February 2016 issue • On sale from 7 January

Issue number: 163

In this issue

57 Best New Trips for 2016

Not decided yet where to go this year? Well, we've scoured the brochures and websites of top travel companies to bring you the best in Great Journeys, Active Adventures, Wildlife Wonders, New Frontiers, Cultural Discoveries, Learning Trips and Festivals.

New Year, New Travel Experiences

Expand your travel horizons by trying something different, whether stand-up paddle-boarding, sleeping under the stars, or simply spending some time in one place.

East Iceland - the alternative Golden Circle

Reckon you know Iceland? Well think again. With a new direct flight into Iceland's little-visited east, we explore the communities, scenery and folklore of the dramatic Eastern Fjords.

Sri Lanka

Once off limits, Sri Lanka's wild and beautiful north-west is now the up and coming region for those in the know. We visit in search of leopards. sloth bears, unspoilt beaches and the Sinhalese 'lion people'.

Chiloé, Chile

The rugged weather-blasted Chiloé archipelago is home to historic churches, myths and legends, penguins and potatoes (nearly all the world's spuds can be traced back to here). We delve into its rich and distinctive culture.


Gorongosa National Park was decimated by Civil War but has been transformed back to its former glory as a wildlife hotspot and the world's most biodiverse park.

Plus... Levison Wood on Walking the Himalaya; First 24 hours in St John's, Newfoundland for gourmet food, whales and walking; A foodie break in Palma, Mallorca; Why you should visit Paris now; Winter waterproofs reviewed, and lots, lots more...

Additional content


Walking in east Iceland
Wildlife watching in winter Iceland
20 Icelandic adventures
Iceland travel guide


Rediscovering Mozambique
Mozambique: northern exposure
Mozambique travel guide

Chiloé, Chile

South America's 12 best walks (that aren't the Inca Trail)
The Wanderlust guide to the best of Chile
Travel Icon: Easter Island
Discovering Tierra del Fuego, Chile
Chile travel guide

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's best national parks
Sri Lanka's northern soul
Exploring Sri Lanka's east coast
Sri Lanka travel guide

Articles from this issue

How to choose the right winter waterproofs

When heading to colder climes you need a jacket that will block wind, keep off rain or snow and stop you getting sweaty when active. Here's how to choose the best winter waterproofs...

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Levison Wood: How I turned my passion for travel into a career

Hardened wanderer Levison Wood followed up his Nile-trekking exploits with Walking the Himalayas, taking him 2,700km from Afghanistan to Bhutan. We asked him about his latest brush with death and his next big adventure...

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7 trips that will get you closer to new cultures

Want to mingle with local people and immerse yourself in everyday life? These trips were designed for culture seekers – and they'll whisk you to the world's most colourful destinations

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5 incredible learning trips

These learning trips will help you see a destination through new eyes and pick up a few new skills along the way...

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5 things you didn't know about Chinese New Year

Fish, fake money and 'fu' – here's your mini guide to Chinese New Year

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11 extraordinary journeys to fire up your wanderlust

Embark on an incredible adventure – whether by foot, car, boat or train...

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16 action-packed adventure trips

Want to explore the places that tour buses can't go? Try these high-energy explorations...

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8 of East Iceland's best bits

Puffin watching, arty villages, vast glaciers and volcanic plains: Venture east to discover Iceland at its most magical

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8 of the best trips for wildlife lovers

From camping in the Serengeti to humpback whale watching off Canada's coast, these trips are designed to get you closer to the world's most incredible animals

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Adventures in East Iceland – is this the new Golden Circle?

Accessing Iceland’s wild Eastern Fjords has always required a long drive, internal flight or long sea voyage. But this wild realm will soon be within easy reach...

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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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Off-season adventures in Palma, Mallorca

Think it’s more fly-and-flop than city break? Head to the Balearic island’s capital in search of good food and the perfect winter escape

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On safari in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique

Gorongosa National Park has been variously beloved of A-listers and decimated by Civil War. But now peace has been restored – again – this beguiling biodiversity hotspot is resurging once more, says Sue Watt

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How to follow in the footsteps of Crocodile Dundee

It's been 30 years since Australia's first-ever international blockbuster was released - and the Northern Territory is still ripe for adventure...

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Exploring northern Sri Lanka

Civil war rendered Sri Lanka’s north-west off limits. Now the leopards and pioneering ecolodges of the original home of the Sinhalese ‘lion people’ are creating a buzz

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How to start stargazing on your travels

Sometimes the most jaw-dropping things you see on your travels aren't even on this planet. Celebrate International Astronomy Day by exploring the stars. Here's how...

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5 of Mozambique's best bits

With peace restored, Mozambique is open to travellers. If you're planning a trip to this oft-overlooked country, don't miss these top spots

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