It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking the whole of the Middle East is a no-go zone, yet even countries bordering the horror show that is Syria are still open for business. Indeed, to the more free-thinking or contrarian traveller, now is an ideal time to go, when the more risk-averse are liable to postpone their plans, leaving hotels vacant and trails more lightly trafficked than usual. In this spirit, next issue we sample the snowy delights of Turkey in the company of the timeless ski vagabond himself, Jimmy Petterson, while
Paul Niel and family go scrambling in the austerely beautiful canyons of Jordan on the trail of the ancient Nabateans. Coming closer to home, we then jump into a kayak for an epic running of the falls of the Mekong in Laos with Lachie Carracher. We also take a look at the Philippines’ fascinating on-going experiment with enforcing environmental standards by presidential decree on the island of Boracay, while the next instalment in our ‘Summits of your life’ series presents the horned Mt Kinabalu in the Malaysian province of Sabah.