Hazel Plush

Hazel was Wanderlust's Web Editor from 2014 until 2016, although she first cut her teeth on travel publishing as an editorial intern with Wanderlust in 2010.

Between her stints with us, she lived and worked in the Middle East, where she spent Sunday to Thursday editing luxury travel magazines and her weekends exploring the region on a shoestring.

An internationally-published writer, she has been fortunate enough to visit many places on assignment, although her heart belongs to East Africa and Oman. And the beach bars of Zanzibar...

She now works as a travel editor on a national UK newspaper. Follow her escapades on Twitter: @hazelplush

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5 things I wish I’d known about Mexico

Travelling to Mexico? You won't find this first-timer’s advice in a guide book, but it will certainly help your trip go smoothly…

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How to travel during Ramadan

A spiritual month for Muslims – but a logistical nightmare for travellers? Heed the advice of our country-by-country guide to travel during Ramadan

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5 reasons why you should use a visa company

Frivolous expense or essential service? We vote the latter – here's why you'd be daft not to use a visa company...

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How you can help Nepal

This incredible country needs your assistance now. From charitable donations to voluntary rebuilding trips, here's how to help Nepal after the earthquake

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Author Tim Butcher: a life on the edge

Tim Butcher, war correspondent turned travel writer, tells Wanderlust why he's “the most egotistical postcard writer around”

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10 places to beat the blues

Christmas is long behind us, the bills are pouring in, it's cold and spring is far off. Here are 10 places to win back that feel-good factor and beat the blues

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The world's 10 most adventurous museums

These extreme museums will take you to the edges of the earth – indeed, getting there is half the fun...

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Top 5 things to do in South Africa in January

In 2010, South Africa wasn't just a country, it was a sporting dream: but there is so much more to discover in the rainbow nation

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Top 5 things to do in South Africa in February

Last year South Africa was all about the football; here we show you there's so much more to the rainbow nation

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Top 5 things to do in South Africa in March

Here are Wanderlust's top five unmissable things to do in South Africa in March

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Top 5 things to do in South Africa in April

Check out Wanderlust's top five tips for things to do while visiting the rainbow nation in April

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Top 5 things to do in South Africa in May

Wanderlust's top five things to do in South Africa, in May

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Top 5 things to do in South Africa in June

Don't miss our top five things to do in South Africa in June

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Top 5 things to do in South Africa in July

Slurp up a speciality: Wanderlust's top five things to do in South Africa in July

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Top 5 things to do in South Africa in August

Check out Wanderlust's top five tips for things to do in South Africa in August

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Top 5 things to do in South Africa in September

Five more top tips on what to do in South Africa in September

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Top 5 things to do in South Africa in October

Don't miss these top five things to do in South Africa, this month

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Top 5 things to do in South Africa in November

Don't miss our top five things to do in South Africa, in November

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Top 5 things to do in South Africa in December

Finish the year in style: top five things to do in December in South Africa

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5 ways to avoid malaria

To help raise awareness of World Malaria Day we're offering you five top tips on how to avoid the deadly disease

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10 things to do for free in Zanzibar

There’s more to Zanzibar than pricey hotels and sunloungers – from overgrown palaces to forest trails, we pick the Spice Island’s best giveaways

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8 reasons why you'd be crazy to travel without insurance

Buying travel insurance can feel like an unnecessary drag, but who knows what will happen on the road? You'd be stupid to travel without it - here's why...

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5 things to do in Ireland

It's St Patrick's Day today, and what better way to celebrate than planning a trip to Ireland?

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Europe's quirkiest holiday rentals

In need of a trip with a difference? These unique European holiday rentals are like nothing you've ever seen before...

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9 paradise Costa Rica holiday rentals - from £8.50 per night!

No, it's not a scam! Costa Rica's glorious holiday rentals are both cheap and stunning - and we've picked out the best... Now, infinity pool or sea view - or both?

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9 of the best trips to take this Christmas

Where will you wake up on Christmas Day morning? From climbing Kilimanjaro to cycling across Thailand, here's how you can really shake things up!

