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VILNIUS

Bold, buzzing and reborn — there’s nothing like a winter weekend in Lithuania’s capital, especially if you’re brave enough for a banya.

bl@WORDS: Tamsin Wressell

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This month, we ditch the jeep to discover Africa from a different perspective. Whether on foot, by boat or hot air balloon, we’re showcasing the continent’s wild side on an active safari across Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana and more. We go north of Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland; discover Japan’s Tohoku region; and spend a long weekend in Vilnius. Other highlights this issue include Lima, Fife, Budapest, San Francisco and Turin, while our photo story unearths the tradition of gold panning in Costa Rica.

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Examining animal dung and termite mounds at 8am was
Africa’s wildest sights aren’t seen through the windows of a jeep. Set off on foot, in the saddle, by paddleboard, boat or even in a hot air balloon to encounter the most authentic and exciting new safari experiences the continent has to offer
Where to …
Maasai Mara, Kenya
Are there too many safari vehicles in KENYA’S MAASAI
South Luangwa, Zambia
Male gelada monkey, Simien Mountains National Park
The sparsely populated stretch of Northumberland north of Hadrian’s Wall is a place where creatures of feather and fin vastly outnumber people, where dark skies, ancient holy lands and mysterious cairns put human existence into a humbled perspective
From beaches and cities to vineyards and wildlife, this self-drive Journey showcases the diversity of South Africa. Discover it all with Flight Centre, official provider of reader offers for National Geographic Traveller (UK)
Steeped in natural beauty, the Japanese island of Kyushu has many treasures, with plenty to see in Kagoshima, Miyazaki and Kumamoto
Tohoku may have been devastated by an earthquake and tsunami, but recovery in theis off-the-radar region has been swift. This is an intruiging land of national parks, ancient forests and hot springs, where traditions and modernity blend seamlessly
Less than 30 minutes from Tokyo, Kanagawa Prefecture is a coastal region rich in nature, gastronomy and historical sites. It’s also set to host the final of the forthcoming Rugby World Cup 2019™
In 1600, after English sailor John Blackthorne washed
MACAWS SQUAWK AND MONKEYS CHATTER ON A HIKE THROUGH THE OSA PENINSULA — A WILD CORNER OF THE COUNTRY WHERE A LONGSTANDING TRADITION OF GOLD PANNING STILL SHIMMERS IN THE RICH AND VERDANT LANDSCAPE
For all its shiny Silicon Valley gloss, San Francisco is still pioneer country — an undulating urban frontier ruled by extremes
The birthplace of Italian icons Lavazza and Fiat, Turin has always been an innovator. And with its old factories turned into living art parks and shopping centres, this northern powerhouse is still living up to its trailblazing reputation.
SMART TRAVELLER
What’s new // Do it now // Food // On the trail // Rooms // Family // Stay at home // The word
We’ve been here and we’ve been there, and our team have found a few things we thought we’d share
Sunrise is always the best time to explore a city and
Think you know Warhol? Catch this epic exhibition, bringing together 350 works that aim to pin down the innovative pop artist
A series of luxury openings in the Southeast Asian country is tempting travellers to all corners of the kingdom
Travellers come from far and wide to catch a glimpse of Mother Nature’s greatest light show, and there’s a wealth of new ways to see the ever-elusive aurora
Keen to venture off road, tackle tough terrain and learn some essential 4x4 driving techniques? Take the wheel and get stuck in
Long Island-based chef Stephan Bogardus offers his tips for dining on the region’s North Fork
From langoustines to lobsters, Sweden’s west coast serves up fine seafood in picture-perfect fishing villages. Words: Tamsin Wressell
