We asked our social media followers to tell us their favourite destinations for a Christmas holiday – here are the results.
There are some truly atmospheric corners of England to visit at this time of year and plenty of things to do, from country escapes in The New Forest to Christmas markets in Manchester. Thanks to @Burley_Manor and @travelred for their votes on Twitter.
On Twitter, @Kellie_Rooke chose New Zealand as her preferred Christmas destination. She recommends the country for “a BBQ near the beach, sun shining and Sauvignon Blanc in hand”. We think that sounds pretty perfect.
On Twitter, @vickeblueyes was one of those voting for a sunny part of the world for this festive season. She recommends you kick back and relax on the beach with a glass of Mount Gay rum, getting that much-needed Vitamin D from the glorious sunshine.
For an ultra-Christmassy break, @marykingtweets recommends Berchtesgaden in Bavaria, Germany. Here you’ll find fantastic mountain scenery and a brilliant Christmas market.
The four-day hike between Cusco and Machu Picchu, a spell-binding mountain trek into the Inca past, needs no introduction.
Although just one of the Inca trails you can follow across the Andes, what makes this 33km route so popular is the unrivalled reward of Machu Picchu at its end. The most famous ruins in South America are a place that – no matter how jaded you are – stop you in your tracks.
2. Carretera Austral, Chile
To see the wettest, greenest and wildest part of Chile, head to Northern Patagonia where the Carretera Austral, the partially paved, partly dirt-and-gravel “Southern Highway”, stretches for 1240km from Puerto Montt to tiny Villa O’Higgins.
The rounding ice-fields, vast glaciers and jagged fjords along this spectacular highway are most easily visited with your own wheels, but most are reachable by public transport; all you need is a bit of time and some organizational skills, since not all buses run daily.
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.
Meet the 80-year-old explorer who just won’t stop exploring
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.
Longread: Riding the Ghan through Australia’s red centre
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,
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(Atlanta, Georgia)– Reports from the travel and tourism industry point to Africa as the second fastest growing destination in the world with an estimated 300 percent uptick since 1990. Among the continent’s current most sought-after locales is Tanzania whose visitor rate doubled over the last decade. Following a four-year decline, Kenya is also rising through the ranks courtesy of a 14 percent tourism uptick earlier this year. In response to this development, Terri Abadi of Iconic Africa has launched the travel agency’s latest safari destinations.
Abadi Said, “We’re excited to announce we’ve recently expanded into East Africa and now offer an entirely new array of luxury safaris. Iconic Africa Destinations now include both Kenya and Tanzania as well as a range of other options. We bring our clients customized trips to Africa’s most popular safari destinations, all of which are visited and handpicked by John Holley and myself for their combinations of opulent luxury, culture, diverse wildlife, natural beauty and a number of additional wonders unique to each area in our selection.”
Tanzania offers a wide range of geographical features, including savannas, forests, indigenous Baobab trees, floral fields, swamp land, snow-covered mountains and shoreline. This area is home to the
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(Kissimmee, Florida) Statistic Brain reports the United States cruise industry brings in revenue of approximately $38 billion every year, and 60 percent of all cruises worldwide originate in North America. More than 20 million individuals are passengers on cruise ships each year, and every passenger needs a way to get to and from their destination. Florida Shuttle Now ( provides service to all major cities, cruise terminals and airports in Florida and recommends travelers book early, as the increase in Florida port service has led to limited spots on their shuttles.
“Due to the increase in cruise passengers in the area, travelers need to book now, as seats are limited and tend to sell out quickly. We recommend individuals book the trip a minimum of 24 hours in advance in order to secure a seat on the shuttle. If less than 24 hours remain before a trip, please call the company to discuss availability of seats on the desired bus,” Leon Van Koningsbruggen, spokesperson for Florida Shuttle Now ( announces.
North America offers 30 embarkation ports, with five of these ports being located in the state of Florida. Individuals choose between Tampa, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Cape Canaveral and Jacksonville. Travelers
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Short Tern Mission Trips for Your Youth Group There are many benefits that come with having your children get involved in a youth group. This is going to be the kind of experience that will guide your children on a path to being the type of adults you want them to be. Plus, when you have your children involved with a youth group they are going to have a chance to make friendships that will last a life time. Plus, youth groups are a great activity to put on a college application, and can help them get into their dream school. You are going to want to focus on connecting your youth group with opportunities to serve the community. One of the best ways for you to accomplish this is by having your youth group get involved with youth service trips. Youth service trips are one of the best ways to work on connecting your youth group with opportunities to serve the community. On a youth service trip, the people involved with your youth group are going to be able to go aid an community in need. Youth service trips range from helping rebuild homes
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