19 of the best places to visit in September

September is one of the best months to travel for myriad reasons: great weather, off-season prices and a host of exciting wildlife watching experiences. Here are the best places to explore in September...

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Dominican Republic vs Dominica: Which Caribbean country should you visit?

These two Caribbean countries are often mistaken for each other. But are you tempted by the Dominican Republic’s epic hikes, or do you prefer Dominica's lush waterways?

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Where and when to see the Southern Lights

Aurora Australis – aka the Southern Lights – lights up the sky in red, orange, pink and green. Here’s when and where you can witness the magic for yourself...

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Street Wisdom: A mindful tour of Montecatini Terme, Tuscany

When a new mindfulness tour offered to show Phoebe Smith around an Italian town AND take her on a journey within, she put away the map, set aside the guidebook, and went in search of some Street Wisdom…

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10 simple things travel photographers often forget

Ensure you capture amazing travel images with these essential tips from the experts at Nikon, covering everything from proper planning, to ways to make your pictures pop...

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How can you help the Amazon rainforest?

Wondering how you can help the Amazon? Discover projects, appeals and trips that involve reforestation activities, tackling climate change and restoring vital rainforest habitats...

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A 2-day walk from Scarborough to Whitby, along the Cleveland Way

As North Yorkshire’s Cleveland Way marks 50 years as a National Trail, Gareth Clark walks the historic coastal section from Scarborough to Whitby in search of its wild past…

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Dispatches: Trying to connect with Bob Marley's legacy in Jamaica

Never meet your heroes – even when they’re dead! Jamaica cashing in on the legacy of Bob Marley is one example of ‘hero travel’ gone wrong, as Paul Clammer found on a trip to the singer’s birthplace...

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Johannesburg, South Africa: The ultimate Wanderlust guide

After decades of playing second fiddle to South Africa’s glitzier coastal metropolises, this historic, rapidly evolving city is finally winning over travellers, says Sarah Gilbert...

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10 things you need to know before cruising the Mekong River

From slow river cruises through the jungle to spotting rare dolphins and visiting cave temples, here are your top tips on how to navigate Asia’s greatest waterway – and where to stop along the way…

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Siem Reap, Cambodia: The ultimate Wanderlust guide

Travel to Siem Reap in Cambodia is usually tied in with visiting Angkor Wat. But there's much more to see and do in this city, including sacred waterfalls, floating villages and marvellous markets...

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Outlander's top Scotland filming locations - in Edinburgh, Fife and beyond

Outlander is back in 2020 with season five, but where can you relive the show's Scottish magic for yourself? Follow in Claire and Jamie's time-travelling footsteps with these iconic filming locations...

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Nepal trek planner: 13 of the best routes for every trek type

Whether overnighting in teahouses or camping on mountainsides, some of the best walks on the planet are found among the peaks and valleys of Nepal. We plot a route for every kind of adventure…

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Maldives vs Seychelles: Which Indian Ocean island should you visit?

With diverse culture, clear water snorkelling, spicy food and a whole host of wildlife to see, both the Maldives and the Seychelles make great island escapes. And both have an unexpected wild side...

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Is Zakouma National Park in Chad one of Africa’s best?

The dark days of Chad’s Zakouma National Park saw its wildlife poached to near extinction, but now the animals are returning, its reputation is on the up. Mark Stratton investigates for Wanderlust...

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Durmitor National Park, Montenegro: The ultimate Wanderlust guide

The largely unexplored Durmitor National Park in Montenegro truly is one of the last remaining unspoiled wildernesses on the European continent. Here's your guide to making the most of it...

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Napoleon: 5 locations to visit to follow in the French emperor's footsteps

15 August marks the 250th anniversary of Napoleon Bonaparte's birth, meaning 2019 is the perfect year to explore the French emperor's birthplace, the islands on which he was exiled, in Europe and beyond...

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First 24 hours in Muscat, Oman

Oman’s capital has never looked better – or had stronger ambition. Yet this bustling capital combines modernisation with the romance of old Arabia...

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Bear necessities: Watching grizzlies in Khutzeymateen, Canada

Longing to see grizzlies up close and personal, Phoebe Smith sets sail for Canada’s little-known Khutzeymateen Provincial Park to watch them (safely) by boat…

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Faro, Tavira and beyond: Go off-the-beaten-track in the eastern Algarve

Most travellers dismiss Portugal’s Algarve as a whirlwind of booze and beaches, but its quiet east is a land of wild walks, lagoons and historic villages waiting to be explored…

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How to make sere lasus with hudut, Belizean style

Chef Sean Kuylen from Belize tells us how this coconutty fish broth celebrates the tropical nation’s history, culture and produce. He also shares his own recipe for this snapper fish soup with us...

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What lies beneath: Swimming with manatees in the Crystal River, Florida

Welcome to the real Magic Kingdom. Never mind Mickey Mouse, Florida's true celebrity critters are found in the depths of the Crystal River...

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Dispatches: Is Liberia your next beach escape?

Liberia’s coastline hides some of the most spectacular stretches of sand on the planet, let alone West Africa. But can it overcome a traumatic past to attract the travellers it deserves – and needs?

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China trip planner: 5 epic itineraries from east to west

Blimey, it’s big. But don’t be deterred. China is also wild, bustling, ancient, modern, scenic and full of surprises. Get your head around it all with the best routes and more top itinerary ideas...

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Kachi Lodge: Inside Bolivia's eco-pod on the salt flats

The dark skies, ‘islands’ and tombs of Salar de Uyuni salt flats make for an otherwordly escape, especially when glamping in your own futuristic eco-pod…

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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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How to win Wanderlust's Travel Photo of the Year competition

Are you thinking of entering our annual travel photography competition? Give yourself a head start with this advice from Paul Goldstein, one of the judges...

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Krka National Park, Croatia: The ultimate Wanderlust guide

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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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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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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What does 'UNESCO World Heritage Site' really mean?

UNESCO-listed destinations wear their title as a badge of honour – but what really makes a UNESCO World Heritage Site special? And why should we care so much?

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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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