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10 ways to see Uluru, Australia

More visitors than ever are choosing not to climb the sacred slopes of Uluru (aka Ayers Rock). Bravo to that! We reveal the most spectacular alternative ways to experience Northern Territory's most famous sight – without offending Aboriginal customs

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Where to eat (and drink) in Stellenbosch

Looking for some great food to soak up all that Stellenbosch wine? From swanky vineyard restaurants to authentic Xhosa cooking lessons, we've picked the best spots to line your stomach

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6 vineyard hotels in Wales

Fancy a Wales weekend with great food and wine? These vineyards have on-site hotels, B&Bs and holiday cottages – so you can get stuck into the wine tasting without worrying about the drive home

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9 of the best boozy breaks

From Russian vodka and Japanese sake to the world's finest wineries: get to grips with new cultures on these intrepid and intoxicating trips (Not a stag-do in sight – we promise)

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9 of the best family trips to take with pre-teens

These trips are designed for families with kids aged 8 to 12 – ideal if you want to try a more adventurous holiday with your choosy pre-teens

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Greece's 10 most spectacular festivals

Climb coastal cliffs, catch open-air movies or celebrate the humble pistachio – there's a festival for everything in Greece. These are the country's most spectacular...

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6 adventurous ways to see London

From giant slides to Victorian horse-drawn cart tours, get a new perspective on London with these unique experiences

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How summer holidays have changed since the 1950s

Aah, the halcyon days of glamorous air hostesses, demure swimming costumes and not a selfie stick in sight... This is what travel looked like in the 1950s – and it's fabulous

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7 really, really useful things that most people forget to pack

They're small, they're cheap, and they'll help you out of a sticky situation: these nifty items might not be top of your packing list, but they should be

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8 of the best Christmas trips for solo travellers

Want to get away from festive madness, make new friends and have a big adventure this Christmas? This is for you...

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8 action-packed winter activity holidays

Hibernation? Pah. Get your blood pumping on these winter adventure trips – including snow shoeing, igloo building, husky sledding and more

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7 life-changing challenges to take on in 2016

Diving with sharks? Snorkelling between tectonic plates? Bagging a rare wildlife encounter? These travel challenges will raise the bar in 2016

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Trip of a lifetime: Iran

Incredible architecture, beguiling culture, Silk Road splendour – and quite possibly the warmest welcome you'll ever experience. Welcome to Iran...

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6 unusual ways to experience France's Champagne region

Fancy something a little more adventurous than your average vineyard tour? These ideas will take you from treehouse bars to vintage boats – with a glass of bubbly in hand at all times

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Dubai: the stopover city guide

Got a flight connection in Dubai? Whether you've a day or just a few hours to spare, squeeze the most out of your stopover with this insider's guide

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How to rescue an orphaned elephant

Benjamin Kyalo has dedicated his life to the rescue of Kenya's orphaned elephants. Here, he shares tales from the front line of conservation...

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10 amazing places to immerse yourself in the culture of Oman

Oman’s heritage isn’t confined to great museums and galleries. The country’s culture is all around, from world class museums and ancient forts to sunbaked shipyards, all ripe for exploration…

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Short break in Luxembourg City

As Luxembourg celebrates 200 years of its Grand Duchy status in 2015, Hazel Plush finds there’s more to its capital than first meets the eye...

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Inside Iceland's Langjökull glacier

Langjökull glacier has always been out of bounds – but now a new tour takes you deep inside Europe's second-largest ice mass, on a tour of the icy underworld

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Going off-grid in Mexico

A journey into the highlands of Oaxaca and Chiapas reveals Mexico's beguiling treasures: ancient civilisations, intoxicating rituals... and fried grasshoppers

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Road tripping and wild camping in Oman

Fortune favours adventurous travellers in this untamed slice of Arabia. Hit the road in Oman to discover incredible wildlife, enigmatic islands, and some of the world's finest wild camping spots

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Making a travel film in Iran: Leon McCarron interview

Ahead of his filmmaking seminar at London's Adventure Travel Show 2015, we quiz Leon McCarron about his new film, what makes a great story on screen, and his tips for aspiring filmmakers...

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Now that's how to arrive: 7 weird and wonderful hotel transfers

Forget taking a taxi or bus from the airport to your hotel - how passé! The adventure starts the minute you touch down with these crazy transfers...

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15 extraordinary things to do in the United Arab Emirates

From flying with falcons to delving into Arabian art, the UAE hoards plenty of secret travel treasures – here’s how to find them

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10 places for an unforgettable hot air balloon ride

Escape the crowds and experience the thrill of seeing the world from above by taking to the skies in a hot air balloon... Here are our favourites

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5 cultural highlights of Quito, Ecuador

There's more to Ecuador than the Galápagos Islands, you know. Delve into Quito's unique markets, artisan shops and thriving foodie scene...

