February 2019

Issue number: 193

In this issue

Top 50 Trips 2019

Newly opened routes. Little-visited peaks. Expertly crafted itineraries. Only the freshest, most exciting journeys make it onto our list of the top picks...

The Best of South Africa

New flights, incredible sights and more diverse wildlife than even the Kruger can boast – all for less money. South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal is about to become your go-to wilderness…

Costa Rica: Photo of the Year Winners Return

Find out how our talented snappers managed to capture this wild, wonderful, rampantly diverse and endlessly photogenic country.

The Maldives

The Maldives is known for its white-sand beaches and crystal-clear seas, but go when the water gets a little bit murky and you can swim with some very special residents.

Inside El Salvador

From vast caldera to Maya ruins, El Salvador sums up all that’s good about Central America but without the crowds. Is it finally time for a sleeping giant to wake?  

Head to head: UK National Parks

Lake District or Peak District? You can expect poets, hills and cream teas — but which is the right countryside escape for you?

WIN: An adventure in Baja California worth over £9,000, and a trip to the USA’s Deep South worth £1,700.

Plus…An interview with Levison Wood; First 24 hours in Darwin; Short break in Porto; Cold-war era Berlin; How to tip like a seasoned travel pro; Gear guides to lightweight waterproof jackets; South Korean cuisine; Just back from western Canada, and lots, lots more…


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Winter warmers: 3 South Korean comfort food recipes

From the national favourite bibimbap to savoury rice porridge, transport your taste buds to another country and sample these easy-to-make South Korean dishes from the comfort of your home...

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2019's best trips to explore new frontiers

This year, be among the first to experience these freshly opened countries, trails and itineraries, from Iceland and Svalbard to lesser-visited Laos…

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Exploring in expert company: 2019’s best new learning trips

From photographing Japan and Nepal with the professionals, to getting great views of Chile's total eclipse – discover the planet’s most fascinating corners with help from those in the know…

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2019’s top trips for active adventures

Fancy hiking Peru's Rainbow Mountain? Cycling vineyards in Veneto, Italy? Or kayaking the Turkish coast? These unforgettable trips will get your adrenaline flowing, thighs sighing and hearts soaring...

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Healthy New Year! How to be a healthier traveller in 2019

Make 2019 the year you get ‘travel ready’, says Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth, with our handy checklist of travel essentials to keep you fighting fit – and eco-friendly…

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2019’s best new trips for great journeys

Trek Croatia's crowd-free trails, embark on a classic road trip in USA, and cruise Italy's Aeolian Islands. There’s the perfect epic adventure for you out there – whether by foot, wheel, rail or sail...

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14 magnificent photographs of Costa Rica's wildlife

We sent last year's Photo of the Year winners to Costa Rica to capture this wild and wonderful country. These stunning snaps by Viv Leese and Alexander Metcalfe prove they were very worthy winners...

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Light work: The best 8 lightweight waterproof jackets

No matter where you go, there’s almost always a chance of rain. But pack a good, lightweight waterproof jacket in your bag and you can enjoy your travels, whatever the weather…

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Short break: Porto, Portugal

One of Europe’s oldest cities is fast becoming one of its hottest short break spots. Beauty, history, a lot of wine – what’s not to love, asks Lyn Hughes…

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20 top tips for going on safari as chosen by you

Going on safari is a dream trip for many, but making the most of that opportunity can be trickier than it sounds. We present your tips for ensuring every wildlife adventure is one to remember…

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How to tip on your travels

Tipping etiquette varies from country to country. We’ve put together this guide so you know where to tip, when to tip, and who to tip – saving you the embarrassment (and cost) of getting it wrong...

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Bush Rovers: Inside Tanzania's luxury mobile safari tents

These ingenious new 4WD safari tents in Tanzania are offering luxury front-row seats to some of the world’s great wildlife spectacles…

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Wandersleeps: 7 of the best stays in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is hot property right now, but you can dodge the crowds by staying in one of these unique hotels – although don’t blame us if you can’t bear to leave…

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A journey through El Salvador: Volcano hikes, colonial towns and Maya ruins

From vast caldera to Maya ruins, El Salvador sums up all that’s good about Central America but without the crowds. Is it finally time for a sleeping giant to wake?

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Your first 24 hours in Darwin, Australia

Indigenous Australian culture, the laid-back attitude of Indonesia, South-East Asian cuisine, European sensibilities – Darwin is an intoxicating mix...

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Dispatches: Meeting Svaneti locals in Georgia's Caucasus Mountains

While making Joanna Lumley’s Silk Road Adventure for ITV, the author and TV producer Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent meets a memorable couple in the remote Svaneti region of Georgia’s Caucasus Mountains…

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Wildlife wonders: 2019’s top animal spotting trips

Swing with chimps in the Ugandan jungle, spot tiger from the water in India, and sleep under the stars in Cambodia. Discover the newest ways to encounter the most amazing creatures on our planet…

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Scuba-diving in the Maldives: exploring the island's marine life

The Maldives is known for its white-sand beaches and crystal-clear seas, but go when the water gets a little bit murky and you can swim with some very special residents…

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2019's best trips for culture seekers

The best way to really understand a destination? Absorb its unique colour, customs and cuisines. Cruise Halong Bay in Vietnam, beat the crowds to classic China and see another side of Peru...

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Lake District vs Peak District: Which region should you visit?

Both the Lake District and Peak District are loved for their beautiful wilderness. But which one is best? We put them head to head, comparing their hiking, wildlife and cultural clout...

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