Lyn Hughes

In 1992 Lyn and her late husband, Paul Morrison, were bored on a flight to South America and so schemed out their ideal travel magazine on the back of a sickbag. The idea stuck and, returning to the UK a few months later, they launched Wanderlust magazine from their spare bedroom.

The magazine gradually grew through word of mouth, and went on to be one of the UK’s leading travel magazines, with numerous awards under its belt.

After a long fight with cancer, Paul Morrison died in December 2004 and Lyn took on the roles of managing director and editor-in-chief. In 2007 and 2008, Lyn was Highly Commended as Publisher of the Year. The Times lauded Lyn as one of the “50 Most Influential People in Travel.” In 2012, Lyn was awarded an Outstanding Contribution Award at the Travel Press Awards. In 2014, Lyn was awarded one of the 'Top 60 Most Influential Women in Travel in the Last 60 Years' by the AWTE

As well as still being very hands-on as editor in chief over Wanderlust magazine and this website, Lyn is an award-winning travel writer in her own right and contributes to newspapers, websites and books. She is regularly consulted by tourist boards and governments on travel-related issues, especially regarding sustainable tourism. She sits on several committees, including LATA (the Latin American Travel Association).

During the course of Lyn’s own travels she has been attacked in the night by soldier ants in Africa, spent the night in a sailor’s bar in the Azores, and been chased over a barbed-wire-topped 6ft-bank by an angry Irish bull. Her idea of hell would be a week on a beach.

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First timer's guide to travelling solo

Taking the plunge on your first solo trip? Here's how to ensure the adventure of a lifetime...

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How to write the perfect travel journal

Want to record the thrills and spills of your adventures? Here's how to write an evocative and captivating travel diary

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5 tips for pitching your article to magazines

Want to get your travel article noticed by magazine editors? These tips will raise your chances – and help you bag that elusive commission

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Lyn Hughes' travel writing tips: Part one

In the first of a series of four videos, Wanderlust’s editor in chief, Lyn Hughes shares the first four of her 20 top tips for aspiring travel writers

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Lyn Hughes' travel writing tips: Part three

In the third of a series of four videos, Wanderlust’s editor in chief, Lyn Hughes, shares the third set of her 20 top tips for aspiring travel writers

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Lyn Hughes' travel writing tips: Part four

In the final of a series of four videos, Wanderlust’s editor in chief, Lyn Hughes, shares the fourth set of her 20 top tips for aspiring travel writers

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Part one: Your guide to solo travel

Travelling on your own can seem a scary prospect – but it can also be the most enriching way to explore. Here’s how to take those first solo steps, says Lyn Hughes

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Part two: Your guide to solo travel

Travelling on your own can seem a scary prospect – but it can also be the most enriching way to explore. Here’s how to take those first solo steps, without a tour group in tow, says Lyn Hughes

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How to beat jetlag: 16 tips on arriving refreshed and raring to go

Crossing multiple time zones? Wanderlust editor-in-chief Lyn Hughes gives her tried and tested tips on beating the curse of jetlag - from adjusting your watch to drinking plenty of cherry juice.

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Solo Travel - What We Want

Despite being a fast growing (and high spending) proportion of travellers, solos are still often treated poorly. Here’s our solo travel manifesto!

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The universal language of football

A better knowledge of Premiership footballers would certainly have been useful in Iran

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The King and I

And so to Edinburgh. By invitation of the Jordan Tourism Board - a good, old-fashioned jolly to see King Abdullah II take the Military Tattoo Royal Salute

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The politics of Wanderlust

We featured Burma in the second ever issue of Wanderlust – and even Suu Kyi’s mother-in-law Josette rang and asked me not do it again. What should I do now?

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Travel doesn’t get better than this!

