JUST ADD WA­TER (AND A DAY BED)

Sunday Herald Sun - Escape - - BEST FOR 2018 -

The ques­tion the Es­cape team asks each week when we look at our op­tions for the cover im­age is, “Would I want to be there?” Ex­pe­ri­ence tells us that our au­di­ence, which num­bers into the mil­lions, is wowed by ma­jes­tic nat­u­ral won­ders. Forests, flow­ers, snow-cov­ered moun­tains, dra­matic rock for­ma­tions and vast ex­panses of desert are guar­an­teed to take away the col­lec­tive breath of our read­ers on a Sun­day morn­ing.

Dy­namic shots of big city lights and ac­tion and iconic man-made mon­u­ments also rate well as peo­ple dream of their next trip to New York, Lon­don, Paris, Barcelona or any other cul­tural cap­i­tal.

Then, there are the pho­tographs that elicit oohs and aahs from just about ev­ery­one: the wa­ter shots. Is­lands, beaches, pools, seas, wa­ter­falls, fjords, ocean lin­ers, river ships, surf­boards and snorkelling – if there’s a drop of H20 in there, we’re onto a win­ner.

The ad­di­tion of a banana lounge or, in the case of today’s snap, an over­sized day bed over aqua so blue and be­guil­ing it doesn’t seem real (it is – it’s in the Mal­dives, at Club Med to be pre­cise) takes it to an­other level.

On that high note, wel­come to our Best for 2018 edi­tion. Thanks to the re­search from our stel­lar team of travel writ­ers, it’s full to the brim of places you’ll definitely want to visit in the com­ing year.

JANA FRAWLEY N AT I O N A L TRAVEL EDITOR

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