April 2019

Issue number: 195

In this issue

Interview with Michael Palin

Comedy legend, actor and the man who changed TV travel shows for ever – we talk to Sir Michael Palin, winner of our Icon of Travel award, about 30 years on the road…

Patagonia

For most travellers, Patagonia’s Torres del Paine is all about the hiking. But as efforts to preserve its native puma bear fruit, you can now join altogether toothier companions in the wild 

Reader Travel Awards

They’re the destinations you love, the tour operators you trust, the gear and guidebooks you won’t leave home without: meet this year’s Travel Awards winners, crowned by the best-journeyed bunch of all – Wanderlust readers

Namibia

Wildlife, dunes and vast starry skies – no wonder you voted it ‘Top Country’ in our Reader Travel Awards. We plot your perfect trip…

Gerewol, Chad

Around early October, the nomadic Wodaabe people gather in south-western Chad for Gerewol – a unique festival at which young men beautify themselves and dance through the night to win love

Silk Road

With epic scenery and a history to match, Central Asia’s vast ancient trading trail has re-captured travellers interest – as its placement on our Reader Travel Awards prove. Here are the best ways to take in its treasures

On diving with Japan’s Ama

‘Sea women’ have been freediving for shellfish off the coast of Osatsu for thousands of years, but the future of Japan’s ama divers is looking uncertain as a new generation fails to follow in their wake…

WIN

A trip to the tranquil Finnish Lakeland, worth over £4,000, a trip to Kyrgyzstan & Uzbekistan, worth over £3,000 and an adventurous mini-break in Ruhpolding, Bavaria, worth over £1,300

Plus… First 24 hours in Vancouver, Canada; a British break in the Scottish Highlands; Italian cuisine; Mont-St-Michel vs St Michael’s Mount; Go now, Pittsburgh; Dream sleeps off Norway’s coast; How to fly stress-free and lots, lots more…

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3 traditional Easter recipes from the South of Italy

Throw an Easter dinner party with classic Casatiello, Ciaudedda and U’ cutturidd’ recipes from the Italian South, taken from Katie Parla's new recipe book...

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Sir Michael Palin: "I'm still fascinated by the challenges of going places where most people don't"

Comedy legend, actor and the man who changed TV travel shows forever – we talk to Sir Michael Palin, winner of our Icon of Travel award, about 30 years on the road…

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The best tour operators in the world 2019 - and their top trips

From seeking out orangutans in Borneo to peeping at polar bears in Norway, these are the top trips from your winning tour operators, as voted for by you in Wanderlust’s 2019 Reader Travel Awards…

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7 of the best wild and adventurous stays in the Caribbean

White sands, swaying palms and a big dose of adventure. Forget the resorts: these unique hotels reveal the Caribbean’s wilder side. Enjoy our top pick of the best Wandersleeps from Jamaica to Barbados...

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When and where can you see the next solar eclipses?

Solar eclipses can be hard to catch, but are extraordinary natural phenomena you definitely want to experience. We've put together a guide so you know when, where and how to see the next solar eclipse...

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5 of the most memorable African performances and festivals

From lively jazz festivals and international music events to mesmerising religious ceremonies, these are the African performances well worth watching...

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Mont-Saint-Michel vs St Michael’s Mount: Which medieval isle should you visit?

France's Benedictine abbey and the castle of Cornwall draw many similarities. The view of both are amazing, but how do they compare on history, walking and food? We put them head to head to find out...

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Dispatches: Freediving with Japan's ama women

'Sea women’ have been freediving for shellfish off the coast of Osatsu for thousands of years, but the future of Japan’s ama divers is looking uncertain as a new generation fails to follow in their wake…

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Ghosts of the Steppe: Puma-spotting and wildlife watching in the Chilean Patagonia

For most travellers, Patagonia’s Torres del Paine is all about the hiking. But as efforts to preserve its native puma bear fruit, you can now join altogether toothier companions in the wild…

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22 tips for avoiding crowds at classic travel icons

It’s always the same: top locations, big views and huge queues – that is unless you have the inside track. Wanderlust's travel-mad readers share their tips for beating the crowds...

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How to reduce the stress of flying

Have you got a phobia of flying? Or do the hidden costs of many flights make you anxious? Don’t worry, we’ve put together some expert advice to help you stay calm before, during and after you fly...

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5 unusual animals to spot in the Chilean Patagonia

Whether you're into pumas and wild horses, or smaller, cuter penguins - these are the best, most diverse wildlife watching experiences in Chile's Patagonia, plus the best tour guides to help find them...

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Vancouver, Canada: The ultimate Wanderlust travel guide

British Columbia’s finest isn’t short of admirers, but this multicultural metropolis is more than just a hipster magnet – it’s a whole wilderness in a city, says Sarah Baxter...

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How to keep your skin healthy while travelling

Your skin is your best defence against all kinds of invaders, so taking care of wounds and infections is vital while on your travels. Just DON'T scratch, begs Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth…

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Pittsburgh travel guide: Is the city really 'hungrier for culture' than New York?

As new flights from the UK touch down in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, it’s time to embrace a city that swapped industrial grit for a buzzing food scene, rugged trails and pop art…

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The Arctic Hideaway: Inside Norway's most remote cabin stay

As the Northern Lights fade, discover another side to the Arctic: a sleekly-designed dream sleep on a lonely island retreat, where summer smoulders on and the sun never sets...

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Awed of the dance: Witnessing Chad's unique Gerewol festival

Around early October, the nomadic Wodaabe people gather in south-western Chad for Gerewol – a unique festival at which young men beautify themselves and dance through the night to win love…

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Scottish Highlands travel guide: The best things to see and do

Explore the lochs, Munros and monsters of the Scottish Highlands, your ‘Top UK Destination’ in the Wanderlust Reader Travel Awards...

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20 best Silk Road experiences - in China, Uzbekistan and beyond

With epic scenery and a history to match, Central Asia’s vast ancient trading trail has re-captured travellers interests. Here are the best ways to take in its treasures...

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Safari guide Garth Hovell: What I've learned from 25 years of animal tracking

Ever wondered what working as a safari guide is really like? We ask award-winning Abercrombie and Kent guide Garth Hovell about his 25 years of tracking dangerous wildlife in Africa...

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