When we think of our travels, it is often the small, personal moments that linger in our memories; the strongest of all are those of sheer happiness and joy

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Why you should nominate your favourite guide

Editor-in-chief and co-founder of Wanderlust Lyn Hughes explains why nominating your top guide for the Wanderlust World Guide Awards 2013 is vital

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My New Year Travelutions

Lyn Hughes talks about her New Year travel resolutions – including being nicer to tourists

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7 things I wish I'd known before a safari

Safaris can make for an expensive trip so you want to get it right. Wanderlust editor-in-chief Lyn Hughes shares a few things she wished she'd known before her first

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5 things I wish I'd known before visiting Iraq

Wanderlust's intrepid editor-in-chief, Lyn Hughes, has recently returned from a trip to Iraqi Kurdistan. Here's what she wishes she'd known before visiting

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5 things I wish I'd known... Alaska

Back from her recent trip to the USA's wildest state, Wanderlust editor-in-chief Lyn Hughes reveals what you need to know before embarking on your own adventure

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A conversation with Bruce Parry

Bruce Parry talks about exploring the spectacular, controversial and endlessly varied Amazon

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No sex or drugs, just jolly cold says Arctic Bruce Parry

Adventurer Bruce Parry talks to Lyn Hughes about travelling in the Arctic for his new BBC TV series and book – and why he’s been abstaining from everything for a year

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Michael Palin: My big Brazilian adventure

The world's favourite traveller talks to Lyn Hughes about his Brazilian fantasies

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Rudolph reveals all: Exclusive interview with the world's most famous reindeer

We catch up with Santa's biggest helper to find out what life is like in Lapland, why it's such a magical place, and how he gets his nose so shiny...

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Julia Bradbury on walking the walk

The former Countryfile presenter talks to Wanderlust about hiking, life as a working mum, and her love of outdoor showers

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Michael Palin on a very busy year indeed!

The world’s (and Wanderlust’s) favourite traveller talks to Lyn Hughes about Monty Python, 80 Days and the third instalment of his diaries, Travelling to Work

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Dervla Murphy: “I need to be travelling. I need to be elsewhere”

Dervla Murphy’s new book, Between River & Sea, recounts her experience of living among Jewish Israelis and Palestinians in Palestine and Israel. We caught up with the unstoppable Irish author...

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Paul Theroux has refound his mojo in the Deep South

The acclaimed travel writer explains how he rediscovered the ‘old way’ of travel by hitting the roads, churches and gun shows of the Deep South

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Bill Oddie on Patagonia

Bill Oddie remains one of the UK’s most celebrated naturalists, and he’s soon giving a talk in London on his experiences filming orcas in Patagonia – he speaks to us about leaving TV behind and his time among the pampas

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Jonathan Scott: Big Cat Man

From struggling wildlife artist to TV’s go-to big cat expert... We chat to Jonathan Scott about living with lions, reserve politics, being ‘crapped on’ by cheetahs, and his two new books.

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South Africa's Eastern Cape

Lyn Hughes explores the twisting woodland paths, mountains, wildlife reserves and wild coastline of South Africa's Eastern Cape

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Gorilla trekking in Gabon

Tourism is still a fledgling industry in Gabon, but wildlife tracking is providing a much-needed boost to visitor numbers as Lyn Hughes found

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South Georgia: In Shackleton's footsteps

Lyn Hughes gets up close and personal with the king penguins and elephant seals of the south Atlantic

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The Galápagos Islands

What better place than the Galápagos Islands for a Festival of Wildlife? Lyn Hughes joins the experts for a different take on this unique archipelago

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On a walking safari in Zambia's South Luangwa Valley

Lyn Hughes catches up with the winner of the inaugural Wanderlust World Guide Awards, on a walking safari in Zambia's South Luangwa Valley

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Microlight fantastic - microlighting in Zambia

No time for a full time safari? No problem - skim over Zambia on an unforgettable microlight flight

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Rhinos in Assam’s Kaziranga National Park

Assam’s Kaziranga National Park is a stronghold for Indian one-horned rhinos. They share the park with elephants, swamp deer, sloth bears and nearly 500 species of birds

