September 2017 issue • On sale from 3 August

Issue number: 179

In this issue

Affordable Iceland

Don't let the land of fire and ice's rich reputation put you off, we show you how to enjoy the country's wildlife, wild landscapes and walking trails without breaking the bank


Forget Angkor Wat - head to the far north to visit the crowd-less Preah Vihear, a fascinating temple that drove two nations to war


Discover dramatic history, tourist-free Maya ruins and wildlife-packed forests in Central America's best kept secret

South Africa

Think it's all about Cape Town? Think again, let our expert guide take you throught the very best ways to spend your visit from coast to city, savannah to mountains and more


Explore the Channel Island that is really making a splash with travellers, offering epic history, good food and blonde hedgehogs

Plus... How to travel hand luggage only; Mark Carwardine on why he loves whales; The best river cruises; First 24 hours in Fez, Morocco; Escaping politics in DC to discover the wild ponies of Chincoteague Island in Virginia; Challenging preconceptions in beautiful Berlin; best softshell jackets, and lots, lots more...

Additional content


South-East Asia in two weeks

Hunt the hidden temple

Cambodia’s Cardamom Mountains

Cambodia’s hidden treasures


Belize on a budget

Discover little visited Belize

Travel blueprint: The Maya Route

Articles from this issue

How to master the art of travelling with hand luggage only

Fitting all of your travel possessions into one piece of luggage saves time waiting at airports and reduces the chance of losing your belongings. Here’s how to do it the easy way...

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Advertorial: Take a fairy-tale trip to Hangzhou, China

Visitors are drawn to Hangzhou’s gorgeous West Lake, as well as its temples, pavilions and gardens. Find out why the city's sites and rich history deserve to be explored in depth

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Gear Reviews: the best softshell jackets on the market

If you want a breathable and wind-resistant layer to wear over your T-shirt (or base layer) when you’re confident it won’t rain, then consider a softshell for your outdoor adventures…

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First 24 hours in Fez, Morocco

New direct flights from London have brought Fez’s medinas and mosques even closer, but the city offers more than just glimpses of its past, says Sarah Gilbert

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Lost and Found: Cambodia's Rediscovered Temple

In Cambodia's far north lies a temple that drove two nations to war. But now, visitors seeking to flee the crowds of Angkor can find sanctuary in its ruins...

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Travel vaccinations: which ones you really do need and how to cut the cost

Immunisations can now be a significant part of the cost of any trip, so it pays to know the risks you face and whether they’re worth the fees, says Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth.

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A Lost World: stepping off the map and into the past in wild Belize

With a dramatic history, crowd-free Mayan ruins, diverse cultures and wildlife-packed forests, Lyn Hughes finds Belize a lost world just waiting to be explored...

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Exploring Alderney, from World War II history to puffins and hedgehogs

With incredible wildlife, epic history and delicious food, Alderney isn't even the largest of the Channel Islands, but it's starting to make a big splash with visitors...

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South Africa trip planner: 7 sensational routes through peaks, cities and the savannah

Few countries offer the sheer diversity of South Africa. Plot your way around wildlife-packed savannah, windswept peaks, breathtaking coast and hip cities with our handy guide...

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