May 2019

Issue number: 196

In this issue

Interview with Alastair Fothergill

With his new natural history Netflix series, Our Planet, under way, the filmmaker  explains why TV shouldn’t just show us the world, it should inspire us to change it…

The Inner Hebrides

Away from the increasingly busy Isle of Skye, the far reaches of the Inner Hebrides offer a glimpse of a long-forgotten Scotland – of bullish wildlife, crumbling priories and splendid isolation…

Lost worlds

From liana-strangled jungle ruins to disappeared desert civilisations and eerie ghost cities, exploring the planet’s forgotten places is a thrilling adventure…

Mauritius

A new hotel in Mauritius is encouraging visitors to get out of their rooms and spend time with local artisans, people and projects, discovering a side to the honeymoon paradise that few witness

The Mekong

Winding its way down from the Tibetan Plateau to the South China Sea, the Mekong River brings together the best of Indochina old and new – explore stilt villages, mountain temples and more with our handy guide

The Guyanas

A trio of tiny nations linked by a cosmopolitan past, a lack of Spanish and the north-eastern fringes of the Amazon – travelling the Guianas reveals a side to South America that few ever see…

Stuart Forster goes to bear jail

Churchill’s ‘polar bear jail’ is like no other facility on the planet, but when your tiny Canadian town is inundated with hungry bears year-round, sometimes ‘a little stir’ may be what keeps them alive

WIN…

…an 11-night trip for two to Namibia, plus a bundle of amazing Osprey backpacks and packing cubes; a trip to the Caribbean island of Dominica, worth over £2,600 and four Gregory backpacks worth over £350

Plus… First 24 hours in Panama City; A short break in Girona; Cuisine from an Indian ocean island; The Kruger vs the Masai Mara; Go now, Charleston; Dream sleeps in an Andean hacienda, Ecuador; How to stay out of jail abroad and lots, lots more…

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How to make a Mauritian Tourte Rodriguaise (Papaya and Coconut Pie)

Impress guests by serving as a desert or spice up afternoon tea with a slice of this Papaya and Coconut Pie from Selina Periampillai's cookbook: The Island Kitchen...

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15 of the best group trips for solo travellers

Our Wanderlust experts have selected the cream of the upcoming 2019/2020 solo travel-friendly tours, that avoid you having to stump up the dreaded single supplement…

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Cycling in the Black Forest: Everything you need to know

Kat Morgenstern, cycling expert, answers all of our burning questions about a pedal-pushing adventure through the fairy tale-esque Black Forest in south-east Germany...

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Wide-eyed on the wild isles: Exploring Scotland's Inner Hebrides

Away from the increasingly busy Isle of Skye, the far reaches of the Inner Hebrides offer a glimpse of a long-forgotten Scotland — of bullish wildlife, crumbling priories and splendid isolation...

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How to plan your perfect Mekong River cruise

Winding its way from the Tibetan Plateau to the South China Sea, the Mekong River brings together the best of Indochina old and new – explore stilt villages, mountain temples and more with our guide...

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Charleston, USA: The ultimate Wanderlust travel guide

As the first direct flights from the UK bring the historic forts, genteel streets and cypress-filled swamps of Charleston a step nearer, we discover a Deep South debutante more than ready for its close-up…

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14 of the world's most fascinating and eerie ghost towns

From a remote mining town in New Zealand to a scary 'ghost island' in Japan, we introduce 14 ghost worlds across six continents. Would you dare to visit any of them?

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15 forgotten Lost Worlds - and how best to explore them

From liana-strangled jungle ruins to disappeared desert civilisations and eerie ghost cities, exploring the planet’s forgotten places is a thrilling adventure…

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The Wanderlust guide to the Inner Hebrides, Scotland

What can you do in the Inner Hebrides? What wildlife can you see? Where are the best places to stay? When is the best time to visit? This guide answers all your burning questions about Scotland's isles...

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Fit for a president: Inside Ecuador's historic Hacienda Zuleta

Home to former world leaders, endangered birds and more history than most nations can conjure – this 17th century Andean stay is a true antique, and offers a real taste of old Ecuador…

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23 things you need to know before travelling to the Scottish Highlands

You picked the Highlands as your ‘Top UK Destination’ in our Reader Travel Awards, but where to begin? From spotting elusive red deer to hot-tubbing with royalty, here are Wanderlust readers' top tips…

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Dispatches: The one-of-a-kind 'polar bear jail' in Churchill, Canada

Churchill’s ‘polar bear jail’ is like no other facility on the planet, but when your tiny Canadian town is inundated with hungry bears year-round, sometimes ‘a little stir’ may be what keeps them alive...

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The ultimate Wanderlust guide to Panama City, Panama

It’s not all about the canal, you know? As Panama City marks its 500th anniversary, there’s plenty to celebrate in this venerable, lively capital, writes Vanessa Gibbs…

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7 of the most extravagant palace hotels in Rajasthan

Cherry-picked for their Rajput grandeur, dreamy locations and sumptuous interiors, these extravagant piles provide the ultimate shelter from the heat and dust of northern India…

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How to spend 3 glorious days in Girona, Spain

With a beautifully preserved old town, a rich history, and the Costa Brava at your fingertips, Girona is an enchanting alternative to Barcelona, as George Scott discovers…

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How to avoid breaking unexpected laws abroad

Every country has its rules. Some are more unusual, or much stricter than others. Knowledge is power when it comes to staying on the right side of the law during your trip...

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The ultimate Wanderlust guide to St Petersburg's White Nights

All you need to know about St Petersburg's 'White Nights' in Russia, including what it is, when it is, and what you can expect from the festival...

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The ultimate Wanderlust guide to the 3 Guianas

What's the weather like? When's the best time to go? And where can you stay while you're there? Here's everything you need to know about Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana...

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Travelling the Guianas, and proving good things do come in 3s

A trio of tiny nations linked by a cosmopolitan past and the north-eastern fringes of the Amazon — travelling Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana reveals a side to South America few ever see...

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Salt of the earth: Meet the local people and projects of Mauritius

A new hotel in Mauritius is encouraging visitors to get out of their rooms and spend time with local artisans, fisherfolk and farmers, discovering a side to the honeymoon paradise that few witness…

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7 sensational things you must see and do in Mauritius

From century-old tea plantations to sugar-white sand beaches and colonial cities, these are the best things to do on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius...

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Revealed: The Wanderlust World Guide Awards 2019 shortlist

After thousands of nominations, we've narrowed them down to 14 exceptional tour guides. Meet the shortlist here, and help us separate the best from the rest...

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Phauk Kimhoun: What it takes to be a great Cambodia tour guide

Highly commended at the Wanderlust World Guide Awards in 2018, G Adventures’ Angkor Wat expert Phauk Kimhoun talks travel experiences, temples and what life's really like on tour...

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Masai Mara vs Kruger: Which of these African national parks should you visit?

With chances to see the Big Five, stunning landscapes, walking tours and a whole host of other activities at both national parks, it can be hard to choose where to visit. Which is best? Let's find out...

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