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Wildlife spotting in Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe

Elephants, rhinos, leopards, fish eagles - all unforgettable beasts in unimaginable abundance. That's Zimbabwe says Lyn Hughes

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A tour of Iran

Iran has many facets, but Lyn Hughes has discovered another, unspoken, romantic side to this fascinating country

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Litter-picking along the River Nile

Wanderlust editor-in-chief Lyn Hughes takes an alternative trip along the River Nile

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Whale watching in Canada

From the Pacific to the Atlantic, Canada is one of the best countries in the world for whale watching. Lyn Hughes looks at some of the top locations

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White whale wandering in Churchill

Lyn Hughes travelled to Hudson Bay in Canada for an encounter with some of nature's strangest creatures, the beluga whale

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Horseriding in South Africa's Waterberg Plateau

Lyn Hughes rounds up cattle, swims with crocodiles and has a close-up encounter with giraffes - all from horse-back in South Africa's little-known Waterberg Plateau

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Breathtaking travels in Lesotho and Swaziland

Lesotho and Swaziland, landlocked within South Africa, are enthralling destinations in their own right. Take a step off the beaten track for a taste of hidden Africa

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Travel Icon: The Nile

Any trip down the eponymously renowned river that flows through the heart of Egypt makes you feel like you're a world – and an age – away

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Stella Marsden's chimpanzee reserve, Gambia

Lyn Hughes takes a trip through River Gambia National Park in search of rehabilitated chimpanzees

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The griffon vultures of Cres, Croatia

Undisturbed by mass tourism, the Croatian island of Cres is a scenic refuge for the spectacular griffon vulture, as Lyn Hughes discovers

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A visit to Mongolia's Gobi desert

Home to ger-dwelling nomads, dinosaur bones and the ghosts of Genghis Khan, Mongolia's great desert is surprisingly rich in attractions. An award-winning local guide showed Lyn Hughes around

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How to make Ecuadorian locro

This classic cheese and potato soup – indigenous to the Andes – has its roots in dishes dating back to the Spanish conquistadors of the 1500s

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Revisiting Quito, Ecuador

A trip to the birthplace of Wanderlust bring back a wealth of memories for the magazine's co-founder, Lyn Hughes

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Discover a little corner of Africa in the Caribbean

Lyn Hughes visits Carriacou in the Caribbean, a small island off Grenada, in search of Big Drum festivals

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Solo Travel: Top Tips

Travelling the world on your own can actually be more invigorating than with friends or family. We offer a bit of guidance for being independent abroad

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Chimpanzee sanctuary in The Gambia

In the lush and little-visited interior of The Gambia, a remarkable woman created a safe haven for maltreated chimpanzees

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Walk on the wild side: On safari in Zambia

Inaugural Guide of the Year Award winner Manda Chisanga spent his bursary on solar cookers in South Luangwa, Zambia. We caught up with him - and the wildlife - in action

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Rocking the kasbah in Morocco

When it's time to climb off your faithful mule, the Kasbah du Toubkal in the High Atlas mountains is a scenically spectacular lodge to rest your weary limbs

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Letting your hair down in Belgrade

Serbia's capital has moved on from the wars that decimated it, leaving a regenerating city of people who are always ready to party

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In Thesiger's tracks: rediscovering Oman

Things may have changed since explorer Wilfred Thesiger crossed Oman in the 1940s, but Lyn Hughes was still awestruck by giant dunes, emerald seas and the exorbitant price of camels

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Snoozing in the original Ice Hotel

Arctic Sweden’s original Ice Hotel turned 20 in 2010: it's time to wrap up and check in, whilst admiring the awesome Northern Lights

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Exploring Kerala and the Western Ghats, India

Rolling tea estates, forest tribes, rare monkeys – and was that a leopard? There’s more to Kerala than those beautiful backwaters

