July/August 2019

Issue number: 198

In this issue

 

Interview with Sara Wheeler

Having explored Russia in the footsteps of its ‘golden age’ writers for her new book, the 

author talks Trans-Sib glories, Putin propaganda and George Best’s wandering eyes…

 

Mexico

Mexico’s Day of the Dead captured the world’s attention with its skulls and colours, but behind the facepaint is a touching celebration that embraces everything that’s good about life – and death

 

Portugal

Most travellers dismiss Portugal’s Algarve as a whirlwind of booze and beaches, but its quiet east is a land of wild walks, lagoons and historic villages waiting to be explored…

 

Chad

The dark days of Chad’s Zakouma National Park saw its wildlife poached to near-extinction, but now it’s building a reputation as one of Africa’s best parks 

 

Adventure Cruising

Whether navigating the great rivers, winding round remote islands in search of endemic wildlife or crossing continents in the wake of the great explorers – these adventure cruises are sure to float your boat

 

Paul Clammer finds his Babylon

Never meet your heroes – even when they’re dead! Jamaica’s cashing in on the legacy of Bob Marley is just one example of ‘hero travel’ gone wrong, as our writer found on a trip to the singer’s birthplace

 

WIN

An epic voyage for two to Iceland, Jan Mayen & Svalbard, worth £10,000

 

Plus… First 24 hours in Georgetown, Guyana; a short break in Malta; Travel Icon: Christchurch, New Zealand; Indonesian cuisine; Dominican Republic vs Dominica; Go now: Havana, Cuba;  Dream sleeps in Pacuare Lodge, Costa Rica; How to navigate FCO no-go zones and lots, lots more…

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A truly great man: In loving memory of conservationist David Back

Passionate conservationist, skilled photographer and wildlife fundraiser, David Back will be sadly missed by all who knew him...

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Polar expert Sara Wheeler's new adventure: "Russia is very lovable, despite it all"

Having explored Russia in the footsteps of its 'golden age' writers for her new book, author Sara Wheeler talks Trans-Siberian glories, Putin propaganda and George Best's wandering eye...

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From Arctic Russia to South America: The top 20 adventure cruises in the world

Whether navigating great rivers, winding round remote islands in search of endemic wildlife or crossing continents in the wake of great explorers, these adventure cruises are sure to float your boat...

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Napoleon: 5 locations to visit to follow in the French emperor's footsteps

15 August marks the 250th anniversary of Napoleon Bonaparte's birth, meaning 2019 is the perfect year to explore the French emperor's birthplace, the islands on which he was exiled, in Europe and beyond...

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Is Zakouma National Park in Chad one of Africa’s best?

The dark days of Chad’s Zakouma National Park saw its wildlife poached to near extinction, but now the animals are returning, its reputation is on the up. Mark Stratton investigates for Wanderlust...

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Nepal trek planner: 13 of the best routes for every trek type

Whether overnighting in teahouses or camping on mountainsides, some of the best walks on the planet are found among the peaks and valleys of Nepal. We plot a route for every kind of adventure…

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5 picture-perfect places to visit on the Portuguese coast

Enjoy the September sun in lesser-visited seaside towns - and explore the off-the-beaten-track beaches locals love near popular city break destinations Lisbon and Porto...

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Sara Bull: What it's like guiding the world's toughest treks

A finalist at last year’s Wanderlust World Guide Awards, Exodus Travels’ Sara Bull has led treks in some of the toughest landscapes in the world. She talks about finding her feet...

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Dispatches: Trying to connect with Bob Marley's legacy in Jamaica

Never meet your heroes – even when they’re dead! Jamaica cashing in on the legacy of Bob Marley is one example of ‘hero travel’ gone wrong, as Paul Clammer found on a trip to the singer’s birthplace...

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Dominican Republic vs Dominica: Which Caribbean country should you visit?

These two Caribbean countries are often mistaken for each other. But are you tempted by the Dominican Republic’s epic hikes, or do you prefer Dominica's lush waterways?

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Inside Pacuare Lodge, Costa Rica's luxury eco-haven

White-water raft into an eco-lodge set deep in the Central Highlands’ rainforest. There, you'll enjoy Costa Rica's treetop views, unique wildlife, and its approach to sustainable tourism...

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9 green countries doing their bit for the environment

With TV shows like Blue Planet 2 forcing us to confront the consequences of pollution – more countries are seeking ways to lessen their environmental footprint. Here's how they're making a change...

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Faro, Tavira and beyond: Go off-the-beaten-track in the eastern Algarve

Most travellers dismiss Portugal’s Algarve as a whirlwind of booze and beaches, but its quiet east is a land of wild walks, lagoons and historic villages waiting to be explored…

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How to make Indonesia's national dish, nasi goreng

As chef Eleanor Ford writes in her cookbook, Fire Islands: “Rice is treasured, never wasted or taken for granted.” Put your leftovers to good use with her nasi goreng recipe...

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18 of the best travel gear essentials for polar expeditions

From exploring the Arctic’s icy tundra to watching whales and photographing penguins in Antarctica, dressing right for an adventurous water-based trip is key...

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7 of the best green getaways in Bali

From five-star white-sand stays to eco-hideouts in the jungle, the Indonesian isle is awash with ideal spots for escaping everyday existence. We uncover its most alluring lodgings...

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Slow escapes: 15 of the best slow travel trips to book whenever you're ready

Taking it easy can truly enhance your travel experience, in so many ways. Here are some of the very top trips for mellow, blissed-out journeys that allow you to take it all in at a much calmer pace...

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