Issue number: 111
Exotic, adventurous, great value – yes, we’re talking about birdwatching, and our 20-page guide is here to explain why all travellers should twitch! Also this issue, we’re blazing trails back to Zimbabwe and Lebanon, trying to climb Mt Blanc without training, and marvelling at the polar bears of Churchill, Canada. Plus the ultimate guide to Argentina. Vamos!
From over 1,000 nominations, eight outstanding guides have reached Wanderlust’s World Guide Award shortlist. Now we need your help to crown the planet's best tour leader. Have you travelled with any of the guides on our list?
PLUS, Wanderlust’s stunning 24-page Guide to Birdwatching Worldwide will introduce you to the planet’s best birdwatching experiences – plus gear and expert advice to help you spot and photograph the key species in Australia, Latin America & the Caribbean.
ACTIVE Mont Blanc, France – Can a mountaineering novice conquer one of Europe’s most formidable peaks?
TRAVEL BLUEPRINT Argentina – ’s big, it’s bold, it contains the most diverse landscape in South America – read our insider’s guide to awesome Argentine
FRONTIER Zimbabwe revisited – It’s time to return. Rare rhinos, magical hills, no other tourists. Is the one-time African holiday spot about to reclaim its crown?
WILDLIFE Churchill, Canada – Sweeping Arctic tundra, a chilling abandoned fortress and yapping huskies – welcome to the polar bear capital of the world
SHORT HAUL Lebanon – Mix the Med, the mountains and the mezze of this resurging Middle East destination
WIN Short break on Alderney – a tiny speck floating just a few kilometres west of the Breton coast, Alderney is a special blend of history, wildlife, activities and warm, friendly locals make for very different break.
WIN Birdwatching extravaganza on the Shetland Islands – A million seabirds can’t be wrong – experience one of the planet’s birding hotspots
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A 19-page introduction to the world's best birding experiences, plus gear and expert advice to help you spot and photograph the key species in Australia, Latin America & the CaribbeanRead more
Birds come in a dizzying array of colours, shapes and sizes: perfect photography subjectsRead more
Try jam-sarnies, avoid radishes and cucumbers, and keep your eyes locked on the horizonRead more
Despite a decade of notorious misrule, Zimbabwe remains one of Africa's great wildlife and adventure destinationsRead more
Stretching from the Tropic of Capricorn to the fringes of the Antarctic, Argentina has it all – wilderness and wine, peaks and penguins, cosmopolitan cities and hard-bitten cowboys. Dig out the best bits with the help of our blueprint guideRead more
Most people 'do' Lebanon in day-trips from Beirut, but a tour of buzzing Mediterranean towns and rugged valleys reveals other sides to this ancient country. Enjoy it while peace lasts...Read more
Famous for polar bears, Churchill, Manitoba has an incredibly rich history, too. 400 years after they first sailed into Hudson Bay, Anthony Lambert track the pioneers’ legacy - and the bears’ prospects for the futureRead more
Rolling tea estates, forest tribes, rare monkeys – and was that a leopard? There’s more to Kerala than those beautiful backwatersRead more