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Discover Bahia, Brazil

Tucked away in Bahia state, Brazil's Chapada Diamantina National Park is a true hidden gem – and home of one of the best day walks in the world

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Travel extremes: The ultimate wooden building

Stand face to face with the world's largest wooden structure, home to a 500-tonne Buddha

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Sands of time – Cumbria's Morecambe Bay

Cumbria’s Morecambe Bay is known for its perilous tides, but savvy visitors – like Lyn Hughes – come for an award-winning B&B, coastal walks and unforgettable sunsets

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Riddles of the sands: northern Sudan

With its Nile-side pyramids, hieroglyphics and ancient trading routes, Lyn Hughes finds northern Sudan a mesmerising history lesson but without Egypt's crowds

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The ultimate... mountain

Forget the Himalaya – for true bragging rights, head to the Andes, says Lyn Hughes

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A golden future for Burma?

Myanmar is 2013’s top country, as voted for by Wanderlust readers. When Lyn Hughes visited in 2011 she found a country in waiting

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Travelling in Japan's Kiso Valley

Slip on a yukata and a cowbell for a traditional taste of Japan’s Kiso Valley

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A holiday in Iraq? You bet...

The northern region of Kurdistan is 
not only safe, it’s scenically splendid, historically fascinating 
and fond of celebrations – to which you’re warmly invited...

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Short break: Valletta and Mdina, Malta

This Mediterranean nation may be small, but it packs a hefty historic punch – best absorbed among the streets of its two most interesting cities

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Short break: Madeira, Portugal

This far-flung Portuguese isle may have a package-holiday reputation. But, from dolphins to hill walks to splendid horse-rides, Lyn Hughes finds that it offers so much more

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Practically cuddling brown bears, Alaska

The big brown bears of Alaska’s Katmai National Park don’t seem to mind humans much. And a trip with award-winning guide Simyra Taback-Hlebechuk ensures an intimate encounter...

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Short break: Vilnius, Lithuania

Historic streets and cool café terraces, boutique hotels and hot-air balloon rides, tasty patisseries and fairytale castles – is the Lithuanian capital the perfect city break, wonders Lyn Hughes

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Namibia - a conservation success story

Thanks to pioneering community conservation schemes and inspirational individuals, Namibia is that rarest of things: a wildlife success story. as Wanderlust founder Lyn Hughes found

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Short break in Guernsey

It may only be small but Guernsey in the Channel Islands punches well above its weight in culture, history and landscapes, a shining gem in Britain’s crown

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7 Ways to avoid the single supplement

Frustrated by the single supplement? There are ways round it as Lyn Hughes reveals

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An introduction to Namibia

Namibia recently won the Wanderlust Travel Awards 2014 Top Destination category, here Lyn Hughes gives you a personal introduction

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Bumping into big cats on a walking safari in Zambia

Rather than ticking off the big five from the safety of a jeep, a walking safari gets you up close with everything from leopards to hippos. Lyn Hughes reports from Zambia

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First 24 hours in Anchorage, Alaska

As Alaska’s biggest city prepares for its upcoming 100th birthday, Lyn Hughes helps you plan a wild city stay – and forays into the Last Frontier State beyond

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Whale watching in Baja California

The grey whales of Baja California are a friendly bunch - could a cetacean smooch here be the world's best wildlife encounter?

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First 24 hours in Cusco, Peru

Cusco is breathtaking in every sense – from its impressive colonial architecture and Inca temples to its lofty altitude. Lyn Hughes helps you acclimatise…

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Horse riding on the Salkantay Trek, Peru

15 ecosystems, 4,600m high trails – on four hoofs. Trot to the top of the alternative Inca Trail for a view of Machu Picchu that the crowds don't see

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First 24 hours in Skopje, Macedonia

Thanks to a controversial regeneration project, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia’s capital is looking especially ship-shape. Here's how to hit the ground running when you visit

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Horseriding, hiking and wildlife watching in Connemara, Ireland

