5 things you didn't know about Chinese New Year

The Year of the Rat begins on 25 January, with Chinese New Year celebrations in full swing around the globe - but we bet you probably don't know about all of these unusual and interesting traditions...

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The 9 best landscape photos from Wanderlust Travel Photo of the Year 2019

From misty 'watercolour' mountains in China to dramatic rocky coastlines in the Faroe Islands, these are the worthy finalists in the landscape category of the 2019 Wanderlust Travel Photo of the Year...

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7 reasons you must visit Lake Saimaa, Finland

Finland’s largest lake is hugely underrated compared to some of its European counterparts, but offers wildlife watching, autumnal wonders and some off-beat natural experiences...

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2020's top new festival trips: Papua New Guinea, Tibet and beyond

If you’re looking to party or get swept up in celebrations, 2020 is your year. Chase demons during Tibet's annual Buddhist festival, or trek further afield for a glimpse at PNG's fiery culture...

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5 of the best walks in Windsor and Berkshire

Looking for delightful trails through an archetypal English countryside of castles, woodlands and rolling hills? You’re in for a right royal treat, then, on these walks in Windsor and Berkshire...

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7 of the best places to stay in Sri Lanka

Make your trip to Sri Lanka even more special with a sleepover in one of these unique hotels, although don’t blame us if you can’t bear to leave…

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Top secret trails: 6 hidden walks from around the world

From simple strolls to days-long hikes, these secret trails allow you to tackle unexplored territory across the globe. Explore Taiwan, Ecuador and beyond, as recommended by our top travel experts...

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The most fascinating trips through undiscovered Portugal

Beyond Porto and Lisbon, there's another side of Portugal. Get off the beaten track and explore the sleepy central valleys of Serra Da Lousã, the southern delights of Alentejo, or the Algarve...

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5 reasons you must visit Sapporo, Japan

Not just a gateway to Hokkaido’s mountains and hot springs, Sapporo is a buzzing city famous for its food, its beer, a spectacular winter festival and so much more…

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8 of the best new wildlife experiences for 2020

Discover the newest ways to encounter the most amazing creatures on our planet, with top wildlife trips and epic safaris to Zimbabwe, Colombia, India, Tajikistan, Russia and beyond...

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5 reasons you must visit Mexico City

Mexico City may not always grab the attention of travellers, but there's a diverse array of things to do in Mexico's quirky, vibrant and colourful capital...

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7 of the best walks in Norfolk

A magical landscape of bird-filled broads, long empty beaches and windmills from days of old, Norfolk is the perfect place to stretch your legs, breathe in the brisk sea air and soak up the solitude...

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2020's greatest journeys: 8 brand new excursions to book now

South Korea, Oman, Belize and beyond offer epic adventures – whether by foot, wheel, rail or sail. So, which of these great journeys will you embark on this year?

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5 reasons to visit Nara, Japan

Home to eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, traditional gardens and some of the friendliest inhabitants in all of Japan, here’s why the ancient city of Nara is not one to be missed…

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9 of the best tours for culture seekers in 2020

From a new approach to the Inca ruins of Peru to an in-depth adventure through Java, these tours are designed to absorb the unique colour, customs and cuisine of the world's coolest destinations...

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5 reasons you must visit Galway, Ireland

Great pubs, lively music and deliciously fresh seafood – the bohemian city of Galway offers the best of Ireland in a nutshell … and it’s a European Capital of Culture...

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Travel with the experts: 2020's best new learning trips

Get the most out of the planet's most fascinating corners with help from those in the know, with our pick of the year's best expert-led trips for a life-changing learning experience...

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Mix and match: 7 unique hybrid animals you won’t believe exist

Often the stuff of ancient legends, these incredible hybrid animals are rarely seen in the wild. Will you come across a liger, wholphin or grolar bear on your next adventure?

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9 of the coolest hotels to visit in winter

From mountain-top towers to teetering tubes and hidden treehouses, we lace up our snow boots and explore some cool lodgings in even cooler climates...

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5 reasons you must visit Ascension Island

Ascension Island is mysterious and in a league of its own. 1,300km away from its neighbours and notoriously difficult to get to, its otherworldly landscapes and wildlife makes it well worth the journey..

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10 brand new active adventures for 2020

Ready to cycle, sail, trek and drive your way around the globe? These unforgettable active adventure trips are guaranteed to get your adrenaline flowing, muscles pounding and heart soaring...

