanzania feature Exceptional wildlife and landscapes have long fascinated travel writer and photographer Graeme, so he really enjoyed his foray to the wilderness of Tanzania’s Ruaha NP (p44). My summer escape: “I’m going to Mexico, a country I know pretty well, so I can explore more of Mexico City, Baja California, Copper Canyon, Guanajuato, and other more off-the-beaten-track parts.” Claire Boobbyer Cuba feature Travel journalist Claire is hooked on Cuba, after first visiting around 20 years ago. She has been nearly a hundred times since and is still finding new things to do, such as her recent Cuba e-biking expedition on page 96. My summer escape: “After e-biking in Cuba, my partner has now persuaded me to get a ferry to France and cycle across the Netherlands on a regular bike – panniers and all!” Will…

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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) 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 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…

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“There is a love of wild nature in everybody, an ancient mother-love ever showing itself whether recognised or no…” John Muir, pioneering conservationist Return of a deer friend Abruzzo NP, Central Apennines, Italy Photographer: Bruno D’Amiscis The broad-leafed forests and valleys of Abruzzo NP hide plenty of wildlife, but it’s in late autumn that one in particular makes itself known to visitors: the belling of the red deer stags echoes the wild hills, signalling the start of breeding season. It’s a welcome sound, given that these shy, nocturnal animals were only reintroduced to the region in the early 1970s. Along with the grey wolf and Apennine Chamois, who have also made a return, it’s a happy reminder that what was once lost can sometimes – not always – be recovered. @ Bruno D’Amiscis / naturepl.com Shine…

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your letters

Star letter A Caribbean secret If you’re thinking of a visit to the Caribbean, try Saba (aka ‘The Unspoilt Queen’), a small Dutch island just ten minute’s flight from St Maarten. Home to the world’s shortest runway (400m), which is carved into the edge of the island – it’s like landing on an aircraft carrier – just one road snakes its four villages of white, green and red wooden buildings. The interior has great hiking, though, and we saw lizards, a snake, hermit crabs and not a single human, which isn’t surprising given the 13 sq km island has just 1,900 inhabitants. Best of all, the 1,064-step ascent of Mount Scenery took us up to the highest point in the Netherlands. Stuart Pester, via email Baalbek from the brink Your ‘Grapevine’ item about the FCO…