Dec/Jan 2016 issue • On sale from 26 November

Issue number: 162

In this issue

Travel Hot List

The most exciting cities. The newest trails. The most wallet-friendly destinations – we present the places that will be on your wish list for 2016

Back to Nepal

Shaken but still stirring – a post-earthquake Nepal is very much open for business, so make this the year you go to explore the country's peaks, parks and heritage sites

Atlantic Canada

Head to sea-salty Newfoundland for icebergs, puffin colonies and picture perfect fishing communities. PLUS: Nova Scotia highlights


Delve into far-south Peru; the land of ice mummies, misty volcanoes, the source of the Amazon and the chance to walk in the world's deepest canyon with condors

Mekong Delta

Fancy some slow travel? There's nowhere better than Vietnam's great river for islands, paddies, stilted villages and unique cultures

Countries that don't exist

Transnistria? Murrawarri? Lakotah? We introduce you to 10 countries that don't technically exist...

Plus... Steve Backshall talks writing guidebooks and climbing mountains; First 24 hours in Seattle, USA; Discover Norway's Viking past; Explore England’s New Forest; best multi-country trips and lots, lots more...

Additional content


Road tripping in Atlantic Canada
Discovering wild, wonderful Nunavik
Finding serenity on Prince Edward Island


Exploring Vietnam's caves
South East Asia - in two weeks?
Finding paradise islands in Vietnam


South America's 12 best walks (that aren't the Inca Trail)
Horse riding on the Salkantay Trek, Peru
Top 10 Peruvian food experiences

Articles from this issue

How to choose the right headtorch

Handy for night hikes, camp outs, dark dorms or just walking home from the bar – every traveller needs a headtorch. Here's how to pick the best one for you

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How to tackle your first cycle trip like a pro

Planning your first cycling adventure? Whether you're pootling around southern France or pedalling through South America, here's how to ensure your trip goes without a hitch

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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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Why our national parks are being sold off – and what you can do to help

Budget cuts and private firms are threatening the world’s best green spaces – and in some cases, they're being sold to developers and oil firms. Here's what you need to know.

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Why now is the time to go back to Nepal

Shaken but still stirring: Nepal was hit hard by last year's earthquake but remains astonishing. Make 2016 the year you explore its peaks, parks and heritage sites. Here’s how...

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Cruising Vietnam's Mekong Delta

When it hits Vietnam, the Mekong slows to a crawl, creating a spectacular landscape of islands, paddies, stilted villages and unique cultures. And if the river isn’t hurrying, neither should you…

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Searching for condors in Peru's Colca Canyon

Delve into far-south Peru: a land of ice mummies, misty volcanoes, the Amazon’s source and one of the world’s deepest canyons, where mighty birds rule the roost

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How to plan your trip to Nepal: 5 great itineraries

Whether you want peaks, wildlife, adrenaline or culture, you'll find it in Nepal. Which of these 5 independent routes would you choose?

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10 'countries' that don't actually exist (but you can still visit them)

They’ve got flags, governments and independent spirit – but they don’t officially exist. Add these curious ‘non-countries’ to your bucket list

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First 24 hours in Seattle, Washington, USA

Friendly neighbourhoods, outstanding natural beauty on the doorstep and the most iconic tower in the USA – Seattle's got it all...

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