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Widen your horizons: 9 epic trips to 2020's unexpected destinations

Try somewhere unexpected this year with these fantastic tours to exciting destinations, offering thrilling sights, breathtaking landscapes and incredible hospitality, just without the crowds...

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7 reasons you must visit Rijeka, Croatia

As a European Capital of Culture in 2020, the spotlight will be well and truly on Rijeka. With a glittering coastline, Hapsburg grandeur and an enviable Adriatic lifestyle, the secret is finally out...

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Year of discovery: 2020’s top trips to explore new frontiers

From countries that may not exist, to old favourites back on the map, be among the first to experience these freshly opened countries, trails and itineraries...

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Our top 20 most-read articles in 2019

Millions of you visited Wanderlust's website in 2019, but which of our inspirational guides, fun features and travel musings did you enjoy most? We crunched the numbers, and here's what came out on top...

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5 reasons you must visit Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Sitting in the snow clad ring of the Tian Shan mountains, the Kyrgyzstan capital is a beguiling blend of brutalist Soviet buildings, broad avenues, nomadic culture and urban sensibilities...

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Hot, hot, hot: 15 sizzling tours to 2020’s Hot List destinations

Desert-covered Namibia, intriguing Lebanon, cultural Canada and the wilds of northern Japan. What do they all have in common? They're on the Wanderlust Hot List for 2020! These tours will take you there...

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6 reasons to visit Salta, Argentina

Argentina’s north-west mountain region is hotly-tipped for 2020. Expect Andean history, Spanish colonial architecture and an intriguing city centre…

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9 of Pakistan's most breathtaking natural wonders

From magical Himalayan valleys to lunar landscapes of bubbling mud volcanoes, Wanderlust's 2020 Hot List destination Pakistan offers a diversity of extraordinary natural beauty without the crowds...

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Wanderlust Hot List: The top 15 places you need to visit in 2020

Need inspiration for your next adventure? From unspoilt Albania to promising Pakistan and the ‘new Zimbabwe’, we present 15 essential destinations to visit over the next year...

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The top travel trends for 2020, revealed by Wanderlust's experts

From ditching planes for trains to unusual sleeping arrangements and the latest in 'wellness' and getting back to nature, we reveal the trends set to revolutionise travel in 2020..

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The world's 13 weirdest Christmas traditions

Venezuelans skate to church, Norwegians hide their brooms, and Catalans are obsessed with festive pooping. We reveal the weird and wonderful festive traditions around the world...

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The 10 wonders of the world, as chosen by team Wanderlust

With so many wonders in the world, old and new, it's hard to narrow it down. But we've selected 10 incredible wonders of the world, for travellers to visit, admire from afar, or simply dream about...

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5 reasons to visit Bukhara, Uzbekistan

'Noble Bukhara' is the jewel of the Silk Road, a centre of overland trade but also of pilgrimage and medieval scholarship. Find out why Bukhara is the highlight of a trip to Uzbekistan...

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Where to see wildlife in January: Peru, Antarctica and beyond

January may not seem the typical peak month for wildlife, but snow monkeys, penguins and grey wolves come out to play in Japan, Antarctica and the USA at the beginning of each year...

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7 of the best places to see wild (and not-so-wild) reindeer

If you want to see Rudolph and co yourself – whether in the wild or in a conservation environment – you can’t go wrong with these destinations…

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5 reasons you must visit Sarajevo

Steeped in history, surrounded by nature but dogged by notoriety, Sarajevo is emerging from its dark past to become one of 2020’s must-visit destinations...

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Your top tours: The most popular Trip Finder adventures of 2019

From mountain treks in Lebanon and Georgia to wildlife watching in Borneo and Sri Lanka, these are the tours Wanderlusters booked using Trip Finder in 2019. Perfect for 2020, too...

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13 cute, crazy and downright weird animals you’ve probably never heard of

With millions of different species roaming our planet, there are bound to be animals you’ve never seen before. From fanged deer to rabbit-like creatures with teddy bear faces, here are the strangest...

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When's the best time to see wildlife in the Masai Mara?

Kenya's Masai Mara is among the world's most famous locations to witness increasingly rare and dramatic wildlife encounters. Find out what to see, and when...

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9 fantastic destinations where your pound will go further in 2020

Thought your travel options were limited because the pound has plunged against the dollar and the euro? Foreign exchange expert Ian Strafford-Taylor reveals the places where your money will go further...

