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Wanderlust Issue 186 (May 2018) Travel secrets ♦ 11 Easy cycling adventures ♦ Argentina ♦ The Cotswold Way ♦ Abu Dhabi ♦ Zimbabwe ♦ Pocket guides: Auckland, Belgrade, Cape Town

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Issue 186 May 2018

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Stupendous starlight, making rooms for hippos and a truly ancient lake Why female-only trips are travel’s newest trend Honky-tonk your way through the music-filled streets of Nashville Take a bite out of Vietnam’s top sandwich, piled high with history Recalling the early days of her chimp studies How Delhi’s rouge wonder became part of India’s story Be a lone adventurer for less on these top solo trips

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74The masterclass 77Instant expert: RMS Titanic 80Take better travel photos Travel clinic 82Travellers’ 84cameras guide to... alternative

Riding the rails is easy, but planning a train adventure can be tricky. Our handy guide simplifies matters...

Tours of the fabled ocean liner have been relaunched, more than 100 years after it sank Snapper Axel Gomille reveals how to expertly combine nature and culture in one shot Dr Jane on how to enjoy mountain highs without altitude sickness

From drones to camera traps, we rate four non-traditional photographic devices

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24The best-kept travel secrets

Skip the world’s busiest travel icons for their less-heralded equals, swapping bustling Barcelona for gentle Girona, Mexico’s overrun Chichen Itza for Belize’s Lamanai, and more...

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The world is packed with two-wheeled adventures and we highlight some of the most accessible, from pedalling Vietnam’s rice paddies to whizzing through the majesty of Rajasthan

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TALKING HEADS Dr Jane Goodall, p18

“My dog and I wove along old packhorse tracks connecting moneyed market towns that, from the Middle Ages on, grew fabulously wealthy on the oil of its day – wool.” Martin Symington

Nashville, p14

“I always loved animals, I was always out in nature. I’d dreamed of the African jungle since reading Tarzan.”

62 Argentina, p62 “It was an area utterly unknown to me, except for a whisper from a knowing soul that had described its landscape as something from another planet.” Lyn Hughes

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SINKING TO NEW DEPTHS... RMS Titanic, p77 FEATURES

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The UAE isn’t all glistening skyscrapers. Rare wildlife and sprawling mangroves await just outside capital Abu Dhabi PLUS: 15 things to do in the United Arab Emirates Argentina The rugged north-west of Argentina is the wild land that you never knew existed – devilish sands, surreal volcanic cones and a town at the end of the world... Zimbabwe Ready to rise from the ashes – meet Africa’s soon-to-be safari hot spot… and its 44,000 resident elephants The Cotswold Way A raft of new ways to stroll this National Trail puts the Cotswolds’ historic walk within easy reach

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You give us your top rail journeys, including trundling through Borneo, rolling through the Incan landscapes of Peru and going from city to rainforest in Australia Readers’ pictures Your top captures, including soaking up Sri Lanka’s epic vistas, treading the mighty Annapurna mountains in Nepal, getting a knee-knocking view of Norway’s fjords from Kjerag and much more... Letters In our mailbag: celebrating a birthday in the Pitcairns; heralding Vietnam’s bouncebackability; enjoying a month in Chile; your tips for an epic adventure through Central America and much, much more...

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POCKET GUIDES

First 24 hours: 137 Auckland, New Zealand

While most swerve the North Island hub for sights beyond, Auckland’s volcanic isles, doorstep rainforest and wartime tunnels are a match for even New Zealand’s big hitters

139Short break: Belgrade, Serbia

The Serbian capital isn’t just a party hub, its charming streets and knack for spontaneous reinvention mean treasures are rarely far away

icon: Table Mountain, 141Travel Cape Town

First climbed 515 years ago, this rocky jewel has become a must for vistaseeking visitors hunting Cape Town’s top view

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“I watched as the cheetah looked right down my camera lens, his eyes burning into my soul. The two black stripes either side of his nose and on his cheeks looked like they were painted on with kohl.” Phoebe Smith

Belgrade, p139

Abu Dhabi, p46

Delhi, p20

86 Cape Town, p141 “As we came over the ridge, a huge bull elephant was kneeling on the baked earth, snorkelling water up from a deep trough it had excavated with its powerful feet and tusks.” Mark Eveleigh

100 “Vineyards tend to be planted in attractive, undulating landscapes, connected by country trails and quiet roads. Little wonder (responsible) pedalling between wineries is so intoxicating.” Paul Bloomfield

137 “Spying the urban sprawl from atop grassy Mount Eden (one of nearly 50 volcanic cones that blister the city), you will see another side to the metropolitan area.” Gareth Clark

