March 2018

Issue number: 184

In this issue

Best Train Journeys in the World

Bridging man-made achievement and the most spectacular natural glories – grab your ticket and hop aboard the most exciting train journeys on Earth...

Orient Express or Interrail?

So, you want to travel from London to Venice - do you do the classic or the budget version? Join us as we try both on a European adventure right from our own front door

Offbeat Cuba

Explore the bits of the island that tourists rarely see by taking the slow train from the north to the south, meeting locals as you go

Sri Lanka's Best National Parks

From leopards to elephants, whales to birds, your expert guide to the very wildest corners of the Teardrop Isle

Japan by rail

Forget the brand new luxury train and pick up a JapanRail pass to discover the country's little-known western reaches

Plus... Know your Bhutan; 5 minutes with... comedian Ed Byrne; find an ethical wildlife sanctuary; First 24 hours in Gdansk (Poland); Checking out the wild trails and hippy tales on Spain's Balaeric isle of Formentera; Checking out the new European Capital of Culture - Valletta (Malta); Gear of the Year - Full Results, and lots, lots more...

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Articles from this issue

Ed Byrne: "I didn't go into it expecting to have a spiritual experience – I'm aware of my limitations"

Comedian and hillwalker Ed Byrne has been walking Spain's Santiago de Compostela for the BBC show The Pilgrimage. Phoebe Smith catches up with him to talk travel, religion and the perfect walking trail…

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First 24 hours: Gdańsk, Poland

This Polish city has had its fair share of tumult, but now that Gdańsk is out the other side, its Gothic grandeur deserves attention...

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All aboard! The 12 best rail journeys in the world

From the timeless Trans-Mongolian to the exhilarating Marrakech Express – hop on board these characterful trains that showcase some of earth's best landscapes

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Hiding in plain sight: The unexpected health risks that every traveller should know

Many of us fear snakes and spiders, but diseases and infections caught from larger animals pose great health risks. Our health expert shares her top tips for keeping safe.

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Off the beaten tracks: Exploring Cuba by train

Discover Cuba's less-crowded corners by taking the slow train from north to south. But be warned: a good sense of humour is essential...

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How to find an ethical wildlife sanctuary

Ever wanted to volunteer with elephants or orangutans? With the right conservation project you can make a real difference - just know what to look out for...

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Orient Express vs Interrailing: We put Europe's two classic rail experiences to the test

Which would you prefer: exploring Europe in the lap of luxury, or adventure on a shoestring? We tried both, and came up with a surprising conclusion...

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Urban to outback: Crossing Australia on the Indian Pacific train

Australia's Indian Pacific is no ordinary train: it's an ocean-to-ocean epic, travelling between Perth and Sydney via its huge, humbling red centre. Ben Lerwill hopped on board...

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How to explore Japan by train – the cheapest (and most adventurous) way to travel

Travel in the shadow of Japan's new luxury rail route and get more bang for your yen in the little-explored region of western Honshu

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