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7 things you must do in Bhutan

The last of the Himalayan kingdoms, there’s nowhere on Earth quite like Bhutan. Here’s how to get underneath its skin: exploring its monasteries, tackling treks and finding ultimate happiness...

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Scale new heights: 7 exhilarating mountain adventures for you to conquer

Spectacular mountains, remote villages and challenging peaks – these high altitude adventures around the world will, quite literally, take your breath away...

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7 reasons to visit Cali, Colombia

The Colombian city of Cali is the undisputed salsa capital of the world and the ‘star’ of the final season of Narcos. It’s also got great food, nature on its doorstep and a quirky cat park, too...

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11 of the best Caribbean islands for nature lovers and thrill-seekers

It’s not all blue skies and beach bars on Caribbean islands. The lush mountainous interiors offer some of the best hiking around. Expect rainforest, bountiful birdlife and spectacular views...

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Weekend wonderlands: 16 of the UK's best Christmas markets

Stock up on twinkly trinkets, slurp steaming glühwein, and swish your way across festive ice rinks, with the best Christmas markets in Britain. Guaranteed to brighten even the gloomiest winter weekend...

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5 reasons you must visit Tokyo’s charming Yanesen neighbourhood

Is there anywhere left undiscovered in Tokyo? Wanderlust World Guide Award winner Brett Plotz reveals a little-known suburb where traditions still rule, and why you should head there...

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7 of the best Indian Ocean island tours - to Reunion, Mauritius and beyond

These tropical islands, including Seychelles, Anjajavy and Reunion, are the stuff dreams are made of: white sand beaches, verdant interiors and a vibrant local culture. Check out the best trips for each...

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Feeling festive: 9 exotic adventures guaranteed to spice up your Christmas

Looking for a Christmas or winter break you’ll never forget? Don’t deck the halls, just grab your passport and go on one of these exciting adventures in India, Latin America, Jordan and beyond...

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The best places to see polar bears in the wild

They say you never forget your first encounter with a polar bear, the world’s largest land-based carnivore and undisputed king of the ice. Here's where to see this Arctic icon out in the wild...

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7 of the best action-packed winter activity holidays

Hibernation? Pah. Get your blood pumping on these winter adventure trips – including snow shoeing in Sweden, Super Jeeping in Iceland, husky sledding in Canada and kayaking amongst icebergs in Svalbard...

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Join the club: 8 gift memberships for travellers and wildlife lovers

These memberships make the ideal Christmas gift, offering experiences and days out all year round, plus the chance to give something back...

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Japan's 12 Rugby World Cup host cities: What you need to know

In 2019, all eyes were on Japan's 12 host cities for the Rugby World Cup. Each host still offers a wealth of things to see and do, beyond the games and better-known Japanese cities like Tokyo and Kyoto...

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7 of the best walks along Scotland's west coast

With breathtaking vistas, hills and rocky headlands leading on to isolated beaches, ancient castles and a dazzling white lighthouse, it's no wonder the west coast of Scotland is a hot spot for walkers...

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The 7 best places to see jaguars in the wild

The elusive jaguar is the Americas' truest big cat, and though sightings in the wild are rare, they aren't impossible. In fact, if you know where to look, we'd say you've got a fair chance...

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Frohe Weihnachten! Germany's top 10 Christmas markets

Planning a Christmassy short break? Whether you fancy a medieval meander in Guteneck or a taste of tradition in Munich, Germany's a festive wonder. Our guide reveals the best German Christmas markets...

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5 fabulously festive Christmas markets in Austria

With its fairy tale frisson and traditions dating back to the Middle Ages, Austria (along with Germany) is where Christmas markets all began. So, grab a steaming glass of glühwein and step back in time…

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Alice Morrison: How I've prepared for my Sahara Desert adventure

Adventurer Alice Morrison has just embarked on a 2,000km walk across the Sahara, from the top of Morocco to the bottom. Here she reveals the preparations she has made to ensure its success...

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7 wildlife tours inspired by the BBC’s Seven Worlds, One Planet

From vast colonies of penguins in Antarctica to Africa’s shyest mammals, these trips offer a VIP backstage introduction to the wildlife stars of the Attenborough-narrated Seven Worlds, One Planet series...

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5 reasons to visit the stunning Seychelles

With breathtaking beaches, delicious cuisine, and world-class scuba diving, the Seychelles are the last word on tropical island paradise. Here’s why you need to get there now...

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