The 20 best places to visit in August

Uncover the best destinations to travel to in August, for warm weather, natural wonders, cultural highlights, once-in-a-lifetime wildlife watching experiences and longer-term trips...

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Peru trip planner: 5 of the best in-depth routes

Explore Amazonian lowlands to Andean highs, and discover pre-Columbian treasures, soaring condors and miraculous landscapes, with one of these five itineraries for the perfect Peru trip...

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What is 'forest bathing' - and how can you try it yourself?

It's the latest travel trend all the way from Japan, but, er, what is it, exactly? Find out what it involves, how it all works, what to expect, and the best places to practice forest bathing...

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Is it possible to get off-the-beaten-track in Boracay, The Philippines?

On the back of the Philippine isle's overtourism crisis, we ask: is it still possible to visit? Will it damage the environment? And can you see an unseen side to one of the world's most-visited islands?

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Director Karina Holden on the life-changing locations in her film, BLUE

Filmmaker Karina's documentary BLUE is about the crisis in our oceans, and how to stop it. Here, she shares where she took her camera crew, and what they uncovered along the way...

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21 of the greatest polar experiences of all time

Whether you want to watch polar bears in the Arctic or penguins in Antarctica and every cultural, historical and wildlife highlight in between. Read on to discover the very best polar adventures...

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The ultimate Wanderlust guide to St Petersburg's White Nights

All you need to know about St Petersburg's 'White Nights' in Russia, including what it is, when it is, and what you can expect from the festival...

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E-biking through Cuba: A cycling revolution

Revolutionary relics, sweeping valleys and colonial towns – riding Cuba on two wheels puts its slow wonders on full show, and now anyone can do it with a little electric help...

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The UK's oldest and most awesome ancient trees

Their gnarled boughs tell stories of ancient battles, clandestine affairs and events that changed the course of history forever...

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Where Dame Judi Dench visited on her Wild Borneo Adventure

Judi Dench fell for Borneo's rainforest and unique wildlife on her travels, documented by ITV's new series Wild Borneo Adventure. Here, we reveal exactly where she visited and stayed during her trip...

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Wander Woman: Can 'underwater IVF' save the Great Barrier Reef?

As news of the Great Barrier Reef’s demise seems to dominate the headlines, Wander Woman Phoebe Smith heads Down Under to meet the man who’s helping to bring it back…

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Is Ruaha National Park the wildest park in Africa?

Tanzania’s Ruaha National Park is wild, remote and little known – and while a tiny fraction of visitors find their way here, East Africa’s greatest secret may not remain hidden for much longer…

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Inside our polar event: An evening of Arctic and Antarctic inspiration

Team Wanderlust joined 100 readers, a panel of polar experts and explorer Sara Wheeler for an evening of drinks, inspiring discussions and serious trip planning. See what we got up to...

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Polar expert Sara Wheeler's new adventure: "Russia is very lovable, despite it all"

Having explored Russia in the footsteps of its 'golden age' writers for her new book, author Sara Wheeler talks Trans-Siberian glories, Putin propaganda and George Best's wandering eye...

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How to make Indonesia's national dish, nasi goreng

As chef Eleanor Ford writes in her cookbook, Fire Islands: “Rice is treasured, never wasted or taken for granted.” Put your leftovers to good use with her nasi goreng recipe...

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How to spend 3 glorious days in Girona, Spain

With a beautifully preserved old town, a rich history, and the Costa Brava at your fingertips, Girona is an enchanting alternative to Barcelona, as George Scott discovers…

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How to avoid breaking unexpected laws abroad

Every country has its rules. Some are more unusual, or much stricter than others. Knowledge is power when it comes to staying on the right side of the law during your trip...

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The Norwegian island campaigning to become a 'time-free zone'

An island in Arctic Norway has rallied its residents, in order to become completely time-free. Surely, victory would make it one of the most unique travel experiences in the world?

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Hiking the main trail of Lebanon's Kadisha Valley

Long-time Wanderlust reader Nandini shares her experience of trekking the blissfully crowd-free, snow-sprinkled hills of the Kadisha Valley in northern Lebanon...

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The ultimate Wanderlust guide to Krka National Park, Croatia

Many repeat travellers rate the myriad lakes, gorges and waterfalls of Dalmatia’s Krka National Park even higher than Central Croatia’s Plitvice Lakes National Park. It's easy to see why...

