Sarah Baxter

Sarah is Wanderlust's Associate Editor. Sometimes that means she's pinned to her desk, editing pages, commissioning features, calling in travel gear and spotting typos. But sometimes Wanderlust lets her out – in the name of travel journalism, she's climbed Kilimanjaro, snorkelled with killer whales, salsa-ed with Spaniards, trundled along the Karakoram Highway, eaten sheep brain, and a whole lot more. In short, she'll try and write about almost anything.

Now part-time at Wanderlust, Sarah does other things too. She is an editor of Unique Honeymoons magazine, and freelances for a wide range of magazines, newspapers and guidebooks, including The Independent, The Telegraph, Metro, Country Walking, Lonely Planet, Countryfile and Runner's World. She has written regular travel columns and blogs for various outlets, and sometimes crops up talking travel on BBC radio. She's happiest with walking boots on her feet, a notebook in her hand and a trail snaking off into the distance.

Twitter: @sarahbtravel

Website: sarahbtravel.wordpress.com

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9 alternative treks - forget the crowds and cliches

Classic treks are prone to crowding in peak season. So if you’re looking for solitude, here are some less well-trodden but equally satisfying options

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Go now! Top trips for April

Get the most out of the approaching Easter break with these four last-minute trips, which are ideal for April too

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The world's top 9 wildlife experiences

Your ultimate guide to finding, tracking and encountering the world's most amazing species

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World's Greatest Journeys: Drive around Namibia

Your number-one country is our number-one journey – Sarah Baxter sees a bit of everything on the long, empty roads of Namibia

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Everyman's mountain? Climbing Kilimanjaro

At 5,895m, Kilimanjaro is the world's highest peak that you can climb without technical skills. But could you climb it?

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Italy... by low cost airline

The cheapest flights to Italy's coveted destinations - plus what to do there once you arrive...

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Kilimanjaro Q&A

Wanderlust's Deputy Editor answers all those niggling questions about climbing Kilimanjaro

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Swimming with killer whales

Arctic Norway is the place to get in the water with orca - unless you're a herring

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Europe by train: the alternative Orient Express

Travelling by train on the traditional route from Paris to Turkey isn't just about sterling silver and tuxedos. It doesn't need to be murder, either

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A lavish hiking trip in Austria

Delicious homemade cheese, the hearty clink of beer mugs, then a life-affirming stroll through gorgeous scenery – the Austrians have it sussed

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Samoa: curious culture in a Pacific paradise

The Pacific specks of Samoa are as far as you can go without being on the way home again. But the local culture – traditional and unique – is well worth the trip

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A week scaling the heights of Mont Blanc

Ever wondered if you could climb a mountain – crampons and all? We sent a climbing novice off to learn the ropes and summit the mighty Mont Blanc...

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Bhutan: Footpaths to enlightenment

In Bhutan, the official pursuit of Gross National Happiness has kept the country’s mystical east closed to visitors for years. Until now…

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Is this STILL the world's best day walk?

Yes, providing you can ditch the crowds. So here’s TWO different ways to do New Zealand’s famed Tongariro Alpine Crossing

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First 24 hours in Montréal

Bienvenue au Canada! Montréal is where North America and France – plus an eclectic mmigrant population – mingle most armoniously, creating a thriving, culturally diverse metropolis, says Sarah Baxter

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Short break in Bonifacio, Corsica

The medieval citadel of Bonifacio appears impregnable – balanced on a cliff, backed by wilderness, built for defence. It’s well worth finding your way in

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Hiking back in time in Switzerland

In 1863, an intrepid lady joined Thomas Cook’s first escorted tour of Switzerland – an epic trip of high peaks and high adventure; Sarah Baxter retraced her footsteps...

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Short break: Halifax, Canada

With live music in every bar, fresh lobster on the menu and whales just offshore, the capital of Nova Scotia is a breath of fresh air for summer city-breakers. And it’s only a six-hour flight away

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How to explore classic Canada

Moose, bears, whales, mountains, maples: for a slice of quintessential Canadian wilderness not too far from civilization, head for Québec, says Sarah Baxter

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Short break: Lisbon, Portugal

Intriguing alleys, hill-top lookout points, vintage trams and tasty pastries; Sarah Baxter sets out to explore Portugal’s historic capital and finds a bargain European break...

