As the year comes to a close, we’ve been looking back over our favourite features of 2016. We published around five hundred articles and photo stories this year, working with contributors from around the world.
Here, we’ve collected our favourites. A huge thanks to our brilliant team of writers, photographers and editors and – of course – you, our readers, without whom this wouldn’t have been possible. Here’s to another great year of travel.
In February, we spoke to Robin Hanbury-Tenison, who’s still embarking on fascinating expeditions around the world at the age of 80.
He’s been awarded the Patron’s Gold Medal by the Royal Geographic Society and is currently undertaking eight challenges in an effort to raise £80,000 for Survival International.
Join Shafik Meghji, co-author of The Rough Guide to Australia, on one of the world’s great railway journeys, from Darwin to Adelaide. “It felt a bit like taking the Orient Express across Mars”, he said of the experience.
It turns out we’re not the only ones addicted to travel, as more than half a million of you watched this video, edited by Colt St George. If you rarely see a plane without wishing you were on it, this short film is for you.
Our author has crossed the Ghats many times on updating trips for The Rough Guide to India, taking this series of photographs between 2010 and 2014.
In this piece he takes us on a visual tour of this rugged and remote region, from the slopes of Kolukkumalai, the world’s highest tea plantation, to the fascinating hill station of Matheran.
© David Abram
Lovingly compiled by our editors, this list combines childhood bucket-and-spade holiday destinations with the latest up-and-coming coastal hotspots.
Whether you’re dreaming of fish and chips on the quayside or long stretches of golden sand, you’ll find summer holiday inspiration aplenty.
Essential reading: The truth about elephant tourism in Asia
Elephants are among the most intelligent creatures on the planet, and awareness of their poor treatment finally starting to grow.
In this piece, Gavin Thomas looks at the realities of elephant tourism and how to find more ethical alternatives.
Food and drink: Patagonia’s blossoming beer scene
The Patagonian craft beer scene has been a long time coming, says Steph Dyson, winner of our 2015 writing competition. Get a taste of what’s on offer with this epic round-up of the region’s best brewery tours, gastropubs and more.
As chosen by you: The most beautiful places in Italy
This December, we asked our readers to vote for the most beautiful places in Italy – and we weren’t disappointed.
Florence’s glorious architecture, the scenic shores of Lake Garda and Capri’s staggering views were just a few of your highlights.
Travel advice: Solo travel for introverts
Think you need to be outgoing to travel alone? Think again. If you’re nervous about going solo, this feature by Editor Becca Hallett extolls the virtues of travelling your own way to get the most out of your trip.
Visiting the “roof of the world” might be an unforgettable travel experience, but it’s one that comes with obstacles and moral dilemmas. Stuart Butler looks into the politics and the practicalities in this short Q&A.
© Stuart Butler
Off the beaten track: Japan’s remote and wild island
On a trip to Japan, Neil McQuillian discovers that the island of Sado has a strange, irresistible power. Follow him to this wild, weather-beaten isle for “demon drummers”, sake and splendid isolation.
Iceland’s popularity has soared this year. If you’re planning a trip, Mike MacEacheran covers all the etiquette you’ll need to impress the locals.