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A truly great man: In loving memory of conservationist David Back

Passionate conservationist, skilled photographer and wildlife fundraiser, David Back will be sadly missed by all who knew him...

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Salt of the earth: Meet the local people and projects of Mauritius

A new hotel in Mauritius is encouraging visitors to get out of their rooms and spend time with local artisans, fisherfolk and farmers, discovering a side to the honeymoon paradise that few witness…

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7 things to consider when buying a suitcase

Gear expert Phoebe Smith reveals the seven most important things to look out for when you're buying a suitcase with wheels, including the size, material and the so-called 'extras'...

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Inside the 8 stunning national parks in Croatia

A complete guide to visiting the breathtaking natural wonders that are Croatia's eight national parks: Krka, Plitvice Lakes, Mljet, Brijuni Islands, Kornati, Paklenica, Risnjak and Northern Velebit...

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The ultimate Wanderlust guide to Panama City, Panama

It’s not all about the canal, you know? As Panama City marks its 500th anniversary, there’s plenty to celebrate in this venerable, lively capital, writes Vanessa Gibbs…

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Dispatches: The one-of-a-kind 'polar bear jail' in Churchill, Canada

Churchill’s ‘polar bear jail’ is like no other facility on the planet, but when your tiny Canadian town is inundated with hungry bears year-round, sometimes ‘a little stir’ may be what keeps them alive...

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The ultimate Wanderlust guide to the 3 Guianas

What's the weather like? When's the best time to go? And where can you stay while you're there? Here's everything you need to know about Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana...

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23 things you need to know before travelling to the Scottish Highlands

You picked the Highlands as your ‘Top UK Destination’ in our Reader Travel Awards, but where to begin? From spotting elusive red deer to hot-tubbing with royalty, here are Wanderlust readers' top tips…

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Masai Mara vs Kruger: Which of these African national parks should you visit?

With chances to see the Big Five, stunning landscapes, walking tours and a whole host of other activities at both national parks, it can be hard to choose where to visit. Which is best? Let's find out...

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The 19 best places to visit in July

Where should you visit in July? We reveal some of the world's top destinations for enjoying warm climates, wildlife wonders, cultural mainstays and longer-term travel...

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Fit for a president: Inside Ecuador's historic Hacienda Zuleta

Home to former world leaders, endangered birds and more history than most nations can conjure – this 17th century Andean stay is a true antique, and offers a real taste of old Ecuador…

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Travelling the Guianas, and proving good things do come in 3s

A trio of tiny nations linked by a cosmopolitan past and the north-eastern fringes of the Amazon — travelling Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana reveals a side to South America few ever see...

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Before and after: Turning Iceland and Jordan into Mars for BBC's new series The Planets

Using VFX effects, the makers of Professor Brian Cox's space series transformed the world's rockiest landscapes and deserts into otherworldly planets. Here's an exclusive look at how they did it...

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The Wanderlust guide to the Inner Hebrides, Scotland

What can you do in the Inner Hebrides? What wildlife can you see? Where are the best places to stay? When is the best time to visit? This guide answers all your burning questions about Scotland's isles...

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Paul Goldstein: The truth about Botswana's elephant-hunting backslide

Outraged by the news of the five-year ivory-selling ban being lifted in Botswana, wildlife expert and photographer Paul shares his view, saying it's NOT just about overpopulation...

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How to plan your perfect Mekong River cruise

Winding its way from the Tibetan Plateau to the South China Sea, the Mekong River brings together the best of Indochina old and new – explore stilt villages, mountain temples and more with our guide...

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11 essential tips for solo female travel in London

London's considered a safe option for women travelling alone, but here's how to make sure your solo trip is as enjoyable and comfortable as possible...

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Charleston, USA: The ultimate Wanderlust travel guide

As the first direct flights from the UK bring the historic forts, genteel streets and cypress-filled swamps of Charleston a step nearer, we discover a Deep South debutante more than ready for its close-up…

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Wide-eyed on the wild isles: Exploring Scotland's Inner Hebrides

Away from the increasingly busy Isle of Skye, the far reaches of the Inner Hebrides offer a glimpse of a long-forgotten Scotland — of bullish wildlife, crumbling priories and splendid isolation...

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Where to see golden eagles in Scotland

Golden eagles are notoriously elusive, and that's what makes them a thrilling UK wildlife sighting. Here, expert Mike Unwin reveals the best Scottish sites for spotting one in the sky...