Head to Connemara – in Ireland's wild west – for white-sand beaches, rugged shores, islands, whales, white horses and the warmest welcome

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Wildlife watching in the Galápagos Islands

Be blown away by the Galápagos Islands' unique wildlife, untouched islands, and incredible natural beauty

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Runnymede: a traveller's guide

The beautiful Thames-side Runnymede meadows are where the Magna Carta was signed – or was it? Lyn Hughes explores this historic area

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Rediscovering Kosovo, Albania and Macedonia

Wanderlust kickstarted one wave of tourism to the underrated Balkans – and Macedonia won Best Emerging Destination in the 2016 Wanderlust Travel Awards. Now it’s time more of you headed for Kosovo, Albania and Macedonia...

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Whale watching in Western Australia

A marine marvel has been discovered in the waters off Western Australia – though things are pretty special on land, too...

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A foodie break in Athens, Greece

Europe’s most controversial capital has more on its plate than economics. For a flavour of this classical city, embark on a food tour

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First 24 hours in Perth, Western Australia

Could this be Australia’s most liveable city? After heading down under Lyn Hughes reckons the sunny, buzzy, beautiful, booming, capital of the west might just be...

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Short break in the New Forest, UK

It might be largely lacking in trees, but there’s much to delight in Hampshire’s gently wild, pony-grazed, coast-fronting national park

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Searching for whales in Newfoundland, Canada

With its drifting icebergs, puffin colonies and picture-perfect fishing communities, this Canadian province has starred in many a movie. But would its A-list whales turn up?

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Island of legends: Exploring Chiloé, Chile

Northern Patagonia’s Chiloé archipelago is not only a fascinating land of historic churches, wild islets and prolific penguins – it’s also quite unlike anywhere else…

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First 24 hours in St. John's, Canada

Newfoundland's capital is a colourful, cultural, historical hub, buzzing with live music and fine food - and it's only a short hop from the UK

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Short break in Lake Ohrid, Macedonia

Whisper it quietly: one of the world’s oldest lakes has become Europe’s latest secret escape, packed with mountains, history and magic, says Lyn Hughes

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Ghosts of the forest: searching for wildlife in Macedonia’s national parks

Bears, lynx and wild boar await intrepid visitors to the mountainous forests of travel’s newest hotspot: the national parks of Macedonia

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Indian immersion: spending time with local communities in colourful Rajasthan

Vital work is being done to aid rural communities in India's northern state of Rajasthan. Lyn Hughes takes a new cultural trip to learn about the local way of life, from cooking chapattis to plastering with cow dung

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How to make Turkish mezze

Turkish cuisine is all about time – and, it seems, onions. Discover all on a mouth-watering coastal cookery course

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Preview: Great Barrier Reef with David Attenborough

As David Attenborough's new natural history series hits BBC1, we give you a little preview – and get the inside scoop from the legendary presenter himself

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3 ways to admire the northern lights

It’s the best year in half a century to ogle the aurora, says Lyn Hughes. Don't miss our top three places to check them out

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Top 7 countries for vegetarian travellers

Tomorrow is World Vegetarian Day. It can be hard being a veggie on the road sometimes, but there are many pleasant surprises too. Here, Lyn Hughes gives her top countries for vegetarians

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7 ways to beat the post-trip blues

Feeling bereft after a wonderful trip? Wanderlust's editor-in-chief, Lyn Hughes, shares her top tips on how to pick yourself back up

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7 places to horse-ride around the world

Yee-hah, Lyn Hughes saddles up to suggest seven of the top places to explore by horseback around the world

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The World's Top Wildlife Encounters

Wildlife-nut Lyn Hughes reveals six spots where you really do get up close and personal with the wildlife

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The best destinations for vegans

It can be easier than you think to eat healthily and animal-free on your travels...

