Travel & Outdoor

Wanderlust February 2020

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

United Kingdom
Wanderlust Publications LTD
Read More
10 Issues

In this issue

1 min.

New Year, New You? Apparently, statistics show that only 8% of New Year’s resolutions are kept. Oh dear. Well, I looked back at my 2019 ones and some I did certainly not achieve (don’t think I will ever get the shape of a supermodel), but my travel resolutions were a success at least, with several new countries and regions visited. For 2020, I already have a wishlist longer than is viable, and am wrestling with wanting to travel longer and deeper rather than often. Now, having spent hours sifting through the exciting Top New Trips (p58) from some of the best travel companies around the list has got even harder. We found it tough to get the prospects down to just 50 for this issue, but we eventually did so hopefully…

2 min.

Holly Budge Dispatches Zimbabwe’s people and wildlife are particularly close to adventurer Holly’s heart. And it’s easy to see why. On p30, she reveals all about life on the anti-poaching frontline with her charity How Many Elephants. It’s fearless and we love it. New travel resolution? “I will keep reaching for the stars! What you can achieve with passion, grit and a positive mind-set is beyond even your wildest dreams.” Anthony Lambert Gulf Islands article As for his love of the Southern Gulf Islands, writer Anthony puts it down to countless visits – courtesy of his Canadian wife. On p90 he takes us on an action-packed adventure across these islands. New travel resolution? “Last year I wrote about the dramatic story of BC’s Kettle Valley Railway, so this year, I plan to cycle the 650km trail, crossing its remarkable…

1 min.
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…

1 min.

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 Assistant Editor Zara Gaspar Commercial Editor Adam Potter Digital Editor Elizabeth Atkin Editorial Assistant Kirtey Verma Associate Web Editor Peter Moore Assistant Commercial Editor Rosie Fitzgerald 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) Senior Account Manager Simon Bryson Senior Sales Executive Lucy Bairstow Senior Sales Executive Dominique Toms South East Europe Representative Genc Rodiqi (gencrodiqi@dioklecian.com) PUBLISHING Managing Director Tilly McAuliffe Commercial Director Ian McAuliffe Director Wanderlust Studio John Innes 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, Lisa Duke, Nick Funnell,…

2 min.

“Wandering re-establishes the original harmony that once existed between man and the universe.”Anatole France, author Arch nemesis São Jorge, Azores, Portugal Photographer: Massimiliano Broggi To explore the coastal fajãs – lava landscapes – of São Jorge Island is to witness nature’s power writ large. The blackened basalt archways loom over the waves, a relic of the volcanic wrath that formed the Azores: not even a rosé sunset can soften this scene. To find the Arco da Fajã da Ribeira da Areia, follow the stone signposts from Ribeira da Areia, on the meandering path that leads down to the ocean. Here, a handful of houses teeter on the North Atlantic shore, home to a tiny community that lives betwixt lava rubble and pummelling waves. A rock and a hard place indeed. © Massimiliano Broggi/AWL Images Three lions…

1 min.
your letters

Star letter An award-winning guide I read with interest and a smile on my face, the article in Wanderlust Magazine (issue 202, December 2019) regarding Lyn’s journey through Georgia with Dario. My husband and I travelled with Wild Frontiers in 2017 on their Across the Caucasus road trip and our guide was...? Dario, of course. We found him very engaging; always there to help. We talked a great deal the day we visited Baku, as it was the ‘setting up time’ for the F1 Race and we enjoyed a common interest in motor racing. The trip itself, I would recommend to anyone who has a ‘wanderlust’ for this part of the world. We have fond memories of Dario. Michele & Steve Grainger, via email Diamond traveller Thank you Wanderlust for helping me explore my 60th…