Chatting to many of you at travel events over the year, the joy and romance of rail travel always seems to come up. So, thinking it was time to feature a great rail journey again, we were so torn over which to cover that we ended up dedicating half the mag to train-tastic travel. Sit back and get ready to join us on the Orient Express (p24), then ride through Japan (p50), Cuba (p86) and Australia (p100), as well as taking a look at the world’s best train journeys (p62). We also want your input on top rail trips for our new regular readers’ tips feature (p110).
It was great to catch up with so many of you at our Photo of the Year gallery at the recent Destinations Show in London. Each year we worry that the photographs won’t be as good as the last, and then each year we are blown away by the standard of the finalists. I hope you’ll agree that these are some truly special shots (p116).