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A short break in Tresco, Isles of Scilly

A little slice of Britain with a splash of the Med – head off to the Cornish coast for a relaxing ramble around the UK’s most idyllic getaway

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Short break in Avignon, France

The historic and gastronomic Provençal city of Avignon is perfect for an indulgent long weekend

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Short Break in Thessaloniki, Greece

Ancient in origin yet young at heart, Greece’s second city is full of hidden secrets, exceptional food, thriving bars and a laid-back spirit

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24 easygoing (but breathtaking) cycling trips for softies, from around the world

Proof that you don’t need thighs of steel to see the world on two wheels... Grab life by the handlebars and pedal fantastic landscapes around the world, including Burma, France, Sri Lanka and the UK

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Two incredible weeks in Iceland and Canada

Travelling from the UK? Combine alien Iceland and serene Canada with an extended mid-Atlantic stopover in Reykjavik en route to Alberta

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The birds of Tobago

You don't have to be a birdwatcher to fall for the bountiful birds of Tobago – or for their jungly, rugged and unspoilt Caribbean island home

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Bear watching in Greece

Northern Greece is better known for the deities of Mt Olympus than as the home of bears and wolves. But go down to its woods today, and you might find a big surprise…

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Road tripping around Namibia

Hit the road in Namibia to rub shoulders with cheetahs, get up-close with elephants and explore the desert on horseback

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Hiking the new Three Capes Track through Australia's wild Tasman Peninsula

As a new trail opens up one of Tasmania’s wildest beauty spots, Sarah Baxter explore the island’s convict history and bright future

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All aboard! The 12 best rail journeys in the world

From the timeless Trans-Mongolian to the exhilarating Marrakech Express – hop on board these characterful trains that showcase some of earth's best landscapes

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Short but sweet: 10 of the world's most spectacular day walks

If you're stuck for time – or thigh power – these iconic day hikes squeeze a week's worth of scenery into less than 24 hours...

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20 of the best cultural UNESCO sites around the world

From rock-hewn cities to Welsh castles; mountaintop temples to island prisons, we celebrate the UNESCO-listed wonders that make the world a more cultured place...

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Top 10 cultural sights in Barcelona and beyond

From Gaudi and Dali to ancient churches and massive ships, there are plenty of wonders in Barcelona and beyond to keep culture vultures’ eyes and minds stimulated

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9 easy but awesome day trips from Barcelona

Whether you like exploring medieval cities, hiking the Rugged Coast or sipping cava, there's a whole lot of adventure within quick, easy reach of Barcelona

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10 of Catalonia’s best one-day hikes

From coastal paths to rugged mountain trails, there are plenty of fantastic options for one-day hikes in Catalonia to fill your lungs with air and work off a few tapas plates too many

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Catalonia’s top 5 trekking routes

Catalonia’s trekking trails connect the region’s forested mountains, dramatic coastline, ancient monasteries and fishing villages. Dust off your walking boots for these 5 top hiking routes

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10 of Belize's best beaches, islands and chill out spots for unwinding

From butterfly-spotting to swimming in shimmering lagoons, not to mention Caribbean beaches, Belize’s natural wonders provide fantastic options to kick back and relax

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Best of both worlds: The best of South Africa for the best value

New flights, incredible sights and more diverse wildlife than even the Kruger can boast — all for less money. South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal is about to become your go-to wilderness…

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Best places to visit in Yukon, Canada

From bear watching in wildlife preserves and canoeing along the Yukon River, to riding historic railroads, there’s every reason to escape to the wilderness of northwest Canada

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Explore Canada in spring, summer, autumn or winter

Paddle the lakes in summer, marvel at amber trees in autumn and skate your way through winter – adventure is guaranteed in the Great White North no matter which day, month or season you choose to visit

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Best Canadian road trip: Montréal to Québec City

Hit the highways of the French-Canadian province for wilderness, whales, cosmopolitan cities and the best poutine in town

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Toronto city highlights: food, festivals, culture

It's the country's culture, sport, food and festival centre, and the greatest gateway for your Canadian adventure...

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5 of the best adventures in Ontario, Canada

Canoe on wilderness lakes, make a splash in Niagara, or spot wildlife in Algonquin Provincial Park – immerse yourself in Ontario's great outdoors with these incredible activities...