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5 reasons to go to Iran

With British Airways resuming direct flights from London to Tehran, Lyn Hughes gives 5 good reasons to go to Iran

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Blondes have more fun: exploring Alderney, from World War II history to puffins and hedgehogs

With incredible wildlife, epic history and delicious food, Alderney isn't even the largest of the Channel Islands, but it's starting to make a big splash with visitors...

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5 highlights of Costa Rica’s green season

Visit Costa Rica off-season for exhilarating river rafting, encounters with humpback whales, and to get up close and personal with giant turtles

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Wet and wildlife: the world's greatest wetlands and the creatures you'll meet there

Wet, wild and utterly wonderful, seek out these beautiful natural spots on your travels, not just for the views but for the abundant wildlife that call them home as well

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The pure life of Costa Rica's off-season

Adopt the pura vida attitude and discover Costa Rica's attractions out of season and without the crowds. Lyn Hughes goes in search of nesting turtles, rapid rafting, and rainforest walks

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Helicopters and horses: experiencing life as a nomad on the wild steppes of Kyrgyzstan

Amid Kyrgyzstan’s vast valleys and astonishing mountain peaks, the horse and the helicopter are kings. Lyn Hughes ventures deep into this fascinating country to experience life as a modern nomad.

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The ultimate city guide to Kyoto, Japan

From fresh seafood market stalls and cherry blossom canal strolls to mesmerising temples and traditional inns, make the most of your trip to Kyoto with our ultimate guide...

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Laos: Luang Prabang and beyond

Lovely Luang Prabang scooped 'Best City' in the Wanderlust Travel Awards 2015. Lyn Hughes visited to see why it's our readers' perennial favourite – and discover the other gems beyond the city

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The 6 best places to still see rhinos in the wild

With news of the passing of Sudan, the world's last male northern white rhino, Lyn Hughes reveals the best places to see these magnificent horned beasts and help save them from extinction

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Short break in Évora, Portugal

An easy hop from Lisbon, the beautiful main city of the crowd-free Alentejo region is an ideal place to soak up its centuries of history and slow right down

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13 safety tips for solo female travellers

Don't let safety worries put you off travelling alone. With hundreds of solo trips under her belt, Wanderlust's editor-in-chief shares her hard-won travel advice for lone females

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Fit for a royal wedding! 8 things to do in Windsor

Home to picturesque countryside walks, irresistible gastropubs, and a castle fit for royalty, Windsor offers a taste of British tradition. Make the most of your visit with these must-do activities...

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7 things to do in St Helena

From swimming with whale sharks to uncovering its Napoleonic past – uncover the wildlife and history of St Helena with these must-do activities on Britain's far-flung island...

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30 amazing images from Argentina's High Puna

Wanderlust editor-in-chief Lyn Hughes explores the elemental landscapes of this little visited area of northwest Argentina... shhhh, don't tell anyone about this amazing travel secret

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Avebury: Mysterious circles and ancient stones

A short drive north from Stonehenge is the unsuspecting village of Avebury, where equally fascinating stone structures and crop circles wait to be explored. We uncover its mysterious Neolithic past...

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Bold and beautiful: 12 of Britain's most mysterious ancient sites

With volcanic origins and royal relations, there's more to stone circles than meets the eye. Explore these iconic and lesser-known stone structures that are set in beautiful British landscapes...

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A Lost World: stepping off the map and into the past in wild Belize

With fascinating and dramatic history, crowd-free Mayan ruins and wildlife-packed forests, the Central American nation of Belize feels like a lost world just waiting to be explored...

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In Napoleon's footsteps: Far-flung adventures on St Helena island

New flights have opened up one of the UK's most distant outposts, so Lyn Hughes visited in search of St Helena's whale sharks, Napoleonic history and unique culture

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Is this the most surreal landscape on earth? Exploring Argentina's Puna de Atacama

A land of "devil's deserts", otherworldly volcanoes, and a town at the end of the world: Lyn Hughes visited north-west Argentina in search of jaw-dropping natural wonders you never knew existed...

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