Be it a hip motel or a traditional inn, few US cities embrace tradition quite as well as the retro New Mexican capital
As the festive season fast approaches, we’ve picked some of our favourite Yuletide ice rinks for all the family to enjoy
Ireland’s second city takes first place when it comes to independent shopping, with quirky markets, vintage grottos and foodie pit stops aplenty. Here’s our pick of where to go
Exploring museum shops is a bit of an occupational
Sitting pretty on the south coast, this rural beauty has it all, from monkey business to picture-perfect coves
This season’s collection of cartographical curiosities make great stocking-fïllers for the itchy-footed or armchair traveller
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The Australian Outback conjures all manner of evocative images, but none more inspiring than Bathurst and New South Wales’ most screwball car race
The Stanley Hotel in Colorado may have inspired Stephen King’s horror novel The Shining, but the spirits haunting its rooms today are a well-behaved bunch
There are hairpin bends and near misses on the way up, but the view from Monte San Costanzo is ample reward
From hand luggage rules to top family attractions — here’s what you’ve been consuming online
INSIDER
Bold, buzzing and reborn — there’s nothing like a winter
Fife is connected to neighbouring regions by six bridges, but when it comes to food, it’s gloriously self-sufficient, with meat, tatties, oats, just-caught shellfish, and unique seaweeds just some of its hyper-local treasures. Words: Audrey Gillan
High-end eats, cutting-edge street art, exquisite colonial-era mansions reimagined for bright new creative age: Peru’s capital is no longer a traveller’s backwater but a Latin American luminary. Words: Michael Parker Stainback
Modern touches and classical architecture meld together like nowhere else than in the Hungarian capital, meaning a wealth of affordable grand hotels in some of Europe’s most opulent surroundings. Words: David Whitley
Just 40 miles from Hong Kong, Macao has a unique Portuguese-Chinese culture. The Portuguese arrived here in the 16th century and their influence can still be seen throughout the destination, in everything from the architecture to the food. As well as delicious Chinese and Portuguese options, the local Macanese cuisine — reputedly the world’s first fusion cuisine — combines influences from China, Portugal, India, Africa and Southeast Asia. With 2018 designated as the Macao Year of Gastronomy, there’s never been a better time to visit — and dine
TRAVEL GEEKS
NEED ADVICE FOR YOUR NEXT TRIP? ARE YOU AFTER RECOMMENDATIONS, TIPS AND GUIDANCE? THE TRAVEL GEEKS HAVE THE ANSWERS…
THE NEWLY RELEASED MASTERCARD INDEX LOOKED AT 162 CITIES ACROSS THE WORLD, REVEALING LAST YEAR’S TRAVEL TRENDS AND FORECASTS FOR 2018, BUT WHICH PLACES ARE ON THE RISE AND FALL? WORDS: ESAN SWAN
WE ALL LIKE TO THINK WE’RE ANIMAL LOVERS, BUT ARE WE SUPPORTING WILDLIFE CRUELTY WHEN WE TRAVEL? WORDS: JAMES DRAVEN
A NEW TOUR IN NORTHERN SWEDEN IS LETTING TRAVELLERS IN ON THE SECRETS OF SCANDINAVIA’S INDIGENOUS REINDEER HERDERS, FOCUSING ON FORAGING SKILLS AND ANCIENT KNOW.HOW. COULD YOU SURVIVE IN THE ARCTIC?
TECHNOLOGY REPORTER FOR.BBCCLICK AND AUTHOR OF WORKING THE CLOUD, KATE RUSSELL PICKS THE LATEST INNOVATIONS
MANY AIRLINES HAVE THEM, BUT WHAT EXACTLY ARE FREQUENT-FLYER PROGRAMMES, AND HOW CAN YOU BENEFIT? WORDS: DAVID WHITLEY
HURRICANE MARIA WAS THE WORST NATURAL DISASTER IN DOMINICA’S HISTORY. A YEAR ON, THE ISLAND IS BOUNCING BACK THANKS TO VOLUNTOURISM PROJECTS SUCH AS THE REBUILDING OF THE WAITUKUBULI NATIONAL TRAIL. WORDS: NIGEL TISDALL
IT’S THOUGHT TO AFFECT AROUND ONE IN 10 PEOPLE AND CAN SEVERELY LIMIT LIFE CHOICES, BUT A FEAR OF FLYING IS SOMETHING MANY TRAVELLERS OVERCOME, WITH PATIENCE, GUIDANCE AND PRACTICE. WORDS: JULIA BUCKLEY
Our annual Cool List is back again, identifying the
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