Auckland, p137

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Wanderlust Issue 186 (May 2018) Travel secrets ♦ 11 Easy cycling adventures ♦ Argentina ♦ The Cotswold Way ♦ Abu Dhabi ♦ Zimbabwe ♦ Pocket guides: Auckland, Belgrade, Cape Town

Wanderlust Issue 183 (February 2018) Top 53 Trips for 2018 ♦ Costa Rica ♦ India ♦ Kate Humble in the Congo ♦ St Kilda, Scotland ♦ Pocket guides: Salta (Argentina), County Cork (Ireland), Havana (Cuba)

Wanderlust Issue 181 (November 2017) Alternative Thailand ♦ Che’s Latin America ♦ Foodie Greece ♦ Wild Africa ♦ Great Barrier Reef ♦ World Guide Awards – Results ♦ Pocket guides: Brussels, Hull and Boston

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Howling with wolves – just two hours from Stockholm

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Where exactly to begin is a problem most would-be rail trippers have. “The first thing you need to consider is what type of journey

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is right for you,” says Matthew Lucas of traintravelexpert.com. “No two journeys are alike – the beauty of the Glacier Express in Switzerland provides a different experience to spending long days on the Trans-Siberian railway, as Europe melts into Asia.” Working out your budget and timeframe, however, can help narrow down your options significantly, says Mark Smith of The Man in Seat 61 website (seat61.com): “You can also start planning at any time, there’s no need to book years ahead. Most trains only open for bookings 90 days before travel although some, such as the Eurostar, open up to 180 days ahead.”

Plus, in this digital age, train travel is finally catching up with flights and hotels, and now you can book seats for most rail journeys across the world with a simple press of a button. That in itself offers you flexibility as to when you book – you could seal your seat as soon as they’re made available, right up to (in theory) the day the train departs, without having to queue for hours at the ticket office. If you’re still unsure where and for how long you’ll be away, then a rail pass is the best option for you. It lets you move about flexibly during any period of time. The Interrail Pass (interrail.eu) is the best known in Europe, but many others exist worldwide.

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Barcelona, Spain When locals took to the Barcelona streets last year to protest the deluge of tourists in the city after some 32 million arrived in 2016 (20 times its population), it sent a stark message. But know that there’s more to Catalonia than its capital. But what about…

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Mary Novakovich, Writer For a taste of southern Italy minus the crowds of Palermo and Naples, head down to its toe, Calabria. Here, Tropea just about manages to cling on to the rocky coast and is surely Italy’s prettiest yet least-known town. Its beach lies in the lee of the cliffs and there’s a beautiful monastery perched on a promontory in front – the spicy cuisine is good, too. For Mary’s take on Serbia’s often overlooked capital, see p139

Behind Girona’s 14th-century walls lie Gothic spires, cobbled lanes and narrow flights of stone steps winding to fanciful gardens (Alemanys) or Catalan craft beer bars (Dolce Salato has some potent brews). Start in the lively Barri Vell, tapas-crawling the cafes and courtyards of La Rambla, then rise through the Jewish Quarter of El Call to the city’s

centrepiece cathedral; this stands on Via Augusta, the Roman road that once bisected Iberia. Finish atop the ramparts, gazing over to the Girona Pyrenees, where day treks weave the volcano parks and the rocky Costa Brava beyond, far from the Barca bustle.

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Wat Pho, Bangkok, Thailand Of the 32 million tourists that blanket Thailand each year, most pass through the capital. This is a city of hustle and flow, and even at its most sacred sites, such as the city’s Wat Pho temple – home to its famed 46m-long reclining Buddha – the only one taking it easy is 24-carat gold and lying on a plinth. But what about…

For a more sedate introduction to Buddhism’s wonders, Sri Lanka’s Dambulla Cave Temple is truly unique. Carved into a granite rock face, it actually stretches five grottoes and was once thought to have been the hideout of deposed king. So it goes: when he took his throne back in 85 BC, he gave the caves to the monks that had sheltered him, who then turned them into a series of temples. It’s a steep walk to get there (riddled with curious macaques) and not best done in the heat of midday, especially as you have to remove your shoes at the top and hot-foot it over the sunny parts. But inside, its five cool caves are daubed in a kaleidoscope of intricate murals, with perhaps the centrepiece of its 157 statues being the 14m-long reclining Buddha, hewn from the cave wall itself.

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The Travel Secrets Issue! The alternatives to the Travel Icons With the world’s most famous sights drowning in visitors, here are the crow...

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