Lonely Planet (UK) - - Our Year Of Discovery - An­na­purna Mel­lor, pho­tog­ra­pher @an­na­pur­nauna

My travel high­light… was a day spent on the is­land of For­mentera, which def­i­nitely lived up to its par­adisal rep­u­ta­tion. I’d been shoot­ing in Ibiza where, un­for­tu­nately, I’d had end­less rain and wind – less than idyl­lic con­di­tions for beach shots. A few days into the trip, we sailed south to the tiny isle of For­mentera. The sky was blue and cloud­less, and two lo­cal guides took us by boat to ex­plore cr ys­tal-blue wa­ters and empty white -sand beaches – pure bliss (for­menter­anat­u­ Playa de Ses Il­letes was par­tic­u­larly spec­tac­u­lar: a wide sand­bank with the most in­tensely turquoise wa­ter I’ve ever seen in Europe. You can only get there by boat, so we had the whole thing to our­selves. My low mo­ment… was a Google Maps fail on Ibiza. We fol­lowed di­rec­tions down a road that be­came nar­rower and nar­rower, un­til the car wouldn’t fit any fur­ther and it be­came ob­vi­ous this was ac­tu­ally a foot­path! We had to do some dodgy re­vers­ing to get out. In 2019 I am most ex­cited about… go­ing to Laos. I want to ex­plore the city streets of Luang Pra­bang, go trekking in the An­na­mite Moun­tains and ex­pe­ri­ence life on the countr y’s south­ern is­lands.

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