Why we travel

World-renowned travellers reveal the journeys that made the biggest impact on their lives

World-renowned travellers reveal the journeys that made the biggest impact on their lives

A host of household names reveal how travel has shaped their lives. From encounters with locals to gruelling expeditions, some destinations have the ability to transform us. Join us as we celebrate power of place.

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The reality of travel in the post-lockdown era

As the UK eases travel restrictions to certain countries, and destinations start reopening for business, we answer your questions about bookings, flights, hotels and attractions. What’s the reality of travel as coronavirus lockdowns are lifted?

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Fallen in love with the rugged backdrop of Sligo in BBC Three’s Normal People, or the rolling valleys of the Wye Valley in Netflix’s Sex Education? It seems we’ve all been watching a little more TV lately — so, while we wait for travel restrictions to lift, here’s what you need to know to plan your entertainment-inspired getaway.

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William Dalrymple on how living in India has changed him

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Five unusual island escapes in Japan, from fairytale forests to tropical retreats

Japan’s 6,852 islands offer everything from salmon-filled rivers in the far north to world-class diving in the south. The four main islands — Hokkaido, Honshu, Kyushu and Shikoku — are home to the vast majority of the nation’s population, but away from those behemoths, there are some fascinating options

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Coronavirus, conservation and the wild places we should be travelling to

Following our report on bear conservation in Italy, we check back in with Paul Lister, founder of The European Nature Trust, to gauge the impact of coronavirus on European landscapes — and what lies ahead for travel and conservation.

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Photo story: the autumn ritual of wild horse herding in Iceland's Kolbeinsdalur Valley

The snow is falling lightly in the Kolbeinsdalur Valley. Everyone is waiting; anticipation lies heavy in the air. A distant rumble of hoofs breaks the silence and over the horizon, right on cue, a herd of more than 500 wild horses thunders into view. Welcome to Laufskálarétt, Iceland’s biggest annual horse round-up.
National Geographic Traveller (UK)
Jul/Aug 2020
The power of place
by National Geographic Traveller
Travel has the potential to profoundly change us. This issue's collection of stories is testimony to the transformative, magical power of travel.
Photograph by AWL Images

This issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK) celebrates the reasons we choose to travel. We asked Pico Iyer, Levison Wood, Christina Lamb, William Dalrymple, Emily Chappell, Robert Macfarlane, Ade Adepitan, Felicity Aston and many more household names to reveal the places they hold dearest and the travel experiences that have shaped their lives.
 
Whether it’s a wild encounter, a meeting with someone new, or simply a moment of realisation that your place in the world isn’t quite what you thought it was, travel has the potential to profoundly change each of us. As part of this issue’s cover story, their collection of stories — spanning destinations as diverse as Delhi, Tibet, Afghanistan Alaska, Botswana and the UK — is testimony to the transformative, magical power of travel. 
 
Plus, we discover Ireland’s storied southwestern peninsulas, round up some of the best experiences across the Indian Ocean, spend a long weekend in the Brecon Beacons and explore Cyprus’s culinary prowess in the changing coastal city of Limassol. Our photo story looks at the time-honoured leathercraft tradition in Marrakech, weaving through the souks and tanneries. Meanwhile, urban stories this issue include Bilbao, Saint-Tropez and Mumbai.
 

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The Jul/Aug 2020 issue of National Geographic Traveller
Photograph by Slawek Kozdras; Getty; Nico Avelardi; Karolina Wiercigroch (clockwise from top left)

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The latest stories from National Geographic Traveller Food

Where to go, what to see and how to explore the world by way of its unique culinary experiences.

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Nine chefs and food writers share their summer favourites

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Meet the makers: the Greek co-op putting traditional spoon sweets on the map

In Vizitsa, one of the Greek villages that have dotted Mount Pelion’s slopes since antiquity, the women-run Esperides Co-operative uses the region's abundant orchards to create traditional Greek spoon sweets with a secret local ingredient. 

Six international coffee styles to experiment with at home

From an earthy, spiced Mexican brew to the coffee-tea hybrid beloved in Malaysia, seek out inspiration for your next caffeine fix with our quick guide to international brewing techniques and ingredients. 

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How a new people-powered hiking network could transform travel in the UK

We speak to ‘guerrilla geographer’ Daniel Raven-Ellison about Slow Ways — a volunteer-led project kickstarted in lockdown aiming to map thousands of new walking routes, which he hopes will get Brits discovering the country in an entirely new way. 

Six vegan and vegetarian barbecue ideas from around the world

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The emerald edge of Ireland: the ultimate coastal road trip through Kerry and West Cork

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Ade Adepitan on seeing Africa beyond the headlines

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Kate Bradbury on why Costa Rica should be a blueprint for conservation

Reflecting on a trip to Central America, the TV presenter wonders what the UK would look like if it invested in the natural world as much as Costa Rica does.

Felicity Aston on the power of polar regions to teach vital conservation lessons

Wonder and science intersect on an expedition to Earth’s frozen poles, says the polar explorer. Each trip offers unique challenges that have the power to teach vital lessons — not just about the human spirit, but about our role in protecting the planet.  

Levison Wood on walking with elephants in Botswana

Setting out from the Zimbabwe border, the adventurer, author and broadcaster spent a month on the front line of elephant conservation, walking alongside a herd as it followed its annual migration route towards the Okavango Delta.

Christina Lamb on her career igniting journey to Afghanistan

The chief foreign correspondent at The Sunday Times was just 22 years old when, in the late 1980s, she journeyed up the Grand Trunk Road to Afghanistan — the start of a long and enduring love affair with the country’s colours, flavours and hospitality.  

Alastair Humphreys on finding great escapes in the UK

Having toured the globe — from camping in the Arctic to cycling through Kyrgyzstan — the adventurer finds that journeys of real significance are also on offer closer to home.

The revival of rosé wine: a guide to picking the best bottle this summer

Once regarded as uncool, rosé has undergone an image overhaul in both the Old and New Worlds. From the vineyards of Provence to the wine lands of New Zealand, here's how to pick the best bottle for your palate.
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