If you’d have asked me 25 years ago to name my favourite countries, Zimbabwe would have been right up there. We had no idea it was going to fall from grace, and from travel wishlists. So, it was heartening to read Mark Eveleigh’s report on the thriving wildlife and warmth of the locals (p86).
Places come and go in popularity, whether through politics, strife or simply by becoming fashionable. But with overtourism such a hot issue at the moment, it is heartening that there are still extraordinary places where you can escape the crowds; we reveal some great little-visited spots on page 24.
I was wowed myself by a corner of Argentina this month – and a sight within it – that I knew nothing about (p62); and while Abu Dhabi isn’t exactly crowd-free, who’d have thought that it would be such a great wildlife destination (p46).
Shhh... it’s a secret We hunt down those places that have fallen off visitors’ maps, including this surreal cone in north-west Argentina (p62)