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Cycling in the Black Forest: Everything you need to know

Kat Morgenstern, cycling expert, answers all of our burning questions about a pedal-pushing adventure through the fairy tale-esque Black Forest in south-east Germany...

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Truly moorish: 3 colourful summer recipes from Ben Tish's new book

Spiced crab Gazpacho, blood orange jelly, and glazed barbecued ribs. Nothing will brighten up your summer meals quite like these fun and colourful dishes. Read on for the full recipes...

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20 of the best places to visit in June

We reveal the best destinations to travel to in June, for warm sunny weather, cultural festivals, epic wildlife watching experiences and longer-term trips...

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What is Vesak? The holy Buddhist festival celebrated around the world

Vesak Day is an important holiday in the Buddhist calendar. So, what is it? How is it celebrated – and where? Is there anything you need to know if you’re visiting a Buddhist country?

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The Arctic Hideaway: Inside Norway's most remote cabin stay

As the Northern Lights fade, discover another side to the Arctic: a sleekly-designed dream sleep on a lonely island retreat, where summer smoulders on and the sun never sets...

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How to keep your skin healthy while travelling

Your skin is your best defence against all kinds of invaders, so taking care of wounds and infections is vital while on your travels. Just DON'T scratch, begs Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth…

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Vancouver, Canada: The ultimate Wanderlust travel guide

British Columbia’s finest isn’t short of admirers, but this multicultural metropolis is more than just a hipster magnet – it’s a whole wilderness in a city, says Sarah Baxter...

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Awed of the dance: Witnessing Chad's unique Gerewol festival

Around early October, the nomadic Wodaabe people gather in south-western Chad for Gerewol – a unique festival at which young men beautify themselves and dance through the night to win love…

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How to reduce the stress of flying

Have you got a phobia of flying? Or do the hidden costs of many flights make you anxious? Don’t worry, we’ve put together some expert advice to help you stay calm before, during and after you fly...

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Ghosts of the Steppe: Puma-spotting and wildlife watching in the Chilean Patagonia

For most travellers, Patagonia’s Torres del Paine is all about the hiking. But as efforts to preserve its native puma bear fruit, you can now join altogether toothier companions in the wild…

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Dispatches: Freediving with Japan's ama women

'Sea women’ have been freediving for shellfish off the coast of Osatsu for thousands of years, but the future of Japan’s ama divers is looking uncertain as a new generation fails to follow in their wake…

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The 20 best places to visit in May

We reveal the best destinations to travel to in May, for ideal weather, natural wonders, cultural highlights, primetime wildlife watching experiences and longer-term trips...

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22 tips for avoiding crowds at classic travel icons

It’s always the same: top locations, big views and huge queues – that is unless you have the inside track. Wanderlust's travel-mad readers share their tips for beating the crowds...

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When and where can you see the next solar eclipses?

Solar eclipses can be hard to catch, but are extraordinary natural phenomena you definitely want to experience. We've put together a guide so you know when, where and how to see the next solar eclipse...

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Mont-Saint-Michel vs St Michael’s Mount: Which medieval isle should you visit?

France's Benedictine abbey and the castle of Cornwall draw many similarities. The view of both are amazing, but how do they compare on history, walking and food? We put them head to head to find out...

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Pittsburgh travel guide: Is the city really 'hungrier for culture' than New York?

As new flights from the UK touch down in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, it’s time to embrace a city that swapped industrial grit for a buzzing food scene, rugged trails and pop art…

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Cinque Terre highlights - and the best alternative places to visit

Where should you go once you've soaked up the multi-coloured magic of the Italian Riviera's uber-popular Cinque Terre? We reveal the must-see alternative villages, towns and coastal resorts to explore...

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7 of the best wild and adventurous stays in the Caribbean

White sands, swaying palms and a big dose of adventure. Forget the resorts: these unique hotels reveal the Caribbean’s wilder side. Enjoy our top pick of the best Wandersleeps from Jamaica to Barbados...

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How to make the perfect Salsa Roja

Bring the heat to your next dinner party with chef Enrique Olvera's Mexican Salsa Roja (with dried chiles). Here's how to make it yourself...

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Scottish Highlands travel guide: The best things to see and do

Explore the lochs, Munros and monsters of the Scottish Highlands, your ‘Top UK Destination’ in the Wanderlust Reader Travel Awards...

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