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William Dalrymple on how living in India has changed him

William Dalrymple on how living in India has changed him

William Dalrymple didn’t set out to become Britain’s leading chronicler of Indian history, but a chance trip to the subcontinent started a lifelong obsession. Thirty years on, he’s still living in Delhi — a city with a “tangible sense of history”.

Pico Iyer on his transformational trip to Tibet

The author and memoirist recounts a powerful journey through Asia that culminated on the high plateau of Lhasa among prostrating pilgrims, in the shadow of the Potala Palace — the former winter palace of the Dalai Lamas. 

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.  

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.

Ade Adepitan on seeing Africa beyond the headlines

Reflecting on his latest BBC TV series, Africa with Ade Adepitan, the Nigerian-born British TV presenter looks back on his transcontinental journey, from Cape Verde to Somalia — a trip that, as well as showcasing a range of African stories, was in part a personal tale of homecoming.

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.

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.

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.  

Robert Macfarlane on his love of the UK’s wild places

The prize-winning author remembers holidays in the UK, from Snowdonia and the Scottish Highlands to the outskirts of Cambridge, and reflects on the wild landscapes that have shaped both his work and his life.

Extreme cyclist Emily Chappell on tackling Alaskan peaks in winter

On a transcontinental cycling race, the ultra-endurance athlete and author hadn’t anticipated how much the cold would weaken her. On a frozen highway in Alaska, pedalling between snow drifts, she learnt profound lessons about human endurance. 

Alice Morrison on making a home in Morocco’s High Atlas mountains

Travel has the capacity to change each of us profoundly. Author Alice Morrison remains enthralled to a memory of visiting a small family compound high up in the mountains of Morocco, while training for an ultra marathon.

Five world-class English wines to try this summer

English sparkling is now considered some of the best in the world — and homegrown still wines are on the up too.

Family glamping: 13 incredible stays in England and Wales

With new accommodation ranging from rustic-chic roundhouses to glamourous safari tents, glamping in the English and Welsh countryside has been elevated to an art. Here’s where to book a getaway with the whole family this summer.

Check out a galaxy of new bars and quirky museums in Houston, America's Space City

With its flourishing urban parks, cultural spaces and rooftop bars, this cosmopolitan city built on oil is on a mission to invest and evolve. Drill down into eclectic neighbourhoods to discover the real Texan treasure.

Three recipes from Zuza Zak's new book, Amber & Rye

Discover three recipes from Zuza Zak's second book, Amber & Rye, which takes readers on a journey through Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

What to do in Chester, the North West's most exciting culinary hotspot

With millennia of history as a backdrop, Cheshire’s county town has been busy carving out a niche as one of the North West’s most exciting food destinations.

Tracing the story of a nation along southern Australia's winding Murray River

More a meander than a mighty waterway, the Murray — Australia’s longest river — is home to monumental stories that have shaped a vast continent.

Where to eat in Madrid: discover the city's hidden markets and local restaurants

Good food isn’t hard to come by in Madrid, but the sheer variety can overwhelm the uninitiated. For a unique flavour of the Spanish capital, dig a little deeper to discover thriving local markets and historic castizos bristling with tradition.

Six spectacular landmark hotels in inland Spain

Spain’s interior is littered with grand retreats to add to your hotel wish list, from urban palaces to spectacular paradors — state-run hotels often set within ancient monuments.

Five ancient sites getting a magnificent makeover, from Hadrian's Wall to the Colosseum

From Italy to Indonesia, major restoration works are underway to preserve and improve some of our most historic sites — and travellers can get involved.

My life in food: Sean Paul on Caribbean cuisine and poisonous puffer fish

The Jamaican musician talks about his love of Caribbean food, his multi-ethnic family and eating poisonous puffer fish in Japan.
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Exploring history and nature in Gran Canaria’s unmissable UNESCO World Heritage Site

The mountainous site of Risco Caído and the Sacred Mountains of Gran Canaria preserves traces of a long-vanished Aboriginal culture in lush natural surroundings. 

The 10 best British lidos to visit this summer

With pools now set to reopen following lockdown, we look at Great Britain's long love affair with outdoor swimming and celebrate 10 historic lidos — centrepieces of local communities for generations — that have survived to the present day.

Notes from an author: Arifa Akbar on returning to Lahore, Pakistan

A trip back to a former childhood home in Pakistan reveals a city shaped by both the realities of modernity and the unshakable mythology of memory.

National Geographic Traveller Reader Awards 2021

Our sixth annual Reader Awards will celebrate the best places, experiences, hotels, operators, authors, podcasts and more, as shortlisted by our judges and voted for by you.

Top chefs share their passion for the cuisine of southern Italy

From pillowy pasta topped with the best parmesan to fresh anchovies with Amalfi lemons, three chefs wax lyrical about southern Italian cuisine and share their favourite recipes.

Chef Angela Hartnett's guide to eating in Emilia-Romagna

From Bologna to Modena, Emilia-Romagna is arguably the Italian region most synonymous with fine food. Chef Angela Hartnett selects her favourite local dishes and shares her recipe for spinach and ricotta tortelli.

Win a five-night luxury stay for two in Rhodes

We've teamed up with Gennadi Grand Resort in Rhodes to offer a five-star getaway to the Greek island.

What they're eating in Los Angeles

Fill up on meaty tacos and caviar-topped lobster rolls on the Californian coast. Here's what the locals are ordering in the City of Angels.

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