September 2019

Issue number: 199

In this issue

25 Best European Rail Journeys

See Europe how it was meant to be seen. From mountain climbs to luxury sleepers, we pick the greatest train adventures to get you under the skin of the continent…

Zimbabwe

Having found fame in the Dynasties TV series, the painted wolves of Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools are still fighting for survival. But, with a little help, they might be winning

Guatemala

Guatemala is a land that doesn’t forget. Those hiking its remote villages and lakes will discover a world where the rituals­ and ways of the Maya never truly went away…

Isles of Scilly

Marooned off­ Cornwall’s coast, the Isles of Scilly are often overlooked, but as locals attest: set foot among its bird colonies, gardens and tombs and you may find yourself staying longer than you thought…

Interview with Alastair Humphreys

Having busked through Spain with a violin he can barely play for his latest book, the microadventure pioneer talks about the fear factor and balancing his family life and his travels

Alex Robinson on all the tea in China…

Learning the intricacies of a Chinese tea ceremony is hard – centuries of tradition go into making the teapot alone. But it’ll give you whole new outlook on the humble cuppa, as our writer discovered…

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An epic trek for two to Patagonia, worth £5,500

 

Plus… First 24 hours in San Diego, USA; a short break in Madeira; Travel Icon: Angkor Wat, Cambodia; Belizean cuisine with local chef Sean Kuylen; Hanoi vs Ho Chi Minh City; Go now: Iguazu Falls, Argentina; Dream sleeps in Three Camel Lodge, Mongolia; How to plan a rail trip and lots, lots more…

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How to make sere lasus with hudut, Belizean style

Chef Sean Kuylen from Belize tells us how this coconutty fish broth celebrates the tropical nation’s history, culture and produce. He also shares his own recipe for this snapper fish soup with us...

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Facing fear with Alastair Humphreys, the ultimate micro-adventurer

Having busked through Spain with a violin he can barely play for his latest book, the micro-adventure pioneer talks about the fear factor and balancing his family life and his travels...

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Gentle giants: The 15 top whale watching trips in the world

Want to see the ocean's gentle giants for yourself? Take your pick of the best opportunities to see whales in the wild waters of Iceland, Canada, Mexico and beyond - with trips running all year round...

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The best ways to avoid plastics on your travels

From organising sunset beach walks and finding free watering spots, to salvaging fabrics for use in your travel gear – here are your top tips for avoiding plastics on the road...

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Lost and found: Hiking through the remote villages of Guatemala

Guatemala is a land that doesn't forget. Those hiking its remote villages and lakes will discover a world where the rituals and ways of the Maya never truly went away...

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7 of Guatemala's most beautiful places

Known for hidden villages and epic hiking trails, now appreciate the country's prettiest places: glowing lakes, towering volcano peaks, and jungle-shrouded cities up in the highlands...

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8 of the best things to do in the Isles of Scilly

The Isles of Scilly, a piece of the Caribbean off the Cornish coast, is packed with things to do. From hiking its heathlands to gawking at gannets, you needn't waste a minute on these islands...

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Why you'll never want to leave the underrated Isles of Scilly

Marooned off Cornwall’s coast, the Isles of Scilly are overlooked, but as locals attest: set foot among its bird colonies, gardens and tombs and you'll find yourself staying longer than you thought...

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Leader of the pack: Following the painted wolves of Zimbabwe's Mana Pools

Having found fame in Dynasties TV series, the African wild dogs of Zimbabwe's Mana Pools are still fighting for survival. But, with a little help, they might be winning...

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2020 is the perfect time to see Iguazú Falls (on Argentina's side)

Iguazú National Park is home to an astounding 275 waterfalls. With new flights launching, it’s even easier to stare down the Devil’s Throat and then explore the surrounding area’s trails and wildlife...

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Inside Three Camel Lodge, the Gobi Desert's only luxury eco-stay

Awe-inspiring surroundings, modern comforts and Mongolian hospitality all meld together seamlessly at the Gobi Desert’s sole, luxurious eco-lodge. Here's what its like inside...

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Hanoi vs Ho Chi Minh City: Which Vietnamese city should you visit?

Vietnam’s north-south divide is more than geographical. Split into two nations in the 1950s, they were only reunited post-Vietnam War. Cultural Hanoi or Buzzy Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), which is for you?

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The 13 best insect-repellent clothes and accessories

From annoying midges to malaria-carrying mosquitos, if you're headed somewhere where insects are biting, you need the right clothes, accessories and essentials to protect you from potential bites...

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How to spend your first 24 hours in San Diego

With its abundance of wildlife, laid-back attitude and distinctive neighbourhoods, it’s no wonder this California city has been going strong for 250 years, says Phoebe Smith...

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