July/August 2017 issue • On sale from 29 June

Issue number: 178

In this issue

Cuban Adventures

25 of the best ways to explore the Caribbean’s most authentic islands – from wild wetlands to mountain guerrilla hideaways, desert-island hopping, colonial cities and more...

Botswana on a budget

Think you need to spend thousands to experience wildlife on your doorstep? Think again, join us on a mobile safari in search of elephants, lions, hippos, giraffes, leopards and more to see if you can get it all for under £1000.

The paradise island you've never heard of...

Flung out in the Indian Ocean, around 500 miles off the coast of Madagascar is the little French outpost of Reunion Island – never heard of it? Neither had we – here's why you should have...


Grab your knife and fork – or rather pair of chopsticks – to head on a foodie adventure across Vietnam – where the local cuisine is a road map for exploring the country's history, culture and soul.

Bear-watching in Slovakia

It may not be well known for its wildlife, but the valleys and peaks of the Western Tatras are home to around 1,200 bears. We head out on a new ranger-led trip where you can go off-piste to improve your chances of seeing them.

Plus... How to start birdwatching on your travels; 5 minutes with... Professor Brian Cox; the best photographic trips on offer; First 24 hours in San Jose (Costa Rica); Celebrating Bath's Royal Crescent as it turns 250 with a short city break; Checking out Vancouver's origins in Gastown; best budget summer boots, and lots, lots more...

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Reunion Island



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How to get into birdwatching on your travels

Keen to get into birdwatching when you're travelling, but not sure how? Sometimes a lack of know-how or equipment stops us getting started. These handy tips show it’s easier than you think...

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5 of Britain’s most unique campsites

From the grapevine fields of Devon to the fringes of the Cairngorm mountains, here are five prime and original places to pitch your tent, while taking in Britain’s beautiful landscapes

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What to do on a short break in 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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Tracking bears in the valleys of the Western Tatras, Slovakia

Slovakia isn’t world-renowned for its wildlife, but in the valley of the Western Tatras and beyond roam some 1200 bears, and all it takes to see them is a little patience...

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Botswana on a budget - exploring Chobe, Makgadikgadi and the Okavango Delta

Botswana is a land bursting with incredible wildlife and known for its high-priced luxury camps, but there is another way to safari through the country, if you’re prepared to muck in…

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Foodie adventures in Vietnam: exploring the history and culture behind the country's unique cuisine

In Vietnam, where eating touches every aspect of life, food a road map for exploring the country’s history, culture and soul. There's plenty to get your chopsticks into in Hanoi, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City

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Reunion Island: exploring the paradise island you’ve probably never heard of

Flung out in the Indian Ocean, it wasn’t until it hit the headlines in 2015 that this mysterious isle started to pique travellers’ curiosity. From deserts and waterfalls to volcanic landscapes, there's plenty to discover...

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25 Cuba adventures, from coast and islands to colonial cities

There's plenty to discover beyond Cuba’s colonial cities, from wild wetlands and mountain guerrilla hideaways to desert-island hopping… These 25 ideas are essential reading if you're planning a Cuba trip..

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How to spend your first 24 hours in San José, Costa Rica

So often a hub for exploring Costa Rica’s volcanoes and cloud forests, the vibrant city of San José is more than a pit-stop to get your bearings. Here's how to fill a day in the country's capital.

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