Travel & Outdoor

Wanderlust October 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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We’re feeling very old here at Wanderlust Towers as we celebrate this, our 200th issue. But with that great age comes great wisdom (well that’s what we tell ourselves anyway). So, we have pulled together 200 of our own travel ‘secrets’ and that of many other travel experts, and they’re scattered throughout the whole issue – starting on this very page. We could have filled a book so whittling the list down was very difficult. I’ve included some of my own secrets in this issue too: the front cover and the Wonder of the World (p186), are both about unexpected places that blew me away, as did North Macedonia’s Lake Ohrid (above). We know you’ll have your own secrets too, whether of places or practical travel tips, so please do tell…

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Steve Backshall Interview TV adventurer Steve has always been fascinated by untouched territories. On p30, he reveals his hair-raising near-death experiences, the wild world of Bhutan and where he’s off to next… Where I was in 1993: “Travelling solo around the Philippines while on break from uni. There was a hurricane on the island of Mindanao and I was holed up for weeks in a fishing village. No one spoke any English!” Paul Bloomfield Secrets wildlife Wildlife enthusiast Paul’s first assignment for Wanderlust was 15 years ago – since then, he’s been following tracks of a different kind. On p99, he lifts the lid on his top ten wild experiences that beat the classics. Where I was in 1993: “I set out on a shoestring trip through Asia. Luckily, despite my embarrassing and tiny budget of £5…

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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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EDITORIAL CONTENT Editor-in-Chief & Co-founder Lyn Hughes Technology Director Simon Chubb Managing Editor Tom Hawker Assistant Editor Zara Gaspar Commercial Editor Olivia Lee Digital Editor Elizabeth Atkin Editorial Assistant Kirtey Verma Associate Web Editor Peter Moore Assistant Content Editor 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 Production Controller Joe Fordham ADVERTISING Commercial Manager Adam Lloyds (adam.lloyds@wanderlust.co.uk) Media Specialist Simon Bryson Media Specialist Anthony Bennett Senior Sales Executive Lucy Bairstow South East Europe Representative Genc Rodiqi (gencrodiqi@dioklecian.com) PUBLISHING Managing Director Tilly McAuliffe Commercial Director Ian McAuliffe Director Wanderlust Studio John Innes Publishing Director Catriona Bolger (Good luck!) 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) ASSISTED THIS ISSUE Lorna Cowan, Hazel Plush Pooch-at-large Zöe…

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SECRET 2 “Until we allow not only elephants, but all living creatures their place in the sun, we can never be whole ourselves.”Lawrence Anthony, conservationist Gentle giants Kenya, Africa Photographer: Will Burrard-Lucas Elephants are the elusive giants of the animal kingdom – something that photographer Will Burrard-Lucas began to understand on his quest to document Kenya’s last great African tuskers in Tsavo Conservation Area. “No matter how long you spend with elephants, they will always be doing something interesting; whether it’s a young elephant learning to use its trunk by picking up sticks and stones or gigantic bulls jostling for control of a waterhole,” Will explained. “That’s my biggest secret – the more time you spend with a single species, the more you learn to appreciate it, leading to a more rewarding experience.” © Land…

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your letters

Star letter Lucky number seven We always look forward to the arrival of Wanderlust. It’s full of exciting places to visit and we love to travel. But this issue [issue 198, July/August 2019] was different. As I turned the pages I realised how lucky we had been to visit so many beautiful places. In this issue we counted seven from the beginning to page 92: Inle Lake, Myanmar; Meteora, Greece; Tiger’s Nest, Bhutan; Bagan, Myanmar; Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam; and Guatemala. So many happy memories flooded back. We will now carry on with the September mag, and see if we can do better than seven. Thanks for a great magazine. Dorothy and Pete Hoyle, via email Busking beyond borders I’ve just read a hugely entertaining book written by a young busker and folk musician…