52 of the best flight-free weekend escapes

This year, interest in flight-free trips is rising as many travellers recalibrate their approach to travel after an imposed hiatus. But turning to rails, roads and waterways for transport doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a short getaway. From wild island escapes in Wales to eco adventures in Copehagen, we bring you 52 of the best weekend escapes — all without getting on an airplane.
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How to plan a road trip using Colorado’s wild backcountry byways

The western US state is renowned for its vast swathes of wilderness and vibrant local communities, all threaded together by a series of scenic and historic byways. Plan the ultimate road trip through its open spaces with our guide to the best routes — plus, tips on protecting local biodiversity as you go. 

Which African wildlife experience is right for you?

The safari experience is constantly evolving with the likes of more sustainable options and emerging destinations. Here are some of the best areas for wildlife-spotting and how to explore them.

The greatest show on Earth: tracking the wildebeest migration across Tanzania's Serengeti

The Serengeti’s golden plains may be home to the Big Five, but the unsung heroes of these grasslands are its white-bearded wildebeests. They're the seams that hold together an ecosystem, performing an ancient dance that still sweeps across the savannah.

Meet the adventurers: award-winning wildlife filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert

As part of National Geographic’s Big Cat Week we catch up with the filmmakers to discuss the state of the world’s big cats and learn how Jade Eyed Leopard — their latest film — aims to galvanise audiences to help safeguard the future of Africa’s wildlife.

Best of the World: six places to rediscover nature for 2021 and beyond

Experience the wonders of the natural world at wildlife rehabilitation centres and rewilding projects, as well as in the unique flora and fauna of our planet’s most remote corners.

Tales of the tiger: searching for big cats in India’s wildest state

To travel across Madhya Pradesh is to taste India’s untamed heartland, where national parks teem with wildlife and stories of Bengal tigers are on everyone’s lips. An expert in the art of stealth and secrecy, however, it’s a beast that proves hard to seek.

See the world’s natural wonders in real time without leaving your house

From the ethereal ripples of the Aurora Borealis to the majesty of Yosemite Valley’s El Capitan rock face, the Earth’s natural wonders are still out there — even if we can’t travel to see them just now. But, luckily for those of us experiencing wanderlust while on lockdown, webcams can act as live portals to natural vistas far grander than those offered up by our windows. We round up some of the best.
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Discover the sea trails of the Baltic region of Blekinge, Sweden

During a visit to Skåne, take a detour to the neighbouring Blekinge archipelago, which invites adventure-lovers to hop from island to island, seek out rare wildlife and explore long-distance walking trails.

Why wildlife tourism matters

Tips for wildlife encounters that promote sanctuary, not selfies.
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Untamed Australia: Into the wilds of New South Wales

Seen Sydney? Surfed Byron Bay? Raised a glass in the Hunter Valley? If so, now might be the time to explore New South Wales’ national parks. We ask one of Trailfinders’ experts, Henry Hopkinson, for his insider tips on how to tackle Australia’s outback

Kenya: Tracking the Prince of Darkness

The harsh cough of a leopard echoes up the valley. I pause to listen, with my coffee cup halfway to my lips. The aroma of the beans mixes with the damp scent of the African jungle and, in my sleep-befuddled state, I’m struck by the distinct impression that the cat is mocking me
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Manitoba: Dancing in the dark

Churchill is one of the best places on Earth to view the northern lights. They dance overhead 300 nights a year — but it’s in the frozen months of February and March that the skies are at their clearest and the show really begins

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