February 2018

Issue number: 183

In this issue

53 Best Trips for 2018

Newly opened routes, little-visited peaks, expertly crafted itineraries - we pick the freshest and most exciting journeys to add to your travel list for the new year

Costa Rica

Discover the Pura Vida attitude in Central America's hotspot - going off season to enjoy rafting, walking and wildlife ...without the crowds


Your expert guide to Rajasthan - India's captivating mix of fairy-tale palaces, tiger-dense forests, traditional villages from the classic Grand Tour to the Lost Silk Road

Kate Humble in the Congo

The TV presenter takes us gorilla-watching - the affordable way - to learn how wildlife-watching is helping the region's oft-forgotten communities

PLUS: Other primate hotspots around the world from Borneo to Belize

Voyage to St Kilda

Jump on a traditional sailing boat with us and brave the Atlantic swell and high winds to explore Britain's most remote island and the Outer Hebrides


Plus... Know your Antarctica; 5 minutes with... Rick Stein; get ready to party – our pick of the best festivals for 2018; First 24 hours in Salta (Argentina); Taking in the food and the mouth-watering scenert in France's Ireland's Cork County; Checking out the Cuban cigars and surrounding culture in Havana; best winter walking boots, and lots, lots more...


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Rick Stein is one hot tamale!

We talk to TV chef Rick Stein on retracing his first big trip through Mexico in the ’60s, all things fishy, and why the UK is on the verge of a foodie revolution

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Your 2018 calendar of world festivals

From cities of ice and kite-filled skies to colourful carnivals, we’ve got you covered when it comes to planning your 2018 travels… month by month

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The newest and best Culture trips for 2018

Get under the skin of a destination with these exciting brand new trips for Culture for 2018. We've checked all the latest tour operator brochures to bring you this top selection

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The best experiential trips for 2018

Immerse yourself in local culture, learn a traditional skill and get swept up in celebrations. There's something new to learn every day of the journey with these top experience trips

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Monkey business! 9 extraordinary primate hotspots around the world

From the snow-bound rocks of Japan's 'Hell's Valley' to the ripe jungles of Borneo and Belize, here are nine destinations for a really wild encounter...

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5 must-know tips for landscape photography

Want to snap incredible photos of outdoor landscapes? Learn from Ross Hoddinott's top tips for turning a tricky travel landscape into a straight-forward masterpiece

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10 of the best active holidays for 2018

From trekking in Nepal to cycling India's south coast, these unforgettable trips will get your adrenalin racing, thighs sighing and heart soaring

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10 of the best new journeys to embark on in 2018

Sail the coast of Portugal, drive on ancient Silk Road trade routes, or take an overland adventure through Africa. These new trips will take you to uncharted territory - and beyond

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The pure life of Costa Rica's off-season

Adopt the pura vida attitude and discover Costa Rica's attractions out of season and without the crowds. Lyn Hughes goes in search of nesting turtles, rapid rafting, and rainforest walks

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Humble in the jungle! Kate Humble goes gorilla watching in DR Congo

Kate Humble heads to Kahuzi-Biega NP in search of lowland gorillas and discovers the benefits that gorilla watching has brought to the region's forgotten communities

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Rajasthan trip planner- four crowd-free routes

With its fairytale palaces, tiger-dense forests and traditional villages, colourful Rajasthan is quintessential India for many. Plan your ideal visit with these four itineraries

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First 24 hours: Salta, Argentina

The Andean highlands are home to huge peaks, sweeping Puna and fine food, but it's the colonial city of Salta that will leave you truly breathless, says Daniel Neilson

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2018's best trips to explore new frontiers

Be among the first to explore these new destinations or routes, from wild camping in Madagascar to jungle cruise Papua New Guinea

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Canada: A land of year-round adventures

From bear-spotting in spring to winter carnivals on ice, Canada has something for you to love, whatever the season...

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Short break: County Cork, Ireland

For tasty food and scenery, you can't beat the south-west corner of the Emerald Isle for a hearty slice of the country's best bits in miniature. Find out for yourself with a weekend break away...

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The 6 best winter walking boots for travellers

Headed to the mountains for a hike or taking a breezy stroll through the woods this winter? Keep those feet dry and comfortable with these boots that were made for walking...

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The best wildlife tour operator trips to take

We've scoured the latest tour operator brochures to bring you their newest and most exciting wildlife trips.

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