A to Z of Destinations
Australia, NZ and South Pacific
A to Z of Experiences
Walking and trekking
Diving and snorkelling
Wildlife and safaris
Meet the locals
Frontier and expedition
Cycling and Mountain Biking
Visiting the Poles
Career breaks and BIG trips
Body and soul
Volunteer and conservation
Australia, East Coast
Everest Base Camp
Trans-Siberian and Trans-Mongolian railway
Aurora Borealis/Northern Lights
Climb Mount Kilimanjaro
4th February 2016
Where is the world's top destination? Which country is the one to watch? Where is the loveliest international airport – and which airline is the best to fly with? The Wanderlust Travel Awards 2016 reveals all...
Thank you to everyone who took the time to share their opinions with us – good and bad – to give us a true picture of what travellers really think.
Africa is breathing down the Kiwis’ neck, however. Ethiopia, with its rock-hewn churches, rare wolves and mighty mountains proves that 2015’s third-place finish was no fluke, while Botswana’s trio of desert, delta and wildlife leapfrogged it into joint silver position, having not made the top 10 last year.
Interestingly, Namibia – nearly always New Zealand’s closest challenger – drops to sixth place. Asia also features heavily, with Japan slipping back in after not listing for a couple of years.
The Balkans are fast becoming Europe’s hottest new must-visit: last year it was Montenegro and now you, our ever-discerning readers, have been wooed by the lakes, mountains and monasteries of Macedonia. And, have we mentioned the wine, wolves and fabulous walking?
Fifth-placed Heathrow proves the ongoing runway debate hasn’t distracted it from providing high customer satisfaction for the second year on the trot, while Southend has clearly made an impact on you since it was upgraded in 2012 for the London Olympics, making its first appearance. Across the water, debutant Belfast is beginning to make waves as it seals third place.
Championing responsible travel and profiling off-the-beaten tracks has served Bradt well, as it nabs top spot off Cicerone, winner of the previous two years. Dorling Kindersley’s glossy visual Eyewitness guides hold onto second place for another year, with regular list-makers Lonely Planet and Rough Guides completing the top four.
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