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Hit the road: 9 tips for planning the perfect road trip in Belize

With jungle views, cascading waterfalls and abundant wildlife, Belize is the perfect place for a relaxing road trip, with plenty of adventurous stops along the way...

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4 spectacular ways to experience Belize

From first timers and chilled out beach goers, to culture vultures and nature lovers, there’s a trip to suit everyone in Belize. Get inspiration from our itineraries that explore this Central American gem

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Best of the outdoors: 9 spectacular trails to hike or bike in Lleida

Pedal, plod or zoom your way through the heart of the Pyrenees with these 9 trails that are perfect for hiking and biking

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7 wild outdoor spots to explore in Lleida

From spectacular national parks and pristine gorges to world-class stargazing, here's where to immerse yourself in the great outdoors in Lleida

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Head off-piste: 11 incredible ski resorts in Lleida

With fresh snow flurries and breath-taking mountain scenery in the heart of the Pyrenees, venture to Spain's ski capital for a white winter in Lleida

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14 incredible active adventures in Lleida

Fancy blasting down white-water rapids? Hanging out sky-high in a hot air balloon? There's an active adventure for everyone waiting in Lleida, Catalonia

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Historical walks of the world: 25 famous trails

Ancient trails, legendary landscapes and pilgrim’s paths... From laid-back wanders to the planet’s most challenging hikes, these are the walks that shaped the world.

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37 world-class walks

Whether you like teetering on mountain ridges or prefer a gentle jaunt along the beach, we’ve found the best wanders the Earth has to offer. Get your boots on…

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7 amazing active adventures in Belize, beyond the beach

With tropical rainforests, vast subterranean cave networks and coral-filled waters, Belize's diverse landscapes makes it a haven for active, adventurous travellers...

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Short break: Bilbao, Spain

The building of Bilbao's Guggenheim 20 years ago saw a change in fortune for the old industrial city. Sarah Baxter samples its perfect pintxos and medieval delights with this short break guide...

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Short break: Boston, USA

There’s never been a better time to enjoy the craic in Boston, the capital of Massachusetts...

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A walking weekend along Spain's Camino de Santiago

As the end-point for the famous 800km pilgrimage, Santiago is every bit a paradise. But if this epic trip is too much, a 'secret' shorter one is out there....

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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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The 7 best things to do in Lucerne, Switzerland

Lakeside Lucerne is a city of charm, culture, sparkling vistas and soul-stirring mountains. It also has a network of delightful forms of transport. Here's how to make the most of it...

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Switzerland by train: 8 of the most spectacular rail journeys

Spanning about 1,280km, linking nine destinations, passing 11 lakes and skirting innumerable mountains, the Grand Tour of Switzerland is arguably the world's best rail adventure. Here's how to do it...

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The 8 best things to do in Bern, Switzerland

Panoramic trains, vintage paddle steamers, mountain-climbing rack railways – just a few of the many exciting ways to get around Bern. Read on for the region's highlights...

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Hiking with giants: 5 of the best walking routes in Bern, Switzerland

Bern isn’t only one of the best places for hiking in Switzerland, it’s one of the best places for hiking in the world. From snowy mountains to valleys dripping with waterfalls, here are our top five walks.

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Lake to lake: Top things to do from Interlaken to Lucerne

Lucerne sits on Switzerland’s fourth-biggest lake, shrouded by lush hills and peaks. Interlaken sits astride two beautiful blue lakes. It’s tough to pick a winner - so don't! Here's how to combine them...

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Secret Lucerne: Hidden highlights of this traditional Swiss city

With its glorious lakeside location, surrounding billow of mountains and enchanting old streets, stay for a while in Lucerne, to drink in its charms and to uncover some of its hidden corners...

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Short break: Bath, UK

Bath’s Royal Crescent celebrates its 250th anniversary this summer. The city has plenty of historic sites to explore, from crescents and curves to baths and Roman ruins, not to mention foodie pleasures...

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On track in Switzerland: 5 reasons you should explore using public transport

Travelling around Switzerland is easy, affordable and – undoubtably– spectacular. Here are 5 reasons to ignore the car and instead discover Switzerland by boat, bus and rail…

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