Wanderlust Travel Magazine (UK) - - Upfront -

Wan­der­lust is brought to life by peo­ple from all over the planet. Here are just some of the in­di­vid­u­als who helped to create this is­sue – and their hot tips for new des­ti­na­tions in 2019

Hi­lary Bradt Co-founder of Bradt Travel Guides

Re­cently made an Of­fi­cer of the Na­tional Or­der of Mada­gas­car, Hi­lary kicks off our new ‘Dis­patches’ page (p40) by ex­plor­ing the mis­un­der­stood joy of a Mada­gas­can traf­fic jam. 2019’s hot des­ti­na­tion: “North Ko­rea. My source (au­thor of the new edi­tion of the coun­try’s Bradt guide) says it’s chang­ing fast – fewer re­stric­tions, more places ac­cept­ing vis­i­tors. Who knows what the fu­ture holds there.”

Mar­tin Syming­ton Travel writer

Mar­tin has spent his life un­earthing un­usual travel tales, though this is­sue’s jour­ney across the Baltic states (p112) – par­tic­u­larly its mirac­u­lous Hill of Crosses – is his most un­ex­pect­edly uplift­ing. 2019’s hot des­ti­na­tion: ”Nepal’s Lang­tang area. Lodges here, dev­as­tated by the 2015 ‘quake have now been re­built, but tourists re­main few. Ex­ult in Hi­malayan grandeur while help­ing lo­cals get back on their feet.”

Sarah Bax­ter Travel writer & au­thor

Formerly deputy ed­i­tor of

Wan­der­lust, Sarah is now a free­lance travel writer, ed­i­tor and au­thor but still helps out at Wan­der­lust HQ. Her lat­est book, the In­spired Trav­eller’s Guide to Lit­er­ary Places, is out in March 2019. 2019’s hot des­ti­na­tion: “Jor­dan. Apart from the new live-ac­tion Aladdin film mak­ing me want to fly a magic car­pet across Wadi Rum, I’d love to hit the new Jor­dan Trail, tick­ing off Pe­tra en route.“

Damien Ga­bet Travel writer

Damien is a free­lance scribe who em­braces any op­por­tu­nity to cy­cle, eat or head out to sea. This is­sue he finds him­self do­ing all three in South Africa’s fas­ci­nat­ing ‘third city’, Dur­ban (p157). 2019’s hot des­ti­na­tion: “Safety con­cerns over the last few years saw vis­i­tors stay away from Egypt. But af­ter a pe­riod of calm, and in an­tic­i­pa­tion of 2019’s open­ing of Cairo’s Grand Egyp­tian Mu­seum, now is the time to re­turn.”

Gareth Clark Wan­der­lust’s writer & sub-ed­i­tor

Hav­ing lived in the Mid­dle East and Asia for six years – pound­ing the streets of Abu Dhabi and Bei­jing for

Time Out – this is­sue sees Gareth ex­plore the nooks of ‘un­seen Lon­don’ (p161). 2019’s hot des­ti­na­tion: “Ex­plor­ing tun­nels un­der our cap­i­tal is one thing, but Italy’s city of Mat­era is built al­most en­tirely on pa­le­olithic grot­toes. It’s also a Eu­ro­pean Cap­i­tal of Cul­ture for 2019, so go now to beat the crowds.”

Emma Gregg Travel writer

Emma has vis­ited over 30 coun­tries across Africa, sam­pling every­thing from fes­ti­vals to sa­faris – her guide to the lat­ter is on p80 – and is the au­thor of sev­eral Rough Guides. 2019’s hot des­ti­na­tion: “South Africa cel­e­brates 25 years of democ­racy in April, and with sev­eral new flight op­tions from the UK and a favourable ex­change rate, now’s the time to ex­pe­ri­ence its jaw-drop­ping her­itage, land­scapes and wildlife.”

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