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Rodney Fox interview: “Sharks are not crazy man-eaters”

50 years ago, Rodney Fox almost died in a great white shark attack – but since then, he's dedicated his life to shark conservation. We caught up with him to chat about cage diving, his role on the Jaws movie, and his favourite shark – named Santa

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Meet the real-life Crocodile Dundee

Matt Wright, star of TV's Outback Wrangler, is Australia's crocodile-catching, helicopter-flying, snake-collecting action man. Prepare for severe career envy...

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6 excellent weekend break ideas in the Channel Islands

From literary heroes to unforgettable foodie feasts, and from watersports to walking tours, these are 6 of the best ways to spend a weekend break in the Channel Islands

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8 fantastic family adventures in the Channel Islands 

From surf lessons to treasure hunts, island-hopping to puffin-spotting, there's plenty to keep adults and children happily entertained in the Channel Islands

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Jungle Booked: 5 of the wildest hotels in Sabah, Borneo

Whether you want to meet orangutans, cruise the Kinabatangan River, or hike through Borneo’s pristine rainforest, these are Sabah's most wild and wonderful places to stay...

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Wandersleeps: 7 of the best stays in Morocco

From desert camps and city riads to gazing on the Atlas peaks from your own hilltop infinity pool – these amazing locations are ideal for soaking up Morocco’s wonders…

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St David's Day: Worldwide celebrations

It’s the day of Wales’ Patron Saint, but St David’s Day is being celebrated all over the world. Look out for a party near you…

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9 reasons you must visit Ras al Khaimah

Welcome to the outdoor adventure hotspot that you’ve (probably) never heard of – land of amazing road trips, mighty mountains, and the wildest beaches you’ll ever set foot on...

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9 incredible outdoor adventures in Oman

Welcome to a land of mighty mountains, wildlife-rich coastline, and lush leafy vales. Whether you’re a hiker, diver, or would-be camel rider, Oman has adventures aplenty…

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7 things to do in Muscat

Oman's up-and-coming capital is packed with historical treasures and fantastic food, and has one of the most enchanting souks you'll ever set foot in. Here are our highlights...

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5 things to do in Wales

Whether you’re after a wilderness escape or a slick city break, Wales has something for every type of traveller

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The local’s guide to Bavaria: Top things to do in this traditional region of Germany

Discover Bavaria from a local's perspective. Here, the people who know it best share the top things to do, see and eat in this special region of Germany...

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The Alpenwelt Karwendel: Why you need to visit this secret German hotspot

With its pretty alpine villages and wild landscapes, the Alpenwelt Karwendel is perfect for hikers, bikers, skiers…and violinists! Located in Bavaria, it's also very accessible for a short weekend away...

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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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8 reasons to visit the hidden German region of Ruhpolding

You may not have heard of it (yet), but Ruhpolding is ripe for adventure – with epic hiking trails, world-class winter sports, exhilarating cycling, and much more...

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4 countries, 1 big adventure: Why you should visit Europe's enormous Lake Constance

Whether you’re a wine buff, hiker, cyclist or city tripper, you’ll find adventures aplenty on the shores of Lake Constance. This magnificent region deserves to be your next getaway. Here's why...

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Wine and walking in Germany: A 2-centre city break in Stuttgart and Ludwigsburg

Why have one city break when you can have two? The cities of Stuttgart and Ludwigsburg are so close, you can explore them both easily in one long weekend. Here’s how…

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5 amazing things to eat in Taiwan (and where to eat them)

From the smoky, sizzling food stalls in Taipei's night markets, to the deftly-crafted dumplings of Din Tai Fung, Taiwan loves its food – and so will you....

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5 of the best outdoor adventures in Taiwan

Taiwan has outdoor adventures aplenty, with hiking and diving some of the best ways to see this beautiful country — both above and below the water...

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5 islands that are ruled by animals

Want to befriend the locals? Bring a pocketful of treats when you visit these islands where pigs, cats and rabbits run free

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Swabian Alb: The German mountains you haven’t heard of but need to visit

With its mighty landscapes, thermal springs and incredible hilltop castles, it’s a wonder that this region of southern Germany remains so blissfully crowd-free. Here’s what you’ve been missing…

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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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Lake District vs Peak District: Which region should you visit?

Both the Lake District and Peak District are loved for their beautiful wilderness. But which one is best? We put them head to head, comparing their hiking, wildlife and cultural clout...

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9 ways to reconnect with nature in Jersey

Slip away from your everyday with these outdoor adventures in Jersey – designed to rebalance your body, clear your mind, and re-wild your spirit..

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5 reasons why Jersey is the ultimate wild wellness escape

Feeling frazzled? A wild weekend in Jersey will recharge your batteries and soothe your weary soul – here’s how...

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